We're back from Australia! Chuck had a ton of fun playing with his cousin. I'll try to upload some photos next week once we get readjusted to East Coast time. (Eeek.) In the meantime, here's a quick post showing how I made these freezer paper stenciled canvas bags. A couple of weekends ago, I hung out with some old college friends. Wanting to give them something handmade, I whipped up these colorful bags.
Freezer Paper Stenciled Tomato, Pear, and Flower Canvas Bags
Like the designs? I think they're happy and bright, but I can't take credit for them. I modeled the images from ones that I saw via Pinterest.
Knowing that our cousin was a big fan of beautiful, handmade things (as clearly evidenced by her lovely wedding), I thought I'd continue the pillowcase decorating tradition and make her a set of "Good Night, Bonne Nuit" pillowcases:
These pillowcases were inspired by the ones that I saw on Skunkboy Blog. The originals looked so airy and whimsical that I had to try making similar looking ones using the freezer paper stencil technique. Here's a photo of me stenciling the "good night" pillow:
These were my most difficult stenciling project yet because the branches and leaves were so narrow and took a lot of time to carefully cut out. Although my pillows don't have quite as much quirky detail as the originals, they still look pretty darn cute.
Here are some closeup shots: (Sorry for the wrinkles. I hate ironing and didn't even think to iron them first.)
Hopefully they'll bring sweet dreams and rest to the bride and groom.
I love how the two pillowcases go together. So when I saw that Justine from Kerr-afty Creations designed her own set of pillowcases that went together, I had to copy the idea. (Thanks Justine!)
The pillows are designed so that it looks like one person is dreaming of the other. I thought the pillowcases would be a nice wedding gift to S and A. I have pretty shaky hands, so instead of directly painting the images on I used the freezer paper stencil technique. Here are some photos of my work:
The end result was pretty cute. But warning- If you try this design out, make sure that you carefully iron the cloud on. I wasn't so careful and paint seeped through one of the edges. Eek!
I've never felt the need to celebrate St. Patrick's day. But, strangely... now that I'm a mom I feel the need to celebrate this and every holiday with Chuck. President's day? St. Patrick's day? Passover? Bring them all on. I relish the thought of dressing him up in holiday themed gear.
And since St. Paddy's day is just around the corner, what better way to celebrate than dress him in green. So last night I donned my crafting hat and made this "lucky charm" shirt for Chuck to wear.
Not too shabby, right? It was my first time trying out the freezer paper stenciling technique. Isn't it surprising how nice and crisp the lines turned out? Wow. This is definitely a technique that I'll use in the future.