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Remembering Our “MOMS”

As Mother’s Day approaches I find myself taking pause and remembering my mom and all that she meant to me during her short life of 62 years. Not only was she my mom but, she was also my best friend.  She was the one that I never wanted to be like but find myself repeating her words to my friends and family. She was a pillar of strength to all that knew her. Her grandchildren have wonderful memories of their ‘gram’. I only hope that I can do the same for my children and grandchildren.

As part of planning for Mother’s Day I’ve created some great shirts for our moms and grandmas. For those of you who have your own vinyl cutters I will include a paragraph at the end giving you the fonts I used as well as the size of the designs to help you make your own gifts.

Now, start making a plan of celebrating your mom, adopted mom or even grandma for this year.

Here are a few shirts that I’ve created for some special grandmas with their own personalized names. Some shirts offer the words “Est. 2015” but I preferred not to include that on my shirts.  However, it can be an option.

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For those crafters, here is another option:

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(I didn’t say it was going to be easy! Create this in WORD or one of the special softwares$$)

Crafter’s Details


FONT USED FOR SHIRTS

– Cooper Black for “MIMI” or “MOM”

– Linotype Notec Pro Regular for the children’s names

IMAGE SIZE

–  11.5″ X 2.75″ (this is approximate size and may differ a bit for size of shirt and name being used.

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Time for Learning

The flowers and trees are blooming in Michigan giving a sense of rebirth, renewal, and regenerating.  Everyone needs this time to renew soul, obtain new knowledge, renew friendships…….what comes to your mind? For me it is becoming re-energized after a long cold winter.  It is time for learning something new and spreading our wings to new challenges, to growth.

Last week I posed the question to my FACEBOOK friends at EighthAvenueDesign what they would like to learn how to do.  What a fun question!  What would you answer? Take a minute and write it down on a piece of paper.

I’m waiting to give you some time……………..do it!

So some of the answers I received included the following:

  • Watercolor
  • Crochet
  • ANY crafts 🙂
  • Creating SVG designs

So……now what you ask.  What am I going to do with this information? (laughing) Time for designing some classes for my followers, friends and family.  It has been over ten years since I’ve taught a watercolor class or any other kind of class.  WOW – that makes me feel old (guess that’s what happens when you do a major career change from art to higher education and wait til you retire to return to what you love). 

For myself, the challenge and regenerating is going to be educating others and still learning as I go of new ways to teach, getting to know my clients, and hopefully filling a gap in other’s lives. Teaching has always been so rewarding for me in an intimate, small setting.  It allows others to take time for themselves. It doesn’t matter if what they are doing isn’t a masterpiece, it is the journey. Are you getting ready for a new journey?

Well, time to begin developing and creating! It has been almost six months since my injury and rehab.  IT IS TIME to get back in the saddle and grow.  Come along on the journey with me.

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Celebrating America’s Birthday

It has been a while since we have posted in our blog. But, the studio has been quite busy! Our feature photo promotes the heat press shirts that were completed for the 4th of July holiday.  Yes, of course, I had to do one for my grand daughter……lol…….and excitedly, my son and girlfriend are expecting in December. Needless to say, this momma bear had to made something special for the new addition to our family.  I ended up making two designs for expecting mommas and gave one to my nephew’s wife.  It is such a wonderful time for this retired grandma for sure.

How many of you have grand children that are reading this post?  I never thought I would be so impacted by the arrival of a grand child.  But, they melt your heart.  The feel of their little hands in yours, their arms reaching out to you, or burying their heads in your chest……need I say more?  This is the best time of my life right now and I am trying to absorb as much as I can.

For those that follow this that would like the designs please email me at eighthavenuedesign@gmail.com and I will give you access to the designs for the three shirts.

Happy 4th of July!

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Color Theory and Design

Color theory is used to emit a feeling or create a mood.  It might be in a painting, a room, a flower arrangement, you name it. Here are the main color theories:

Complementary – Colors used that are across from each other on the color wheel

Analogous –  Colors used that are next to each other on the color wheel

Monochromatic – Use of one color and all of its light and dark shades.

And there are many more. But these are the ones that I primarily stick with. So, which color theme did I use on my bandanna design? If you guessed analogous you are CORRECT!  I sort of threw in the mint green too. However, I primarily used purple, pink, and red, colors that are next to each other in the wheel. An analogous theme offers a feeling of serenity and calming.  The colors work well together because they all have elements of the same primary color, with this design it was red.

Color theory is really a lot of fun to play with when painting, coloring or even when you are decorating a room in  your home. I pulled up the image from this great website if you would like to study further.

Now to continue on with the designing and placement of the elements in the LOVE bandanna. There are six fundamental principles of design. They are:

  1. Balance
  2. Proximity
  3. Alignment
  4. Repetition
  5. Contrast
  6. Space. 

As with color, design principles can be touched on the surface one element at a time or go into great depths of each element. I first remember learning balance when I was learning to decorate cakes with my mom many eons ago. The instructor drilled into us how pleasing a triangular design was to the eye and utilizing an odd number of elements (or flowers as it was for decorating) would be a big help to any young designer. As I found later in college, triangular flow of elements with odd number of objects or focal points WAS a good rule of thumb.

So…..let’s go back to the bandanna.  What do you see?  The large heart and Love is the focal point of the design. That gives us TWO elements.  Then we count the hearts around the edges and we have FOUR more elements…..HMMMMMMM well I was a bad designer on this one wasn’t I.  I have 4+2=6; an equal number of elements. So where would you put another little candy heart to make this design more appealing?

I hope you have learned something about color and design with this article.  Keep learning and growing-no matter your age!

To continue more detailed understanding of design visit V6 designing

 

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Fabric, Fabric, Fabric

How many of you get near all of the colorful fabrics in your nearest Walmart, Hobby Lobby, or other craft store and can’t resist touching and imagining what you can create with each fabric???? Yep…..that’s me!  I have been sewing since I was twelve years old, quilting and sewing my own cloths for school because we didn’t have a lot of money.  Today, after retirement, my sewing and embroidery desire has reemerged. I find my mind keeps churning and designing new things for all the children and grandchildren.  The reading pillows have been a big hit since Christmas and I thought I should create a few designs and pillows to share with you.

Pictured above are just a couple of the fabrics I picked up yesterday at Walmart.  I know there are so many different designs of fabric out there.  But I am also conscious of cost and wear ability of anything I am making. This week I will be working on designs and patterns to share with you for your projects.  Visit next week or sign up for notices when there is a new post.

Happy Sewing!