Saturday, July 21

A Late Birthday Shirt. And a Couple More.

Jonah's birthday was very simple this year.  It was still special and he felt celebrated, but many of the things I would normally do, just didn't get done.  I knew that we weren't going to have a complicated theme party as we are traveling, but I did think that things like his birthday shirt, which I make every year, would appear.  Throughout the time Jim was away for surgery I kept prompting myself to practice the discipline of letting go.  It is a good discipline and one that I'm still working on keeping, I am so much calmer and more content when I succeed.  And, in the spirit of letting go, no birthday shirt appeared the morning of June sixteenth.

But last weekend I saw the freezer paper on a shelf and invited a couple friends over Saturday evening for a little freezer paper party.  After all, he's still quite excited about being six and the dino daddy drew for his shirt was just the thing for our future paleontologist.  
And then, because everything was out, I just had to make a couple more.  Isaac's is based on a Charlie Harper drawing (oh, I love his work!) and the alphabet is perfect for my currently letter loving two-year-old.

*in case you are wondering the red letters are the letters in his name

5 comments:

Laura Wingard-Plank said...

Love them! So, is the freezer paper the thick white paper that frozen meat is wrapped in? And did you make a stencil out of it and paint the paint through the cut-outs or did you screen print them? They are amazing! And what an elegant dinosaur, an awesome ode to Charlie Harper, and a fun alphabet! Way to go!

Watkins said...

Yes, it is just the thick white paper you mention. You make a stencil and then iron it onto the shirt. You then paint, let it dry and pull off the stencil. It is so easy and almost always gives good results.

Laura Wingard-Plank said...

What a wonderful technique! I so want to try it!

Watkins said...

Maybe when I'm home we can have a freezer paper party - it is really fun!

Laura Wingard-Plank said...

Yes, yes, yes to the freezer paper party!