Thursday, June 25, 2009

'printing by hand'

I feel like I have to 'run' to keep up with life lately. Just when I want to slow down and literally smell the roses or take a leisurely walk or sit on the glider and read a good book, there is something demanding attention--like those weeds I can't seem to keep up with lately, the deck needing some stain, or meat birds & hens that need feeding & watering. No matter what though, I try to squeeze in some crafting like this really fun project recently from 'Printing by Hand'...

Our daughter' boyfriend had a birthday, and since he is the nicest guy in the world I thought I'd make him something. Since he has a dachshund puppy I decided to make him a pillow using the 'Gus's Dog Bed' stencil.

I have a screen printing kit but am still a bit intimidated by it all, so I just applied the screen printing ink with a stencil brush...

I can see where it would have come out nicer had I used the screen, but I think it still turned out pretty cute...


I've also managed to start a knitting and a crochet project...{I'm so much better at starting projects than finishing them :)
...will be back soon with more details.

31 comments:

  1. I love your doggy cushion if I am allowed to call them that. Your own material too.

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  2. Claire2:19 AM

    Well done Deb! Looks great! I'm sure he'll love it.

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  3. Anonymous11:11 AM

    It is perfect! (spoken with the authority of a sewing owner of two dachshunds)

    When I think of my mother's aunties who canned and laundered and cleaned without all the conveniences we have, I get this relaxed, slower-paced feeling that they always had when we visited or had family gatherings. How did they manage? (spoken with the authority of a gardening owner of many weeds)

    Happy 4th!

    --Vicki K.

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  4. Fun project! I love the cushion. I have been tempted by Spoonflower many a time but haven't taken the plunge yet. I am still in blanket mode but I'm almost finished a quilt square of sorts. How goes the stripes?

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  5. How adorable Deb! What a fabulous gift.
    Happy 4th!

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  6. Perfect....also coming from a sewing owner of one dachsshund!!!

    I am right there with you on NO TIME FOR ANYTHING!!! We have a wake to attend this evening and it is just putting me in a "hurry up and go crazy to get everything done so we can actually leave the house mode"..... I guess I shouldn't have opened this ole laptop huh??

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  7. So cute! I have a little white chair like that, and now I know what to do with it! Clearly it needs a hand printed pillow :)

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  8. Love the doggy pillow and can't wait to see knitting and crochet projects. Everytime I log in to buy something, everything is sold out :-(
    I guess if I was lucky enough to know you I would receive a heads up (hint)

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  9. The dachshund pillow is so cute. We have four of them here. That would make great presents for each one of them to have a pillow with their name of it. Great idea!

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  10. I love it, what a wonderful gift idea. Happy 4th xoxox Clarice

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  11. That is just too cute!!! I need one! What a perfect stencil.

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  12. Love the pillow and I know what you mean about being better at starting a projcet then finishing one!

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  13. I'd love to try screen printing, keep us updated when you try it out! Looks like a great book too. I linked you to my blog!
    Bess

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  14. Deb, that doggy cushion is so cute. What great work!

    God bless.

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  15. So, so cute!! And how lucky you are to have a guy in your daughter's life that you love!!

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  16. I totally know how you feel about the time thing! I am eagerly awaiting my Indian Game meat hens and have helped our new Isa Browns settle in. Where does time go... happily I can sneak this time to read some blogs!

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  17. Anonymous6:01 AM

    This post left me all inspired. I have been stencilling little owls onto some fabric this evening... looks like a great book! Thanks for sharing

    Sharon

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  18. Really cute pillow! I have a screen printers kit alos. It's called 'Print Go Go". Bought it from Alleens craft show years ago.

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  19. Wow I just love the pillow what a great gift!

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  20. Lovely printing. There are always weeds and jobs to do hear too!

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  21. Did he just Love it?

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  22. Hello from Oregon. This is my first comment here, though I have been following your blog for some time. You'll never believe this! I found a similar fabric a little while ago, and upholstered an entire bench with dogs. The funniest part? In real life we have two cats!

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  23. Hello from Oregon. This is my first comment here, though I have been following your blog for some time. You'll never believe this! I found a similar fabric a little while ago, and upholstered an entire bench with dogs. The funniest part? In real life we have two cats!

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  24. Did he just Love it?

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  25. Wow I just love the pillow what a great gift!

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  26. I totally know how you feel about the time thing! I am eagerly awaiting my Indian Game meat hens and have helped our new Isa Browns settle in. Where does time go... happily I can sneak this time to read some blogs!

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  27. So, so cute!! And how lucky you are to have a guy in your daughter's life that you love!!

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  28. Deb, that doggy cushion is so cute. What great work!

    God bless.

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  29. Love the pillow and I know what you mean about being better at starting a projcet then finishing one!

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  30. Love the doggy pillow and can't wait to see knitting and crochet projects. Everytime I log in to buy something, everything is sold out :-(
    I guess if I was lucky enough to know you I would receive a heads up (hint)

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  31. I love your doggy cushion if I am allowed to call them that. Your own material too.

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