Travel the South: Gorham's Bluff

Nestled high above the Tennessee River in Pisgah, AL, you will find the charming community of Gorham's Bluff. The drive from Birmingham is a little over two hours, making the trip just right for a weekend escape. I was looking for a place to spend the weekend peacefully and quietly with my husband and we got that and so much more at Gorham's Bluff.


DIY Monogram Tray

This post is sponsored by Craftey

For as long as I can remember, I have been a monogram addict. From weekenders to Tervis Tumblers, basically everything that I own is monogrammed! One of the biggest things that motivated me to purchase my first Silhouette CAMEO was the ability of the machine to cut monograms (yup, the addiction runs that deep, y'all). 

I loveeee the look of lucite anything. I recently purchased a lucite tray to serve as a "catch-all" and I just knew it wouldn't be complete without a monogram! Cutting monograms from vinyl is easy as pie and before you know it, you too will be monogramming everything!

Here's what you need:

-Silhouette CAMEO (or similar machine)
-Monogram It App (the greatest app ever invented)
-Any color vinyl (I used Flamingo Pink from Expressions Vinyl)
-Transfer tape (I use contact paper and it works just fine!)

Let's get this party started!

First, you will create the monogram in the Monogram It app. Once you have the monogram style that you like, email it to yourself. Save the file to your documents and then drag it into the Silhouette Studio. You will then use the trace feature to make your monogram cuttable.

Highlight the entire monogram, click the trace button, adjust the high pass filter until the whole monogram is yellow and then click trace.

 Once I have traced my monogram, I delete the original file since I no longer need it. Now you will adjust the size of your monogram to fit on your tray. Since the tray is 10x10, I decided that around a 4x4 monogram would be a perfect size.

Now for the magic to happen! It's time to cut. Load your vinyl onto your cutting mat, load the mat into the machine and then make sure that all of your cut settings are correct. I selected vinyl-glossy as my material, the action is "cut" and then I clicked send! Listening to the CAMEO cut the design from the vinyl is always music to my ears. It never gets old!

Now you will weed the excess vinyl away from your monogram. Cover the monogram with transfer tape and place it carefully on your tray. SWOON!

A monogram can take anything from basic to classic. And the best part? The transformation can happen in under five minutes.

If you're like me and you have nail polish, jewelry, and other beauty items just lying around,  you can arrange them in your lucite tray and now you have a neat and nice way to have the things that you most frequently use on your countertop. 

The tray would also work well on a desk to organize office supplies!

Be sure to check out this post and all of the other inspiring projects over at Craftey!

Happy monogramming dolls.




Spring DIY Roundup

I love spring because the weather is perfect; not too hot and not too cold. I love the revitalization of life after dreary winter days. The return of color in nature always gets my creative juices flowing and I love to create with cheerful colors whenever springtime rolls around. 

Today, I am sharing a few spring crafts that I have created over time all with the help of my handy dandy Silhouette Cameo. It is literally the most versatile machine!

Let's get crafting.


An Open Letter to My Childless Friends in This Season of Life

My Dear Sweet Friends,

Where to even begin.

It seems like just yesterday we were 22 years old and our biggest concern was figuring out what we were going to wear for a night on the town.

Here we are 5 years later and oh, how things have changed.

We used to be life of the party and the ones shutting down the bar on a regular basis. Nowadays, I am in bed many hours before last call. The only reason you will ever catch me awake at 2am is to feed a crying baby.


Craft Corner: DIY Personalized Tee

In the South there are four seasons: winter, spring, summer and FOOTBALL! September means that it's football season once again. We are big Alabama fans and of course I have to outfit the kids in the cutest Bama gear! I especially love cute little personalized shirts. However, these shirts run anywhere from $15 to $20, if not more! Today as I was sitting at my desk talking to a friend about these shirts that we buy for our little ones, I realized that I had printable HTV just waiting to be used! For all you crafty, DIY, frugal mommas: this one is for you!


Family Movie Night Bar


I love making ordinary days a little extraordinary to create fun memories for the kids. The other night, we decided at the last minute to do a family movie night and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to go the extra mile! My stepson is with us for the summer, so we hopped in the car and headed out to gather some treats. We set out to create our own little concession stand and we had so much fun finding everything and setting everything up. He even helped me take the pictures!

 Grab your kiddos, grab your vinyl, and get ready for a fabulous movie night.

What You'll Need:
*Plastic Bin (what I got was actually a dish pan, but it was $1!)
*Chalkboard Sign (I painted the frame)
-Flamingo Pink
*Snack on Snacks on Snack and a Fun Movie!


Mom Life: Postive Parenting

I am no parenting expert, but when it comes to how I raise my kids, I simply don't agree with several age-old ideas. One thing is for sure, there is no handbook on how to be a Mom and you have to learn as you go. Most of the time, if you follow your gut instinct, you can't go wrong!

Of course everyone is going to give you their two cents. Listen graciously and proceed with your life. If you know in your heart that you're doing the best that you can and your babies are happy, you have to stick to your guns and do what you believe is right no matter what anyone says! You can't get caught in a cycle of constantly questioning yourself based on an outsider's opinion. They don't live your life. You do!