Monday, January 26, 2015

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Garage Organization the Cheap way!

I don't know about you, but my garage was in desperate need for some organization! It was a total cluster as a matter of fact.  So bad so that when looking for something it was buried under other things.

Two days ago, I saw a brilliant idea either on Facebook or Hometalk. As soon as I find that post again, I will give due credit.

Once the idea was planted, I put a post up on our local FB classifieds. The response was tremendous!  I got 8 popcorn tins in just one day and went to work. I started out by spray painting them, some yesterday and the rest today. It is still fairly cold out so my paint is not curing very fast. They start out looking like any popcorn tin, like this....

When I went to the feed store, I grabbed a couple extra cans of spray paint and they were on sale for $1.14 each! I already had red, compliments of my dad. So this project only cost me $2.28! Now that's my kind of project, and a great way to be more organized, plus it keeps things clean and dust free. I wasn't picky about brand for this project.

I sorted out everything on my workbench into separate categories after all my tins were ready. A lot of them have raised designs from the holidays on them, and clear lids. The raised designs didn't bother me and the clear lids helps me to see the contents inside too.

Here are the first two I painted. I failed to let the chalkboard spray paint cure overnight so when I seasoned it with chalk it got scratched up. My bad! I set it aside for another coat of paint.

Once I was ready to top off this project, I broke out my Silhouette Portrait and vinyl. I chose fonts and colors and started cutting. This blue one has all of my sandpaper in it, while the black is designated for Charcoal for summertime. Once it is cured I think I need to make the writing look pretty and cool.

This is giving me much more control over the chaos that once occupied my garage and even frees up some space! Many thanks to whomever it was that made a bread box out of one of these tins!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

My Silhouette and I

I won my Silhouette Portrait in June of 2013 and have had a little fun with it in the last year and a half. However, I had not tackled a lot of it's abilities. There are so many things we can do with a Silhouette.

Last winter, I had tried the cut and print feature and it was way off. I contacted Customer Service and we missed a lot of calls back and forth. There was a lot going on in my life at the time so many of their call backs came when I was away from my machine. It was too ugly to even save a picture of that mess!

So the other day I decided to work on the Print and Cut feature again. I tried to do it on my own and called after another major failure. Then Silhouette Customer Service and I exchanged several emails to get things working properly again.

I was told to calibrate my machine. It didn't work. Then was told to delete a file, and reset to factory defaults. That is what worked for me! I was soooo excited to do print and cuts!

Next up was to try my hand at HTV again. I had some black glitter HTV and had tried working with it before, but messed up nearly a complete roll. Yesterday I broke out what was left from that roll, and went to work. Funny thing is, I had attempted to make a cut on that portion but thought the cut failed because I could not see a thing-could not see the cut lines. So when I did  a new cut on it, this made weeding a bit more tedious. So imagine my utter surprise to end up with this!

Since my HTV project turned out, I was more inspired that ever. I had just purchased a small bottle of Amour Etching cream, so I set out to do an Etching project. 

For this I used an old salsa jar, and a design from the Silhouette store. I cut the design out from a scrap of vinyl, placed it on the jar and applied the etching cream. After letting it sit for about 5 minutes, I removed the excess etching cream and then the vinyl. I washed the jar off under warm water and dried it with a clean kitchen towel. 

After making sure the jar was dry, I started decorating the neck of the jar, using a bit or burlap and some bakers twine. I used my hot glue gun to attach the burlap in a couple of places to keep it secure. Then I used red construction paper to assist in getting halfway decent pictures of the project. 

I have to say that I am thrilled to finally be getting into the swing of things and crafting again! 

These projects are not only fun but functional too! This jar will be used for a Valentines gift for my mom, with sweetheart candies in it! I have plans to make more since I have been saving lots of jars just for this kind of project. 

So all in all, I get to fall in love with my Silhouette all over again, and this time to perfect a few things a long the way! Best of all, my world is about to become prettier than ever! 

Do you own a Silhouette or other cutting machine? What is your favorite kind of projects to create? I am on the lookout for more fun creative goodness to try my hand at so please, do share!