Ferris Wheel Fun

Spent a fair bit of time on this and I love it.   The carriages are little bird houses tied with red ribbon. Just posted it on my facebook page, I just wish that I could have taken some outside shots of this but mother nature had some other ideas.  We have just had a very wild storm pass through here with loads of lightning and thunder and even reports of a tornado nearby.  Luckily we missed out on most of it and we didn’t lose power either.  Hope everyone is okay though.

Using My Silhouette To Cut Transparencies

Well, I took the plunge a few hours ago and finally used the OHP transparencies I had bought last week.  I was terrified that the transparencies would ruin my laser printer…my new laser printer at that too.  So I hummed and harred (is that really a  word?) for about an hour, loaded the feed with the transparent film twice, and then backed away.  I told my family I was about to do this, and my husband say “here, let me have a look”.  All I thought was, “thank God I have someone to blame when it bursts into flames”.  Then he had a bit of a look and hit the print button and …  no flames!

I printed the pink butterflies first and loved the result.  I just sat there and looked at them for a little while.  Really nice.  If you have a laser printer you have to make sure that the film that you put into it is for laser printers and not not not for ink jet printers.  Okay! You no load inkjet stuff into laser printer.  No.

So anyway, I am using the print and cut feature on my Silhouette Cameo machine.  I have the design software and I don’t really know if you need that software to use the print and cut or if you can print and cut without it.  If you haven’t used the print and cut on your Cameo before you probably should start with a print and cut image that you get from the Silhouette Store.  And when you have practised on that then you should go to You Tube and watch some tutorials on how to make you own print and cut files.  It really is very easy.  That is one thing I would say about the software for the Silhouette Cameo…it is easy to learn, I am serious, I am certainly not good at these types of things but I have picked this up very quickly.

So I created a print and cut file of the butterfly and printed it onto the transparency and cut…well it almost cut, so before I unloaded it I sent it through the machine again to get a better cut and shouldn’t have, because the cutting mat I had it on was not very tacky and the plastic butterflies came off the mat and got stuck in my machine.  It didn’t take much to get them out but I did panic a tiny bit.  I was thinking about how I could fix this as my mats aren’t very sticky, and then it came to me…my very first cutting mat…the mat that I tried to fix by painting repositionable glue on, the mat that became so super sticky that nothing would lift off that bloody thing, nothing…so it would be perfect for this little project.

I ran the next set of butterflies through the printer then placed them on my super sticky cutting mat and it did not move at all.  I am so glad I didn’t through it away, it came in very handy.  So moral to this story…don’t throw out the mat you stuffed up when you were trying to save it…you might just need it one day.

Well, the butterflies became something very pretty.  I cut a notch in the butterfly and attached each butterfly to a tea bag.  They sit magically on the side of a cup of tea and just look super sweet.  And of course they needed a cute little box to put them in, so the butterflies now reside in a cute little pillow box awaiting new homes.  They have been on my Facebook page for an hour so far, and I’ve got three orders for them.  Yay!  Most of my sales come from my Facebook page click here, but I have also put them in my Etsy store too, if you would like to have a look just click here.  Items are made to order, and dispatch in 1 – 2 business days.

Feel free to tell me what you think by comments or message on Facebook as well.  I am thinking about a give away on my Facebook page soon, the give away will be anything from the Etsy store, so hit like and don’t miss out!

Thanks guys.  Don’t forget to like and share and comment.  I am just a Mum trying to make some money here and there 🙂

Have a great week.  Ruby Canoe.

Teacher Owl Gift

A special gift for a special Prep teacher.  To be delivered this week.  You can find it in my Etsy Store.  Australian school will all be finishing in the next 4 weeks and these Teacher Thank You Gifts are selling like hot cakes…I love hot cakes! And I love to sell things on Facebook and Etsy!  Recently I have been sending the Teacher Thank You’s all over Australia, nothing like a beautiful handmade gift instead of one you pick up from Target…right?

Anyway, gotta fly! Ruby xx

Vintage Origami Dresses

I love vintage dresses and patterns.  A few days ago I scored a little pad of beautiful vintage papers just the right size for origami.  I had all intentions of doing some origami dresses all week but was just too busy…I have sold quite a few of the Teacher Poem Paper Art piece and it’s really time-consuming, so I didn’t get around to it.  But unfortunately I ended up on the lounge for the weekend unable to move much, so I thought I would take the opportunity to see what I could come up with. 

This first one is a lovely red and cream pattern with a scalloped edge, white cuffs, collar and belt.  This one is my favourite and if you would like to give it a new home try my Etsy store (Sorry but Australia only as the postage prices are just crap!) It is listed for just $15 I send it to you, you put it in a cheap but classy frame and hang it on your wall…then we are both happy!

This one is slightly shorter than the first, has short sleeves, white collar and a white belt.  The paper is so special!  Those pink flowers have metallic flecks through them and catches the light beautifully.  If you click on this Etsy link I have a close up photo of the paper as well.  It’s so yummy.  Oh only $15 I hear you say…why yes it is and completely affordable and would make a lovely Christmas present…

And last but not least is this beautiful little number…ain’t she grand?  The photo doesn’t really do them justice but it’s close.  Large cream flowers on a deep red backdrop is perfect.  It also resides at my Etsy shop for the price of the change you’ll find down the back of your lounge…go look, you know it’s there…seriously why are you still reading this…I’ll wait…………………….Got $15…good now go to Etsy and spend it on some lovely little gifts…you know you want to…or you can pop over to my Facebook page, cause seriously I sell most of my stuff on Facebook…My grand total on Etsy is 3 sales, well, better than nothing, one was a pity sale from my sister 🙂 which was very nice of her.

Talking of Etsy, this week I am paying them for promotion.  I took the $35 package for a weeks worth of promotion and apparently I will get approx 27000 impressions…at present, just half way through the second day I have a total of about 100 impressions, can’t see the 27000 total being reached at this point but you only pay for the impressions you get ie: if I reach 27000 (a miracle would have occurred) I get charged $35, at present with about 100 impressions I owe them well under a dollar.  Ah well in for a penny in for $35 I always say (yes I have used that joke about 4 times since yesterday, but you haven’t heard it yet, unless you are my daughter reading this, which I doubt she would have got this far into the post anyway).

Okay off to bed now, if you like chocolate hit the like button or share on facebook or go to Etsy and buy stuff or make yourself a strong scotch and coke and sit back a think about the meaning of life.

Stay cool all

Ruby Canoe over and out!


A Teacher’s Pressie For Chrissie!

I haven’t stuck any of the pieces down yet, but I love this!  I will put it up for sale in my Etsy store today for those of you living in Australia…be quick school finishes shortly.  I already have 8 of these to do just via my facebook page…just wanted to share…gotta fly!  Have an outstanding day!

Ruby xx