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I always seem to have a false sense of confidence when it comes to my sister, Karen's, birthday.  Maybe it's because even when I completely mess up my projects, she still keeps them.  Have I mentioned the elephant that I sewed the head on backwards in high school, gave it to her for a gift, and it's still on her bed at our parents?  I feel like that explains my sense of security with her gifts.

As her birthday approached this year, I knew what I needed to accomplish:

  1. Frame her canvas she screen printed in March and I've had since then saying I would frame it.  Deadline: birthday.
  2. Make a friendship bracelet, which I never thought she would want one until recently when she mentioned she would.
I started searching for canvas tutorials and settled on this one.  And made a trip to Home Depot, which was quite an experience in itself.  I went on a Wednesday night and was one of the few females in the building, probably the only one alone.  This meant everyone seemed to offer me help (or maybe that's because the first thing I picked up - and carried around for the entire shopping trip - was a saw).  

Maybe it's because I didn't really have preferences for what I was shopping for (aside from inexpensive), but I saw several guys who didn't move from the same display the entire time I picked up all my supplies for my project.  I guess they want to consider all their options?  And I thought I was shopping slowly because I didn't know where anything was.

Then I got out my saw and got to work.  (Mike deserves some credit here too since he was the lucky one I recruited to help me "as my laundry finished".)

The directions are straightforward and easy to follow.  I wish I had a space so I wasn't sawing over newspaper on my floor, but you do what you have to do and work with the space you have.

The day after we finished the canvas I started brainstorming all the gifts I can make by framing fabric and got really excited.  I already invested in the supplies, even if the saw was $3 and isn't exceptional.

P.S. Karen's gift last year.  She wears it almost every day!


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