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What is your passion?

What is your passion?

Some people have a passion for creating, law, art, designing, decorating, medicine, teaching etc.  How do you know when you have passion?  Passion is when you you start something and suddenly the day is gone and you've forgotten to eat, [...]

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How to Install a Silhouette Wall Design

For Valentine's Day I created a wall design to go around gallery of pictures shown in the post "To my Valentine".  Frankly, I was surprised it turned out as good as it did. The idea started with just putting a [...]

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Silhouette Studio Designer Edition Discount!

I've had been working on a Robot themed bedroom for LilMan.  As part of my design I wanted to put Formulas all over his room (who knows maybe he'll memorize them and it'll serve him someday).  In order to do [...]

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How to Make Mason Jar Wall Sconces

One of the things that drives me nuts about my office/craft room, or any room for that matter, is not having what I need within arms length of where I need it, you know what I mean?  Whenever I wanted [...]

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How to Make a Whiteboard Wall

Before we put our house on the market I saw a picture in a magazine where the bottom half of the wall had chalkboard paint, and the top half was mixture of peg boards and cork boards, the two half's [...]

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Photoshop Tutorial – How to Blur Background

The other day Em, Lilman and I were goofing off in my office/craftroom and naturally I had my camera.  It had been a while since I used my 50mm lens so I was taking some goof off pictures to get [...]

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Reuse Child’s Art Easel – Part II

Waste not, want not...right!  In Part I of Reusing a Child's Art Easel I took apart Em's old Easel to make a wall Easel.  In this second post, I'll put to use the paint trays. Here is the Wall Art [...]

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Reuse a Child’s Art Easel – Part I

Em was given an easel when she was about a year and half and it has served her well: its beaten up, painted on, an eye sore and now, it is time to find it another purpose... This thing is [...]

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Button Burlap Heart

Mom, Em and I headed up to Fayetteville, TN to visit Sir's Fabric Store for some fabric shopping and ran across bags and bags of buttons for $3 to $5  - well,  we were all over that.  This was my [...]

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Refreshments – Silhouette Template

Hey everyone, It's been a while since I've provided some how to posts, and my mind is brimming with them and my notebook has pages of them - the challenge is I'm still trying to keep my house clean because [...]

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Announcing my Free Ebook!!! Teaching kids how to draw

I got into blogging because I love to share ideas and I love it when someone actually does something that I've posted (I will literally clap my hands and squeal). :) It makes me feel like a contributor to the [...]

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How to Make a Snowman Tree Topper

This year we decided to have colored lights on the tree, and because of this one change I needed to make some decorating changes - the gold and white angel on top such a vibrant tree just wouldn't cut it.  [...]

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Another Burlap Pillow

When I started making the previous Burlap Pillow I got the idea for this pillow (I didn't set out to make two pillows, I only needed one, but I just had to make it).  I had purchased a bunch of [...]

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Burlap Decorated Pillow

Time is moving too quickly.  Stores are already decorating for Christmas, our local station 96.9 is already playing Christmas music non stop.  Well, I'm not ready to burst into the next season without fully decorating for this one.  Each season [...]

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Thanksgiving Wreath

Thanksgiving is a tricky holiday to create a wreath for...but I think I came up with a winner. :) The inspiration - a Turkey votive candle holder.  Other materials used, glue gun, foam board, burlap material and pretty flowers and [...]

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Pinterest Do – Chicken Wire Ghost

I just love Halloween!  It's the one time a year that it's okay for adults to dress up in funky, fun costumes and shamelessly eat candy and you can let your imagination run wild of all the crazy scary stuff [...]

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Cork Projects

I've been saving my corks for some time looking for a project to do and I finally came up with one and had enough corks!  All you need are corks and a hot glue gun (I used 70 corks) Here [...]

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Semi-homemade Halloween Nursery Rhyme {Silhouette Template}

Do you need a Last Minute Halloween Costume or non-spooky Costume? The night before a school parade I found out that Tyler needed a costume of his favorite nursery rhyme, so we went through a book that I've read to [...]

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Silhouette Labels for Canning – Tips and Template

This past weekend I finally took the time to make labels for all of the jars of jam, sauces, and food that I've canned over the last several months; labeling a grand total of 60 jars of various sizes.  Needless [...]

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Candy is Dandy but Liquor is Quicker

Trial and Error A friend and colleague of mine asked me "Do any of your projects mess up or turn out bad?"  My response "Oh, yeah definitely!"  And I gave her the example of the Glow in the Dark Spider [...]

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Silhouette Stenciled T-Shirts

On a hot afternoon, over a 100 degrees, we stayed inside and made some t-shirts. During the kids naps, I made a couple of stencils on my Silhouette Cameo machine: one for LilMan with the word "Chatterbox" in Varsity letters [...]

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Chalkboard Paint for Labels

Jars are an great place to put stuff and they are abundantly available. All you have to do is save one, clean it and remove the label by soaking it in water. I use jars for collecting all of my [...]

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Relaxation Mask – Don’t Poke the Bear!

Last Sunday I woke up and instantly thought of the song "The Lazy Song" by Bruno Mars and I thought: "I want to do nothing today".  This video is classic -at least in my mind :). But knowing me, that's [...]

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Teacher’s Gift – Scrapbook Gift Tags

This week my little boy graduates from Pre-K.  His school actually had the graduation at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens!  This was way better than my Grad School Graduation! I've been beyond happy with his school Primrose. He has been with [...]

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Silhouette Tag and Uniquely Decorated Birthday Present

Grandpa , my dad, turned 65 this year and we had to celebrate! So we put together a small family gathering where we grilled burgers, had lots of appetizers and yummy food.  Grandpa was in his element, good food, family and [...]