About Nancy

Hi. My name is Nancy and I live in Wisconsin. I have been married to Sam for 40 years and I am mon to 4 grown children I also have 2 grandchildren , Gavin 8 and Hailey 5. I watch them 2 days a week. We live in the country and have 2 dogs, a cat, and 2 llama. I love making cards and paper piecing. I also enjoy making tiles.

New beginnings

My son recently bought his own practice and moved from San Diego to Wisconsin.Then they got a kitten to keep their older cat company. Their older cat had a skin condition which made it scratch and caused sores. So like any good cat person, his better half Annie, had a dress made so the open area would be covered and ordered a matching dress for the kitten. I applied the logo to the dresses. The kitten in a Savannah hybrid, her name is Lily. The older cat , Mia, has since healed and the kitten has outgrown her dress.

 

And then because at one time I had ordered 200 koozies ( just in case I ever needed a koozie) I made some Koozies with their logo.

Materials

Heat transfer vinyl

heat press

Settings

15″ KNK MAXX

Speed 350

Force 33  2 passes

red capped blade

 

Both were pretty simple. My son had designed the logo and sent it to me as a jpeg. I was able to trace it and turn it into a KNK file. I then mirrored the image and cut it from the heat transfer vinyl.  When cutting htv I use a lower force but do a multiple cut with 2 passes. It seems to weed better this way. I don’t do a lot with htv and my heat press compared to regular vinyl, but everytime I make something with HTV I am so happy that I invested in a heat press.

A wedding plaque

I had a special request for a sign for a wedding. It had leaves, lots of leaves, and the guests were each suppose to sign a leaf at  the reception. She sent me a Pintrest picture of what she wanted. I was able to make the leaf and the stems in shapes and then went to Layout/array and made multiple leaves and stems. I then scattered them all over the space and when I had them all where I wanted I welded them together, along with an open rectangle in the center.

 

I then weeded out the leaves and the center rectangle and applied it to a stained wood plaque. I painted over the areas that I had weeded and waited until the paint was fairly dry before removing the vinyl.

T

Here is the finished result.

Materials

vinyl

transfer tape

stained wood plaque

paint

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force 36

Speed 450

 

And it all came tumbling down…

Last year I posted pictures of a windmill my husband put up on our property. It took him months to get it done. I personalized the tail with our name and date of our marriage. I always wished I had made it bigger but once it is 30 feet up in the air there is no going back…or so I thought. The perfect storm of a very wet spring and straight line winds and down it came.

It pulled 3 foot long cement pillars out of the ground. It was all salvageable except for the 4 bottom “feet” and the tail. So I had a chance to do it again and here it is.

Materials

vinyl

paper transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

force 36

speed 300

I used the wet method to transfer the vinyl to the tail. You use paper transfer tape and a spray solution (Action Tac). You apply the paper tape to the vinyl and remove vinyl from the backing. Then you spray the surface with Action Tac and lay the vinyl onto the surface. The solution allows you to move the vinyl around a bit and get it exactly where you want it. Then you run a squeegee over the paper tape and it removes the solution and any bubbles. You end up with perfectly smooth vinyl and none of the annoying bubbles. Now we just need to get a boom lift to get the top back onto the 30 foot tower. My husband used 4 times the cement on each foot and says it isn’t coming down again. Let’s hope he is right!

A day to remember

I was looking through my photos on my camera and came across this photo.

The story behind it is amazing. A young mom was on her way to work and her car slid off the road into the icy water. Another driver happened to witness it and stopped to help. The car had flipped so that it was upside down in the river, the mom trapped inside. 2 more cars stopped and in all 3 men, Hoppe, Effenberger, and Grover braved the cold water and worked for 20 minutes to free the young mom. Because it took so long to free her they were worried that although they had “saved” her she may end up having significant brain damage from lack of oxygen.The mom not only survive but had no significant damage. I wanted to do something to honor the 3 men but also to make something that would remind all 4 people involved of that day. Under each monogram letter and just above the full last name is the date 9.22.2015 as a subtle reminder of that blessed day.

Materials

12×12 ceramic tile from Home Depot

vinyl

Clear transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force 36

Speed 400

Giving

When ever I can I like to give back. In the small town that I grew up in they have a group at the middle school called the Wise Guys. They are all middle school boys whose sole purpose is to do good, be kind. I first found out about them 2 years ago when a young father in the community passed away during surgery. He left behind 3 young boys and his wife was expecting their first daughter. The Wise Guys decided to plan a special day for the 3 boys. They planned a day of  sledding and then out to eat. Each of the 3 boys was able to bring a friend along. I was so touched by this that I told their advisor that I would help in a fund raiser. They developed an order form and sold personalized monogramed 12×12 tiles and the proceeds went for the trip. They sold 61. This year, the community lost a young boy. He was with his dad in a milk truck. For those of you not familiar it is a bulk tank truck that goes from one farm to the next to pick up the milk. It was a winter day and there was an accident and the young boy was killed, the father critically injured. The little boy had a sister in the 6th grade so once again the Wise Guys decided to give her a special day. They contacted me to see if I would be willing to do another fund raiser. This time I gave them several choices to pick form. They sold 140…needless to say, I have been busy.

Materials

12×12 floor tile from Home Depot

vinyl

Clear transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

speed 400

force 30

Although it was a lot of work it was very rewarding. And they are finally done and delivered!