Monday, April 16, 2012

Spring Cleaning

You accumulate a lot of stuff when you have a baby. A lot. A lot of stuff. I don't think I can type that enough to get across the true horror of baby accessories. Suffice to say, it's a lot. This doesn't look like it's going to end any time soon and we were kind of running out of space.

this may or may not be our house

To avoid winding up on Hoarding, Mom and Dad elected to get rid of a lot of their stuff. Yes, that is how much we love Austin and seeing the floor. So we cleared out a lot of things, which was actually a good thing. And in amongst the things, Mom saw two opportunities to rescue from Goodwill. Which means it's time for arts and crafts!

Our first project today is, of course, for babyman. Mom neglected to take any "before" pictures, but... it's just a muffin tin. You know what they look like. It was rusty. I painted it with chalkboard paint. Now it's a toy. You could use it to teach numbers...

 Or colors...

Leave secret messages...
Or maybe instructions
You can even make your own ghetto eraser with a piece of felt wrapped around a dowel and secured with a rubberband:

This is the paint I used, purchased on sale for $3... not enough for the fridge I covet on Pinterest, but enough for about 100 more muffin tins.

Next, Mom made something for herself! YES! Daddy has had this shirt forever. Like, since maybe before he even met Mommy. We don't remember anymore. Anyway, it had some moth holes and uh, it's not exactly something you wear to work:

Unless you want people to think you're awesome
Mom could not bear to let it go. And it didn't fit her. And there were the holes. But wait! It totally fits on this canvas:

Get a nice fat one unless you want to frame it
Run him through the dryer to help loosen up those wrinkles...

This tip does not apply to real old celebrities, just ones on t-shirts

Position him the way you want on your canvas and use a staple gun to secure around the stretcher. Fold the corners over like you're wrapping a present, so the edges look nice and neat. Don't pull too hard unless you want to add 30 pounds to your subject, you just want the fabric taut enough to look like a print. After you're done, use scissors to snip out the back of the shirt, behind the staples, so it can be hung on the wall.
Excuse me, I believe someone Shat on your wall

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