Dragonfly Wall Art – Cricut

While looking at all my options in Cricut Design Space, I came across some really cute dragonfly cut files. This prompted me to think about what I could put one on.

I decided to go with a dollar store picture frame, a piece of card stock, the dragonfly cut file, some water colour paint and the word “Believe” cut in one of the Design Space fonts.

While it isn’t gallery worthy it still makes a cute addition to a blank wall!

The first thing I did was to design/assemble the “pattern” I wanted for my picture in Design Space.

I chose the colours I wanted to use and then cut the pattern out.

I stuck the vinyl to the outside of the glass in the picture frame and put some card stock in the picture portion of the frame.

I used a pink card stock and it just seemed rather bland when I put everything together. I decided to use some water colour paint to give it a little bit more colour.

And that’s it…. a quick and colourful addition to my walls!


Teapot Sewing Kit with Cricut Decoration

As much as I hate to say it…. I have started on Christmas lol! As usual I can’t believe how quickly it is approaching. If I want to make 90% of the gifts we give AND make enough stuff for at least one craft sale, I need to get my butt in gear!

This is an old teapot I had that I decided to recycle into a Christmas gift. The receiver loves Tea and definitely needs to have a few basic sewing items on hand in case of a sewing emergency…. so I thought why not combine the two… and give myself the chance to try another Cricut “skill” at the same time. This time I was trying layering a vinyl design instead of just cutting one colour. I have used multiple colours on other projects but they were stand alone sections!

The first thing I did was to give the teapot a good wash so I knew the vinyl would stay.

I found the cute teapot cut file on the Design Space app. There wasn’t a whole lot of layering but it still gave me a chance to try it.

Here is the design, cut, weeded and layered, ready to stick to the teapot.

I had a bit of an issue because of the curvy shape of the teapot but I just ended up cutting the transfer tape in such a way I was able to get it on with minimal wrinkles. Note: I think I need to find a tutorial for attaching the vinyl to curved surfaces!

I got the vinyl adhered to the teapot and then started on the pin cushion on the underside of the teapot lid.

I placed the lid on a fat quarter I had that was similar in colour to the design and drew a circle around it, about 1 – 2 inches bigger than the lid.

I did a row of hand gathering stitch all the way around the circle, about a half inch in, giving it a sort of bowl shape.

I put a small amount of stuffing inside the “bowl,” and tightened up the gather stitch until it was just about closed off.

I used my dreaded glue gun to attach the little pin cushion to the underside/inside of the lid and my pin cushion was done!

I put the lid back on and now I just have to fill it with some basic sewing supplies (and get a nicer bow) and I have my first Christmas gift ready to store until the big day!


Recycled Cupboard Door Cricut Project

Sorry I am so off schedule this week. My grandmother, who has had the biggest and best impact in my life… the one person who has always always always been there for me had a heart attack this week. I have been so worried and waiting for news that everything is completely upside down!

While I have been waiting for the phone to ring I decided to “play” Cricut to take my mind off things. This project is one of the things I did while waiting.

The door I used in this project is actually from the recycled end table/cat bed I made ages ago. I kept the door because you just never know… and this week I found a purpose for it!

I haven’t hung it up yet or decided if I want to put some cup hooks on it to turn it into a key rack/decor, but the door itself is done!

To start the project I cleaned and sanded the door and removed any hardware still on it.

I decided to paint it using my gray chalkboard paint and then used a watered down acrylic to put some turquoise highlights on it.

I decided what I wanted and then cut the permanent vinyl then applied it to the surface.

Once the vinyl was applied I added a few coats of varethane and it was done… or at least done until I make a decision on the cup hooks!


Learning New Cricut Skills

I swear I have seen so many of the split letter monograms and signs on Pinterest that I had to try it! It means I learned a new skill/technique on my Cricut and in the Design Space program.

I found a great tutorial here: https://www.howtoheatpress.com/split-letter-monogram-tutorial/?epik=dj0yJnU9cGRuV1Q2ZVJmWXVvWUhXazRvalJqWW1EdUdGdWhtZWwmbj1FejBrMFcwS3VzZjNaVk5LZHlDTDlRJm09MyZ0PUFBQUFBRjFsRnhB and it worked out great for me. I learned what it meant to “Weld” and to “Slice” in Design space!!!!

Here is a screenshot of Design Space with my project once I finished “designing” it! I know it might look sort of complicated but once you have been through one of the processes a few times, it doesn’t seem quick so daunting!

And this is the “design” cut and attached to the little dollar store sign I base painted last week!

I am having a great time “Playing” and of course learning as I go with my Cricut. Every new trick or technique I learn opens up so many doors to new projects!


“Home is where my Herd is…”

This my first attempt at designing a pattern of my own. Now by design… I mean arranged free fonts and downloaded images into a sign that I wanted to hang on the wall by the front door.

Using the premade cut files really made “assembling” this pattern a cinch!

I made my design in Cricut’s Design Space. Here is what my pattern looked at in Design Space after I finished it.

Once it looked how I wanted it to look I base painted a canvas to use and then cut the file on my Cricut.

I lined it up using the grid transfer tape….

Then removed the backing paper of the vinyl and stuck it to my canvas.

I gave it a coat with chalkboard paint sealer and then hung it on one of the long walls in the front stair area!


Baked Cheesecake

Who doesn’t like cheesecake? I can’t think of one single person I know who doesn’t love this sinful dessert. I don’t make “real” cheesecake often, I usually opt for my quick cheesecake recipe… because it is quick but this one is a nice treat when I feel like making the real thing!


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A Couple of Quick Cricut Projects

The other day, before I was back on grandma duty, I did a couple of little projects. One was a cut out anniversary card…. it was mine and Chris’ anniversary on Friday so I thought it would be cool to make him a card. The Cricut makes projects like this so easy! I found a cut out pattern for free on Pinterest, downloaded it to my Cricut Design Space app and the rest was history.

Here is it after I cut the decorative part of the card, and the cardstock background paper I chose.

I glued everything in place and had a great Anniversary card for Chris!!!

This next project is even easier! I simply chose a Cricut font and used my granddaughter’s name to make a permanent vinyl sticker I placed on the front of a sippy cup!

Stay tuned for more projects!


Applesauce Oatmeal Quick Bread

It is nice to have different quick breads in the “rotation” to choose from when making treats for Chris and Dillon’s lunches for work. While banana bread will always be the number one go to for quick breads in their opinion, this one comes in a close second. It is full of delicious applesauce, oatmeal and cinnamon, to name a few ingredients, and is very quick and easy to prepare!

It disappeared so quickly I didn’t even get a chance to take a better picture lol!


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Maple Baked Donuts

Maple… a Canadian icon all on it’s own lol! Whenever I tell Kim I am baking anything maple I swear her eyes glaze over and the rest of the conversation is lost on her lol. I honestly think she would drink it straight from the bottle if no one was looking! While I am not quite the maple addict she is, I do enjoy these donuts when I make them! The fact they are baked instead of fried is a big bonus!


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