Long time no post… I just saw a photo of a Christmas present I made so I figured I would do a quick post.
Who else has gotten into using Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV)? There are many videos on YouTube, individual blogs, etc so I won’t repeat how to do it, but I will show you the first project that I did for a family member.
first HTV shirt
The lighting wasn’t great, but the trees are a solid green. I used my Sizzix hand die cutting machine and some of the dies I had for making scrapbooks. I had to play around with which way the HTV needed to be placed on the die since I wasn’t able to electronically flip my text.
The shirt is still being worn, but I have had to touch up a few of the letters with an iron. I am still working on the correct amount of time, etc that they should be ironed for, etc.
Since this original shirt I have made eight more shirts for different family members. So far I haven’t heard that the shapes or letters have fallen off.
So, with everything going on with Paradise, CA and my extended family (see the previous posts if you don’t know what I am talking about), I have decided to give myself a gift and not go on Facebook for this week. I need a break from all the posts, etc.
So far I have pulled out some small painting projects and I at least remembered to take most of the before photos so I will make a future post about that.
Now, I am not giving up all of the social media since I do use Facebook Messenger and I am also on Instagram, but I hardly ever go on Instagram and when I do I usually see good, uplifting things like funny Golden Retriever videos, recipes and etc.
I do want to wish everyone an early Happy Thanksgiving too.
In some ways I can’t believe it is already 2015. Like someone pointed out the other day we were all concerned when it was going to be 2000 (would the computers still work, etc). Oh, and I remember those days since I was working with a lot of people who were testing code and making changes to make sure that critical computer programs did continue to work. I think we all gave a big sigh of relief when it was 2000 and it appeared everything was still working correctly.
So, do you have any grand plans for 2015? I realized the other day that I want to make goals (some big and some small) to work on in 2015. I am tired of resolutions and usually don’t remember what I had (mentally) signed myself up for in a few months (other than the obvious like get healthier).
I will post my goals soon and then plan on making monthly updates. Maybe that will keep me accountable.
For those of us celebrating Christmas, I know this week is sort of nuts for a lot of us so I wanted to make sure I scheduled this ahead of time.
I am still working on Christmas cards, making treats to give out to the neighbors, cleaning the house, planning our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals, etc. I also have a list of ‘non-Christmas projects’ that I want to work on, but they will have to wait.
I am hoping that everyone enjoys some time with friends and family.
I am looking forward to the New Year and hope you are too.
I hope all of you (in the United States at least) had a great 4th of July. We worked around the yard (fixing sprinklers, etc), taking Pepper (the Golden Retriever) for a swim in the river, eating BBQ’ed ribs and squash and went to see fireworks. The sad part is the fireworks started a small brush fire.
Hoping we have as much fun during the rest of the weekend.
First I want to wish all the Fathers a Happy Father’s Day! We hope to spend the day going to church, going out to lunch and then spending the afternoon with Pepper (the Golden Retriever) and family – either hiking or taking her swimming
So, for a present I decided I wanted to make the husband a Subway Art using some of words of his favorite things. First I was looking at making a Canvas Artwork, but ran into problems getting the words to fit correctly on PicMonkey ( http://www.picmonkey.com/ ). I use this site to add the Watermark (blog name) to the photos I own and post.
So, then I started doing some Google searching to figure out how else I could make a Subway art. I found a few references to Wordle ( http://www.wordle.net/ ). It is a pretty easy site to use (I do suggest you read their FAQs before you start out). I did save my word list in a document first so it was pretty easy to modify.
I was able to make and print out my personalized Subway art (in black and white) this morning – now I need to put it into a frame so I can give it to him.
Sorry for no pictures this time, but they are currently in the new phone (which I have to figure out to get them posted). I figured it was better to send out the idea now in case you wanted to make one and post photos next week.
And you add a comment if you get this? I tried to email a couple of posts to myself to I could forward them to a friend and I realized I never got them. Not sure if it is our email account with the problem or if the posts are hiding from people. thanks!
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! And since Christmas is now over I feel I can ask this: Does your family do the ‘Elf on a Shelf’?
There are a couple of blogs that have been posting everything their Elf has been doing around the house and to be honest I don’t get it. Maybe it is since the daughter is in College, but even if we had little ones (other than Pepper the Golden Retriever) I don’t think we would do it.