Blog 2017-05-21T19:30:35+00:00

Shop Tip Tuesday

It’s Shop Tip Tuesday! Whoa, wait…a blog post on a Tuesday?? You bet!  Sometimes you just have to change things up.  Also, Shop Tip Wednesday just didn’t have quite the same ring to it. Anyway, I’ll be sharing with you some quick, easy to accomplish tips to improve your shop experience.  I have learned a lot from other makers.  Some are so simple that I can’t believe I didn’t think of them while still be so brilliant!  Be sure to follow along with this series so you can use these in your shop! The first tip literally takes seconds to accomplish.  Really.  And you only need two things that I’d bet a dollar you already have on hand. Yup.  Wood filler and plastic wrap.  I don’t know about you but I find that my tubs of wood filler, especially the large ones, will start to dry out before I’ve even [...]

February 20th, 2018|Categories: Shop Tips|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

DIY Reusable Stencil for Under $1

Recently a friend asked me if I could make him a stencil to help him paint stars on his flags and he wanted it to be reusable.  I knew I had the cut file and I could make a stencil but I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to make one that was reusable.  While going over possible materials, I wondered if one of those thin cutting mats might work.  I did a search on the internet and found where someone had tried it.  Even with a Silhouette deep cut blade (affiliate), it just didn’t work.  I did some thinking about what was thinner than a cutting mat but would still stand up to repeated uses and it finally dawned on me – a plastic folder!  I went to Walmart and found one that was perfect and it was only $0.50! While I was looking, I found another great [...]

February 14th, 2018|Categories: Design, Signs|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

A Look Back – January 2018

Can you guys believe it’s already February?!  Didn’t we JUST have New Year’s??  I guess since we’re already a month into 2018, it’s time to look back at January to see what I’ve been up to. A lot of the things I do may never make it to the blog as a full-fledged post on its own but it’s always fun to look back at what was accomplished.  This also helps to see that, yes, I did in fact accomplish things over the last month. Ha! One of my biggest goals this year is to have a bigger focus on creating content for my blog as well as creating other social media content but I still take orders for customers.  I've been doing a lot of behind the scenes work to make plans for future posts, videos, and projects. Here are a few orders I created last month.  Some of [...]

How to Get Stain Out of Carpet

Often times, my “finishing” room is my living room.  I’d love to have a space that I could set out all my paint and stain projects to work on and dry that was solely for that purpose but I don’t.  I always protect my space with plastic sheets or cardboard but accidents are bound to happen.  I just keep telling myself that I will be replacing my carpet soon. I’ve been saying that for at least two years… Anyway, what spurred this post was one of those accidents.  I spilled stain – ebony stain – on my light-colored carpet.  I wasn’t even staining!  When I’ve got a lot of projects at once, it’s not uncommon for me to have them all strung out across the floor.  As I was walking through, I accidentally kicked over the can of stain.  No big deal.  I closed it last time I used it.  [...]

Shop Upgrade Series – Gloves

If you’ll recall last summer, I suffered through took on a 30 day shop upgrade challenge.  It was hard.  You can check out my projects here and here.  I loved the result at the end, though, and have made other upgrades since then.  Since there is always room for improvement and one upgrade every month or so is way more doable, I’ve started a Shop Upgrade Series. Periodically throughout the year I’ll be sharing with you some of my ongoing shop upgrades.  I’d like to commit to once a month but let’s be real with each other.  That may not happen.  Ha!  Most of the upgrades will be quick and easy or DIY.  Heck, they may even be both!  Let’s get to the first in the series.  It falls into the quick and easy category. I get a lot of my shop inspirations from watching my maker friends.  They’re pretty [...]

January 17th, 2018|Categories: Shop Upgrade Series, Work Shop|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Making Things Happen in 2018 – Sharing Goals for the New Year

So, have you ever had something you needed to do but you kept putting it off until tomorrow, or next week even, then all of a sudden, it’s a few months down the road and it’s still not done?  That kind of happened with my blog posts.  I had plans, guys.  Great plans.  But life and holidays happened and I ended up taking an unexpected and extra-long blog hiatus.  I know you all noticed the absence and missed me greatly… (It’s okay to laugh at that.)  Now that I’m back, I’m going to kick off the year with a short recap of what I’ve been up to and some of my goals for 2018. The biggest event that happened was 7 Mile Designs celebrated one year of being in existence in October.  My first public posts were equally terrifying and exciting.  It was fun to see how far I’ve come [...]

January 3rd, 2018|Categories: About Me|Tags: , , |4 Comments