2010 is here.
I'm not in a very introspective mood right now. I've been reading lots of lovely posts about what people have accomplished over the last year, and sort of feel that's what I'm "supposed to" write about. But I'm just not there.
It's true, my life has changed A LOT in the last year, and almost all for the better, but I think looking forward to all I need to start on this new year is getting in the way. So pardon me if I don't reminisce with the rest of you folks, and just simply move on to new things...
Anyway, this is a little preview of a room I've been meaning to show you. It's Theo's nursery/bedroom, and it, as you can guess, has an under-the-sea theme.
Here's how I made it:
Then I took the outline drawings and traced them onto Steam-a-Seam2. Remember you have to do the reverse of what you want in the end. Then I stuck the outlines on the fabric and cut out the shapes. Little things like the crab legs I did in separate little pieces instead of trying to cut out one big complicated thing.
I printed out the numbers and traced them on the Steam-a-Seam2 the same way.
I had pre-planned the layout and the sizes of each piece I wanted. They are made from regular wood canvas stretchers you can get at art supply stores (mine were ordered online to get all the different sizes).
Using the "frames" as a guide I laid out each number with it's animals onto a larger piece of batik fabric. When I was satisfied with the composition I ironed them in place according to the instructions.
Then I "stretched" each one over the stretchers. All I did was use a staple gun to staple it smooth over an around to the back of the stretchers. You want to start in the middle of each side and work you way out to prevent wrinkles.
I want to type: "That's it!" here, but who am I kidding? It was a lot of work....
But so worth it.