Since I am now a bona fide blog aficionado, the time has come to get more organized with my little hobby. Like many of you, I am constantly surprised and amazed at all the fantastic things people out there are making and doing. And honestly, I know my life will only allow me to accomplish a small number of the things that have inspired me. However, when life allows me the time, I like to be able to quickly find what I need to complete a project or activity. So..........today I slapped together (literally) a little Blog Diary. Be forewarned, it is NOT techy at all (well, I did print the labels on the computer so...........). I basically just took an old notebook (unused) and labelled sections of it with white printer labels. The categories I included are: Children's Activities, Crafts, Montessori, Recipes, Resources and Sewing. These are the types of things I routinely look at online. I find that if I don't write down where I saw an idea (and I have rarely been writing it down) I usually have a hard time relocating it. On a sidenote, I just figured out how to use Google Reader and have subscribed to many of my favorite blogs through it. I am thinking that there might be a feature on there that would do something similar. But for me right now, I like the idea of having a designated place where I can quickly jot down something for future reference. This little diary will "live" in the top drawer of my computer desk where I can easily pull it out. Below are two photos of this "marvelous" creation. (I am saying that sarcastically in case you didn't catch it; I'm sure many people are already using something like this.) Oh, and I just remembered, in the back I will write down all my usernames and passwords for various sites. I kind of have those in another notebook but they are really unorganized.
In the close-up on the right you can see the labels. I printed them on white labels in Microsoft word and just folded them in half to attach them to the edge of the page.
On a completely different note, last night I tried Freezer Paper Stencilling for the first time. Several weeks ago, I wrote that I wanted to make 4th of July shirts for the boys. I found a flag stencil and finally got around to doing it last night. And I ran into a little dilemma. See the photos below and be ready to offer me your wise advice.
OK......in the left photo you see the stencil ironed onto the shirt before painting. I bought the shirts at Hobby Lobby for $3 each and they are kind of a royal blue color. They look darker in the photos. At right is one of the painted shirts. And yes, I actually painted the stars and every other stripe white. There is the problem. I think I may need a different kind of paint. I had bought (at Hobby Lobby) a set of fabric paints. They are supposed to be 3D, but I figured they would work fine if I used a brush to paint them on. Obviously, they are not showing up on the blue the way I would hope. So, I haven't peeled the stencil off yet. I am planning to shop tomorrow for a different kind of paint. And here is where I need advice. Is there a certain type of paint I should use? Is there a kind that will show up better on a darker color like blue? I am clueless here. I'm definitely not giving up. I think I will really like doing these once I figure out the paint problem. In fact, I stayed up until 12:30 a.m. looking for more images to use as stencils for future projects. So..........HELP............PLEASE.............if you've done this before, please send me a comment or email with advice. I am heading to the "big city" tomorrow where I should be able to find what I need and still get the shirts done by Friday. THANKS A BUNCH!!!