Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Just A Peek!

Oh!  Isn't he cute!?!  I have so many cute faces to edit, so little time.  
Be back soon to show you more!

More From My Ratty Front Porch

At the rate I am going, I might get three whole projects done by the end of the year.  I, just this weekend, finished my LEARN for my Front Porch Shutter...on my Ratty Front Porch.  It only took a little cutting time Saturday before Conference began to get the little school shapes cut and sanded, then I got to play the rest of the uplifting afternoon.  

All shapes were cut from 1/4" mdf, sanded, then painted and sealed with Rustoleum 2x Clear Matte Spray.  I am a freak about that clear spray.  Just use that brand!

After my first few letter sets I wired together, I switched to the ribbon as the way to hang this all up.  I just lay out the ribbon, lay the letters on top where I want them, then go back through and hot glue each letter in place.  Rinse, repeat...Lay out the shapes, go back and hot glue those on, then hang.

Don't you love the paint set!?!  It is my favorite!

I even put my school bus back up so I could get the whole picture ;0}  

Then I took it all down and put up my SPoOKy from last year.  I am hoping to get my spider door sign finished before my pictures this weekend.  Wish me luck!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

If You Give A Mouse A Paintbrush...

I worked like a dog to get orders packed and shipped this morning so Madison and I could play this afternoon.   When playtime finally arrived, I started with one project hoping to get finished, only to run out of this or to have to drive someone there... At the end of my day there wasn't one finished project to show for the time, but a ton of fun was had!

The first project was to make three more of these scarecrow/snowman signs.  First the paint was touched up.  Next I reworked the vinyl faces, cut them and got them applied.  The painted noses were glued on and it was dinner time already.

The terrible thing is I wanted to paint my pile of new projects.  I didn't get that far...but I did get my turkey's legs and beak painted when I touched up my snowman noses.  Lol.  Some days I have to celebrate the small sucesses.

After dinner I glued some burlap around my no. 10 cans I use to hold my brushes and other junk, like glue sticks and my plyer collection.  I tried a couple of wooden shapes to be used as labels, but the pieces were all too small.  I have to cut bigger ones so that project will have to wait.

Last, I spent a couple hours working and reworking these three Cinderella pieces to fill Emmalee'S adorable metal frame I have for her room.  I finally got all the curls on the letters right where I wanted them, plugged the files into my Silhouette and hovered the whole time the machine cut.  I was totally excited to watch my design come to life.  Sadly, I have a busy weekend so these projects all have to hang for a while. 

It's OK though.  It has been such a long time since doing my own projects, I'm really just glad to have started   Have a great weekend.  I hope yours is full of fun, family, or creating!


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Emersyn's 2!

Little Emersyn has me wrapped around her little finger.  This darling is so stinken' cute I can't hardly stand it.  Madison and I were totally excited when Emersyn's mom asked if we would take her 2 year old pictures.  We barely recovered from those blond curls in her 1 year old pics, this was just too much to ask for.  

Mads and I followed Emersyn around Heritage Acres in Fairmont, MN, letting her take us where 'er she wanted, us just trailing behind like enamored puppies.  We just snipped away enjoying each and every grin.  What a delightfully magical afternoon.

Emersyn, you are such a doll.  What a lucky mom and dad you have!
Happy second birthday and Thanks for letting Madison and I spend the day with you.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Between The Bellows

Can you guess what this is?  It is what I have been working on between the bellows of my children today.  The first day of school finally arrived and I still felt like I got nothing done.  I did get a pile of vinyl orders filled, then made these little gems for a project I started with my sisters and Madison and Grandma yesterday. 

Here is one of my orders I have been working on.  It was one of those that you start, thinking it will be a breeze, then something goes wrong.  Soon everything has gone wrong and you have been at fixing it for days.  I think I finally got it pulled together.  This guitar picture frame is finally getting shipped tomorrow!

So here is the project we started yesterday.  This is one side of the project.  You flip this boar over...

And you have this!  This great idea was sent to me from Renae, a lovely lady in Fairmont, MN.  I am so glad she sent me the idea because I needed a simple little craft break!

I sanded and nailed together 4 of these yesterday.  We had time to paint them, but not get them all gussied up for the porch.  After a little playing around, I made some faces out of vinyl.  I know it is crazy to cut vinyl when you can just paint them, but I like the guarantee that they are going to be cute.  Faces stress me out.  Anyway, forgive the terrible phone photos taken in the middle of the night ;0}



Aren't they cute!?!  So easy and cheap{if you skip the vinyl}.  I will probably be back with a tutorial when we are all done.  For now, I will just be happy to have a moment of quiet tonight while all the little monsters sleep in their beds :0}