Monday, December 1, 2014

XL VINYL WALL CLOCK, A BLOG HOP AND A GIVEAWAY

** UPDATED TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNER OF MY GIVEAWAY**
Congratulations to 
~ RENEE FOULKS ~
I have emailed you.


Welcome to those who arrived from the hop! 

Who wants to have some fun today?  
The SILHOUETTE AMERICA DESIGN TEAM and I are teaming up to give away some fun prizes today.  Each of us were asked what our favorite SILHOUETTE AMERICA product is and then in return we can share our favorite products with you in a prize.  

What a way to start the first day of December, right?  Right!

SILHOUETTE AMERICA Vinyl is my favorite product to work with by far.  
For those of you that know me, know how much I LOVE vinyl. I have said it before that if I could put something vinyl on every wall in our house I really would.  
But today I am going to share with you an XL vinyl wall clock and it really works too.
It leaves a huge statement on any wall that is for sure.  


It was pretty easy to make this as well, let me show you a little step by step.

First I went to Hobby Lobby and got the largest working clock parts I could find.  I measured them so I knew what size I wanted to make my actual clock.

Then the very first thing I did was tie a string around my pencil and the other end around a push pin.  I measured to make sure the string was the exact size I wanted it.  I put the push pin right in the wall where I wanted the center of my clock to be. 
Then I took my pencil that was attached to the string and drew a line all the way around. 


Then the next morning I got started on the actual clock part of this. 
I drew a circle in my SILHOUETTE AMERICA DESIGN STUDIO to the same size as my actual clock on the wall.  
I typed out my numbers and sized them to exactly how big I wanted them to be. 
I also typed out a quote that I love and sized it to fit within the clock as well. 

I cut the numbers out of black vinyl, and my quote out of turquoise vinyl.
Once everything was cut out, I cut out each number and weeded out the extra vinyl around it, and placed my transfer paper over each individual number.  I did the same thing for the quote. 

Then I took my numbers and wall quote to my penciled circle on the wall.  
I started with the 12, 3, 6 and 9.  I marked the center of each side of the circle before I started with my pencil, to help give me some guide where those numbers should go.  I then filled in the rest of the numbers. I left them on the wall with the transfer paper until I was completely done.  I just lined up each number so that just the top edge hit the pencil line. 


Then I added the quote, still while the transfer tape is on the back of all the numbers.  

I decided that it would be best if I took the transfer paper off the quote first since the transfer paper was overlapping a bit on some of the numbers. 
Before you start peeling off your transfer paper for any of the elements on the wall, make sure you press it firmly against the wall.  I take my silhouette scraper and go over it several times with a little pressure. 

Then once you start to peel it away remember go slowly.  As I am pulling away the transfer paper I rub on the letters as I go.  Also when pulling back on the transfer paper I try to keep it flat against the wall so that it has less pulling on the letters. 

Once the entire transfer paper is removed from the wall, I like to also go back and press on the letters again to give them a little extra security to the wall itself.  

Once the quote was done, I did the exact same thing for all of the numbers. 


I took a step back and made sure it all looked even and lined up.  
I then took a big eraser and erased all of the pencil lines I had drawn, and removed the pushpin from the wall.  

I then took some double sided adhesive strips and adhered them to the back of the clock parts and put it right in the center where my push pin had been.  
This made the clock complete, and it is working wonderfully.  



I originally was going to do the numbers as roman numerals, but my kids don't know what those are and my kids are learning to tell time at school, and my daughter is learning what the actual numbers look like, so I thought this would be much more fun with actual numbers,  I was right they have already been trying to tell time on it and my daughter has been practicing each number of the clock so I think it was a perfect choice to do it this way.
I love the statement it makes on this small wall in our living room. I recently took a picture down from this wall and moved some candle holders over the the next wall, so it has been blank and I just wasn't sure what I wanted to do here. I wanted something big but not overpowering.  So when I came up with this clock idea it was the perfect thing for this spot.  I LOVE it so much.
I love the quote and it was fun to add the quote in turquoise to match the living room.


For the hop you might have come straight from
so now from me you should head on over to 
Have fun on the rest of the hop.  


NOW FOR A FUN GIVEAWAY!!

I am giving away 2 rolls of SILHOUETTE AMERICA Vinyl.  
1 roll of black 
1 roll of turquoise




Please take note :
  • Open to US/Canada Residents, 18 & older.  
  • Void where prohibited.
  • Giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. Prizes will be fulfilled by Silhouette America.
  • Winner cannot have won another Silhouette America giveaway in the past 90 days.
  • Winners should expect their prize to arrive within 4-6 weeks.
  • Once the contest ends, a winner will be chosen within 24 hours, and I will post it here on the blog who won and they will be notified as well.  
HAVE FUN ON THE HOP.
I can't wait to take a look at all my team members favorite products and projects they are sharing as well.

~NICOLE

Sunday, November 30, 2014

SUNDAY RAMBLINGS

THIS PAST WEEK :
  • The kids were out of school for Thanksgiving break.  
  • Monday we went to Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles for an appointment for little Jacob.  The appointment went well and he no longer needs to wear the hard plastic brace we are getting him a new kind.  
  • Monday night I went with my parents to the hospital as they took my grandfather off of his ventilators.  Tuesday evening he passed away. 
  • Thursday was Thanksgiving, in the morning we went to my parents house so they could see the kids for a few minutes before they headed off to my grandmas.  Jacob was on graveyard so we didn't go.  He rested for a bit during the day and then we went to his parents house that evening and dinner over there. 
  • We went Black Friday Shopping at Walmart, Target and Dicks Sporting Goods with my mother in law and sister and brother in law.  
  • We waited an hour plus to get into Walmart but got some good deals once we got in there.  We didn't have any specific item we were going for which made it nice to just see what we could find.  
  • Friday we went to my parents house and hung out for a little bit while I got some work done at the same time. 
  • We went to Target and got turkeys for a great price.  I had a -$5.00 off any $20.00 meat purchase.  So we got 2 $11.00 (13 pound turkeys) , used my coupon, used my 10% off cartwheel coupon and my Target debit card that also saved me another 5%.  So we got a great deal, and a turkey for now and one for later.   

THIS WEEKEND :
  • Saturday I had 2 photo shoots in the morning at Mojave Narrows.
  • Jacob deep fried a turkey Saturday afternoon and it was so good.
  • Today we stayed home ALL day and I worked on wood sign orders and the kids relaxed and played some with the girls next door.  Tomorrow school starts again so they got to bed right on time becuase the Monday after a break is always hard for them.  
  • The weather was cloudy and cold today. I loved it.  We got a tiny sprinkling of rain, but nothing major to even cover the sidewalk all the way.  Bummer, we need rain bad here and I love it.  Hopefully we will get more this week.  

THIS WEEK AHEAD :
  • The kids go back to school on Monday
  • Tuesday is my grandfathers funeral
  • Wednesday the kids have a school Christmas Performance
  • Thursday evening I'm photographing attendees at a Christmas party. 

READING :
  • A friend of mine just got her book on Amazon.  It is called the Amender Series.  Part 1 is now available for purchase.  I have just started reading it.  You can find it on Amazon HERE.  

WORKING ON :
  • Wood signs
  • Editing 3 more photo shoots
  • Organizing what Christmas gifts I have bought so far and what I still need to buy. 

PROJECT LIFE :
  • I may just have to embrace the fact that I am just behind.  I have been taking the photos, just not have any organization to what photos for the weeks, nor do I have any of them printed.  

WATCHING :
  • Last night I got caught up on the first 5 episodes of Chicago Fire finally
  • I also got caught up on a few more episodes of Revenge
  • We watched a few Christmas movies on Netflix. 

WEATHER :
  • It has been much cooler, but still so nice this last week.  
  • I would love some rain already though
  • Saturday night it was SO windy.  
  • Today was overcasty for a while and we got a little sprinkles, nothing major at all.  

EATING :
  • Deep fried turkey.  Jacob did such a good job on it and it was amazing. 
  • I made green chili chicken enchiladas one night on flour tortillas.  Super good. 
  • Home made pizzas one afternoon for lunch. 
  • A dutch apple pie that I made ( Just a frozen one) and it was SO good.  
  • Tonight I made penne pasta with meatballs. It was really good and the kids loved it as usual. 
  • For lunch today we had sloppy joes.  We haven't had them in forever. I used tiny slider buns for the kids sandwiches and they loved that.  
~NICOLE


ME AT 35 - A LAYOUT


Last week I was over on the LAYOUT A WEEK blog sharing my most recent layout.  Come on over HERE and check it out.

~NICOLE

Saturday, November 29, 2014

NICOLE MANTOOTH PHOTOGRAPHY

Recently I had the privilege of taking some family photos for this beautiful family.  
Amy is my new friend and also my neighbor.
Her two young girls and my kids are literally attached at the hip.  They spend every free moment together playing, we have had numerous sleep overs, dinners together and just fun hanging out.

I took their pictures at one of my favorite spots to take pictures at and I am so happy with the way they turned out.
Thank you Amy for asking me to do your pictures, 

It is always fun to throw a silly shot in there.  

Beautiful girls







Thank you again Amy and girls.  It was so much fun taking your pictures.  

~NICOLE

Thursday, November 27, 2014

HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2014


I want to wish you all a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING.  

Remember that there is ALWAYS ALWAYS something to be thankful for.
I am thankful for so much in my life.  I am very blessed and I thank GOD each and everyday for this life I have.
Remember to be thankful everyday of the year, not just today.  

I hope you are having a wonderful day and eat lots of turkey and stuffing.  

~NICOLE

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