I d0n't wear perfume because it is can often be cloying, heavy, and inescapable. I found this one by accident and tucked it into my suitcase and for got it. While traveling months later I woke up with a rare hangover yet had to drag myself out of bed and into a suit as I was on a business trip in a foreign country. The minute I spritzed this I felt fresh and ennervated. It is so very light and clean that I received compliments all day, starting with the cab driver who took me to the auditorium. I don't speak french, but he pantomimed his pleasure at the scent, as did all others I encountered that day. I almost didn't want to reveal the name because I felt I'd discovered something rare, but then I remembered how proud I was in kindergarten when I got a special award for sharing, and I decided to reveal my new scentilicious secret!
So a little background on us-- we do a lot of woodworking and building, and over the years have made and sold personalized wooden stools and signs (or sometimes just made items for gifts). Usually my hubby does the building (and sometimes the routering out of a child's name on a stool or a piece of wood) and then I do the graphics. The graphics usually consisted of me creating something in powerpoint, printing it out, then tracing the graphic onto the wood. From there I would hand paint inside the lines, outline with a fine tip black paint pen, and polyurethane over the creation. This would usually take a lot of time, and was never perfect or crisp, especially lettering, but I guess that was part of the draw of it being handmade.
I had been eyeing a Silhouette Cameo for years but was really unsure as to whether I could learn to use it in a way that would justify the price. Doesn't it seem awfully intimidating? I mean, look at how many tutorials are out there! Surely this thing would be too complicated. Well, here on overstock it went on sale as a doorbuster and since I had made a little extra cash walking dogs, I figured I would take the plunge. Well, OH MY GOODNESS.. this machine is completely amazing!
True, when it arrived, I was very intimidated-- didn't even take it out the box for 2 days. Then I downloaded the software (even though when I finally opened the box, I found there was a CD with the software on it) and opened it. Look, you will be intimidated when you first try out the software-- it is new and foreign and will take some learning. I watched a few youtube videos and found a website called Cutting for Business to be very helpful. I needed to figure out how to make stencils out of transparencies and once I figured out how to take a graphic off the internet and trace it, or take wordart out of powerpoint and use it in the software, my whole world opened up. I will attach a pic of our most recent stool (everything painted after making stencils, using transfer tape to get it off the mat, spraying the back with stencil adhesive, then layering out the stencil by peeling pieces off the with hook and a set of tweezers)-- all graphics