Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Fabric Mosaic for 100 Days of Teaching

I'm about to head to bed, but I couldn't help but take a couple of minutes to share my latest project...it was a custom order, placed by a Silly Jillybeans Facebook Fan (who is also a teaher).  My goal is to have a tutorial for this, posted sometime  tomorrow or very soon thereafter.

In the meantime, here are pics!

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

You "Ruffle" My Heart ;)

Woohoo!!!  I finished one of the shirt ideas I had this last week!  And just for fun, I did two different color/pattern combos!  I'm really loving turquoise, red, black, & white lately, but obviously, some hot pink thrown into the mix has also been on the brain as well...

It got back down to the 40s today in the Dallas area...which resulted in a super fast photo-shoot with my lil' munchkin.  The picture above was taken as she was running back inside, due to the cold (I know, I know...mean mama...trying to take pics, even with less than favorable temps).

I'm really loving animal prints lately as well, which prompted me to try out some zebra with the hot pink and turquoise.  Of course, it doesn't hurt that my daughter is a BIG fan of anything having to do with animals.  She was super pumped about a shirt with ZEBRA on it! :)

I'm pretty excited that J will be able to sport this shirt even after Valentine's day, when there's still a little chill in the air, but she still wants to wear something fun and unique!  Now...what color combos and patterns should I do next...???

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Heart's calling...

Yesterday, I posted the following status on my SillyJillybeans Facebook page:

what is with my brain the last couple of days? i just got back from running, took a shower, and while in the shower, a painting idea hit me just like the shirt idea last night in bed! my plan was to do the shirt while the kids are at school, but this painting idea is about to bust outta my brain. i hurried my shower, threw my wet hair in a clip, grabbed paint brushes, etc., and am about to see what happens!

I think I'm having the opposite of something similar to writer's block.  The ideas will not stop coming!  Don't get me wrong - I'm not complaining; it's just funny that it's happening now, right after I decided to relax more on the business side of SJB.  I thought, "eh, I think I'll just make what I want to make..."  At the time, I really didn't have anything in particular in mind, but figured that I'd work on getting the craft room back to normal after adding some new shelving for my fabric.  I had an idea here and there - basically, things I've made for other people, but that I thought would be nice to make for our own home.  Nothing particularly earth shattering or novel.  

But I guess that just the simple act of letting up on the reigns, relaxing, and not thinking so much about the business of SJB, enabled me to tap into other parts of my brain.  Still the creative side, but probably even more so, since so much of my energy was being directed the other way as well.  

First, I noticed that my brain would start wandering to the crafty world just like it normally does...but in a more natural, less purposeful way.  Somehow, it seemed to result in more clear, almost urgent intentions.  I drove home from Michael's Sunday night.  And *BAM!* a Valentine's shirt idea hit me out of nowhere.  I was driving, but I felt the intense need to do something about the idea.  I called Richard and said, "I know you're feeding the kids, but I just had this idea for a shirt, but I'm driving.  Can I tell it to you, so that you can remind me of it later, in case I forget?"  And, of course, he let me dictate my thoughts as he typed them out in an email to myself.  

But then one night later, those thoughts still in the email, I posted the following status on the Silly Jillybeans FB page at 2:35am:

Finally got in bed...2 minutes of laying there and an idea for a Valentines shirt hits me...I run with the idea for a while before I finally decided I just need to grab my phone and email myself the detailed directions as to how I should make it....My mind was racing like crazy and I'm fairly certain that I really would've gone crazy had i tried to just fall asleep and revisit the idea tomorrow...

So my plan, yesterday, was to follow up on THAT idea.  But that's when I had the painting idea in the shower.  

So I figured I'd share the painting that I started yesterday late morning, and finished up late last night (I've posted lots of pictures because I just can't seem to capture the texture in pictures, as it is in person...plus, some were taken at night with different lighting):

All of my Valentine's Day creations (L to R:  last year, this year, 2 years ago):

Stay tuned to see the 2 different shirt ideas mentioned earlier in this post! :)
One is almost complete; the other is still in an email...

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Sometimes I forget that I'm able to make gifts that my husband would like.  I almost always make everyone else's gifts, but it doesn't ever seem to occur to me until waaaaay late in the process, that there are things I make that Richard would like.  And being that he's a Razorback, I thought that doing an 11x14 subway art sign would be super perfect!

I'm not sure why it didn't occur to me until yesterday (the day before my husband's birthday) to make this, but i'm actually glad it was a last minute idea.  I was forced to really sit down and put it into overdrive, in terms of creating a design with all of the elements I wanted...in the way that I wanted them...that would then be manifested on top of a painted, white canvas.  

A lot of times, i design and work with the tv/music. With this one, i just sat and designed for a good, long while! and it paid off! He loves it!!!!!!! :) 


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

My Two Front Teeth...

Recently, a Silly Jillybeans Facebook Fan requested two, girly Tooth Fairy Tooth Pillows for her two granddaughters.  I had "sew" much fun creating them, and hope the girls love squeezing them tightly at night, as they await a visit from the Tooth Fairy!

Only problem now is...my daughter has pointed out that these are more soft than hers!  Oops : /  All I can say is that I did hers before anyone else's, and since that first one, I made some (good) changes!  The best part is that they're all about the same size (approximately 11" tall and 9" at widest point), and are super squeezable!  Definitely more squeezable than the tiny tooth pillow I was able to put under my pillow as a kid!  Because of that, on nights that there is a tooth in the pocket, my daughter usually stands the pillow up on her nightstand, so that the Tooth Fairy doesn't have to find it in her bed.  To make it even easier for the Tooth Fairy, my daughter left a note the first couple of times, explaining that "this tooth" (meaning the pillow) was NOT the tooth to be taken...the tooth to be taken was in the pocket! :))  HAHAHAHA!!!!  Now...if only I could find the picture I took of that adorable, little note...

Anyway, if you're interested in some plushie teeth for the little ones in your life, shoot me an email at orders@sillyjillybeans.com and let's get one started for you!  Girly teeth are $20 each, as they include eyelashes and a flower bow; teeth without these details (could be for a boy or girl) are $15 each.  All teeth include a pocket on the back for tucking away baby teeth to be whisked away while they're in dreamland. ;)

The Cool Whip Quandary

An unopened tub of Cool Whip in the fridge is so, so sad and lonely.  Do you throw it out, in fear of the not so remote possibility of accidentally opening it late at night and finishing it off?  Or do you take a risk and try to ration it out, after realizing that the former option would be totally wasteful?

Obviously, I went with the second choice.  Because I'm practical like that.  ;)

But that doesn't mean that I've totally ruined my 2012 resolutions (partly because I haven't really sat down and officially made any...)!  I just added a couple of small spoonfuls to coffee, sprinkled some pumpkin pie spice on top, and the result is YUMMINESS!!!!

There.  The Cool Whip Quandary has been addressed and taken care of.  You're welcome. ;)