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I love Bailey Boys, Ragsland, Kelly’s Kids, Just Ducky and all those other adorable brands. I’ve always thought appliqued shirts were oh-so-fun. But I’m just too cheap to pay $25 (or more!) for a TEE SHIRT! Seriously? It’s a tee-shirt. It will probably have a big red blob of pizza stain or paint or grass stain on it after the first wearing. I just can’t justify spending that kind of money for a tee-shirt. But I really like appliqued shirts. So…off to Etsy. I found a bunch of cute stuff I liked, but I started wondering just how hard it would be to make them on my own. You all know how I love a good craft project. So after some Google action, I discovered the joy of Wonder Under! With this “magic paper” you can make anything fusible! Woo-hoo! Here is a play-by-play of my latest creation for Tucker: 1. Pick a picture(you can sketch one by hand, find a template online or just use a simple coloring book page), and draw out a template. appliquestep1_edited-12 2. Cut out your templates and place them on the fabric to get an idea of how much you will need to use. Cut out the section the fabric that you will need. appliquestep2_edited-1 3. Cut out enough Wonder Under that you will have enough room for all of your templates. appliquestep3 4. Iron Wonder Under to the WRONG SIDE of your fabric pieces. Trace out your templates BACKWARDS! appliquestep4 5. Cut out all of your pieces. Peel the back off of the small black lines. Iron them onto the yellow piece while the backing is still on that piece(to keep it from sticking to something else). Then remove the backing from the yellow piece and iron it onto the green tractor body(while its backing is still on). appliquestep5 6. Fold the shirt in half long ways and iron it so that when the shirt is open, you can easily see the center.appliquestep6 7. Peel the Wonder Under backing from all of the pieces, arrange them onto the shirt and carefully iron on.appliquestep7 8. You may want to stitch around the edges with a sewing machine or make a nice hand-made outline. Otherwise, you’re done! Wash and wear as usual! appliquestep8 A few other things I’ve made recently with this easy applique technique: appliques


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For Christmas, I’m making silhouettes of the kids for my mom and mother-in-law.  I wasn’t sure I could do it, but it was actually much easier than I thought!  I’m going to show you the pictures of Thing One along the way, and I’ll show you both kids at the end.  (Thing Two would not put on a shirt, so it’s kind of risque…)

Step One: Put your subject(kid, cat, dog, whatever) against a white or light background, and get a good profile picture.


Step Two(much easier if you have Photoshop): Go into Photoshop and use the “Magic Wand” tool to select and delete the background.  I turned mine black and white, so the lines would be more distinct.  Then you can print(on white cardstock for best results) the back-groundless picture and cut it out.  OR…go the old-fashioned route of printing out the picture at a store photo-lab and cutting out the shape.


Step Three:  Use the picture/shape you cut out as a template, and cut out the silhouette onto a piece of cardstock.  I used traditional solid black.  (Eyelashes are the hardest part…I suggest using little bitty manicure scissors.)  But you could do some really fun and funky stuff with all different kinds of crafting papers!

Step Four:  Mount it on a background(once again, I used traditional white).  Frame, and  you’re ready to give this keepsake!  (I obviously haven’t framed this, and there’s a little bit of a shadow, but you get the idea.) 


Have fun making yours and good luck!

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Summer Cake Recipe

I’m pleasantly surprised at the drop in temperatures around here these days, but I can’t help but find myself looking back at the summer and saying: “Where in the world did my summer go?”  So I’ve decided to enjoy these last few weeks of true summer by doing all the things I meant to do this season.  You know, take my kids camping, grill out and have picnic, make homemade ice cream, create some beautiful sidewalk art with chalk, and (my personal favorite) make lemonade cake.

So grab your list, head to the grocery store, and have an end-of-summer party!  Now that hubster’s no longer a resident he might actually be able to spend the holiday with us!  (With his pager and cell phone close by, of course!)

1 package yellow cake
1(4 serving) package instant vanilla pudding
1/2 cup Country Time lemonade powder, divided
1 cup cold water
4 eggs
1/4 cup oil
3 TBsp warm water
1 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350°. Mix cake mix, pudding, 1/4 cup lemonade powder, 1 cup cold water, eggs and oil. Bake in Bundt pan for 50-55 minutes. While cake is baking, you can make the glaze: Mix 1/4 cup lemonade powder with powdered sugar, and mix in warm water. (You want it to be liquid-y, so if you do it too early and it gets “stiff” just pop it in the microwave for a few seconds!) After removing cake from oven, cool for 5 minutes and flip out onto serving platter. While the cake is still warm, use a fork or skewers to poke holes all over the cake. Pour glaze over cake. Cool and enjoy!

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