LiT Ep5: Make your own stencil (and a Pottery Barn inspired holiday wall art)

Ok yes I know this is a Thursday, not a Tuesday – but I am still calling it Learn it Tuesday because I can!

You may remember, my friend Kristen (dineanddish.net) asked for some Silhouette help recently.   Well we decided to work together more often!  Fun for both of us & I am so very excited & thankful for this opportunity to work with such a good friend doing something we enjoy!

This month we decided to make a holiday wall art project & used this Pottery Barn Peace Sign… ($129!!!!!) for inspiration.  I think ours turned out great & cost FAR LESS to make!

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LiT Ep4: Design your own “Print&Cut” jelly jar labels

Ok first – yes it isn’t Tuesday!   Second – hey – a new video!  It’s about time!  The most challenging part?  Finding enough time when a 5week old, a 5year old and a dog are all quiet (oh & when my hubby isn’t home, because then nobody is quiet)!

My friend Kristen (dineanddish.net) asked for some Silhouette help recently.  She was trying to make labels for some homemade grape jelly.   Simple right?  Well…. printing on a label & then cutting it sure is simple on the Cameo – IF you know how to do it!   So I wanted to share how I quickly helped her out.

Here is one of her labels – didn’t it turn out gorgeous?

Homemade-Grape-Jelly

And here is my how-to video.   We used a regular cut label that is meant to cut 3 different paper to make a layered label and turned it into a print & cut label with custom text & the printed purple border.  She used Silhouette’s Printable Silver Foil paper.

Here is the video – let me know if you need more help or have any questions & definitely check out Kristen’s blog for the jelly details!

T minus 10 days

I had grand plans at the end of 2012 to really do alot of blogging & crafting & sharing of projects in 2013.  And then as we were nearing the “throw in the towel” point in having a 2nd kiddo it happened!  I would like to say I just went on with doing everything I wanted to, but I didn’t.  Now I am nearing the end & reflecting back, wondering what life will be like with 2 kids, what a newborn will do to my daily routines etc.  If there was ever a time to start up a new routine – now is it – because a new one will start one way or the other right?

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These pictures were taken by the same photographer we have had take all of Andy’s picture to date – Lea Murphy.  She does GREAT work & we had so much fun going in for belly pictures – which we didn’t do when I was pregnant with Andy!  I have a few more to share at the end of the post. Continue reading T minus 10 days

Wishes

Wishes by kids… sometimes they are cute, sometimes silly, sometimes sad & sometimes they break your heart because you know you just can’t grant it.    Andy has started believing in magic in the last year or so.  It’s so fun to watch him wave a magic wand & tell me he is making things disappear or fly, etc.   He doesn’t often make “wishes”… you know the serious “I wish for …” sentence that doesn’t necessarily involve whatever toy is in front of him at the moment (all kids wish for that).  But he’s made a few.

Wishes

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baseball album preview

my photo helper

I have been here working on things, just not necessarily the blog!   I pulled out a few of my in-progress projects today to photograph & my helper wanted to be in on the pictures….and check out the pages!   He was really helpful turning the pages.   He was not so helpful getting between the pages & I or casting a shadow standing in the doorway.   That’s ok – he had fun.

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Houses, rooms and more

So…. what have I been up to (beyond ignoring my blog)?

I have been working to finish card table playhouses for a few friends!   I am using this pattern (with my own tweaks & changes) from a local designer Shea Henderson aka Empty Bobbin.  If you are ever interested in making one of these I will tell you this – I worked my tail off with sales, value cotton, coupons etc. & bought all of the fabric at JoAnn fabric (complete with the  requisite 1 hr waiting for your number to be called).  I picked up the fabric right before Christmas & spent ~$75/house.   So – these things are NOT cheap – so when you see them on etsy for $200-250 and they aren’t felt they are soooo not charging too much (trust me felt/flannel would be a quicker sew job because you don’t have to worry about finishing raw fabric edges).   Now – that isn’t to say that you ‘should‘ spend that much money on one – find a friend with a machine & make it yourself!

Card Table Front

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