silhouette sunday: DIY wall clock

If you're old school like me and still like to glance at a clock every so often (instead of a smart phone or Fitbit), did you know you could make something totally custom with a clock kit and your vinyl cutting machine?!

First you'll want to measure the center of whatever medium you choose. I picked up this square 'blank' from a craft store, but use your imagination! Cute plates, vinyl records, and CDs would make great clocks, I think! Mark the center of your item if there's not already a hole in the middle and use a drill to make a hole large enough for the "post" of the clock piece.

silhouette sunday: using your heat press to foil on PAPER?!

I’m all about multipurpose. The less things I have in my house that can only do one task, the better. Which is why, when I got a heat press, I ended up going with a many-in-one stand that had different attachments.

However, even if you have a simple clamshell heat press you’ll be able to do today’s tutorial!

Expressions Vinyl is not only great for, well, vinyl… but did you know they sell amazing DecoFoil as well? This heat-reactive foil is great when used with Siser Easyweed Adhesive (I’ve made plenty of foil shirts at this point) but it’s also amazing when paired with plain prints straight from your printer!

silhouette sunday: using tattoo paper to make artisan wood signs

If you're past your teens, I bet you never imagined using temporary tattoos again. Gone are the days where you could find them in vending machines but you know what you can do? Use your cutting machine to make them!

Now, Silhouette Temporary Tattoo paper is slightly more costly than I remember these embellishments costing... however, you can use them for so much more! Including what I'm showing you today: putting printed images onto wood signs.

tips for blogging when you're working full time

Ever feel like everyone around you "has a blog" and wonder where they find the time to maintain it? I've been there. Twinklefarts has been around for almost half a decade now (YIKES!) and I still find myself going back and forth between "I can DO this" and "where do I find the time?!"

Trying to keep up with a blog and a full time job is definitely hard (I won't lie to you), but with a little bit of planning your blog can be consistent and plentiful!

saving lives with a 9-5: how to get started with fostering

Recently, I've found myself wanting to do more to help the overpopulation of animal shelters. During the summer, kitten season is in full swing... especially in warm climates like Florida.

A few months ago, I signed my fiancé and I up for foster orientation at a local shelter. Not thinking we'd get into it for a while, we just wanted to have the option available should a viable kitten candidate pop up.

We're both huge animal lovers. We send cute pet videos back and forth to each other constantly. It came as no surprise when the first few foster requests came rolling in... within a month we had picked up our new temporary residents.

The video below is just a quick overview of why it's important and a real-world example of how you can foster while still maintaining your sanity and a 9-5 job. Plus plenty of kitten clips, because really, that's what most people are here for. We both work, but we both make small sacrifices to give these precious critters a chance at life.

If you think you'd be interested in fostering, I urge you to contact your local animal shelter, humane society, or cat/dog rescue. Many are in constant and desperate need of foster parents!

To get you through your first foster, I highly suggest the Kitten Lady's resources. I'm not sure what I would've done without her.

Fostering saves lives. Thanks for considering it.