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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Renting is no excuse for lame decor! on: August 11, 2010 04:47:35 PM
Gorgeous!  I LOVE that loft...what I wouldn't do for a loft to have my craft space in...my kiddos could hang out downstairs and I could spy on them in between projects.  Sigh...
And I'm usually not a big fan of blue, but you picked a great colour!  I've got paint and decorating on the brain since we're getting our house ready to sell next year AND planning to build after that.  Two houses to fix up!! Cheesy
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Faux Painting around a toilet is tricky - but worth it :) on: August 11, 2010 03:56:31 PM
*Adding that fabric on the windows idea to my list of things to do in my next house. Smiley

Also, great idea having a mirror at your daughter's height!  I have four little ones and my oldest can see the mirror, but the younger ones can't yet - that would be great for them....nowhere to put it in this house, but it can go on the list, too. Wink
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Invite Your Partner Round 16 (Sign-ups June 24- July 22; Send-out by Aug 31) on: August 05, 2010 03:39:56 PM
Checking in, but nothing has changed since last time.  I still have the few things I made for my partner but am waiting to hear more from her on what she feels like swapping.
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Invite Your Partner Round 16 (Sign-ups June 24- July 22; Send-out by Aug 31) on: July 26, 2010 10:44:55 AM
Just checking in to say I'm still here.  Haven't done any more work since the last time I checked in, though.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: IYP16 - Gallery on: July 22, 2010 12:59:10 PM
I totally forgot that there were senders already!  Nice packages so far!
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Doodle pad drawing goes freezer paper stencil! on: July 18, 2010 09:44:20 AM
Yeah, for freezer paper stencils, I'd use the already existing tutorial.  Basically to get the image onto the computer and print it, I just took a picture of what she drew and loaded it from my memory card into Paint.  I erased the background so I wouldn't be wasting ink - but you wouldn't even have to do that.  If it's on paper, I would suggest scanning it in if you have a scanner - it creates a clearer image. 
Get your image and words (if any) to where you want them for your project and then follow the directions in the other tutorial.

I splurged and bought a package of 8x10 sheets of freezer paper at a quilting store.  I had a discount so it turned out to be cheaper anyway.  It's less expensive to buy a roll of freezer paper but I had trouble with getting it to go through my printer sometimes.  It kept jamming unless I had a full sheet cut out.  Now I use my roll of freezer paper for things I can draw or write directly onto it. 
Actually, that's another option - just have the kids draw directly onto the freezer paper and cut out from there.
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Doodle pad drawing goes freezer paper stencil! on: July 17, 2010 09:57:29 PM
LOVE IT..... its perfect.....you and your little artist did awesome (make sure you tell her I said so)..... and how is that monster baby of yours doing?..... Cheesy

I'll tell her that lots of people like her work and she should consider going into business. Wink My monster baby is growing, growing, growing!!  Some days, he eats every hour and a half!  Hungry, hungry. Cheesy  About a week or so ago, he started sleeping from about nine at night until four-thirty in the morning.  Crazy that he can eat so often throughout the day and then go so long at night..but I'm enjoying my sleep.  He's such a lovey..I'm enjoying every minute with him!

If Elias loved his shirt any more his face would explode!  What a fun idea.  It turned out great!

I know!  I just told him to smile and that's what he did!  He doesn't usually smile for pictures like that!  His sister does it all the time, though...so maybe that's where he got the idea!

And thanks, everyone!!  I am definitely doing this again.  Right now, my three boys nap in the afternoon and Jenny and I do whatever..she colours and I find things to do for two hours.  I think we'll be using some of those afternoons for stencil making now.  She's SO proud of her artwork - she keeps saying, "I made a shirt for Elias!!!!"
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Doodle pad drawing goes freezer paper stencil! on: July 17, 2010 12:25:44 PM
My five year old daughter came up to me with her doodle pad with this drawing on it:

I thought it would make a great design for a shirt, so I took the picture and opened it up in MS Paint.  I then had her write "Big Truck" on a piece of paper and scanned it in.  She wrote "Big Tr" and then ran out of space..so "uck" is on the other side of the page....she's not exactly writing yet - just really good at copying letters. Cheesy

I took that image, put it under the drawing, moved the letters around and resized a bit.  Cleaned up the truck, filled in the lines and got rid of some background.

Printed on freezer paper, cut out the letters and around the lines of the truck, ironed it on to a blank shirt I had that fit my son and painted with black fabric paint.


I could have just printed an iron-on with the image, but this will last through way more washes.

Elias LOVES his new shirt!!

The artists: Jenny and Mama:

This could become my new favourite thing!!!
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Invite Your Partner Round 16 (Sign-ups June 24- July 22; Send-out by Aug 24) on: July 11, 2010 09:40:46 AM

HI itchyfingers!!! You're right, it has been WAY too hot in the PNW. Didn't you have snow, like, a month ago? We jumped about 30 degrees in 24 hours!

I got a second partner! I'm hooking up with edie22. I can't believe how many people PM'd me. Thanks, guys. I got super excited about edie's wist though.

Hi!  It's hot here but your weather there is even hotter...so I'm glad to be staying put for now.
I think the last time we had snow was when Ben was born - so May 21st.  But it's just now getting nice and hot...at least for us, anyway.  I just don't do well with anything over 20C.

I would want two partners but I'm restraining myself...I almost PM'd you when I saw your post...but I know better - one small swap is just about all I can handle right now!
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Invite Your Partner Round 16 (Sign-ups June 24- July 22; Send-out by Aug 24) on: July 10, 2010 08:18:46 PM
Imagine my husband walking around with a poppet head with hair naked holding material up to her. What a sight. I have never seen him get so involved with this before. I dont know what I am gonna do with him. (leave him home from now on)

Wow what was your husband doing walking around a shop NAKED? wowsers what a way to beat the summer heat  Wink

Good one, mink! Wink  I wish I could go shopping in the nude...I'm stinking HOT!
(Remind me to have you as a swap partner again...you're fun Cheesy)

I made a few things for my partner the other day but haven't actually gotten confirmation that this is what she wants.  Good thing they're easily used for something else if she decides she doesn't want them. Smiley  Crafting motivation is just slightly low due to the extreme heat in my house and the bitty baby who wants to eat constantly...but it was good to get something done.
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