Sunday, August 26, 2012

Family Tree Gift Artwork

Last weekend we celebrated my In-Law's 40th Wedding Anniversary.

I decided to make them a family tree to help them celebrate. Normally this would have been an easy project but I was having a lot of Silhouette fails with this project!!! I had to do the name twice because the first time there was WAY too much bleeding and it looked HORRIBLE!!!! I did not do my trick of painting my base coat over the vinyl before doing my top color and it bleed all over! So I had to paint over it and start again.

I free handed the tree because I didn't want it to look perfect. Then we used various green color stamps to add our finger prints.  

In case you didn't read it above, make sure you paint your background color OVER your vinyl and let it dry before you paint your top color!!!! Learn from my mistake!!!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Little Man's Last Nursery

When Little Man was born we rented an apartment in Michigan while Casey finished Law School. The awesome thing about our apartment was we were able to paint (not so awesome when we had to prime it back to white when we moved out!!!) Little Man had a really nice sized room for an apartment, not that he EVER slept in there!!! So this is his first nursery.

I was never a fan of the glider we bought for Little Man's room (and trust me I spent HOUR and HOURS in it trying to get Little Man to sleep!!!!) so I sold it before we moved to Wisconsin (why move something I didn't have too!!) We lived with my parents for about 5 months after moving to Wisconsin and because we did a lot of traveling back and forth with him when we lived in Michigan, they bought a crib and he had his own room. So while living there I helped my mom decorate his room there.

Then we have Little Man's nursery in our new house.

About 6 months in our new house I decided I wanted another glider in his room.  So we have our final and last version of Little Man's nursery. Soon we will move him into a toddler bed and in the not so near future he will be moved down the hall to his big boy room.

So I give you Little Man's last nursery!









I love how it turned out!! And I will be very sad when Little Man moves out of this room. But I am so excited to start working on his Big Boy room and all of the fun that will bring!

Here is how I made the alphabet canvas artwork.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

More Subway Art

I finally made myself some Subway art, after making it for everyone else!!

I used a 12x24in piece of plywood for mine and pretty much followed my previous post Subway Art Sans the Silhouette except this time I did use the Silhouette!

I learned a few lessons on this. I designed my 12x24 inch file in the Silhouette studio software which was fine but its kind of hard dealing with that large of a piece of vinyl! I used transfer tape (not the transfer paper) for the first time. Did you  know there was transfer paper and transfer tape? I kind of like the transfer tape better, its basically a large roll of masking tape. So again dealing with a 12x24inch piece of transfer tape was a lot of tape to deal with. I placed the entire 12x24inch piece at one time and then ripped the transfer tape row by row only removing one row at a time. The whole thing took a lot more time that I thought BUT it worked out perfect!

The vinyl was perfectly straight!!!

  AND I used the trick of painting a layer of your base coat over the vinyl before using your top coat (in my case white) I really do think it helps! AND I have one letter that up close was not 100% perfect!
I am so happy with how it turned out! I love its "odd" size! I decided not to distress it. I might still go back and do that. I was just so happy with how it turned out I didn't want to go back and play with it any more!!

Friday, August 10, 2012

I am back!

It's been a while but I am back!!

I have been slowly working on my to-do list but just have not really taken the time blog about it, plus I have been enjoying my summer!! We are slowly working on moving Little Man to his big boy room and I am working on some of the boring parts of making this happen - ORGANIZING!!!! And getting rid of things and cleaning!! I finally have a general plan of what I am going to do....  I can't wait to get working on it.... but first things first!!

 We spent a lot of time this summer with our garden! Since it was so hot and NEVER rained we had lots of hot nights of watering our garden! Little Man helped me plant it so it was his garden!!

This was our first year growing a garden and so far it's been a success!! Little Man is really proud of what he grew and he has been a big help!!


I finally spray painted this bucket from the Target dollar isle that has been sitting in my kitchen for several months in the color of red. I also potted the herbs!! FINALLY!!! :)