Monday, October 27, 2014

Navy and Chambray Family Photo Outfits

Over the weekend we had our 4th annual family portraits taken by LunahZon Photography. We feel so lucky to have had them (it's an amazing husband and wife duo) behind the lens for the last three years because I know that even if we were wearing Juicy track suits they'd make us look good. However, since we aren't the Juicy track suit types, I definitely feel the pressure to come up with 4 complimentary and cohesive outfits. This year I went with Navy and Chambray (or as my husband said, "why can't you just call it denim, why does it have to be so fancy?") with a touch of white and pearls. I am on pins and needles waiting to see how they turned out but until I thought I'd try my hand at showing you what we wore, inspiration board style! (The colors are a little strange in the inspiration board but it really all came together in real life, pinky swear!)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Free Halloween Brown Bag Topper

Have you seen these cute orange striped brown bags available in the Halloween section at Target this season? I probably wouldn't have grabbed them if I hadn't seen Staci from Lizard and Ladybug post them on her Instagram account. If you are looking for economical yet fun treat bags for class treats THESE are where it's at! To make it even better I've created a FREE bag topper that you can tape, staple, or glue right to the bag to make you look like you put in hours of overtime into making your treats this year!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Getting Started with Your Silhouette Part 1

One of the most common questions I receive is, "What do I need to get started with this whole Silhouette CAMEO/Portrait thing?" That's a great question. When I bought mine four years ago I had no idea what I was getting into, I just knew that it looked cool and I could cut out letters to make nice banners from paper. Well, as you can see if you look around my blog, your Silhouette cutter can do much, MUCH more than just cut paper to make cute banners. I've put together a list of some Silhouette virgin essentials to get the most out of your new machine! For part 2 I will explain the basics of the software, how to buy or import designs, and how to make your first cut!!

Monday, October 6, 2014

DIY Monogrammed Ring Dish

It's Monday and sometimes on Mondays we need a little pick me up. I know that one thing that always brings a smile to my face is monograms. So let's just refer to Monday as Monogram Monday and we'll all be just a bit happier about the start to the work week. Today's monogram might be small but it's transformation of a plain little appetizer plate is nothing short of mighty! Take into consideration that this project took me less than 5 minutes and you get more Monogram Monday bang for your buck!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Magnetic Halloween Storyboard

I just love playing with all the specialty materials that I've been stock piling since I first purchased my Silhouette machine 3+ years ago. Today I decided to break out the printable magnet paper and play. I don't know what took me so long to finally try the magnet paper but I am totally hooked! And I am pretty sure my kids are A-OKAY with that, too, after making them this awesome, fun on the go, magnetic Halloween storyboard!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How to Make a Split Pumpkin Monogram | September Silhouette Special

Disclosure: This post is part of my affiliation with Silhouette America. The thoughts and ideas that I share, along with my love for the machine, are 100% my own. 
Happy middle of September already everyone! I honestly can't believe the month is half over and I also saw something on Facebook this morning about 100 days til Christmas? How can that even be? Well since we have half way through September it's a great time to start thinking about Halloween and Autumn crafts so I am here to show you how you can make your own Split Pumpkin Monogram. The best part of this tutorial and that you can apply it to any shape for any holiday or season or party or whatever you want! Also, I am sharing a great September promotion from Silhouette today that lasts through the end of the month!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Reversible Fall Front Porch Pillows

The temperatures are inching downward and I am itching to get in some front porch sitting. Summer time is entirely too hot to sit on our southern facing front porch and so, sad to say, it's gone neglected as of late. Today I decided to change that neglect and give the porch my full attention. It started with a pillow I made last year and ended with 3 more to coordinate! The best part of all 4 pillows, besides the fact that you can make each one in around 20 minutes with only the most basic of sewing skills, is that they are all reversible!! Dual purpose really makes each pillow like 10 minutes, right??


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