Happy first Monday of a brand spanking new year.
Have you made resolutions? I stink at resolutions: I am bound to forget it immediately and manage to achieve only the opposite of my intentions by the next new year’s resolutions. I would be better of making a resolution strictly forbidding the thing I actually want to do like:
“I will absolutely not manage to get my crafting room tidied up this year. “
So instead I have a little sign to hang in my craft room just to remind me of the things I really need to do :
This project is really fun to do, cheap and looks pretty awesome when finished!
A clip float frame I found mine for $2.00 at Walmart
Gold Spray Paint (or silver or whatever color you like) $3.25 – I like Krylon because of the amazing spray nozzle.
Gold Scrapbook Card (or silver or whatever color you like) mine is Recollections and I got it at Michaels $1.49- on sale
Contrasting Scrapbook card: glitter looks cool but is annoying to cut $1.49- on sale
Pull apart your float frame and spray the little plastic frame edges.
Cut your back ground card (I used gold) to letter size.
Now for the fun part!
To cut by hand print the black and white free-bee JPEG from the zip file below (it is in reverse already so you can print it directly onto the back of your contrasting card or onto printer paper. If you have a Shilouette or Cricut with SVG cutting software this is where you get to show off and cut the free SVG file in no time! If you just cannot be dealing with the cutting at all there is a color print version too. As previously: feel free to use and share the free file but please don’t sell anything made from my files without prior permission and please give credit to Sweet Little Wood if you share the files. Thank you darlings!
To cut the design by hand I printed onto printer paper and then cut down my contrasting card to letter size. I lined up the paper and card on my cutting board and taped down the edges of the paper trapping the card between my printed design and the cutting board. Use a really sharp craft knife (unlike mine!!!) and a ruler for the strait lines to make the process much faster.
Once you have cut your design make sure your float frame glass is clean. I found out the hard way that Walmart’s frames have a plastic back that scratches super easy… so just be aware of any plastic parts and clean **cautiously**. You could glue the card pieces together but I rather like the look of the two cards just sandwiched together: some areas gap just a little and create added depth. A useful trick to get the two sheets of card lined up in the middle of the frame is to place the glass face down a cutting board and use it’s lines to guide placing the card before putting the backing piece on top of the card. Lining it up by eye was really really unsuccessful for me.
Slide on the sides and Bobs your Uncle!
Drink Tea, Create, Sleep, REPEAT… That is my year planned out! Simple!
I’m linking up with Awsome Things Tuesday and over at Creating My Way to Success.
My oldest niece (we will call her P.) is only 8 years younger than me. We spent so much time together till she was 11 and I moved to England with M. that I felt like she was more of a little sister to me: in fact she is two months older than M.’s younger brother so it is plausible. P. called me Nana -which is a long story that belongs to my eldest nephew but it really isn’t as weird as it seems. That has morphed now we are older into Aunt Joanna for most of my nieces and nephews though sometimes an Aunt Nana sneaks out and makes me all giddy inside. I really wouldn’t mind if P. just called me Jo so long as she keeps calling me.
Of all my nieces and nephews (there are 13) I know her best of all which must have something to do with the time we spent together all those years ago. She is the person who calls me most frequently and because she lives in my hometown some 6 hours away I probably have seen her more often since the move than any of the rest of the family. I feel that I know P. like a sister where my other nieces I was always more of an aunt figure. I’m not sure if anyone else gets the differentiation. Probably it comes down to how I treat her: I tell her what I think and I don’t pamper her; that doesn’t always go down well but it is actually a complement so I will continue to do it anyway! If I am honest P. probably gets a raw deal from it : Aunties are always nicer than sisters when it comes down to being spoiled rotten!
P. recently had her third baby. I have taken care of the three girl thing and she now has three boys so balance has been restored to cosmic forces. I am a lucky lucky Auntie because this weekend we braved the rain and drove the hundreds of miles so I could visit her and kiss that sweet wee boy. And now- my friends- I can share with you the project I’ve been working on for awhile and itching to show!
Months and months ago on Pintrest I saw THIS:
I haven’t been able to find anyone to attribute this craft project to but I think it is brilliant. And strangely there is nothing quite as cute on Etsy. So when I found out one of my nieces was expecting a boy I decided I had to do this project but I wanted to up the ante (pun intended) and make it super cool!
Introducing a Pintresting SUPER BABY gift:
You can get the files for the pattern at the bottom of the page in SVG format, Silhouette cut file format , PNG and JPEG format. If you have a craft cutter like a Silhouette Cameo its easy-peasy to use otherwise the PNG/JPEG are there to use as a templates. My files are for private use only please do not reproduce the files, sell the files, or sell products made from the files without my permission.
I started out with the intention of doing the wax paper method but I had run out of wax paper so I decided to try to wing the painting using just card as a stencil… EPIC FAIL! Don’t try this at home children! So I reverted to lovely old vinyl! I so wish I had taken pictures of my craptastrophe… it was rather a mess.
You can easily make the onsies using a wax paper stensil and hand cut design… assuming that you unlike me have got the wax paper when it comes to it! I have linked to a wax paper stenciling tutorial before but I will give the steps her as well.
What you will need:
12 onesies- 0 to 12 months, prewashed
Printed image in reverse
fabric paint or all surface paint in 3 colors
paint roller, brush or sponge
1: For cutting the pattern by hand first print the PNG or JPEG in reverse onto copy paper with each image being about 4 inches wide. Iron wax paper (wax side) to the un-printed side of the paper and cut the pattern using a craft knife. You many want to leave the word “month/s” off your pattern and just include the number for quick cutting. If you have a craft cutter cut your patterns out of self adhesive stencil material or follow the instructions above without printing and cut the reinforced wax paper on a light card-stock setting on your machine using the SVGs provided.
2: Iron a square of wax paper larger than your pattern- wax to fabric- inside the chest of the onesies. This will support the fabric, stop it pulling and prevent paint from going through the fabric to the back of the onesie.
3: Peel the copy paper off the wax paper and apply the wax paper wax side down to the chest of the onesies and iron in place.
4: paint the onesie inside the wax paper stencil using a sponge to dab on paint or a paint-roller . Immediately remove the front wax paper but leave the inside wax paper till the paint is dry.
5: When dry remove the inner wax paper and allow the paint to set a few days before washing.
What I used:
12 onesies- 0 to 12 months, prewashed
Easy-weed vinyl in green black and red
An iron and my Silhouette Cameo
For the Vinyl cut version follow the Vinyl manufacturers instructions for application and care.
Have a wonderful sweet morning this autumnal Monday!
I can promise you this is the last 4-H related craft project this year!
For those of you not in the youth ag loop- animals are bought at a relatively high price per pound from our children by local businesses and individuals to support the learning experience of the future farmers/ranchers/veterinarians/etc. The animals are expensive because they have been bought at a premium- there is a huge price hike within fair rearing season as the breeders like to make money too- and the feeds the kids have to use are not commercially viable. Just to cover the cost of buying their kid our meat goats would have to sell at $3.00 a pound for the live animal when the meat you can buy at the supermarket has been sold from the farmer at around $1.80 per pound for the live animal. So when a buyer at the fair pays $5.50 per pound for a 4-H or FFA animal the child is only just covering the basic cost of buying and rearing the goat. Admittedly we live in California where everything comes at a premium, and I know in some states 4-H kids cost $150 less than they do here.
When the animals are purchased at the fair auction it is expected that the child will give the buyer a pre-prepared gift and then a more personalized gift at a future date. We were advised by the manager at our local Rainbow Ag (which is awesome btw) to give initial buyer gifts that are easy to carry and can be useful while sitting for hours bidding on animals.
I had been working on stickers for the girls to hand out to visitors to their goat pen. Those came out great and I really wanted to make something for our buyers which was a little more personal than the ubiquitous wine and food basket or flowers that are often presented.
So I took the sticker design and made it up in vinyl. Vinyl appears scary at first but it is so easy- and you dont need a fancy machine to cut it- though it does make it easier! At the bottom of the post as usual will be the SVG files and JPEGS . Also if you want to do printable iron on stuff that works great and is easy-peasy the JPEGs would work good for that too.
So for this project you will need:
- a canvas tote (similar bags are at Walmart for a little over $2), hat, t-shirt or whatever
- heat transfer vinyl (I love Siser Easyweed available here or on Amazon) but there are vinyls at Michael’s and Beverly’s and JoAnn’s too.
- transfer paper- the sewing department always has some
- craft scalpel
- Graphic of your choice printed in reverse
- baking paper
1: Print your graphic on regular paper IN REVERSE and trace it using your transfer paper onto the matte side of your heat transfer vinyl or just tape the paper to the vinyl if you are good at juggling cutting through two layers accurately. My graphic is below.
Alternatively you can freehand draw on the transfer paper for you uber-creative types. Just don’t use Sharpie which will run when ironed (yes I’ve been there) bic style pens are much more reliable.
2: Cut any fine internal design work with your craft scalpel. Its absolutely ok to cut through the glossy backing plastic but try to leave all the pieces attached to each other by a little bit at least. It wont matter in the end so long as you can weed out the bits of vinyl you don’t want and then get the backing off the bits you do after ironing it on. I am a bit of a masochist so I had to try cutting the vinyl by hand with all the lettering: obviously the simpler the design the easier it is but the scalpel work is not hard, it just take a few goes to figure out the right pressure. While cutting the lettering I used a metal ruler- it made the process much easier and if you mess up and cut through a bit that shouldn’t be- like I did- when the vinyl is ironed the line disappears. Cut around the outside of your pattern with you scalpel or scissors.
3. Once your pattern is cut from the vinyl wipe it with an almost dry cloth any residue of the tracing material. Then you can go strait onto fixing it to your fabric item following these instructions:
Just as an aside I would suggest after the final 2-3 second blast of heat that you leave the item flat till it cools. Vinyl will sometimes look a little wrinkly if moved to quickly.
Our buyer’s gifts are these totes filled with a matching t-shirt, an icy bottle of water, a bag of sunflower seeds, trail mix and jerky and a cold bottle of Anderson Valley Brewing Company’s Summer Solstice (a favorite beer from a local micro brewery).
I hope the folks who are generous enough to sit through the heat to bid on our kids like them!
Happy fair season y’all.
We are almost there! We are on a final countdown here in the Sweet Little Wood. Next week begins all the joy and madness that is fair time.
Our local county fair is called The Apple Show. It is a wonderful country fair in Boonville held at the beginning of September. We love it, but it hasn’t got a livestock auction so if you want to sell your market animals you have to go to The Redwood Empire Fair which is held in Ukiah the first weekend in August. The thing about Ukiah is this: it’s a bigger town with all the social issues that go with that PLUS we are in California’s “Emerald Triangle“. Now I’m not going to enter the fray on that subject except to say that cannabis is rife in Mendocino County and I don’t like the thought of my children being exposed to it. Plus Ukiah is generally several degrees hotter than we are in Anderson Valley- so you know- that kind of sucks. I’m not sure if we will do market animals next year. It kind of limits our summer fun as we are tied to the animals and fair time in prime campout season and M. is not a fan of missing out on prime campout season!
So the girls and I are in crazy mode: getting goats ready for show, finishing paperwork (why are there so many freaking pieces of paper?!?), finishing off posters, making up buyer gifts (more about those later), and packing for camping at the fair site.
I am making t-shirts for our 4-H group. A different design for each project group. I have the luxury of cutting Vinyl on a Silhouette Cameo but this project is totally do-able without a craft cutter using almost free materials. I am not going to reinvent the wheel but I will totally direct you other people who have done it before. Better.
So first of all: for 4-H there is a free SVG online get it and use it if you need it. Its pretty awesome that its freely available. At the bottom of this post I will include a JPEG, SVG and Silhouette file of my 4 leaf clover which is a little different to the 4-H emblem on wiki-commons. Print your clover and whatever else you need on normal paper to use as a template for cutting wax paper or as I understand (but haven’t tried) you can print directly on a piece of freezer paper and the design will iron onto your t-shirt- the tutorial is over here– just be sure to reverse the image. The font I used (basically it is my favorite font EVER) is called Lobster and is widely free on the internet. It is also really easy to cut out being nicely chunky with lots of strait lines. Our 4-H t-shirts were designed by me and made on a Silhouette Cameo. The 4-H goats are my own SVG design available along side other 4-H animals in my Etsy shop. There are loads of animal SVG outlines out there that are totally free but I needed my animals to be accurate, detailed and in a “show” position for my design. If you want an animal for free I suggest you Google the animal, find a photo that is copyright free and print it out and just cut out around the animal and use it as a template.
These are the ways you can TOTALLY do this project for free with stuff in your house:
We like to make freezer paper shirts with t-shirts that are stained on the front (damn coffee).
The metal signs are for our goat pens again cut from my own SVG by my cousins talented husband Bob Gaston at Gaston Farrier and Forge. He isn’t online yet but if you are interested in his work I can hook you up. He can make virtually anything with his CNC machine. Serious awesomeness!
The actual writing was cut from removable vinyl by Cricut. I LOATHE their vinyl. It was so difficult to use and I cursed it long and loud at almost every step. I shall be looking at a different brand in future.
I so hope you have made some use of the Mason Jar Card. If not… DO!
Here are four more ideas to use and none of them require a craft cutter- you can use the JPEG template available HERE and just cut out the jar and lid.
1: The Retro Floral Mason Jar
2: The Party Invite Mason Jar
3: The Rubbed Embossing Mason Jar
Have fun lovelies!