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It’s only life, after all…

I’ve wanted to try screen printing for a very long time.  When I got interested in sewing I quickly became even more interested in the idea of printing on fabric.  Like a lot of things, I never really took the time to figure it out.  Recently I bought a Speedball screen printing kit from Michaels.  I’ve been eyeing that thing for well over a year and I finally thought, what am I waiting for?  So it’s been sitting on my desk waiting for that right moment when I decide to figure it all out.  I anticipate that this will be a kind of messy project so I’m waiting for an afternoon when I feel like I’ve got time to kill and won’t mind the mess.  I think that day is coming soon.

I’ve been sick, really sick, for about 3 weeks and I’m only now starting to feel better though I still sound terrible.  I can’t sing at all which is absolutely tragic for me.  Not that I have a nice singing voice, I don’t, but I do like to sing when I’m alone and I keep forgetting and trying to sing and nothing comes out but weird hoarse noises.   Somehow during the illness I managed to really, really hurt myself coughing.  I know it’s not a pulled muscle.  I’ve pulled muscles and they don’t feel like you’re being stabbed with a giant sword.  It’s meant that I can’t lay down properly, I can’t really reach above my head, basically it just hurts and because I’m unable to sleep and move around properly, my back has started to ache.  It feels a lot like when I tore my calf muscle only it’s in my ribcage area.  So, basically, I haven’t quite felt like myself for nearly a month now and while I’ve still been doing some sewing, I haven’t felt like going all out on a new craft or anything like that.

This year both my mother and I were sick during Chanukah so we postponed the family dinner that we always have and we’re going to have it Christmas day instead.  It’s always been a fairly dull day for me.  Nothing to do, none of my friends around, so I’m always glad when we decide to have a family dinner that day just because we can.  I’ve made gifts for my aunt and my father’s cousin who come over every year for Chanukah and for Thanksgiving.

Here’s their gifts:

The bigger bag is for my father’s cousin Rhoda. She kept hinting she wanted a bag like mine. The bag I use is actually the Highbrow Hobo pattern from U-Handbag. The bag I made for Rhoda is the Everything Bag. The main outer part of the bag is a cotton twill so it should be nice and sturdy.

My aunt Edie had seen the metal frame purses I was making and really liked them. I didn’t have anything made that suited her so I made the one in the photo for her. It’s actually made from a Japanese linen fabric and I really like the way it looks and how nicely it sits up on its own.

I have a few other things that I’d like to make. I won’t post about them because they’re gifts and, unlike Edie and Rhoda, the intended people who will receive them are online. There are several other sewing related projects I’d like to try. Different patterns and techniques and things. Now that I’m starting to feel more like myself I think I might actually get around to trying them. Of course I’m avoiding reality and the thought that eventually I won’t be able to spend my days in my sewing room because it’s where I’m happiest and ever since my best friend Kate moved happy has been a bit hard to come by.

I’m actually going away toward the end of the month. My friend Rachel is having a New Year’s eve party and I’m heading to Virginia to stay with her and her boyfriend for a few days. I’ve never been to Virginia but they seem to be getting a fair bit of snow while over here on the Atlantic coast of Canada, we’ve got none! Go figure.

I did buy myself another present. Awhile back I read on one of the blogs I follow that Silhouette was having a Cyber Monday sale on their Silhouette SD machines. It had been in the back of my mind for awhile that I might like to have one and when I saw the deal I figured, why not? I freely admit that I have impulse control issues. Anyway, I’ve got that thing and I’ve been having some fun with it. Originally I’d wanted it so that I could make some really interesting stencils but then once I got it I started making cards and things and I’m kind of excited about that. I’ve already used it tons so I know I didn’t make a mistake in getting it. I’d like to try glass etching at some point, that might be fine. Or a fun way to seriously injure myself!

Well, I think I’ll kick back and relax some more. The cocktail of pills (all legal, otc) I took to combat the pain has actually really helped but it’s also made me feel sluggish. It’s a good night to relax with some CSI, I think. Oh wait, that’s every night!

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