I think I am finally on the right track, I would really love to get these finished and hung soon, I think the only hold up will be drying time. I can’t wait to get more stuff finished for my kitchen.
Have a wonderful, crafty holiday weekend! I’ll see you guys next Wednesday!
I really like how it came out, I’m not so sure Little Sir likes it though. He hasn’t wanted to wear it to school, but it has finally gotten warm. I’m hoping that by this fall it will be a little less roomy and he’ll be a lot more excited to wear it.
It was very easy, the most time difficult part was cutting out the design. Sticking with a simple design is really the way to go, but I think that is true for all screen printing. I was very excited to have my own custom, one of a kind fabric. I used a bone folder to burnish my contact paper to my fabric screen from the inside. I made several prints from each screen and they all came out wonderfully. When I washed the screens some of the smaller pieces from inside the stars came off, but the large one is still intact and could be reprinted. I really thought this was a great project.It is perfect for a small scale printing and I think it would be great for kids (with adult help/supervision of the cutting). I was able to make numerous copies of my designs, the design edges are crisp, and I can remove the old design and reuse the screen again, win!
Check back later this week to see what I made with this fabric.
I will have to frog the whole thing, sigh, almost 2 weeks worth of knitting because, while I measured my chest, I did not measure my bicep, who knew that would be what wouldn’t fit? The chest could stand to be a bit bigger too, I don’t want some sort of upside down muffin top going on under that cape.
The shaping on the pattern is beautiful. I am always amazed at how knitting can be shaped around curves just from increasing and decreasing. I still love the pattern, but I may need to take a break from it and pout about my mistake. I will also need to sit down and do some math to get this pattern to fit, ugh, math.
This area is a real problem:This is what you see when you come in my back door, which we use a lot since we have a larger parking area in the back. You have to come up three steps to get into the kitchen, so you’re eye level with my under sink clutter. I have my recycling trash cans, plastic bags, and paper bags stored under here, it’s not really that messy, but it doesn’t exactly scream welcome to my home either.
And now:Ah, much better, Welcome to my home, come on in! I have officially decided that all I need to make my entire house look nicer is shelves and curtains.Here’s a shot from the other end. I still need some accessories and to paint the walls, but it’s already soooooo much better (flashback to the mess). I have a little bit of that chevron fabric left over, I’m thinking some hot pads or towels. Let me know if you have any great ideas, I have about a half yard left (in pieces).
Thanks for looking at my kitchen again, I’ll try to find something else to talk about for the rest of the week.
The curtains are finished AND hung. I love them, the kitchen looks so much brighter. The aprons were a good temporary (ahem, year and a half) fix, but these are just so much better. I just quickly snapped this picture, so excuse the counter clutter, it’s been a long day. Little Man has been on antibiotics for a week and today he got a rash, so there was a little worrying and calling about.
I have another kitchen project planned for this weekend, I hope the sun comes out by Sunday so I can finish it up. Have a super crafty weekend!!!
1. Do not expect perfection, drapery sheers, embroidery hoops, and Mod Pogde work well, but this is a low cost method, there will be imperfections. I am a bit of a perfectionist and this was really hard for me, but even with the mistakes I really like the graphic print and once they are hanging up I don’t think the imperfections will be as noticeable/bothersome.
2. Use a large hoop, make sure there is enough room around your design to easily get your squeegee to all parts of your design. I really should have used a bigger hoop and given myself a little more room. It was really hard to get the very top and very bottom to print good without going over it multiple times, which make the print blurry.
3. Don’t be stingy. Apply several layers of Mod Podge to your design to get a nice, sharp print. Also be generous with the printing ink, the excess can be scraped off the screen and reused.
4. Having a clean and organized work area makes the printing process go much faster and it a lot easier. I really could have used a clothes line, but luckily the ink dried really fast. 5. If you have a repeating pattern alternate your motifs so that you aren’t smearing wet designs. Use registration marks to make your designs line up and look professional.6. If you only need a few copies of you design it might be easier to stencil it with freezer paper.I am super excited to finish these up, I got too tired to finish sewing last night and I have a lot of stuff going on today. I’m over half way done with the sewing and I expect to finish them tonight. I can’t wait to hang them up!!! I'm trying to decide if I'm going to leave them plain or if I should add some giant rick rack or some pompom fringe.
Also, my scarf fail from last week is being featured on CraftFail today, so pop on over there for a few laughs. It’s always nice to see I’m not the only one who has weird, crafty mishaps.
I found this free printable recipe binder cover on Prudent Baby (there are a variety of colors to match any kitchen) and decided to get the clutter corner under control. Everything got sorted and properly put away and all of my recipe books, cards, magazines, and print outs got hauled to the dining room table to be sorted and stored. I printed out extra cover sheets to make my dividing pages, I added a label over the top of the word RECIPE and I used self adhesive tabs to label all of the category pages. I used a combination of sheet protectors and photo protector pockets to fill in the book. It took a while to sort all the scraps of paper out, but it was worth it.
The recipe books will be filed away in a cupboard, I don’t use them often enough to keep them out, but I do use them enough to want to keep them (for now). I will be working on the drawers on the left next and hopefully there will be room for me to store my binder away in one of them. I think the bottom drawer has every kitchen towel I have ever owned in it and I only use the three that match the kitchen, so there might be some room in there. I also might store the binder with my command center, the recipes for the weekly menu are stored in the menu planning organizer I made, so I don’t need to use the binder in the kitchen daily. I only need to use it when I plan the menu, which I do in the dining room anyway, hmmm, definitely storing it on the command center (which also need a make over).
I am slowly getting everything the way I want it, now I’ll need to start working on some more decorations for the kitchen. I have several half finished projects that need to be wrapped up (cough, curtains and giant spoon and fork, cough).
Have a super crafty weekend!
2. Embroidered button display from Haylie Waring on Design Sponge for an excellent way to display those special, fancy buttons.
3. Isn’t this button filled ball ornament wonderful? from Wendy’s Hat, I think my Mom would really love one or twelve of these.
4. Button edging on an art journal page from Ingrid Dijkers, I find all of her work so inspiring, make sure you check out the other pages of her gallery.
5. The emergency button from sheepBlue on craftster. This is part of a fabulous Teesha Moore inspired bag and includes a lot of buttons, but this one was my favorite.
The knitted strip I shared on Friday became this:I dropped two stitches and made the “runs” in the knitting. Next I decided to weave yarn into the “runs”, a rainbow of yarn! Weaving the yarn took FOREVER. About half way through the weaving I began to have doubts that the scarf would turn out like I planned, but I kept going I had already invested way too much time in this one and I was going to make it work!
Um yeah, when I finished the last piece of yarn I had a wavy mess, so I thought I’ll just need to adjust/tighten the strings. I started pulling, one at a time, I only broke a few……so I only tightened one half and then braided the ends together? I don’t know where I was going with this, but I couldn’t stop, I had to finish this. Once it was finished I promptly announced (to my husband) that it was the ugliest thing I had ever made and we started trying to figure out what to do with it. There was a lot of snickering and weirdness and we came up with this: It’s a headdress like Queen Amidala (cough, Star Wars, cough) would wear. I think I might keep this handy by the front door, you never know when you’re going to need a crazy hat to pop on when uninvited company drops by. Do let me know if you’d still like the pattern :)