Monday, January 17, 2011

Cooking Spice Subway Art

I’ve loved all the subway art pieces around blogland, and when I got my Silhouette for Christmas, I knew I wanted to make one for my kitchen. I just needed to find the words. Pretty quickly I liked the idea of using the names of spices. I’m not sure subway art was the wisest idea for an early vinyl project, but I sure did get to know my machine and its product very well, very quickly. I painted a canvas dark red for the backing and used the cream vinyl that came with my machine. Has anyone else had issues with getting the Silhouette brand vinyl to actually stick to your project? I had tons of issues on this project, and the baby sleeping sign I made for the outside of my house keeps trying to come off. (As a side note: I have purchased vinyl from another vendor that works much better, I’m just curious if I’m the only one have the Silhouette brand issue.) After several lost letters and a few misplaced words, I finally finished it and loved the outcome!

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Nolan’s mom gave me a few more antique tins, an old potato masher and egg beater for Christmas, and my mom gave me a milk can from Hobby Lobby. She met the store in Pensacola, FL over Thanksgiving while visiting my brother and instantly fell in love. My sister-in-law and I benefited nicely! It was fun adding the new pieces in and putting the sign up above my kitchen cabinets. While it doesn’t fit as well with the vintage styling of the rest of my décor, I still like the way it looks.

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I made another vinyl sign on the same color of canvas to replace the Enjoy sign (I explained how I made it here), but in the end Nolan and I both liked the original sign better. I think I’m happy now with the way my kitchen looks, but I doubt I’d reject additional vintage pieces for it!

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  1. Jill,
    Your sign turned out super cute!
    Thanks for visiting my blog! You asked if I had any tips for sanding a waterfall desk? I just used my mouse sander for most of it. For the front rounded part, I sanded it by hand. Piece of cake! :)

  2. Nice job, they turned out so well! Thanks for stopping by Threeboys, I hope to see you around:)

  3. Darling! I love subway art. :)

  4. I've wanted to make a Subway Art, too...but since I didn't get a Silhouette for Christmas I guess I'll just admire everyone else's! ;) Yours looks wonderful. I can't believe it was your first attempt!

  5. i looks great!

    i'm loving the subway art i've been seeing lately, too.

  6. cute project. I have a Silhouette and I have issues issues issues with their vinyl. Wish I had known that before I bought so many rolls (scrapbooking store closing = good deal on vinyl--but not all the headaches that go with it--would love to know that brand you are trying. thanks mamajx

  7. I've been wanting to try a subway art project, too. Thanks for the heads-up about your "brand problem." Even though I have enjoyed seeing everyone's holiday versions, l love the idea of a piece you can enjoy every day.

  8. Love the subway art! Using spices is such a great idea.

  9. Love it! I've been looking for something to do for my kitchen, and I've just been inspired! Thanks. :)

  10. Great idea! Subway art for the kitchen! FUN!
    I would LOVE to know the name/brand of the vinyl you use too. THANKS!

  11. Love your subway art. I don't have one of the great machines, but I'm thinking of just trying using my computer to do different fonts and sizes. Then I could try adhering the printed word strips on artist's canvas using mod podge. Has anyone done that? I really like all your fun accents.

  12. So cute! I will be featuring your project this Thursday at my weekly link party, Hookin Up with HoH #34.

    I'm letting you know in advance as I'll be out of town during the party and will be unable to notify you on Thursday.

    Please feel free to stop by and grab a button on Thursday!

    ~Allison @ House of Hepworths

  13. This is so cute.

    I just tried using my new Silhouette to cut out some vinyl and had the WORST trouble! It was the roll that came with the machine. I was about ready to send the whole thing back and get a refund. I'm sorry you had trouble, but I'm secretly glad that it's not just me ;)

    Thanks for sharing at My Backyard Eden. I'll be featuring this tomorrow!

  14. Just a comment on Hobby Lobby: When my mother in law came down from NH and discovered HL, she went crazy too. She now buys my girls HL gift cards online and has them shipped to us for birthdays... She loves that store and tells everyone about it. She is trying to get her mom and sister to come down here for a visit (probably to us too) there!!
    Oh, and I love your sign. I do not have a silhouette, but I admire everyone's work with one!


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