Silhouette Cameo 4 Plus!






Well, I finally did it!  I bought a cutting machine.

After a bit of research, I decided on a Silhouette, and since I was 

looking at making things to fill my etsy shop with, I went with the 

latest and greatest model and purchased the Cameo 4 Plus.

The Plus give me a width of 15" as opposed to the industry standard

of 12".  Now honestly, it has been a bit of a struggle to find vinyl 15" wide,

but I'm sure more will come readily available in time. 

I bought mine from a 3rd party through Walmart, yes Walmart,

in a bundle, but I'll be honest and was very disappointed in the vendor.

When I ordered, it was promised to be received in a week, but after two 

delays, it finally arrived, but missing the tool kit that was to be part of the 

bundle I paid extra for. 

After countless phone calls, emails and comments and two months later,

I finally received an email from the vendor asking if missing the tool kit 

was the only thing I needed.

Uh HELLO! No apologies, no humility just a condescending sounding short

message that if that was all, they would send it.

So I will NOT recommend going through Walmart or their vendor, 

and saw that other places, not Amazon either,

offer comparable bundles and much higher service I am sure. 

So here's the new machine, and I started some videos about it, 

and will post them too.

I'm working on getting my YouTube up to show tutorials and such, 

just takes a little time.

Until then, I'll post some of the project's I've done and let your imaginations soar.

Smiles and hugs,

Theresa



My Etsy shop

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New projects

Mini Cutting board/rolling pin combo

 I've been busy with life, but managed to come up with some new Farmhouse/Country projects that I am excited to share with  you.  

This mini cutting board and rolling pin are just the beginning of some nice kitchen items I have on my mind.

I started with painting them both a black matte paint, 

then after it was dry, I brushed on a fairly thick layer of 

FolkArt Crackle Medium and let that dry.

Once that was dry, I brushed on the while matte paint, making sure

to ONLY brush one direction, this interferes with the crackle developing.

The print is out of vinyl I cut from my Silhouette Cameo 4

(YES, I finally got one - that's another post)


I've also opened up an etsy shop to finally sell some of my creations. This has been a dream of mine for a very long time, so I'm excited to move forward. 


Have a great day! Theresa

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Before Alice got to Wonderland, she had to fall pretty hard down a deep hole . . .

Hi all,

Theresa here!

I just realized that I hadn't posted in all of 2018!  I have done some sharing on my Instagram , and Pinterest to keep myself sane, but I truly miss my blogging.  Not going to beat myself up, life has knocked me down a bit, but I'll never give up on anything or anyone peacefully!  Not this girlie pants!

One of my greatest joys! 
All in all,  2018 was a rough year for my family, still is, and yes, there are good times and memories in there, but a lot of life changing situations too, that demanded my full attention.
I would be lying if I said it doesn't matter to me of my blog following, because I started this blog years ago, so excited to share in all the things that I love to do!  I found diy blogs and found my soul mates, my niche in life!

Then life happened . . .

I'm hoping to come back and share my diy project, my stories, my fails and my successes.
In short, my family and I are still in the midst of issues dealing with emotional, physical, spiritual, and financial struggles. These are things I know all of us get hit with.  I know it helps me get through these things with the support, love and example of others who have fought their battles and won, or at least get some relief along the way.

I want my blog to blossom to not only inspire and share in diy, decorating and cooking fun, but in real life things too - I live my life to my own crazy beat, and think I have something I can offer others, even if only by inspiration or a virtual hug!  Who knows, until you try, right?

So, I hope for now, you will follow along with me, share with me, and find something in this crazy mixed up world that we can bond over.  I will cry at times, laugh more, I hope, and at times be somber.  I'll admit, my coming back into blogging to let you all into my life is selfish too.  I tend to hide when life gets rough, too embarrassed, shamed, or just too beat down to care what's going on out there.  But it's time to change and put on my big girl panties, puff out my chest, and just be me.  Hope you like me, and will try not to worry if you don't!

Right now, my life is chaos, thus my house is too - Time to binge on organizing blogs and videos!  Yup, I"m gonna share my embarrassment of a chaotic house with you soon too!  YIKES!  (I'm sitting up, chest out, and head high, deep breaths),

More to come

                                    Theresa




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I'm baaaack !

Missed you . . .


I took a sabbatical from blogging for the last year or so, to regroup, ground myself, and take care of personal issues, and get myself and my family in a healthy, happy state of mind and being.
 I moved, got a new job, a promotion, family moved closer, some family moved farther, had a health scare, made some lifelong goals, and in all, life is good, and I'm baaack better than before!
I work on little projects all the time, and forget to take photos, or duh, me, remember that is what my blog is all about - sharing.  So the next few posts will be a possibly overload of all the things, big and small that I've been working on. It feels good to be back!

Here's some snapshots of things I'll elaborate later, just to wet your appetite!
Book bundles

Marbling

Hot Wheels garage

Pirate Mast Headboard

Greeting card cuteness

Ugly dresser turned media cabinet

Repainted corner shelf

Button and lace pillow

Masking tape car track

Movie Organizing Ideas

More to come and details on each -


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Painted Lady

Had this hand made side table that is solid wood, but it is old and worn.
I wanted an antiqued, colored look and wanted to try several layers of paint, wash and distressing.
I think it turned out pretty nice


This is what I started with - yes, I know, it's oak, and I'm PAINTING it - sorry men!  lol

So I just was going for it, no particular plan, other than wanting to layer and get a dimensional look
First coat was to make a small batch of home made chalk paint with some oops paint I had.
(I did lightly sand first only to remove any shiny left over varnish, nothing major)
(don't ask what the hole in the middle is for, a family member hand crafted this and I think it was ideally for a lamp cord ?...)

First coat of chalk paint done

Just thought these "claw feet" were interesting - I've had this table for a year now, and never noticed the details - kinda freaked me out - literally a "claw, see the nail too?
onward I pressed . . . 


I  decided to try a dry brush layer with some opps white - then used a paper towel while still damp to blend and soften the brush strokes.



I continued this over the entire table and legs


This is what it looked like after the white dry brushed/wiped/blended

 I then started to play with different distressing ideas:
(most of my paint colors are all opps paints)

I mixed up a clear glaze with a brown paint and brushed and wiped off.
Then, did a light coat with a blackish tinted glaze I made up.
I use a small container, and a ratio of 3 parts glaze to 1 part paint.
I wipe and spread to desired intensity.
 

 Ignore my flip flop - I was being spontaneous!  :)

I forgot to take photos at each layer, but honestly, I was just trying to create some dimension and aging, so I don't think there really is a right or wrong.

I applied a coat of wax, buffed, and am going to work on the coffee table to match . . .
Maybe I'll add an image from Graphics fairy . . . For now, I think it looks pretty nice.




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$6 Entry Privacy

Placemats!

Yes, I thought of this by my own self!!

(sorry, photos are kind of lame)

Yes, you read that correctly,
I used some felt cut out table place mats I found at Target awhile back 
to give some privacy and style to this sidelight.



They were on clearance and only 3.
So I cut them to fit, making the cuts creative to look like a design.
I do still have some long strips left, that I may just put down the center of the lower window.

I simply cut tiny pieces of self stick velcro (the rough male side) and strategically stuck them behind a larger part of the placemat,
and viola'!
The felt sticks right to it, and it's removable and repositionable!



Here are some more ways to use Placemats

Arm protectors for a couch, Faux window blind;
Sew some together to create a table runner, a carpet runner, a hanging tapestry, a pillow, a scissor caddy, a rice bag, 
Oh the things we can do!!


Even more! 

A Cultivated Nest
Repurpose old placemats. They are a great resource for the budget decorator. You'll be amazed at the cute things you can make with placemats!




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