First Etsy Sale!

So i posted here about finally getting an Etsy site up… so of course i am STOKED about my first TWO sales! I sold two sets of the 10 Spice labels… she wanted 22 of them so i threw in the 2 extra for free.. yea, I’m generous like that.

Of course i had to make some fun pretty packaging labels ūüôā My handwriting is horrible so of course i used my oh so lovely silhouette to write out labels with fun frames. Don’t mind the blur… privacy is obviously muy importante.

I also included a matching step by step guide for how to instal them. Isn’t it cute?!

Thanks Edna Mode (yes, that is a fake name, shes not really a superhero costume designer). Today will be marked in history forever. Bam.

-Rachel

DIY Nursery Canvas

A friend of mine is pregnant with her first baby, a lil girl named Finley Gray (how cute is that?!) Anyway, i wanted to make something for their nursery and just started creating. I knew the nursery had grey walls so i decided to have the canvas stay mostly white so it would pop. They also arent the typical pink and purple type of parents (yay!) so i decided to pick out some paper with different fun colors, feminine patterns and write out “Finley Gray” in the paper. Of course i decided to use the Silhouette to cut them out or else it would have looked like a 5 year old made it. Not exactly the look i was going for. And i went with Amy Butler paper (got it at michael’s like 50 years ago) because i just adore her patterns.

So i started out by making the page setting as large as the canvas – 20X16 so that i could see what the final product would look like. Once i found the font i liked, i made it the size id like – just slightly going off the edges of the canvas.

Once i had the letters the size i wanted, i made a separate page set at 12X12 and put random letters and a flower on it. I used maybe 4 or 5 different types of paper so that the letters would be different colors and patterns. I cut out more letters than i needed just so i could play with it a little bit and see which colors i really loved.

Then i got to cutting:

Once they were all cut out and ready to go I placed them on the canvas and moved them around until they were exactly where i had in mind. I thought again about painting the canvas before i started to put the letters on it but I just liked the simplicity and it would be over complicated if i added more colors.

Initially started glueing them down with an extra strength glue stick. I knew i would be painting over the whole thing with a clear glaze so i didn’t think it would matter. It did. Didn’t work out too well. So i just went straight to a mod podge type of adhesive to stick them down. That work well so i went through and stuck them all down like that. When coating the whole thing, i had never tried paper on canvas and i wasn’t too sure what would work. So i started off with mod podge. BAD idea! It made the letter start warping and wrinkling badly. (can you tell which letter i messed up?!) I didnt a little online research and found out that acrylic medium works the best. It worked WONDERS. There was no warping, and it painted on beautifully. It will also seal the paper enough to avoid damage. So i highly suggest using medium!

One of my favorite parts was the flower. Just a lil smidge of girlie-ness for the new lil one. The bottom two layers of the flower i stuck down to the canvas and did a few layers of medium. The center piece i glued down in the center but let the petals stick up! I coated those petals on all sides with medium to keep it sturdy.

How cute is that?!

I love how it turned out so hopefully the happy new parents and sweet baby girl love it!

Label Addict

Ok i have to admit i went a little label crazy. pretty sure my husband thinks im nuts. So ive been working on our Vintage Trunk/coffee table/ filing cabinet and did a file overhaul. We just had so many papers everywhere, there was no organization to the chaos. But finally… ahhh… a breath of fresh air and organization. PLUS ITS PRETTY. Yes, i think my files are pretty. I’m actually excited to file away bills. I know, super weird. But come on… this is some organizational eye candy:

For those of you that ¬†have a silhouette, i tend to print out 12 projects at a time and smush them all together… ok so this is only two projects but i added maybe 20 more words later on. The Recipes label is for my fancy new DIY Recipe box over here. Oh and incase you like the font i used for this project, its called ChunkFive and you can download it for free over here. When printing out text, i tend to get really chunky fonts especially if its smaller than three inches wide. After typing out the word, i turn down character spacing so that the letters are overlapping slightly and then i hit “weld” to make them one solid word. Makes it easier and ¬†i like the look of it. So win win!

Then i went to Target and picked up some clear filing bins and these oh so cute filing folders. Initially I wanted to take the Vintage Trunk makeover and throw in some hanging file bars in there but when i saw these ins i thought it would be easier. Instead of hovering over a trunk all the time, if we need to organize or sort through personal stuff, we just grab the “personal” bin. Wham, bam, thank you organization.

Here you can see some of the categories. We have three main bins seperated into “Personal” “$$$” and “Other”. We basically threw everything onto the floor and started making piles. I should have taken a picture, it was pretty crazy. There were piles and sticky notes all over the place. Some things i didnt know what category it should have so i just started piling like items and thats how we came up with some random categories like “Non – profits” and “Church”. Those are items that usually arent in a filing cabinet but we had so much paperwork that it just made sense to make its own folder. So heres all the folders we have so far:

Personal:

  • Kenny Personal (includes passport, IDs, birth cert, etc)
  • Rachel Personal (same)
  • Health – Kenny (medical bills, insurance info)
  • Health – Rachel
  • Pet info ¬†(Shots, medical bills, etc)
  • Sponsorships (info on our sponsor kids, organizations, etc)
  • Non-profits (info on the multiple non profits we adore)
$$$:
  • Utilities (electric bills, water bills, etc)
  • Employment Kenny (Resumes, transcripts, invoices)
  • Employment Rachel
  • $$$ (Bank info, student loans, credit cards)
  • Other Bills
  • Taxes (W2s, tax info)
Other:
  • Home (Rental info, insurance,etc)
  • Auto – BMW (maintenance, titles, insurance)
  • Auto – TC
  • Church (bible studies, classes, membership info)
  • Receipts (random receipts we might need)
  • Wedding (Receipts, vendor info, $ info)

Here they are all tucked into their new home.

The other great thing about the trunk is that it had a large shelf on top of the files. This is great to throw new mail, things to be sorted, remotes, etc. As far as the plan for the interior, if it was in better shape, I’d love to keep it as is – it has a great texture and a vintage feel to it, but it has sections missing, stains, etc. We could definitely throw a cork board in the lid which would cover up most of the stains, but I’ll definitely let you know when we decide!

Well there you go! Definitely “pretty” files, right? I definitely think so. And really, who can tell that this is a filing cabinet?!

-Rachel

DIY Recipe Box

So i cant cook. Not by a long shot. Every time i try to without a recipe, its pretty awful to be honest. So i desperately need some delish recipes to make me some delish food. So a while back i got this sucker… a basic mini notecard holder. Pretty lame, i know but it did the trick.

For the wedding, Kenny’s oh so sweet Aunt gave us this guy full of family recipes! Its the perfect size, lots of space and pre loaded with yummy ideas. Only problem… not super easy on the eyes. What can i say? I’m picky…. so how do you fix it? Cover it in some pretty paper!

Voila!

And then whip out the ol Silhouette

Much better! This will fit nicely in my kitchen.

Next throw on a few layers of mod podge to make the paper a little pasta sauce-proof. Check out how perfectly this guy fits into my kitchen! Stupid plugs… so convenient for cooking but not at all for epic pictures.

I just like that it brings more color and pattern into the kitchen.

Heres all the different categories. Wish i could tell you how to make these, by my Aunt included these in the box! They are printed on photo paper though so im sure youve just gotta get the measurements right. Heres all the categories:

  • Appetizers
  • Main Courses
  • Soups
  • Sides
  • Desserts
  • Cookies
  • Breads
  • MISC
  • Drinks

Oh and the font i got for the lid is a handwritten font that i grabbed for free over here. Over at Fonts for Peas they have tons of handwritten fonts that are all adorbs and all free so go check em out and download a few (or 20 like me)!

By the way, how cute is this guy? I needed a timer so why not get one thats flippin adorbs. Hes also got lil owl measuring cup friends to one side and another birdie to the other. That guy opens beer with his butt. For serious. It definitely makes cooking more fun when you have little friends everywhere. So cute!