Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Back from my unintended blog vacation...

With nothing interesting to say. But in this case, no news is good news. We just busily bumped headlong into summer and I am not used to a go, go, go kind of lifestyle. Much has been neglected due to the frantic pace of our recent days; this blog, crafting, projects, laundry. Now I am ready for the relaxed portion of summer that involves a lot of shade, books and iced tea. 

Quote from this lovely little cartoon I used to watch as a kid. Thank you youtube. Because of you, my children also get to experience the joys of Simon and the land of chalk drawings.

We've been cleaning out closets and I have a huge pile of old t-shirts that all had long happy lives, but are no longer public worthy. Most are too stained, stretched out or full of holes to donate, but it was really hard to send them off to a landfill. So I decided to turn them into winter blankets. I can back them with some of our old sheets that have seen better days as well. They won't be the most beautiful blankets ever, but they will probably be the most comfortable.

The other night I had the itch to doodle and grabbed the top t-shirt. I wanted to see what permanent markers would look like on one. (On purpose for a change. I have many permanent marker oops marks on shirts to attest to the staying power of the ink.)

It was fun and there is so much potential with this combo. Especially for kid shirts, or if you want to embroider and add beads. I read online if you iron it a bit afterwards it will set the ink. It won't last forever, but when I washed this it stayed pretty true, so I imagine it will last long enough to have some fun.

I can't wait to try sketching on a t-shirt that isn't all stretched out and stained. Cool t-shirts seem to be so expensive anymore. It is really hard to stomach paying $25 or more for a t-shirt, but that seems to be the going rate around here. This way I can buy cheap plain ones and fancy them up myself. The kids can't wait to try it out themselves.

So that is that. Summer is here, the obligatory parties, celebrations, recitals, trips and fun but frenzied events are all behind us. Much summer lallygagging, merrymaking and barefoot days ahead.


Anonymous said...

Um.Candy. I want to buy one of these from you. Seriously. Mermaids and cowgirls. Or whatever comes out of your head. I like the simple writing and the Create Your World. Your are TALENTED, Cowgirl!

Katherine said...

totally, ditto! you could sell these. and infant onsies? omg!

I used to paint tshirts for fun. I used little pots of fabric paint and markers.

Paint a cowgirl tshirt? I want one. : )

Critter's critters said...

This would make such a great happy July gift for your sister!! We do that, right?

cousin Deb said...

Love your t shirt and glad you're back!

Magic and Mayhem said...

You are so good! I just wandered in and am really enjoying your blog. Neat art at the fair too. :) Nice to meet you!

Mommylion said...

Thanks about the shirt everyone. Unfortunately, after washing about three times it has faded quite a bit. The design is still there but pretty dulled down. It was a fun experiment though.

Alicia, welcome! Your comment brightened my day. I checked out your blog and love it. You have a beautiful family. I just added you to my google reader :)