Monday, March 26, 2012

I Spy... a Hanger

A week or so ago I was checking out one my favorite wedding blogs, The Bride's Cafe, and I saw one of my padded hangers. I glanced at the custom tag and realized yes it was one of my little creations. It was a tiny thrill and it made me happy that the photographer, Eleise Theuer, thought enough of the hanger and tag to shoot a close-up as well as a couple other shots. yay!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Oh, the Places You'll Go with a Twist!

Surprisingly, an 80th Birthday Party can have a Dr. Seuss theme too. And Dr. Seuss's last book "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" has become a classic gift for anyone graduating from just about any grade or a college or university so why not for an eighty-year-old's birthday. We tweaked the book title to "Oh, the Places He's Been" but the style and colors are very Seuss-ish! I can already imagine the decor!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Construction Business Card & Logo

It hit me the other day that I had not posted the final design for Starboard Construction! It might sound like this company is in the boat building business, but not so. They do deal with a lot of water though! Underground water and sewer pipelines is the business, and besides that Kevin has a love of sailing. After coming up with a few designs which I posted earlier here, the owners decided to add a compass rose. Love that detail! The colors are earth and water which seem to fit perfectly.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

A 90th Birthday with a Musical Theme

How darling is this little girl who was a "Clark Kiddie" in the photo on the invitation back in the late 1920's, and then later one of the "Clark Sisters" that sang with the likes of the Tommy Dorsey orchestra. She's a vibrant woman about to turn ninety and the family is ready to party! I understand that music is in this family's DNA so there will be singing and playing all afternoon long!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Printing on Fabric... I Had to Try It! For a Good Cause

Crazy, but it clearly has every chance of being an incredibly fun day, I am on a one-day Amazing Race team... for charity! Casa de Amparo is a foster care facility in North San Diego County that gives shelter, counseling and love to abused children, of which my husband and I are long-time supporters. They are the beneficiaries of this Amazing Race so win or lose for my team it's a WIN for Casa de Amparo.

My team, the Blazin' Babes, were in need of team shirts so I volunteered to create something special. While cruising Pinterest (you can follow me and my crazy pins) I found a tutorial on how to print on fabric. I'm so glad I pinned it because I needed to do it. Here's how it worked for me:

I cut my fabric just a bit larger than a legal size paper.

And then I cut the freezer paper about the same size.

With the side of the fabric that I wanted to print on facing the ironing board, and the shiny side of the freezer paper facing the wrong side of the fabric I ironed to fuse the two together. Don't worry it's not a permanent fuse, just temporary.

Then I trimmed it exactly (well, pretty close) to a legal size paper.

Then I loaded it into my printer, said a prayer, hit print and watched it come out the other side with the design I had created. Cut out lines and our team name logo "Blazin' Babes".

Then I cut out my shape and peeled the fabric from the freezer paper.

As you can see I stitched it to another flame in red

and then pulled the bobbin thread to gather it up just a bit. I did this same thing for flames with each team member's name and also to other fabric flames.

I pinned the flames in place, hand-sewed them on our black t-shirts and now we are ready to win our Amazing Race!

Wish me and the team luck!