Sunday, September 30, 2012

Oscar pillows!

     I wanted to make a doggy pillow ever since I saw this pin on pinterest.  When my fall allergies kicked in I took advantage of my resting time on the couch, stayed inside, drank tea, and tackled this project head-on.  I have so many pictures of Oscar, selecting two was quite difficult.  I knew I wanted a simple square pillow, and a small round pillow - so I tried choosing pictures that would fit those dimensions.  

     After I selected the pics, I printed them on HP fabric transfer paper.  I ironed the designs onto creme colored linen, making sure the entire image transfered using a normal, hot iron.  Once transferred, you trim to your liking and sew the edges.  

I used a sewing machine for the square pillow, and hand stitched the round pillow.  You can't tell from the pictures, but I chose a beige, polka-dot fabric for the pillow backs.  It's a subtle pattern and matches Oscar's brown color scheme.   I stuffed the pillow with poly-fill, but another option would be to turn these into pillow cases.  You'd just have to plan the size accordingly.

Keep in mind: The HP fabric transfer paper was 8.5x11.  I enlarged both pictures, but you can see that the pillows- especially the sleeping Oscar one- are fairly small.  Since I'm using them more for decoration, the size doesn't bother me.   

Overall, it was a super easy, and inexpensive project.  All I needed to buy was color printer ink and poly-fill- I had everything else around the house.  I'm happy with the results and I think they add an element of fun to the room.  

Oscar pillows make me happy,


Monday, September 17, 2012

September subscription

Icosahedron (water)
oil pastel + pencil

Icosahedron on society6, iphone case

My latest artwork for Project Dispatch.  Can you say triangle obsession?  You can snag this iphone case and prints of "Icosahedron" at my society6 shop by clicking here.  If you like the original, consider subscribing to me via Project Dispatch.  Thanks everyone,


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Such a beautiful book

Sometimes the best books are on the "free to a good home" teacher's lounge table.  I scored this gem yesterday while microwaving my pasta.  It made my day.  It's called "The Animal Fair" by Alice and Marten Provensen and a new copy on Amazon starts at $50.  Why would anyone give this away??!!  Well I'm glad they did because the illustrations are uhmazing.  The book is a collection of stories, poems, and pictures all focused on animal characters.  Perfect to read to my younger students and a great resource for my older students. 

I also snatched this book at the same time (UFO Encounters).  Now this one retails for .01 on Amazon.  Not as valuable as The Animal Fair, but still equally cool in how vintage it looks.  It's filled with 'true' experiences of...ufo's.  Did I need this book?  no.  Did I want it? yes.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

First days

Today is the first day of school in northern Virginia!  I'm ready to meet my new crop of students and begin an eventful and creative year.  

I hung this chalkboard sign inside my classroom.  Students see it as they leave the art room because it's right by the exit door.  Hopefully it makes them pause and consider how to tackle the day.

Have a great week,