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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween! {Skeleton Baby Shirt}

Happy Halloween!

Using my best friend, the Silhouette Cameo, and my other best friend, fabric paint, I created this skelebaby shirt.  It's a sneaky little costume, you see.  It's so darn adorable, no one can give me a hard time for only having a Halloween shirt for a costume.  Everyone kept asking, "Where did you get it?" and when I replied, "I made it," I had to brag about the Silhouette Cameo and how amazing it is at cutting vinyl to use as a stencil.  I seriously don't know how people FREEHAND this stuff on freezer paper and cut it out by hand.  Good on ya, if ya do, but I like the easy route! 

I've seen shirts like this you can buy online, but they are $30+.  Mine cost about $5 for everything.  Therefore, I win.  :)

(or do the BABY FEET win?!)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Simple Halloween Wreath

I wanted a simple Halloween wreath to hang in my kitchen this year.  I saw something similar last year and wanted to make it.  Of course, it only took me 365 days to actually put the thought into action.  Better late that never!

(hard to tell in the picture, but the ribbon is black lace wired ribbon and the bats are sparkly!!)

Here is a link to a great giveaway from Jewelry and Baby Bling by Dara: CLICK HERE

Thursday, October 11, 2012

You've Been Booed! {free printable}

I've been living in my home for almost 5 years.  I know most of my neighbors.  We have a talk-over-the-fence relationship mainly.  I think everyone is so busy with their jobs and families and making sure they can pay their bills that it's not the block party/kids riding trikes in the street/game night at the neighbors kind of place, really.  Or maybe it's just ME and these are my excuses.  But to try and get the holiday spirit going around the neighborhood, I decided to try out a neighbor treat sharing experiment.  Halloween is right around the corner, and we have lots of kids in our neighborhood, so what better way to share the neighborly love than to start a You've Been Booed in our neighborhood??  I looked up the wording I wanted and made my own signs using Silhouette Studio software.  I hope no one in my neighborhood sees this, or they'll know I started this!  But then again, no one in my neighborhood will ever read this, ha ha.  I really hope people keep this going.  How fun would it be to slowly see all these BOO! signs appearing in windows of homes throughout our streets??  If anything, two families are getting some yummy treats tonight.  And I can feel like I did a little to do my part.   

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Link to more free printables and page 2 of You've Been Booed!

Here are more ghoulish delights from me!


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Maternity Countdown Shirt {& fabric paint tutorial!}


Being pregnant is an AMAZING experience.  One I never want to forget.  Thankfully, my sister has been willing to take fun mini photo sessions to document my pregnancy.  One of my faves was at 18 weeks.  I made a Maternity Countdown Shirt to show which week of pregnancy I was at.  This was a FUN project to make, but I was nervous.  This was my first time making my own fabric paint.  Turns out, it's a lot cheaper than buying premade fabric paint.  And, it's really easy!!

***Not up for making your own shirt? You can visit my online shop and BUY a countdown maternity shirt! Click the link below:

What You'll Need:
  • Tintable Fabric Medium {I love Martha Stewart products}
  • Acrylic Paint in color(s) of your choice
  • Empty bottle {Perfect for mixing and saving fabric paint}
  • Foam brush x2
  • Vinyl stencil for numbers
  • Shirt {get one that fits now but has some stretch to fit the full 40 weeks}
First, you'll want to mix your fabric paint.  It's 1 part fabric medium to 2 parts paint.  This is where the mini bottle comes in handy.  I found mine near the foam brushes at Michaels.  I filled the empty bottle 1/3 full with fabric medium, then filled it the rest of the way with craft paint.  You can do more or less, depending on how much you want.  Just add the fabric medium, then draw a line on the bottle where you stopped, and add twice the paint.  Easy, right?  Shake it up to mix them together.  That's it!  I label mine Fabric Paint, so I know for the future.  I've used this gray fabric paint for other projects, too, which is why I love mixing mine in a bottle, to save for future use!  You'll need to do this step twice -- once for your numbers color and again for the paint color you want to "cross off" the numbers.

Now, place your stencil on your shirt.  I used my Silhouette SD to cut out the stencil using Silhouette premium vinyl.  It is SO easy, and I'm guaranteed straight lines...I wouldn't trust myself otherwise.  I had to cut 2 stencils, 1-20 on one and 21-40 on the other.  Remember to leave enough empty space around the cut out on the stencil to allow you to paint and not get paint on the shirt!  I recommend putting something inside your shirt, to protect the paint from leaking onto the back of the shirt.  I've used an old piece of cardboard or a couple layers of newspaper ads works great, too.

Once you have the stencil in place, simply paint over the stencil, using a foam brush, with your fabric paint.  I painted over the whole thing once, then went back and put a second coat {lighter} just to make sure it was all covered.  This needs to dry for a while.  I usually do mine in the evening and let it dry overnight. Tip: After several minutes of drying time, put your hand under the stencil and 'lift' up a little to make sure the paint isn't adhering to the cardboard/ads you put underneath.


Once it is dry, peel away the stencil, and CONGRATS!  You've made a shirt covered in numbers!  Now, to give it meaning, use the 2nd color of fabric paint to CROSS OFF the weeks.  You could cut out more stencils, if you want a perfect line.  I just grabbed a foam brush and applied the paint without a stencil.  Let this dry again.  This part doesn't take as long to dry.  Once it's dry, you are FINISHED!  Hold on to that fabric paint, since you'll need to cross off more weeks as your pregnancy goes on.  Super fun way to document your growing belly, huh?!

Got a maternity countdown shirt or a fabric paint project you love?  Share the link in the comments.  I'd love to see it!!

***Not up for making your own shirt? You can visit my online shop and BUY a countdown maternity shirt! Click the link below:


Here are updated pictures of this fantastic maternity shirt!  It is SO easy to dab a little more fabric paint to cross off one more week in the countdown.  Love it!!

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

All You Need is {Chevron} Love



If my husband would let me, I'd paint our house in Chevron stripes.  Then my car.  Then my face.  Then his face.  Then mow the lawn in a Chevron pattern.

Get the idea?

I don't care if this pattern is going of style...has already gone out of style...or soon will go out of style...I heart it and don't see that changing anytime soon.

Last Christmas (yep - LAST Christmas), I ordered gray & white Chevron wrapping paper to line the inside of my hutch (thanks to the idea from Tatertots & Jello and her amazing aqua kitchen).  Sad to say, I haven't ever used that paper!  9 months later, here I am, finally getting around to it.  Whatever.  It still looks awesome, and I just love it a liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiittle too much.

These are the newest additions to my laundry room.  My laundry is teeny tiny (really, it's just a cabinet, washer & dryer and the door to the backyard).  But I'm still trying to make it fun and more like HOME.  The husband and I are CONSTANTLY searching for our keys EVERYWHERE.  In such a teeny home, you'd think we'd find them easily, but NOPE.  I picked up this cute shelf/key holder at DI for probably $1 and, with a little poppy yellow paint and my Chevron wrapping paper, it is now our key holder!  We've had it for 2 days, and I think this is the first time both of our keys have even been on it!  Ha ha.


I designed this sign in Silhouette Studio.  Paul, John, George & Ringo are basically family in our home, and what better way to be greeted when coming inside than by the 5 greatest words ever put into a song.

All you need is LOVE (and a little Chevron stripes)!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

I Love You Because

My sister has been seeing all those cute I Love You message boards all over and was about to buy one online, but instead asked me to make one for her. I was just flattered she thought of me and trusted her marital love expression in my piano-playing-turned-craft-making hands. I was EXCITED to tackle a crafty request - especially for my sister, but I was NERVOUS at the same time. It's easy enough to make something for yourself...if it looks bad, I can deal. But making something for someone ELSE makes me second guess every step! Hopefully we can still have our Thursday night Friends-watching-pizza-eating parties even if she doesn't like it.

Her only request was that it be big enough to write decent sized messages on and that it uses the colors BLUE & ORANGE (she's been straying from the normal 'black & red' fave...that color combo is out!). One stop at Michaels...a crafting Skype call with the BFF...and a whole lot of LOVE is the final result:

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Baby Announcement Idea

I made this onesie to give to my dad for Fathers Day to announce we are having a baby. All it took was some heat transfer material. It was the perfect way to tell him our fun news!


Here are some more festive delights from me!


Friday, July 27, 2012

Burlap and polka dots...and some inspiring words

My friend and I have this thing we do where we set goals together. Different for each of us, but we share them and talk about them. As of yesterday, we are on goal 106 {ok, slight exaggeration}.  Some are big {I will practice the piano every week}, some are small {I will have water with my lunch instead of that delicious dr pepper}, but they are meaningful to us. Some of my goals make me emotional...some come from regret...but they are there to keep me going, to keep me improving myself, and to remind me of the full potential within me. I found this quote by c.s.lewis, one of my favorite authors, and immediately fell in love with it. It is now proudly displayed in my kitchen, where I can see it every day and be reminded of the goals I've set and encourage me to keep trying {and it helps to have my latest loves burlap and polka dots, too!}.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

DIY Message Board

My good friend got married almost one year ago, so I thought it's a good time to post the message board I gave her for a wedding present!  I had to go out and buy my first hot glue gun!!  It was also my first time attempting rolled fabric flowers.  Kind of gutsy to have all these FIRSTS be for a project I was giving to someone else, but hey, we're still friends, so it must not have been too awful.  All I needed was fabric scraps, glue gun, empty frame, cute piece of paper, vinyl letters, dry erase marker and velcro squares.

I asked my friend what her wedding song was, and it contained the line "You are my Shining Star."  I thought this was PERFECT for the beginning of an "I love you" message board, so every day they could share a reason why the other was their Shining Star.  I'm in love with the paper I put in the frame, as a background -- it had bubble flowers on it!  You can't see on the backside, but I purchased a small dry erase marker, attached one part of a velcro square to the marker cap, and attached the other half of the velcro square to the back of the frame.  That way, the marker is nearby and you're not going to lose it!

There are SO many message boards, dinner menus, calendars, etc. you can make with an inexpensive frame and a dry erase marker!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Etched Baking Dish

Our very good friends built a new home in Logan!  We were able to have a get together at their AMAZING new house.  We loved everything they chose and were so happy to see their little family get a place of their very own.  I decided to get them a housewarming gift to celebrate (since I'm trying to be a better person/wife/friend/crafter/girl).  I've heard tall tales of a product called "etching creme" and always thought it would be fun to test out.  I decided to attempt an etched baking dish.  I read a few different blogs, and they all seemed to the say the same thing.  It seemed pretty easy.  And guess what??  It was!  All I needed was the etching creme, foam brush, baking dish, and a stencil cut from my fabulous Silhouette.

 The baking dish had the annoying STICKER on it.  Thank goodness for the magic of nail polish remover for helping me get it off with ease.

Stencils!  I decided to do their last name and a "flourish" on the other side.  I used stencil vinyl, but you can use any vinyl, really, to create a stencil.  Just peel the letters out to leave the negative space.

I think I have a black card I bought specifically for transferring the vinyl to transfer paper, but I couldn't find it.  Glad to know my Kohls card is good for something these days...!

This is the etching creme.  It comes in this teeny bottle with a not so teeny price tag.  It does go a long way, though.  I put on a LOT.  It says on the bottle to be careful you don't get any on your hands.  Apparently it can etch (aka BURN) your fingers off!  That's how it works it's magic on the glass.  I was sure not to test this burning theory out...I'll just assume they are right.

I used a small foam brush and left it on for a couple minutes.  The instructions say leave on for 60 seconds, but I think it depends on how "dark" you want the etching to be.  After, just rinse it off with water.  Again, super easy!
It really helps if you have a talented, cute boy to serenade you during those 60 seconds
(boy & guitar not included!)

The finished product!
It turned out pretty good, I think.

Hannah really liked it, and sent me a picture the other day of her using it for the first time.

I think I might have to make one for myself now!

A few different ideas to use etching creme for:

Cute-imize a trifle dish

Monogram coasters

Polka dots!!

I have a friend that got a baking dish set with her wedding date & name etched on it.  She still uses it, and it was one of her favorite gifts.

So excited about etching creme, my new crafting friend.

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