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Saturday, November 21, 2009

I've got JOY!

Susan and I went to Vintage Living for another class. We made these gorgeous banners. Mine didn't really photograph too well, but let me assure you it's absolutely gorgeous! It's completely made with vintage papers, laces and trims. Stitched down on artist's canvas. It says JOY!!

Have a joyous day.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Printing directly on fabric. Yes you can!

Tutorial for the day:
If you iron freezer paper to a nice smooth fabric you can run that fabric/paper right through your inkjet printer.

Cut the freezer paper to an 8 1/2 x 11 size. Cut the fabric you wish to use the same size.
Iron the waxy side of the paper
onto the fabric. Don't iron too much.
If you do the wax will all melt away.
Just enough to "stick" it to the fabric.

Run your fabric/paper combination through your inkjet printer the same way you would paper.
The fabric side is the printing side. Remove the paper and iron the fabric to set the picture. It works like a charm!
This is much cheaper than the transfer paper you can buy.

Keep in mind that there is no sheen involved. You will lose some detail because of this fact. Obviously, the smoother the grain in the fabric the clearer your picture will be. I printed one photo of my mom and one graphic that I had stored on my computer. They turned out very nice. All ready to make more fabric collages.

If only I didn't have to go to work...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


All finished. I've added a bit more trim, some hand sewing, buttons, vintage flowers, and I tucked an old photo into the pocket. I also attached 2 strips of fabric with these words on one, "Long ago, it must be, I had a photograph."

The other one says, "Protect your memories"


Time it was and what a time it was
A time of innocence, a time of confidences
Long ago, it must be, I have a photograph
Preserve your memories
They're all that's left you

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel

I went to the flea market this weekend. I'm lucky in that it is only about 10 minutes away. There is a lovely lady there who has the most wonderful vintage fabric and she was selling little scraps
and remnants for .25 a piece! I KNOW!! How spiffy is that!! For $6.00 I walked away with a huge stack. I was feeling quite smug.

I'm preparing for my spot on an upcoming edition of "Hoarders." I'm sure that the producers will be calling me soon.

Have a fabulous Wednesday.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Where the boys are.

The boys are at my house! Yes sirree. They arrived in the mail on Halloween. I won them from Marsha over at Tumblefish Studios. If you have not been to see her work, run, don't walk, now!! She's amazing, and seeing her work up close and personal is even more amazing. Jack (he's the one in the colorful witch's hat) was in Somerset Studios!! Actually, I think the 3 dream police were too.

The pictures are Marsha's work. I just added background and a little sign from Lorie Davison at Scrapbookgraphics.

Heeeeeeeeeeeere's Jack!! Thank you, Marsha. I am in LOVE!!!


Saving the world one shirt at a time.

Halloween is over. This is not a mummy. This is an old sheet on an old ironing board. I bought a new old iron at the Goodwill yesterday. Me and 20,000 of my closest friends were there. Do not go to the Goodwill on Halloween if you can avoid it. However, I wanted a new iron. My old iron is at least 20 years old. It's yucky on the bottom, it doesn't steam and, well, it's seen better days. So I wandered around the Goodwill and low and behold there was a lovely more new iron.

My grandmother used to cover her ironing boards with an old sheet. Hers did not look like a mummy standing in the window. But unless you are laying on the floor of my bedroom you will not notice the underneath side of my ironing board. And if you are laying on the floor under my ironing board you deserve what you see!

I like to iron. I really do. I know I don't have to iron my husband's shirts but I like to. I look out the window and solve all of the world's problems, and mine as well.

I read once that when you are going through a very stressful part of life,
do something normal. Something you don't have to think about.
It let's your mind relax, but not too much.
Ironing does that for me. I'm not stressing today. Nope. Not at all.
Just ironing with my new $2.99 iron!

Here's a little Sunday quote for you from Jane Austen. "Ah! There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort." Hope you have a
real comfortable day.