Posts Tagged With: DIY

DIY: Hot Dwarves Hoodie

We all remember those  “I ♥ Hot Dwarves” t-shirts from Comic Con back in July, right? At the time I thought it would be great to have one, but I wasn’t sure I’d ever wear it. Well, it didn’t really matter anyway, because you can’t purchase them anywhere (at least not that I’ve found). A couple weeks ago a couple friends and I started talking about actually making or ordering shirts. We played around on the internet designing t-shirts, sweatshirts and *cough* panties. It was all just good fun, but then I happened across reasonably priced sweatshirts and iron on transfers and thought, “What the hell!”

I started out with a design. It went through a few different incarnations, but this is what I ended up with:

Did you know that dark fabric transfers have a white background unless you change it?

Next came the template phase of the design:

Happy with the template, it was time to print and trim the transfer:

Finally it was time for the transfer process:

There are a few imperfections that bother me. The iron on transfer directions weren’t clear enough about how long to press down on the transfer, which led to “hot” being a bit singed…ItsJSforMe and Zan decided it was singed because Thorin is just so darn hot. 😉 The black shirt also shows through the white a bit. All part of the learning experience, I guess. Over all I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. And I can always make a new one for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug next year. 😉


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Excited, Enthusiastic, Obsessed? Who Cares.

Yesterday may have been chocked full of fun, but today was all about the DIY. I’m still correcting the mistake from a couple of months ago, when I accidentally painted latex over oil. I can only stand so much scraping at a time. So I flit from that project to others and back again. Eventually I’ll get it done, but I needed some incentive today.

That’s where my trusty IPod came in. Watching the new Hobbit trailer while I’m at home is apparently not good enough. Oh no, I had to convert the trailer to mp3 format so I could put it on my IPod and listen to it while I worked. Not on constant repeat, but just every once in a while. Nerdy, you bet, but what can I say.

What else helped me get through the day? Just a little something I remembered last night…that I can watch YouTube through our BluRay player. I think the last time I remembered this little tidbit was when the first trailer was released. I’m nice enough to NOT subject  my family to my desire to watch the Hobbit trailer repeatedly. So, I just held on, knowing that when I got home today I’d be able to see Thorin in 60 inches and that incredibly compelling voice rumbling through the surround sound!

Excited? Hell yeah! Enthusiastic? You bet. A little bit obsessed? Probably, but then I have been anxious to see The Hobbit turned into a live action film since the LOTRs movies came out. At this point, I’m just going with the flow…even if it does seem over the top to me. I’m having fun and isn’t that the point of all this in the first place?

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