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An “Oh, Baby!” Shower

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It’s been eight months and six days from my last post.

A lot of things has happened and not so much on posting any of them. For one, a baby girl was born.

Last year!


My nephew, Mario, and his wife, Kannitha gave birth to a healthy, baby girl named Olivia.

Before she turns one years old in a couple of months, here’s a snapshot of the sweets table and decor I threw together for a baby shower. Thanks to family members who helped move things, glue things, tie things and the patience to take explicit orders from yours truly. 🙂

 { props set-up }






{ sweets table }













{ head table set-up }






{ guest table set-up }





{ gift table }



{ before & after }




{ completed sweets table }


{ parents-to-be circa Nov. 2013 }


Here’s the breakdown of the stuff:

Sweets table
Cake: Homemade yellow cake with sweetened fresh whipped cream
Cupcakes: Homemade Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting, Homemade Oreo Cupcakes with Oreo Frosting
Homemade  Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sticks
Rice Krispies on a Stick

Backdrop (25 12″x12″ sequined cardboard): Michaels
Cupcake stand border: Michaels
Pink and gray vinyl: ExpressionsVinyl.com
Cake topper, One-sies banner craft paper: Michaels

Silhouette Cameo

BTW – I recently joined Twitter and Instagram (a newbie at both) so follow me!
And on that note I can say that I couldn’t have done it without my #silhouetteCAMEO because #SilhouetteRocks and I #Makeallthethings happen.


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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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