Sunday, June 23, 2013

Captain Apron....

So, I made this apron well over a week ago. I bought the fabric close to 3 weeks ago...and I am just now making time to post it on here. I know you were all waited with baited breath to see what I was creating this week and just HAD to see it NOW, right? Hehe.

Well, for the 1 of you that probably really was wondering what I was up to, I made my darling husband a manly apron. I didn't let it be a surprise be cause he bakes and grills and I needed to know what he thought he needed out of an apron.

We collaborated and this is the design we came up with, and I, for one, am thrilled with the outcome. I made the apron from creating the pattern to finished product in under 3 hours. A record for me! It seems I might be learning something along the way!

He really seemed to like the outcome and used it the very next day. Whether it was to be nice or not, I don't mind. 

Also, this last week was my 9 year wedding anniversary and my hubbs found this AMAZING box from lowes that is perfect for SO many of my craft supplies! 

I am probably one of the only girls out there that is EXCITED to get a tool box from her husband. Haha! I spent all afternoon yesterday organizing my craft supplies and I am so happy to be organized I could just...cry! Haha! 

Well, there is is. My lonely little blog post. Hope you enjoyed it! 

Sunday, June 9, 2013


BOY was I a grump yesterday. No reason. Just grouchy. So, what do I do when I get to this point? I craft. It seriously IS therapy, as silly as that sounds to some. Not many things can compare with creating something useful and adorable. ;)

So, yesterday, after spending a lot of time on the internet looking for a tutorial for a non-zippered earbud case I decided to just use embroidery thread instead to prevent tangling. I have seen that all over pinterest. So far, the verdict is good. I did decide to leave the top part of the earbuds free of thread because the thread stiffens up the cord and I like my wires to lay down. Its just preference. It can be done either way.
Yes, that IS a TARDIS on my computer. And YES, my computer IS bigger on the inside. Thanks for asking!

Woke up to thunder early in the morning this morning, so when DH got up I went out to the local Goodwill (though, I am STILL mad at them) and got myself a charcoal shirt to bleach. I have been wanting to create another hunger games shirt that is a little better than my last attempt at making one...since I have until November until the next installment comes to theaters, I thought I would get a head start...last time I waited until the day of...and you could tell. Hahaha.

SO, I found an image on google of the mocking jay symbol and printed it 8.5 x 11 and then fussy cut it out with my EK Success scissors...which are identical to cutter bees? ANYwho. I also created a number 12 and cut it out.

My intention was to have the 12 on the pocket, and the symbol on the back. I tried using a clorox bleach gel pen and it ended in disaster. The bleach bled through the paper and onto the pocket, forcing me to remove the pocket before the shirt was entirely ruined. Lesson learned.

Plan B, led me to use the symbol on the front, which, I will admit, I like much better. I didn't think I would. Who knew? Haha.
DH has this amazing Elmer's Spray Adhesive that I used to spray the back-side of the symbol. Set the timer for 5 minutes and its perfect tacky removable adhesive that does not leave residue on the shirt! Another tip is to use wax paper so that your spray over doesn't get on anything.

I used a giant shipping box to protect the back of the shirt from the bleach. I applied the symbol to the shirt being sure that I pressed down all of the edges so that bleach would be less likely to bleed. Do you like my "helper"? Don't worry. I removed him before spraying. Our neighbor cat lives here more than he does at home! He's a sweet thing. Anyone looking for a cat?  
I bunched up the fabric in a few places to add more interest to the shirt. I sprayed lightly, and was sure to get around the image best, and fade out as I sprayed away. I waited until I could see where it had been sprayed, applied more in a couple of places, added some drips and then removed the mask before the bleach could seep through and ruin the image.  
Voila! I have to say, I like my shirt better than the ones they sell. I don't say that often, but this one did me proud. YAY! Now I have to make sure I 
A: Still fit into it and
B: Don't let anything dastardly happen to it
before November comes!!! Haha!

Hope you enjoyed and hope this inspires you to make a shirt or jacket of your own!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Smash*ing Birthday

Wow, I had such an amazing birthday on Tuesday. I seriously could not wait to Smash* about it. Haha. My hubbs is so cool. He collected and kept things all day for me to Smash* when I had time. We went to an activity center and went putt putt golfing, bumper boating, go-karting and then played at the arcade. After that we went out to eat Mexican food, my fave, and then we went to a lil antique shop that I love.

I had a lot of fun making these pages. I altered both pockets. The large one was a Smash* calendar pocket, but I wanted the front plain, so I covered it. The small pocket I cut the flap off of and then angled and cut the front down. I don't understand why they have the flaps on the front of the pockets? Maybe I am just missing something. ::shrug::

I also covered 2 more pages in this 365....I didn't expect to, but June is such a busy month in our family and I had 2 left over pages from May, so I covered the stripes and stars pages with some less busy/themed papers.

The "captured" stamp is from Give A Girl A. So excited to get to break out this stamp set now that it is summer!

The fun elements that look "circus-y" are from Ruby Rock-It. I was so lucky to win the entire Carnival King line awhile back and have been having tons of fun with it ever since.

I hope you all enjoy these pages. I had tons of fun making them!!! Hugs and have a great week-end!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Happy June!

And to celebrate the start of June, I have finished up May in my 365 Smash*. I couldn't wait to get home today so I could finish it up!

I was able to go out with a good crafting buddy of mine (she is SO much more than just a crafting buddy) and pop in to Joann and dig through the dollar bin yesterday. I was so excited! I got quite a bit of stuff for under 10 dollars, including 4 new rolls of washi tape. I even found the mustache and chevron prints I was looking for!!!

Anyhow, here are my pages:

I added a pocket with the strips that you can pop pages in with? I am hoping it holds. It seems like the cards are just a tad too heavy. Here's hoping...::crosses fingers::

I hope that you are all safe out there with the terrifying weather that has been making its way across the US this week. We have been so blessed to be in a "bubble" of sorts since fall it seems. We really haven't had any weather to write home about and we are thankful. Stay dry, and stay safe out there!