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*If you’ve ever been scared to paint before, here is your chance….anyone can do this. Acrylic paint is VERY forgiving. If you mess up, just paint over it!

Flaming Pants

I’ve been neglecting making things for boys lately….so I made these little black sweatpants for my newborn nephew today. I made them with an old t-shirt and a layered freezer paper stencil. He’ll look really “tough” at 6 months old with the flames don’t you think? You can make them too…..I scanned and uploaded my flame sketch at the bottom of the post.
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Step 1: I cut out two legs from a black t-shirt (you can find my t-shirt pant tutorial here).
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Step 2: I cut an 8.5 x 11″ piece of freezer paper and printed my template directly onto it (make sure to print on the paper side…NOT the waxy side or you’ll have a real mess). I cut the template in half…. one flame for each leg.
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Step 3: I cut out the large flame from each piece of paper (save the inside flame for later)…..
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Step 4: I ironed on my flame stencils to the t-shirt (read this tutorial for more info on freezer paper stenciling, and fabric paint). I ironed a piece of freezer paper underneath as well so the paint didn’t bleed through.
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Step 5: I mixed a red/orange color and painted several layers onto the stencil.
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Step 6: I cut out the smallest portion of the inside flame.
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Step 7: Once the red/orange layer of paint was dry, I ironed the “inside” stencil directly onto the paint and larger stencil.
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Step 8: I mixed a little bit of white fabric paint with yellow (to make the yellow more opaque) and painted several layers onto the “inside” stencil.
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Step 9: Once all the paint was dry I peeled off the stencils and my flames were finished!
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Step 10: I sewed together my t-shirt pants and added the elastic waist (see the t-shirt pant tutorial here for directions).
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And put them on my new little “baby manny” that a friend gave me! He sure is frumpy.
Flaming Pants tutorial step finished via lilblueboo.comFlames Template
*Copyright © 2009 by Ashley Hackshaw. All rights reserved. This applique is for personal and home use only.


Q – T – REX Applique

Sienna is all about dinosaurs right now (since seeing Ice Age). Not much out there for girls though….so we had to improvise. I drew the T-Rex skull from a photo of a skeleton… probably isn’t very anatomically correct but Sienna yelled “DINOSAUR…….RAWR” when she saw it and that is good enough for me! I was putting “Cutie-Rex” on the shorts but Brett came up with “Q T Rex”….. love it!
The great part is this can be an applique for a girl OR boy!
Free T Rex Dinosaur Template for Sewing Applique via
The tank top is reverse applique and the shorts are regular applique (click on the links for the tutorials).  I’ve uploaded my applique sketch at the bottom of the post if you want to make one for your little boy or girl too.
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Sienna in her outfit:
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Cutie Rex*

*Copyright © 2009 by Ashley Hackshaw. All rights reserved. This applique is for personal and home use only. Registered & Protected


Today requires…..

…..some organization.

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Sewing on Paper II

I love how easy Dana’s quilted notecard tutorial is. Yesterday I needed a card for a belated wedding present and used a bunch of white fabric scraps to sew this one up really quick:
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Here are some other cards I’ve made by sewing on paper (click here to go to the original post):
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Sewing on Paper II gift tags via

A Big Frumpy Mess…….

I really wish I was just a LITTLE more patient. I was working on this top….. the idea was sort of an “inside-out” top. Wow….. it was SO cute until I thought it was just a little too flowy….. then I was a rotary-cutter-happy refusing-to-measure-anything-out-stubborn crazy person…. and then it just turned into a disaster. A huge frumpy-lopsided-wonky-frustrating mess. Maybe it can be salvaged into a dress for Sienna……but I am SO OVER this project for now.

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It is past midnight now….. I did finish sewing up some samples for a new pattern I am working on. At least something turned out today. Oh, and I just ate some Toll House pie that I brought home from a party tonight. And maybe Sienna will sleep in past 5:30 am tomorrow morning…..could I be so lucky?

Sienna’s Art Journal

Sometimes is it pretty darn difficult to get projects done with a little one running around. Usually I give Sienna her own “miniature” version of whatever I am working on….. and make it slightly less messy (I make big enough messes on my own). A few months ago I gave Sienna her own “art journal.” I change up the supplies each time to keep it interesting and I give her lots of choices on what to use.
Last night Sienna worked on her book with a huge pile of sticker pages (I was catching up on Project Runway):
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Inspecting a “googly” eye:
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Her finished page, and I’m still sane!
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P.S. I wanted Ari to stay on Project Runway! I agree with Micheal Kors….. maybe I’m just not smart enough to “get” her work?

Little Sister, Big Sister

I made these pillowcases dresses a while back….. and was so surprised to to receive baby Sydney’s birth announcement with both sisters (Samantha is the big sister) wearing them! I had to share these photos….I rarely get to see gifts on the children I actually made them for.

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Our friends Mike and Jen found out during pregnancy that Sydney had a congenital heart defect that would need surgery or several surgeries right after she was born. Sydney was born on June 19th and a few days after being born, Sydney’s parents and the cardiologist decided to do a small procedure to add an artery band to control a condition that sometimes causes too much oxygenated blood to the lungs. It is a temporary fix and the band will allow Sydney to be able to grow a little more so that when she is between 4 months and a year old she can have her ventricle defect repaired. Sydney was released from the ICU and was home with her family on July 4th! She is doing so well! She is a healthy little miracle baby ;) Thanks for the cute photos Jen!  XOXO

Journaling: Transferring Images with Con-Tact Paper

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You can make journal pages much more interesting by layering multiple images and text. There are many ways to transfer an image onto a page….so I’ll be doing several posts with different techniques. Below I’ll show you how to use clear Con-Tact paper (the stuff used for drawer liners and textbook covers). Many people use packing tape for this same technique, but I think it is too limiting because it’s size.
Below are three journal pages where I used Con-Tact paper to place an image or text as a layer.
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Materials needed:
Clear Con-Tact paper
A photocopied image (inkjet will not work)
My photocopy is a quote written by Sabrina Ward Harrison in one of her books. I love her handwriting!
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Cut out your Con-Tact paper to cover the portion of the photocopy that you want to transfer.
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Peel the backing off the Con-Tact paper…..
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……and place on your photocopy.
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Use your fingernail or another object (I’m using a bone folder in the photo) to burnish the top of the Con-Tact paper to make sure it adheres well.
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Cut off the excess paper surround the image.
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Place the photocopy/Con-Tact paper into a bowl of warm water……
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…and gently begin rubbing the wet paper off of the Con-Tact paper.
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The photocopied image will be left behind.
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To adhere it to your page or canvas you can use matte medium, clear glue or modge podge. I use matte medium in my journals because it doesn’t cause the pages to stick together over time. I put some matte medium directly on the page and then spread it out using a paint brush.
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Then I placed the transferred image on the page……
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….and brushed the excess matte medium over the top and made sure to push out any air bubbles.
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Finished! An easy and foolproof way to make those pages more interesting.
(My mother is going to LOVE that I have this photo of her in a swimsuit when she was younger on my blog…..but she was Miss Teenage Maryland, I think she should show it off!)
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Other image transfer tutorials to check out:


Transfer Image using Gel Medium to Wood or Canvas via


Curb Appeal

This morning Sienna and I worked on the cardboard house. We focused on minimizing the exterior features we didn’t like (the lack of window trim and texture) and enhancing the parts we liked (lots of window cutouts, the angle of the roof, front and rear entry doors). Our goal: increase value, add personality and make this house “the envy of the neighborhood.”

Our color palette was “sherbet/beachy/princess/romper room.”

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New shingles aren’t in our budget so we spent mucho time on the roof……
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….and decided that “trompe l’oeil” was the most economical choice.
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Sienna had to spend considerable time “un-doing” my marker drawings from the night before…… especially the spider webs. It is very important to her that the house look well-maintained.
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Sienna’s favorite part? Mixing up the paint and cleaning the brushes.
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Next time we’ll tackle the landscaping, window coverings and door hardware……
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Update: Purchased at Costco for those who wanted to know. I might buy a few more and just make a big neighborhood!
A few tips for painting with children:
:: Lots of floor coverings (make sure to get the kind with a plastic liner so paint doesn’t pass through). You’ll enjoy yourself more if you don’t have to worry.
:: Add enough water to the paint cups so the paint is easily “spread” with a brush. Make sure to use “fluffy” brushes that hold lots of paint….much more gratifying when you can cover large areas.
:: Designate “painting” clothes so you don’t have to worry. Aprons are great, but they don’t cover everything! Even I have my own designated painting jeans!
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