Highland Cows and Diamond Rings

 I am obsessed with cows, I use to sleep with a stuffed cow..cowvin, I have a cow tattoo of said stuffed cow. My home has been decorated in cows since I first left home and moved out on my own. I have loved the scottish highland cows since I first saw them. Saturday I got to pet them and my wonderful boyfriend proposed. 

TC Highland cows is a farm that lets you pet the cows. They are pets and are friendly enough to pet, feed and hug. This is baby Ferdinand he is 3 1/2 months old and we have the same hair.
This is Zelda she is not a fan of having her head petted but she is so gentle about it.

This is Zelda's baby Legend Will had her help with the engagement. We are all laughing because Legend decided this was the best time to pee....on Emmy's leg. Also I didn't get the memo to wear orange.
So first things first I need a good wedding planner. If you know one you can leave the details in the comments, or drop me a message on IG @holly_sheree_

If you are in Kentucky or nearby and want to pet some fluffy cows I highly recommend this farm. I am linking their website.
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Getting over imposter syndrome

 Its 10:30 on a Thursday night and I just finished working on orders for my etsy shop. I've been doing some soul searching this week. I don't know if its my horrible anxiety, fear of failure, fear of succeeding, or imposter syndrome but I just twirl in a circle like my dog does when she wants to be let out. But as with Sophie I don't actually get anywhere. Side note does anyone else's dog just spin in a circle like that. She only does it when she wants to go it. Its so weird. Ok anyway, back on track. 

I realized this week that I need to get over the imposter syndrome. When I started my etsy shop I basically just threw any old crap up there. (A lot like I do on this blog) A few years ago I decided to get serious. I read articles, took a class, listened to podcasts and now I am in the top 2% of sellers. I am really hoping I push to top 1% before Christmas. That's my big goal. I find myself answering questions in the groups I originally joined to get tips with tips Ive learned along the way. I find myself reading articles promising to "explode your sales!" "Skyrocket your views!" and I roll my eyes. I detest buzz words in my day job and I detest them in pitchy sounding articles that ultimately don't answer what they promise.

Basically I'm  tired of twirling in a circle. I'm going to make some goals right here to make me be accountable. 

  • Blogging more often. I'm setting a goal for three times a week. 
  • Share what I know without using buzz words that make you cringe. 
  • Make it fun. I'm a fun person. I want my little space on the web to also be fun.


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DIY Raised Container Garden Stand

 We decided we wanted to try growing a garden this year, We have a tiny yard so a container garden is how we decided to go. That's where this beauty comes in. Instead of just having buckets laying around we decided to make a stand to organizer the buckets. I watched this video, however it doesn't tell you how many of each sized of wood to use. So here is the simplified version of the video. 


 

This is what you will need

2x4's

16 42"

6 16"

4 26"

2.5" exterior wood screws I used a whole box from Lowes

9 buckets drill holes in the bottom

Stain of choice 

 4 wheels if  you wanted to make it mobile. Long story short we couldn't agree on wheels so we aren't mobile.

 

We started with making a base of 4 42" 2X4's and made a square. 

In the 4 corners put 16" board

in the center of the square place a 42" board standing on its side.

Centered on top of that board place another 42" board laying flat. Place a 42" board centered between the edge and the center on either side of the center. 


 

 Next add a 42" board to the top of the vertical posts to make a square.


 Vertical on either side of the center board place a 26" board on each side of the stand. 


 


Add a 42" board on either side of the 26" vertical board and a 16" board on either end.

 


  Sophie was a big help as you can see. 


Now to stain it and make it pretty. Don't forget to add drain holes to your buckets. I added a handle just in case we ever agree on the wheels. It takes roughly one bag of potting mix to fill 2 buckets.




I made the little labels so we wouldn't forget what we planted.

 


 

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How to Sublimate on Black

So I've been seeing lots of questions on how to sublimate on black items. 

 

How to sublimate on black

The short answer is you can't. Sublimation is literally taking color (your sublimation ink) and permanently dying the fabric or substrate that you are using. It embeds into the fibers. You can't make black any other color except black. 


sublimation on black


The long answer is there are a few things you can do depending on what you are wanting to sublimate. 

If its a shirt you can use a 50/50 or 65/35 poly/cotton blend and sublimate and bleach. Bleach is a migraine trigger for me so I avoid it. 

 You can also use Easy Subli.

Its  a blank white vinyl that is works with sublimation printers. You load it like you would regular sublimation paper (shiny side up)and print your design right to it. It is for all shirt types not limited to a high poly count. So break out your favorite black cotton shirt. Unlike regular sublimation you will have a texture feel to the shirt, because its a printable vinyl. 

 

You can sublimate onto white glitter htv and then press that to your shirt. It will have a cool glitter look to the design. 

 Now lets say what you want is small like a mask or a car license plate, can coolie ect. You can start out with the white and color everything black except what you need a different color. 

My boyfriend is a former Marine and he always wants me to make him things, but he wants it all on black. This is where sublimating small things works well. I can take a white substrate and color everything black except for the Eagle Globe and Anchor. 

Feel free to drop me any questions that you may have concerning sublimation or crafting in general. I am happy to help.

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How to Sublimate a Sleepmask

 We are currently snow/ice storm number 3 this week. Ice coupled with Covid has us feeling all kinds of cabin fever. I feel like the weather was saying hold my beer, since back in November, I declared that we would have a mild winter. Because, I was working from home, Em was school from home, and I just bought an SUV. Obviously mother nature had other plans.

 

Anyway, I have been working in the shop doing orders, and just playing around with different techniques that I want to share down the road. 

 

Today Is how to sublimate a sleep mask. This weather and school/work closings has our sleep schedules out of wack. Will has suffered from insomnia lately and will stay up listening to podcasts or playing on his phone. Yay for airpods but the light from his phone sometimes keeps me awake. That's where a sleep mask can come in handy.

sublimation, how to sublimate a sleep mask

 

I get my blank sleep masks from Halebound This isn't an add and I don't get any compensation for sharing this with you. It just happens to be where I order the masks that I use. 

 

You want to take a lint roller to the mask before you press it. Neoprene can have some hidden lint that will cause some issues with a clean press of your design. 

 

I mostly use Silhouette Studio to design in. Amy at Halebound will send a template in an email after you order. I drag it into silhouette and then trace it so I can have better control over sizing. You don't have to do this but I like to offset it to make sure that I have enough image to cover the mask. Neoprene tends to expand a little when it heats so a bigger than needed design is a good thing. 

 

 Now, Let me tell you a very important tip. Do not let the elastic that goes around your head come in contact with the press. It will melt. How I get around that is I use heat tape to tape the elastic to the mask so none of it is able to peak out from the mask. Then tape the mask to the image. Make sure any wording is flipped, and you will want the sublimation paper on top when you press. So take the image you see below and put the black area face down with the white paper facing up.




 

Here is my heat press and how I keep it set up. I use paper on the bottom so if there is any ink that bleeds out it wont get on my press. I cover the item I am sublimating with the same paper. For the same reason. You don't want to use teflon sheets like you would if it was vinyl for 2 reasons. 1. You don't want to ruin your teflon with ink and 2. teflon holds moisture in and moisture and sublimation is a bad combo. I replace the top paper after every press and the bottom paper when it looks super worn or if it gets ink on it.


Press at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 60 seconds. Pull it off of the press and then untape the mask. 

Once you get the hang of taping the elastic its super easy. The hardest part is keeping the elastic away from direct heat. 

 




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