A little place to share the mayhem which is my life. Welcome to the madhouse, please enjoy your stay :D

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Winter Moon....

I was going through my photos tonight and came across one that I wanted to share. I took this back on January 2 and just never got around to posting it. 

Winter Moon

I love the look of snow on bare branches in the winter. The moon always look so majestic though the same branches. Not my greatest shot of the moon but I still love the effect. Spring is on it's way so there won't be many more days to enjoy the beauty winter can bring . Enjoy while you can. 

Hugs and Smoochies 

<3 Arawynn <3 

Saturday, January 26, 2013

A Stencilling We Will Go....

"The Teen" is really into gaming and geekery and being on a pretty tight budget this past Christmas I was trying to come up with some cool gift ideas for him. I have seen all these wonderful licensed tees for things he is interested in but the price tag for said tees are way out of my price range so I turned to the net and found some different sites on making your own t-shirts. Didn't look too hard to do and I am a fairly crafty person. I needed to buy some supplies but I was able to make three t-shirts and a hoodie for the price of 1-2 of the licensed tees in the stores. 

I made stencils by printing some pics off the internet and tracing them on plastic sheets I had floating around the house. Using a craft knife I cut out all the pieces that I wanted to have paint on the tees and after cramping my hand, more than a few times while cutting them all out, I started to paint. 

I went the fabric medium for acrylic paint route then purchasing straight fabric paint. More variety that way. Fabric paint doesn't seem to have much selection compared to acrylic paint. I made use of coupons when buying craft supplies with helped out greatly with the cost. 

It took me about 2 days total to complete all 4 items. I had to wash all the items prior to stencilling, then stencilling time, drying time and rewashing, so definitely consider this if making more than one at a time. I made them while watching Christmas movies so the time went pretty quickly. I had a blast once I got into it. I had to send "the teen" off to his Dad's to make sure I wouldn't be interrupted while I was making them. Nothing worse than trying to make something for someone and them walking in on you when you have everything out. 

This is what I ended up with: 

Creeper from Minecraft

Assassin's Creed shirt. I made two stencils for this, this one is my fave one.

Doctor Who Logo

The teen giving his best Ezio impression while wearing his Assassin's Creed Hoodie

I am pretty proud of the results. "The teen" was pretty impressed with all of them. Heard a lot of "Sweet" and "Cool" when he was opening them. Best part is they are made with love which you just don't get from shirts bought in a store. 

Downside to this is that now I want to stencil everything I own. This could be trouble *lol* 

Happy stencilling and of course Hugs and Smoochies.

<3 Arawynn <3

Friday, January 25, 2013

365 Bust....

In fitting Madhouse style my 365 photo project has failed again. I just haven't had the urge to touch my camera lately. Nothing really has inspired me to take photos lately and I don't want to just take pics for the sake of taking pics since all that seems to do is leave me feeling unhappy about my photos. I still carry my camera on me in case I see something that is photo worthy. Maybe I will come out of this photo dry spell I am having. It can happen right? 

To be honest I am really struggling with motivation lately. I have all these ideas and things I want to do but just can't find the time, motivation or finances in order to set them in motion. It is quite discouraging, in fact. 

I have described myself as Tinker Bell on crack to several of my friends and that is pretty much what I have been lately. Nothing seems to hold my attention for long. I am up, I am down, I am doing spirals and twists and turns in every aspect of my life it seems. I really need to focus and try to find some balance before I totally crash and burn. 

Of course every time I think of the words crash and burn together I picture the scene from Hackers and want to be looking as hot as Angelina Jolie was in that movie and swimming with a hot guy. Love that movie gotta watch that again soon. 

There is no real theme to this post other than to let you all know I am still alive and kicking, albeit feeling very much like Tinker Bell on crack. I hopefully will have time soon to get some photos of the shirts I made "the teen" for Christmas. I am very proud of them and totally wanting to stencil everything now. 

Going to go and snuggle up under five blankets right now to try and get some sleep in this ridiculous cold we have been hit with here. Mother Nature certainly has been frosty lately. Maybe she needs a little attention? 

Hugs and Smoochies

<3 Arawynn 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year

I am a day late in posting this. Lost track of time. Typical of life in the madhouse. 

I have decided to attempt the 365 day project again this year. Hopefully I can keep it going for longer, hopefully the entire year this time :)

Was an interesting year in the Madhouse. Lots of ups and downs, lots of mistakes and lessons learned. I wouldn't take back any of it. Everything shapes me into the person I am and the person I am to become. Hope 2013 is a great one for all of you. Looking forward to what it has to teach me. 

I will leave you with my photo and a quote from someone I admire. 

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.
~ Marilyn Monroe 

Hugs and Smoochies

<3 Arawynn <3