Thursday, November 3, 2011

Bleach-stamped T's and Sweatshirts

Playing around with goodwill T's and Sweatshirts. I printed out a design with the computer, put duct tape on the back, cut it out, and then either sprayed bleach on the paper and then put the bleach-soaked paper onto the shirt, or sprayed bleach on top of it to copy the design.

I'm going to try and make a bunch of these for Christmas, I know, spoil the surprise - but I need sizes!! so send me your size, your favorite animal, and color (has to be a dark color) so I can make one for you! I think I'll use T's for all of them (the sweatshirts soak up too much bleach, and fuzzy out the design)


Print it out
Put duct tape on back
Cut it out, put on shirt with plastic bag inside (so it does not bleed through)
Spray bleach on!
immediately wash. (I had the laundry machine already filled up with water, so I could throw the shirts in after only a minute with the bleach)

T's - you can spary

Sweat shirts - these soak up too much bleach, so it does not work to spray them - you have to stamp them instead. (Spray paper side of cutout, then place the bleach-soaked paper cutout on the sweatshirt, cover in plastic, place a big heavy book on top for ~ 4 minutes, then peel off... use paintbrush to lightly paint bleach onto spots that did not soak it in enough.)

The results!

Sooper cheap (the T-shirts only cost a couple of dollars) I know, but hopefully kind of fun. I think I might go get some contact paper to cut the designs out with (it will actually stick to the shirts, to get a sharper line, might be able to do some more complex designs that way), we'll see, if you think they're goofy, just remember it's the thought that counts, right?

East End & 1st Knight Award!

Thurs Nov 3rd - We're so proud of Heather today! She was chosen out of her class to be awarded by the KW Rotary Club - Early Act First Knight. Very cool! (scroll down for vid)

East End Park!
This morning Autumn and I had a much awaited outing to East End together. This is one of our special places that we like to go to during the day - all last week, for some reason, she started asking to go to the lake (which is pretty cool, that she was asking for this rather than going to the park, or Disney etc. etc.). It was a bit chili out, but beautiful blue skies!


The roots of these trees used to be underwater... still waiting to get enough rain to fill this lake back up.

I shall not pass this way again
So let me pick the flowers that blow
and let me listen as I go
to music rare that fills the air
for I shall not pass this way again.
- Eva York

Fall leaves!
We don't get many trees that change color, but there were a few red and yellow leaves sprinkled around.

Come, said the wind to the leaves one day, come over the meadow and we will play. Put on your dresses of scarlet and gold, for summer is gone, and the days grow cold...(favorite poem of G-G Grandma Grace)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Nov 1st - Joy School!

Joy School! Nov 1st

Autumn Leaves

Leaf cutout with stickers, crayon, and then paint (they decided they liked to paint more than color with crayons) all on a straw with yellow streamers.

Harvest Moon
Made with a coffee filter, dipped in red and yellow food coloring + a little water (not too much water), then painted on a little bit, and mounted on card stock.

4 trees
Winter tree - glue and white glitter, blue and purple stickers (ice colors)
Spring tree - pink and red flowers
Summer tree - green leaves
Fall tree - yellow and orange leaves

give them a bunch of stickers, and then make them sort out all the colors, and put the right colors on the right seasons. Hang with yarn, use cloths pin on side to mark which season it is.

What makes the seasons?
Take turns being either the sun (draped in yellow blanket holding flashlight) or the earth. The earth child's face points in the direction of the tilt of the earth.

- earth child faces sun (earth tilts towards sun)
- hot sun is shining right in your face!!! it's hot!!!

Walk a quarter way around, sun shines on their side
not quite as hot as summer - cooling down!

earth child faces away from sun - looks out onto the dark blackboard
it's cold without the sun!

Sun is shining on side again
the snow is melting, starting to get warmer out!

then return to summer position

Food for the birds
pine cone, peanut butter (check for allergies) and bird seed with yarn to hang it up with.

Some animals sleep during the winter season. we watched you-tubes of hibernating animals, and then went and made little dens out of blankets. This is Autumn hibernating on top of her blanket den after joy school was over.