Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Last of the FR08 Pages

Cleaning Mirrors

My wonderful husband cleaned our bathroom yesterday (oh how I hate that chore!) and I finished it up by cleaning the mirrors today. As I was cleaning, I wondered how many of you don't know about this wonderful cleaning solution. I use my regular window/mirror cleaner (a cheap off brand of windex), but instead of using paper towels (which leave lint all over) or a rag or towel (which also leave lint all over), I use a crumpled up piece of newspaper. I learned this trick from my mom & always cleaned windows & mirrors with newspaper growing up.  All you do is take a sheet of newspaper, crumple it up, & wipe up the window cleaner. For some reason it doesn't leave lint, plus it is absorbent enough to clean the mirrors. I love it! Plus, I don't have to pay for it (I just use the free paper that comes every once in awhile). If your piece gets too soggy, just throw it away & grab another one. It's great! How many of you already knew about this, or have I totally enlightened you?

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Monday, June 21, 2010

My Jean Quilt

I really wanted to have a jean quilt to take to our upcoming family reunion, so I made one this last week. I love it! It's so huge & heavy, but it will be great for picnics, watching fireworks, & hanging out on the beach!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

A Quick Tutorial on Etching Glass

I ordered some Armour Etching cream last week & it arrived the other day. I finally had a chance to try it out & thought I would share the process of etching my pyrex glassware with our last name. I think this is a great idea so that you don't lose your glassware when lending it or taking it to potlucks. I also think this would be a wonderful gift for newlyweds, their last name etched into their dishes. So, I used my Silhouette SD to cut a vinyl template of our last name. Make sure your glassware is clean by using some spray glass cleaner. You also want to make sure you don't have any fingerprints in the area to be etched.
Then, get your Etching cream & a paint brush ready. I did start out trying just a regular paint brush but wasn't getting the kind of coverage I wanted, so I switched to a foam sponge brush.
Apply a coat of cream over the empty letter spaces. Don't skimp, you want to have enough cream to etch the glass completely, not just in patches. The bottle said to leave the cream on for 5 minutes, so that's what I did.
After the 5 minutes are up, wash the cream off. Be sure not to wipe it with your hands, this is an acid based cream we are dealing with. It will cause chemical burns. Be safe. So, wash it all off, then clean your dish again with the glass cleaner & wipe dry. Here is what one of mine looks like. I've actually done about 4 with the same template. Don't look too closely, or you'll see all the lovely fingerprints. It took me a few tries to get a good picture, so I had to keep readjusting my hands. I love this stuff! I'm also excited because I have another use for my Silhouette & my vinyl! (By the way, theSilhouette SD is an amazing machine! You just hook it up to your computer & it will cut any of the fonts that you have. You can also create your own custom images for it to cut onto paper, vinyl, heat transfer, etc.)

 Happy etching!

Friday, June 11, 2010

A cute photo

I just love this picture of Ammon & Sharon! For some reason it didn't make it onto the scrapbook page, but I thought you all might want to see it! I know I love it! Even though Sharon isn't smiling, I did get Ammon!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Family Reunion Pages

We have our family reunion coming up in July, so I am working on finishing the scrapbook page from the last family reunion so that I can have them to show people while we are there. Here are the first 4 pages that I've completed.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

To-do board

I love this idea for a to-do list from eighteen-25. I love all the papers that she used from her digital kit! I think this would be fun to have on the wall all year round, not just in the summer! She has a tutorial on her site, just click on the link!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

9-Month pictures sneak peek

I don't have time right now to post all of the pictures I'd like, but we did take some fun pictures of Sharon yesterday for her 9-month shots. She wasn't very happy. We introduced her to grass for the first time & she definitely is not a fan! Here's a fun picture & sneak peek! I'll try to post the rest later today, but we have to leave for Sharon's doctor's appt in a few minutes. Our littlest dork. =)