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Glad it’s December tomorrow 30 November, 2007

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I’m sorry NaBloPoMo, I failed you.  I did what I could!

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More Christmas Gifts 29 November, 2007

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Freezer Paper Stencil Tees for my brothers, originally uploaded by hossum possum.

I just finished up some freezer paper stencilled tees for my brothers. I’m really looking forward to giving these at Christmas. Freezer paper stencils are so quick and easy, if you haven’t tried it already, you must!

Brother #1 is getting the tee at the top. He will judge a person on their music choices. We share a lot of favourite music; The Shins, Interpol, Bloc Party and Modest Mouse to name a few. As soon as I saw this stencil I knew I had to make it for Brother #1.

Brother #2 is getting the tee on the bottom left. It took me a long time to find a stencil for him but when I saw this one I knew it would be right. He’s a fan of South Park and after an incident earlier this year, I’m sure he’ll enjoy it.

Brother #3 is getting the tee on the bottom right. He’s the baby of the family and a total stirrer. It probably would have been more suitable to make this stencil for everyone else in the family. I think he’ll love it.

My sewing corner 26 November, 2007

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Fabric Hoops Wall Art, originally uploaded by hossum possum.

Some embroidery hoops, fabric scraps, wall hooks and voila!

If only I had sewn them too 25 November, 2007

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The trifecta: Hand dyed, goccoed, screenprinted tees, originally uploaded by hossum possum.

This project started on Wednesday and finished on Saturday. Wednesday morning I mixed a bucket of hot water, sodium carbonate (soda ash), urea and non-iodised salt. After waiting for the solution to cool I placed the pre-washed tees in the bucket and closed the lid to be forgotten about until I was ready for the next step.

I spent a lot of time working out how much and which Procion MX dyes to use on Wednesday afternoon.  Wednesday evening I shut myself in the laundry, lay out a plastic tablecloth and donned my dust mask, safety goggles and apron to start mixing dyes.  I was using a Low Water Immersion dyeing method.  Forty minutes later all the tees were bagged in the dye solution to cure overnight.

On Thursday evening I got to least enjoyable and time consuming part of the process: rinsing out the dyes.  I rinsed in the sink, then threw them in the wash and hung them out to dry.   That was the dyeing portion of this project out of they way.

On Friday I selected an image and emailed it to work to be printed on the laser printer.  I was going to be using the Gocco to burn the screen so the image needs to contain carbon.  When my printed artwork made it home and the kids were in bed I pulled out the Gocco and burned the screen.  The Gocco had served it’s purpose and was packed away to make room for the squeegee and fabric paint.  Six squeegee swipes down the screen later and I was done for the night.

On Saturday all I had left to do was heat set the image and give all the tees a final wash.  Time to cross all the nephews off the Christmas to do list.  Hooray!

This was my first attempt at hand dyeing fabric.  The results are OK, but not great.  The colours aren’t as strong as I would have liked and the dye job is a bit uneven on a couple of the tees.  My process needs a bit of refinement and I need to review the amount of dye I used.  I can’t wait to get my next batch of supplies to have another go at hand dyeing.

I cannot tell you how much I love the GoccoI’m saving up my money to get the larger model for more printing area. That thing is magic and hours of fun.

So close! 23 November, 2007

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Took a run this morning.  3 kilometers in 21 minutes.  Sweat is dripping off me.  My legs are heavy.  I ran the first half right on pace, but the second half really got me.  I took two breaks to walk and catch my breath then a sprint in the last 500 meters.  I use the term sprint loosely, as I had already ran 2.5 kilometers.  I hope that with some more fitness work I’ll be able to cross my first fitness goal of the list within a fortnight.

Parental Guidance Recommended 21 November, 2007

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Releasing a little tension, originally uploaded by hossum possum.

It had been a very frustrating morning. There was not enough sleep, too much chocolate, still not enough sleep, too much poop and far too many degrees celcius. When it came time to play blocks I found an effective way to vent frustration. The toddler might parrot back everything I say now, but at least she can’t read.

Meh 20 November, 2007

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It’s still damn hot and I’m having a really rough time at the moment.  Too many issues to sort through and I’m hoping I’m just extra sensitive at the moment due to weaning.