Thursday, May 19, 2011

Citrasolv and Mod Podge Transfers

Thursday, May 19, 2011
I recently discovered the magic of Citrasolv. Using tutorials from here and here, I decided to have a little fun. Andrew was away on a business trip, and I was in need of a study break, so here's what I came up with:

Supplies: Citrasolv, spoon or other burnishing object, and brush of some sort. 

I started with a plain $1 place mat from the Christmas Tree shops, my design from The Graphics Fairy which I printed as a mirror image of the original on a TONER-BASED printer, and my recently purchased citrasolv.

Then I made a dish drying towel for my sister-in-law who is going to be married this summer.

Next, I was inspired by the lamp on Crafty, Scrappy, Happy. I seriously love her blog. She is so creative, and  just graduated from dental school, which proves that one can be a doctor and still have some creative fun :)

My shade was already white, so I just "citrasolved" directly on the shade. It was a bit challenging and the transfer wasn't as complete, but it worked well enough. :)

Most of my images came from The Graphics Fairy. She is amazing!

I was tired of working on fabric, and decided to try another transfer method from Crafty, Scrappy, Happy. This one used Mod Podge! My sisters and I used to do crafts with this stuff all the time with Grandma as kids, so it was fun to bring it out again for a more "grown-up" project :)

I purchased a bamboo cutting board for $1 at the Christmas Tree shops (love that place), painted it white, distressed it a bit, and let it dry. Next, I used my image from The Graphics Fairy, printed it as a mirror image **on a toner-based printer**, coated my painted board with mod podge, and stuck my paper face down on the board. I let it dry and "washed" off the paper with a wet paper towel. Finally, I put a coat of mod podge over the entire thing.

I did a similar thing to this flower pot. This one was a bit trickier because the entire image wanted to rub off. The ceramic pot was too slippery for the mod podge, so after it dried, I had to very carefully wash off the paper so as not to disturb the image. I put a coat of mod podge over the entire thing when the paper had successfully been removed. I think it turned out pretty nice!

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Birthday and Washington Park!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
For my birthday, Andrew picked me up at lunch and we went for a walk around Washington Park to look at the flowers and enjoy the 75 degree weather. It was lovely!

In the evening, we were joined by friends at Emack & Bolio's for ice cream. Yum!

 This place has some crazy cone options.

 They also do open mic on Tuesdays, and requested that I help with the choreography of one of the songs. Fortunately I was able to rope Paul into helping with "The Worst Pirate Song".

The group! Thanks to Andrew for being the photographer :)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Say it in llama font

Thursday, May 5, 2011
I discovered this simple website today via a friend's Facebook post: Llama font!. I know it is completely random, but you have to admit it is still fun :)

The llamas are waiting for you to type something!

Enjoy! Also, I recently added photos to our first post about traveling across the country. If you want to see what our drive was like, take a look here!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Spring Break in NYC!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Andrew and I headed to NYC for spring break. Neither of us had been to the city before and we had an amazing time!
Broadway show #1

Broadway show #2. This one was amazing!

Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge

Picnic in Central Park where Sarah's parents met!


Such perfect models

Work it.

It smelled sooo good in Macy's with all these beautiful flowers.

Our lovely hosts, Colin and Abby, prepared a fantastic dinner for us.

Abby's gnocchi with scallops. So good!
Coney Island on a beautiful spring day



Just pretend that it is 75 degrees, and that the palm tree is real...

Touching the Atlantic!

Grand Central Station
Cotton candy after tasty Japanese food in St. Mark's Place
Picasso's Three Musicians at the MOMA
Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night
On Staten Island

Staten Island Museum

I had been waiting so long for some quality Thai food! Yum!

What a great trip!
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