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Superhero capes

Super Hero Superhero Superheroes Super Man Superman Man of Steel Solids Applique letter fleece felt

2 days before Man of Steel premiered in 2013, my friend Ben texts me with “Hey, can you make me a Superman cape for the premiere?” Some frantic googling for a tutorial (I used this one, which was wonderful), Jo-Ann shopping, and texts of “only if you help” brought Ben and 3 friends over to my house and they became my assembly line. We made 5 capes. Ben had a solid red one and at the movie, a little kid whispered to his mom “look! It’s Superman!”. The rest of us had our initials sewn onto the back (B for Brian, D for Dayana, M for Maggie, and C for Carolyn). I used felt for the applique letters. Candice (who didn’t want a cape but was cool being a helper elf… first time I met her too) drew all the letters and cut them out.

Super Hero Superhero Superheroes Super Man Superman Man of Steel Solids Applique letter fleece felt

This is Brian and me, with our friends John and Randy, at the movie premiere sporting our sexy capes.

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Work Christmas ornaments

Over the last few days I’ve made the ornaments for my coworkers. I put our company logo on the ornaments. Here they are with the glue still wet. I was using the plastic ornaments so these are semi-spheres

Glass plastic acrylic ornament ornaments Christmas DIY tutorial how to make an ornament Seahawks Skittles Enroute Mod Podge Galaga blue green ribbon

The ornaments after they dried.

Glass plastic acrylic ornament ornaments Christmas DIY tutorial how to make an ornament Seahawks Skittles Enroute Mod Podge Galaga blue green ribbon

Filled with either Skittles or Jelly Beans, and glued together.

Glass plastic acrylic ornament ornaments Christmas DIY tutorial how to make an ornament Seahawks Skittles Enroute Mod Podge Galaga blue green ribbon

Close ups:

And all wrapped up with a nice politically correct card (I’m HR, so I’ve been making jokes about how we’re doing “anonymous winter gift givers” and it’s the “holiday-that’s-just-coincidentally-the-day-before-Christmas party”)

Curtains

I moved into a new apartment a few weeks ago. My bedroom has a window that gets a ton of sun, which is great for letting in light but is awful when I’m trying to sleep past early morning. There weren’t curtains or a curtain rod, so I got to pick out everything.

Since I plan to open and close the curtains regularly, I wanted a fabric that won’t wrinkle easily. I picked a navy crushed velvet for the front and a really heavy navy twill for the back (they only had white blackout fabric and since it’s not an east facing window, I figured the twill would be heavy enough).

I added pewter grommets at the top of the curtain panels. I had to stand on them to get them to click into place! Here are the finished curtain panels:

Curtain curtains crushed velvet navy pewter grommet DIY blackout fabric

I hung up the curtain rods and got my curtains on there.

And most importantly, here’s how my room now looks when the sun’s out.

Curtain curtains crushed velvet navy pewter grommet DIY blackout fabric