Guest Posting Announcement: Vinyl Laptop Decals

Guess what!?  I have a cool announcement.  I’m writing this post from my awesome new MacBook Pro.  Yup, I’ve made the switch after a lifetime on a PC.  This is a bit of a transition, but I’m in love with my new computer.  So much so, that I’m sharing a new project today over at the Silhouette School while Melissa is on vacation.  I’d love it so much if you’d stop over there and visit me.  Here’s a hint– it’s a tribute to one of my favorite books.    I also promised the readers of the Silhouette School that I’d show them another vinyl decal that I made for the Big One’s laptop.  (I had been borrowing his laptop while I was between laptops, and he’s so excited to get it back!)  It is a tribute to one of his favorite computer games: Minecraft.

My Mom Made That: Laptop Vinyl Decals (Minecraft Inspired)

The tutorial and vinyl recommendations are over at the Silhouette School, but if you are interested in the cut file for the Minecraft creeper, I have a free one available here.  I’ve gotten a ton of use out of this cut file, as I also used it to make the Big One’s back to school supplies that I shared a few weeks ago.

Now that I have our laptops all personalized with vinyl, my next step is to make an iPad decal for the Mellow Man.  His request is one that is Super Mario brother’s inspired, so I’m trying to come up with ideas for his decal.  If you have any suggestions, be sure to send them my way!


Homemade Vanilla Extract

Back in March, we took the boys to the Atlanta Botanical Garden for their Vanilla Days, and we got several recipes while we were there.  One of them included directions for making your own homemade Vanilla Extract.  Prior to our visit to the Botanical Gardens, I didn’t even know that one could make their own vanilla extract!  We talked to one of the educators there, and brought home the directions eager to try making our own. We decided to make our own vanilla extract and to compare the results by making two forms of Vanilla Extract with rum and vodka.

My Mom Made That: Homemade Vanilla Extract
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Etched Wine Glasses for Teacher Appreciation

The Silhouette machine, either the Cameo or Portrait is great for so many things.  I’m a huge fan of Vinyl, and my collection has grown, thanks to a number of projects, particularly this one.  One of the things that you can use the Silhouette and vinyl for is etching designs in glassware.  Last month, the Little Monkey’s school was having a fund raising auction, and I volunteered to make school logo wine glasses.  The projects were really easy with my Silhouette machine and glass etching solution.  Apparently, they were a big hit, and I had some requests from the class parents to make the etched wine glasses for our classroom teachers.  I figured if I’m going to etch wine glasses for the Little Monkey’s three teachers, then I should also make some beer mugs for the Big One’s three teachers.  ( If you recall, the Big One has male teachers, so I thought I’d go with the beer mugs!)  They turned out well, and I thought I’d share the tutorial, in case, someone else wanted to turn a web image on a school website into an etched wine glass or beer mug.
My Mom Made That: Etched Glasses with School Logos
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Build your Own Wooden Succulent Garden Box

Succulents are wonderfully popular right now. I’ve always have a special fondness for succulents after my grandmother and I put together a succulent potted garden together when I was about ten. I can’t remember everything it included, but I know it had an Aloe and a Jade plant, both of which grew to an enormous size. That potted garden lasted for more than a decade until an unexpected cold snap, and my negligence killed them. When was visiting my local Home Depot, I found that there were dozens of varieties of succulents and lots of different types of containers currently available, so I decided to make a succulent garden.  I knew that I wanted a rustic wooden garden box, but the ones that were for sale were a little pricey.  Mellow Man is good at building things, so I showed him what I wanted, and asked if he could make one for me.   Here’s how we made our very own wooden succulent garden box with scrap lumber that we already had.
My Mom Made That: Wooden Succulent Garden Box
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Easy No Sew Kitchen Curtain

In August, I attended the Haven conference in Atlanta.  It was incredible, and one of the fabulous sponsors was the Online Fabric Store.  Included in the swag bag were two yards of the fabric carried by the Online Fabric Store. Each attendee received one yard of Home Dec fabric, and there were about a dozen different fabric, but I think that I got the best one– a yard of Premier Prints Towers in red!  It’s a really nice duck canvas- perfect for a kitchen curtain! Now, you probably recall that my kitchen and family room has a lot of red in it. (If you don’t know about the red, see my chair cushions, this cork board, and even a post where I painted the switch plates red).  My sink window didn’t have a curtain, so I decided to make a quick and easy no sew kitchen curtain.

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