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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Its Magic!

Hello again Internet People!  I don't know if I have mentioned this before, but I am not a morning person.  It takes forever for me to get up and moving and put my brain into gear for the day.  So when I originally came up with the idea of using this time of day to do my Blogging I was pretty sure that this was not going to work out very well.  I have never been so happy to know I was wrong.  By forcing myself to get away from my main computer and get over here as early as possible (I only Blog on the laptop, sitting on my bed) I have found that my entire day is far more productive.  It seems that I may have accidentally stumbled upon that "routine" or "schedule" I was looking for a while back.  Now if I could just figure out how to schedule in some eating I would be doing pretty good!

Yesterday I did a whole lot of pressing and ironing.  I pressed the seams on all the leaves I had basted and ironed all the fabrics I needed for the remaining parts of the design. 

The leaves behind them sure do help the colors of the flowers look brighter don't they?  My gawd I cannot wait to put this thing all together!

Yesterday I promised you all a magic trick, so here goes:

 These are the circles I traced and cut for the Lily of the Valley flowers.  You can see the pink lines around the edges.  (The pens are called Frixion, made by Pilot - check out yesterday's post for more info)

I took one of the circles and wrote the letter "L" in the middle so the next step would be more obvious. 

Here I took my little iron and just rubbed it around on the circle while it was hot.                    

Presto Change-o! A clean white circle!  All traces of the pink are gone! A word of warning here - when the ink "disappears" it actually turns white, so be careful when using them on dark fabrics!

 I did manage to cut all the brown branches yesterday, along with the handle and trim parts for the basket.  I am almost to the point where I can start laying everything out on the background.  I should have the Daffodils and Jonquils done later today I think, other than the flowering branches I have all the flowers and flower parts complete except for the Lily of the Valley and the Grape Hyacinth, and those are going to take a few days to complete.  Keep your fingers crossed and I might just have something really cool to show you by this weekend.  No guarantees on that one, but I am trying.

In the meantime, If I am going to get anywhere with this project I guess I better sign outta here and get to work.  Until next time ...

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