Toddler T.A.R.D.I.S. Tee

Free Download: DIY TARDIS T-Shirt printing template

Yep, Hubby is a little geeky, he’s a massive Doctor Who fan (“old school Doctor Who that is, not the new modern shite the BBC are currently labelling as Doctor Who” …. blah, blah, blah). Personally, I quite liked the new Doctor Who up to and including David Tennant, but I’m not too fussed on the direction they have gone with the new guy?

As a result of his long lived childhood obsession, I have a house full of Doctor Who wares! There are books (alot of books), DVD’s (alot of DVD’s) and VHS’s (Yes, we are the only house on the planet who still have Videos!).

Then there’s the Doctor Who pinball machine, a bunch of Doctor Who memorabilia etc, etc, etc.

So we’re up to our eyeballs in Doctor Who and it is only a matter of time until toddler M is recruited to the family fan club! I thought I’d hurry the process along and make him a Time And Relative Dimension In Space (TARDIS) shirt. Hubby was thrilled!!

(BTW: My family fan club membership wasn’t optional, over the past decade I have been subjected to almost the entire 50 years of Doctor Who footage!)

So here’s what you’ll need to print your own TARDIS shirt:

  • My FREE downloadable TARDIS template .pdf (see below)
  • Cutting knife
  • Steel ruler
  • Silk screen
  • Fabric printing paint
  • Squeegee
  • T-shirt

Free Download: DIY TARDIS T-Shirt printing template

I found this outline pic of the TARDIS, printed it out and started work on my monochrome paper template and just because I’m nice 😛 (and I know what huge Doctor Who fans you all are) below is my finished template ready for you print out and start cutting. All you need to do is cut out the black bits and you are good to go!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE TARDIS T-SHIRT TEMPLATE PDF

Free Download: DIY TARDIS T-Shirt printing template

Next, grab your tee, lay down the cut out template and place the silk screen on top. Blob a dap of paint on the paper part above the cut outs and swipe you’re squeegee down until you have covered all the cut out bits. According to my paint instructions I had to bake my shirt for a couple of minutes to set the paint – so in the oven it went.

And there you have it! One Toddler Tardis Tee (and all finished before the time Hubby has stumbled out of bed)!

P.S. I can’t sleep-in anymore? What is with that?! Apparently I now only need 6 hours of sleep a night :(! (Ok, vent over.)

Free Download: DIY TARDIS T-Shirt printing template

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Book Review: Cinderella Ate My Daughter

Peggy Orenstein and her book first came into my knowledge during the promotion of ‘Cinderella Ate My Daughter’ on the local talk back AM radio station early last year. I jumped onto my local library’s online catalogue at the time but was disappointed to find it was not yet part of their collection 😦 So I submitted a book request and a year later I received a lovely letter saying my book was ready to pick up from the library LOL! Turns out the timing was perfect, I’m pregnant with number two – a little girl.

Peggy’s book is mainly a commentary on trying to deal with the pink princess syndrome which seems to have taken over a lot of girls in full force. I read this book looking for answers on how to deal with this problem and was left with the same questions unanswered when I finished the book. It turns out Peggy and I are facing the same problem and we are both (or will be) making our way through the same minefield of ‘the 21st century girl’. She did talk about the path which lead to this phenomenon, so that was useful. Did you know pink was considered a masculine colour a century ago? Yes, apparently it was… a tint of red (a highly masculine colour back then) and blue was considered very feminine – the colour of the Virgin Mary. So somewhere along the line it all changed and now you will find many a girl drowned in the colour pink.

Cinderella Ate My Daughter

A must read book for every parent? Having shared the same views as Peggy for some years now this book didn’t blow my mind with new concepts and life changing ideas. It did however give me more of a history to the feelings I have internalised for so long and in many ways it has hardened my resolve. I certainly believe every parent should be aware of the directions our children and ourselves get dragged by the marketing magnates of Mattel, Disney and the like and try our best not to get too sucked in. I would love to say I myself am immune to such a terrible thing but I too have ‘sucker’ printed on my forehead (Lego how I love you but hate you so!!).

So, will there be any princesses in my household? DEFINITELY NOT! Heroines? YES, YES, YES, PLEASE!  

Pavement Painting thanks to Pinterest

I have been meaning to expose toddler M to more arty activities as his co-ordination and comprehension increase in capacity. He had a go with painting late last year during a session at playgroup but at the time seemed more interested in eating the paint rather than applying it on paper!

Pavement Paint

Pavement Paint

I was thrilled when I spotted a recipe for ‘Sidewalk Chalk Paint’ last night while on pinterest. It took just a minute or two to whip up this morning and wallah! A fun, cheap painting activity ready to go! I was slightly disappointed with the limited range of food colouring I had on hand… I could have sworn I had more? So toddler M only had a choice of green, yellow, pink and white to play with but he didn’t seem to mind. I can confirm the paint ccomes straight off with the flick of the hose and the paint that made it onto his onesies washed out too.

Here is the recipe courtesy of Creatively Blooming‘It’s simply 1 part cornstarch to 1 part water.’

Pavement Paint

Pavement Paint

Pavement Paint

Pavement Paint

I’m running out of time!

Number 2 is fast on her way which brought on a bit of a panic attack this morning… there just isn’t enough time! My list of unfinished craft projects seems to be growing with each week and to make matters worse I started another one last night!! I absolutely had to, I swear I did! This one has been on the TO DO list for over a year and the fabric has been sitting laid out on my snooker table *ahem* new found really huge craft table for a week and a half now.

CURRENT PROJECTS:

  1. Advent calendar – make 2, maybe 3 (for the potential kid we might have)
  2. Dinosaur felt mat – needs a lot of work
  3. Crochet dress – crochet some flowers, sew on a button or 2, sew in loose ends
  4. Knitted vest – finish off front and ask Great Nanna to help with the next step of edges
  5. Felt strawberries – finish remaining green tops & find a punnet container
  6. Sew buttons onto top great Nanna made for baby #2
  7. Blog entry for my other more neglected blog www.myfoodobsessions.com
  8. Alphabet exchange letters P & Q – Due by Friday 17th May!
  9. E cushion – for a good friend’s newly born baby boy
  10. Peacock cushion – started this one last year!
  11. Owl pillow case x2 – another unfinished project from last year!!!
  12. Assembly of my Nana cushion – made from my late Nana’s dresses

Future Projects + some not so crafty must do tasks:

  1. More felt food
  2. A little something for a friend expecting
  3. Toddler M’s new room
  4. More house decluttering (in other words listng, listing and more listing on ebay!)
  5. Christmas stocking for baby girl to be
  6. The rest of the bloody alphabet!
  7. Birth Announcements for little Miss

Wow it looks like a lot in list form…… 😦

Not only are my crafty pressures increasingly weighing me down but anxiety of the pending birth has been creeping its way into my headspace. I had one of those bad dreams of a labour from hell last week and flashbacks of my ‘induced’ birth for toddler M keep hitting me randomly, usually while driving….. you know during that period where you zone out but then all of a sudden you are parking the car at your desired destination?!

I have to be realistic here, after putting this list together I am starting to accept that I can no longer be a super Mum, I’m going to have to make some changes: I have already cut out TV from my daily schedule and reading has been put on the back burner for a couple of weeks, now I just have to stop cleaning the house, start buying pre-made processed baby food for toddler M, hire a Nanny and live on fast food!

I’m in love with Otsukaya…..

……. I confess and luckily my husband doesn’t mind!

I turn 30 in a couple of weeks. It is one of those age milestones we are all cliqued to feel nervous about as the programmed mantra of ‘Good bye glorious 20’s, hello old age!’ inevitably runs through ones head. Seriously though, it either hasn’t sunk in yet or I just don’t mind as my thoughts of turning 30 aren’t wrapped with anxiety nor am I desperately clutching onto the straws of my youth. So mid life crisis is averted for now.

Hmmmm…. I wonder if I will be able to say the same about turning 40 (probably not!).

So back to Otsukaya! In celebration of this milestone my husband arranged a trip to Japan incorporating a cruise around other parts of Asia. I was the most excited about stepping onto the shores of Japan, the country responsible for some of my favourite handicrafts such as Japanese block printing and amigurumi (the crochet of small stuffed toys). In my recent fabric obsession, I have found myself drooling over Japanese fabrics while simultaneously gawking at the price!

After a quick google search I found this blog post by felt cafe Japan who provided step-by-step instructions with photos on how to find ones way to Otsukaya, a 5 story fabric shop and according to the blogger perhaps the best fabric shop in Osaka. Otsukaya was now priority number one! Our absolute first stop in Japan would be dedicated to the all important cause of expanding my fabric collection (extensively)!

So off we went and despite the detailed step-by-step guide we still got lost! I take full responsibility, I was a little too excited and wasn’t paying enough attention to the map but after the small diversion I was setting foot in my dream shop. I perused all the levels first as I wanted to have a good overview of what was available before working on narrowing down the massive selection. I deduced level 1 & 3 were the levels for me.

Level 3 housed an impressive selection of traditional style Japanese fabric with countless combinations of cherry blossoms, dragons and gold fish etc. Level 1 offered a large selection of fashionable children’s fabric, Hello Kitty and other Japanese characters had their own dedicated area but it was the less commercial elephants, hippos and owls I was interested in. I fell instantly in love with the Enchino range, the colour combinations and well composed designs were irresistible.

Here’s a sample of what I brought home:

Echino Fabric

Echino Fabric www.f-echino.com

Traditional style Japanese fabric

Traditional Japanese Style

Children's Fabric

Children’s Fabric

I was able to sneak in another visit to Otsukaya on our last day while hubby took our toddler M to Hiroshima for some last minute sightseeing.  I really enjoyed having a couple of solitary hours to explore this shop at a leisurely pace and select some more fabric to add to the ever expanding pile.