I realize it has been over a month since my last blog post. My intention was not to stop blogging, but it just sort of happened. There’s been plenty to blog about, but I haven’t felt like spending much time on the computer lately. You know what? It’s been sort of nice. There are times when you just need to step away from technology and spend more time with people. The last month has been that kind of time for me, and it was good.
I have been playing with a new machine I bought, a Silhouette cutting machine. I initially bought it for cutting cards and shapes, but never realized what amazing things it can do. I took on a challenge to see what I could do with a roll of contact paper from the dollar store. Living in a log home makes decorating walls difficult, but I have two interior walls that have painted sheetrock, so I can play with color. So I was considering a wall graphic. you know … those big stickers for the wall. anyway, i go back and forth on whether i like them. The Silhouette comes with a graphic program that allows you to import graphics and then it sends it to the cutting machine, cutting out the design on whatever you have inserted into the machine. I started with birds on a branch, and I have to admit, I was quite impressed with how easily it was to apply.
Birds on a Branch
and I couldn’t help myself, I have to cut out another one….
Wash, Brush, Floss and Flush
I barely used anything from my dollar store roll of contact paper, and after researching online what these decals would cost, I am tickled pink !! I still don’t know if I like wall decals, but with vinyl decals, you can remove them easily.
I was inspired to pull out my old scratched LP’s again and see what I could make. I have made bowls, mail holders and bracelets, but I haven’t made earrings yet. I tried making circular ones, but they were hard to cut in a true circle, I made triangle ones, but I wasn’t thrilled with the way they came out. I had my ring mandrel on my workbench and I wrapped a strip of hot vinyl around it and I thought it was cute. I couldn’t resist making a few sets, small and medium sized.
No playable records were hurt in the making of these earrings!
If you would like to learn more about repurposing your old vinyl, my previous post is here.
I dug out my very old record player today and decided to play some of my ancient vinyls that I have been storing for 30 plus years. I was expecting to hear the sweet sound of a vinyl record spinning on a turntable playing the music that I love, but all I heard was scratches and skips.
Since I hate to throw anything away, I decided to go to Pinterest and see what everyone was making with their old vinyl records. I can’t believe how many ideas I found, and now I have the bug. I thought I would share a few of the things I made this morning….
Vinyl bowl using this tutorial, I also painted a chipped martini glass black and added it as a base…