There are just some things in life that make you say, "who knew?" One of the things I have realized this week, and this is probably going to be an obvious thing, is that frogs ribbet...A LOT! Cameron has two fire belly frogs. I swear they were quiet until hubby left. Cameron said they made noise, but I never heard them. Until a week ago - After hubby left and suddenly I am aware of every single noise that takes place between the hours of 9PM and 7AM.
Those darn frogs never shut up! It wouldn't be so bad if it were a plesant ribbet with rainforest sounds in the background. But these frogs sound like little yappy dogs.
You know the ones I'm talking about - - when you lived in your first apartment after you got married and still didn't have a job so you were home alone all day, but your neighbor works from some ungodly hour in the morning till dark and their little yappy dog is home alone all day - - -yapping.
Yup, now that you have that mental picture, imagine our house. All night long..."meep, meep, meep, meep, , meep, meep, meep meep, meep, meep, meep, meep, meep, meep, meep, meep, meep, meep, meep, meep, meep "
Did I mention ALL NIGHT LONG?
That's my first, Who Knew of the week.
Here is my second....
Who knew you could put fabric through your printer?
I'm not sure if it is safe. I'm not sure what damage I am doing to my printer. I am not sure how long it will last. BUT.... I do know that I love the results and I am having fun with it!!! Your probably sitting there saying, "duh - - I knew you could do that." Well, I had no clue, and if you knew, why didn't you tell me sooner? Either that or you are saying, "man she is stupid, doesn't she know the damage she is doing to her (brand new) printer doing that?" - - Please if that is the case, TELL ME!!!
Check out these fabulous pillows I made today.
Seriously - - I am in love with them!
The bird pictures on them are digital copies of vintage advertising cards, that I printed onto linen. If you look closely, you will see the the Arm and Hammer Baking Soda logo on them. I found these images at The Graphics Fairy. I don't know if you have ever checked her site out, but it is a treasure!!! She shares at least one vintage image a day. On Mondays, she hosts, "Brag Monday" and everyone links up with projects they have made using her images. I am going to be part of the party this Monday. If you haven't checked out her site, jump on over there (after your done here of course!).
Here is the original picture from Graphics Fairy
Here it is printed on linen.
I think it gives it a fantastic worn look. Very charming and used all at the same time. I have to give credit to my friend Melissa for the fabric these pillows are made with. Shortly after we moved to Virginia, she sent me a little "care" package with all kinds of goodies in in. This piece of fabric was one of the things in that pkg. I think it turned out to be ther perfect frame for these pictures!!
***** Added Information: Well, I have gotten lots of comments and lots of questions on these pillows, so here is the quick lo-down on the pillows!
To run the fabric through my printer, I cut my fabric 10 1/2" x 13" (2" larger than my piece of cardstock). then I carefully taped it around a piece of cardstock, wrapping the edges, making sure the corners don't get too thick. This is the tricky part, but be patient. Make sure all the edges are held down with tape so that the back of your piece of cardstock is smooth.
Next you need to print your picture. Most printers have a back panel where you can manually run cardstock or thick paper through it. I had to work with mine for a little while, but if you have some patience and keep working at it, you should be able to send it through and just let it print. For the settings on my printer, I just set it for standard cardstock and photo quality printing.
After it printed, I took all the tape off and then pulled some strings to make it "fringy." Next I cut my pillow fabric to size and used a decorative stich to attach the fabric picture to the front. Then finished my pillow by attaching a zipper and sewing the other three sides.
Now, here is the important part - - - - Are you reading this?
THIS IS IMPORTANT!!!!!!
You cannot wash these! It will wash your entire picture clear off your fabric and you will have worked in vain! - - No, I did not wash my pillows - - I actually thought ahead and made an extra sample just to run through the washing machine! But I am just warning you - - my fabric came out whiter than white. Now, I am willing to bet that if I were putting new ink into my printer and the ink cartrage spontaiously combusted and I got it all over my favorite shirt - - it would not wash out! But since I intentionally put the ink on fabric - - it most definately washes completely out!!!
Hope this extra info helps!!!