Monday, October 14, 2013

Spooky Fun

I love decorating for holidays. In recent years, I have added Halloween d├ęcor to the rotation. Using my Silhouette, I cut silhouettes for the windows. I taped sheets of black construction paper together to fit the window.  I then used my overhead projector to blow up the images and traced them on the construction paper. After cutting out, the silhouettes were ready to be taped to the inside of the windows. A bubbling cauldron, a witch, scampering mice and a hissing cat were seen in the windows.
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Then there were the ghosts… The ghosts were originally just cheese cloth over hangers. I mounted my black fluorescent light (about $10 at WalMart near the lightbulbs) on the house side of the tree. The ghosts didn’t glow as brightly as I wanted, so I cut up a cheap white bed sheet and added a layer under the cheesecloth.
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How cool is that?!?!
Of course we need lighting on the porch. My husband and son have an affinity for all thing “skulls,” so here is a nod to the boys!
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Stay tuned to see the transformations inside. Yes, I have gone overboard, but always on the cheap!
Have a great weak and hopefully you are enjoying cooler weather!
Yours, Whyt

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Grocery Fun

Sometimes you just can’t help but getting excited while checking out at the grocery store. Yesterday, I ran into the Kroger near work to pick up lunch. Near the front door, there was a basket of clearance wines.  I work in the public schools in Texas. There is a zero tolerance policy and I dare not have wine out in the car, besides, it’s early September in Houston. The heat in the car is no bueno for my vino. So on my way home today, I made my stop. I had a few coupons for free Kroger products and some POS coupons from a previous trip.  My total started out around $65. I walk out paying less than $45!

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That’s over 1/3 off my total! LOVE IT!

Let me tell ya how it happened…

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So this is what I came home with… Yes, that includes 6, count them 6, bottles of wine. My free coupons are from a Kroger brand school lunches promo. (Read about Lunchbox Heroes at The Kroger Co. Family of Stores below) The kiddos are all about fruit snacks , flavored waters, and cookies. I keep a stash of granola bars in my office. Just those 4 items netted me over $10 in savings. My POS coupons netted another $1 in savings. Now for the wine…Not the fanciest on the shelf, but wines good for winding down in the evening.

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Refresh by Turning Leaf: 50% off

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I had Acronym before it’s a GR8WW! 88point wine that retails for around $15. 66% savings!

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The last wine is Stark Raving (retails $12). I just had to try it for the name! Then lo and behold, my friend Amy reviewed it late last year … VineSleuth Uncorked

 

KROGER LUNCHBOX HEROES

The Kroger Co. Family of Stores has yet to invent Lunchbox Heroes that actually make your kids’ lunches for you, but their foods will definitely help you make lunchtime fun and delicious for your family. Oh, and they’re super affordable, too! Once school is back in session, delight your loved ones daily with specially selected Kroger brand favorites like Cheese Flavored Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels and Chewy Granola Bars, or NEW Fruit Snacks, Golden Double Filled Vanilla Sandwich Cookies, and Extreme Fusion Waters. With snacks like that, your kid will be the talk of the lunchroom, and you’ll be accepting hugs left and right.

Hope the 13-14 School Year will be a great one for you and yours!

Love, Whyt

 

I am a BuzzAgent and received coupons for free products at Kroger. I do buy Kroger brand regularly and the above opinions are my own!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Fall in Texas= HOMECOMING

Last year, at freshman orientation, we found out Homecoming was the third week of school! Aaahhhhh!!!!

This year I am ready to make me some mums!

I am currently taking orders for mums for area high school. If your school is not on the list, and you are interested, let me know and I will let you know if I can make your mum!

Sept 27   Cy Ranch, Langham Creek & Jersey Village

Oct 4      Cy Creek & Cy Woods

Oct 11    Cy Lakes & Cy Falls

Oct 18    Cy Springs & Cy Ridge

Oct 25    Cy Fair

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I am making full size mums, pee wee mums, garters and finger mums. I am also able to make custom trinkets for those organizations & activities that mainstream stores don’t carry.

Email me at whytswhimsy@att.net  or leave a comment and I will get back to you!

Let’s get ready for some football!!!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Francophile Christmas

Bonjour mes amies! I have been painting like a fool this summer getting ready for fall craft shows. I was wanting to do a Christmas sign without the normal red & green. So French chic was called for!
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I love making signs on cabinet doors. For one, it’s a great way to upcycle. Two, it is cheaper that canvas. Whyt's Whimsy 028
Finally, it is solid wood and already framed!
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The first thing I do is create my design in Silhouette Studio. I match the dimensions of the board.
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Then I deconstruct the elements.
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Since I am using the vinyl as a mask, all the elements are on the same page. I pick up clearance vinyl at JoAnne’s or Hobby Lobby for this purpose, since colors don’t matter.
When making the signs, you have to think through the layers and colors. More than once, I have painted the layers out of order, and ended up having to sand down and start over!
Think of the layers backwards. Since the main elements are the words and Eiffel Tower, those go down first. After sanding the board, paint it black. Then place the words and Tower. Whyt's Whimsy 044
Now paint the green. DO NOT remove the vinyl!
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Now place the vinyl for the green elements (flourishes and holly leaves). Now paint the pink. DO NOT remove the vinyl! Now place the holly berries and paint the board white. Once the paint is dry, you may now remove the vinyl.
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If you like the finish, you are finished! Otherwise, you can distress, wax, stain, etc… Next time, I will show you a cool technique for a fall sign. Until then, Bon Nuit at Au Revoir! –Whyt
 
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

ARGGGG!

I am not sure what is going on and am VERY frustrated! Some of you have contacted me saying that your friends are trying to contact me and I am not responding. I have checked my blog, FB, emails, etc, but I cannot find the messages! ARGGGG!

If you would like to talk to me about placing an order, my craft shows, products, etc, please shoot me an email at: whytswhimsy@att.net

I am not ignoring, I promise!

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas

What???? While I am home for the summer, I have been working on signs for the fall craft shows. I get outside to sand, saw, and paint and it is pushing 100 degrees. But how I love Christmas! Here are a few of my newest signs…
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“Noel” is painted on an upcycled cabinet door from Habitat for Humanity Restore. The door is solid wood and I can’t help but love that the sign is pre “framed”!
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“Tree Farm” and “Baby” are painted on cedar fence pickets. This was may first time to paint on fence pickets. I had to work at making the vinyl stick to the boards even after painting the base coat. Oracle 631vinyl isn’t sticky enough. The 651 sticks better, but it still requires patience. I do love the outcome, though. Using the pickets lends a different look to the signs. I am thinking I will be painting more pickets in the near future!
I am taking custom orders for cabinet and picket signs. Email me at whytswhimsy@att.net or find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WhytsWhimsy
Have a great rest of the week! Love, Whyt

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Friday, June 28, 2013

My Country tis of Thee

Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is the National Day of the United States. the 4th of July commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
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Here at the Whimsy household, we typically grill an obscene amount of meat and blow up an equally obscene amount of fireworks. Friends know all are invited and show up with more meat and fireworks. It’s a very casual affair with kids running about and everyone having fun.
I finally updated my mantle to reflect Independence Day. It also gave me a chance to deep clean the area too! I spent less that $10 on the update and made a new sign.
(The 4th of July sign is for sale, email me at whytswhimsy@att.net for more info.)
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The $10 covered the taper candles, the red, white & blue daisies, the flag and the red and blue star ribbons. Everything else was either part of the mantle-scape or came from the craft closet. Pretty cool, eh?
This week I was contacted by a shop that has heard about Whyt’s Whimsy through Facebook. The owner is inquiring about purchasing signs to sell in her shop. How cool is that? We are still in the talking stage, but I am so excited to see where God is going to take Whyt’s Whimsy! Thinking ahead to presence in a shop and fall shows, I have started working on Fall and Christmas themed signs. Of course, wine glasses and steins will feature themes too.
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Off to paint some more signs!

God bless America!
Love, Whyt
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