May 17th, 2009
Many of you are probably rolling your eyes right now and saying, “Yeah, and next you’re gonna tell us water’s wet. Remember a couple of weeks ago when you were going on about your new favorite show Chuck? That was kind of a big clue.”
Those of you who know me in real life probably know about my love for Firefly, Quantum Leap, and Star Trek, along with many other sci-fi shows and movies. If you gave me a choice between watching Battlestar Galactica and, say, Grey’s Anatomy, BSG would win every time. Plus I married a guy who has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and builds computers from scratch because he thinks it’s fun. So yeah, I think you could safely say I’m a bit of a geek.
But hey, at least I’m a crafty geek! I made myself a Blue Sun t-shirt this weekend.
Let me explain: Blue Sun is a mega-corporation in the world of Firefly that sells various foodstuffs and also seems to be involved in shady medical/government experiments. The series was cancelled after only 12 episodes, so the writers and creators of the show never had time to explore exactly what Blue Sun did, but there were tantalizing hints throughout the series that they had their fingers in some sinister pies. In one episode the character Jayne (played by the incomparable Adam Baldwin [who happens to play NSA agent John Casey on Chuck!]) is wearing a Blue Sun t-shirt when the genius yet mentally-unbalanced River slashes him across the chest with a knife because he was talking smack about her brother Simon…or was it because of the Blue Sun logo on his shirt?! Since the show’s untimely demise and triumphant return in movie form, Blue Sun t-shirts have become a popular way for fans to show their love.
In the past I’ve bought two different Blue Sun t-shirts from online shops and wasn’t happy with either of them. After freezer-paper stenciling the flower shirts for Annalie’s birthday party, I got the idea to try making my own. I already had a black Old Navy t-shirt that’s been worn and washed so many times it’s soft and faded and has a couple of stains and tiny holes in it—in other words, it’s one of my favorite shirts. I had blue fabric paint. I found a graphic online, printed it out and used it as a template for cutting a stencil in freezer paper, ironed it onto the freshly-washed shirt and painted away.
I’m really happy with how it turned out! I can’t wait to see what other ideas I come up with for this craft.