Is it the Universe showing me a new way of doing something I've been trying to do?
Obscure? Yeah, well, you should spend some time inside my head. No, maybe not - you'd go nuts! I have been living with this brain (and the way it works) for 56 years. I'm still not used to it. I just try to deal with it though.
Let me start at the beginning, sort of. I'm addicted to Pinterest. Yes, I am. I've been spending too many hours there. The good part of that is, I have found some subjects I'm interested in, and of course, the links lead me to the sites, where I have the ability to find out how someone did what's been in my head, but I could not figure out how to do it. That's one of my problems. I have these ideas, but I'm not crafty on my own - I have to SEE something to know that is what I've been wanting to do, but haven't had the thought process to figure it out.
The subject for today is the way you put a photo on canvas. There are many ways to do it, one being that you order them that way. I don't want to go that route. I am all about DIY (if I can figure out HOW). After some searching around, I decided to stop into Michaels Crafts store on my way home from babysitting the cutest grand daughter that exists. :-) Yes, I'm biased. I'm allowed. She's MINE. Sorry, back to the story....I stopped in and the only coupon I had was for $5.00 a purchase of $25.00 or more. Did you know, that if you have a smart phone, and you receive the Michaels ads and coupons through your email, you can use the coupon on your smart phone???? Yes! I finally can do something current and techie because I have a smart phone! (I wish there were emoticons on Blogger - picture me jumping up and down). I went in and searched around for the canvas I wanted. Stretched canvas over a wood frame. They had a bundle of 10, 8"x 10" canvases for $19.99. I also needed Mod Podge. I bought the small ones, one satin, one matt, because I read on someone else's blog that she didn't like the satin (too shiny) and she didn't like the matt (too flat) so she mixed them. Again, I would not have thought of that on my own, but it makes sense. (picture the rolling eyes emoticon here).
I have so many beautiful photos - but how do I get them up without having dozens of frames around my house? My house isn't that large as it is. I also like "art" more than just photos in frames. I have a frame set up on one wall above the couch with photos that I love of poppies. You can see them here . On either side you can see 2 other frames that don't match. That's how I roll.....anyway, they are both cross stitched items that I made back when I cross stitched. My thumbs won't let me do that anymore. No pinching the thumb and forefinger together as they then start to ache and I can't move them much the next day (arthritis). My eyes also won't let me do that anymore - too small and too close up. Besides, it used to drive me nuts keeping track of where I was, what row, what color, etc. I don't do well with that - and it's probably why I don't do well with knitting or crocheting with a pattern, or other things that are small and tiresome to me like that.
Ok, sorry, I keep jumping subjects.
Once I found all this info linking from Pinterest to people who've actually DONE this type of craft, I decided it's time to give it a try. Not sure if the method I am choosing is going to work. If not, I'm out some money, but I can always find other things to do with the leftover canvases, right?
One of the methods is to print the photo to tissue paper. I'm going to try it just because it sounds so cool, and the photo would for sure come out looking like it was printed ON the canvas. The other method is to use just plain white paper (not photo paper as it's too thick). I think that would be ok too, and less chance of it ripping and wasting the paper, ink and canvas.
There were a couple of other methods, but I'm going to go with these two, and see how they work out.
More on this later.
Today is a good day to stay at home. It's hot and very poor air quality and it's not good for me to be out in this. I won't melt and I could handle it in short spurts, but why? Hubby is up North at work so I have the house to myself. I started my laundry (I only do it about once a week), one load is already in the dryer. I baked some brownies from scratch (hope they taste ok) from what I think was my mom's old recipe. It's just an 8x8 pan. I did add some chocolate chips on top afterward, and covered with foil for a few minutes while they melt. This way, by 8:30, all the heat tasks are done - except for one more load in the dryer and that won't take long.
I have a few phone calls to make, then print out my photos, then try the Mod Podge deal. We'll see how it goes. The rest of the day is MINE! (big smiley emoticon here). The little dog, Gabbi, needs a bath and haircut but I'm trying to hold off till Saturday when it'll be easier to do the haircut outside. She's such a quirky little pup. She gets really slow and unhappy when her hair gets too long. Even though she's a Maltese, and is supposed to have long silky hair, she likes it cut short, kinda like I like my hair!
This day is starting to get away from me so I'm gonna close for now. Lots of photos to choose from, and lots to do! Have a GREAT day and I'll be back with results soon.