Thursday, January 24, 2013

A New Toy--A Silhouette

Despite the fact that I sew more quilts than our family could ever need, I've never considered myself particularly crafty. I mean the crafty/cutesy/DIY/adorableness that you see on so many blogs. I ventured into this new realm just a bit last week. I purchased a Silhouette. This was a big, huge splurge for me. I admit I've wanted one for a long time. I love all the projects people do with them. Since my sewing machine was in the shop for two whole weeks, I devoted much of my free time to this new toy and began my quest to label everything in the house.

This is how I store all my scraps, current projects, etc. For a while I just stuffed my scraps in Ziploc bags, but I love being able to pull the whole box out and sort through it for the perfect scrap. I love having labels for everything too. I made the labels ginormous, which I'm not in love with, but it will do for now until I find the time to remake them. It didn't seem horrible until I stood back and realized I could read them from 100 ft away. It was fun experimenting with the vinyl. I ordered lots of different colors from Expressions Vinyl. They have much cheaper prices than Silhouette, and I haven't had any problems with the quality.



Little Dude and Miss A got a new set of bins for their room as well (all these bins are from the children's dept at Ikea). We give high-5s every time they put their dirty clothes in the bin rather than on the floor. Little Dude actually likes putting his legos away now. The "Cars" box was my very first experiment, excuse the crookedness.

Miss C was thrilled to fill her new bins as well. So far our new system has worked out really nicely.

Finally, I tried my very first freezer-paper stenciled shirt. Again, I went too big on the cutting. It's hard to judge what size I want. I'm just having fun experimenting right now. Despite the fact that the heart is ginormous, Miss A loves her new shirt (because it's pink glitter).

Finally, in other happy news, I was thrilled to check Craftsy Monday night to find that my patterns were listed #1 and #2, plus I was the featured designer. Of course I had to take a screen shot to record it! Thanks to all of you have purchased my patterns! Please remember to join up in the flickr group and share what you are creating with them. I really can't wait to see how you all put your own twist on my designs. Thanks!!


13 comments:

  1. The things your kids need to sort made me chuckle. A whole drawer for strawberry shortcake! At least your daughter knows what she likes.

    All that labeling looks like fun.

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  2. Yay! I bought one too, mine arrived yesterday! I can't wait to see what other things you do. It's all a bit overwhelming for me at the moment, but i did buy it mainly for freezer paper stencilling. Could I ask which fabric paint you used and whether you would recommend it?

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  3. Oh no - now I need one, too! I love all your ikea bins with the labels. I use the same thing in my sewing space for scraps.

    Congratulations on your patterns - they really are awesome.

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  4. Oh, I would have so much fun with this!

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  5. You can also use that machine to cut out applique pieces of fabric to make more quilts! I think the bins look fabulous with the bigger letters on them. I would not redo them.

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  6. We have some bins like that from IKEA for the boys' room. Our labels are pictures I printed from the Internet and taped on with packing tape. Your labels are much cuter :) BTW, I've been thinking about you a lot this week.

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  7. What a fun new toy! I'm in the market for some shallow drawers, and I think I'll take a look at those. I need some serious organizing around here.

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  8. I have been considering buying one too! i know you can cut fabric on the Silhouette too. You'll have to teach me how to use it if I get it! :) Right now my Cricut will do though. :)

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  9. What a fun toy! Congratulations you deserve it you patterns are beautiful!.

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  10. I love the way you store your scraps and current projects! I'm going to remember that for when I have a bigger house... :D

    It's great that you're having so much fun with your new toy! :)

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  11. Great purchase, sure you'll have loads of fun with it!

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  12. So cute!! One hint I've used is to use a pen holder and a pen to draw out the design first on some printer paper. Then you can get an idea of the size, but aren't wearing out the blade or using up good paper/vinyl/fabric/whatever. I bought my pen holder from Chomas Designs but I am pretty sure there are cheaper ones out there. I found this out right after I ordered mine, of course.

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  13. These are great leeetle "toys" the Silouettes. I had one, but...It wasn't user friendly enough for my dinky brain. =) I gave to my daughter and son-in-law (those more technically smart)and they LOVE it!

    hugZ,
    annie

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