You know those chrome (or in the case of Chevy, tacky gold plate) emblems that indicate the car maker? Did you know you can get your own? Yep, pry that Hyundai emblem off and replace it with, oh…
Or maybe this.
You don’t have to settle for chrome. You can get gold, or even colors. Most companies have stock designs (like an entire DC Comics line!) as well as custom from your own design.
Most folks get these emblems to stick on their cars in addition to their regular emblem, rather than confusing people by prying off the old one. Which is probably good, because I would follow a Batman car to find out what it was.
One of the most subtle customizations I’ve seen is the vinyl overlay for BMW roundels.
Bling that beemer!
And yeah, now I totally want a skull emblem. And a bearded dragon. And…
I haven’t made one yet, but I adore (see what I did there?) fairy doors. So I thought I’d hunt around for some good shops on Etsy. Here are my picks:
This former boat builder makes gorgeous, substantial-looking works from wood.
Tinker Bob returned to his love of woodworking after retiring from the business world. His work features lovely shapes and delicate paintwork.
Nothin’ But Wood calls these “Gnome Doors.” I love their outlet covers, but I wouldn’t put them in a house with children–it would make the outlet even more tempting.
Jassmond makes all sorts of fairy garden accessories, like this Leddiq door and path, from cast stone.
Bette and her husband make Hobbit and Fairy doors, and many other fairy garden accessories from resin.
Personally, I could go nuts in any of these shops!
Not much in the way of links this week, as I’ve been too busy to surf. Busy making a lizard shirt for the Spousal Unit’s birthday, which seems to be developing into an annual tradition.
I made this year’s shirt with Sulky Iron-On Transfer Pens. You draw on regular paper, then transfer the pattern with heat. Marvy also makes a marker that is similar. They are made to transfer patterns for embroidery and applique, and if used with regular paper, the image is pretty light. If used with something non-porous, you can get a darker image.
I did several experiments and decided on freezer paper. It’s non-porous on the plastic side, and when heated, it sticks, firmly but temporarily, to fabric. This is why lots of people use it for stencils. Also, the roll I have is very wide, and I was gonna need some space.
I did the pattern in three large sections. Because the paper was resistant, each line was gone over two or more times.
It isn’t perfect. The darkness is inconsistent, and there are splatters that didn’t turn up in my experiments. I’ll have to figure that out before I make another shirt. Which I’ll definitely do, because I love the overall effect. Sure, I see the flaws like we all do when we make something, but I also find myself enjoying my favorite sections, like that flower near the end of the tail.
Happy birthday, love!