Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Putting My Big Girl Panties On and Dealing With It

I found this pic one night not very long after Amazing Boyfriend was diagnosed with cancer.

At the time that I found it, this was exactly how I was feeling. 
(To be honest, I still feel this way) 

A LOT of people have commented on how well I seem to be taking the news. Trust me, it's not that I'm taking the news well, because I'm really not. It's that I need to be strong. I've had to step up, make tough decisions, hold it together and do everything I've needed to do for us. I adopted a saying not long after ABF was diagnosed with cancer, which makes me laugh or at least smile. I tell everyone that "I have to put my Big Girl panties on and deal with it." 

And out of that saying came the brilliant idea for a craft project... 

Big Girl Panties!!! 

(Awww, come on, that made you at least giggle, if not laugh out loud.)

Oh yes, I did...

Wanna see how I did it?

cotton panties
fabric paint
freezer paper
paint brushes
foam board
silhouette machine

First I created my stencil design with my silhouette software. Then I used my silhouette machine to cut it out on the freezer paper. 

I ironed the freezer paper stencil onto the back of my pair of panties, making sure I got my little pieces in the right spots so that the letters would come out alright. 

I used my foam board piece to fit inside the panties to keep the fabric paint from bleeding through. Then took my fabric paint and paint brush and went to town. 

When the paint was dry I removed my stencil and ...TADAA!!!

And while I was at it I used a few more designs to stencil onto other plain cotton panties

Now when I tell people that I'm gonna but my big girl panties on and deal with it, they might just wonder if that means literally...

I'm linking this post up to the following parties


  1. came over from Not just a housewife. I love the "big girl panties" hilarious.. and cute :)

  2. Haha, I love those panties!! I need to make some for Emma :)
    Oh and I miss you, and we pray for you and Matthew every Sunday at church :)

  3. Your adorable "betty" as Laura would write. te he. I missssss youuu. and I think this is one of your best craft projects. :) Your a strong girl and I know you can over come anything you put your mind to. ♥

  4. Is it legal to make these for others?
    Love it!!!
    Thanks for sharing at tatertotsandjello

  5. I love this saying also. I am always telling someone to put their big girl panties on and deal with it. I have another favorite one to...Cry baby pissy pants! I say this to my 3 year old grand son when he starts to throw a fit and the crying turns into laughter right away!

  6. Oh god I'm laughing my a$$ off! These are awesome! I'd love to have you link this to my VIP party today! http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/03/vip-party-9.html

  7. hahah i LOVE these. TOO funny

    PS: I'm doing a giveaway on my blog for $20 to my etsy shop, so if you like pretty jewelry you should come enter!! http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/04/my-spring-fling-giveaway.html

  8. haha! I love it! I stitched "Spank Me" with a heart on my VS panties a couple weeks ago. So glad I'm not the only one who has to alter those things! lol.

    I'm sorry to hear about your boyfriend. Cancer sucks.

  9. Yes, at times, even if we don't feel like it, we need to wear our big girl panties. Be strong, dear! Thanks for sharing this at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

  10. Just now found this, browsing through your blogs. I totally want some Big Girl panties! I don't have a silhouette machine or I might even try this project. How friggin cute!

  11. I've been talking about putting on my "big girl" panties when I go to my "real job" interviews (since I just graduated college). Love this project!

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