September the 18th 2008, a day I wish I could just erase off of the calendar. The day my Little Big Sister left this earth for a more Heavenly life. Every year since then September has just sucked! Just no other way to put it. Years have passed yet I still struggle just as hard sometimes as it was yesterday. I sure do miss her! I still have my other two big sisters which I am too grateful for, but now there is an empty hole, and has been. Most every year around this time I try to find me a project to work on in honor of my sis Donna. I haven’t done this every single year but over the years I’ve kept my mind occupied by doing what I do, creating something! This is my latest project “In Memory Of Donna Butterfly Bench”. I decided this would be something special for momma as the frame of this old bench used to be Donnas. It sort of had an “extreme makeover”…..
Donna’s Butterfly Bench
Several weeks after Donna died I was in her yard picking up some things, cleaning etc and noticed a bench in one of her flower beds outside. It had some years on it even back then so I just decided to take it on home with me. I placed it out in the front yard where it’s been untouched up until about two years ago when I sat in it and broke it. Since then it’s just been barely standing on it’s own, kind of like how I feel sometimes…Anyhow about two months ago I had a vision of what I could do with this old bench. I took it apart, threw out the old rotten wood, gave the frame a good cleaning and a coat or two of paint, and then found me several pieces of beautiful Poplar wood. This would be the perfect project for our new CNC Router set up we installed a few months ago. So as September started, so did I. It started on the drawing board with some modifications to an existing digital butterfly file I had on hand. From there over to the CNC. After that, staining, clear coating, gold vinyl lettering to install and then more clear coat and finally topped off with some stainless steel bolts and a pair of solar powered LED lighted tip antennas. O yea, a lazer engraved photo we also did on our laser engraver. Whew!
I feel like this is one of my best creations to date. Mom said it was definitely a “work of art”.
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Love you SIS!
For many months, maybe even years I have been collecting and saving these cardboard tubes. Every time I order sign vinyl or HTV it normally comes shipped in on a tube. These tubes work well when I ship out custom pageant magnets or large wall decals but for some reason I have just been holding on to these tubes just knowing one day I would find a use for them. That day came today! A recycled vinyl storage wall rack was born. Yesterday it dawned on me as I looked over one of my counters in the main workroom and seeing vinyl and HTV all over the place. I have several of those “store bought” wall racks and many shelves in place and all are over flowing with vinyl. As the holidays are here my inventory continues to grow and I needed a quick fix and a fix it is! I used my handy dandy chop saw to cut these tubes in half then cut them again on a 45 degree angle. Me and the kids then took some 80 grit sandpaper to smooth out that nasty cut the chop saw left behind. From there I found a scrap piece of luan plywood that was already near the size I needed for the part needed to attach the storage rack to the wall. So after we sanded all these fancy cardboard tubes and cleaned all the dust all that was left was hot gluing them to the plywood. 4 wood screws later and viola! A recycled vinyl storage rack “Patent Pending”. It is not the “purdiest” thing, but it works. No back to that “work” I go!
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It’s been a while since I’ve blogged and I thought this fire department table project was blog worthy. A few weeks ago Mr. Lee Kirkland, Fire Chief of Milan Fire Department text me inquiring about some graphics on a table he was working on. He asked for a quote and we discussed a few things about the layout and using true fire flames or not. He also wanted to use the official patch of Milan FD which we placed on the center of the table as you can see in the pics. I think it turned out fantastic. Lee had prepped the table properly including a nice coat of polyurethane. We then turned to Photoshop to get the firefighter design in order. From there it was output to a HP latex Printer that produced some of the most vibrant colors and shades I’ve seen off of any wide format printer lately. After the print cured overnight a clear over laminate was applied to the graphic for added durability. After lamination we ran this printed vinyl through our plotters for the contour cut. We did this so the clear areas of the flame would have the natural wood finish showing through and also adds some pop! We used a standard high performance vinyl on this project and it turned out Hot! I am anxious to see the completed project after Chief Kirkland applies that final coat of polyurethane. I am so grateful for the work, and grateful for the volunteers of my small town.[quote]They fight what we all fear![/quote]
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