Sunday, September 9, 2012

Vintage Personalized Dinosaur T-shirts

Stegosaurus for Oliver

My friend's son is obsessed with dinosaurs. He has every dinosaur thing you can imagine, and even some you can't. I had seen a boy wearing a cool vintage-looking t-shirt at the park a couple of weeks ago and decided to try to make it since I was pretty sure my friend's son didn't have that one. Of course my son had to have one too!

T-Rex for David
I used the Sure Cuts a Lot software along with my Cricut to cut out each of their favorite dinosaur and the silly labels for underneath. I then used some fabric paint I got at the craft store from the clearance section (37 cents!) and ta da! You need to heat set the paint, and the easiest way to do this is with your iron. I found a great article that explains it in great detail here. I let the paint sit for 24 hours and it worked great! My son loves his t-shirt and has now decided he needs one for each type of dinosaur! It's a good thing they're easy and cheap to make!

I also quickly made this Angry Birds inspired one for my daughter's friend who was turning 6. I love the vintage look of these t shirts and especially how soft they feel.

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Journaling for the Heart

If you have been reading my blog for some time you probably have noticed the decrease in posts recently. To say that I have had a hard 18 months would be an understatement! My mom passed away last year in May and we lost my Dad unexpectedly this past June. My heart hurts and I've lost much of my craftiness. I find that when I have free time I spend most of it reading, perhaps as a way to escape my thoughts. With the kids back in school I am trying to take care of myself both inside and out. When I saw Ashley's The Lil Journal Project I knew it would be a great start for me!

I love keeping journals but have found it hard to write since losing my mom. I have a lot of thoughts that I need to get down on paper but that's not always easy. Perhaps that's why I'm enjoying Ashley's project so much. She has a daily prompt that makes it effortless to keep up with the writing. As you can see from my pages, I didn't buy a blank journal. Instead I am using a day planner that my parents gave me a long time ago. It has a leather cover and I love the way it feels and looks on my night table. Every time I pick it up I think of them and it warms my heart. I'm hoping to be able to write about them soon.

I hope you will join Ashley and me on this adventure! I promise you wont be sorry if you do! I'm on Day 5 and already having a great time looking back through past entries. This would also be a great thing to do with your kids.