A Christmas Surprise REVEALED!

25 12 2017

So, I’ve done this thing for my kiddos where I’ve hand made stockings for them.

One of my 18yo daughters came to us a little later in her life, and I wanted to make sure she had a handmade stocking, too.

Unfortunately, life isn’t as simple as it once seemed. My body can no longer do the same things it used to, so it took me longer to get this done. I also had to think outside the box.

I can no longer do the needlework, but I can make my Silhouette Cameo sing and boy did it. Here’s the “symphony” we created together.

There’s a pattern for the stocking. I had my Cameo cut it out for me.

I pulled different files from the Silhouette Design store and created the scene which I cut out of HTV. It’s kind of hard to see it in this picture, but the HTV is glittery πŸ™‚

This was my first HTV project, so I was a little nervous about applying the vinyl to the stocking front. But I watched a lot of videos and did my research. I even cut out test pieces and applied them before I tried this. Luckily, it worked πŸ™‚

The next step was sewing the stocking pieces together so it actually held things. I was nervous, but I managed to get through it and the sewn part turned out better than I thought it would. But I didn’t have very high expectations of myself, so that made it easier πŸ˜‰

Let me just stop here and say, I am not a seamstress. My husband has actually used the words, “I rue the day I bought you that thing.” (Meaning the sewing machine).

After creating the stocking I hand stitched the bling around the top and closed up that top seam (I left it until last to make sure I had enough space for her name. Math and numbers aren’t my strong suit). Last, I added a few sparkly things to the snowflakes and parts of the scene.

She saw it for the first time this morning. The look on her face was worth all the recuts and all the extra rolls of HTV I had to buy because I kept messing up.

She was truly surprised and really liked it.

To me, that’s the best part of Christmas. Giving of yourself and seeing someone’s joy later. And that giving can come in many forms, not just a glittery stocking. AND, even better, it’s something we can do all year.

So Merry Christmas my friends. May you feel the love of those around you and give it freely to those whose paths you cross.

Xoxo

Links to project pieces:

Stocking pattern (there are directions, but I did my own thing.)

Church, Snowflake scroll, Saying

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A Christmas Surprise

21 12 2017

I have one.

But I can’t share it yet πŸ™‚

But I’m pretty excited with how this project came out. I can’t wait to share it πŸ™‚





Not Your Ordinary Christmas Cards

21 12 2017

My husband needed something a little extra special. I looked at what I was working on – files from the Silhouette Design store to make Christmas ornaments.

I made the ornaments.

And cards.

I made the ornaments, as designed and directed, but I did employ some print and cut. I also added a few extra layers to the back of the ornaments for a little more stability.

Then I designed the cards to have the opening cut out to fit the ornament. I also printed off a flat, one layer design that looked like the paper layered design in the ornament. I printed it then cut it out. I didn’t want a blank circle once the recipients removed their ornament. You can kind of see the different stages in this picture.

I affixed the ornament to the card front using some dotto/hermafix temporary adhesive by EK Success. I like this because it holds things in place, but has an easy release and rubs off cleanly.

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Here are the finished cards.

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Thanks for stopping by! xoxo

Links to the projects: Comfort and Joy, Holly and Ivy, Seasons Greetings, Winter Wonderland

Adhesive

 





Christmas Cards Part the Sixth

21 12 2017

Mary at SVG Cuts does such amazing work designing and making so many wonderful and fun things. I LOVE this gingerbread house. I modified it a little because of the paper I was working with. I wanted the brown paper, but it wasn’t as sturdy as I wanted it to be for a box card, so I modified a few things πŸ™‚ I added stickles and used a pearl like pen to finish it off.

I tried not to reuse any of the cards from last year for my husband to take to work, that way there weren’t any duplicates, but I couldn’t resist this one. It’s one of my favorites. It takes a little more time because of all the shading and glitter I added, but it was so worth it in the end πŸ™‚

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This last one is actually a birthday card for a friend who has a birthday this month, but it can be used as a winter/Christmas card just as easily. This image is actually a sketch file from the Silhouette Design Store, but I printed it instead so I could use my copics to color it in. The ovals and scalloped frames are also from the store, as is the little tagΒ  beneath

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo

Links to projects: Gingerbread house, Poinsettia card, Pine Cone, Frames





Christmas Cards the Fifth

21 12 2017

Almost done. Really πŸ™‚

I transitioned to box cards πŸ™‚

The first one I didn’t do too much extra with, but I did shade the red paper on Santa.

The next is from a new kit SVG Cuts released this month. I’m so excited to play with it πŸ™‚ I added in an extra piece (the blue background isn’t part of the file) and did quite a bit of shading on flowers and foliage. This card is super easy, especially if you refrain from the craziness I seem to love πŸ™‚

Links to box cards: Santa, Amaryllis





MRI Results Are In

5 12 2017

I called for the results. I was too nervous to wait much longer. And today was the day the radiology nurse suggested I call if I hadn’t heard anything. So really, I did a pretty good job waiting πŸ™‚

So, the results: The MRI is stable. No change. We still have the same abnormalities we did last year. She did say that the regression we saw could be indicative of autism and suggested we have him evaluated at one of the other clinics there.

A couple of things to note:

First – never ONCE did I think our results would be worse than before. It never crossed my mind. If you read the first blog post about this scan, I was actually a little concerned the opposite would be true. I’m SO grateful that this possibility was not the outcome. I never would have seen it coming.

Second – little man has been on autism watch for the last 6 months or so. So this wasn’t a surprise. We don’t have a name for what’s going on with him, but we have symptoms, and we’ve been treating those almost since the beginning.

Third – our pediatrician and I have already been talking about taking little man and his 6yo brother to the genetics clinic to see if they can find some answers for both boys. I would LOVE to see a brain scan of the 6yo to see if it looks anything like his little brother’s, but they don’t let parents request those πŸ˜‰

So, no miracle brain mending yet, but that’s okay. I’m more at peace with this outcome than either of the other two. I think part of that is just the comfort of knowing that what we’re dealing with hasn’t really changed. And although we don’t know what we’re dealing with exactly, we know the symptoms and we have the services in place to deal with those.

Thanks for coming along on this crazy ride with us.

xoxo





I Could Be a Magician. Pixscan Mat Fixed!

5 12 2017

I have a love/I’m so sad you don’t work relationship with my pixscan mat. And in this relationship, I take comfort in knowing it’s not me. It’s totally the machine. My machine does this annoying little thing where it pulls my pixscan mat in too far while reading the second registration mark. Then it spits the mat out the back. Obviously, this doesn’t work. And the whims of the machine seem tied to updates. It can work well, then after an update, I have this same issue. So I wait.
I know my software is up to date, but yesterday, I remembered my machine had FIRMWARE. I checked to see which version I was on. It was 1.40 I went to the Silhouette America site to see if there might be another version. There was. It was 1.6 – I may have missed firmware update or two.
I updated my machine following the instructions on my screen. It took about 15 minutes and I got to see the screen on my machine change to various pretty colors.
I just tried my pixscan mat and it worked on the first try! I’m so excited πŸ˜€ I haven’t tried again, so I hope it wasn’t a one time thing, but considering it didn’t work at all before, I think my chances are pretty good πŸ˜€
So, if you’re having similar issues with your pixscan mat, this may be a good starting point for you, too πŸ™‚
Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo