Do you have one of those fancy dancy electronic vinyl cutting machines? I’m fortunate to have one.
My dear hubby bought me my first silhouette cutter several years ago. I was goofy excited when it arrived. I quickly figured out how to set up my cutter and was going to town cutting vinyl letters. I unleashed on my house a labeling frenzy that would make a first year kindergarten teacher proud.
My kids suddenly had something to eat now that that mysterious box of golden sugary nuggets was unmistakably defined by the letters “C E R E A L”.
No more confusing the powdered sugar for flour or the flour for baking soda. I was in clear-container-label heaven. Thank you Silhouette for defining my world.
Nothing was safe from my lettering escapades. At the beginning of that school year I even made very tiny name labels for my son James (5th grade at the time) and proceeded to label ALL 36 of his #2 pencils.
But I didn’t label son Josh’s pencils. He hid his. True story.
An you know you may have a problem when you label the labeler.
Will getting a Silhouette make you crazy?
Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying my label madness is all on the Silhouette.
I’m a labeling freak from way back. For instance, back when I was dating my husband, I helped him re-organize all his dresser drawers.
Well I can’t really say “help him” since technically he was at work at the time. But, I knew he would appreciate my effort since clearly his current dresser drawer organization was obviously flawed.
And just so he would be able to find his things much easier, I politely used a white sticker and labeled each drawer with its contents …Underwear…Sweats…Once-white t-shirts…Ugly t-shirts…Hockey t-shirts and so on.
He walked into the room that night and was speechless. Apparently, he loved it so much, he hardly knew what to say.
Funny thing is, he never changed it back and the stickers remained on the dresser drawers until we packed up that house two years later.
Now before you call me crazy, keep in mind this was while we were dating, and then he married me.
Yeah, who’s crazy now!? Not to mention it was after this that he bought me the Silhouette cutting machine. He probably could have predicted what would come next, my best Silhouette project ever.
April Fool’s Prank
This favorite project came the year my son and I played a little April fool’s joke on my Hubby.
My husband is a pickup-truck-driving, hockey-loving crusty old Marine. Among the list of his favorite things would be chewing tobacco and large dogs. Are you getting the picture?
We love him dearly, but I’m pretty sure he flunked sensitivity class.
To help him out, James and I fixed his truck up with a little help from the Silhouette.
I think he loved being Crazy Cat Man.
Okay so maybe not exactly. He stepped in the door, looked at my son and simply said, “I will give you a head start but you better start running”. James squealed and ran down the hall and I rolled off the couch in laughter.
I went easy on the Hubby last year for April fool’s Day and didn’t do anything.
Well, unless you count spontaneously bringing home a second stray dog. April Fools Honey, meet Ray.
April Fool’s Kids!
I’ve played a few pranks on the kids over the years too.
Their favorite was when they were little and I used a can opener to remove the bottom of a pop-top fruit can.
I replaced the contents with marshmallows and candy and then hot glued the bottom back on.
They were so mad that day that they couldn’t pick their own snack and I was making them eat fruit from a can.
They were so surprised when they finally opened the unwanted snack.
(please excuse incredibly old photos)
This year I’ll probably just prank the oldest.
Every morning of his life he pours a giant double bowl’s worth of cereal and drenches it with half a gallon of milk. I think I’ll rinse out the milk jug and replace it with orange juice.
but before that I am going to empty the cereal out so there is only one bowl’s worth left… He will be sooo happy. Who doesn’t love orange pops?
Oh stop. Don’t feel bad for him. The teenager scarfs down cereal like it’s his job and he secretly works for Malt-o-Meal.
It’s a rare day that there is any left for the rest of us. Trust me, he deserves it. Plus, he’s just fun to mess with…
(Teen age son really enjoyed waking up to this. lol)
I have had a few pranks pulled on me too. It wasn’t April Fool’s but last summer I came home to this lovely garden gazer…
It was even solar powered!
I knew something was up when I came outside and my neighbors couldn’t wipe the grins off their faces.
I really didn’t mind though. It was funny.
Plus, I figured it was probably karma for that time I wrapped up an old porcelain throne and gave it as a bridal shower gift. (Oh don’t worry, I prettied it up with some flowers and my glue gun.)
As for the garden commode, it ended up being passed back and forth until finally one of the spouses found a dumpster for it.
It’s a shame too. We were planning on hooking it up in his front lawn with some hoses and recreate the Bellagio.
How about you? Are you cooking up any fun in your homes for April 1st?
You know I would looooove to hear all about it!
Check out these great sites I will be linking up to….(here)