Another Silhouette Project

As I have said in past posts, we really enjoy our boating trips to Homossasa.
But, as much as I enjoy it, I got tired of hearing The Capt. complain because he didn’t have a bigger engine. He only has a Mercury 90 but he wants a 115.

Personally, I feel that the engine we have is perfect for our light aluminum boat, but, apparently it is a ” guy thing“!

Every time we are in the boat, he points out all of the 115 hp engines. I must admit, there are a lot of them. The only reason he wants a bigger engine is because everyone else has one.

I could not justify spending the money for a new engine when we had a perfectly good one, so I came up with another way to solve the problem!

Upon further investigation of our engine, I realized that the numbers on it were just stickers.


I looked up some pictures of the Mercury 115 engines.


Then picked a font that matched and made some stickers with Oracal permanent vinyl and my Silhouette cameo. I removed the 90 stickers and replaced it with the 115 stickers that I made and Presto! New engine!




That was a cheap fix, for a while anyway!


Wedding Gift

My kid’s cousin was getting married and even though I couldn’t make it to the wedding, I wanted to give them something that would be a keepsake.
After a lot of searching on Pintrest, I decided to use my new Silhouette Cameo to make some special pillowcases. I just love this saying, as a matter of fact, I have it hanging on my bedroom wall.



I was so pleased with how they turned out that I decided to experiment a little bit more with my Silhouette . When I bought it, it was a bundle package which included sketch pens. Since I had some light gold shimmery card stock from another project, I figured I could make a really nice card so that I can add my own message.
Also, I wanted to give them some money as well, so I thought this would be a special way to do that.




You can Google origami clothes to find all kinds of instructions and styles to make these for yourself.

My daughter was there when the groom- to- be opened the gift and she said it was a big hit.

A special note: the sketch pens worked fine for this project, but since then, when I have used them for a project, they don’t always work good, they skip a lot.

It Has Been A Long Time

I’ m back!
I know, I know, it has been a long time since I have posted anything.
As you know, I have dedicated my blog, this year, to challenges. Well, with all of the changes and updates to the apps and operating systems I use, it has been a real challenge for me to even blog.
I have been very busy this summer with mini trips and visits with the kids and grandkids, I will post pictures soon, I promise. What little free time I had was spent learning and playing with my Silhouette Cameo. We still have some kids and grandkids coming for Halloween and one more trip planned in November to celebrate our 30th anniversary, but I do have a break in our busy schedule so I have decided to challenge myself to figure out all of the changes that occurred so that I can get back to blogging.
I have so much to show you but I thought I would start out with some Silhouette projects that I have done.

We went to Homosassa, FL several times this year, it has become our favorite place to go with the boat. I decorated a few shirts with HTV for one of our trips. I love the way they turned out.


I have seen lots of laptop stickers on Pintrest and decided to make one for my MacBook Air.

And finally, my mailbox needed to be updated, half of the sticky numbers that we had on it were missing. I decided to try some outdoor vinyl and I love it! ( sorry, but I had to hide my address for security reasons. You understand, right!)


It feels good to be back!


It was quite a challenge learning the ins and outs of the Silhouette software.
Lucky for me there are lots of sweet ladies and tutorials out there to help me figure things out as I go.

We are heading to New England for the birth of our 9th grandchild and I always like to bring a gift with me
for each of the grandkids.

I decided that it would be cute to make a cape for each of the 2 younger boys. Along with the capes, I couldn’t resist
making them a matching T-shirt and mask.

So, without further adieu, here are my 1st Silhouette Cameo Projects!











So, do you think the boys will like them?


Last week was so full of challenges for me that I didn’t even get to write about it. 
My week started off with me being so dizzy that I couldn’t even get off of the couch until about Wednesday. 
I suffer from vertigo, but I don’t think that that was my only problem. I am convinced that my sinuses were reeking havoc with me due to all of the pollen in the air. 
Years ago, when I couldn’t get rid of the dizziness, an Ear, Nose and Throat Speacialist had me lay back with my head lower than my shoulders and turned my head to one side and then the other and when I sat back up, my dizziness was gone. He said that calcium deposits sometimes get lodged in the ear canal and that is what causes the vertigo. 
When I did a google search for ” how to get rid of dizziness” , I came across a lot of YouTube videos showing how to do that maneuver, it is called the Epley maneuver.
The Capt. and I watched the video several times and then he helped me to do it on each side. I was not cured, but it was greatly improved and I was able to walk around and get stuff done without feeling off balanced and dizzy. 
My valentine gift arrived in the mail and that was my other challenge and is still challenging me!  
I got a Silhouette Cameo and the software is very different from anything that I have used before. 
Since I was confined to the couch for most of the week, I took advantage of the situation and started searching for tutorials for using the silhouette. 
There were no detailed instructions included with the machine but I found an instruction manual online that explains things and also gives examples. 
Now, this brings me to a new challenge, where to get the vinyl?
As for the fitness challenge between the Capt. and I, we had to postpone that for a week because as he put it “ I am a dizzy blonde“! I was very disappointed because yesterday was supposed to be the final weigh in and I was picturing Linda and I doing the victory dance. 
Linda was very supportive though, and texted me some motivation. 






Monday, March 3 is the new ” final weigh in” date and I will keep you posted on the outcome. 
Also, my first silhouette project will be making the shirts for the losing team.