Mother’s Day and Paint

This past month was really busy for me since Mother’s Day was the holiday of the month. I had to figure out what to get (or make) for the mothers in my life! My mom has been wanting to pick up crochet again, so I got her a set of hooks and a great book on crocheting to get her back up and running; all she needs is yarn! I really hope that it helps her remember how to use a skill that she can take anywhere with her; she hasn’t crocheted in a LONG TIME.

My mother-in-law had mentioned wanting a couple of signs made, but I decided to make them presents instead of commissions.

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Which would be all the time. 🙂

The last one I made for her was this one, which is one of her favorite quotes (Sweet Home Alabama). I personalized it with her and her husband’s name and wedding day for an added sentimental value. She seemed to really like it! I loved being able to mess with different colors for this one. If I were to make it again, I’d probably change the font of their names and wedding date to something a bit more bold.

She also wanted one for her front porch/door. My MIL lives in Hawaii (I’m very envious of paradise 24/7, by the way) and everyone there wears flip-flops (thongs, if you’re anything like my grandmother!). Well, in Hawaii, they call them “rubbah slippahs” or just “slippahs” and, yes, it is spelled just like that. You don’t walk around inside the house with these slippahs on, though!

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Have you seen those cute “Home is Where You Park Your Flip-Flops” signs on Pinterest?

I decided to make this sign! Her main home colors are teal and white. Since I have made a white sign for her before, I decided to make this one a distressed teal instead, using very pale gray vinyl for the lettering. The cute flipflop picture makes this piece complete! If it was for her room, I’d have made them hot pink, instead, but decided to go with her decor.

Don’t worry, she got some hot pink flipflops on a separate decal for her car!

I also found a few cute ideas for cards online. I decided to try making them myself with the material I had on hand. I found this scoring board at Joann’s website for half price and pounced on it! I’ve always wanted to get one and didn’t realize there was a mini version that is sized just right for card making. Bonus: It has an envelope guide on the back to make your own envelopes!!

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The lumber yard is my new happy place!

I found that I was picking my projects really carefully because I had only one size of wood in my garage! So I decided to head over to Home Depot and get some other sizes, too! Now I have six 11″ x 12″, six 9″ x 12″ and six 5″ x 12″. I think I might make some premade signs to test the waters on the Etsy/Facebook marketplace next. Something simple, but universally usable.

I really ought to just buy a rotary saw, but I have no room in the garage…eventually! I should organize and finally have that garage sale so I can actually think while I’m working in there. Working graveyard has its limitations!

Vinyl Beginnings

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My baaaaby! ❤

When Brett bought me a Silhouette for my birthday, I was ecstatic! I had been wanting one for so long. A previous acquaintance had a Cricut when I lived in California and I thought it was so amazing that you could cut out anything that you wanted. To think that this was before I knew you could make decals with them!

I had done the research and decided that the Silhouette interface was the one I wanted to go with and so far, I have loved (almost) every second!

So, I have to admit, when I first got it set up, I didn’t really read the instructions entirely. So when my machine would not stick with one thickness of cut, I panicked! Why is this not cutting all the way through here, but cutting into the mat here?! My first mat was nearly destroyed after a day because I didn’t read the instructions.

Make sure you push your blade into the holder until it clicks!

I thought I had installed it correctly, but there was one tiny little click left after I had installed it. As long as you do that, you’re already in a lot better shape than I was (and hopefully won’t need to buy another cutting mat so soon).

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CAN’T NERF THE KITCHENAID BAHAHA

My first project was a D.VA decal for my Kitchenaid mixer. I had seen some other cool designs that people had done and just wanted something to reflect my personality. I even added her ultimate voice line for maximum cringe-worthy, eye-roll-inducing nerdiness.

AND, since I kept such good care of the inner vinyl, I used the leftovers to decorate my Cameo 3. Why waste a good cut?

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Since then, I’ve managed to even get into making some home-y signs for my friends, mostly as gifts. I didn’t want to try selling any until I really knew what I was doing (which took a while).

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They all signed it after I made it and gave it to her.

I’ve made quite a few different signs, now, using a mix of techniques. I finally found a method that works well for me. This “Be Safe; we love you” sign was my very first commissioned sign! We worked on a design together for my customer’s police officer niece. I really love the bold text!

I want to try making stencils to hand paint my designs, instead. I ordered some Oramask online for a decent price, I’m just waiting for the right opportunity to try it out.

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Jenny and me…

I have tried the technique where you trace the design onto your sign to kind of emboss it, and then fill in the insides of the letters, but would like a more efficient way. This Forrest Gump inspired sign is the only one I have done using this method. While it turned out really well (my mother loved it so much!), my neck was out of whack for a while because of the care I had to put into not messing up the design! With the Oramask, I’ll be able to lay down a stencil and (mostly) haphazardly fill it in with paint. I won’t have to worry too much about the smaller details.

Vinyl cutting has opened an entirely new set of doors for me when it comes to crafting! If you’re looking at getting into vinyl designs, I wish you the best of luck!

 

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You’ll be fine as long as you read the instructions.