Friday, May 23, 2014

Showers of Happiness

 

    This year my spring showers have been abundant. I have been to three showers in the last few weeks. I am honored to have  added a bit of my creativity to a few of them. I had fun  photographing each one. This weeks shower I made the shower favors for my nieces shower. I also made dual purpose decorations. You will see later in this post.
    For this shower of happiness, I designed the card with my +Silhouette America Cameo, using the print and cut feature. You can refer to my tutorial on cut and print here. I found the font that matched her invitations on my silhouette.
  I bought the card stock at +Tuesday Morning which was a great score. 
 I purchased the wine corks at +Pier 1 Imports on  clearance making the gift more affordable splurge. I did have to do my research to find 48 of them in the Chicago land area. Several stores were kind enough to ship them to me for free, one I had to pay shipping and a couple I picked them up in person. That is a long story. I will just say a, Great big Thank you to the customer service representative who helped make this task easier, as well as the local stores who shipped them for free.
  +Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores is where I purchased the sheer green fabric for $4.00 clearance bolt as well as Navy Blue grosgrain & satin ribbon in variable widths.
Silhouette Cut and Print
Follow step by step directions of the
                          print and cut process

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Dancing in the Craft room

    This is a great time in my life. I am finally creating a craft room for me to celebrate my talents, in one place in our house. No more sewing on the kitchen table, a craft project balancing on our queen size bed, or cutting large projects on the living room floor. I am stealing a spot in the center of our basement just for me. My creative spirit has been dancing in my dreams for years. During the following weeks I will create the first room of my own. I will finally step into my room, start a project having all my equipment, material and notions in the spot I designed for me.
   I have been shopping, saving, storing, and designing a craft room in my mind for years. It is so exciting to realize my dreams using furniture collected over time that I will sew, paint, glue, scrapbook, my way to my happy place in our home.
  What are my plans? I have a computer cabinet from +IKEA USA , that will be re-worked into a station for my silhouette cameo, glue gun, along with storage. +DecoArt has been kind enough to provide +Americana Chalky Paint, a key stencil and sealer supplies. I plan on sharing several progress posts with you in the following weeks.