Friday, March 25, 2011


So, my awesome husband put my cord away where it belonged. That's why I couldn't find it. Figures.
For my first Silhouette project, I made last-minute gift bags for my dino-loving 2-year-old's birthday party guests. I had originally planned to put the adhesive vinyl cutouts on white paper bags, but the thought of all that work getting shredded within seconds by the hands of toddlers was too much to bear, so I rifled through my gift bag stash at 10:00 at night to find something more durable. The only suitable ones I could find had snowflakes on them, but what 2-year-old is going to care, right? It ended up snowing on the day of the party, so it ended up being very appropriate. =)
I purchased the dinosaur images from Silhouette's website and used the Matisse ITC font for the names.(Please forgive the wonky arrangement. The little monkeys were anxious to get at their loot so I had to set up and shoot fast!)

My second fast and easy project was this message on my storm door:

It drives me crazy when people ring the doorbell since it usually happens when the kiddos are sleeping. My husband keeps offering to disconnect it for me, but sometimes it's a necessary evil. Like when I get one of those rare longer-than-30-minute naps and don't hear my 2nd grader knocking on the door after the bus drops him off. It's happened.

Anyway, I had been printing the message on a piece of paper and taping it to the door, but the paper kept getting mangled. This sucker should stay put! I used Silhouette's premium vinyl and flipped the words to a mirror image before cutting so I could stick them on the inside of the door to show through but still be protected from the vicious Minnesota elements.

I have one more thing that I cut out today but I will have to post a picture later after I put it up. Now I must finish my homework so I will have time to play later. Ahh, the suckiness of being a responsible adult...

Doing stuff

Hi everybody (all 4 of you)! =) I just wanted to let you know I'm still alive and I'm actually DOING stuff now! We've had a busy month that included our first ever family vacation, my baby's 2nd birthday, a midterm for me (I'm 96% awesome!), and the arrival of my new baby, a Silhouette machine. YAY!!! Now I can do quick little projects in between the craziness and, let me tell you, I have plans. Lots of them. I've already started and I can't wait to show you.

Since Spring has technically arrived, it's only a matter of time until it stays warm enough for me to do the projects that involve paint, spray paint, and sealer (for some reason my hubby doesn't want me to do those in the basement- haha!). We've lived here almost 4 years and a majority of my walls are still bare, but not for long. Like I said, I have plans. Only one month left of classes and then I have 3 weeks off. The weather should be fabulous by then, so I will get seriously busy while the boys finally enjoy the fresh air and sunshine in our fenced in backyard.

Here's the bummer. Now that I actually have stuff to show off, I can't find my camera cable to upload the pictures. I have looked everywhere I can think of with no luck, so that mean my monkeys were probably involved in its disappearance. That also means I get to spend my weekend putting stuff where it belongs in hopes my precious cable rises from the clutter. Wish me luck!