Friday, February 25, 2011

Homemade and Learning

With a chance to sit and write a post tonight, it seems a few projects have flown by that I didn’t get to share. I’m hoping to get to them, especially the ones using my new Silhouette! Just wait…I’ll fill you in later if you don’t know what that is. But first, the last minute/late homemade Christmas presents! {Yes, I am that behind on what I’d hoped to blog!}


My first attempt at decorative dishtowels, using materials I had on hand, including the chair fabric from an old garment I couldn’t throw away!  I learned a lot through this and with the next set I made using vintage fabric {sorry, no pics on those!}.  The next set two attempts of dish towels were DISASTERS as I attempted to use printed fabric as I did with the Thanksgiving pillow hoping a special rinse would keep it in the wash…and it didn’t and then trying transfer paper which is like vinyl on a dishtowel---nope.  Yes, we all hit walls at times in the out workings of our creativity!


My other homemade gift ideas were covering wooden frames with paper. Another learning curve for me! I did not do the best job cutting the paper neatly around the edges, so I sanded the edges more to give it an “intended” shabby look. Getting paper to lay down flat with no bubbles was also challenging for me, so much so that I covered over my first attempt with some sticky chalkboard paper! Since you could see the first paper underneath on the edges, I decided to add an embellishment to pull the unintended colors together. When you’re doing things last minute (as in, all the stores are closed because it’s Christmas Eve!) you have to use what you’ve got, even if it’s a mess-up!


So maybe this post should be called “Make Sure You Know What You’re Doing When You Plan On Giving Homemade Gifts” or “Start Your Homemade Christmas Presents in July”! Thankfully I can grin in retrospect.

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