Saturday, November 12, 2011

I'm still here!

Sorry there haven't been any updates or posts recently.

I have been working on things...just not making time to blog.  :-/

So let me show you what I've been doing.


First, I've been getting slightly flustered with the new HP characters I'm making.  I have this big vision in my brain of how they should all look and when I put it all together it doesn't match my expectation.

Granted...these are only the first time I've made them, so of course I shouldn't expect perfection the first try.

Nevertheless here are the recent 2 I'm working on....

Hagrid.  I like him (once I added more to his lower half, but he still doesn't scream Hagrid)

*feel free to give any feedback*

And Dumbledore, minus the glasses (which I'm working on) and the darker blue becoming a full vest.  I'm also playing with the thought of him having a brown hat. 

*feel free to give any feedback*

I'm also working on business cards.  I'm wanting something simple but cute and everything matching (etsy banner, blog header, biz cards, etc).  This is what I've got so far and I think I'm going to go with it as a starter.  I wanted to add a little Texas in the bottom corner, but would that be too much? I definitely don't want to be all about texas.

Today I was focused on Thanksgiving!  We are having a "Friends Thanksgiving" this year! About 9-12 of us who don't have family in town are having our own party!!  I am SO excited! 

Since we are co-hosting with two other guys (Nate & Lance) I have been so excited to be in charge of decorating and planning!  I have ideas up my sleeve and hoping to get them all knocked out this weekend so Thanksgiving week can focus on food and food alone.

  today I made these napkins & napkin rings! 

Tomorrow Dane & I are tackling this idea I got from Pinterest.. 

It just so happened that the neighbors left branches by the curb.  I think they'll be perfect!

I'm considering a few other decoration ideas but haven't decided 100%

Leave me some feedback for the potter pals! 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Epic Faliure.....(ok maybe not "epic")

It's Movember...and we couldn't be more excited!

Monday evening, Dane shaved off everything but his stache.  He's been growing it out specifically for this month

He also convinced his male coworkers to participate in Movember, so all the guys are sporting up classy staches.  Obviously their participation inspired me to make Movember shirts, not only for their "team" but for others to purchase with a portion going to the organization.

That being said, Dane & I started making his coworker shirts Sunday afternoon.

Days before, we read multiple instructions/blogposts on using my silhouette and heat transfer material.  We bought shirts and got our design to the correct size/proportions...everything ready to start printing.

Needless to say everything from those moments on was downhill:
-forgetting to mirror the text and wasting a good 12" of material (which only comes in a 36" piece)
-cutting one section slightly short so it slips out the back of the cutting machine, messing up ALL the text
-trying to piece together said text to get 1 shirt done
-unsure of what iron setting to use and burning through the plastic backing, while still not getting the transfer hot enough (not sure how that makes sense)
-the O's and S' starting to peel (from above bullet point)
-and topping it one locally sells ANYTHING for the silhouette machine (great....)

Well...we did some research and found a better reviewed product.  Luckily a family owned store in San Antonio sells it, which means it was practically overnighted to us.

Now we know what we're doing and the shirts are in progress. They look great!!!

The shirt is now in my etsy shop and ready for ordering!


Luna is also in the shop.

Hagrid & Dumbledor are underway and making their debut this weekend!

*I would post photos but I don't want to give them away. ;-)