A practical splurge

This past mother’s day my husband let me choose whatever I wanted as my gift.  He gave me no monetary limit; all he said was that he wanted me to have something that would make me truly happy.  One might think that this was a sweet, generous gesture from a caring first time dad.  In reality, his reason for doing this was because he didn’t have time to get me a gift.  (I’m not being mean, he told me this was true.) I thought about all the different things I’d been putting on my mental wishlist…

Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM Damier Azure

Massage at Burke Williams

Clarisonic Mia

Céline Mini Luggage Tote (A girl can dream, right?)

Okay, I am somewhat kidding about that last one.  What ended up winning was a practical purchase that would be useful in a couple different areas of my life.  The Silhouette Cameo.


This bad boy is your modern-day die cut machine.  It hooks up to your computer and can cut shapes out of paper, vinyl, chipboard, and even fabric! I justified this $300 purchase by telling myself (and my husband) that I would get a lot of use from this product at home and at school.  I love to scrapbook, and it’s the perfect way for me to add simple embellishments using just paper.  More recently I have been using it to cut out decorations for my classroom.  I chose what letters I wanted cut, typed them out onto the Silhouette software, and clicked “cut”.

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Before this I would have to figure out how many of each letter I needed, cut paper down to size to fit into the Ellison machine, and make sure the lever pushed down far enough to cut through my paper.  Not gonna lie, my arm would end up hurting afterwards.  Plus, you only had your choice of 1-2 fonts and sizes (because really, what school has the money or space to purchase 26 different die cuts in 10 different fonts?).  I can even manipulate the images/letters to make sure I use every inch of the paper and not be wasteful. It’s awesome.

die cuts then & now

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Yes, I know I am a total nerd.  But these kind of things make me happy.  They also make my classroom prettier, which makes me doubly happy. There are a few tutorials online on how to use the cameo, but I haven’t found too many to be useful.  I’m thinking about making my own and posting them online. We shall see.

What kind of practical splurges have you made lately?

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