Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Infinity loop with anchor.

 I recently purchased two shirts that I wanted to put something on them.  I did not want anything big, with the first one I put a layered butterfly.  The second one took a little longer to come up with a design.  It is a mint blue colored and I found an infinity loop with an anchor  that I really liked. I liked it so much I put it on my shirt and then on the back of my cell phone.  I already have Tinker Bell in white vinyl on the front of my phone case.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Decorating my Silhouette Cameo

I had seen different photos where people put vinyl on their Silhouette Cameo and even through I have a dust cover for it I thought why not it would be cute if I can come up with something I really liked.
Well, I like Tinker Bell so I put her on there along with the saying Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust.

I did this a couple months ago but, I also wanted to do the control panel.  It is in the Silhouette Cameo library and it is very simple to cut out.  I had some glitter paper that I used once and did not like how it dulled my blade and it got glitter everywhere but, I still kept it.  I decided to use the glitter paper to cut the control panel, I thought it would look cute like pixie dust.

Here is a photo of it all together.  I know that it is just a Silhouette Cameo machine but, it was fun to decorate it and brighten it up.

Red Solo Cups

I was in Wal-Mart the other day just picking up a few things and I came across re-usable red solo cups for just a dollar.  They had some lime green ones also.  I picked up two and thought they would be cool to put in my son's birthday box.  He is in the Navy stationed in Naples Italy.

While shopping he just happened to call me and I asked him if he would like them and if he wanted them as is or did he want me to put some vinyl on it.  He wanted his name so everyone knows it is his cup and he thought it would be cool to have the line from the song on it.  So here it is, very easy to do just cut it out with my Silhouette Cameo and took transfer paper and transferred the words and placed them on the cups.  Not perfect but, it is all good he loved them and that is what matters most.

As you can see I put the name on different the second time, I like that one better.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Steps for vinyl on glass cutting board.

On May 10th I posted the Mother's day gift that I had made for my mom.  I am now posting the directions for this project.

I first took and washed and dried the cutting board then I cleaned it with rubbing alcohol.  The cutting board has a smooth side and a bumpy side.  You can put the vinyl on either side, it just depends on what side you plan on using for cutting. 

I did this using my Silhouette Cameo machine, you will need to mirror your image you are putting it on the side you do not plan on cutting on then it will show through on the other side that is why you need to mirror your image.

The image I used came from the silhouette online store and it is Design ID #59359 called customizable kitchen sign by Megan Hardy Designs.  I like this design I did not have to split the design in order to add a name. Here is a photo of the design after it was cut and weeded. 

Here are the measurements so that the design can be centered.

Cutting Board                  Design                           
    Width                            Width                                                Remainder                                              
       15"           -                   11 1/4"              =                                3    3/4"

Take the remainder and  divide by 2 for the measurement for each side.
  3  3/4"        Divided by   2 =  1   7/8 "    For each side.

Cutting Board                Design
    Width                           Width                                                  Remainder
     12"           -                   8  5/8"                 =                              3   3/8"          

Take the remainder and  divide by 2 for the measurement for top and bottom.
  3  3/8"        Divided by   2 =  1  11/16 "    For top and bottom.

We Then took painters tape to mark off the measurements so we would know where to place the design.
 From there we put transfer tape on the design.
 Then we placed the design on the cutting board and lined it up with the painters tape.  Once it was lined up we pushed the design down and carefully pulled up the transfer tape.

Once this part of the design was all set we then placed the name down.  We measured the space from top to bottom and side to side.  This will vary depending on what you are putting in the center. The first one I did I put Nana's Kitchen the second one I did I put G-Ma's Kitchen.

Here is a photo of the entire design as you can see it is mirrored so that it shows up correctly will you flip the cutting board over. 

I let it sit for 24 hours then I took a blow dryer to it on a low speed not too close.  This was done to have the vinyl adhere a little more to the cutting board.

Here it is the finished product. I would hand wash and dry.

T-shirt for myself

The other day I purchased two t-shirts one, is coral and the other is a light mint blue color. I wanted to decorate them and make something for myself.  I just could not come up with anything then I thought about doing a layered butterfly. I wanted it not too big and just on the upper left side of the shirt. I like how it turned out. First I cut out the bottom layer and Ironed it on.

Then I cut out the top layer and lined it up over the bottom layer. I should have put a mark to use to line up but, I was able to line it up pretty good.
All done and ready to wear, I really like how it looks and the colors. Still deciding on what I will put on the other shirt.

Water bottles and coffee cups.

I have these two Navy Moms that I met when our children deployed on the USS Abraham Lincoln. One lady's son was with a squadron out of San Diego that was attached to the Lincoln. The other lady's son was attached to the Lincoln directly.  We have kept in touch and they are just very special to me.

So I wanted to do something for them, they both have a grandchild. I found these cute water bottles at the Dollar Tree and decided to decorate them for their grandchildren.

Then I picked up two coffee cups to decorate for them.  One friend has her Facebook profile pic as an anchor with a bible verse and when I seen that I thought that would be wonderful on a coffee cup.  I also added what her granddaughter calls her to the other side.

The other lady takes amazing photos and I thought a layered butterfly would be pretty.  I also put what her grandson calls her on the other side.  I later found out that the colors I picked are her favorite colors.  Neither of these wonderful ladies knew I was going to do this and that was the beauty of doing something and sending them out.


Yoga sign.

I made this for my friend and yoga instructor.  I first printed it out on paper to make sure that it was the right size and to see how it would look. I should have done grey or a lighter color to save ink.

It is cut out in purple vinyl and just placed on a plain white canvas.  I then pushed the design down to make sure it adhered to the canvas. I also put a blow dryer on low to heat the vinyl to have it sealed more to the canvas. Some people use mode podge or paint to get the vinyl to stick. I  do not use anything and I have had no problems.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Malibu Rum Cake.

I found this recipe on Pinterest and I have been wanting to try it for some time.  So when I made dinner on Mother's day I went ahead and picked up the ingredients for this cake.   Here is the website for the cake.

Chocolate Coconut Malibu Rum Cake

Prep time: 15 min | Cook time: 35 min | Total time: 4 hr | Servings: 15


  • 1 box devil’s food/dark chocolate cake mix
  • 1 C water
  • 1/3 C vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 C whipping cream
  • 3/4 C fat-free milk
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 C Malibu rum
  • 1 C whipping cream
  • 2 T Malibu rum or 1 t rum extract
  • 1-2 T granulated sugar
  • 1/2 t pure vanilla extract
  • 1 C flaked coconut, toasted


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Grease 13 x 9-inch pan; set aside.
  2. In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil and eggs.  Pour into pan.
  3. Bake for 35 – 38 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  4. In large chilled bowl, stir whipping cream, both milks and rum; set aside.
  5. Using a long-tined fork, pierce top of hot cake approximately every half-inch apart.
  6. Pour whipping cream mixture evenly over hot cake.  Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or until most of the whipping cream mixture has been absorbed into cake.
  1. In large bowl, beat whipping cream, rum, sugar and vanilla on high speed until stiff peaks form.
  2. Frost cake with whipped cream and evenly sprinkle flaked coconut.
  3. Serve chilled and store covered in refrigerator.  ENJOY!
Chocolate Malibu Rum Cake slightly adapted by Betty Crocker The Big Book of Cakes.

Here are step by step photos of the cake I made.
1. eggs, water and oil.


2. Added the Chocolate cake mix.

3. Mix all together  and then bake.
4. While the cake is baking mix in a large chilled bowl, stir whipping cream, both milks and rum; set aside.
5. After the cake is done, use a long-tined fork, pierce top of hot cake approximately every half-inch apart.
6. Pour whipping cream mixture evenly over hot cake.  Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or until most of the whipping cream mixture has been absorbed into cake.
I wish more of the cake would have stayed in the center of the cake and not the edges.  I may cut back on this part so the cake would not be as mushy.

Then do the topping
  1. In large bowl, beat whipping cream, rum, sugar and vanilla on high speed until stiff peaks form.
  2. Frost cake with whipped cream and evenly sprinkle flaked coconut.
  3. Serve chilled and store covered in refrigerator.  ENJOY!

Here is the final result and it is so yummy and we just love it. 


Trying something new.

Normally, my blog is about crafts but, my daughter tried this recipe out and told me about it so I wanted to try it.  For some reason on Mother's Day I decided to make this Meatball Sub Casserole for dinner along with a dessert.  First the dinner recipe it came from:  Pinterest and this website.

Since it is just me and my husband I cut the recipe in half, here are the ingredients and how to make it using a smaller amount for the full amount go to the website listed above.


3 slices
1 jars spaghetti sauce
2 Italian-style frozen meatballs
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
frozen garlic bread


1.Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
2.Heat garlic bread with spread side up on a baking sheet in the preheated oven until warm and golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Set aside to cool.
3.Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
4.Bring spaghetti sauce to a boil in a large pot. Place frozen meatballs into sauce. Reduce heat to low and simmer until meatballs are heated through, about 20 minutes.
5.Tear garlic bread into bite-size pieces and spread into bottom of a 8 ×8-inch baking dish. Pour spaghetti sauce and meatballs over garlic bread, coating bread with sauce and distributing meatballs evenly. Spread mozzarella cheese over top in a layer, followed by a layer of Parmesan cheese.
6.Bake casserole until cheese has melted, 20 to 25 minutes.

I am posting photos showing the different steps.
1. Browning the garlic bread.

2. Cut the garlic bread into cubes and put in the 8x8 baking dish.

3. Place spaghetti sauce and meatballs in sauce pan. 

4. then put meatballs and sauce over the bread. 
Then cover with cheese and cook. 
This was very tasty but, next time I will make my own sauce instead of using a jar.

Grampy and G-Ma Glasses

I really enjoy etching glasses but, I picked up these glasses at the Dollar Tree store just because I liked the size of them.  Then I decided to put some vinyl dots on them and the name Grampy and G-Ma.  I did this back in January and forgot to put it on the blog.  I really like how they turned out and how easy they were to make.


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Mother's Day Coffee Cup

I purchased this white coffee cup at the Dollar Tree. I wanted to make my daughter something with it and the day that I was getting her mother's day box together I realized I had not done the coffee cup.  So I cut out some pink and purple hearts and then I cut out the words Be. You. tiful in pink and purple and put them on the cup. I really liked how it looked then I put the coffee cup, cascade card and her super mom cup along with a gift card to Starbucks in an box and sent it off to Virgina I was so happy that she got it before Mother's day.  She just loved what I had made for her and that made my day.

Mason Jar

Last night I started working on the Mason jar for my friend.  Had just cut the last piece and shut my system down when all of the sudden we had not power.  My husband got out his power supply and we could watch TV until the cable went out but, it was not too bad.  Then this morning we finished the cup.  My husband put the oval and the letters on the jar and then he drilled a hole in the lid and put a grommet in the hole for  the straw. Put it in the mail today, cannot wait until she sees it.