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Cricut practice

I volunteered to cut out some images with my Cricut to make inexpensive birthday party decorations for this guy, who doesn't like to sit still for a selfie.

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It took two hours Saturday morning to cut the shapes.  It takes longer to remove the pieces from the cutting mat than it does for the machine to cut.  I'm glad I didn't pay more for the faster machine.

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I was going to give the pieces to birthday boy's mom to assemble, but after I saw the piles of work that  were created I knew it was going to be more time consuming than either of us expected.  While I knew she would struggle to find that time I have no such struggle, so I finished the project.

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The first image is eleven layers thick.  The dimension is great; Elmo is further forward than Big Bird, who is further forward than Cookie Monster.

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The second image is seven layers thick.

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The completed project:  two signs on foam-core board to hang on each side of the park pavilion, and two double-sided table decorations.

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It took an entire day to make these, but it was good practice and the decorations turned out great.  I'll have to cut a couple of smaller ones to give to her for scrapbook embellishments.

So, not counting my time, how did we do on the 'inexpensive' front?  The images were $1.49 each, the words were free.  I had just bought a multi-pack of 100 sheets of cardstock for $10, so at a dime a sheet, there is $2.00 of paper in the project.  I spent $1.00 for the foam core board and fifty cents for a sheet of posterboard I used half of.  Add in a couple of bucks for a glue stick, and the project came in at $8.23.  Not bad at all!  Tiffy can buy me a cherry chicken salad sandwich for lunch today (the Monday special at Ware's) and we'll call it even.  Who would not trade a sandwich for custom made birthday decorations?

 


when a smart idea turns to yuck

The paint I had color matched to the reading room's wallpaper looks really good in my bedroom.

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It looks awful on the bookcase.

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I lined up potential candidates for a new paint job.  I'm not looking for a match this time, just something complimentary.

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I tried Honeycomb on the top of the niche shelves, it's not bad.  

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Another option is to paint them the same blue as the interior trim.  I have to set the room back up and prep some samples.

Sigh....just when I thought I had it all figured out.  Boo.


painting

I finished the niche shelves and added some trim to the big bookcase.  Now I need to prime and paint.

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I didn't think to take a before picture of my bedroom until I was in middle of emptying it out.

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After...

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Honestly, the blue looks better in photographs, but in person the blue was almost blinding and the cookie color is warm and relaxing.

I do have to move the Audubon print back out to the hallway though, I don't like it against the new walls.  I'm not sure about the curtains, either.  Maybe I'll turn the flat sheet that won't stay on my bed into curtains.  Also, the brackets for the houses need to be painted the same color as the walls so they're not so obvious.

Benedict Cumberbeetle looks right smart, though.

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Coffee bar progress

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The backsplash is fixed.  The sinkhole is fixed.  I found a new faucet in my stash which will work better.  Now I'm working on a shelving unit to inset into the window hole.  I'm not putting a window there, but thought I'd try to use the space instead of plugging it. 

I like the wall color in this build so much that I had a gallon of interior paint custom tinted this week.  I'm going to paint my too-blue bedroom this weekend.  I'll have more than enough left over to either paint totally over the paper on the mini walls, or do touch ups, depending on how exact the color match is.  The test I approved before they colored the gallon is spot on in daylight, but a bit off in artificial light.  We use natural spectrum bulbs in our house, but the lamps in the mini house do not.

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