Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Project 365

Thank you to everyone who is following my Project 365. I'm having a blast with it. I decided to start a blog just for my Project 365 photos. You can check it out here. I want to keep this one more for my craft/scrapbook stuff.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Project 365 - Day 7

Here's my photo from yesterday. I snapped a photo of Dawn G's hand. I loved how it looked. I added 3 layers of saturation and am almost giddy with how it looks. The background is so abstract and neon and awesome. :) Dawn's hand almost looks like it's ready to leap off the page. :) I'm having a blast with this project. I know it's supposed to chronicle more of your daily life but it's my 365 and my interpretation and I am having fun! It is good for the creative heart.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Project 365 - Day 6

Here we are at day 6 already.Today's photo is making my heart happy. I spent the day with a great friend. We always have fun when we get together. Today we went to a local art store called Art Placement. It's a hidden jewel in our city. They have the most amazing papers and art supplies. If you have never been there go check them out. After a lunch of Dim Sum at a local restaurant we spent the afternoon "junking" at the local thrift stores. We both found some fun stuff to get our creative juices going. So here is my selection of finds from all the places we visited.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Project 365 - Day 5

Here's my oldest son out enjoying the snow. Today was a hard day to pick which photo to post as I got quite a few nice shots of him playing. :) I love the "snowfall" effect of the snow cascading out of his hands.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Project 365- Day4

The view from my patio doors tonight.

Custom Jean Patches Tutorial

I live in a house where everyone wears the knees out of their jeans. All 4 of my children and my Husband too. I used to send all our pants to my MIL to be fixed but she is unable to do it anymore. So I was thinking with all the nice material and patterns on the market and all the cutting systems too that making some cool patches shouldn't be too hard. The patches turned out awesome and my kids loved them. What do you think??

I used cotton/cotton blend and flannel fabrics. The first thing I did was to apply heat and bond to the back of the fabric. This stiffens up the fabric and for non-sewers allows you to then iron the fabric onto your project with no sewing involved. I do find that I do need to sew it on to anything that will be going through the washing machine.

I love the versatility of my Making Memories Slice. There are so many cartridges to choose from so no matter what kind of a custom patch design you want, you should be able to find it. Keep in mind you can't cut heavier fabrics with the Slice.I use my Big Shot and dies to cut heavier fabrics like denim. Select your image and cut.

There are many ways to address how to prepare the jeans for patching. I find it is easiest to rip open the inside seem or the seem that doesn't have fancy stitching with a seem ripper. This allows me lots of room to work .

Too prepare the spot I am patching I remove the tattered material and make a nice square hole. I then measure and cut a piece of denim to fit from old jeans that I keep on hand just for patches.

I sew around the perimeter of the patch with at straight stitch and sew around the cut area with a zig zag stitch. I usually go around twice just to help keep any fraying in check. Now because I used heat and bond on my patch I iron it on and then zig zag stitch around it. I do this twice also.

This is what the back side of the patch looks like. I don't worry too much about the fraying on the patch edges. By the time these are frayed and need to be replaced the jeans are either toast or the kids have out grown them.

I zig zag sew the seem back together (do this twice) and the jeans are done and ready to wear.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Project 365 - Day3

Ray and I have been wanting to get skates for the kids for a while now but just weren't able to do it. This year we were finally able to do it. The kids were so excited. They had never been skating before. They took to it like ducks to water. ;) We only got a couple of outing's in before the weather turned cold. I'm hoping this cold snap doesn't last long. Ray and I even got skates. It's been about 20 years since either of us had been skating. It all came back to us...just like riding a bike. Speaking of wich that might be our next investment.
I saturated the colours a little in the photo just because I loved how the red and blue laces pop.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Project 365 - Day 2

Yummy.....Warm apple crisp and ice cream. I love these kinds of desserts in the winter time. :) Today I made Ray's favorite supper, Shepherd's Pie and we finished it off with this. I love how everyone's eye's always light up for the dessert portion of supper. With the six of us there is usually someone who isn't thrilled about what's on the table for supper but they never fail to get excited about dessert.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Project 365

I have been lacking in inspiration for quite some time now. I don't know where it went or why but it's gone. I have decided that I really need to find it again so I am undertaking Project 365. It's all about documenting your daily life. I'm excited for it. It has many purposes; First it will get me back on track blogging again. I have really neglected my blog this past year.Second it will make me be creative in some manner everyday. Yeah!! Third I will have to pick up my camera everyday. Something I have not been doing lately. Fourth it should give me lots of photo's to scrapbook this year. :) I am not sure yet if I will continue to post my Project 365 photo's here or if I will start another blog and then just link them up here...we'll have to see. So now onto today's photo. 

I didn't put up a Christmas tree this year in stead the kids each made one. I will be putting them away sometime this week and since I hadn't taken any photo's of them yet I thought this would be a great way to start. :)