Tuesday, March 20, 2012

DIY: French phrase tee.

I saw this t-shirt online from Forever 21 and thought it was cute. I also thought it looked super simple and easy to recreate, and making my own would give me the ability to use any phrase my little heart desired ;) I decided to make one for myself and was pleased as punch with the results.

Here is what you need to make your own...

Plain white tee
Paint in 2 colors (or more!)-- I used acrylic and it worked just fine.
Masking tape
Paint brush/roller
Letter stamps

1. Lay your shirt flat on a hard surface and place a piece of cardboard inside the shirt. This will keep the excess paint from soaking through the other side of the shirt!

2. Mask off the stripes with tape. You can space them as close together or as far apart as you like, just remember that the taped portions will remain white. You can use a ruler if needed to keep your lines straight. I also used the tape to mask off around the sleeves so that I didn't make any paint boo-boos.

3. Get your paint and roller ready. I wanted an uneven/worn look so I just rolled the paint on without much care. If you want a more even/solid line then be sure to get an equal amount of paint all around the roller and re-load with paint often. Let stripes dry completely before removing the tape.

4. Once the stripes are dry and tape is removed, it's time for lettering! I wanted to stick with the French theme but I wasn't particularly fond of the phrase "Bonjour- je mapelle" (Hello, my name is). I chose instead to use "Bonjour- Mon Amour" which means "Hello, my love". You can use whatever phrase you like here! Simply dab the paint on your letter stencils and place them down on the shirt where you want it to go. If you want to be really precise you can always measure and mark, lightly, where each letter should go. But I kind of like the imperfect look of homemade, myself. :)

5. Once all the paint is good and dry, you can remove any tape or cardboard from the shirt and toss into the wash on a normal cycle. I have washed mine twice and it's holding up just fine!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Severe weather report.

Last night a terrible storm ripped through my hometown and surrounding areas in Kentucky. I was driving home from work while the phone calls and texts were pouring in, warning me to stay North. I have to admit it was frightening, and for several minutes (that felt like hours) I was worried that I may be driving directly into my demise. When I pulled off my exit, it was like entering a ghost town. Besides the pouring rain and few other cars, there was little commotion at all. All of the street lights were off and most of the people were hiding in their basements.

I was surprised to find that my home was perfectly intact, my dogs excited as ever to see me, and we even still had power! My husband arrived minutes after me and we spent the next couple hours watching coverage and realizing how incredibly lucky we were.

At least three tornadoes touched down in the tri-state area (SE Indiana, N Kentucky, SW Ohio). The count of lives lost is up to 34 at this point with several others critically injured. We are blessed to not have been hurt and our home suffered no damage, but many others were not so lucky. One of the tornadoes destroyed a neighborhood and nearby streets just a few miles from my own home.

Today, my husband and I ventured out to assess the damage and lend a helping hand however possible. Unfortunately, they aren't allowing us to help just yet but they are taking donations of all sorts at the local city buildings and churches. My heart is broken for those people who lost their homes, their lives, their loved ones, and their pets.

The following photos are not my own but were taken by friends and local news crews.

What is most amazing to me is the overwhelming support that came almost immediately for those in need. Over 1,100 locals have already joined an online group on Facebook that was created within an hour of the news reports of the damage. People are showing up in large masses to donate supplies, clothing, food, and to lend a helping hand. The line of traffic of folks just trying to get in to help was a mile long. It's inspiring to say the least! I am praying for everyone who was affected by the tornadoes last night and for everyone jumping at the chance to help as well.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

DIY: Tile Drink Coasters

I have been seeing this cute little project all around on Pinterest. I don't know where it originated, but it's very simple and fun to do! What you need:

Plain tiles from the hardware store
Mod Podge
Sponge brush
Craft glue

Gather up your materials. You will need to cut your paper to fit the tile pieces prior to beginning this project. Prep your tiles by spreading a generous amount of Mod Podge all over the surface with your brush. Line up your paper onto the tile and smooth across across the top. Using a credit card or something similar, rub out any bubbles or wrinkles across the paper. Clean up any glue that seeps out with the sponge brush. Allow to dry completely, at least 20-30 minutes. Once glue is dry, spread another generous amount of Mod Podge over the entire surface of the paper/tile. Again allow to dry completely. When surface is totally dry the coasters are ready to use! One final step to keep your tiles from scratching up your table surfaces is to glue felt pieces to the bottom. Simply apply dabs of glue to the under side of the tile and glue down the felt.

Let the glue dry totally and your coasters are ready to use! Using different designs of paper would make these perfect for any season, holiday or occasion! They'd even be great as a gift for someone you love :)
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