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The silhouette cuts fabric!

I have wanted to try cutting fabric with my silhouette for awhile.  The motivation and the deadline came together last week with the Silhouette Challenge and a request from my 3 year old.  This month 44 people have signed up to participate!  After you are done here go and check it out.  Many of the projects, even mine, can be done without a silhouette machine.  The silhouette just makes it a little easier and more fun because who doesn’t love a great tool?! Links will be at the bottom of my post.

SilhouettechallengecollageIn November, my middle son had to be rushed to the ER with a gash on his head after a crash into the corner of the counter in our kitchen.  Three staples and a teddy bear later and he was home healing and healthy.  His youngest brother loved the teddy bear that his older brother got at the ER.  Since then every time my youngest has had an inkling of being sick he has asked to go to the ER to get a teddy bear.  We keep telling him that he doesn’t want to be that sick(and isn’t that sick) but he just wanted his own teddy bear. The teddy bear is a simple pattern – just two pieces of fabric sewn together so I told him I would make him one and plotted to use my silhouette to cut the pattern out.  It worked!  Though not without a little trial and error.  First I had to create my silhouette cut file.  I tried tracing a few patterns but I just got a bunch of bumpy lines.  Finally, I found a bear silhouette instead of a pattern that gave me a clean trace.  I let my son pick out the color flannel that he wanted me to use.  I ironed freezer paper(used as a removable stabilizer for the fabric) to the back of the red flannel he chose, stuck it to my mat, and set it to cut my design on the low thin cotton fabric setting.  And it didn’t cut the fabric at all.  I tried to run it through for a second cut but my mat slipped and went all crazy and still didn’t cut the fabric.  It just scratched it up and weakened it so I decided to start over with a new piece of fabric and the thicker fabric cut setting.  teddybearfreezerpaperThis time it worked like a charm.  So remember- a lightweight flannel is not a light cotton fabric and use the higher setting.

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It cut cleanly for the most part.  I just had to clip one small area with scissors.

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I continued to make mistakes of the silly variety.  IE I should have embroidered the face at this point before sewing it up.  And my sewing isn’t spectacular.  But my 3 year old doesn’t care.

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I had him help me stuff the bear and pick the colors for his eyes, nose, and mouth.  Then I sewed him up and gave him his new bear.  He loves him and we are both happy that he no longer wants an ER visit.

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So that’s it.  That’s how easy it is to cut fabric with your silhouette!  The freezer paper worked as an excellent stabilizer that left no residue.  Just make sure you get freezer paper and not wax or parchment paper.  I love it for stencils too.  Now go check out some other awesome projects!  I know I will.

  1. No-Sew Valentine’s Day Pillows by A Tossed Salad Life
  2. No-Sew Interchangeable Fabric Bunting by unOriginal Mom
  3. Monogrammed Burlap Garden Flag by The Turquoise Home
  4. Crawl, Walk, Bike by It’s Always Craft Time
  5. Freezer Paper Stenciled Tote Bags by Weekend Craft
  6. DIY Bleach Spray Shirt by Practically Functional
  7. Stenciling Sherlock by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
  8. Felt Star Wands by Cutesy Crafts
  9. Yoda Kid’s T-Shirt by Architecture of a Mom
  10. Mark Your Territory- Dog Flags by Black and White Obsession
  11. Nautical Pillows by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
  12. Big Sister Gift & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
  13. Nerdy Baby Onesies + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
  14. Easy Easter Bunny Onesie – Silhouette Cameo Craft by Adventures in All Things Food & Family
  15. Fabric Envelopes for LEARNING LETTERS! (& cut file) by From Wine to Whine
  16. “Good Morning, Sunshine!” Memo Board by Tried & True
  17. Hearts-A-Lot Burlap Pillow Cover by My Paper Craze
  18. Baby Quilt by Dragonfly & Lily Pads
  19. Surprise Holiday Banner by Whats Next Ma
  20. “Team Betty” Tote Bag by The Thinking Closet
  21. DIY Sock Minion by Create it. Go!
  22. Pretty Up Some Organza Bags by Getsilvered
  23. Easy Heart Appliqued Onsies by Create & Babble
  24. Bleach Pen Gel & Freezer Paper Stencils Made with the Silhouette Machine by Bringing Creativity 2 Life
  25. Valentines Baby Onesie & Boy’s Shirt + Free Cut Files by The Frill of Life
  26. Valentine’s OWL Always Love You T-shirt by My Favorite Finds
  27. DIY Screen Printed Curtains by Chicken Scratch NY
  28. Fabric Painted Quilted Wall Hanging by Terri Johnson Creates
  29. Glitter Iron-On Top by Simply Kelly Designs
  30. DIY Monogrammed T-shirts with Silhouette Heat Transfer Material by Pitter and Glink
  31. Birthday Challenge by Fadville
  32. Machine Applique with SIlhouette Cameo by The Sensory Emporium
  33. Fabric Applique Valentine’s Day T-Shirt by DailyDwelling
  34. “Cute as Cupid” shirt by crafts, cakes, and cats
  35. Sew Cute Applique by Life After Laundry
  36. Rhino Onesie by It Happens in a Blink
  37. Upcycled Birchbox Cameo Accesory Organizer by Cupcakes&Crowbars
  38. Customizing textiles with Heat Transfer Vinyl (working title) by feto soap
  39. Easy Fabric Art by McCall Manor
  40. Lady Bug Tote Bag with Silhouette Rhinestones by Ginger Snap Crafts
  41. Mommy and Em’s Coordinated Aprons by TitiCrafty
  42. Canvas sketch project and a share by Clever Someday
  43. Foxy Lady Pajamas by Mabey She Made It
  44. Teddy Bear by Work in Progress

 

Progress and Nonprogress

My current daily goals are:

Walk a mile a day- this week I walked 2.5 miles

Read my scriptures- I did this everyday 🙂

Write on this blog- Obviously not every day yet…

Maintain the cleanliness of my house(dishes and laundry mainly)-

I did it! I even got a deeper clean in on Friday.

My bigger/longer term goals are:

Get my crafty business going- I need to blog more and facebook more and post more items for sale.  I am participating in a bloghop with Silhouette Challenge tomorrow so that might get some traffic here.  🙂 HI!

Get my teaching license- I took two of the three tests that I need to take!  yay! Hopefully, I passed them both.  My brain wasn’t working so well by the end of the second test.

Declutter and organize my house/do the finishing detail projects- I kept it maintained and did a deeper clean on Friday(kitchen counter finally cleared!).  If I can keep it to the Friday level of cleanliness  and declutter from there I will be on my way.  I made a list of jobs that need to be done if we want to show the house.  We didn’t have time to do one this week because of the 8 hours of teaching tests that I took yesterday.

Learn to draw- I have the books from the library I just need to take the time to be inspired by them.  I should make this a daily goal. It is something I can do with my boys because they love to color.  Let’s move it to that list for next week.

Overall I am proud of my progress.  I need to recommit myself to some of my goals(walking and blogging) but you know what I did everything more than once this week and that’s twice more than I used to do it.  So it’s progress and I’m sticking to it. 🙂

 

 

 

One organizing tool

A year ago or so, I found this tutorial from A Girl Loves Glam for an organization board.  I found a corkboard at the thrift store for three bucks and decided to make an organization board out of it.  The corkboard side ended up being too damaged to use so I turned it around and used the other side of it instead.  I took apart the frame and turned the backside to the front.  Then I added frames and ribbon and velcro command strips to hold up frames, a grocery list, and a cup full of pens.  I put the pens at the top so that my kids would not get into the permanent dry erase pens.

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I made routine charts underneath to get my kids to be ready in time for school in the morning.  I am working on new ones right now that I will post next Monday.

I mostly love this organization board.  It has a checklist for cleaning, a removable grocery list, a menu planning frame, a to do list, and a calendar, as well as a place for quick action papers.  I place things there like field trip permission slips and such.  This is a great example of my slobvision though.  Seeing a picture of this I realize how cluttered it looks with that huge stack of papers on the front.  I need to slim those down to just the essentials.  See people, even my organization is cluttered!  It’s just who I am! I’m working on it! 🙂

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I’ve decided that the cleaning checklist does not work for me.  I am so resistant to structure!  I love to make lists and then ignore them.  I never use the cleaning check list. I will be exchanging the cleaning schedule for a second month calendar.  It drives me crazy when I start getting to the end of a month and things need to be scheduled for the next month and I have nowhere to write them.  I love love love having a calendar here.  And I love that I can add to it with the dry erase pens whenever needed.  Instead of the check off chore chart for myself I will just use the customizable to do list frame.  I can make my cleaning goals on a daily basis that way and I won’t feel the pressure of the chore chart.  It is so silly that I can’t work with the check list. I’m not even sure how the to do list is different but it seems to work better for me and my crazy brain.  Maybe I like it better because I can just erase any chore I want to avoid really easily.  Then it’s like it was never even there! Insert evil laugh here.  OK back to work.  I’ll go through that pile of papers now and post a new photo after! 🙂