Weekly Wishes #8

 

weekly wishes 8Since my daughter has learned to walk, she has also learned to scoot her way off of anything she can scoot off – laps, our couch and sometimes even arms. So when she cried every time I put her down, I knew something was up. Turns out she was sick – and has been since last Wednesday. Therefore – my life has been full of cuddling, hugging, comforting, sleeping and doing homework, making gifts and cleaning when she naps.

This little break from blogging and social media has been refreshing and has given me a good outlook on what I want my life to be. I tend to sign myself up for every creative project under the sun, only to feel beaten down and exhausted when I never seem to get the results I want from them. This has seriously effected my wishes for this week.

Let’s just say that I did not get any of my wishes done last week. But I’m not going to worry about it. I had a little one who needed me more than anything else did. Now that she’s feeling better, it’s a whole new week. My business and fitness goals will clearly have to wait until after Christmas because making gifts at home is a whole lot more work than I thought. But it has pushed me to be creative every day, and I love it.

This week:

Tuesday: Finish Addie and Elena’s gifts (painting – my absolute favorite!). Get them wrapped and ready to go!

Wednesday: Finish my parents gifts (trying something new for my very first time. I’m excited to share my project after Christmas). Get those bad boys ready to go!

Thursday: Start canning (apple butter, pumpkin butter and sugar-free jam for my brother!). Start working on the rest of Sadie’s and Jackson’s gifts (screen printing – my other favorite!)

Friday: Do finishing touches on gifts that need them. Continue canning

Saturday: CANNING, CANNING and more CANNING! Finish the beanie.

Sunday: Make sure everything is wrapped and all of my canning is done.

Monday: Bake-a-thon (gingerbread cupcakes and a whole lot of cookies!) starts!

This list helps me put the week into perspective and by splitting up my projects like this, I think I can actually do it! My posts from now until the end of the season will be more Holiday inspired, since obviously that’s all on that’s on my mind right now.

Once all this is done, I will have a little more than a month off of school and I’m planning on working on my creative business ventures and really getting things done so I will not feel so overwhelmed when school starts. Less creative projects, more focus on the ones I already have.

So,  what are your weekly wishes? Write about them and link up to the Nectar Collective. You can also share them in the comments and connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Here’s to hoping all of your holiday goals and wishes will be rewarded!

My first shot at screen printing

So, I dragged my Yudu out from the closet and got my screen ready to screen print. Then, I realized something. I didn’t have the danged emulsion kit! I swear…this Yudu better be the coolest thing to ever hit the planet once I have everything together. I ordered some emulsion kits online and while I wait for that, I figured it would be cool to try out one of those tutorials I wrote about on Friday.

Since I needed to do Cecilia’s four-month picture anyway, I thought that the number four would be the a good starting point. I followed the tutorial from Paper Raindrops and since I didn’t have nylons to use (apparently I hate nylons so much that I don’t even have an old pair lying around), I used some leftover lace I had.

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Next, I printed out a number four and mod podged the space that I didn’t want to print. I learned that I should have layered the mod podge more, and waited for it to dry completely. I was just so antsy I wanted it done now! Next, I put the screen on top of the shirt and painted the number four with screen printing ink.

Luckily, I was able to use my Yudu screen printing ink, so it came in handy for something!

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It came out a little funky since I didn’t apply as much Mod Podge as I should have and the outline wasn’t so perfect, but it did serve its purpose.

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I’ll try it again with the number five next month to see if I can get a more defined number, but I think I will save big projects for the Yudu.

Fridays are for Favorites

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I’ve been so focused on my garden and food lately that I forgot about one of my greatest loves, crafting! Tomorrow is my designated crafting day (yes, I have to designate crafting days) and since I have a lot of screen printing to get done, I figured I would start working on that this weekend.

I was lucky enough to get a Yudu machine for Christmas a few years ago, but I have yet to learn how to use it. I’m going to try working with the machine tomorrow, but I also wanted to know how to screen print on my own, just in case the machine and I do not agree.

Here are some of my favorite tutorials.

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1. Screenprinting Tutorial – Nerdy by Nature, by daogreer earth works. This tutorial uses a canvas, which I haven’t seen too much before. So if you have some canvas lying around, this would be a good tutorial to check out. She gives you step by step instructions, it’s lengthy but very useful.

2. DIY screen printing tutorial, by paper raindrops. This one uses nylon for the screen and mod podge. Inna, the creator of the site and tutorial said it’s good for words and pictures but to keep it simple.

3. Stencil screenprinting tutorial, by Flower Press. This is for the artist/illustrator, which I am not right now. But this would definitely be something I want to check out when I get better at that kind of stuff. For now, I’ll stick to simply printing out my designs.

4. DIY Screenprinted Tee tutorial, by Lovely Indeed. Not everyone has screen printing ink or wants to go get it. So if that’s you, check out this tutorial. It looks relatively easy, and came out super cute! I have all the materials so I’ll need to check it out tomorrow.

5. Valentines day: heartbreaker tees, by Handmade Home. Jamin and Ashley, the creators of the page and tutorials, used freezer paper to screen print “Heatbreaker” on tees for their children on Valentines day. This is a simple tutorial that you don’t need a lot of materials for, so if you have freezer paper, this is one to check out.

My friend who has her own little screen printing thing going lives by Speedball, which you can get a starter kit of on Amazon. You can also find eco-friendly screen printing ink at SilkScreeningSupplies.com.

And if you want to find out how to make those scrabble squares, you can get the tutorial from WebDesign.org.

If you have any screen printing tutorials to share, please do so in the comments! Hope you print some awesome stuff!