Showing posts with label Decorations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Decorations. Show all posts

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Craft Room Redecorate: Dresses Banner (Take 2!)


Hi everybody!  I hope you are having a fabulous weekend.  This week, I announced to my husband that I wanted to redecorate my craft room.  I told him that I wasn’t at all changing my purple door, or anything drastic, but that I wanted to add a little more color instead of JUST purple like I had been going for a couple years ago.  The fact is---I was doing this with VERY limited craft supplies (and no silhouette cameo) when I did this over 2 years ago.  I feel like the papers/colors I chose was by necessity of using what I have.  Two years later, and 6 paper packs (or more!) and a whole bunch of embellishments later, I’ve got a lot more resources. 

I also decided to go a little trendy this time.  I haven’t really jumped on the houndstooth/chevron bandwagon, but I decided I’d try a little bit of everything.  I decided this room will be ‘girly modern.,’ defined by me of course!  I’m loving what I  have done so far.  Mostly it’s just recovering things I already have made, so I am not using a lot of brain power! :)


I whipped up this quick banner this morning.  I used the same file as this banner, but changed up the flourishes to these from Miss Kate.  I used white sketch pens for the flourishes, and love how they turned out.  (I love the sketch pens by the way!  They can add a little bit of detail in a lot of different projects.)  I also changed the neckline of one of the dresses using the edit points feature because it wasn’t cutting well on the paper I was using, and that was THE right paper for that dress. :)


Well there’s the banner!  How about a sneak peak of the other things going around here?


Thanks for reading!  Have a fantastic day!


Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Home Decor


My favorite part of this artwork is the two witches visiting at the top!  The witches were actually a border, but it was too busy for my taste after I made the cut.. I decided to cut them apart and let them ‘fly,’ all over the page.  I love how it turned out!

Hello everybody!  I guess I should have named this blog, “The Lucky Quarter,” since I’m lucky if I get a post up during each quarter of the year. :)  I like to keep my seasonal décor simple and cheap, so this year I simply grabbed some orange scrapbook paper and some vinyl and cut out some free shapes I had laying around. 

Details about the shapes (skip if you’d like):

These are all by Miss Kate Cuttables.  I upgraded to the silhouette studio designer edition for my Birthday in June, and have learned about a whole bunch of places I can get free svg files.  That’s one of the biggest perks of the designer studio-is being able to use svgs.  Miss Kate releases a new free shape each day, and she usually does ones for upcoming holidays.  This year I got probably 25+ of just Halloween files—and they are in the silhouette online store but I scored them for free! :)  If I think of all the free shapes I’ve gotten this year, the designer edition has more than paid for itself (I bought it from Miss Kate for around $30, and then got $10 in free shapes from her store for buying it through her! yay)


Just a spooky night.  I have plans to add a haunted house to the picture for next year.  I mixed and matched several sets of images for the artwork.

Thanks for reading, and have a Happy Halloween!!!


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Weekly Silhouette Shape Challenge: Summer Charms



Hi everybody! I am just popping in today to show you my latest creation. I made some very simple charms to hang on my shelf for summer. I used the sketch pens to draw the cute summer time things and used the scalloped badges as the backgrounds. I used the offset tool to make two layers of background for added dimension. I did this in about 20-30 minutes---and the hardest part is getting it all arranged to cut (of course)!

And a huge apology for slightly blurry pictures.  I have no idea what my camera was doing today!


Thanks for reading!


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Kitchen and Sewing Room Wall Art

Hi everybody!  I hope you’re enjoying spring weather.  We have had a pleasant week, with rain and cooler temperatures which has been fantastic.  I love it when it rains because I don’t have to water the garden or our baby grass! :)
I participated in Silhouette’s Weekly Shape Challenge.  I had so much fun, I made two projects!  The first I’ll show is a simple banner I made for my craft room.  I needed to craft with something girly, and had bought the dresses during the 50% off shape sale.  I thought the dresses would look so cute strung along on a banner.  I hung it with a piece of lace and mini clothespins. I love the look of the clothespins so much, I used it on both my projects. I got them through a giveaway, but I’ve heard you can find them at Wal-Mart. I hung it on my pegboard and just love how it turned out!
I had seen this project from A Lemon Squeezy Home a week or so ago, and loved how she displayed several quotes at once.  I decided I needed to do a similar project soon.  When I heard about the shape challenge, I knew that I could do this project and add a few banner pieces to make it whimsical and colorful.
I decided I wanted the display to be in a frame, but I didn’t have one big enough at my house.  So I hit a slightly creepy thrifty store, and found one for a dollar.   Isn’t it lovely?  I got some red spray paint and went to town on it.  I only had to do one coat, which was fantastic!
I had my helpful husband install hardware so I could string the baker’s twine across in rows.  I used the half circle banner, cut it out in a few types of paper, and clipped them up.  I made small rounded rectangle cards and used silhouette sketch pens for the quotes.  Now it’s hanging in my kitchen, and it cheers up the room a whole lot!  I think this is probably one of my favorite projects every.  When I get tired of these quotes, I can change things up with the seasons or even do an advent calendar with it.  It was a pretty easy project, and only cost me $5! 
Thanks silhouette for the weekly shape challenge!  I got two projects done I probably wouldn’t have without a little push.
Thanks for reading,
p.s. I’m also participating in a challenge with the blog Silhouette Challenges.  Anything goes this month, so enter if you’ve made something with your silhouette! Details HERE.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Making it Ours: Vanity Area Jewelry Holder and Wall Art


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This series is documenting my husband and I’s projects that make our 1960’s home ours.  Some are simple, and some are not!  I hope you enjoy this post.

Hey there!  Today, I’ll show you something I did to make my vanity area feel more like mine.  Let me explain something about my house.  When you walk towards the bathroom, you turn right and where the bathroom should be, you keep walking to the bathroom door.  Before you hit the door, there’s a full on vanity area with a sink, large counter, and mirror.  Then there’s a full bathroom on the other side of the door as well.  It’s super nice because with only one bathroom in our home, I can get ready while my husband does without being in the same bathroom. 

The bathroom is pinned for a major remodel (like paint is peeling off the wall and our shower has a nasty insert in it) that was supposed to happen this past winter, but with everything that occurred in January, it didn’t happen.  But someday it will.  The vanity will also be painted and have a little done to it, so these projects I’m showing today are to get by until we really fix the area up.


I made this canvas for the wall.  The picture quality is a little poor because of the poor quality of light in the vanity area.  Such is life.  I got the saying from a Kohl’s clothing tag---for reals.  I liked it, and thought that it could encourage me to get ready more often than I was with a demanding newborn.  Well, nearly a year later, and I’m still only wearing makeup to church---oh well!  I do have (more) cute clothes now, yay! (I started out with 2 shirts I would wash every other day…ya, great huh?!?)


I had this bulletin board from my craft room that was on the wall before the remodel.  I got a paint sample from lowe’s along with some white that came with the house and painted this stripe design.


Here’s it all loaded up with my jewelry that I don’t wear because I have a grabby toddler around these days.  At least I get to look at it when I get ready everyday, right? ;)

Thanks for reading!  Have a great day!


Monday, April 8, 2013

Craft Room Accessory: Glittered Pen Holder


Here’s an easy peasy project I did sometime last year and never posted it.  I found the project here via pinterest, and was able to complete this during my son’s nap one day.  In fact, I think it took about 10 minutes minus drying time.  I love having a sparkly addition to my craft room.  I got the container from the dollar store, the glitter from Michaels for very little, and had the mod podge on hand.  Cheap project, and instant gratification=my kind of craft!

Thanks for reading,


Oh, and p.s. A shout out to my Sister, K, HAPPY BIRTHDAY SISTER!!!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Making it Ours: Canvas for Family Room


I found some inspiration for this artwork here.  I loved the concept of using the shapes as frames for some of the words.  I painted the canvas and cut out the vinyl with my silhouette.  I love how it turned out and reminds me to have a positive attitude.


Picture of canvas with the other art I’ve made.

That’s all for today!  Thanks for reading,


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Making it Ours: Love at Home Tiles


Thanks for joining me today for another post of the ongoing “Making it ours,” series.  I’m enjoying sharing the large and small projects we’re doing in our home to make it feel like ours. Enjoy!

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I started and finished this well before Dash was born.  I finally got it hung last week.   I had bought three mdf tile pictures for $2 each from family dollar.  They were beach themed with large fake seashells glued to them.  It worked for a cheap apartment bathroom makeover, but I am done with beach bathrooms.  So I asked my husband if he could remove the shells and I would reuse the tiles.  And that’s what I did.


Above is what they looked like after the shells were removed.  (Yes, I got ahead of myself and forgot a real before pic).


I sanded the beach themed stuff (which was actulaly paper glued on), and painted them a brown I ahd left over from a previous project.

I got the idea for the ‘love at home,’ from this guest post by Craft-O-Maniac on Tatertots and Jello.  I cut out the shapes with my silhouette.  I slapped the vinyl on, and I was done!


I hung it in my family room next to probably my most favorite vinyl project I’ve ever done.  I will get that posted later this week, don’t you worry.  I love the personal feel my home is finally taking after a year of being here.  It’s starting to feel like ours.

Thanks for reading!


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Making It Ours: Laundry Room Sign

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*Making it ours is my simple series where I feature some of my projects to make our new home feel more like ours.  Some projects will be simple décor, while others will be major remodel type projects.*


Hi everybody!  I needed a breath of fresh air from maternity/baby stuff today, so here’s a simple project I did with some firewood (literally-but it’s for decent stuff because we get it from a business who throws their crates out for grabs), some paint, and some vinyl from my silhouette.

I had fun coming up with my other laundry room sign, but for this one, I struggled.  I didn’t have a big enough board for the saying I really wanted to use, so I went with an unoriginal “Laundry Room,” sign.  Boring, yes, but I still love how it turned out.  I got the hanger image from Microsoft Word, and imported it into the silhouette software.

Well, that’s all I’ve got today!  Hope you’re having a great day.  It’s raining today.  I busted out my purple paint and added a 2nd coat to one of the sides of my craft room door.  I was in the first trimester yucky stage when I first painted, so I finished it up now that smells don’t bother me. :)  I also painted something else purple, and will show you in the upcoming days/weeks!

Thanks so much for reading!


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Valentines Mail Box Makeover


Hi there everybody!  Here’s a really quick and easy project for you.  I found these mailboxes at Target in their $1 section, and decided that with a bit of vinyl, it would be super cute Valentines Day Décor.  So I cut some letters and hearts out using my silhouette, and in about 15 minutes I had a very cute mailbox to display in February. 


I just had to add a heart to that flag.


And a super cute heart with arrow for the back.  Although, I wish I would have put it on another side of the mailbox so it’s actually seen.  Oh well, it’s done and I’m happy with it!

I have been beefing up my maternity wardrobe lately, and will be having a mini series starting next week.  I’ve decided to call the series, “Project Maternity.”  I’m not exactly sure why.  Maybe it’s because it sounds like Project Runway?  And who doesn’t deserve to look cute and stylish while pregnant?  And for those of you that aren’t with child, no worries!  Many of the things I’ve done are simple t-shirt refashions that anybody can do!

Thanks for reading, I appreciate it!


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Heart Specimen Art

I have been in love with the artwork above over at Craftaholics Anonymous.  I decided that I could make one too.  I tried it with all solid papers, because that’s what I had on hand and it looked dumb.  Then I talked my sister into letting me go through her paper stash, and tried again.  And I love how it turned out!  My husband said that it looks very feminine.  I think that’s good for Valentines Day décor, don’t you think? :)
I haven’t usually been into holiday décor (other than Christmas and Halloween), but I think that’s because up until now I’ve been a busy student…since I was 5.  And now that I’m not, I can deck the house in holiday décor!  Hooray.  I cut the hearts out with my silhouette, and then used mod podge to glue the hearts to the canvas.  Oh…and How did I get my canvas to look like that?  It was so fun!  I took a foam brush and dipped on side of the tip in red acrylic paint, and the other side of the tip in pink acrylic paint.  Then I brushed back and forth so some places got red with pink on top, etc.  I was going to cover the whole canvas, but I ended up liking some white in there too.  (If that didn’t make sense, I can make a mini-tute on paper.)  Very easy, very quick, and very satisfying.  My type of project.
Thanks for reading!  Have a great day.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Making it Ours: Clothesline Sign

**My husband and I have been living in our house about 5 months.  I’ve gotten a few pictures and things put up, but now that we’re in a home there are more walls to cover.  I’ve got some major ideas of paint and wainscoting, but that probably won’t be in the budget for a few years (and then we’ll see what’s in style then).  So until then, I’m working on decorating my home with inexpensive or free means.  We’ve also done some bigger things that I am dying to share with you.  So this is the first of an ongoing series I’m calling “Making it Ours.”  (I guess you could count my craft room too!) Some of the projects will be stuff to hang on our bare walls, and others will be major remodels such as paint and tile. I hope you enjoy the series!**
Since getting my Silhouette Cameo, I’ve been wanting to try vinyl.  This is one of my first projects.  My laundry room is more of a hallway from the backdoor to the kitchen, and it very functional.  It is equipped with a washing sink, and I LOVE it.  It needs a good razor blade scraping and then maybe I will show it to you.  My husband is a mechanic so I am always washing dirt and grease out of things.  The room is quite dark, so I needed something cheerful.
I had gotten the plaque from DI a couple years ago, painted over the design with a light cream (which totally didn’t work by the way), and left it.  I had a few ideas, but without a vinyl cutter I really couldn’t do any of them.  So this got a quick  2 coats of ocean breeze acrylic paint, and a cute vinyl cutout slapped onto it.  I imported the image from Microsoft Word’s clipart.  Cheri’s tutorial on how to import images was very helpful (it’s the 3rd video in the post).  The only thing I did different was copy my image into paint and saved it as a jpg to my desktop.  Then I followed the rest of her instructions to make it a cuttable image.
I’ve made one other thing for my laundry room that I have ready to share later in the week.  It makes the laundry room a little more cheery. :)
Thanks for reading!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Too easy to be called a tutorial: Framed Quotes!

I love the framed quotes that you find everywhere these days.
I have a few I've bought from the store, but I like finding my own quotes, and framing them myself.
I decided to find a way to frame some of my recent favorite quotes.
Here's what I came up with:

You can do it too!
Here's what you'll need.
A frame (I got mine for $2.50 from Walmart)
A computer and printer
Paper (I've done scrapbook, and I've done plain white- you decide)
Any Embellishments desired
Scotch tape or Glue

The steps are way easy:
First, Type your quotes
Second, Print
Third, Cut out, embellish, and hang up

For those of you who need a walk through of the computer settings, here they are.  If not, it's pretty self explanatory!

First off, open a new Word Document
I set up my paper size to be 4 X 6 in (tab) because that's the size of frames I had.  Set it up to fit your frames.
Then I copied in my quotes.
I like to have key words be in different fonts, so I highlighted the ones I wanted and changed them.  If you want some new fonts for your quotes, I use
To make the text be centered vertically on the page, go to Page Setup, click on the Layout tab, and then where it says Vertical Alignment, select Center.
 Once you get your fonts looking the way you want it, print.
If you've set the page size differently, each quote that is on a "page," will come out on a separate page.  So, plan your paper accordingly.  
(If anyone can figure out how to get all four to print on one page, holler!  I am mad at Word for this particular reason!)
Cut out your papers, embellish, and mount in frames.
I did the tear and mount on another paper because my paper cutter and brain weren't in sync I really like the look!!! :)
And there you have it, my tutorial that's so easy, it can't be called a tutorial!

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