Random Ramblings: December 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 PROJECTS ... a few of my favorites

     I know that I was not very productive in sharing much on this blog in 2013 and I plan to work on that for 2014.  But I keep seeing on several of my favorite blogs that they are sharing thier "BEST OF 2013..." So I thought I could maybe at least share a few from 2013 that I did share with you.  What do you say.. want to join me for a little look back on 2013.  

I was super ready to tackle PROJECT LIFE in January.

The FRUIT SALSA I made for Chloe's 3rd birthday party was super yummy!  



I loved the DIY CANVAS PRINT I made.  I can't wait to make more this year.  I have a list of several I want to make.  

The CELL PHONE VALENTINE'S I made were so much fun and the kids loved them.  I need to start thinking about this years Valentine's.  

The front door WELCOME SIGN I made at the old house, just before we ended up moving.  On  my list is a new one in white for this house.  

The BUNNY TREAT BAGS were so much fun to use.  Man I love my silhouette.  :)  These were on our Easter table this year and I filled them with candy.  I love the added cotton ball for the tail.  

When we MOVED.. I plan to share pictures of the rooms that I shared empty in this post.  :) 

DIY ZEBRA PAINTED NAME for miss Chloe's room are still one of my favorites.  I am currently working on painted names for the boys room too.  

I hadn't made a card in so long and this HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARD I made my husband for his birthday 


DIY CANVAS WALL ART I did for the boys room. 

A favorite recipe of ours is CRAB TOSTADAS.

The TEACHER CARD SETS I made for the kids teachers for Christmas. 


Here are a few, or several of my favorite posts from 2013.  I can't wait to share more into 2014.
Hope everyone has a great New Years Eve.  We are going to have some meatball sandwiches for dinner, then a chocolate cake with cool whip and strawberries.  Then at midnight we will toast with some sparkling cider, then head to bed... Here is to hoping we can all stay awake until midnight lol.  

See you in 2014!!!

~NICOLE

Monday, December 30, 2013

VINYL WATER BOTTLES

I have a slight obsession with vinyl.  I feel the need to add vinyl to anything and everything lately. I swear everywhere I go if I see something that catches my eye, I think to myself how can I add vinyl to this and what would I add...  I guess that is just how my crafty mind works lol.  
Well about a month or two ago, me and the kids were at the Dollar store and I cam across some colored bottles.  Instantly I knew they were perfect for adding some vinyl of some kind to them.  My first thought was to add the kids names to them, and that is exactly what I did. 
This is the bottles when I brought them home from the store.  
Fun colorful bottles, that will be more fun with some vinyl on them.   


I figured out what designs I wanted to put on each of their bottles and laid it out in my silhouette software.  I measured the area on the bottles so I knew how big I could make my designs without it coming off the bottle.  


The boys were getting a dirt biker design and Chloe got a butterfly.  


Then just like the wall vinyl sticker I used the contact paper and transfered the designs to each bottle.  
They are not perfectly straight as I am sure you can see, but the bottle had a curve in it which made the designs not lay straight on them, but hey they kids don't care, they just loved their new personalized bottles.  
This is little Jacob's bottle.




This is Caleb's bottle. 



And this is miss Chloe's bottle.  



The kids love them and Chloe used hers for water to take to dance class with her... that is until I dropped it at dance class and broke a hole in the bottom. I need to make her a new one now.  

I think it is so much fun to personalize things for the kids and they love it too.  Look how just adding thier names to the cheap dollar store bottles really made it so much more fun.  Perfect for kids ! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

~NICOLE

Sunday, December 29, 2013

VINYL WALL STICKER



I love the look of the vinyl wall stickers on walls.  Don't you?  Just adds a pop of WOW to a room I think.  It is a little something fun.
I mean who as a kid didn't love to put stickers anywhere and everywhere, I know I did. So now we are just dealing with the grown up adult version of a sticker.  Nothing glittery and shiny, but a quote that means something to you.  
So that being said I did not want to spend some of the high end amounts I have seen for large vinyl wall quotes.  I mean I have seen them up in the high $40s.
So instead I wanted to just make my own.  I mean since I do have a HIGH love of vinyl and all, why not.  

So I started with a quote which I LOVE. 

"Life is not measured by the amount of breaths we take, but the moments that take our breath away".  

I have always loved this quote.  So it was easy to pick what I wanted on the wall.  I knew exactly where I wanted it too.  
So I opened up my silhouette software and picked a font I love and wrote out the quote. 
I made sure that my paper size was the same as the size of the sheet of vinyl I had, and same with the length.  

I also highlighted the entire quote and welded it together so that all the letters that connect would cut as one piece instead of each letter cutting out, and possibly cutting up some of the other letters.  
Next I made sure my settings were set to cut vinyl and made sure my blade was on the correct setting as well.  


Then my silhouette cameo did its own magic and cut the vinyl, just like it was slicing through butter.  Have I mentioned how much I really LOVE my silhouette.  Well in case I haven't I am telling you again.  


The next step was cutting the two lines apart, and then a little task called weeding.  This is when you take off all the extra vinyl around the letters and all the little pieces inside some of the letters, like the inside of an "a"..  It isn't a hard task, but you need to be careful because something the little lines, like the crossing of the t, like to lift up too.  I used these little pointy tweezers to help get the job done.  

Next I cut my transfer paper and stick it right over the words.  ( note : I use clear contact paper now instead of transfer paper... works exactly the same and I can get a huge roll of it for around $4.00)  
I take my scrapper tool and run it over this a few times to make sure the vinyl is secure to the contact paper.  

Then I went to the wall.  I took off the backing of the vinyl so the front of the letters were just on the contact paper and the back was the sticky part, just like a sticker.
I laid it out (several times) to make sure it was as straight as I could it .  I debated many times if I wanted it all as one long line, or two lines when it was on the wall. In the end I went with the two lines.  
Once it is where I wanted it, I took my handy dandy scrapper again and rubbed it all over the contact paper several several times with a heavy hand. I really wanted it to stick to the wall.  Once it was stuck to the wall I slowly began to peel off the contact paper. In some of the small detailed spots I needed to press it into the wall for some added stick.  
After I got all of the contact paper peeled off, I went over it with my hand and pressed it firmly against the wall as well.  




Yes I realize it isn't perfectly straight, but in the end I am OK with that. :) 

This is in our living room above the couch.  When we moved here in May the first thing I hung up were these three frames.  I knew I wanted a scroll metal wall thing for above the frames, and when I started thinking about the vinyl quote I knew I wanted it right here under the frames.  
On another note I really can't wait to paint in this room at some point this year. I will just cut the same quote from white I think so it stands out against the tanish/brownish color I want to paint the walls.  

Do you have any vinyl wall stickers on your walls?  Have you ever made your own?  

Thanks for stopping by!
~NICOLE


Saturday, December 28, 2013

TEACHER CARD SETS


I love making card sets for people as gifts.  Who doesn't love getting cute cards they can send to people.. I know I love getting cards.
So earlier in the year when I was thinking about what I was going to do for the boys teachers this year for Christmas, I knew one gift was definitely going to be a set of cards.  
I debated back and forth with myself on if I was going to make all the cards the same or a bunch of different ones.  In the end I decided to just do all the same.  
I have a ton of blank white cards that my mom gave me, so I started with those as my base.  I knew I wanted them to have some what of a teacher/school feel to them.
So I had no real plan in mind, just started pulling paper from my stash.
I cut the red paper to fit so there was a big white border around it, but on the top I left it longer so I could fold it over the top, with a ripped look.  Ripping paper was one of my favorite ways to add paper on my scrapbook pages many many years ago lol.
Then I took a Becky Higgins Project Life grid card and tucked it under the folded top edge of the red paper.  
I cut out all the apples with my silhouette.  
I have a big scalloped circle punch that I have had for many many years, so I cut those out in black, then embossed them with some circle bubbles.
I then decided to add some twine to the top of the red folded flap.  I swear I can't make anything without twine, it just adds that something extra.
I then cut out the yellow stars with my silhouette too.  
I placed the black circle towards the bottom of the grid card and pop dotted the red apple in the middle of that.  The starts were added and it gave it just enough color pop that it needed.  Then last I added the ruler washi tape ( which I have no idea where I got lol ).  
Then I sat and looked at it and thought it just needed one last finishing touch, so I drew dash lines around the red and the white paper and it was exactly what it needed.  
I LOVE how the cards came out .  I made each teacher 6 cards. 
I wish when I wrapped them up I would have taken a picture, they looked so nice in the little boxes with clear tops. ( I used boxes from Christmas cards I had bought, but decided not to send out ) They fit perfectly in the box and looked like I bought them at the store. 

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my teacher card sets.  

~NICOLE

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS 2013



MERRY CHRISTMAS 
an
HAPPY NEW YEA!!!

from Our Family to Yours.  
Here is to wishing you a very happy holiday tomorrow.  I hope your day is filled with many happy blessings and lots of laughter.  

~NICOLE


Sunday, December 22, 2013

HOME PROJECTS GOAL FOR 2014



I know I tried this once before, and never kept up with it.  But now I am going to try this again.  We are in a new house this year and I have a lot of ideas and projects I want to do with the new house.  
So my goal for this list is to get all or most of them accomplished this year.  I am a list maker and I love crossing the done things off the list.
I am hoping that sharing the list with you will help me make a much better effort of blogging this coming year, and help me actually follow through on all my project ideas.  I tend to start a million projects at once and not always finish all or any of them...  What can I say, I get so excited about all my to do projects that I want to do them all at once then I have so many going on I get overwhelemed and can't decide which one to work on so I just don't work on any.. Oh yes this has been a long time problem of mine.  BUT I am working on changing that this year, and hopefully with the prospect of blogging about each project will help me work on this bad habit of mine.  :) 
Then my ultimate goal for this list is to blog about each project and then link everything in this list to the blog post about the project.
I am looking forward to the new year coming and a fresh start for another year. I am determined to make 2014 a good year.  I have many goals set, not just for projects around the house but personal and financial goals as well.
Now on to my HOME PROJECT GOALS FOR 2014


FRONT YARD

√ make stone path from walkway to end of yard
√ plant grass
√ plant flowers and greenery in front planter
√ put bark in planter areas

LIVING ROOM

√ add turquoise and blue colors to the room
√ pillows for the couches and chair - make
a large canvas print for about the tv stand  √ Made a wood sign with turqouise instead
metal scrolly for above the black and white canvas – hobby lobby
metal bowl for the coffee table with decorative balls inside – hobby lobby
√ fill the picture frames above the couch with pictures of the kids
next to the table at the front door – 3 large canvas black and white prints of the kids
new curtains when add color to the room
paint the living room brownish/tanish color
make 2 fake fern arrangements to replace the dead ones
dark turquoise blanket for the couch – target
greenery on the fireplace
canvas wall art to add color 
√ new vinyl welcome sticker for the front door

KITCHEN/DINING ROOM

curtain for the backyard door
√ fix the curtains above the sink and sliding glass door
wood cutting board to leave on the counter
glass cutting board
get a toaster
get a keurig coffee maker
screen for the sliding glass door
paint the kitchen
√ hutch table for the tv wall
framed photographs for above the hutch table
√ new tv
bean bag chairs for the kids for infront of the tv

HALLWAY

paint
get new black frames
update pictures in frames
√ hang the wood height chart back up

KIDS BATHROOM

paint the walls grey
framed pictures of the kids in the bathtub
paint the cabinets white

JACOB AND CALEB’S ROOM

paint it light brown/tanish color
dirt bike tire tracks painted on the walls
make a dirtbike wood sign
rug that matches the room – target
paint edge of bulletin board
shelves above their beds
clip light attatched to each of their beds
install a fan

CHLOE'S ROOM

zebra rug
black and zebra curtains
√ put pictures in the frames
paint dresser black
paint desk black
install a fan
paint other nightstand back to black
paint room – bottom half turquoise
zebra border around walls
get another small black bookcase for under the window

OUR MASTER BEDROOM AND BATHROOM

√ new comforter
√ new curtains to match comforter 
framed pictures of the kids – 3 on each side of the bigger window – white frames
shelves on each side of the bed
make some canvas wall art to match colors
paint frame around mirror
paint cabinets

BACKYARD
√ plant  a garden
plant some grass
swingset for the kids
fence off a dog area
lay more cement area

~NICOLE