Superhero Masks

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We were recently invited to a 2-year-old’s birthday party. Whenever my boys get together with him and his older brother, they play superheroes. So, I thought this would make a perfect gift for the family as a whole to play together. (Unfortunately I cannot sell these as it would break a whole lot of copyright/trademark laws… :( )  Just enjoy our fun as mommy finished all the masks and the boys got to try them on.

Logan had a pose for every single mask and put a lot of thought into each, cracked me up!

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See you next time!

Fabric Embellished Shirts – a Tutorial

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I thought it was about time for another tutorial. And I recently had another order for the circle sibling t-shirts, so I took pictures of my process.  Let me know if you find anything confusing.

You will need:

  • Shirts
  • Scrap Fabric (I use old t-shirts)
  • Heat-N-Bond Lite
  • Stabilizer
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron

Smith-Sisters_stfabttl-MirrOnce you have decided on a design print it out and find a well-lit window to tape it to. Either mirror your image before printing or tape it backwards. You’ll be tracing the image in reverse.  (Do you like our toys scattered on the deck?  Haha!)

Smith-Sisters_stitchedfabriTrace your <reversed> image onto the paper side of the Heat-n-Bond Lite (I should have taken my sweatshirt off so this poor third-child could have a pregnant belly pic…oh well!) (we’re using Lite so that we can sew it on securely – you can try the ultra, but it’s always fallen off in the wash for me :-/ And you *can* sew the ultra but the glue sticks to the needle and gums it up pretty bad. You can get around it if you clean your needle with rubbing alcohol frequently — easier to just buy the right stuff!)

Smith-Sisters_stfabttl-IronCut out around the design (but not right on the lines, it’s easier to just cut once after you’ve ironed it to the fabric). Iron to the wrong side of the fabric.  (Some might notice that the text on the white scrap fabric is crooked. It’s because this t-shirt was cockeyed. It never laid right when wearing it and it’s because the whole thing is cut at an angle, I line the design up with the grain of the fabric)

Smith-Sisters_stfabttl-PlacCut out the design (on the lines). Since my design has two layers, I cut the letters out and remove the paper backing and iron to the circles, but I don’t iron to the shirt yet (this allows me to hide the thread ends between the circle and the shirt and makes it less “tickly” for the wearer. It’s also easier to manipulate around all the letter curves in the sewing machine.)

Smith-Sisters_stfabttl-StitSew the letters onto each circle.  I used a zig zag stitch because I like the texture it adds to this design since it’s so simple. Be sure to pull the threads through to the back of your design.  I tie my ends for extra security. Trim your thread ends.

Smith-Sisters_stfabttl-ShirIron the circle (with stitched lettering) to your shirt. (On the inside of the shirt, it helps to also iron a stabilizer on the back of the design area).

Smith-Sisters_stfabttl-StabStitch around your design. I like leaving an un-stitched border on this design because after its first wash it curls up a little and adds more texture. (Bottom is right-side-out shirt Top is inside-out shirt, showing the stabilizer) Pull your threads to the back and definitely tie them this time since you won’t have anything to sandwich the ends in. Trim the thread ends.

Smith-Sisters_stfabttl-DoneAnd you’re finished!

Please let me know if anything is confusing. I know it’s quite possible I’ve left something out or been unclear.

 

Sound like too much work for you? They are available to order at our storenvy site with customizable text and colors.

Thanks for looking! See you next time!

 

Monkey Themed Bathroom

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For some reason we tend to collect items from others that are for a monkey themed bathroom. I blame it on raising two hairless monkeys! But it’s not really our thing. I’m honestly not sure what our “bathroom theme” is…  Functional? I had started out trying for greens and browns with seashells and fish but it doesn’t seem to be working out too well.  Maybe when we buy a home and can actually paint and do the tile and such then it’ll straighten itself out.

ANYHOW! We had some friends over the other night and one commented on our monkey soap dish after visiting our bathroom. I told her she needed to take it home with her because it was going in the next donation box we would gather. We just can’t keep accumulating stuff when we are still going to be moving! But then she (purposely) forgot it when they left.

Bathroom-Rules-Monkey-SignSo I made a sign to go with the soap dish. And took both to her. Bahahaha! If she doesn’t like them and was just being polite she can donate them herself :)

I think the monkeys on a branch are cute. And I couldn’t decide on an order for the words or even what words to use…so I googled and found several signs with “Wash Brush Floss Flush” and just went with it.  I’m not so sure anymore though…shouldn’t it be floss brush flush wash? Or flush wash floss brush? Eh, whatever. It’s cute!

See you next time!

St. Patrick’s Day Shirts

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Logan is VERY preoccupied with St. Patrick’s Day this year and has been obsessing about what he’s going to wear.  So we went to wal-mart and looked around for some green….but that stuff’s EXPENSIVE! Holy bananas batman!  I know I’m cheap to a fault, but I just canNOT spend $22 on a shirt he’ll wear once! So we hit the clearance rack and found a plain green and navy blue striped shirt for $1. He was bummed but I assured him Momma could fix it. We also picked up a green shirt with graphic for Blake for $2.

St Patricks Day shirts Logan and Blake

He is well pleased!  And that makes me super proud :-D

P.S.  He finally revealed why he is so excited about St. Patrick’s Day…he remembers all the leprechauns’ tricks and is excited for him to leave green paint all over again and color his nose and such…Guess I better get to plannin’!

Do leprechauns visit your house? What mischievous destruction do they bring to you???  Might yours color a green mustache on a sleeping child?  (Come on, share the ideas people, I’m running on empty!!!)  I wrote this post about our leprechauns last year.

Etched Floating Locket Necklace

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floating-locket-etched1A customer had a beautiful idea I executed for her. She wanted her children’s names etched into the glass of a floating locket.

floating-locket-etched2And it turned out BEAUTIFULLY!  I think I’ll be doing the same on a second necklace for myself in the very near future. The effect is just stunning in person!  (As always, my photography skills are lacking, I’m so sorry. I’m trying, really I am!)

Valentine gifts for teachers

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Guys, I’m not gonna lie. I feel horrible right now but I’m bored and the youngest is asleep and the oldest is playing so well by himself, there’s no way I’m interrupting our household peace! So we’re gonna attempt a post.

TumblerClassicPlum3wrappedLogan wanted to give his teachers something special for Valentine’s too and knew that they didn’t need bouncy balls like he got for his classmates. So we decided on purple tumblers and lanyards. (I decided the purple tumblers, he chose the design. He decided on lanyards and I chose the design. Funny how these things work out!)

I’m just gonna insert a link to my storenvy store here. The purple tumblers are available now. The lanyards will be available when I have a few days where I feel better and can get 20 cranked out for 4-H prizes and then I can work on a listing for public sales.

And a collage of photos you can peruse through at your leisure. Feel free to ask questions in the comments and I’ll get back to you when I can.
Thanks! See you next time!

Space Valentines

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Last year Logan wanted to give out space valentines with bouncy balls. We’d seen the idea in a magazine and he was ALL excited. Well this year, he’s still excited, and since we moved 5 hours away and we have all new friends…he’s doing them again! But now I know my machine better! So they’re cuter! And were easier! And you can actually READ what we wrote! Yay!

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We just used regular black construction paper we’ve had on hand forever. We sketched “You’re out of this world Valentine!” and stars with a gold gel pen, then cut the circles and hearts. Then Logan hand-wrote all the names we needed.

2014-02-11_13-09-47_623_wmAnd then we sat down and glued them all together. He was most definitely in charge of arranging the planets just so. :)

2014-02-11_13-10-48_183_wmI’d be happy to share the file. If you can use .studio just send me a message with your email address and I’ll share it with ya!