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This Old House

My husband and I live in an old house in an old neighborhood. No, not the “good” old, you know – like the cute little houses in my favorite ‘hoods in Austin – I’m talking 1959 old. Not old enough to be cool, but old enough to be fugly. We rent it, and have (somehow) lived here for 8 years. I’m pretty sure this started out as very temporary housing, but a combination of job layoffs and me being lazy = staying put for now.

Luckily, since we rent from a family member, we can pretty much do what we want to the house – because if we’re being honest, anything would be an improvement! The other day, when I was spray painting the media console shelves, I sprayed part of the old iron column on the front porch. Black. Why? I don’t know – lack of impulse control? Anyway, it got me thinking that I could easily make that column look better, so that’s exactly what I did today. The whole process took me about an hour, not including drying time for all the paint.

before iron columsTold you it was ugly.

See all that rust? Yuck! I was going to use sandpaper, but then Sars (or was it Christie?) suggested using a wire brush instead. So smart! I scraped off all of the nasty rust and a lot of the old, cracked paint. I couldn’t get it all because my wire brush wasn’t small enough, but I got most of it. I’m glad it was outside, because it was nice and dusty when I was doing that!

supplies needed

These are the supplies I bought at Home Depot (while we were at the Do-It-Herself Clinic with Shanty2Chic) – $27 or so. I decided to go with plain white instead of some crazy color (which is totally my style, but it would look really strange to have a hot pink or lime green old-school iron column in this house).

Once all the rust and chipped paint was gone, I used Kilz spray primer on the entire thing – and it definitely took the entire can. I think I may be a little heavy handed with primer, because I always run out!

I took a break and caught up on Grey’s Anatomy while the primer dried. There may or may not have been a nap as well, but I digress.

during

That picture was taken after one coat of spray paint. Don’t mind the plastic bags at the bottom, that was my makeshift solution for not spraying the porch. Yeah – don’t do that, it doesn’t work. Now I have to figure out how to get spray paint off of the concrete at the bottom of the column!

side column

This picture really shows me that I need to spray down the house/windows. Oops. While the paint was drying, I decided to make a house number sign. Important people can never find our house because there have never been any house numbers on it (you know, pizza guys, UPS, Publisher’s Clearinghouse, etc.)! I whipped out my trusty Silhouette, spent an hour picking out the font, and finally printed out the numbers.

address sign before

I’ve got approximately 35 pieces of scrap wood just hanging around (leftover from the O Holy Night signs – I figured I might as well cut it all and use it eventually, right?) so I grabbed one and spray painted it white. This took 3 coats because the plywood just sucks the paint right up, much like the MDF from the media console.

address sign during

I barely had room for the numbers! (By the way, I may be tricking you with the house number – you don’t know me! Don’t be a stalker!) Again, I would have made it more my style, but I wanted simple and easy to see, so I went with boring black and white. I ran the numbers through the Xyron, stuck them on, and sprayed it with clear coat. After that dried, I drilled a hole in each corner and (for now) we put it on the column with clear zip ties. I may switch that out sometime soon, but it was an easy solution and it will hold up to the weather. I’d be happy to hear any other ideas you have!

finished signcloseup

This simple, quick, inexpensive project made a huge difference! It also made me realize how dirty the siding and windows are – so that may be my next project. Anyone have any tips on powerwashing?

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Canvas for Procrastinators

You and Me and the Dogs | RCHOTX

You guys, I have had this project on the brain for months. I’m not even kidding! I’m lazy and   now I’m kicking myself because it took all of an hour to make (and 30 minutes of that was spent picking the dang font!), and I could have been loving it this whole time.

My husband and I are child-free by choice. I know that a lot of people don’t understand this, or think that we are evil for not procreating – but we have our reasons, and that’s all that matters. I’ve spent far too long caring about what other people think about my decisions, and we are perfectly happy with our choice. Besides, I have my pick of many, many kids to hang out with pretty much any time I want to! Bonus: I get to take them back to their parents when it’s bedtime. 

Anyway, our children are our puppies. Well, not so much puppies, because they are 12 and 3, but puppy is just a nicer word than dog. Here is our family motto, because that’s really all we need. Well, that and money.

xyron510 | RCHOTX

Materials needed:

Xyron 510 (unless you are a glutton for punishment)

Cardstock (doesn’t matter what color)

Canvas

Craft paint

Sponge brush

Pencil

Ruler (unless you’re a freak that can draw perfectly straight lines)

Yep, that’s it.

Cut your letters out of cardstock. I used my trusty Silhouette, but it can be done the old school way if necessary. I knew that my canvas was 16×20, and I knew that I wanted the letters to be big. My letters for this project were 4 inches tall – the Silhouette scaled the width for me since I entered the height. I didn’t do much math to figure it out, but I did do enough to know that I had room for each line on the canvas.

Letters after Xyron 510 | RCHOTX

Once the letters were cut out, I ran them through the Xyron 510. Easy as pie. Except that I got a little too overzealous and smushed some together, but that’s okay. I also (for some reason) have two extra letters. Can you see what they are? ME. I have no idea why.

You And Pencil Lines | RCHOTX

I drew 3 lines on the canvas using a  pencil and my quilting ruler. I made it easy – just made them the height of the ruler. After you get your lines drawn, stick those letters on there! I wanted mine left justified, so it was easy to get them lined up (close enough, don’t go measuring it).

Ready to paint | RCHOTX

Once all the letters are on and you’re happy with it, make sure that no edges are sticking up. Push them back down! You don’t want tape to get underneath them. Confession: A little bit of paint snuck under some of my letters, but I am claiming that I like the “imperfection” of it. That means I’m not interesting in fixing it. Go with me, people. Once all of your letters are stuck down, get to painting!

Paint on foil | RCHOTX

Remember a few posts back when I said that I use foil as a paint tray? Yep, still do. Works like a charm. I mixed three colors together, because I wanted a more custom color than what I had. I wanted a muted purple, but my purples were all too bright or too dark, so I took care of that with some black and white mixed in.

Close up paint | RCHOTX

Here are the paint colors if you’re really interested. I don’t have any ratios to give you – I just mixed until I liked the color.

All words painted | RCHOTX

See why I told you to make sure all the edges were stuck down? Paint over the whole thing. I didn’t want mine to look perfect (seriously), so I didn’t concentrate on making sure all of the color was even throughout the canvas. I did two coats and walked away (don’t forget to paint the sides too). Don’t touch it until it is completely dry.

You and Me and the Dogs | RCHOTX

Once it is dry, gently take off the letters. I used an X-acto knife for this, but you could just as easily use a pencil or something that can get underneath them. They should peel right off! The one mistake I probably WILL fix is on the O of “DOGS”. I don’t know what the heck happened there, but that’s the only one that really bugs me! I’ll paint over it with a little bit of white.

* You could always use vinyl in your Silhouette or Cricut, but I am still too chicken to try vinyl. You could also use spray paint instead of craft paint. 

* I just thought you should know that I originally pinned this idea ONE YEAR AGO. That’s how long I’ve been thinking about it. I checked, just for you guys.

That’s it, guys. I’m so happy with it, and it’s just perfect for our family!

Now, here are my boys:

Booda | RCHOTX

Oliver | RCHOTX

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your family, however different it may look! 

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Hearts. LOTS of hearts. {Worth It Wednesday}

What makes a Valentine’s Day craft post really “Worth It”? Pay attention closely.

Worth It = Purchasing a Silhouette or Cricut for craft projects

Look at the first picture.

Done?

Exactly. My point is proven.

Monday became a craft/blog ideas time for Heather and I while she had some time off from work. We accomplished 1 1/2 crafts. We started the first one last Thursday night, then started the second one. We both found a cute Valentine project on Pinterest (I know, shocker!) from tatortots & jello. She asked if I wanted to do one with her, and who am I to turn down a craft project. She was nice enough to go ahead and cut out all the hearts we needed with her Silhouette. She’s nice like that. She definitely our “project cutter outter” (yeah, I totally made that word up).

HeartsThis is just the PINK hearts. 

frame supplies

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Cardstock/scrapbook paper (solid or patterns, personal preference)
1 sheet of 12×12 heavy cardstock (we chose glitter paper, it is much heavier)
Pop dots
Frame (we used 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″)
Cricut/Silhouette if you don’t want to cut millions of hearts out by hand

**we’re skipping the step-by-step because seriously, it’s THAT simple**

Be MY Valentine

Heather, Miss Fancy Pants, decided to make hers way more 3D. She folded each and every one of those hearts in half so they look like they’re flying off her page. (I’m sure they were scared of ALL THE GLITTER!) Heather was over the hearts about halfway through. She did a pattern with the colors and some of the colors were very similar to each other. I’m blaming that on why she was over it. I think it turned out super cute!

Be My Valentine - details

A close-up of the “flying” hearts

LOVE

I, on the other hand, didn’t bother with a pattern for the colors. I just went with the flow. I also didn’t bother with measuring everything so my lines are a little crooked. Its mine. I don’t care. I’m not a big Valentine’s Day decorator, but I’ll be putting this up and a few other things.

We’ve got a few more Valentine’s Day projects up our little sleeves just for y’all. Well, for us too, because let’s be honest. We do most of this stuff for ourselves to share with you.

The Humble Brag Link Party

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Silhouette Name Frame

Silhouette Name Frame | RCHOTX

This project started a long time ago – as in, 18 months ago. We were having a craft weekend at Brittaney’s old house near College Station, and some of the natives were getting restless and needed to have some retail therapy (not me, I was deep in crafting something). They took a field trip to the nearest Hobby Lobby and found the motherlode of clearance frames. Of course, I had to have one for the bargain price of $7 (I think!) and I immediately knew what I wanted to do with it.

Of course, I didn’t do it until today.

The first step (and usually the one that takes the longest for me) was picking out a font. I’m embarrassed to tell you how many fonts I have – okay, I have 4,193 – because I have a PROBLEM. It’s an addiction, people. There is no such thing as font rehab, so I will suffer through it. I finally picked one (for my fellow font nerds, it is Copperplate Deco Light and it can be downloaded for free at this link) and now that the project is finished, I know I made the right choice.

Next up was picking the paper. As Tarah can attest, I have a LOT of paper. (Tarah has more than I do, though). I knew I wanted to go with green, but I also knew that I would need six sheets of the same paper since my last name has six letters. I ended up having 8 sheets of pretty spring green cardstock – surely 8 would be enough, right?

Bad Silhouette Blade | RCHOTX

Yeah, maybe not. I wasted two sheets before I got smart and googled, “Why in the hell isn’t my Silhouette cutting cardstock correctly?” Well – Lisa Barrie to the rescue. I found the help I was looking for AND a new blog to read. Funny how that happens! After changing out the blade (which involved searching several places in my craft room for the “blade ratchet” for the newfangled Silhouette blade) and adjusting the cut settings, we were good to go. Finally. So now that I had wasted two sheets, that left 6. I needed all 6 to be perfect.

Much better cut | RCHOTX

Now that’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout. (Please ignore the glitter on the mat. Glitter IS the herpes of the craft world, you know).

Measure ten times cut once | RCHOTX

After measuring the frame 5 times and cutting the letters, I laid them out to make sure they would all fit before I stuck them on for good. Luckily, they fit perfectly!

Spacing out the letters | RCHOTX

Now for the fun part.

Vellum Tape Runner | RCHOTX

I cut everything out, and didn’t really think about how I was going to attach the letters to the board. Brittaney had covered the board backing in burlap (say that ten times fast) when I GOT the frame, so that was already done for me. I knew I didn’t want to use glue (too messy), and I knew I didn’t want to use spray adhesive (stinky, messy, AND I am running really low on it). Vellum tape runner to the rescue! It is flexible/movable and doesn’t show underneath. These tape runners are great and this one has actually lasted a really long time! I did not cover the whole back of the letters or the swirls – just a few little spots on each one to make sure it would stick to the burlap and that’s it!

Once I cleaned the glass and dusted the frame, I was finished. I love it, love it, LOVE IT and am so happy with it.

Finished Silhouette Name Frame | RCHOTX

Weekend Bloggy Reading


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Christmas Craft #1 – O Holy Night board

I am on a few Silhouette groups on Facebook. I mainly just skim through the pictures, because most of them are using vinyl (which I am still too scared to try), but some of them catch my eye – like this one.

I made the mistake of showing the other housewives the original picture as I found it on Facebook, and BOOM. I had 9 requests. I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t know if my Silhouette was up to the challenge, because I need new blades and mats like a mothasucka – but it did it! It took a while, and there were more than a few choice words used (nothing like cussing while cutting a nativity scene, right?) but it was worth it. Obviously.

Materials needed:

Plywood/board/fencepost/canvas/whatever you want to put it on. I used some scrap plywood left over from an old Pinterest Party for mine – it measures 16″w x 5.5″h.

Paint (I just used craft paint – did a thin coat of white – wanted to keep it quick!)

Cardstock (obviously I used black)

Silhouette machine – unless you are a glutton for punishment and feel like freehanding this

Xyron machine or Mod Podge – this was my first time to use my Xyron sticker maker and I love it! Some of the pieces were so tiny I can’t imagine trying to glue them on.

Ribbon or a picture hanger thingy (yes, that is a technical term)

Once I got the board painted and dry, it took about 15 minutes to get everything put together. That’s it! That was even including Logan “helping”.

I’m not going to post the files on here, because they are not my files to give away, but I will post the link to the group I got it from. Everyone in the group is very helpful and it is a great place to ask questions and get new files! It is a private group, so you will have to join, but if you have a Silhouette I highly recommend it. There is one more that I read daily as well.

The nice thing about it is that you can make this as big or as small as you want – most of the pieces on mine are less than 2″ tall!

Pin there. Done that. – Pinterest Party edition

Y’all, I may have recovered from Pinterest Party as much as a mother of 3 young children can be, who is also a glutton for punishment. As soon as I got back to town from Pinterest Party, I changed my clothes and went to Zumba. Yeah, I totally did! Then on Monday, I tried a new class, BodyAttack, followed by Zumba again on Tuesday. It is not for the faint of hearts. I’m still hurting. Seriously. I have no idea what I was thinking.

Source: tidymom.net via Heather on Pinterest

 

I combined TWO pins! I’m a rebel!

Real {Cheap} Housewives of Texas

So the original. Yeah, I tried it the way it said to, but it was a big giant mess. I had burlap strings everywhere. This is the end result. The girls love it, I’m still on the fence. I think I want to add some more.

Up next …

 

Real {Cheap} Housewives of Texas

Heather pinned this one on our Pinterest Party pin board. I fell in love. I’m not a “JOY” or “NOEL” person, so “MERRY” it is. I took a ornament chipboard album that I bought in Michaels dollar spot and went from there. There was so much glitter up in that joint this weekend, I have glitter all over this masterpiece.

Real {Cheap} Housewives of Texas

Look at this sweet, simple deer silhouette. I thought of this idea a while back. When we were in Savannah, a few of the stores we window shopped at had some simple deer silhouettes, some in pictures and some 3D white heads with antlers, you know, something you’d see in a hunter’s house :) I actually had planned on buying some cheap deers from the toy section and spraying them with silver paint, but I forgot to get them. This is my solution for right now.

Remember this awesome piece of work from Pin there. Done that. a few weeks ago

Source: rchotx.com via Tarah on Pinterest

Real {Cheap} Housewives of Texas

When I originally did this, for Savannah’s room, I knew I was going to do the snowflake one as well. Heather and I started talking about what our projects were going to be for Pinterest Party, and she mentioned wanting to do the snowflake as well without any prompting from me. Her and I think way too much alike most days. It’s scary really! She added the glitter to mine and was kind enough to cut out the snowflakes, even after she had some problems with it. I painted the background of the light aqua and white.

 

 

I did this pin and sadly, I can’t find the bag they’re in. It’s a travesty!

and last but not least … this is by far my FAVORITE!

Real {Cheap} Housewives of Texas

LOVE! LOVE! LOOOOOVEEE!!!!

Brittaney and I stood at shop in Canton that had a grab bag deal – $10 for as many wood cut-outs you could fit in a bag. We set out on a mission and succeeded. I also got some shapes and a few “H” cut-outs (my last name initial). Heather and I painted the letters, then I laid it all out to see how it was going to work all glued together. It took some patience and a lot of hot glue, but it is AWESOME! For the life of me, I can not remember the name of the place, but you can’t miss them. They have at least 3-4 booths set up with tons of font cut-outs, shapes, sayings, etc.

Along with these Pin theres, I did start another wreath and started some gift bags. They’re pretty cute and just need to be finished.

A BIG thank you to Aunt Toni for hosting, as always, a wonderful hostess! Also, thank you to Heather for slaving over the Silhouette for hours.

I have some great pictures of all our shenanigans. Maybe I’ll post them. Maybe.

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My Pinterest Party Crafts!

I am just now recovering from our Pinterest Party this past weekend. A full day of shopping at Canton + late nights up laughing + crafting and eating non-stop = a very tired Whitney. BUT– I am so proud of myself. I am getting so much craftier since we started having these Pinterest Parties. I no longer require the help (or at least not as much) to get my crafts done. I no longer just copy what someone else is doing. I actually inspired the other girls to do one of the crafts I did because they all liked it so much!! I am telling you, if you think you aren’t crafty (like I did), then organize a Pinterest Party for you and your friends. It doesn’t have to be a whole weekend, maybe start with just a few hours, but you will learn so much from each other and get inspired. It doesn’t hurt that between all of us (well, between Heather, Tarah, Paige, and Aunt Toni), we basically have a craft store with any and all the supplies we might need. That makes it REALLY easy! Check out all the stuff we made!

I actually did 4 out of the 5 crafts on my PT5 from a couple of weeks ago and then added another item on a whim.

Pinterest Inspiration:

 

My Interpretation:

This was easy, you guys. I bought these wooden letters in Canton, but you could easily use chipboard letters from Hobby Lobby or Joann. Slap some Mod Podge on and cover with glitter and you’re done. I sealed them with spray sealer just to keep the glitter from constantly flaking off…we’ll see if that works. Helpful tip: Spray adhesive + glitter = glitter clumps that can’t be reused/funneled back into the glitter container. Mod Podge is the way to go.

Pinterest Inspiration:

 

My Interpretation:

Again, easy. I used 12×12 cardstock to make the cones, but they aren’t super sturdy. If the foam cones had been on sale (or I had seen the chipboard ones Tarah told me about later) then I would definitely have used those instead. But these will work on my mantle for at least this year. I added the jingle bell and bow on top at the last minute and it definitely made it more festive. :)

Pinterest Inspiration:

Source: etsy.com via Heather on Pinterest

 

My Interpretation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love this little sign. I did not use vinyl letters like I originally thought I might since my sister had her Silhouette handy. I painted one of our many canvases then Mod Podged the letters on. Sure, there are a few wrinkles here and there, but nothing that is super noticeable from a distance. I made one for me, one for my sister, and one for my aunt. How I got roped into doing all 3 I will never know.

Pinterest Inspiration:

 

My Interpretation:

I actually ended up using this tutorial for the ornament wreath and it was super easy and quick. All the girls ended up wanting to make one so there was an impromptu trip made to the town Dollar Tree to stock up on more ornaments and bows (there were balls for days). :) Yes, we are all immature children than like to make jokes about balls.

And take pictures:

Brittaney and Sars sent us this picture from the Dollar Tree with the caption “Oh balls.” The rest of the weekend, there were many, MANY ball jokes. And we laughed every time. Don’t judge.

Pinterest Inspiration:

Source: houzz.com via Heather on Pinterest

 

My Interpretation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I need to wipe off some the excess glitter, but it is a cute sign. The Pinterest picture used battery-operated lights but I am far too lazy/cheap for that. So glitter dots it was. And it will still be cute on my entertainment center. :)

So, it was a busy weekend. And SO much fun. I laughed so hard my stomach hurt and stayed up way later than I have in at least a year (btw, EVERYTHING is funnier at 1:00 am).

Here’s a goofy pic of all of us girls with our crafts. By Sunday, I think we were all delirious and someone thought it would be a good idea to use our wreaths as frames…

I love my girls and our Pinterest weekends and can’t wait for the next party. I realize how lucky I am to have such a good group of friends that enjoy being together and crafting. And that we have husbands that understand our need to get away! I also love that my house is filled with crafts that I made for a fraction of the price you would pay for it in the store.

Linking up at Things I’ve Done Thursday at Bear Rabbit Bear Crafts

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Silhouette Ideas – the final countdown!

This is the last Silhouette ideas post we will have until the contest ends! Have you entered? Have you checked out all the other blogs that joined in on the contest? Those girls have some awesome blogs – you’re missing out if you haven’t looked! Here’s the list one more time – now go follow them!

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Source: allthingsthrifty.com via Heather on Pinterest

Just think of all the things you could stencil…

Source: etsy.com via Heather on Pinterest

A little bit of chalkboard vinyl goes a long way!

Source: iheartorganizing.blogspot.com via Heather on Pinterest

Look how awesome this lampshade is with the flower cutout! (Doesn’t hurt that that is my favorite flower)

Source: thecellardoorstories.blogspot.com via Heather on Pinterest

Brittaney made a similar growth chart – so easy and makes a huge impact on a blank wall.

Source: thistlewoodfarms.com via Heather on Pinterest

I am in love with these etched drinking glasses – these would make great gifts!

 

 

Remember to enter the giveaway tonight – good luck and can’t wait to see who wins! Fingers crossed it’s one of our readers!

Silhouette – tips and tricks

So when I ordered my Silhouette SD a couple of years ago (after I researched and researched and researched), once it arrived at my house, it just stayed in the box. I stared at that box for at least 2-3 months. It is extremely intimidating, and I am just now getting more comfortable with it – but I don’t use mine all that often. I really need to watch all of these videos because I could be doing SO much more with the Silhouette than I am doing.

 

Cutting mats don’t last forever, but you can make them last a little longer using these tips.

Source: joyslife.com via Heather on Pinterest

 

I will be learning how to do this soon! (As soon as I make time to watch the video, that is).

 

 

Basic Silhouette “get started” tips – yeah, I never did this and now I regret it!

 

 

How to import designs into Silhouette Studio (the software that comes with the Silhouette)

Source: vimeo.com via Debi on Pinterest

 

How to convert png files to cutting files – so easy, why haven’t I done this before?

Silhouette in your kitchen!

 

I can never, ever, EVER remember measurements. Even with my smartphone (dumb user), I still have to call my husband and ask him how many quarts are in a gallon, or whatever. I have a mental block against measurements, obviously. This would be so much nicer than my current ghetto fabulous 1980′s magnetic thing I keep on the fridge. Heck, maybe I’ll just silhouette it onto my fridge. Look at that, I just made a new verb. Silhouette.

 

Well, aren’t we fancy? I have dreams of doing this, but I’ve yet to put it into action. Hers look so good!

 

Yes, the Silhouette Cameo has a fabric paint feature. I’m so jealous. These are too cute!

Source: tidymom.net via Kelly on Pinterest

 

I live in a teeny tiny house, so the dog food lives in the kitchen too. We have a white can from IKEA that I love, but now I will love it even more.

 

So freakin’ easy. So freakin’ cute. So freakin’ necessary. I don’t know if you’ve seen my menu board*, but it is not cute like this one :)

 

I have a red Kitchenaid mixer that I love – I think she might be screaming out for polka dots…

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Do not hate, I am merely keeping it real. And yes, this is REALLY on my fridge. Still.

More Silhouette ideas: Kid edition

As if I haven’t already convinced you that you NEED a Silhouette (heck, I’m convincing myself that I need to upgrade – uh oh!), here are some more ideas for the little rugrats in your life. Who knew?!

 

Yes, the Silhouette can do rhinestones. I have never used this feature, but I’ve seen it in action and it looks good!

 

This project was done much like the ones that Whitney made. Wouldn’t this be perfect for a little girl nursery? Sure wish one of my people would have a baby girl!

 

I don’t know of one single kid that would turn down a cool flashlight like this. Imagine being five again, and being able to see the stars on your ceiling at night. Awesome.

 

Yep, the Silhouette can make temporary tattoos. This one serves a practical purpose, but I’ve also seen the temporary tattoos used as part of a Halloween costume! This is a great idea.

Source: etsy.com via Ashlee on Pinterest

 

I saw these pillowcases and immediately thought of my nephew – how adorable would this be in a kids’ room? How simple, and what an impact it makes.

So, have you entered yet?!

Silhouette Ideas – Christmas

Ohhhh, don’t hate me. I know that it is only September, and here in Texas it is still 100°, but if you are planning on making any gifts or decor for Christmas – you know that it’s about time to get started. My work schedule doesn’t allow for much downtime at Christmas so I have to think way ahead! The Silhouette can make your holidays so much easier (and cuter!).

 

Silhouette actually sold the box pattern and frame for this advent calendar – last year a bunch of bloggers decorated them! Maybe they’ll do it again this year? This is my favorite one, by Whipperberry.

 

This was made by our very own housewife Brittaney! She made this last year at our Christmas Pinterest weekend. It took her forever, but it was so worth the time! Maybe if you ask nicely, she and Whitney will give you a step by step on how they made them.

 

This is Whitney’s version of the advent calendar. I love both of them! They both turned out so great – I was very impressed!

 

Tarah and I made these. Two words: Never Again! Very cute, but I will not lie – a TON of work. Math is hard when you haven’t taken a class in a long time – and there is math involved with these bad boys :)

 

 

This would be such a simple, quick gift or decoration – I love the simplicity of this garland!

Follow Friday {7} : Giveaway!

I’ve been urging you to follow all of these blogs that I read and love for the past 6 weeks. Have you been doing that? Well, if not, this would be a GREAT week to start! Why?

We have joined up with a few other blogs to give away a SILHOUETTE CAMEO! This was not sponsored by Silhouette, the machine was not given to us – we purchased it as a large group with our own money. We really love our Silhouettes (I have the Silhouette SD – the Cameo is SO much cooler!) and we know you will too!

Please take a few minutes to visit, like, and follow these blogs. We have all worked really hard on our blogs and we want you to enjoy them and learn from us (even our mistakes)!

Now for the rules {sorry}: The giveaway will run for one week. Must be 18 or older, must be a US resident, and ALL entries will be verified. RCHOTX bloggers are not allowed to enter or win. Sorry, guys! Also, you have to be an awesome person.

Good luck! We would LOVE for one of our RCHOTX readers to win! Don’t worry – it looks like it is going to be a lot of work to enter this contest, but it’s really, really quick.

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Are you ready for this? Our first giveaway!

We told you guys there would be some upcoming giveaways – well, it’s TIME! This Friday, we have partnered with a few other blogs to give away a SILHOUETTE CAMEO! This was not given to us to give away, we all put in our own money to make this happen for one of our awesome readers.

This week, my goal is to showcase some of the projects done with a Silhouette so you can see just how useful it is. This is one contest you definitely want to enter! We are sharing with these other blogs/websites, and I highly encourage you to read/follow them as well – they’re all great girls!

Mindy Maes Market,Tree

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Have fun with these blogs, and keep checking back for giveaway updates!