Vinyl dahlia-covered Fridge

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Now that this project is done, I’ll go back a few months and finally(!) post pictures of the fridge and fascias I did over the summer of 2013 (sounds so long ago, huh?).

Vinyl dahlia covered fridge

This was the 2nd project I did in the kitchen (used the Silhouette Cameo) after putting up a quote on the fascia, just above the sink and stove (used the Cricut Machine for this one). A similar shot of the fridge was posted on Pinterest (I pinned it there first cuz I was just excited to share but didn’t have time to do an actual post until now). Better late than never, I say. :)

The inspiration of “vinylizing” the fridge came from Pinterest. I saw various design and knew I wanted something BIG. I decided on dahlias because they’re graphically clean as silhouettes besides being pretty. So instead of having this…

Plain fridge

I plastered dark gray vinyl dahlias instead…

Vinyl dahlia

One after another…

Vinyl dahlia


Vinyl dahlia


Vinyl dahlia


One thing I hate about installing vinyl—especially large sections—are the bubbles I get. I’ve gotten better and haven’t had as much bubbles as the ones shown here.

Vinyl air bubbles


I wanted more vinyl on the other fascia but didn’t want it to compete with the fridge and quote.

Good food, good meat, good Lord, let's eat!


I did a test cut of the design to see how the burgundy vinyl looked against the red color. It was perfect!
I wanted a watermark effect—something subtle—but still noticeable.

Burgundy vinyl on red paint


I had Alex draw the birds for me while I did the swirly vines.

Bird and swirl layout


I printed out the “tiled” design at 100% and taped them together to make sure the design was the right size for the fascia.

Bird and swirly vine layout


After I gave myself the OK, off I went to my studio to begin the cutting process.

Vinyl cutout


Taping the vinyl on the fascia, along with a print out of the design makes sure I’m installing the right vinyl on the right section.

Vinyl birds and swirly vines


Vinyl bird installation


Vinyl bird installation


Vinyl bird installation


Vinyl bird installation


With that out of the way, I have another project in the works for this wall. :)

6 quotes on wall


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Birch Trees

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Tired of all the Midwestern snow and sub-zero temperatures that’s been dished out?

These birds seems to think so.

 Vinyl Birch Trees

While waiting for the temps to reach double digits—putting an outdoor vinyl installation on hold—I decided to vinylized my front window with birch trees and faux cardinals. Since buying a Silhouette Cameo last year, I’ve kept pretty busy creating “stuff” and not so much baking new things let alone posting on my now outdated blog.

Anywho, the middle window—12 panels total—were the ones I decided to focus on.

 Vinyl Trees Before


 Window Vinyl Birch Trees


 Window Vinyl Birch Trees



The trees were color coded on paper (keeping my sanity intact) before any cutting took place.

 Birch Trees Layout


…which made the installation of the vinyl pretty easy.

 Window Vinyl Birch Trees Install


 Window Vinyl Birch Trees Install


 Window Vinyl Birch Trees Install


Window Vinyl Birch Trees and Birds


Credit goes to my daughter, Alex, for drawing the birds (repurposed from a previous kitchen project).

*crosses fingers for a dahlia-covered fridge to post soon*


Vinyl Silhouette Cardinals


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Dark Chocolate Cupcake: My go-to recipe

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An easy to make, moist and no-fail cake…unless you get distracted during commercial breaks watching Hannibal TV series thinking you’ve added the baking powder and realized you didn’t after the fact and had to do it all over.



But that didn’t happen to these cupcakes.

See, they’re smiling!



If you look past all that buttercream and sugar, you’ll see the chocolate cupcake.

Brightly colored cupcakes


These cupcakes are chocolate all around (minus the buttercream and sprinkles) and not anything like my Cremé Bruleé Stuffed Chocolate Cupcakes topped with Chocolate Ganache.

That’ll be another post.
I hope.
*crosses fingers*

Hershey's Chocolate CupCake


These cupcakes were for my sister’s, friend’s 3-year old son who had a circus themed birthday party this past Sunday,

I swear it took me longer to make the cupcake toppers and lid cover than bake 3 dozen cupcakes, 18 Oreo cupcakes, the rest chocolate.

Circus Cover Design


Cupcake Toppers


The Silhouette Cameo played a big role cutting the cupcake toppers, the big clown and tent.

I’m so happy with the software my daughter, Nastasja, bought me for Mother’s Day. Forget the flowers, chocolate, or anything girly. Give me software or power tools and I’ll be a happy camper!

Anywho, the Cameo lets me import SVG, PDF, PNG files and cut these type of file formats without using scissors.

How cool is that!?!

Cupcake Toppers


Cupcake Toppers




The font used on the initials and cupcake toppers was appropriately called Circus.

Cupcake Box Design


I heard the cupcakes disappeared before my sister had a chance of grabbing one for herself.

Do not fret sister of mine, they’ll be more!



Dark Chocolate Cupcake
Serves: 24
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1-3/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • ¾ c. HERSHEY'S Dark Cocoa
  • ½ c. chocolate pudding mix (any brand will do)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Line cupcake pans with cupcake liners.
  2. Stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, pudding mix, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared cupcake pans.
  3. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost with your favorite frosting.

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