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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Personalized Storage Box

I have made several of these for a variety of requests.  This turned out particularly cute with the  black and white flowers and hearts.  It's for a young girl so I decorated it that way.  Although, I wouldn't mind this for myself.  Who can't use another storage box?  If you're like me, there are constantly small items that need a place to live.  I've also done something similar for teacher appreciation with the teachers name on top.  Usually, I just do polka dots for the teachers which is more adult but still cute.  These are $10 each and made to order.  I can decorate it lots of different ways to suit the recipient.  Inbox me if you are interested.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Buffet Tiles

The gift has been given so I can blog about it!  These are buffet tiles I made from white corner tiles.  I've done them with silver vinyl or black vinyl in a variety of designs.  If you entertain, you can use these to label your food.  No more guessing what dishes are or which ones are vegetarian. I put a dry erase marker in the set and you simply write and erase on them. Inbox me at if you are interested.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Wooden Signs

My girlfriend requested a sign for her husband.  When he snores, she shuns him to the couch, hence the "shunning cave."  I thought it was hilarious and was excited to try out a new design.  These wooden signs are so cute and the possibilities are endless. I started with a cut board, drilled holes and painted it beige.  I used black vinyl on it.  Beige and black are a classic color combination.  A twisted wire hanger and raffia bow just give it that added dimension and rustic quality.  Email me if you are interested in one at 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Silver Ornament with Stars

I made the another ornament, this time I used starts instead of dot.  The ornament is a matte red finish with silver stars and the child's name and year on it.  The stars were a special order and it turned out spectacular. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Water Bottles with Name

Check out his cool water bottle made by Thermos.  I put my boys names on them and they are awesome for school.  The black cap has a loop for clipping on to something and on the other side, a round button which makes the top pop open for drinking.  They especially love that...buttons are fun!  I also like that when you take the lid off, it has a nice opening that actually fits under my ice dispenser so ice doesn't fly everywhere.  They've been pretty practical for us.  I don't worry about them drinking out of anyone's bottle but their own.

White Candle with Capital Initial

I customized this soy candle with a friend.  I love the ornate, swirly detail of this particular font.  It makes an elegant statement! 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas Ornament

I absolutely love this matte green with hot pink.  This features a girls name and on the back the year "2012".  I put polka dots for a little more interest.  I'm also going to make this in red with silver.  I'll post a picture of that when I have one.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Etched Redneck Wineglasses

Redneck wine glasses are all the rage right now.  I finally got the courage to make a set. They are fairly easy to make.  You can use the glass candle sticks and Kerr canning jars from the Dollar Tree.  I had some technical difficulty with the adhesive.  Most sites recommend E6000, however, no one had it in stock. The first adhesive I used which was an epoxy didn't work at all.  I had to scrub it off with mineral spirits. I ended up using a Locktite adhesive made for glass repair (like fish tanks) that I got at Lowes.  It actually worked like a dream and was easy to use.  After I let the adhesive cure, I cut an initial in vinyl.  I picked out the letter and left behind the frame.  Be careful putting the vinyl on the glass and get it stuck down completely with no bubbles or wrinkles so you get a nice clean edge to your initial.  Fill in the initial completely with etching cream using a sponge brush.  The sponge will give you much more even coverage than a regular paint brush (much better than the leftover kids paintbrush I tried the first time).  I let the etching medium sit longer than the directions said because I figured it couldn't hurt.  Rinse the glasses with warm water to get the etching medium off.  I also wash them with dish detergent because I like them to sparkle.  I'm saving a variety of sizes of jars to make some apothecary jars next!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Cute Thank You Card

I had an idea to do a fairly quick and easy thank you card for my son's birthday.  I took a picture of him holding a poster on my Iphone and emailed it to myself.  I printed the copies on photo paper from the Dollar Tree.  The most expensive part was the printer ink.  He's only 7 and so it was much easier for him to personalize the notes and sign them.  I think they turned out really cute!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Thanksgiving Hostess Candle

I made this cute candle as a hostess gift for Thanksgiving dinner.  I thought the beige vinyl complimented the pumpkin colored candle nicely.  Of course, no jar candle is complete with out embellishment.  The raffia adds a little rustic flavor.   

Monday, September 10, 2012

Camping Sign

Well, I'm at it again.  There is nothing I love more than coming up with a new craft, especially with vinyl!  Our family bought a used pop-up camper at the end of May and we are loving it.  It's made our camping trips feel positively luxurious.  A lot of the camp sites have cute signs or flags out so I thought it was a perfect time to flex my creative muscles.  My great dad cut the wood out of scrap for me and gave me some old wire.  I wrapped it around a pencil to get that cute loopy look.  This particular sign was a gift to my girlfriend so I let her pick the designs she wanted.  I'm working on my own camping sign which will have a trailer graphic on it.  I'm super happy with how it turned out!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Water Bottle Favors

My son turned 7 on Friday and we hosted a birthday party at the local skating rink.  I always struggle to come up with a party favor that is inexpensive and useful.  This year, I am so pleased with the idea.  I found these totally adorable water bottles at the Dollar Tree.  I decided to personalize each child's name on the bottle using the Janda Chunkygirl font.  It's my new favorite font.  It cuts pretty well using SCAL and the Cricut Expression.  The bottles were hand-wash so adding the vinyl was fine.  Inside, we stuffed an individual drink mix, a couple of candies, and one balloon (per the request of the birthday boy). 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Spinach Salad with Craisins

I went to Costco last week to buy drinks for the office and stopped into the deli section for a salad for lunch.  I found the most amazing salad and have since recreated it twice for work lunches.  I didn't take a picture of it because it was in my ratty storage containers and didn't look all that pretty.  It was tasty and simple!  You start with a generous helping of spinach - luckily, this was buy one get one free last week and this week at Publix.  Add bacon bits, tomatoes (I had some fresh vine-ripened cherry tomatoes from my garden), and mozzarella cheese.  Their salad had red onion and at home I only had sweet vidalia so I used that - both were equally delicious.  Don't forget a generous handful of craisins and top the whole concoction with Poppyseed dressing.  Their tartness really sets off the Poppyseed dressing (Ken's dressing was BOGO last week too).  The salad I bought had hard-boiled eggs on the side which I didn't make again.  This will definitely stay in my recipe box for a fun change to sometimes boring salads!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Customized Cup for a Teacher

I customized this cup for a my niece's tutor.  It is hot pink and lime green vinyl using the "Janda ChunkyGirl" font.  I cut a big 3" G in hot pink and then overlaid "Mrs. Garcia" in the lime green.  Polka dots and rings of various sizes go all around the cup.  Usually I would put ribbon on the straw but this was a rush job and I'm out of it at the moment (Yay - a trip to Hobby Lobby! :)  I'm pleased with the result.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

30th Birthday Basket

I love Pinterest.  I'd been searching all over the place and found several ideas to celebrate my friend's 30th birthday.  Thank you for all the inspiration!  This is a picture of the basket I created.

It started with the teal wineglasses I had etched below and grew from there.  In the back, is a bottle of wine with a tag that says "When all else fails, drink a glass of wine."  I decided a basket was required to hold it all and I scored this adorable black canvas basket at T@rget with a white floral design. 

In the back is a little pot with 30 lollipops and a tag that says "30 Doesn't Suck."  The front tag with "Give yourself a makeover" is attached to a bag with lip gloss and two finger nail polishes.  The tiara has a tag that says "Play dress up." 

Finally, in the back is a customized candle tagged with "take a bath by candlelight."

I wanted to give a thoughtful, personal gift.  What do you think?

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Glass Etching

Last night, I etched glasses.  I found these adorable teal stems at an estate sale a couple of weeks ago and wanted to try out a new design I read about on Pinterest.  I used etching medium I bought at a local hobby store.  

First, with clean classes, I made my design.  For the polka dots, I used hole re-inforcers.  Do you remember those?  We used to put them on our notebook paper when the holes were torn.  They worked great!  They are the perfect size and much easier to work with than vinyl. You want to stick them down firmly so none of the etching medium gets under the edges.  I'm a random gal, so I put them all over with no specific pattern.  Next, fill in the centers with etching medium.  Put it on thick.  My experience is that if you don't use it generously, the etching can be mottled looking.  After letting it sit for a while (the directions say 5-7 minutes), I usually let it sit longer, rinse it under warm water.  The hole stickers come off at the same time so it's a quick process.   You are finished. 

For the line, I used a ruler and marked all the way around the glass.  Then I put painter's tape around the glass connecting the marks.  I did this twice to make either side of the stripe I was going to etch.  I had a really hard time getting it straight and it looks pretty good in the picture but the back is a little bit messier.  I don't know if I'll do the stripes again.  I really like the look but getting that straight edge and line is hard.  Again, layer on the etching creme THICK.  I think this is key to getting a consistent look.  After the requisite waiting, rinse with warm water and take off the tape. 

Overall, I'm really happy with the final result.  These are going in a gift basket for a friend turning 30 this weekend.  I'll post a picture of the gift basket too.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Gifts!

Teacher Appreciation gifts are done!  It's always a relief to send these to school.  I have two very experienced teachers so I tried to make the gifts practical and cute.  The box is about 6 inches deep so I think it has a lot of function.  On the right are a bottle of hand soap (clear) and a bottle of hand sanitizer (green).  I usually just get these items at the Dollar Tree but for some reason, I just could not get the adhesive off the hand sanitizer bottles.  I tried Goo Gone, finger nail polish remover, soap and water, and rubbing alcohol.  I finally decided that my time must be worth more than hours of scrubbing and went to Wally World and got a different brand.  The label came right off that one.  The bigger font is "Curlz" and the ruler has "Teen".  Our school color and symbol is the green shamrock (leprechauns) so I scored some excellent St. Patrick's Day ribbon on clearance to use.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Teacher Appreciation School Supply

A big shout-out to my friend Mary over at for the cutest ruler idea ever for Teacher Appreciation week.  Simple to make and turned out very sweet.  Used "Teen" font and black vinyl.  My boys are very excited to take these to school for their teachers!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Happy Easter!

What says Happy Easter more than dyeing eggs?   How about a new vinyl project?  I'm on it.  I found these charming egg-shaped platters at Target for $2.50 each in 3 different colors (lilac, teal, and pink).  Pink, of course, being the in-demand color.  I found this adorable peep svg out there and hijacked it for my purposes.  I gave one to my mom, sister, and mother-in-law.  They all loved them!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Pinewood Derby Time!

We had our annual Pinewood Derby!   It's always a highlight of the Cub Scout year.  This was my younger son's first Pinewood Derby.  He was beyond thrilled.  He took home a 2nd place trophy for speed and a prize for the most futuristic car in the show category.  Talk about a happy little boy!

Sadly, his brother didn't place but he still had a good time.  

It was also a chance to show off my mad vinyl skills with the show category prizes which I vinyled white letters and flags onto shiny black chargers.  Bryson has been carrying the "plate" he won around everywhere.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Ryan's 10th Birthday Party!

It was a sports-theme but really, it was a Pinterest birthday!  All Pinterest ideas.  First, I made the ball cupcakes.  I only made footballs, basketballs, and baseballs.  The soccer ball I attempted looked like an eyeball so I stopped after one.  They turned out pretty cute and the boys were excited to pick the ones they liked.

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 I also made rainbow fruit skewers.  The boys absolutely loved those.  I used strawberries, oranges, pineapple, green grapes, blueberries, and purple grapes.  The recipe called for cantaloupe for the orange fruit and that would have been better.  The oranges were a  huge mess to cut but tasty!

Finally, we made the zip lock baggie soft-serve icecream.  It was hilarious.  The kids were a lot more impressed with this activity than I was expecting.  It was fun to have something active to do that actually accomplished something.  (In front of the boys in the picture, I didn't get a good close-up of it.)  I think they were as thrilled with the toppings as anything - gummy worms, chocolate chips, and sprinkles.  

Monday, February 13, 2012

Prizes for Dessert Contest at Cub Scout Banquet

We just had our Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet on Friday. It's a pot-luck celebration for all the Scouts and their families. As a part of it, we have Father/Son Dessert Contest. I made the prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for the contest.

It's hard to see but this is a shiny brown charger which I actually LOVE! I used khaki vinyl for the lettering. I mixed 3 fonts (Lucida Handwriting, Copperplate, and Papyrus). They actually all cut really well. I recommend cutting them in Bold just so they have a thickness to the letters and are easier to stick down.


Thank you Pinterest! Inspired me to do homemade valentines for the boys this year. Ryan's turned out a little better but they are both still pretty cute. I hope the kids like them.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Cub Scout Tiki Torches

I've been working on a new project for Cub Scouts. Our annual Blue & Gold banquet is coming up so we needed decorations for the Survivor theme. We thought about candles and decided no, we didn't need open flame around 50ish Cub Scouts. Setting the church on fire would ensure we would never be invited back. Instead, we did these cute faux tiki torches. They were super simple. Step 1 - take a variety of clear, plastic bottles and remove the plastic ring around the neck (you will need plyers because that is harder than you would think). Step 2 - use uneven strips of masking tape and completely cover the bottle. Step 3 - daub with brown shoe polish (this part is messy). Finally, Step 4 - cut tissue paper into squares and stuff in the top of the bottle. Optional - we used a few rocks in the bottles to give them weight so they don't tip over.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Captain Nobody & the Cat in the Hat

Today was dress as your favorite character from a book day in school to promote literacy. The boys picked Captain Nobody and the Cat in the Hat (with only a little arm twisting from me). I used a piece of poster board for the hat, fabric scraps for the bow, and batting for the belly. Not bad for homemade in one evening!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Clam Chowder

I've been searching for a clam chowder recipe for a while by special request of my 9 year old son. Both of my boys love soup! We had been making it from an envelope mix where you add water and clams but the company stopped making it so I was looking for something homemade. Most recipes have half and half or cream which I wanted to avoid to keep it a bit healthier. Luckily, my mom helped me convert an old tuna chowder recipe to this clam chowder. It turned out fabulous! Enjoy!

The recipe is:
3/4 cup green onions, diced
3/4 cup celery, sliced
4-6 cups raw, peeled, diced potatoes
Whole bottle clam juice
2 cans clams
3-5 Tbsp. flour
2 cups milk (I used 2%)
1 1/2 cups water
3 Tbsp. butter
Salt and pepper to taste

Soften celery and green onions in butter. Add potatoes, all of clam juice, and water . Bring to a boil and cook over a medium heat until potatoes are cooked (be careful here, I cooked my potatoes to mush so I would say err on the side of firm). Put 1 1/2 Tbsp. of flour in 1/4 cup of milk and whisk. Add to soup. This is the thickener and it's important to mix the flour into the cold milk before adding it or it will be lumpy. (You might have to do this two or three times to get it to the thickness you like - I did.) Add the rest of milk. Add clams last. Add salt and pepper to taste.