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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Screen Printing Fun

Wow, we have all been so busy and it is a holiday weekend coming up and I am sure much of it will be spent getting the online store front up and getting some of these new screens prints sewn and ready to go up.

Most evening have been very productive in getting some things done. I am working on some new very original screen designs and I am so excited about them. Our one eyed alien turned out better than I had hopes of. I used contact paper and cut him out with an xacto knife and I loved that. No fluids or screen fillers to deal with an clean up aftwards was a snap, which was great because it was around midnight.

I screened another design but I am going to save sharing it until I have them acutally worked up into dresses. They are going to be so cute and I think they will be loved by all. Even my Doodlebug got in on the action and designed one of them for me. I'll be sure to mention which one it is when I post it. I love how creative and clever she is. She is a big help.

Well, here are a few photos of my screening last night. Tonight was spent putting some hand touches on a few of the pieces. Most of the day was spent doing computer work, placing a few orders and the not so fun stuff.

Mixing the screen printing inks are kind of different than mixing my acrylics. Also too, I did learn that the color that it looks at the moment, when it dries, it may be much darker. I made the best of it though. I am certain to learn so much in the next few months.

This rack, I promised to my niece but now I am thinking, I may just need to keep this Melissa. I do hope you will forgive me. It is perfect for my screen printing. If you really want it though, you can have it and I am sure I will find something that will work just as well.

I know you have no idea what these are but you will be surprised by what they become. I can't wait to share them.
I was screening alone this time because it was so late and so many of us all are fighting a summer cold. My helping hands were not able to help this time.

I love this table that Joe built for our screen printing. He built the table, coated it and waxed it for under 40.00. It isn't fancy but I could see how one of these pressed boards might almost resemble stone with the right assembly and trim. After the poly surface was added, he sanded and reapplied another coat. He added a thick coat of wax and buffed it. It has the slickest surface on top. I can screen and then just wipe up. The inks never seem to really stick to the surface.

I love this table. I have been given the perfect spot in his beloved barn right next to the big sink for my screen printing. He even gave me a shelf to store my supplies on. Thanks honey!

These are just too much fun. DoodleBug now says, she wants to be an alien for Halloween and guess who is making her costume? Yep, we are already talking out the details.

I wasn't alone in the barn. My technical guru was hard at work too. Bless his heart, I do hope I won't keep him too busy in his spare time helping me. He has so very little spare time now.

I don't want to close this without saying to my whole family who is helping and supporting me and making this a family adventure and effort, I love you and I am so grateful and blessed that you all are sliding in there sideways. I thank each one of you for every bit of help you have given to this adventure and to me.

I also want to thank all of my friends who have been helping get the word out on line and around home about this little business adventure. You all have been so wonderful. Yesterday being the first day to share the "fan" page and already, you all have shared and passed along my links. Last time I looked, I have 64 people who have clicked that "like" button. To each one of you who did and passed along my links to your friend, I so appreciate you all. Thank you so much. You've all been wonderful to help as well. It will be interesting just to see how this whole adventure grows. I couldn't do it without the support of all my special and wonderful friends. You gals are great!

Well, I hope you enjoyed seeing a few of our photos. I will be posting up some of the end results in the next couple of days.

Blessing to you all!!!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

We've been busy!

We have been working hard to try and get all the legal/tax issues worked out so, the store front will be up and going very soon. We have been busy getting space for our studio set up as well. We are in hopes to having all up and ready to fly and some of our creations up for sale on our website in the next two weeks. We have been busy sewing, crafting and sharing ideas. This is quickly becoming a family adventure and it is very pleasing to see everyone wanting to be a part of this undertaking. We are going to have some very good times together getting this new business off the ground. I for one am very excited and love the idea of the good times ahead to be shared working together with the family. We will have 4 generations of the family participating and working with us. I am grateful to them all for their support.
Above is just a little taste of one of our creations. Peace, Love and Patches Size 6X It is made from 100% Upcycled knits and also comes with a matching patchy gypsy purse.
Please stop by our website soon. We will be flying very soon.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Getting A Start

I must say, I have had quiet the education in the last week with all that it takes to start an online business. We are still in the process of getting all of our ducks in a row and are in hopes to have a grand opening of our store front very soon.

Our whole family seems to be excited about the launch of Lily Field Designs and the good feelings that go along with the types of contents we will be marketing because of the recycling aspect. I know everyone will be offering up ideas to share here on the blog of useful projects that will put to good use items that might normally be tossed out.

In the next few days, I do have a few thrift projects to post to share with you. Please check back for those and do take a look at our website here in a week or so. We should have our store front up and all those little recycled dresses we have been busy creating will be posted for sale.

Until then, thanks for taking a minute to stop by and we all look forward to seeing the growth of followers with ideas to share with us through their blogs as well.

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