April 18, 2011

Emma Grace's Tutu Dress

It is my cousin's daughter's 3rd birthday and she loves everything pink and girly!  I found this adorable tutu dress but it is missing the pink!  Enter Silhouette.

I used the font My Own Topher from Kevin and Amanda and printed on Silhouette's Heat Transfer in PINK!  Just peel off the extra vinyl and then line it up. See the sticky plastic holding the letters?  

 Place a cloth (or a shirt from the Goodwill pile) on the vinyl.  Iron with light pressure for 45 seconds.

Slowly peel back the plastic and give the letters a final press to be sure that they are firmly in place!

Perfect cover up for dance class!  

January 24, 2011

I Heart Faces- Innocent Wonder

I am linking up to I Heart Faces weekly photo challenge.  This week's theme is "Innocent Wonder."  Here is Samuel quietly listening to his grandpa tell him a bedtime story.

January 20, 2011

March Madness

My brother is getting married in March and I took some engagement photos this fall. He and his fiance asked if I could make a Save the Date for them and they wanted it to have something to do with March Madness since they are huge basketball fans! I have no experience in design so I had to keep it simple but I came up with this ticket idea. Note: church name and last names have been blocked to avoid wedding crashers.

January 13, 2011

Jazzin Up the Soap

Have you ever wanted to make washing dishes more fun?  I saw a tutorial on House of Hepworths and fell head over heels for her… soap dispenser.  I forgot to take a picture of my unpainted Dawn Direct Foam bottle so you can check hers out if you would like.

First, find two bottles of expired food in your refrigerator.  These bottles will serve as the holders for the two parts of the bottle.  It will make you feel slightly less guilty to throw away an unopened bottle of salad dressing because you put it to good use for this project.  I made a little skirt out of a cupcake wrapper so that the white tube that sits inside the bottle wouldn’t get paint on it and discolor my soap.

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I spray painted outside when it was 12 degrees.  It was one of the worst decisions of my life.  My left hand was coated in spray paint after I accidently sprayed the can in the wrong direction and I could not get the paint off for three days.  I did not document this because I did not wish to make my camera suffer as a result of this poor decision so just envision me spray painting in 5 inches of snow.

Here is the freshly painted bottle with two coats of Krylon plastic paint in “Textured Shimmer.”  I used my Silhouette SD to add the T.

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My jazzed up soap bottle has a place to call home and I can look forward  dread doing the dishes a little less.

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I am hooking up to some link parties--check out my link page.

January 12, 2011

First Silhouette project -- success

On a whim, I bought a Silhouette on Cyber Monday. After waiting over 3 weeks for it, it finally arrived! I spent an hour or so playing with small projects and then decided to jump all in to my first vinyl project. My brother and his fiancĂ© are getting married in March and I had two showers for her this past weekend. Wedding expenses have been adding up quickly so I wanted to make something that they would love for as little as possible. I bought the frame for $9 at the Teej as I call it… aka T.J. Maxx. (Size is around 10x20) I threw the mat and back away and hot glued the glass into the frame so that they could easily hang it. I totally should have taken pictures on each step with the vinyl but I was worried that I would jinx myself! The letters were placed on the front of the glass but next time I would love to try glass etching the name on the other side of the glass and then layering the Est. 2011 on top of it slightly.

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It’s a new year which means a new wrapping style…brown mailing paper and bright ribbon. This roll of paper cost 1/4 of what a roll of wrapping paper would cost and I can use it for any occasion! New Years-095

P.S. The bride-to-be loved it and wants to hang it in their entry way. Success! On to my next Silhouette project…

November 16, 2010

I Heart Faces- Silhouette

This photo was taken during my first ever photo shoot last month--- with 5 kids! I told the boys to run up the hill and be tough and this is what I got. I showed the oldest boy the picture (being quite proud of the artistic shot) and he said "I think you need a flash." Hopefully the I Heart Faces crowd will appreciate it more than him.

October 29, 2010

Tupperware Round Up

I was reading Nester's blog today and other bloggers were sharing ideas their secret of being organized. I am making no claims of being an organized person but I know that when I have a purpose to own an item and a place to store it, it helps me control clutter. Reading the blog made me realize that my tupperware collection was out of control. I am moving in a few weeks and it was overflowing out of the moving container it was in. Don't judge.

First step--- lay out all of the containers and then dump the lids in the middle. I totally should have hired a 5 year old for the next part and they would have loved the matching.

All of my containers matched...

And all of my misfits going to the land of misfit tupperware (aka garbage)

After matching, I stacked the containers to condense them and thought about their purpose and where I would store them. The containers with blue lids are from IKEA and the lids fit multiple size containers so I don't have to try every lid I own to find a match. The pile with the red lids are very substantial-- lids fit tight and I can drop them without them busting open. The green pile has a different size lid for every container-- not working for me-- GONE. The pile on the left are the cheap "disposable" containers. When I thought about what I use those for, I realized that their purpose is generally for being given away during a Soup Swap and I only use the one quart size. Bye bye to the rest.

Here is my newest tupperware collection...
Look at its new home. For the next two weeks anyway...
No more digging to find a match. What is it about an organized cabinet that just lifts my spirits and somehow makes the move feel easier?
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