Posts Tagged ‘Silhouette Cameo’

McHubby enjoys keeping busy. I enjoy him being happy. Sometimes his projects allow me to charge up my creative juices and experience some joy of my own. Hopefully, we are working on one of those projects now.

This fall, McHubby has been working to develop an events business for his old employer. Rust Manor House is a beautiful old house that has hosted weddings in the past, but has been primarily an office and education location for the Audubon Naturalist Society. McHubby’s old employer is negotiating with Audubon to reinvigorate the events business.

Lucky me, McHubby asked me to guide him in sprucing up the interiors. I’ll get to try on interior decorating for a client as a potential career direction. I’m looking forward to the work and have lots of plans. Until the legal work is finalized, we are on hold. Although I did decorate for the November Board Meeting with buffet dinner.

Here are a few pictures from the foyer/buffet space:

A nature inspired winter decoration.

A nature inspired winter decoration.

Lighted branches with greenery and white floral accessories.

Lighted branches with greenery and white floral accessories.

A few greenery picks from Michael's up the stair railing.

A few greenery picks from Michael’s up the stair railing.

The bird house centerpiece was created with pine branches and a cherry tree limb that were toppled during Superstorm Sandy. I bought an unfinished birdhouse at Michael’s painting it and adorning it with faux snow, glitter and pine cone pieces. The berry vine and the bird with the nest were from Michael’s. I made the sign hanging from the branch using scrap wood, white paint and black vinyl cut with my Silhouette Cameo.

I hope you like the few touches I added for the festivities. I’ll show more decor when we are able to get up and running.

How are your holidays going so far?





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I seem to have a bit of an obsession with words. I have decorated with them everywhere in my house. I recently refreshed a piece of manufactured art that I had gotten at Kirkland’s a few years ago. Originally, the colors were gray, grayish blue and tan with a quote something to the effect of life isn’t about staying away from storms; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

When I started tweaking the family room, I wanted to brighten the colors. While I was in the process, I decided to change the quote to the one by Henry Van Dyke that inspired my blog title. “Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.”

Update your art

Inexpensively refresh your decor

I used scrapbook papers on the inner and outer areas. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the quote. I had some issues with lettering, so it is a little crooked in places.

You don’t have to be stuck with a piece of art that when you have become tired of it. For a little bit of money and some creativity you can update it perfectly.

What do you do when you get tired of your decor?


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Joining the Linky Party over at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia,  Power of Paint Party at Domestically Speaking and Inspiration Friday At the Picket Fence with my Rustic Cruiser Bike Art.

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Rustic Cruiser Bike Art Tutorial:

Wooden Bike Picture

Rustic Cruiser Bike Art

1. Cut wood board to length desired. We used leftover fence boards. Cut two pieces of woods to the height desired when all lengthwise piece are laid side by side. While lengthwise pieces are laid together with the backside up, nail the vertical pieces to each board. Nail twice on each board.

2. Choose an image to make into a stencil.

Cruiser bike

via google

3. Using the Silhouette Cameo software, outline image. Click here for a you tube video on how to transfer an image to you Silhouette Cameo software and outline the image.

4. Once you have the image outlined, re-size the image to your dimensions. I made mine about two-thirds of the totally artwork dimension. I used the 24 inch cutting mat. In order to make the stencil the correct size, I cut the top half of the stencil first and then the bottom half.  I fit the top and bottom together on the boards once both were cut.

5. Cut out on vinyl. Put on board.

Stencil on wood

Bike stencils on wood

6. Stencil with paint. I used acrylic.

Bike Stencil with paint

Painting bike stencil

7. Remove stencil and fill in the gaps with paint. For instance, the software did not pick up the bike spokes. I used a pencil to lightly sketch in the spokes and then painted with aluminum colored acrylic.

Finished cruiser bike image

Bike image with stenciled breaks filled in

8. I made the frame using plans from Ana White’s site. Click here for instructions.

Frame made from Ana White plans

Finished frame waiting to be painted gray

9. Paint/stain and attach with nails to artwork. Hang

Bike art hung over mantel

Finished artwork hung over mantel

Hope this was helpful.  Thanks for visiting.

Also linking to Stuff and Nonsense for Fridays Unfolded

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Several weeks ago I previewed a piece of art that I created.

Rustic Art Peak

Sneak Peak of Rustic Art piece

Since many of my other projects are in various states of progress, I decided to unveil this piece. I’m actually quite happy with the way it turned out. I used old fence boards, paint and a stencil which was made with my Silhouette Cameo.


I took this image and turned it into this:

Wooden fence boards to bike picture

Rustic bike art

Ta da! Tomorrow, I’ll take you through a complete tutorial.


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Happy Birthday to my youngest niece.  I can’t believe that she is a year old already. A few weeks ago, I went to my sister’s house where my other niece, sister and I started to work on decorations for the Cinco de Mayo themed party. We used my Silhouette Cameo to make banner garland and roses.  I was able to take pictures of the baby which I used to make a poster. Picmonkey.com was a lot of fun to add a moustache and hat to a closeup of her.  Costco printed the 16 x 20 inch photo.  Fun stuff.




After the party, McHubby, the kids and I went to a late showing of The Avengers in 3-D. I highly recommend seeing it. It is much more than just some comic book inspired action film.  The 3-D effects in this case really enhanced the film instead of being just a gimmick.

As I mentioned last week, I was working on the finishing touches for our guest room.  I started with covering the box springs.  Well…for a simple projects I had to try it twice to get it right. I measured the box springs and added several inches to all the dimensions for the seam allowance and fitting over the top and bottom.  Unfortunately, when I cut the fabric, I used the original dimensions and didn’t discover this until after I had sewn it.

I finally had the time to make a second attempt at it today.  Here is how it looks:


With the duvet and pillows…


Tomorrow, I’ll be posting pictures from planting at the community garden.  Hope you have a great week. How was your weekend?


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Sometimes in the garden progress is unseen, like roots growing underground. Of course, where else do roots grow? While waiting for growth to become apparent, McHubby and I worked on the first batch of garden tags. They were inspired by the garden tags that Kristen shared on My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia. She used stamps and ink to print plant names on to stone tiles.

As mentioned (moaned about) in a previous post, I have an over abundance of rock at our garden location. So using rocks to make garden tags seemed like a natural.

First, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out stencils on inexpensive vinyl. I just used the Silhouette Studio program on my laptop to type the plant names. Inserted the vinyl and pushed cut.


We then used a scrub brush to remove excess dirt off the flattest rock surface.


The stencils were then applied with the edges covered with duct tape. (It’s what we had on hand.)  I decided to use purple spray paint and wanted to limit the paint to the letters not outside the stencil.



Then a light coat of spray paint was applied and allowed to dry.  I was pleasantly surprised when we removed the stencils.  Most of the letters were crisp.


We ran them out the garden after dinner.  Rain drops were falling as we pulled up to the garden.  We placed the rocks and took pictures with umbrellas in one hand. Here is the sugar snap pea tag in its natural setting.


At least there will be something to see at the Community Garden dedication ceremony on Saturday.

What do you use to mark the plants in your garden? Do you even find it necessary to identify your plants?


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