Made by hands, expressed from the heart.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Pi Day T-Shirt.

I learned today that March 13 is Pi Day (the number Pi 3.1415- and that is all I remember).
The school asked to send the children with T-shirts with a number. Since we couldn't find any of this item, I started to wonder if I could make one myself.
So then researching on techniques to print fabric at home, I discovered something new, and awesome. On the blog Make It- Love It, I learned that freezer paper is ideal to make a stencil for printing a T- shirt, because when ironed, the freezer paper will stick to fabric.
This was something I had never seen before, so I couldn't wait to try.
We first chose a design for each T- shirt, and drew in paper, then copied in the freezer paper (waxy side down).

Next I carefully cut the shape with my exacto knife.
Next I ironed the freezer paper to the area I needed the illustration on the fabric.
Then I used the painting tools: fabric paint, a sheer fabric, a embroidery hoop, and a spatula.
After placing the sheer fabric on the hoop, they serve as a silk screen. So using a small amount of paint, I used the spatula to go across the screen, on top of the stencil.

To make different colors, I had to change the fabric.
Then after peeling the paper, the area painted will show (you can see I did a oopsie on the bottom with the blue paint).
After the paint was dry, I used the fabric pencils to add details, and also to cover up the blurry paint.
And made the second T-shirt. Notice that since I didn't have any yellow paint, I used the pen to make the pie. So the color is not as bright as when applied with the screen technique.
They don't look perfect, but not so bad for the first time. And that will do it to use it in school.
They approved it.

Monday, February 23, 2015

The evolution of Totoro.

Since we watched the movie, My Neighbor Totoro, all we want is a big, furry, Totoro.
My husband saw a Totoro toy, and he never bought it. He has so much faith on me, he was certain I could make one.
I am a OK seamstress, but have no idea how to make patterns. But since the challenge was on, I decided to give it a try. In order to avoid waste of material, I started using leftover pieces of whatever fabrics I had.
My first prototype was cut and stapled. It looked very scary, but it kind of resembled what I had in mind.
I made a pattern out of that, I sewed thinking there was not much mystery about making a simple toy..but it came out super short, like if he had lost his legs (if he had them).
Ok, so I just had to adjust his stature, and made a new one. And...he just looked very slim. His hips were missing.
Then after adding the hips, I think his shape was fine.
I made some adjustments to add a muzzle, so his face wouldn't be so flat.
And finally I used the real fabric to make Totoro.
In the end, he didn't look so bad. I used a plastic nose from the craft store, and the other details in fabric.
And I even had some fabric, to make a little one. This one I had to embroider the eyes and the nose.
I also made a Totoro with suction hands, so he can stick to a car window.
Now everyone is happy, we all have Totoros to play, to bring in the car, and to bring to bed.
I will soon post the pattern for the smaller Totoro.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentines Bread that Almost Didn't Happened.

Since we got a bread machine, we don't buy any more bread, so we have to make them almost every day.
Last night I skipped my workout, and I decided to make a little more time consuming bread. I wanted to try to make them red and heart shaped, for Valentine's Day.
I started to making the red color (the artificial colors don't agree with my kids tummies). I boiled some beets and used the red water, using it instead of milk for the recipe (I do change recipes, and that is why they don't always work).
I placed the rest of ingredients and let the machine mix, knead, and do its work.
After 1 1/2 hour, it beeps to tell it is ready.
I shaped them in the shape of hearts. They looked very nice.
And after they finished baking...they were all roundish, or triangular, and did not look like hearts.
I was about to call it quits. But decided to adjust the breads a little, and used a knife to shape them a little better.
And there it was, I finally could serve my family heart shaped breads.
Sometimes ideas don't seem to succeed, but making little changes and adjusting to the situation, it makes look (almost) perfect in the end.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Mini Dessert Tray.

One of my inspirations for desserts is the Queen of Cake Pops, Bakerella.
She has a lot of great, cute ideas, and for Valentines she made these cookie trays.
She makes the cookies from scratch, but I was really short in time to bake. So I decided to see if I could find items already made, so I didn't have to bake.
Lucky me I found these Newton Fruit Thins, perfect to make the tray.
I made small holes in the middle, using my chopstick, big enough for a paper straw to fit in (I guess any type of stick shaped tool will work, but I did break a couple of cookies). And to make the decoration, I used melted chocolate in a piping bag.
Like I learned from Bakerella, I inserted a lollipop stick in the hole, then I slid a 1 1/2 inch cut piece of the straw. The straw stops the next cookie from sliding all the way down.
Then place another little piece of straw, make a small flag to decorate, and a tiny pom pom on top.
To make the little cakes, I bought Mini Oreos and Mini Chips Ahoys, decorated with melted chocolate and sprinkles. I was out of time to make other cute candies, so i used some heart shaped candy, and the Oreos and Cookies to place in the tray.,
The kids were very happy when they got back from school, and they played with the cookies before devouring them.
And I had a lot of fun making these mini desserts.
Happy Valentines!