Serving up Memories

The progress on the kitchen continues.

When I was looking for ideas on wall decore I came across this



I knew I needed one for my kitchen. I didn’t think I wanted it on a big wall and my entire backplash is white tile so I chose above the window over the sink.



I saved the silhouette file in case you want to make your own. You can find it HERE. I used Trajan Pro for everything but the name, for that I used FlemishScript BT, both of which should be available at If you mak e one, let me know, I’d love to see it!


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Split Initial

You already know how much I love my Silhouette cutter, I mean, I’ve talked about it here, here and here but the truth is, I am not actually that good with the software.

I mean, I luuuv Photoshop and can do lots of tricks with it but I am finding the learning curve on the Silhouette software to be steeper. It actually isn’t that complicated, I just haven’t had the time to learn like I did when I first discovered Photoshop a few years ago.

Anyway…I found this really cool tutorial on Pinterest to make a split initial (I didn’t even know what that was but now I see them everywhere):

I think I learn better when there is practical application so I knew the basics (grouping, welding, etc.) on the software but didn’t have a good way to apply…until now.

So I watched the video a few times then made this:


then put it here:

I applied it to a window frame I have decorated and hung in my kitchen

I applied it to a window frame I have decorated and hung in my kitchen

It was super easy and fun to make. Nope, that’s not what I meant to say, ‘cuz if I happen to give you one as a gift (which I am already planning for an upcoming family wedding — you know who you are!) I want you to think I labored intensely over your one-of-a-kind gift.

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Jr.’s Dresser

I have a kid who’s room often looks like the closet threw up clothes all over the room. There is no other explanation of how the floor can be clean in the morning and by early evening it looks like a disaster.

The other day he counted and discovered he owns 84 t-shirts, well no wonder the room looks like it does, who can keep 84 t-shirts folded and neat? (Just so you don’t judge me too harshly…I didn’t buy all those t-shirts. Many of them were freebies but 84 feels like hoarding!)

He didn’t even have a dresser to keep them (or anything else) in. So, we went to Craig’s list to find a cheap one.

This is what we found:

the dresser - beforeI knew I was going to paint it so I didn’t have too high of standards. I did fork out $50 which was probably high but I couldn’t live with the laundry explosion state of his room much longer.

I decided to try another project with spray paint.

I discovered a few downsides to spray painting this project:

1. Spray Paint projects have to be done outside. Normally that wouldn’t be a problem but this summer North Carolina is very similar to a rain forest so any project outside seems to be interrupted by the rain. So, I spent about twice as long expected on this.,

2. Spray Paint on this veneer resulted in a soft finish which meant it was easy to scuff the surface.

3. While Spray Paint comes in a lot of colors, it doesn’t come in every color so I had to go with what was closest rather than having regular paint matched.

4. I am not very good at spray painting. I didn’t wait long enough between coats. I sprayed too fast, too close and too heavily. I should have watched more Youtube videos and taken my time.

The upside:

1. Spray painting is kind of fun.

2. This was just cheap veneer on part of the dresser so I don’t even know what I would have had to do to prepare the surface for regular paint.

So, the finished project looks like this:

The dresser - afterFor the Braves logo I used my Silhouette cutter, blew the A up and cut it out in pieces then put it on the drawers like this:???????????????????????????????

There was some overspray on the drawers and I am still thinking about cutting the A out in red vinyl and putting it over that A but right now Jr. likes it and there are quite a few less t-shirts laying around his room, so I guess mission accomplished.

So here it is before/after:


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Front Door Vinyl

My Silhouette cutter is a great tool!

You just have to go on Pinterest to find TONS of ways to use a cutter.

A few people have suggested I make money with it, you know, cut images and throw them up on Etsy.

I always respond in my best Harry Connick, Jr.  voice – not really but I do quote him when I hear this suggestion — so imagine it,

“You’re talking about the American Dream. You find something you love then you twist it. You torture it; trying to find a way to make money at it. You spend a lifetime doing that. And at the end, you can’t find a trace of what you started out loving.”

That is so true, so my silhouette remains a source of my own entertainment, that’s all.

So, why is it a cool tool?

It has no limits, I can use any font, it will trace images from jpgs, pngs, gifs, etc. Actually, the only limitation I have found so far is my own knowledge.


Get it? It’s a font joke.

I already blogged about my laptop skin. I have moved on since then and created a different skin.

But the latest project came from seeing this:family name

Cool Right?

I wanted that in my house. But when I typed out my name with that font I realized that wasn’t at all me. The longer I thought about it the more I decided it was like picking a font for my house and that was the wrong one. (See, working for a Graphic Designer for the last two years has rubbed off)!

So I came up with this:

Here it is up close: front-door2

Eventually I landed on Birmingham for the font, and Bergamot for the doo-dad.

So, there you have it, just another reason why my Silhouette vinyl cutter is a cool tool.

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My own Lap Top skin

I have been thinking about how many ways I can list my vinyl cutter as a tool to blog about my projects. I really just need the blog post to host my pictures and project details to show off what the fun I am having with my Silhouette SD cutter.

I’d been thinking about my own design for my lap top. The thing is, I am not a designer. So, I pretty much had to see something I liked, then re-create it. When I couldn’t find something I loved, I thought, what’s the difference? It’s only vinyl, I can change it as often as I like.

If you search laptop skin on Pinterest, there isn’t much there that you can make yourself.  I did a blog search and still didn’t find much of skin people had made of their own.

So I went to my freebie file — the file of word freebies I’d downloaded over the years and found this:

rpenn expressyourself_dreambig

I also had a flower from the Silhouette Site.

I cut it all out but decieded to take off the flourishes because they were too detailed to pull out of the vinyl.

I threw it all together and it turned out like this:


Now that I look at it on my post it’s a little boring, but it is better than it was before. I will keep updating as I find better designs. If you have suggestions or you’ve pimped your own laptop,  I’d love to see them.

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