My stencil sales have been coming in at a somewhat slow and steady pace, which was fine, because it was a pace I could keep up with. Then BAM, as soon as I introduced the Milk & Cream Co. stencil design, orders started pouring in. I wasn’t prepared to get so many orders so quickly and I spent the weekend up to my ears in Milk and Cream.
Of course, that’s a very good thing, but by yesterday I was exhausted, and in dire need of some relaxation. Some family time at the lake was just the down time I needed.
We ate a picnic dinner, then my 3 sons headed out on a rowboat to do some fishing. My daughter decided to fish from the dock, and my husband and I went out on a paddle boat to just troll around.
It was 90 degrees, with no breeze at all, but once we paddled over to the edge of the lake where it was shady, it felt wonderful.
As worn out as I was, I could have curled up and fallen asleep to the sound of the water, and the dragonflies buzzing around. I had no desire to wade or swim, but I did drag my feet off the side of the paddle boat to cool off.
Today it was time to get back to work though. I packaged up more orders, then wanted to make another project using the stencil.
I had given my mom a large drop cloth, and she turned it into a bunch of envelope closure pillow covers for me.
To sew your own pillow cover, the instructions are here.
To stencil a pillow, I used these supplies:
2) painter’s tape
3) fabric paint (I used paint for screen printing, but you can use regular fabric paint.
4) stencil brush or roller
5) disposable plate
Center the stencil on the cover, and use painter’s tape to keep it in place.
Put paint on the plate, and load your brush or roller with paint. You want to just enough paint to cover the surface of the brush or roller, but not so much that any will bleed under the stencil – so you should have barely any paint on it – less is best! You will go over the stencil a few times, gradually darkening up the image with each light layer of paint. If you are using a foam roller, use care not to push to hard, which will cause the paint to squish off the roller.
Carefully lift the stencil, and allow the paint to dry to dry (or speed it up with a blow dryer. Most fabric paints require heat-setting, so follow the instructions on the paint you use.
Here’s the finished drop cloth pillow cover.
My daughter has been doing foster care for a litter of kittens, but they have gained enough weight to be adopted now, so they’ll be going back to the Humane Society tomorrow. It’s been so much fun having them, and I so hope they find good homes. It’s going to be a little too quiet around here without them.
Every kitty loves milk and cream, so I had to get a shot of one of them with the pillow!
Generally when I ship things, I use free boxes, but I wanted my stencil shipments to have a consistent, branded design, so I’ve been working on package labels and package inserts. I bought out all the boxes our local Staples had, and they are ordering more for me. I designed the labels to put on the boxes that show examples of a few of the stencil designs. I’ll be working on some new business cards as well.
Things are hoppin!
Vintage Sign Stencils are available in my online shop HERE.