Welcome, Fall | DIY Sign Tutorial + Free Silhouette Cut File

Welcome, Fall | DIY Sign Tutorial + Free Silhouette Cut File

Can we just start with a quick *holy smokes it’s September*?!?  I can’t believe it.  Well, partially because it still feels like summer most of the time here.  But mostly because September means fall which becomes Halloween which becomes Thanksgiving which becomes Christmas which becomes New Years and I feel like I always go from September 1 to January 10 in the blink of an eye.  And this year, we’re adding a new baby to the mix so…holy smokes.

Ok, back to the task at hand.  Part of the awesomeness of September is that on Labor Day weekend, I break out my fall decorations {my second favorite decorations to Christmas} and redo the whole house.  Which is one of my very favorite activities.

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In anticipation of this {and thanks to the flutter of fall on Pinterest…follow me here}, I decided we needed just an extra little piece of fall decor.  But for free.  Because with two coming up in diapers, we need all the free we can get.  And then I remembered the sign.  Let me tell you a little story.

Once upon a time there was a sign.  It was an adorable little sign that I made for our very first apartment, and was one of my very first forays into the world of crafting.  I slaved over it to design the perfect look, find the perfect paint colors, and make everything look just right.  I hung it in our little home over our wine fridge and was so proud.

Welcome, Fall | DIY Sign Tutorial + Free Silhouette Cut File

The sign read “‘Wine is bottled poetry’ by Robert Lewis Stevenson.”  Which was perfect.  Until I, being a former English major and current perfectionist, realized that it’s Robert Louis Stevenson.  #fail

So the sign got tossed in a closet and moved from one apartment to the other and finally into our home with the intention to fix the minor issue.  And then we became parents and toned down the wine related decor, and with the movement of rooms and such for the new baby, the sign almost got tossed in the trash.  Except I can’t handle wasting a good piece of wood.  Especially when the hanging bracket is already installed.  And September is here so I’m already itching to pull down my fall decorations.

So, while the kid napped, I gave the sign a quick coat of primer and then a coat of white and started in again.  And came up with this sign.  Which I’m now totally obsessed with.  And it was free.  The end.

Welcome, Fall | DIY Sign Tutorial + Free Silhouette Cut File

Welcome, Fall | DIY Sign Tutorial + Free Silhouette Cut File

Download the cut file HERE and use the tutorial below to make one of your own!

Supplies
Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette adhesive vinyl, hook tool and transfer paper
1 piece of wood, approx 11.25″ x 18″
Paint in whatever colors you want for the sign {I used white spray paint for the background and a chocolate brown brown flat paint sample for the lettering}
Sponge brush for lettering
Opt: hanging bracket for the back of the sign

How To…

{photo tutorial below}

1) Spray paint wood with two coats background color and let dry completely {if you’re going over an old sign, use a coat of primer first}
2) Download the cut file to your Silhouette software and cut the adhesive vinyl
3) Use the hook tool to pick out the lettering
4) Roll transfer paper over the top of the vinyl and transfer the top (sticky) layer to the transfer paper
5) Lay vinyl, sticky side down, on the wood and press to adhere.  Slowly and carefully remove transfer paper.  Now you have your stencil adhered to the wood!
6) Use sponge brush to lightly dab small amounts of paint in lettering colors over your stencil.
7) Once all letters have been painted, remove silhouette vinyl stencil.  Let dry completely.
8) If necessary, touch up with a small paint brush.
9) Opt: Install hanging bracket

Enjoy!

Welcome, Fall | DIY Sign + Free Silhouette Cut File

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Healthy Fish Tacos with Rainbow Salsa Slaw & Cilantro Lime Crema

Healthy Fish Tacos with Rainbow Salsa Slaw & Cilantro Lime Crema | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Omg holy yum you guys.  Not only were these absolutely delicious but they look so pretty on the plate.  Which is awesome, because you really eat with your eyes before you eat with your stomach.  Especially the little ones.  I want to triple the recipe and make them again for a dinner party soon.

Healthy Fish Tacos with Rainbow Salsa Slaw & Cilantro Lime Crema | Little Kitchen, Big Bites Healthy Fish Tacos with Rainbow Salsa Slaw & Cilantro Lime Crema | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

I’m savoring these last days of summer…although in good ol’ Southern California, we should continue to get the heat for another month or two.  I can feel the fall slowly starting to creep in {mostly on my instagram feed…}, and I’m fighting back against it with delicious fish, a fresh tangy salsa slash slaw, and some spectacular “crema” that I whipped up from some greek yogurt.  It’s ridiculously healthy, and so very satisfying.

Healthy Fish Tacos with Rainbow Salsa Slaw & Cilantro Lime Crema | Little Kitchen, Big Bites Healthy Fish Tacos with Rainbow Salsa Slaw & Cilantro Lime Crema | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

I also am savoring the days of having a fairly independent toddler only child to take care of.  She loves to help in the kitchen, or to play in her little play kitchen while I cook and come up to sample the veggies that I’m chopping every once in a while.  It makes it so much more convenient and fun to play with flavors and work on recipes that are a little more time intensive with slaws and creamas and other deliciousness like this one.  If you happen to have a newborn or a more needy kid, by all means top this with some bagged cabbage and a scoop of sour cream and call it a day.  I’ll be with you in a month or two, my friend.

Healthy Fish Tacos with Rainbow Salsa Slaw & Cilantro Lime Crema | Little Kitchen, Big Bites Healthy Fish Tacos with Rainbow Salsa Slaw & Cilantro Lime Crema | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

I used my very favorite garlic chipotle salsa from Trader Joe’s for the fish, but you can use whichever salsa and heat floats your boat.  Or whichever one is sitting half full in your refrigerator.  But if you have a TJ’s nearby, I do recommend you picking up a jar for anything from these tacos to a bag of chips sometime soon.

Healthy Fish Tacos with Rainbow Salsa Slaw & Cilantro Lime Crema | Little Kitchen, Big Bites
Healthy Fish Tacos with Rainbow Salsa Slaw & Cilantro Lime Crema | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

 

Healthy Fish Tacos with Rainbow Salsa Slaw & Cilantro Lime Crema
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 4-6
 
Ingredients
  • For the Fish:
  • 1-1.5 lbs tilapia or other white fish
  • 3-4 T garlic chipotle salsa {or your favorite}
  • Juice of ¼ of a lime
  • For the Salsa Slaw:
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into short, thin strips
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into short thin strips
  • 1 orange bell pepper, cut into short thin strips
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped finely
  • 1½ cups shredded green cabbage
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 t olive oil
  • Juice of ½ of a lime
  • 1 t black pepper
  • 2 t garlic salt
  • 1 t cumin
  • 1 t chipotle chile powder
  • For the Crema:
  • ½ cup greek yogurt
  • Juice of ¼ of a lime
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • ½ t chipotle chile powder
  • 2 T cilantro, finely chopped
  • Other:
  • 6 corn tortillas
  • Additional cilantro to garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  2. Place tilapia in a nonstick pan lined with parchment paper.
  3. Squeeze lime juice over the top, then spread salsa on top.
  4. Bake for 13-15 minutes.
  5. Flake with a fork.
  6. While fish is cooking, gently combine and toss all salsa slaw ingredients in a medium bowl and cover in the refrigerator to chill.
  7. For the creme, combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir well. Refrigerate until use.

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Here Comes The Lunchbox | Snacking Right with Horizon Organic

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