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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Threads & Thrills Thursday...kids art and a borrowed tutorial!

So power outages and blogging don't really go together so well!
Can mother nature just not understand that I have a schedule to keep, and go a bit stir crazy without access to my computer? I mean really!
 
In all actuality, I'm elated to have not only power, but HEAT again. It was a long, cold, scratch that- FREEZING day yesterday!
{ 9 degrees- in SOUTH TEXAS?}
 
Okay, I'm done and moving on to much warmer things, like talk of irons!
 
I mentioned on Wednesday that I had challenged myself to bring color into my house. This is an extension of that challenge. My girls rooms are also very white-walled and in need of decor.
I want to add a photo frame collage onto the main wall of my 7 yr old's room, but wasn't sure how to fill the frames until she brought me a few of her drawings.
She has plans to be an astronaut and own her own spaceship when she's older. This is what it's going to look like...
 
 
This is very important to her and so I wanted a way to make sure the picture lasted for as long as possible.
I had her color the picture with regular crayons and then I ironed the image onto a piece of cotton muslin.
 
 The image transfers easily onto the fabric and leaves a reverse print of the original picture.
I then backed the fabric with a thin piece of felt and using black embroidery floss, back stitched around the entire image, being sure to follow her lines and details.
 
 
The result is a permanent work of her art that we framed and will add to her room.
She loves it, and it so proud that her picture is on the wall. I love that I don't have to hang on to every piece of paper that she colors on.
And here's the sappy mommy moment:
when my little girl is one day off, soaring through the stars to Jupiter, I'll be able to look at her picture and still have a piece of her close by...
 
No budding artist in your home, or are they dead set on having Dora on the wall and you don't draw?
Problem solved!
I ran across a fantastic tutorial earlier.
Nora from over at Handmade and Heavenly 
shares how she got some of her son's favorite cartoon characters onto their pillows.
A similar process to what I did, but a lot more details and pictures!
Check out her tutorial here...
 
Don't forget tomorrow's T.G.I.F. linky party! I feel the need for your inspiration...{and I like to visit your blogs!} The link opens at midnight just in case you don't like sleeping.
 
Happy Crafting!
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