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Where It All Started- Silhouette Cameo Project

I was asked to make a unique wedding shower gift and once I looked online for some inspiration I came up with this fabulous pillow!! I just LOVE how it turned out!DSC_0198-1I used my Silhouette Cameo just like I use with a lot of my other projects.  This was a project made with freezer paper, paint and fabric.

I bought some fabric from JoAnn Fabrics in a tan color, almost like a Muslin.  Then I had the regular paint at home, which I just added fabric medium to it.  I use a flat headed sponge brush to paint it and freezer paper stencil cut out from my Silhouette.     photo 1 (10)You cut the negative image out on freezer paper, and you mirror the image.  You then iron the freezer paper onto the fabric, with shiny side down, and it temporarily sticks to the fabric your ironing it onto.  This creates a stencil and you can paint it how you wish! I’ve did this quite a few times with the other pillows I have in my Etsy Shop too.   photo 2 (10)Just brush the paint on, and make sure the whole area is covered.  Don’t put too much on or it will take forever to try and it might seep through the edges of the paper and your project won’t turn out right. photo 3 (4)Tada!  After the paint dries, you peel off the paper and you have your project!!  I thought a little red in the heart would be perfect for this pillow.  The pillow is meant to represent where the couple met each other.  I know they will love it! I can’t wait to get it listed on my Etsy Shop! DSC_0200-1

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WAHM vs Working Mom

I know that there are tons of discussions and posts about the benefits of a working mom, or the benefits of a stay at home mom out there.  I’d just like to take a few minutes and tell you what I feel like is going on in our household.  After moving back from Arizona last year, I finally found a job that was great.  But after 6 months I was laid off, and left without a job right before Christmas.  I had been crafting on the side for a few years now and decided, well, I’m gonna get unemployment for awhile, so why not PUSH sales to my Etsy Shop.  This started to grow and grow, and I decided that it was finally time to purchase the cutting machine that I knew would help me be successful at home too. Since I already had a Brother PE-770 Embroidery Machine, I purchased a Silhouette Cameo and never looked back again! silhouette-cameo

It has been a constant flow of sales from then on.  I finally registered as a business, have a Sales Tax ID # and buy things wholesale.  But deep down I still want to work out of the home.  I want to meet new friends, I don’t want to sit in my craft room all day and I want to find other mommies that like to do the same stuff as I do.  My youngest was pulled out of daycare when I was laid off, simply because we couldn’t afford it at the time.  But as time is wearing on, I’m thinking about sending him to 2-3 day part time preschool just for him to be able to interact with more kids and get him out of the house when I’m crafting.  He gets so bored, but I can’t really do much if I’m “working” at home too.

This is my struggle.  I went to school, got my Bachelors and I know that I’m using it with my own business, but it’s scary having your own business.  Your at the mercy of other people wanting or needing your products!  Just like last year in November, I did a craft show and I didn’t make anything.  But here on Etsy, I can sell like crazy.  I guess people want certain things at craft shows and I wasn’t what they were interested in.  But now I’m wanting to do more this year, just to get my name out there again in the local areas.

And then there is blogging.  I’d love to be a successful blogger.  I see so many mommies that blog about their daily lives, their DIY projects, they get sponsors to help them do giveaways and I am like, I can do that! I can write, post about DIY stuff and talk about my Etsy Shop too!  And then I see all these conferences that I’d love to go to.  One in particular is the Snap!Conference next year in April.  After hearing about it a couple years ago, I just want to go!  I think I’d learn so much stuff, but then again, it’s spending money on admission, plane ticket, and hotel, and what if???

For right now I guess I am content, working from home, doing things around the house to save on money, help us out in the long run, and maybe in a year when my youngest is ready for Kindergarten, things will change?  But then again, maybe not? 😉

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Minecraft Valentines- DIY

Valentine’s Day is coming up this week and since my oldest son, Brody, is really into playing Minecraft on the computer lately I figured I’d do an internet search and find some images and see if we can make our own cards this year. 

Using my new Silhouette Cameo, I figured it would be super easy to do!  And it was! 🙂 

I searched on the internet and found an image, made it our own and valentine’s cards via at home! 

Using the print and cut method, I set up my program to print out the paper, and then you put it on the machine and it cuts them out individually.  Pretty easy!

I bought him some Fun Dip’s to tape on to the cards so he could give out some candy too. 

Someone’s 3rd grade class is gonna have a very Happy Valentine’s Day!  What kind of cards are your kids using this year?? Did you make them yourself?  Comment below and let me know!

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Project 365, Day 24

Cupcakes it is!! No one had Power Ranger’s decorations for cakes, so I decided to get all the colors of Power Rangers in cupcakes and then I made these little toppers to stick into the cupcakes.  I got the idea from Under A Cherry Tree.  If you have a Silhouette Cameo, you should check out her blog and her You Tube Channel.  I did this using the Print & Cut feature on my machine.  LOVE IT!

My mother in law was in town for Caden’s birthday party and so we went to eat lunch and also visit a family friend in the hospital.  Little baby Charlie is so cute!!! 

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Project 365, Day 19

Hockey starts today!!  Brody and Chris were excited that hockey is back on TV!!  Watched the game and had a few friends over.  It was fun!  I also cut out another design on my machine to try out!  I had a few extra blank shirts in Caden’s size so I could know he was at least going to wear it!

Love it!! I can’t wait to do more things with this machine! I can do vinyl for the wall now, so making quotes and names, also wanting to order some blank cups and other things to personalize too!!  Perfect for camping and having a cup with your name on it, so you don’t have to waste cups and forget what one is yours!!   Using this one as an example: 

NOT MY IMAGE

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Project 365, Day 18

January must be a popular month to be born! I have 2 Aunts, my Dad, My FIL, my Brother, my Cousin and Caden’s birthday’s all in January!  Today was my dad’s birthday! Happy Birthday Dad!!

I got my new machine today and am SUPER excited to use it! 

I made this shirt first thing with it!  I have lots of other projects in the works too!

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Simply You

Simply Kierste is a blog that I have followed for a few years now and she just recently changed up her name but not her style.  She does so many cool crafts and it’s hard to not try and do them all!! She is one of the reasons I want a Silhouette Cameo for vinyl cutting, among other things.   Go visit her blog, she’s from Michigan but moved last year I believe!

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