Friday, January 05, 2007

Hello, 2007...

My New Year's resolution: discipline. Basically, there are several areas of my life that I feel I could improve with a little willpower, self-control, and some general stick-to-it-iveness. I.e. reigning in spending, exercising more, eating better, finishing the things I start... And in that vein, my first project of 2007 is FINISHING STARSKY. I've started on the (never-ending) belt, and I'm hoping to block all the finished sweater pieces tonight.

I received a few Amazon.com gift certificates for Christmas, and I had a happy little crafty shopping spree. I ended up with a subscription to Craft, a subscription to Interweave Knits, Crafty Chica's Art de la Soul: Glittery Ideas to Liven Up Your Life by Kathy Cano Murillo, and the 2007 Stuff on My Cat page-a-day calendar. Nothing chases away the Monday office blues like a cat covered in Post-Its.

See? I bet you feel better already.


I had picked up the first issue of Craft at Joann's a while back, and I'm absolutely hooked. The projects inside are just so *different* from what you'd get from an ordinary craft magazine. There's an excellent screenprinting tutorial in the first issue. I've had the equipment for it for a while now, but no decent instructions. I sense some awesome shirts in my future...

Speaking of shirt-y goodness, any suggestions on a good fabric paint to use for stenciling shirts? I've had some great luck with freezer paper stencils, but I am severly limited by crappy paint. Share the wisdom, if you've got it!

Btw, I am loving my new blog layout. It just looks so much...cleaner! One thing I'm having trouble with, though, is the header. I'd love to remove the text and put a picture up there, but I'm having a terrible time with it. Any Bloggers wanna help me out?

5 comments:

Tara said...

You need a banner. I have someinstructions on my blog and they are pretty good but if you google banner for blogger you can find something but it takes some looking to find good instructions. Also to get rid of your header, here is what i did. go to your template and then hit CRTL F and the find feature comes up. Then i type in header and find for it. i think the text you are looking for in under the --#content-- but you can delete and use the preview for sure. Just delete the text and if it is wrong you can restore it. then add in you banner. you will have to upload your banner first as a post and then link to it in your template. I will find the info on my blog and post another comment. good luck

Tara said...

Banner links here:
http://gruenetree.blogspot.com/2006/10/banner-ahoy.html

naelany said...

can't wait to see the finished starsky. Check on Craftster for both instructions and tips on paint and stuff, I've seen them around somewhere, but with them being down at the moment, I can't go check for you lol. I think Chloeiscrazy'd be a good person to ask for help, as well as Sewpixie

Tara said...

Hey Where did you go? I still check back everyday, I really miss seeing your latest awesome projects! Hope everything is well.

Amanda said...

tara,

Thanks for the banner tips! I'm working on it... :)