Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium: Wall Hanging

I received a box of Mod Podge goodies a few weeks ago to make a wall hanging for my daughter's room.  We talked about what we'd make and came up with a fun project involving over a dozen women who have been a major support system in our lives.
The artwork I used for this project is by my awesome friend Holly of Spence Creative.  She is an amazing illustrator and I was so happy my daughter really connected with Holly's work.  Holly emailed me a few images that we could print for the project.  If you are using art with lettering, you must print in reverse.  I reversed the image in Photoshop and printed on regular multi-purpose paper.
Cut the exact image you would like to use (i.e. do not leave a white boarder unless you want a white boarder for the final project).  Using the foam brush provided with the Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium, coat the image with the transfer medium- making sure the entire surface and all edges are evenly coated.
Place the coated image print-side down on a fabric surface and smooth so there are no air bubbles.  Let the image dry for 24 hours.
 Using a sponge, wet the image and let set for 1-2 minutes.
Using a small circular motion, begin to remove the paper with the sponge.  The paper just crumbles away.
 Continue the circular motion until you remove all of the paper.
You may notice a white film once the image dries.  Dampen your sponge again to remove more of the paper fibers.  If you like a more vintage look, you can leave some of the paper fiber.
 The second image for the wall hanging, again compliments of Spence Creative:
 The images for the Podgeable Shapes:
 Removing the paper after 24 hours:
Trimming the images for the Podgeable Shapes:
I used the Gloss Mod Podge to adhere the images to the Podgeable Shapes and then sewed the two photo transfers into a wall hanging.  The bottom of the wall hanging has a clear plastic pocket to hold all of the Podgeable pendants.
 Now she can reach in for a pocketful of inspiration that she can take with her or wear on a necklace.
She loves it and I love having all of these strong women in both of our lives.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Getting Kids Styled at Great Prices

I was telling my 3rd grade daughter about my 3rd grade Valentine's Day experience.  My mom made me wear a home sewn lavender and gray floral print shirt to school that day.  I begged her to let me wear something else.  I groaned.  I didn't like the big tie in the front that was made into a puffy bow.  She didn't see the big deal and insisted I wear the shirt. I wasn't winning the battle, so I wore the shirt and kept my big purple puffy coat for the entire day.  My sister had a matching pink shirt and it seemed to me that her shirt at least looked better in pink. I was hot all day.  I pushed my coat sleeves up as far as I could, but I was boiling under that coat.  By early afternoon, I was sitting in the nurse's room with a rash all the way up and down my arms.  I was STILL wearing my coat sitting miserably on the nurse's table.  A couple of classmates delivered me a cupcake, but I missed the Valentine exchange.  Oh, vanity is a silly thing.  Is it any wonder I have a daughter who is soooooo particular about her clothing? While we were in Denver over the weekend we made sure to stop by for Old Navy's Kids and Baby Sale happening now through February 20th.  Both kids picked out an armful of clothes and we headed to the fitting rooms.  When my daughter removed her big clunky snow-boots  this is what I saw.  Clearly, she was in dire need of at least one pair of new socks...that she'll hopefully wear as a matching pair. When she spotted the gray puffy coat with fur trimmed hood and asked me if she could have a new coat, I hesitated.  Another coat?  She said it was $12.  Who can pass up a $12 coat?  I told her to try it on and it immediately fell into the "we're getting this" pile.  My son picked out a black sherpa hoodie and has not taken it off for two days.  The tag said $13, but when the woman was ringing us up she commented, "Actually that rang up at $3.47!"  Can't beat that deal!  Check out all of our deals...
We went to Old Navy.com when we got home and placed an order for more great deals.  My headphone-wearing, snowboarder, penguin loving son spotted a blue long sleeve shirt with a penguin wearing headphones and strapped into a snowboard with the word "shred".  It was MADE for him.  He ran upstairs and came back down with $6 towards the $8 shirt.  My favorite part of shopping Old Navy online is the link up with Athleta.  I forgot I left a shirt in my Athleta shopping bag and it added it to the Old Navy order and qualified for Free Shipping. Hmmmm....we ended up with a puffy coat.  Not shiny royal purple like mine, but close.  Good thing she really likes the pink lace heart shirt she'll wear beneath the coat on Valentine's Day this year!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.