Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tickled Pink Tuesday And Through The Window

Happy Tuesday!  I'm joining my partner Cheryl in posting what's tickling me today....feel free to join us!  I'm also linking up to my sweet friend Patricia's Through The Window Photo Challenge....I seem to take more pictures when I have a challenge, lol.  But trying to find just the right thing to take pics of when other people are rushing you here and there, well, that's hard!

Here's my pic for this week, and boy did it tickle me.....can you see the face?

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See his nose, and that he's sticking out his tongue?

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These pics were taken through my [filthy and bug-spattered] windshield.  Yes, I had pulled over to take them.  The clouds were quite pretty today - I'm a cloudwatcher in case you didn't know.  But wouldn't you know it, they all disappeared before sunset.

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I have a great tutorial for you today. 


It's from Karen at The House of Wilson, and it's a take-out menu holder for your fridge!  Isn't that brilliant?  She has a great blog, with wonderful tutorials and interesting things - you'll want to follow her so you don't miss out on future posts!

Jenny of Elefantz has a quilt pictured in Homespun magazine, it's called Juliet's Rose and it is GORGEOUS...

and Homespun is offering it as a FREE DOWNLOAD!   Go get it and don't forget to go thank Jenny too!  Jenny, I hope you don't mind, I borrowed your photo....I love this quilt!

And now for the thing that's really been tickling me lately.  Have you heard about the Frixion Erasable pens from Pilot?  I thought I would try them.   I'm making Jenny's Love Is All You Need design from her latest magazine issue.  First, I stitched down my appliques, then traced the stitchery part with the Frixion pen...

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Then, I added my Shape-Flex fusible to the back.  When I did that, the tracing disappeared, because heat makes the ink go away.  I had heard that it will come back if you put it in the freezer, so that's what I did.  And it came back!

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Fainter, but still easily seen to stitch.  So why is this a great thing?  I always trace my design first, then add the fusible interfacing to the back - too hard to see through the interfacing, have to trace it first.  So I really didn't think these pens would work for me.  But I didn't like the thickness of the wash-out blue pens I normally use, and I don't like using something permanent.  The Frixion pen will disappear with heat, then it comes back so I can stitch, then I'll iron it again and wash the project, and it will never come back.  It glides like a dream on the fabric.  I really, really love them, and plan on using them not only for stitcheries, but also for quilting lines.   But you can be sure I'll be testing my fabrics first, to make sure it goes away.

Whew, this is a long post -   I hope to post again before I leave on Friday morning, we have to be at my aunt's at THREE AM.  Guess who'll be sleeping all the way to Mackinac Island????? 

30 comments:

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Lovely clouds. Wished I were floating on one right now!

Thanks so much for the review on the Frixion pen. I did buy some, but haven't been brave enough to use them yet.

Penny said...

Isn't nature just beautiful?..and cheeky too with the tongue :)

I love the Frixion pen too. Use them for dressmaking. I mark buttonholes, hem lines and just about anything that needs marking on fabric...and I dont have to worry about making a mistake!

Have a 'sleepful' journey :)

Patricia said...

OK...you win!!! I can't WAIT to link to your photos on Friday. I saw that tongue sticking out right away. What a fun and creative capture, Allie---and thanks so much for playing along. You made my morning! Love you lots!!!

Marg H said...

Love the clouds - I'm a bit of a cloud watcher, too. One of my boys is always finding pictures and we often look together. I'm not the greatest at seeing pictures in them, but love the "texture" they have. I can see it in the picture you've taken.

Thanks for the tip on the frixion pen. I have bought some and they are wonderful to use, except for the ironing bit. I traced all mine, ironed on the whisperweft and no more design. Didn't know about the freezer - will try that.

I love the design of Jenny's you're doing. Really like her colours. I haven't subscribed to her magazine yet - keep saying I'm going to...... Your picture is making me very tempted. Good luck with the drive on the weekend. It's a long weekend for us as Brisbane has it's big Agricultural Show on and we have a public holiday for it. We're heading up the coast - about 5 hours from home to our 55 acres of bush tranquility. Cheers

Karen Wilson said...

That Frixion pen sounds brilliant, will have to get one and have a go.

And thanks for posting my tutorial ;)

Jenny of Elefantz said...

I have to find myself one of those pens! That's amazing!
I love the fabric you're using on Love Is All You Need. :-)
Big hugs
Jenny
xxx

Mary said...

It is great to know about the frixion pen - I don't like the one I have because it is too thick too, so this is on my wish list now. I love the beautiful rose fabric you're using in your stitchery piece :)

Joanne Lendaro said...

hahaha!! I do see the nose and tongue in the clouds!!

That menue holder is the best!! Gotta do at least one of those!! T

LibbiesHome said...

Love that face in the clouds! My husband and I love to look for the hidden cloud pictures. :)
I hope you have a lovely trip to Mackinac Island!

Marilyn said...

Allie, that cloud is so impressive. Love looking for the pictures in clouds.
The pen sounds like what a lot of us need - I dont like the thickness of the wash out one either. Will have to hunt a Frixion one down.
That will be one very early morning - travel well.
Take care. Hugs.

Shari said...

I love cloud watching too - this time of year we have clouds and sunshine and rainbows...

Have fun on the Island!

Cathy said...

Great photos. I saw him sticking his tongue out...lol.

Thanks for all the great information in your post. Love it.
Hugs

Dandelion Quilts said...

Isn't that take out menu holder cute? Great find.

Shelley said...

I just heard about those pens. Thanks for trying them so, now all I have to do is go buy some....LOL They sound like they would be perfect for me!

sunny said...

i love clouds, too! Great shots that you got. I'll have to try out this pen. I usually use a pencil, but I'm not thrilled with the results.

Terry said...

Nice clouds! I almost bought some of those pens the other day to try, but I chickened out! LOL

Michelle said...

Great pics of the clouds, I'm a cloud watcher too...lol!

Joy said...

LOL ... the cloud pic tickled me too ;o).
I've been using the Frixion pens for a while now and I LOVE them!!! Take care if you're using them on darker fabrics - they may leave a faint white line where they've been when you iron them off. Easy solution to that is to spray the pen marks with water before you press - like magic they disappear :o)!!!
As you said Allie - best to test them on your fabric first - but aren't they a fabulous find!!!!
Jen's quilt in Homespun is just gawjus isn't it!?! And I love your colours for 'Love is all you need' too - very pretty :o).
Love n hugs,
Joy :o)

Yvonne aka sommeke said...

Thx for the tutorial and free pattern tips!
About the Frixion pens : please read this blogpost :
http://pieceocake.typepad.com/piece-o-cake-blog/2011/03/erasable-pens.html
The pen never disappears! :-(

Dolores said...

Thanks for the tip on the pen. I loved those clouds. After days of no clouds it was nice to see.

Talin's Corner said...

I gave up on marking pens along time ago, but this one has potential. Your blanket stitching is beautiful.

Ivory Spring said...

Beautiful clouds, and thanks for the links!

Cheryl said...

Love your cloud pictures...I love the find things in the clouds!! Those pens are amazing!!

Soggibottom said...

Beautiful post Allie :-)
Have a really great time away. Looks like your fingers could do with the rest after working so hard :-) x x x

Sharon said...

Thanks for the review of the Frixion pens, I'll look for them.

Great cloud photos! I'm a cloud-watcher too. The clouds in WA remind me of the clouds in MI, isn't that funny?

Have a great vacation!

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

Those are excellent cloud photos...I thought I was nuts when I pull over to take a pix of clouds...guess not!

I heard that the chemical that is in the pens stay even after you wash the fabric....that's why it comes back....I'm curious to hear if it came out all together or if you put it back in the freezer would it come back again? I've not tried these yet.

Smiles,
Kelly

S. Etole said...

Visiting from Patricia's ... beautiful clouds!

The Farmer's Wife said...

Great cheeky cloud photos! That made me laugh...
Visiting here from Pollywog Creek!

Mama Pea said...

I saw Albert Einstein in it. A completely different face than you! LOL! I saw the "tongue" as a mustache!

Mama Pea said...

Also, I haven't heard of those pens. Sounds interesting. Where do you get them? At the quilt store or at office supply stores?

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