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DIY Spray Paint Bachelorette Party Shirts

I was inspired to make shirts for my BFF Lindsay's Bachelorette party. I'm always up for a challenge and love to learn new ways to DIY. After a little googling I found these shirts from Hipster's Tea Party and started to create. LOVED how these shirts came out.

For the spray paint I used Rust-Oleum Automotive 11-Ounce Vinyl and Fabric Spray Paint, Flat Black $6.70

I was able to make 13 shirts + 2 or 3 tests with one can.

I bought the shirts from H&M for $8 each.


I used my sister in law's cricut machine to make the stencil. I have to say, this cricut is pretty amazing and I'd love to have one! For the brides shirt we used the cut out letters and for the other shirts we used the negative stencil left behind. I used a spray adhesive to get the stencil to stick securely to the shirt when I sprayed it. I lightly sprayed the stencil and lace every other time to get it to seal. When I first did a spray paint test without the adhesive, the paint would bleed and leak under the stencil.

A roll of lace from Wal-Mart for $3 is all I needed for the bottom detail. I used one strip 2-3 times only, because it would get a little gunked up from the spray adhesive and spray paint.

I happen to love the cut of these shirts and wear mine often! Lindsay is getting married VERY soon so I need to get my wear out of the shirt now :) I've washed (not dried) my shirt often and the paint has stayed fine.


If you have any questions for me about these shirts, please leave a comment or send me a message! happy crafting!


Barbie's 1959 Debut and a New 2012 Royal Debut

The Barbie debuted in 1959For me, barbie is synonymous with childhood. I would spend hours alone or with my sister and friends playing with my barbies, changing her clothes, driving in her hot pink convertible, and setting up a dream house for her and Ken. Always losing those little shoes though :) On March 9, 1959 Barbie made her debut at the American Toy Fair in New York City. This year marks her 53rd year of glamor and imagination.

Barbie was invented by Ruth Handler. She was inspired to create an adult female doll when she observed how much her daughter enjoyed playing with grown up female paper dolls. And what was her daughter's name, Barbara of course! The mother/daughter beginnings have helped keep the Barbie tradition alive and continuous 53 years later. As I've previously shared, I am expecting twin girls later this summer and I'm already looking forward to a big box of barbies, barbie clothes, and accessories! I'm a big believer in pretend and encouraging kids to use their imaginations and I just remember spending hours playing with these dolls.

While I did play with Barbie dolls, I didn't have the fancy dolls or collector dolls you weren't allowed to play with. But when I heard of the new Prince Charles and Kate Royal Wedding Barbie Collector set to come out in April, all I could think was- my daughters have to have these!!

This past year I've read and learned a lot about the Royal Family and their role in the English culture. And I find it all very fascinating. Queen Elizabeth is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee this year (60 years as reigning Queen) and next month is the 1 year anniversary of Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding. I have to admit, I did stay up/get up early last year to watch the royal wedding! A story I will for sure share with my girls, as William and Kate will most likely be the King and Queen of England during my girls lifetime. Not sure if these will be play time toys or something I'd like to give them to keep and collect. But hopefully something they will someday love! I don't know how in love Steve is that I'm already buying dolls to collect for our unborn girls, might need to start clearing some room in the storage unit :). Pre-orders for the set have already sold out, but Mattel will begin selling the sets on April 7, 2012.


DIY Bridesmaid and Bride Shirts

A great DIY project for bridesmaids! It's quick, easy, and WAY cheaper than ordering from online stores.

I found the custom monogram template from an DIYers dream website with printable templates and beautiful wedding inspiration.

Items needed:

  • Avery Light T Shirt Transfers- 1 sheet per shirt, pack of 6 sheets were $12.
  • White T Shirt or Tank Top- I got my shirts at Old Navy for $6 each.
  • Iron with NO water and steam set to OFF
  • Pillow Case to protect ironing surface

Let's get started!

Customize your monogram and bride images. I used deep ocean and the date line for "Bridesmaid". When the image opens, right click and save the file to your desktop.

Flip the image horizontally before printing. The words should look backwards when you print them so when you place them face down on the shirt it will be correct. Print a test on regular paper to make sure the image prints correctly. -------->

Put the Avery transfer in your printer (make sure it's facing the right way) and print your image.

Cut out the image.

Heat up the iron and lay your pillow case on a hard surface (not an ironing board). When the iron is nice and hot iron all the wrinkles out of the pillow case.

Use a lint roller to remove any fuzz or threads from the front of your shirt. Iron the shirt and make it all nice and smooth, then lay your cut out image face down on your shirt.

You're ready to start the transfer magic! With even and consistent pressure, press the iron onto the back of the avery transfer and shirt for 3 minutes.

Allow the shirt to cool down for 5 minutes.

Peel off the back of the transfer and viola! You have a beautiful custom shirt!


* wedding wednesday: Betsy Ross Ashburn Claypoole

My wedding wednesday was inspired by our visit to the Betsy Ross House. It was a beautiful summer day exploring historic philadelphia. We really enjoyed touring the historic house on Arch Street (between 2nd and 3rd Streets) in Philadelphia, PA. This is the original house Betsy Ross rented while running her upholstery business when George Washington approached her to construct the American Flag. It was a fun experience and I suggest checking it out. We learned a lot in a short time at an affordable cost, the tour was $4 for adults. There is no photography allowed in the house. One aspect of Betsy's life that I found particularly interesting was her marriages. I had no idea she was married 3 times or the tragedies she endured as a very young woman. A timeline of Betsy's marriages...

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