Monday, February 20, 2012

Freezer paper stencils

My sister and I had a craft day a few weeks ago.  We decorated various wearable items using freezer paper stencils under the internet tutelage of The Modern Lady.  For a complete how-to check out her blog.

First, as any good day with your sister goes, we started at the craft store.  Now, let me tell you I have a little problem equivalent to “my eyes are bigger than my stomach.” In craft store terms that means I buy things for projects that never go anywhere.  It all looks so good and fun (and oh, I pinned that one project…) at the time and once I get those items home I always have excuses as to why I don’t execute.  SO, to get craft stuff and actually do something with it was a new endeavor for me.   Hurrah!

Next we got home and checked out the process of getting the stencils ready via The Modern Lady’s post (see linky above) .   She has a link to a video of a young girl making a t-shirt that’s quite adorable.  We laid out the necessary supplies.  Not pictured are an ironing board, iron, fabric paint and sponge brushes.

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Then, we got to work.



I made myself an apron.  I have picky eaters in my house.  Can you tell?



An elephant shirt for my 3 year old.



A “BEER” shirt for the hubs, inspired by one worn by Mac on Always Sunny in Philadelphia.


tow truck onesie

And check out this adorable onesie my sister made for her baby, due in May.  Cuteness!


We had a fun day and I was proud to actually accomplish something crafty.  Maybe I’ll try it again sometime.  Maybe. Smile

Saturday, February 11, 2012

A reason to celebrate

It's always good to have one, right?

Today is World Happy Day!


*On World Happy Day, February 11, 2012, premiere screenings of HAPPY, the latest film from Academy Award® nominated director Roko Belic, will be held around the globe. People worldwide will unite in venues ranging from large public theaters to community centers, private homes, churches, schools and more.

“Our goal is for people all around the world to come together, on the same day, start the conversation about happiness and begin to live healthier, happier, more fulfilling lives,” says Belic.

The film HAPPY was inspired by a challenge. Executive producer Tom Shadyac (Bruce Almighty, Liar, Liar, Patch Adams) read a New York Times article ranking the U.S. 23rd in happiness. He asked Belic to find out why. Belic investigated questions like, 
  •     What is happiness and where does it come from?
  •     How do we balance the allure for money, power and social status with our need for strong social relationships, health and personal fulfillment?
As humans we face daily challenges, and in those we have the choice to find or make happiness or go in a different direction.  Sometimes that seems like a daunting task, but if you look around, there is always something waiting to make you smile.  

May you find happiness today and every day, in things large or small.  

And because every post needs a picture:

*I have not yet seen this movie.  I just think that being happy is a good thing, and sometimes we need a gentle reminder of that.