Friday, January 25, 2013

50 State Mini Challenge

TrashN2Tees Abe Lincoln Penny Tee 4t
Life comes with many challenges, I'm sure you'd agree. Whether its making tough deal breaker decisions or the challenge of what shoes to wear with that freshly upcycled polka dot skirt. It sat down this morning to get bloggy a bit about this mini self challenge I've challenged myself. Say that 10x fast.

The boys and I have been on a virtual roadtrip of America- Sam (7) is interested in maps & the globe. He's nearly mastered all of the 50 states locations... which is mighty impressive since many adults I know can't properly place Nebraska on blank map. We're also still practicing money values. And Presidents Day is in February. Did I lose you there? I promise it will all make sense.

When I design shirts, they're often inspired by the ongoings around me- or the boys own adventures. I like to capture a little bit of their imagination, playfulness, and wit. I'm certain its the universal boy language. 

The challenge: to create a tee that represents each of the 50 states. I've accepted. 

Do you ever mini-challenge yourself? To take on a new hobby, try a new food, get more sleep? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below- and while you're there let me know what tshirt design (new or old) best represents your home state.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Ninjago Birthday Party: Green Ninja

I love planning birthday parties, seriously I do... except when they happen to fall dead in the middle of my busiest time of year and 4 days before Christmas. What generally happens here is I'll get the urge to start planning & crafting in Sept/October and by the time December rolls around my oldest is already onto something new. This year we decided on a Ninjago themed party by November he changed his mind & wanted an Angry Birds birthday. Needless to say- we celebrated the big 0-7 ninja style. I found inspiration from some great blogs like Craft Interrupted and naturally on Pinterest.
Invites were crafted up using photoshop. I printed them out onto sticker sheets, cut out, and applied directly onto a Ninjago battle card. (Since the boys weren't willing to sacrifice their own cards I picked up a small lot on Ebay)

 The kids enjoyed pizza at the "kotatsu" which, between you and I, is just my coffee table covered in brown paper bags with kanji drawn on it. The symbols represented words like warrior, air, water, fire, ninja etc. Sam and some of the other guests are already reading so beneath each symbol I wrote the word. We  chowed down on pizza, rice krispy sushi, a "Great Devour" snake, and decorated fortune cookies. Each received a personalized headband, origami ninja stars (which I painstakingly folded), and the skeleton treats picture up top.
Besides decorating the fortune cookies (using colored chocolate & sprinkles) I wrangled up some villans for the ninjas to battle- cardboard boxes... the possibilities are endless. In total there were 10 of these, the best part (according to my boys) is stacking them up and knocking them down with their spinjitzu. 

We had the most incredible cake made by Maria from Babycakes. It not only looks amazing, right? but it was delicious too. If you're in the Lehigh Valley area don't think twice about calling her for your cakery needs. Tell her I sent you too! (If you need more info on Maria, please drop me a line!)

Here are the highlights and how to's from previous birthdays: 

Monday, January 7, 2013

Lego Man Love Applique (Free Download)

Since the boys latest infatuation is Lego minifigs and Valentines Day is just around the corner I came up with this simple design that can be tweaked for just about any occasion. Wanna make your own? Just right click & save the image below and print out.

Iron your fabrics (like reclaimed tshirts) to the fusible web ...
...and cut out the shapes.
Fuse the design onto a shirt and you're done. I always recommend finishing off your applique by machine stitching the raw edges or applying fabric paint.

I'm fairly certain that most mamas of boys will love this, if you know one- please share it! And if you're here thinking,"Man I wish I was crafty or knew how to do this." Worry not- In March we'll be kicking off the DIY-U: School of DIY for Crafting Misfits.We'll be covering the basics and how to's skills needed to do it yourself such as sewing, photography, embroidery, knitting. Through the series I hope to nuture that & share skills that will inspire others to start creating (with or without reclaimed materials) Jump on the mailing list (in the side bar) and you'll get dibs on the juicy details and guest list.

Oh and one last little thing, TrashN2Tees is not affiliated or endorsed by the Lego Group.


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