Monday, July 12, 2010

Ramblings and Pillows (Deployment Projects #171-176)

Did you know that we are almost…ALMOST in the single digits for our countdown for Handsome Hubby to come home for his two weeks of R&R?  I am so excited I can hardly stand it!  Am I ready?  YES! and NO :(  I am so ready to have him home, so ready to have him next to me, to see him interacting with our kiddos, to cook and bake for him, to just sit and look at him!  I am not ready to send him back after those two weeks.  I’m trying not to focus on that, but it is in the back of my mind.

I am also not ready with all my projects.  Seven months 175+ projects and I am still not ready?  Yeah, I know, underachiever!  Actually - - my number one project since he left is to do our bedroom.   I have not decorated or hung pictures, I’ve hung about 5 different sets of curtains but no permanent ones, I just cannot focus on that room!  But, time is running out - - ALMOST single digits here - - I gotta get me some motivation!!!

Don’t hear me wrong here, Handsome Hubby is really not going to care what the bedroom looks like.   It’s just something I really want done before he gets home.  So, knowing that I have an entire bedroom to design and decorate, what have I been doing?


Making pillows!!  I have some more pillows to put in my etsy shop.  These ones are really fun!  They have vintage images “printed” on them.  They really aren’t printed, it’s a process called sublimation.   Here’s how Wikipedia defines it:    A dye-sublimation printer (or dye-sub printer) is a computer printer which employs a printing process that uses heat to transfer dye onto a medium such as a plastic card, paper, or fabric. The sublimation name is applied because the dye transitions between the solid and gas states without going through a liquid stage.


So anyway, my aunt has one of those fancy printers (and her own blog!) and she printed these images from Graphics Fairy onto my fabric and they turned out fantastic!  I just love how the fabric absorbs the color instead of it sitting on top or having the sheen of an iron on transfer.  And these can be washed!!



I also made an embroidered number pillow.  Four is our number - - four of us in our family.  I’m going to offer custom embroidered number pillows in my etsy shop, so if you have a favorite number and you’ve always wanted a pillow to go with it, I’m your girl!


And, last but not least - - I should have posted this last Sunday.  I just wanted you to know that I was patriotic on the 4th.  I made this dress on Saturday, when I wore it on Sunday, I kinda felt like I should be singing and dancing everything - - I felt like I was in the musical “Oklahoma” - - I’m still not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing!

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Well, that was a lot of rambling about nothing, but I have successfully put off working on that bedroom for yet another hour!  Gotta get motivated!! 

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Jen @ Canadian Rhapsody said...

I totally understand the feeling. We're a few weeks out from when he returns home from leave and as much as I'm anticipating him coming home, the second he walks into that airport it starts the clock to when he has to head back over again. And then we have another 4 months to countdown.

You're making good use of your time! Distractions like this are a godsend during deployment!

The Grandy's said...

Do you have that french pillow in your etsy shop? I must get it. It will be my precious. (bad lord of the rings reference... eh prolly?)

Ells said...

hooray for almost single digits!!!!!!!

kaila said...

Love the dress, it is gorgeous! It does remind me of a musical....Seven Brides for Seven it!

Sherilan said...

I am very happy for you that your husband will be home soon, but I also understand how you are feeling. Don't know if you remember, I left a comment for you a few months ago about your BDU bag. My husband is deploying at the end of the year. Right now he is in a class in Georgia so he is able to come home every so often. It is great having him home but hard when he leaves. I keep thinking this is going to be hard for me since he hasn't really started his tour yet. So like you I decided to start a blog to fill my time and to let my husband know what is going on at home. Now if I could only make slipcovers like you!!! I will be praying you have a great time when he is home and you find a peace when he leaves again. Sherilan

Debbie said...

LOVE how the pillows turned out!! They look much better made into pillows than the pieces of cloth I sent you. I've got about 9 other fabric samples to send you and decide what you like, then we can get those going as well. Love Ya! Your "FAVORITE" Aunt!!! ;-)

Zandra said...

The pillows are so pretty, I have been trying to come up with some sort of way to print on fabric. From pressing the fabric to wax paper,and then running it through my printer, to using stamps and fabric paint and stamping paint on the stamp with a wore-out brush,then hoping the paint is even and doesn't run or blob, but so far I have not been able to find a stamp, any stamp the size of a pillow! Thank you for sharing the technique I am going to have to check into it. You are right the color was so pretty and clear.
I have to say this, since I came across your blog, I get very motivated. Thank you for sharing your ideas, pictures, and most of all instructions, very detailed instructions. Instructions that have yet to leave out that one, most important step.
Warm wishes to you and your family. Prayers for a safe arrival and a safe return.

Holly said...

Oh boy do I know what you are talking about. One time I was moaning about hubby having to leave again in a few days and he says, "Don't treat me like I am already gone." Hmm---he was sensing that I was already missing him, and he had just gotten home!

Mom in High Heels said...

That dress is too adorable. I can understand why you felt the need to sing and dance. I would too if I were wearing that.
That French pillow is GORGEOUS!

the wild raspberry said...

I am praying for your little family, and esp. your hubby. Your projects are beautiful and inspiring, and your slipcovers turned out especially lovely. Enjoy every minute!

Pamela said...

Loving those pillows and glad your hubby is home!!

afistfullofweeds* said...

I hope all is well with all...Just thinking about ya!! Rhonda

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