Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Great Craft Tutorial

Here a few different projects I have come across in my travels through the Internet world of craft. I thought I should blog them so I don't loose them which has happened a few times.
Peg Bag
Glycerin Soap
Bath Bombs 
Bath Oils and Salts
Woven Ribbon Bag
Recycled Denim And Flannel Quilt
Recycled Jeans Rug
Fabric Beach Balls
drum roll please...Molly Monkey
'For Pleats Sake' Tote
Long Stemmed Fabric Flowers
How to Make a Zipper Flower
Drawstring Dorm Laundry Bag
Fresh Linens: Fig Tree Threads' Amelia & Me Sun Hat
Art Journal Pinwheel Play Mat: Guest Tutorial by Bari J. Ackerman
Retro Fun: Quilted Mitt Pot Holders
Sweet Softies: Cuddly Cat

New Computer

So happy to finally have a new computer after putting up with one that was so slow and nearly had it. I am determined that the kids will not be getting on this one because I think that most of the problems we had were from them downloading things that they shouldn't have. It is amazing how great it is when you get on something that goes so much quicker.

We were able to get it from Computers For All. They take $15 a week out of our Centerlink payment through Centapay. It just makes it so much easier to be able to get a new computer when you can't afford to come up with the whole amount straight up.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Very Slack

I have been very slack lately and not posted anything for a week or so. I know they say you should try and do it every day but one day seems to be rolling into another at the moment and before you know it a week has gone by. I think also I have had the flu and really bad sinus so you loose interest and have little energy to worry about things like blogging. Plus dealing with 5 children and a husband is pretty full on at the best of times.

We are slowly settling in to our new home. I when I get a chance have been going down to my sewing room and working on different projects. There seems to be so many things I want to try and it can be a bit overwhelming to work out what I want to do first. My hubby is also saying since I have been spending all this money on bits and pieces I really need to try and sell some it. So I think I probably need to sit down and write out some sort of plan and then try and stick with it. We will see how that goes.

Some of my purchases from Ebay 
 Have been taking Jessica to the beach  
And to the park whilst the other kids are at school
We had the best fish and chips.

Some of finds from the op shop.
My $2 bag from the Op shop
Jessica's new $2 shoes 
Now I feel like I have done something, so I won't feel to guilty for a while.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Making Your Own Labels

Well I decided before I can actually selll my items on the net I wanted to have a label to make it look a bit more professional. So then I had to work out how to do this. So of course Googled this as you do whenever you want to know anything. I came across Allyson Hill who had some great ideas on how to do this. The one I chose to follow to do my labels was Fresh Vintage.

1. First I went down to K-Mart to see if they had some Iron-on Tranfer Printing paper. I bought OfficeOne White T-Shirt Transfer 3 pack for about $12. I was happy with the price cause I wanted to make sure it worked and didn't want to spend a fortune in doing so.

2.Then I had to design what I wanted to go on the label. This is what I came up with.
  3. Then I had to work out how to reverse the image. I created this in Microsoft Word. Doing it this way though you can't reverse the image. So then I had to Google how you would do this. What was suggested was you press your PrintScreen Button.

4. Go into Accessories and to the Paint program. Then you press Ctrl V which will past the document you had been working on like this:

5. Then go up into the left hand top corner and press the square button which will allow you to crop your work and select what you want to use on the page.

6. Then select what you want to use.

7. Then right click on the selected image and press copy.

8. Then go into File option up the top left hand side and press New.

9. You will then be asked if you want to save what you have done. Save it as something you will remember what you were working on. Then on the new document press Crtl V.

10. Then go up to the Image Tab and go press the flip and rotate option.

11. Then you will asked whether you want to flip it horizontally and you press ok.

12. Ta da!!!. You have reversed your image.

13. Now save your file. Then I went into my saved pictures. Press on the saved file to view it through Windows Live Photo Gallery.

14. Now I can crop the image to what I want. Click on the Fix button at the top of the screen and you will then get a drop down menu which will allow you to press crop.

15. Now that you have you reversed image you press on Ctrl C to copy the image. Open up Microsoft word again.

 16. Now reduce the size of the image so that you can fit 3 across the page.

17. Now you can go through and continue to do this all the way down the page.

18. Now your ready to put your Iron-on Transfer paper in the printer. Follow the instructions it should come with.
19. I then started to cut the labels into individual  squares.

20. But then realised that it would make more sense to iron on the whole transfer first and then cut out the material.

21. I am pretty happy with the way they turned out. Now I just have to get sewing and use them. Hope yours turns out as well. Let me know how you go.