I've been busy lately and haven't had the chance to blog about the awesome birthday present my husband got me: the Silhouette SD. It's a craft cutting system that allows you to design your own shapes to cut. This means you can cut ANYTHING you can draw (or find a shape file for, scan in and trace, etc.). You can resize shapes, use any font on your computer and more.
While not particularly noisy it's also not a quiet machine. It's surprisingly melodic as it cuts designs. They come out crisp and professional - just watch how you reuse pre cut paper (I've tried to reuse larger paper from which I've cut designs only to have it catch while being pulled into the machine, knocking it out of synch).