Celebrating 10 Years of Marriage

Amazingly enough, we’re coming up on our 10th wedding anniversary in June- I don’t know where the time has gone, but I’m looking forward to celebrating! We have dinner booked at Husk (one of our favorites) for our actual anniversary, and we’re trying to plan a trip for sometime in the next few months (if you have suggestions, I’m all ears!).

One thing we have been able to check off our list was having our anniversary photos taken, even though it didn’t start out as our idea. We’re friends with an amazing photographer, Reese Moore of Reese Moore Photography…I wish we had known HER ten years ago when we were choosing a photographer (she does beautiful work)! Recently, after an afternoon of pickling cucumbers, we talked about doing anniversary photo shoot. I was tickled to have Reese offer to take these photos of us, and so thankful that we would have them. Life goes so quickly and I think it will be such a treat to have this time and these photographs to mark such an important milestone.

maeve swiss dot.pngObviously, my first stop was on Pinterest to find some outfit inspiration, and it seems like most of the ten year photos incorporate children which makes sense (we don’t have any yet) and I saw a lot of wedding dresses, which I’m not sure I’m into.  Apparently many people buy a new wedding dress and do a wedding-type photo shoot/party.  Rather than going toward a full-on wedding redux, I chose this swiss dot shirt dress in white, which was already in my closet, to give a subtle nod do all things wedding without going over the top.  

We started our photoshoot at our house so that our sweet dog could be in some of them (good thing we did…she was the star of the show). I loved having photos of us in and around our house and one of the ideas that Reese came with was to have us hold one of our framed wedding photos on our front porch, which turned out so well. oak allee.pngAfter our house, we traveled to Laurel Hill County Park in Mt. Pleasant, which has a really charming oak allée as well as some stunning scenery, and proved a perfect backdrop for further photographing. It also was the scene for my favorite photo from the day. Once we finished there (it was relatively quick, since it got a little buggy), we hit up Red Drum for brunch (yum) where table french toast made a delicious appearance.

Fast forward a quick couple of weeks, and Reese surprised us by posting these amazing photos online and we couldn’t be happier! Check them out below! If you looking for a photographer, I highly recommend Reese- she’s a talented photographer, and more importantly, a wonderful person. You can find information about her as well as contact her through her website here.

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Easy Peasy Pulled Pork

If you know me, you likely know that I don’t eat ‘land meat’. The mister does not make these same food choices, so if we’re having people over, pulled pork is one of my favorite things to make. Why? Because it’s so dang easy and everyone loves it (well, everyone but me). Here’s what you need:

  • A large pork butt shoulder/picnic shoulder. You do not want a fancy piece of meat for this. I read about people using pork loin for pulled pork…not what you want. You need something with a lot of fat on it. I often get mine at Costco, you’ll have to dig for smaller ones (I found one that was 11 lbs), but this stuff freezes well, so you can just haul it out and heat it up.
  • BBQ sauce. I’ve made it in the past, but I must say we really enjoy Sweet Baby Ray’s (usually the regular because Costco has it, but the Hickory is tasty, too).
  • A 2-liter of root beer. I’m not a big fan of soda, I really never drink it, but it’s critical for this. One tip: DO NOT GET ANY DIET STUFF (or anything with artificial sweeteners), I’ve read no so nice stuff about them when they get hot (and they really aren’t good for you), so get full-sugar soda.
  • Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
  • Giant Crockpot (for the 11 pounder, I had to cut a portion off and put it in the medium size crockpot, which worked well).
  • Potato Slider rolls (or the full sized ones)

Keep in mind you want to cook this for a long time.
This last one took 7 hours on high in the crockpot.


Step 1: Plug in your crockpot and get it warming up.
Step 2: Unwrap your pork and remove any unsavory parts. Resist the urge to chop off all the fat.
Step 3: Sprinkle with seasoned salt (don’t coat it, you don’t want it that salty and as grandma said, once it’s in there, you can’t take it out). About 1/2-2 tsp based on the size of your meat.
Step 4: Place meat into the crockpot, adjust temperature and timer (if you have a fancy crockpot).
Step 5: Put soda into the crockpot. So my rule of thumb is that I put enough soda to cover 1/3-1/2 way up the side of the meat. You don’t want too much, but it burns if it gets dry in there.
Step 6: Put about 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce into the liquid as well a shake or two of seasoned salt. Don’t put tons of BBQ sauce in at this point. You’ll regret it later.
Step 7: Set it & forget it…well don’t really forget it, but leave it alone. Set the crockpot ( I’ve done high or low…for a huge piece of meat, do high) and the timer on your phone.

pork and forksOnce it cooks for 6-8 hours, you’ll smell it and it will make you rethink your food choices (don’t worry, I always resist). It’s time to pull the pork. I always do this with two dinner forks directly in the crock pot. Just be careful not to splash yourself.

Serve with potato slider rolls (or the full size ones) and the BBQ sauce. I like to pair this with cole slaw, fruit salad, and grilled corn.

Enjoy!
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Exploring #Iceland

Adobe SparkIn September we were able to visit Iceland to go to my sister’s wedding. We love to travel but initially, Iceland wasn’t top on our list of places in the world to visit.  We were pleasantly surprised as Iceland over delivered on any expectations we had.  On the way to the airport, we even did a little planning for a trip back in the future. We loved our experience in Iceland. I can’t recommend visiting enough, especially considering how close it is to the east coast of the US. I’ll run through some of the things I thought you might be interested in hearing about, but please let me know what questions you have- I’d love to answer them!

We were in Iceland from August 31st through September 6th, 2016. It ended up being a great time of year to go. It rained a bit, but there were also beautiful sunny days. The daytime temperatures were mostly in the 40s & 50s, but they were a chilly 40s & 50s- I’m not sure if it was the breeze coming off the cold water or the fact that we live in Charleston and were used to summer, but it was definitely cold (check out the gear below, which definitely helped). DSC_0157

We ended up flying out of Jacksonville, FL since our amazing friend, Jessie was watching Hazel the dog while we were gone. We could have easily flown from Charleston- we flew on Icelandair and they’re partners with Jetblue (our favorite airline), so we flew from Jacksonville to Boston and then Boston to Reykjavik. The flight to Reykjavik was easy. It was five and a half hours and an overnight flight. The displays were at each seat on the plane and they were big and clear, which was a definite plus. The food situation wasn’t great on the plane (not too many choices, little included), so I would definitely plan to bring a snack with you and eat at the airport before you take off.  All in all, we enjoyed Icelandair, and would definitely fly them again. I’ve also heard good things about Wow Air (my sister, the bride, flew them and liked it). One of the File_000.pngmajor benefits of both of the Icelandic airlines is the stopover. Your flight isn’t technically from the US to Iceland if you do a stopover. It’s to your other location- you get a free trip to Iceland (for up to 7 days) on your way to or way back from your European destination- ours was to London so we could go visit with my other sister. 

We love an overnight flight, so when we landed, we were mostly ready to go and get our day started…which led to the longest driving trip of our Iceland trip (and one of our favorite things): the Jokulsarlon & Fjallsarlon iceberg lagoons. Make no mistake- it ended up 12-13 hour operation from the Reykjavik airport, but was definitely worth it. We rented a car from SixT (which operates in the US, as well) and stopped at a gas station/market (it’s on the left as you head out of the airport toward Reykjavik city) to get a SIM card for our Blu travel phone. We got a Siminn carrier card and we’re so glad to have done it. We mostly used it for GPS navigation while we were exploring. It was nice to be able to message in the car, but it was fantastic to have it to search for things to do online and then pop them into Google Maps. We didn’t have any issues and made for happy, harmonious car journeys (read: no navigational squabbles). I think the bus service is relatively good in Iceland, but many things outside of Reykjavik are very isolated, so if you’re planning to do exploring, definitely plan to rent a car.

File_000.jpegWe always tend to order travel books leading up to trips (even if our first chance to look at them is while traveling to the destination) to get a good idea of what we’ll do. I love the internet (especially Tripadvisor), but it can get a little overwhelming…and some planes don’t have wifi- so having a book is a definite plus. For this one, we go the Eyewitness Travel Top 10: Iceland (which was okay- it was a good starting place) and the Lonely Planet Iceland book (which we loved). Additionally, we got the National Geographic Iceland Adventure map, which we only used to confirm which roads were F roads (more on that below). The Lonely Planet book was our favorite because it was comprehensive. It had pretty much everything you might like to do in Iceland within its pages. I definitely recommend ordering it from Amazon before your trip. Keep in mind that while things are written in Icelandic, almost every sign is also in English and every person we encountered spoke English and was very friendly…so asking locals for recommendations was an an option, too.

Before we get into our Top 10 things to do, as I reflected on our trip, these are some items I’m glad I did or wish I’d done:

  • Bring Platypus containers to bring water on your adventures. The water in Iceland out of the tap is glorious…I mean it’s from glaciers! It was nice to have water in the car and not have to stop, which really wasn’t even an option on some of the more remote areas. (I would get the hose kit that is available for it- dumping the water from the Platypus to the bottle was a little ungainly)
  • Buy drinks at duty free BEFORE you leave the airport. Seriously, alcohol is expensive in Iceland and there’s some pretty interesting stuff in the duty-free (I got a rhubarb liqueur) (If you really like your wine while you’re traveling, here’s a Pro Tip: I bought a white wine (because clothes) Wine Cube from Target, wrapped it in plastic and flew it with me. I was glad I did).
  • Unless you’re there for a bachelor/ette party, get a house outside Reykjavik rather than the downtown area. Reykjavik is a pretty small city, it’s easy to get around, but it’s just like every other city. The magic is outside of downtown. Especially if you’re going during Northern Lights season (September-March)- you’ll want to be away from the lights of the city. We stayed here and it was perfect. The hot tub was an added bonus for spying the Northern Lights and we loved the wood stove.
  • Bring snacks for in the car- just like with the water, sometimes stops are few andIMG_20160904_131952 far between. Often, there will be gas stations that you need to use your card for (make sure you have pin/chip) and there is no market. Either bring car-ready snacks from home or visit a grocery store and stock up. You’ll be glad you did- no one likes being hangry.
  • If you’re planning to Offroading? Get an SUV for F roads- they’re the more rugged roads (read: often ones that take you to amazing stuff like glaciers). It’s illegal for you to take a ‘regular car’ on an F road and they’re pretty strict about it, so don’t. If you think you’ll want to be on F roads, get an appropriate SUV.
  • Dress warm- even in August/September, I was cold. See my gear list below. Plan to dress in layers…warm ones.
  • Bring some warm, waterproof boots. I was in mine the whole time (except during wedding events) and was glad I had them.

 

Our Top 10 Things to do

  1. Jokulsarlon & Fjarllsarlon iceberg lagoons: these two lagoons were amazing. Hands down. My sister sent a photo from there and from the second we saw it, we knew we wanted to go. Full Disclosure: this was the 12-13 hour day of driving, straight from the airport. It’s a great trip, it also drives you right by #7 on our list (which we stopped at). If you can, go to both lagoons. Jokulsarlon was more crowded and you can see it from the road. If you make it there, you’ve just passed Fjallsarlon- it’s back about half a mile on the right- go there too. There are zodiacs there that will take you out into the lagoon- we did not do that, but it looked pretty great.
  2. Northern Lights: this was tied for the number one thing we did on our trip and it was no surprise. Seeing the Northern Lights was a bucket list item for me, so do be able to do it was such a treat, especially because while the ‘season’ for them starts in September, you have to get lucky to see them before October. Our first night in Iceland, in a hot tub, drinking wine and the sky went crazy. If for no other reason, go see the Northern Lights…it was magic.
  3. Over mountain/glacier on rt 54 (Snaefellsnes peninsula): this one was a bit of a surprise. The day after my sister’s wedding was a bright, blue sky day- basically perfect for adventuring. The wedding was at the Black Church/Hotel Budir (stay there if you can- it’s charming), on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula- running from the Hotel Budir to Olafsvik is route 54 which drives by a glacier. When we were there there wasn’t a whole lot of glacier left (end of the summer), but I can imagine that it would be pretty spectacular, since it was beautiful when we were there. We even slid down an icy/glacier bit.
  4. Golden Circle: If you check out our ‘next time in Iceland list’, you’ll see that Ring Road is on there. It takes a long time to complete and I’m not sure that we’d really do it anyway, but the Golden Circle is a lil’ bit of Ring Road- and only takes a day. We enjoyed this day trip- we went with my extended family (it’s a good one for kids & older people), very tourist-friendly. The Geysir area was definitely a highlight- Strokkur it erupts regularly (every couple of minutes or so), which gives you the chance to see it from multiple angles.
  5. Blue Lagoon: I loved the Blue Lagoon. We spent an entire day here, and considered going back during our layover from the UK. Blue Lagoon is a relaxing, slow day. You’ll certainly want to book it ahead, and choose an early reservation- once you’re in, you can stay as long as you like. A couple of things to note- don’t wear your best new swimsuit- the silica in the water did a number on mine. A friend of mine stayed at the hotel and posted photos of the private pool for hotel guests- I would definitely think about booking that should you have an overnight. Blue Lagoon is a close drive to the airport, so you could use that as your stay over hotel.

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  6. Waterfalls: Visiting the waterfalls was a high point for us- we love visiting waterfalls wherever we are (except at home…none here). Two of our favorites were Skogafoss and Gulfoss we ended up joking that we #LoveTheFoss (since all waterfall names end in -foss).
  7. Vik Black Sand Beach: As I mentioned with #1, this is on the way to the iceberg lagoons and a nice leg-stretch stop point. There’s another spot in Iceland that is supposed to be black sand that turned out to be black pebbles (bust), but this beach truly is black sand. Matty has been to a black sand beach in Hawaii, he said that one has nothing on Vik. It’s tar-black sand. Don’t miss it.
  8. Coast Hike (Arnarstapi): This hike goes right along cliffs next to the ocean. It’s beautiful, although it can be breezy and chilly. It’s a short drive from Hotel Budir. There were a good number of people walking along. The trail is well-cared for and lovely. Just keep an eye on the littles if you’re traveling with kids.
  9. Lunch at Hraun in Olafsvik:  Hraun was a delicious surprise. After we drove route 54 (see # 3), we were looking for something to eat. Options were slim since September is apparently off season (keep that in mind when traveling outside of Reykjavik), but Hraun was a wonderful surprise. The food was all fresh and delightful. Matty, my mama, & I all had a cod special with roasted vegetables. It was perfect- the fish was fresh and had enormous flakes- like bigger than I’ve ever seen. There’s even a bakery in across the street to the right that has nice treats. We went for a walk on the beach after we ate, which was also nice. There are steps to the beach next to the shower (you’ll see it).
  10. Scenery & taking photos: I knew there would be beautiful things to see, but didn’t realize how much there would be. If you have a DSLR, bring it- you’ll regret it if you only have your phone camera with you. Iceland is breathtaking.

My must have gear list:

  • Down coat (with hood), long if possible. It’s cold & the wind is a little rough.
  • DSC_0166Sorrel Boots (these made my feet very happy, indeed)
  • Travel Dress (it’s true, I love to travel in a dress and this one was comfy for sleeping and looked great)
  • Platypus water containers (two of the 2-liter size/~$9) these are a necessity- we were very thankful to have them and they compress flat when empty.
  • Unlocked travel phone- we have this Blu phone (it $60 right now) it was easy to get a SIM card, pop it in and go. The only slight issue was that the activation texts were in Icelandic, so that took a minute to figure out. Our carrier was Siminn.
  • Lonely Planet Iceland travel guide
  • Car snacks (I brought kind bars and fruit leather- both from Costco)

So, surprise! We ended up loving Iceland far more than we thought we would. As we were driving to the airport we did our classic reflection, where we write what we loved in the book. To our collective astonishment, we made a: What would we do on our second trip to Iceland? list.

  • Glacier Tour
  • 4×4 tour (Highlands)
  • Hidden/Natural geothermal pools (there’s a big list, and I really wanted to go- but we ran out of time).
  • Krossneslaug (pool on arctic ocean)
  • Myvatn nature baths
  • Northern Lights (again)
  • Detifoss
  • Vatnajokull
  • The volcano
  • Ring Road?

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All told, we were so glad my sister got married in Iceland. We’ve been doing a lot of recommending for the same trip. What did you love about Iceland? What would you if you were able to visit?

#Friyay! 

Definitely looking forward to the weekend (more than usual)! This weekend officially starts the Christmas season for me. While we can’t attend the fabulous party we’re invited to for tomorrow night (it’s in Virginia)- we’ve got some other amazing stuff going on. 


We have tickets for Garden & Gun Jubilee. I’m very excited to attend Jubilee at Charles Towne Landing (one of our favorite parks) – I’ll post about our experience. 

We are thinking about going to the SC Aquarium Event- Sea Life By Starlight, so we’ll see if that ends up happening. 

Visiting the James Island Park Christmas lights extravaganza is going to be pretty great. We have a wonderful group of friends that we’re going with- and everyone knows how much I love some Christmas lights. 

I hope your first Christmas weekend is just as special! 

#Thanksgiving Traditions

I can’t wait for Christmas, and yet I loved reflecting on why Thanksgiving is fantastic.

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Thanksgiving is a favorite time of year for many people- I know I enjoy it. Spending time with people you love (or at least like), eating lots of food, and celebrating the culmination of fall- what’s not to like? I was reflecting on some of the things we do for Thanksgiving each year and I wanted to share some of my favorites.

Each year, I wait for Black Friday, which has a very close relationship with Thanksgiving, to order my Christmas cards. I design them myself (I can adjust this year’s design for you!) and then order them online.  For the last couple of years, I’ve been ordering them from Sam’s Club (I’m a Costco girl, but my parents both have Sam’s Memberships). Why? They are SO dang inexpensive! You can’t beat 100 cards for $15, and they give you the whole weekend to order them…so you may still have time for this year. They do a pretty good job and they include envelopes. I love sending out Christmas cards. One of my favorite Christmas memories (& still today!) is opening Christmas cards that arrive all through the month of December. I even love getting them in January. If you’re on the fence about sending Christmas cards, know that I love them and appreciate the work you put into them.

My next favorite is a Thanksgiving morning tradition- it’s Beignets & Bellinis, which is a pretty sweet one (pun intended). On Thanksgiving Eve, we make beignet dough, which comes together pretty quickly…especially after you’ve had a some wine. The dough likes to chill for a relatively long time, so overnight works best. In the morning, we put on the Macy’s Parade, and make our beignets as we sip bellinis. It’s a family favorite and seems to spread as people hear about it. Look for a fall post in 2017 with my recipes for both and some lessons learned advice!
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The last tradition on my list is one that only happens every other year (when we’re with my husband’s family): The Turkey Bowl. It’s a long-standing tradition in my husband’s family to play a Thanksgiving morning touch football game. The Turkey Bowl has been going on for at least 50 years and some of the original people play- although most of the big deal players are a bit younger now. It’s so fun to get together with a teensy bit of competition, for fun and exercise before the (huge) tasty meal.

It’s wonderful to reflect on what I love about Thanksgiving, because as much as I love Christmas, I don’t decorate until after Thanksgiving. I think it’s important that we keep the focus on gratitude and being thankful for all of the blessings we’ve been given.  It’s nice to realize that Thanksgiving is such a (different) wonderful time of the year.  Although I know I can’t wait to get the Christmas trees up.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving traditions?

#TFT: Table French Toast

tbtThose that know me know that my favorite meal is brunch. Hands down, I love brunch. There are so many good things that brunch offers…

  • It usually occurs on weekends (my favorite days)
  • It happens later in the day (no early wakeups!)
  • I can order traditionally breakfast OR lunch menu items
  • Brunch drinks

Really though, the list can go on and on (leisurely meals, anyone?). One of my favorite things about brunch is something that my husband loves to chuckle at me for…Table French Toast. He loves to laugh at me, because he said it’s something that I made up. After a cursory look on my Google Machine, maybe he’s right. If that’s the case, then more power to me, because Table French Toast is pretty much amazing.

Let me set the scene for you.  I’m at brunch (or breakfast) and I want to eat some delicious food. My eye typically makes a beeline for the sweet stuff: waffles, sweet crepes, french toast…dessert mains. I’ve played that game before and I lose every time. I order a giant plate of french toast (a personal favorite), I gobble it down and I’m starving again in 45 minutes. I’ve just eaten an enormous plate of sugar, which really isn’t the best choice. So, I convince myself I should order something that incorporates a few basic food groups, but I really still want the french toast…enter the Table French Toast. It’s a nod to it’s sweet nature, I treat it as the dessert that it really is, and we share it as a table.

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Brunch at Sea Biscuit Cafe


I often wait until the server seems to be just ready to come back to take the order- and drop the dulce bomb…”Want to get Table French Toast?”- if you wait until your dining companions have decided on their chosen savory treat, their brains will say “Hmmmm, I sure would like a sweet bite to finish my meal on.”, and the answer on TFT is an enthusiastic yes. Looking for a brunch friend? Need some help on getting TFT in your next brunch? Let me know on Facebook– I’m always glad to help.

#Silhouette: Sketching Clipart & Turn Into Cut File

We have some guests coming into town for the weekend and I wanted to get a catch-all for the dresser. When I’m at someone’s house, it’s nice to have someplace to put my jewelry when I got to bed, especially if you’ve been out enjoying some delicious Charleston restaurants.

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I found this star dish at TJ Maxx for $1 on the clearance shelf and I thought it would be a perfect catch-all, until I walked by the guest room and saw that my husband filled it up with caramels, thinking it was a candy dish! My Silhouette Cameo (a tool I absolutely love) to the rescue…

  1. To start with, I measured the dish to decide what size I should make the design.
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  2. Next, I looked online to find some clipart I liked. Sometimes, it’s difficult to find JUST the design I’m looking for in the store, and for times like that, you can have the Silhouette software trace designs for you! I found the image I liked, right clicked it and chose Save Image As
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  3. Once I saved it to my computer, I opened the Silhouette software and clicked File > Open. Then, I navigated to the file I saved and opened it into a new project.
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  4. Once I opened the image, I resized it to match up with the size I wanted (think back to when I measured the dish).
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  5. Next, I want the Silhouette software to trace the image for me so that it will become a cuttable file. Click on the Trace menu button (upper right)- it looks like a blue butterfly image with a yellow frame on it.
  6. In the Trace Menu, click the Select Trace Area first, and draw a box around what you wish to trace.
  7. Once you’ve drawn the box, I chose the Trace option below and it traced my image. After you click trace, the image will be traced in red (see second image).
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  8. Once you’re satisfied with the size of the image, click the Cut Settings menu option (upper right).
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  9. I typically keep it on Standard and infrequently change it from cut.

  10. Next, I chose what material I was cutting my design from. In this case, I wanted to use a matte adhesive vinyl, so that I could stick it in the bottom of the dish I bought.

  11. TIP: Even if you have it on Vinyl already, click it again, because it will open up the Editing: Vinyl menu below, which tells you which level your blade needs to be on and lets you adjust speed & double cut (which can be useful for thicker things or older blades).
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  12. Finally, I got ready to send (don’t send it yet!) the cut job to my Cameo. I made sure my Cameo was plugged into my computer’s USB port. You can send it from the cut settings menu or from the Send to Silhouette button.
  13. Before I sent the job to my Cameo, I got the vinyl and the machine ready:
    1. First, I chose the vinyl I wanted to use (this is a great project for odd-sized scraps that I keep).  I put the vinyl on my cut mat (with the colored side up).
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    2. Next, I looked at the blade settings (step 9) and adjusted my blade to be on that numbered setting with the grey ratchet tool that comes with the blade (I made my Cameo cover with a pocket so I could keep it in there).  Then, I put the blade back in the holder and spun the lock to secure it in place.
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    3. Next, I loaded the cut mat with the vinyl situated on the top end of the mat.
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  14.  After loading the cut mat, I sent the cut job from my computer to the Cameo (step 9).
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  15.  After the job was finished (you’ll be able to see on the Silhouette’s display & on your computer), I unloaded the cut mat, but touching Unload on the display.
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  16. Often, you can peel away a large piece of unused vinyl (if it’s pretty large, I’ll keep it), but do so carefully- try not to disturb your cut design.
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  17. Next, I weeded the design with the hook tool. It’s very helpful when trying to get small parts of vinyl out without moving other parts,
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  18. After weeding the design, I cut a piece of Silhouette transfer paper large enough to cover the weeded design (TIP: If you run out of transfer paper, you can also use blue painter’s tape). I peeled it off the lining paper and lined it up to stick over the top of my design. Transfer paper is so important in easily and effectively moving your designs from the cut mat to your finished spot.
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  19. I stuck the transfer paper right over the design and rubbed it repeatedly to securely attach it to my design.

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  20. Next, I peeled the design off the cut mat so that it all stuck onto the transfer paper (be careful, the underside is the adhesive part that will stick it onto its final location).
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  21. I then trimmed the transfer paper so that it would easily fit inside my dish.

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  22. After lining the design up, I pressed it firmly into the bottom of the dish so that I would stick, then I carefully peeled up the transfer paper.
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  23. Finally, I put the finished dish in the guest room, ready to get used by our friends coming for the weekend!
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