Sunday, November 30, 2014

lighted wish sign...

i hope everyone had a wonderful thanksgiving:)  ours was filled with special people, lots of laughter, picture taking, and of course, food:)  so many blessings!

and, in a blink of an eye, fall pretty much leaves us, giving way to thoughts of christmas.

i wanted to make a lighted sign last year, but, lining up the circles and getting the holes the right sized stumped me.

then, i read this great post, and knew i could do this project using my silhouette cameo's free design program.  i didn't follow her tutorial exactly, but, she inspired me to use my program and it worked out great.

(if you have a great eye-hand coordination, you might be able to free hand the holes and skip this pattern part).

in the program, i typed the word "wish", using the arial font.  be sure to set the finshed size you want for your sign before adding the circles.

the program makes it easy to size the circles.  i made a .40 sized circle using the ellipse tool, duplicating it as needed.  (.40 fits the lights i'm using--the massed produced mini lights.)  i ended up using 60 circles to fill the wish. 

i filled each letter with the circles, leaving a gap between the circles about the size of a circle. 

when you have all of the circles placed like you want, you can delete the arial font part, and you are left with just the wish in circles.  then, i printed it out.

place the print out on your sign board, be sure to center it horizontally, and vertically, then,  tape down.  i used a 3/8" drill bit, and drilled out each circle, then sanded and painted the board.

when i inserted my lights, all but 3 sit perfectly in the holes, so i used electrical tape to hold them in place.  oh, i added some lath boards around the sign edges-to give it a finished look:)  any questions--just ask:)

i'm working on my xmas decorations for this fun christmas tour:)

thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 17, 2014

creating christmas link party...

it's time to start planning for christmas!

i'm joining jann's (from have a daily cup of mrs. olson), creating christmas link party.  it starts out right here on my blog, dec 8th--hope you can stop by and join the fun!  the party will stay open until dec. 19th.

  so get your posts ready AND as a bonus, if you share the creating christmas button on your blog side bar, with a link back to one of our blogs, your name goes into the hat to win a prize!

here's the list -each day has a different themed home tour

Alice from Thoughts from Alice on Tues. Dec. 9th-RUSTIC CHRISTMAS

Cecilia from My Thrift Store Addiction on Weds. Dec. 10th-MY THRIFTED CHRISTMAS

Jann from Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson on Thurs. Dec. 11th-VINTAGE CHRISTMAS
Carol from Art and Sand on Fri. Dec. 12th -SWEET AND SIMPLE CHRISTMAS

see you there and thanks for looking!

Monday, November 3, 2014

a place for kindred spirits...

hi everyone—i’ve been pretty busy with real life stuff lately, but, today, i’m back to tell you about a stampington  magazine devoted to blogging.

artful blogging was kind enough to invite me join their winter issue-it’s in the stores today:)  bailey even made the cut!  

it’s a fabulous issue-hope you can check it out!
thanks so much, christine! 

that’s it for today, thanks so much for looking!  i'll be back soon:)