Tuesday, November 25, 2014


There are so many things to be thankful this year!  I am especially grateful for my son's teachers at school.  I don't think you could ever thank teachers enough!  I found a cute little cookie gift idea on pinterest (with free printable tags) that inspired me to make a couple Thanksgiving gifts for them.

I found these cute mugs at Target on clearance for $1.50...impossible to pass up!  Throw in some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and you got a perfect little fall gift to show someone just how thankful you are!

I added a couple tags, I ended up making my own version so I could have the silhouette cut it out for me.  Seriously the easiest, cutest gifts ever!

I'm so excited that I can officially decorate for Christmas next week.  I've been trying to give Thanksgiving it's fair share of the month, but I've been so tempted to drag the tree down from the attic and give up on fall all together for this year.  I blame Hobby Lobby for their Christmas in July (and every day since then) sale.

But for now, I'm enjoying the last bit of fall...enjoying all the beautiful tree colors, eating as many pumpkin flavor dishes as I can and making sure my stretchy pants are clean for Thursday!  Happy Thanksgiving!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Super Room Redo

This month's Silhouette challenge theme is My Favorite Things.  One of my absolute favorite things is vinyl.  I really can't imagine my life without it now!  It's so versatile.  And my favorite part...it's REVERSIBLE!!  You can peel it right back off!

So when we first decorated our nursery we bought some vinyl birch trees, and I absolutely loved them.  I transferred the trees to the dining room walls when we converted it into a playroom.  So with the newly bare walls in my son's room, I thought it was the perfect time to upgrade the nursery into more of a big boy room...something less gender neutral and something he can grow into it.  Well there was no question on the theme...it HAD to be Superman!  I searched everywhere for a cityscape scene to really bring the room together, but nothing was really catching my eye, and the price tags were deterring me even more.  I toyed with the idea of making my own, but the task seemed daunting.  The sheer size of the wall was overwhelming.  I finally worked up the nerve to give it a try...and I couldn't be happier with the results.  I'll never buy another wall decal again!  It was so much easier than I though it would be!

I used a combination of the building and tower shapes from the Silhouette online shape store.  First I made a mock-up in Silhouette Studio of what I wanted the decal to look like on the walls.  Notice how my original vision was completely different.  I first thought it would be neat to have solid buildings all in different colors to make a big statement on the wall behind the crib.

It wasn't until I taped up all the different vinyls to the wall that I realized it was WAY too busy for the room.  Maybe if it was on a smaller scale it would have looked better, but I decided I wanted to go more simple.  A little more like the trees that I loved so much.

I wanted a little pop of color, so in the end I decided on this design.

I wanted to show you a couple of the steps I went through to create the outline of the building, but you can scroll down further to see pictures of how it all turned out.

First I used the tracing tool to trace the outer edge of the building so I could have a shape without the windows.

Then I used the offset tool to create a shape slightly larger than the building.  This created an outline of the building.  I added the windows back and it was as simple as that!

I thought it would be best to cut the building up into manageable pieces, not only to make it easier to put on the wall, but I'm secretly a big vinyl hoarder.  :)

I was able to cram a bunch of building pieces together and only ended up using 2 rolls of white vinyl for the entire project.  Not too shabby.  I used another whole roll for the blue.

So there you have it!  Easy, right?  It only took me a couple minutes months to whip that up!

So now to the good part...

I'm so glad I went simple in the end.  I was able to go bold with the fabrics.  And my amazing Grandmother made a quilt that fits the room perfectly.  I love how everything turned out.

My goal was to make a room with a Superman feel without being overwhelmingly Superman. 
So instead I added little touches here and there to make it a little more subtle.
I also added little touches of all his interests.
And there you have it.  My super room redo!  Be sure to check out all of these other amazing projects in our favorite things challenge.

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Land that I Love

Ah summer.  My favorite time of year.  As soon as the calendar reaches June I instantly start craving snocones and long afternoons in the pool.  I happily trade in my boots for sandals and flip flops and replace my sweaters with complaints about the heat.  I love summer!

It just happens to be the season of my favorite holiday too.  Fourth of July.  You can't get much better than hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill, apple pie in the oven and homemade ice cream churning in the ice cream maker....except that you can!  Fireworks!!  I absolutely love it!

So of course every year I have to add a couple new decorations to the collection.  This year I wanted a couple signs I could use all summer long.  And it was perfect for this month's Silhouette Challenge theme!  (see below for some more awesome patriotic projects)

I love little signs I can change out with the seasons.  It makes decorating super easy!  Hobby Lobby sells a couple different packages of scrap wood for only $10 (and if you use your 40% off coupon it's a total score!)  I have used them for so many projects, they are always nice to have on hand!

The 3D star I cut out of cardstock using my Silhouette cameo.  I used one of my scrap wood pieces as the background.  I painted it white first and used a Moroccan background vinyl stencil to fill in the red.  In hindsight, it probably would have been easier if I painted it red to begin with and then just used white vinyl on top of it...but I enjoy a good challenge and the rustic look is just an added bonus.

I learned my lesson with the second sign.  I just painted the block of wood with red and layered vinyl on top. Super easy, super cute!

Let the summer BBQs begin!

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration! Monogrammed Patriotic Serving Tray Captain American Romper Patriotic Burlap Stars (Pottery Barn Knockoff) Patriotic Onesie {Plus Free Cut File} Patriotic Shirts with Layered Heat Transfer Vinyl DIY Patriotic Tote Bag Red, White & Blue - Patriotic Decorations How To Create DIY Temporary Tattoos Made in America Freezer Paper July 4th Shirts Red, White, and Blue Paper Star Lanterns Fourth of July Rustic Flag Paper Sparklers Pretty Patriotic Pillow Nautical Star Burlap Banner: Stencil Material Tutorial Patriotic Map Art Wooden Fire Crackers; July Silhouette Challenge DIY Chalkboard and Vinyl World Map Let's Talk about Red White and Blue! DIY 4th of July Baby Outfit How To Make A Pinwheel {+ Free Template} Patriotic Nail Art Star Jewelry Vinyl on Wood Blocks Land That I Love Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Placemats DIY Paint Splattered Patriotic Tote Bag Patriotic Mason Jar Candle Holders
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Tuesday, June 3, 2014


This is the last week of school for most schools in our area.  And while our son isn't in elementary school yet, we still owe a big thanks to his teachers at daycare.  They are simply amazing!  This year the theme was movie stars and each day we brought in a different present to show them how special they really are.

At the end of the week we wrote handwritten thank you notes and I couldn't help myself, I had to make some more sugar scrubs since the first ones were such a huge hit!  This time I went with my favorite peppermint scent and included a little tag that says "You were Mint to Teach".

We truly had a lot of star teachers this year!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Easy Spring Banner

Spring is here!  Yay!!  Now only if the weather would catch up!  I love when Easter falls in April.  It gives me a chance to actually enjoy Easter decorations for a while (after finally getting all of the Christmas decorations put away).  My mantle has been feeling a little empty without stockings, so I wanted to make a cute spring banner to hang on it that I could enjoy all spring long. 

This banner couldn't be easier.  I've been itching to test out my fabric blade for my silhouette, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to try it out.  I used it to cut a bunch of hearts out of fabric I had laying around the house.  If you don't have a silhouette, you can make a stencil or pattern and cut them out by hand....it's still really easy to do!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

Sugar scrubs are always a great gift and are especially easy to make.  My favorite is the peppermint one, I could use it all year round!  But I needed something to go along with the cute little saying that I transformed for my little one's teachers.  There are tons of recipes for sugar scrubs on Pinterest, but I decided to be creative and add my own flare to it.  Lemon Vanilla Spice.  Yummy!

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