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Ride Like the Wind, Tonto!


It’s my dad’s birthday today! Happy birthday, DAD!!

For Father’s Day I made him a black bicycle hat. I have a few childhood memories seeing my dad wear hats like that, so I thought he might like one. It was a complete shot in the dark.

You’ve got to understand that my dad is impossible to buy/make gifts for. He only ever says he wants happy children. Of course he means it, but we’re a pretty happy bunch so it doesn’t seem like we’re giving him much of anything. Personally, I think he doesn’t believe we’d ever pool our money/assets together to buy him what he really wants: a 40 acre ranch in Kolob canyon. He’s right. We’d never do that.

As luck would have it, my dad was very excited to receive the black hat for Father’s day & it fit him perfectly. He asked me if I could a decal on there. Of course! With my Silhouette, I’m unstoppable! He gave the hat back & requested that I put a decal of a cyclist & “Ride like the wind, Tonto!” wrapping around the side.

It’s taken me nearly 2 1/2 months to get around to doing it! The cyclist took some effort & patience to apply, but the quote was impossible. Maybe I should’ve taken apart the hat to apply the decal. Round shapes are not fun to iron. Admittedly, I was more than bummed to see that it wasn’t going to work out. Blerg. On the positive side, the hat looks pretty rad with just the biker on it.

Hope my dad likes it!

Crazy Cat Lady Vinyl Decal


Have you seen the vans/suburbans/people carriers with the stickers of stick figures of mom, dad, kidlets and pets? You know what I’m talking about, right? Well, I made a pretty hilarious set of vinyl decals at my aunt’s request. When I made Scott’s decal, she commented,”Can you make those family decals that are so popular to have on your Utah minivan? Uncle Loren wants one for his truck that looks like a crazy lady and then about 12 cat decals!”

How could I not make those?? Seriously. I didn’t make 12 cat decals, but you get the idea. I hand illustrated the lady & the cats. Surprisingly, the cats were easiest to illustrate; it was the lady that irked me. I ended up getting inspiration from the Simpson’s cat lady and Hang Mioku (a woman who injected cooking oil into her face).

I also whipped this up the other day. This was one of my favorite quotes in seventh grade. It’s just so obvious, you know?

Scott’s Self-Referential Vinyl Decal


My brother-in-law and I were having a conversation about vinyl decals when I told him that I could now make my own my new Silhouette machine. Seriously, I think I’ve told each family member about this machine four or five times. Yeah. As soon as I told Scott about my lovely new cutter, he got so excited about making custom decals for his car. Chris and Scott brainstormed for about an hour trying to figure out what they should do to decorate Scott’s car. They decided on a decal of Scott’s face. Chris did a similar thing with a stencil and spray paint on a briefcase he used to take to school. It’s cool to mark your belongings like that.

We spent an hour or so trying to pick out a picture that would work, and settled on a skiing pic Scott took with his iPhone.

This is how the design turned out after playing around with the image in Photoshop & Illustrator. I finished the design in about an hour. The Silhouette took about a minute to cut the vinyl (it would’ve been faster, but I had it at it’s slowest setting). It took some skill to weed out the negative space properly because of the nature of the design, but I was able to save the negative of his face for Scott to apply on his computer. I didn’t get a picture of it, but the black sticker on his black MacBook looks pretty slick.

Here’s Scott, applying the decal.

Here’s Scott, trying to make the same face that he made in the original photo.

Here’s the final product! Pretty slick, right? Now how fun would it be to have an entire family of decals on the back window?

I love my new Silhouette machine. There are just so many things you can do with it! Click here to read my review of the machine. If you’re in the market to buy one, or if you know your mom would like one (Hello, Mother’s day!), use the above coupon code for $50 off a machine and 10% off everything else in the Silhouette store. Hurry and get one before the code expires!

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