DIY Football Shirt (and a $100 giveaway to Expressions Vinyl!)

This week I forayed into the world of HTV, which is fancy pants lingo for Heat Transfer Vinyl, with little push from Expressions Vinyl  and their #VinylNFL challenge. So far on my Silhouette I’ve done lots of paper cutting and decal vinyl printing, but I’ve never attempted to make clothes.

Expressions Vinyl challenged me and a few other bloggers to use HTV in a football themed project, so my brain went right to creating a football shirt for my 2 year old nephew.

diy toddler football shirt long sleeve

Since we’re in Massachusetts I used red, white, and blue as my colors (like the New England Patriots)… the front boasts the team logo, but that’s far too simple for a personalized shirt so I put a little quote and image on the back too. That little star in the football is the cut out from the logo on the front– waste not want not, people!

Don’t forget, when using HTV you always want to feed the vinyl shiny side down into your Silhouette and mirror the image. Here’s a screen grab of what the logo looked like in my Silhouette software:

new england patriots logo for tshirtSee- backwards. This is super important, because it gets flipped back to normal when you iron it onto the shirt. Everyone’s iron is different, but for me I used a low steam setting and pressed hard for about a minute/minute and a half on each section I transferred, with an old towel acting as a buffer between the shirt with the HTV and the iron. Once it was cooled I turned it inside out and ironed from there too- I don’t think that’s necessary, but it just gave me piece of mind that it was on there good and strong.

new england patriots toddler shirt

Can we talk for a quick second about how difficult it is to get a non-blurry picture of a 2 year old? Holy cow! This is the best I could do, and he had to have his goat. Then I caught the back when he went to “go get eggs” from his DIY play kitchen. I just want to squeeze his cute little face. This kid can bring me pretend eggs all day long.

new england patiors long sleeve toddler shirt

I think he’s ready for some nachos and a big foam finger, don’t you?!!



Want to win $100 to Expressions Vinyl so you can create your own project?

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Want to see some more football inspired Silhouette projects? Click on any of the images below!


Morena Hockley @ Morena’s Corner

Morena Hockley @ Morena’s Corner

Vanessa Barker @ Our Thrifty Ideas

Vanessa Barker @ Our Thrifty Ideas

Melissa Viscount @ Silhouette School Blog

Melissa Viscount @ Silhouette School Blog

Staci Potter @ The Potters Place

Staci Potter @ The Potters Place









Lindsay Fekitoa @ Frenchie Wraps

Lindsay Fekitoa @ Frenchie Wraps

Heidi Kundin @ Happiness Is Home Made

Heidi Kundin @ Happiness Is Home Made

Kaysi Gardner @ Keeping It Simple Crafts

Kaysi Gardner @ Keeping It Simple Crafts

Sara Hoffman @ Major Hoff Takes A Wife

Sara Hoffman @ Major Hoff Takes A Wife






#InspirationFriday is a series of graphic quotes to lead you into the weekend. Feel free to pin, share, download for personal use, whatever-  just please don’t sell them! A new image is added each week (on Friday… of course 😉 ) and they’re all compiled here.

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Thrift Score Thursday

Today I’m participating in #thriftscorethursday, which is a weekly sharefest hosted by Brynne from The Gathered Home and Trisha from Black and White Obsession highlighting awesome deals scored throughout the internets…

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Here’s how YOU  can be a part of it too:

  • You can share any thrifty finds with Brynne and Trisha– whether they hail from a thrift store, Craigslist, estate sale, garage sale, side of the road, or apartment dumpster! The fun, the funny, the awesome, the odd – this hashtag party is open to all!
  • Feel free to use #thriftscorethursday any day of the week! They’ll be keeping up with the hashtag all week long to find thei rfavorites for the following Thursday.
  • Each week,  a favorite thrift score or two will be chosen for a feature! So please note that by linking up with #thriftscorethursday, you are giving permission to share your finds via social media or on blogs.


The #thiftscorethursday hashtag was a real gold mine this week. Here’s my favorites:

jennbrasher instagramOh. My. Goodness. I love Leo the Lion, I need one in my life. Heart her Jenn’s photo or follow her HERE.

shannonlat insta photoI can’t believe Shannon got this lamp at Goodwill! It’s such a popular style right now and the gold finish is just excellent. Heart her photo or follow her HERE.

This week I’m sharing a secret hoard I’ve been building for a while….

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 These cameras have come from both my relatives and Matt’s and span a HUGE timeline of ages. I actually have about 9 of them. Someday I hope to display them a lot better but for now they work really well on Matt’s office shelves.


Still looking for more thrifted amazingness? Check out Brynne and Trisha’s picks for the week:

Thrift Score Thursday Brynne color

Thrift Score Thursday Trisha color


And don’t forget to get in on the fun via Instagram any day of the week! 🙂


DIY Ottoman (from an end table!)

Matt’s office is terribly un-styled, mostly because he won’t let me style it. But there’s one little corner that I claim as mine and it was a real hot mess and needed to be adjusted.

office reading corner


If I said this corner was where I read all my fancy leather bound books whilst Matt typed his memoirs I’d be lying. It’s really where I sit when we watch funny YouTube videos on his computer.

I bought that coffee table for under $15 at the Habitat Restore well over a year ago, and it just doesn’t really fit that space at all. Also, the tupperware of junk needed to be sorted out and that bookshelf needs to be replaced with something heftier.

ANYWAY- the coffee table. It’s in great shape but it just wasn’t working and I knew I could do better and make it more useful. So I hacked it up.

end table to ottoman

I used my coping saw to cut off the top of the table, which was super easy and only took about 10 minutes total. Then I sanded the bottom of the feet to even them off and put little furniture pads on the bottom (those felt ones you can buy in bulk).

It needed a little more fancying up before it could fulfill it’s new destiny as an ottoman, so I added a pad to the top.

upholstered ottoman


I took a spare piece of MDF (you could use scrap wood instead if that’s what you have) and cut it to size with my jigsaw, then upholstered it.

A loooooong time ago I had to repair this chair after the cats scratched it up (see how to do that here) so I had some leftover fabric, which I used to create the ottoman.

Once the quilting batting and fabric was attached I used my power drill to screw it onto the new ottoman, just drill from the bottom and make sure your screws are the right length so they don’t poke through.

office corner reading nook

Oh look! That’s where the other tree stump end tables ended up 🙂 Much better. I propped these ones up on a rectangular lazy susan I had lying around to give them a few more inches of height and a little more interest.

My upholstering skills have improved, but I definitely still need to work on my corners. Overall though, this area is much more functional and comfortable now.

diy ottoman to end table

Luigi approves. And promises not to scratch it up. For now.

So there you go – I repurposed an end table that just wasn’t working into some that really serves my needs better. This corner is so much less crowded now and a lot more appealing when you walk into the room! I also cleaned up the tupperware of nonsense… but you’ll see that later in the week.  😉


Tree Stump End Tables

Last time I was at my in-laws house they mentioned they had a ton of tree stumps in the yard and they needed to get rid of some of them. So I promptly ran out back, scooped up 4, and put them in my trunk.

I’m always so bummed when I see these on other blogs and they’re all like yeah I just grabbed some from my yard, so easy! woo hoo! And I’m sitting in my house in the middle of my urban neighborhood waiting for a hurricane to maybe knock someone’s tree down so I can maybe sneak out in the middle of the night and steal some stumps. But no more!

tree stump end tables


While these really are easy to make, they do require some patience. These stumps had been drying out in my inlaws yard for about two years, so when I took them home they were pretty good to go– but you do always want to be careful that they are dry and that there’s no critters in there. Even though they were dry, I wasn’t sure about the critters, so here’s what I did:

diy tree stump end tables easyI used a spackle knife to scrap off all the bark, which for four of these took under 15 minutes. Then I grabbed 2 gallons of bleach at the dollar store and poured them into a big bucket. Each of the stumps got a good dip, then a good hosing off.

The bleach changed the color a little bit, of course, but I actually like it better. Plus, I now have piece of mind that if there was anything in there it’s dead now.

After I hosed them off I let them sit outside for about 2 days (the smell of bleach was STRONG), then I let them dry out even more in my basement for about another week.

diy tree stump tables

Once dry, I sanded the crap out of them. You want these things to be smoooooooooooth as butter. This probably took about 20 minutes per stump, I just put on a movie and sanded until it was over with both 100 then 180 grit paper. After sanding I wiped them down with a damp cloth, and painted the top of 2 with Behr’s Waterscape (leftover from my half bath). No primer or anything, just one good thick coat and let dry.

I sealed each stump with 2 coats of polycrylic– just to be even more sure they were safe to keep inside. Don’t forget to sand and seal the bottom as well!

I thought they could use a little more spunk, so I added silver upholstery tacks to one (just a rubber hammer and the tacks, they all went in really straight and I didn’t need to pre-drill any holes)

I also added some little felt pads to the bottom of each to make them easy to move around– I picked up a back of like 100 of these for a dollar and use them all the time, it’s worth keeping a good stock.

guest room end tables

Two of the stumps ended up in the guest room, they’re a great size to put your glasses or cell phone on.

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They’re such a cute little additional the room, and add a nice bit of interest too.

The other 2 will show up in a post next week. I know, you can hardly wait to see. 😉 haha.

tree stump end tables


Another Delicious Applesauce Recipe

I was going to post not one but TWO small and easy DIY’s today today, they’re all set up in my house and have been done for a week…. but then I had so much fun with my family this weekend that daylight was gone by the time I was free to take pictures.

So instead you’re getting an applesauce recipe. Because there aren’t enough of them floating around this time of year. Ahem.

But wait! This one has a cute kid in it!

apple pic

First, you must take your 2 year old nephew (or, you know, your own kid) apple picking. Make sure he’s wearing his sunglasses and Spidey hoodie.

Next, get home and let the reality of how many apples you picked settle in. Separate 6 pounds of the zillion you have, peel then core them. I used 3 different types of apples (Cortland, Macintosh, and one other I don’t remember)

Chop them up into chunks, then add them to a pot with:

  • about 1 1/4 cup water (or apple juice if you’ve got it)
  • Cinnamon, clove, pumpkin spice (no measurements here, just enough to lightly coat)
  • A good squirt of lemon or lime juice (I used lime)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (I used regular old granulated, but brown sugar would probably be awesome)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Stir occasionally while they simmer for about 25 minutes.

If you have a mashed potato masher, go to town. Then, if you like it very smooth and chunk-free (like I do), run it through a food processor or blender.

easy applesauce recipe


You’ll notice this recipe doesn’t have a ton of measurements or requirements, and there’s lots of options. There really are a ton of ways to make it, and really the only essentials are apples, a liquid of some kind, and cinnamon. Everything else is just to taste!

So tell me… what you are doing with all your apples? I have about 10 pounds still left.

Wood Shims and Word Art (and the September Silhouette Challenge!)

Three years ago when we moved into this house we had to repair a bit of water damaged drywall in our basement, and because we knew nothing at all about home repair we bought a giant bundle of 4ft long wood shims (for about $10) to assist with this project. At the time I didn’t know they came in neat little 4inch long packages.

Anyway I’ve been using the shims to make wall decor ever since. Today’s project almost used up the last of it:

wood shim wall art pennant

Back in February I used my Silhouette Cameo to add a little Stevie Nicks quote to a map (I work at a college and the library regularly puts old/outdated books out for free. I regularly hoard them to make projects like this.). Here’s a close up, edited version of the quote so you can see it a little better:

stevie nicks quote vinyl letters

To mount it, I used my miter saw to cut wood shims down to a pennant shape.

Then, I used Gorilla wood glue to attach them to solid piece of 1×2.

After lettering it dry for 24 hours I used some Minwax stain cloths (leftover from my craft craft console table build) to stain the wood. I also added a little bit of gold craft paint to accent the edges and add some glam.

assembly wood shim pennant

I was afraid nails would split the shims, because they’re not really meant for stuff like this, so I applied the glue to the back of the 1×2 and then all around it as well. It’s solid as a rock now, and the 1×2 also serves as the hook for the wall.

guest room corner

This little corner is just so cozy now, and was sooooo inexpensive to put together:

  • Antlers and orange frame from Marshall’s, probably less than $20 for both
  • High-Chair is a $0 hand me down from a friend, updated here
  • Lamp is from Ikea, maybe about $10
  • Wood barrel was $6 from the Habitat Restore, spruced up with a walnut here
  • Wood Shim Wall Pennant cost $0 to make because I had everything on hand

wood shim wall decor gray guest room

Oh yeah, that wall map is yet another wood shim project (here). I may have a problem.

Also, the wood slice quote (which reads “everyday I’m hustlin’ “)? Another Silhouette project (here).


Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge friends and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, take a look at the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

Our Sons & Daughters Wood Shims and Word Art Simple DIY Canvas Art Pallet Signs Chalk Paint Pumpkins with Fabric Leaves Make a Personalized Scarecrow DIY Wall Art for the Bathroom Decoupaged Fall Leaves Lampshade Gimme A F.A.L.L! Eat SOMETHING Sweet Baby Love Quilt Big Reveal Sketching Inspiration for my little Dancer - September Silhouette Challenge Family Feature Presentation Wall Art Last Unicorn Shadow Box Makin' my office a little more artsy fartsy Family Command Center DIY Grandparents Sign with Photo Frame Dream Big Little Girl Canvas Art Fall Pallet Sign {Grateful, Thankful, Blessed} Pumpkins and Apples Sign Handmade Freezer Paper Cloth Napkins

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