Thursday, March 26, 2009

Rainy Day Creating

The rain has been terrible on the one hand because the boys get cranky and wound up and I get irritated and short tempered. We have a small house and sometimes it feels suffocatingly so.

But--on the plus side, we have lots of projects we can work on. Here are some recent ones:


Finished freezer stencils, waiting to be used for...something!

I'm big on birds lately...must be the inspiration in my own backyard!

Yesterday was S's mom's birthday (Nana) Here's the card I made for her:

And the card Moomers made:

And the card LeeLee made:

I really can't explain how happy and content I am to be in my little craft corner, surrounded my my projects and supplies..

I'm trying to learn how to embroider and so far it's been a lot of fun. I found some patterns online and printed them out but then...didn't know how to get them onto my fabric. I had some stabilizer but no tracing paper so I decided to see if I could use it. It was really great for tracing since it's clear:

But then I wasn't sure what to do with it. I taped it on top...but that was kind of janky/slid around a lot. So I used a small paintbrush to wet the edges. It's a dissolvable stabilizer so it melted into the fabric. Then I ironed the back to dry the water and stop it from spreading to the rest of the template. (if you notice, there are two of each little design: mushrooms, cowboy hats and little squid things--there was only one originally but since I have twins it didn't feel right to not have both represented!)

I love learning a new craft because right now I have no clue what I am doing, I'm just noodling around. I know I am not doing anything in the "correct" way and that's ok. I feel comfortable with a few different stitches thanks to Jenny Hart (I am eternally grateful to her for posting a guide for LEFT HANDED stitchers! It has helped immensely!)

I'm not quite ready for anything too intricate but these cute little simple designs are a fun way to continue to practice. I know through making mistakes and messing around I'll eventually learn the "right" way to do things but now I'm just having fun and exploring. 

2 comments:

Judy said...

I'm loving your stencil art...and birds...can't wait to see your embroidery progress...one stitch at a time.

Jen said...

Cute stencils! Are you a member of Etsy Austin? Thanks for looking at my blog. Maybe we can do a show together again :) I didn't get to leave my booth at Maker Faire much either but you might have seen Wes zooming around on his gas powered skateboard.