More like 2 years in review, but who’s counting?!

We bought a new home


We went to New Orleans

We got braces, I discovered snapchat filters and we got our braces off.

Samantha went to Prom

My baby graduated!

My husband built a pool and we had a great summer!


The Halloween/Christmas lights got a facelift.  The entire show had to be rebuilt to fit the new house.



We prepared for Harvey, nervously laughed through it and watched our neighborhood grow a little closer.  Aside from a flooded property and 1 downed tree, we fared well.  One of our neighbors was driving through the subdivision very early one morning during Harvey and saw our tree…he was kind enough to take a chainsaw to it to get it out of the road and out of the drainage ditch.  Those are the kinds of neighbors we have and we’re very thankful for him.

On the crafting side…

Paper is still a part of my life and I doubt that will ever change.  Handmade cards and gifts are making a come back and it’s my plan in 2018, to keep increasing handmade and decreasing gift cards.

Vinyl took up A LOT of my time this year…  From signs to koozies to personalized items, I learned a lot about vinyl and all the different ways I can use it.

A new puppy came into our lives…’Willow’, but her snobby name is Liberty’s Patriotic Princess Willow.  Her show prance and antics make us laugh, Kona has a new best friend and the pain of losing Chloe was eased a little.

I was part of an amazing event… The Texans Pink Ribbon night.

I’m on the one of the left of the 2 ladies coming down the ‘Soul Train’ line.  And yes LOL that’s what the manager of the Texans Cheerleaders called it.  It was insanely fun and one of the few really bright moments since my cancer diagnosis.

It snowed!  In EAST TEXAS!!  That is something VERY new for this California girl and I was absolutely mesmerized by it.

It’s been a fantastic year(ish), we’ve made a lot of wonderful memories and I’m optimistic about the coming year.  I have a new trick up my sleeve…but that post is for tomorrow.

Happy New Year everyone!

It started so innocently – My husband covers our house in Christmas lights every year and puts on a show.  So he asked me to make him a sign.

This sign is 24×36 inches and it made with outdoor vinyl, Oracal 651 to be exact.

Now guess how wide my Zing is and how wide the vinyl is.  Do you have your guesses ready?  Well my Zing has a maximum width of 13″ and the vinyl that I can get locally is 12″.  So that’s a 24″x36″ sign, made with 12″ vinyl and on a 13″ Zing.  Did you brain just do a ‘wait, what?’  Yeah, mine did too.  For the most part, the sign was pretty straight forward since none of the lines (wording, etc) are very tall.  They’re just long.  But do you see that awesome Santa Clause?  He is definitely NOT 12″ wide or tall.  I had to break the design in half, cut it and then line up the 2 pieces on the coroplast.  Those of you that work with vinyl know that the second the vinyl hits the surface, it’s stuck.  If it’s a small piece, you may get lucky and not stretch the vinyl while pulling it off.  With a little help from my daughter, we conquered that sign and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

But what happens when you’ve performed a minor miracle?  Yup, that’s right…you get asked to do it again.

This time, its for the Halloween light show.  Which, if you’d like to learn more about it, click here.  Yet another 24″x36″ sign :/

And that sign, led to this one…

*objects in pictures are WAY bigger than they appear.

And this one…which I made for my mom, earning me the title of golden child for Christmas 2017.  Sorry, Jason, better luck next year!


Vinyl just isn’t about decals, just as my Zing isn’t just about paper.  So don’t let your perceived roadblocks get in the way…


What I used:
KNK Zing
Coroplast (Home Depot)
Wood (Home Depot)
Acrylic Paint
Oracal 651 (permanent vinyl)
Oracal 631 (temporary vinyl)
Transfer Tape

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