Sunday, January 17, 2010

Masterpiece Theater...uh. Theatre

I've enjoyed watching Return to Cranford on Masterpiece Theatre. Did you see the first Cranford series? The characters of Miss, Matty, Miss Pole, and Mrs. Forrester are charming, adorable, full of life!

If you follow the link above you can actually view the series online, for a limited time.

This series makes me laugh and smile and then throw my hands up in despair when then kill off another character! But finally, just finally, they killed off a person that was less-than-stellar in character! Whew!

And, in the end, Love Prevails. Doesn't that always make a girl happy?

And here's a face that makes me smile!

The puppy is doing better on house training. Finally!

I took the little tyke out every two hours when we first got her. And it was during the cold snap! And still, I'd take her and as soon as she got in the house, she would go. Little twerp.

So I gave up with the schedule. I started letting her run with the Big Dogs. And, I think she's finally getting it! She has her soft bed back in her crate as she has finally stopped peeing in her crate and she's getting a little bit more freedom around the house. Good job, Buttercup!

Brady and Buttercup enjoy a good wrestlin' match every day. Brady is so much bigger but he's very easy with her, no matter how ferocious he looks! He lays on his back and lets Buttercup be the upright wrestler.

It's pretty entertaining.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Just Something I Actually Made

I have completed a project! I'm pretty excited!

It's a birthday present for my friend Christy. And I was inspired by a project I saw on Just Something I Made and I thought that Christy would like the vintage, garden graphics. We both share a love of gardening and an appreciation for vintage.

So I made two tote bags using graphics from Just Something I Made. And the program I used to put it all together? Printmaster V 17.0. Yes, an older version card program. And you know, it worked.

The card program does have it's limits, and you can see by the fonts used in the final product. I'm not very adept at manipulating them with this program, but it still turned out cute. I'm not complaining!

I used Tailor Iron-On Art-Wear for this project. This particular iron-on does not require that you mirror the image. I hadn't tried this brand before using it on this project. I actually bought a pack of plain totes and the iron-ons at Walmart.

For the first bag, I basically tried to copy the Cathe Holden design.

And it turned out thus:

And I struck out on my own design bent for the second bag. First I printed it in all black:

but I thought it was too dark. You couldn't really see the detail in the cucumber graphic. Very dark.

So I tried some color. And changed the drop-down shadows to grey.

I like green! I like it!

I think you can see more detail in the cucumber graphic and it's not just a solid black. Cool!

The iron-on process was simple.
1)Print out your design, not mirrored, just regular.
2)Iron the wrinkles out of the project you want to apply the iron-on to.
3)Lay a pillow case on a flat, hard surface (I used the kitchen table).
4)Make sure the iron is steam-free.
5)Place the included parchment paper over the iron-on.
6)Apply straight, steady pressure, don't slide the iron. Let the ironed area cool for 2 minutes.
7)Remove parchment.

It was fairly straight forward but the included parchment was TOO SMALL! It didn't cover the design surface and left some edges exposed to the iron. They melted!

I consoled myself and convinced myself that it's not too bad. Maybe even vintage-like?

But this was the first bag made. Did I learn from this mishap? This mistake? NOOOOO--I had to have a go at using the same piece of parchment paper and ruin the 2nd bag.

I thought I would just iron half the design at a time. I decided this at 11 p.m. At night. And my large iron did not just want to iron a half at a time; it wanted to iron just a bit more. And the 2nd bag (not pictured here) melted. Big holes in half of the design. I decided it was time to quit and went to bed!

But the next day I gave it another shot.

Soooo, after experiencing a too-small-piece-of-parchment with not one, but TWO bags, I finally realized that something needed to change (I'm not the speediest of learners sometimes). I decided to use my own parchment paper. Genius!

Remember when parchment paper was hard to find? Well, I mean, Walmart didn't carry it? But Martha Stewart changed all that. Thank you Martha! When she showed how she used it in baking and cooking in her earlier shows, the demand went up, and now, now...Walmart is a purveyor of parchment paper. Thank you Walmart!

The 2nd bag turned out great! No ragged edges! No holes! So remember--USE YOUR OWN PARCHMENT!

And finally, we present,

Bag 1 (with "vintage" edges)

and Bag 2.

Happy Birthday Christy! I hope you like your gift! XOXO

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Mrs. D is having a Giveaway!

Over at Diva Buzz, my friend Mrs. D is having a giveaway! She makes fun, beautiful, and colorful jewelry. Check out her blog for a chance to win:



or this!

What a fun way to start the New Year!

Thanks Randi-Sue!