I would like to start by saying Thank You to everyone for your Condolences and Thoughts. I apologize for not responding yet. As I’m sure you can imagine, life is a little chaotic right now and being on our WordPress site, let alone posting is sporadic at best right now.
Yesterday, however, I said screw everything and “played” Cricut. I needed an escape for the day and crafting seemed the best route. I did a few Easter crafts for my beautiful little granddaughter and this night light for my grandson, who should be making his grand entrance within the month! Thankfully during this stressful time we do have something wonderful to look forward to!
I made my pattern in Design Space. Doing a Mickey Mouse head is pretty simple considering it is basically made of circles.
I started with one big circle. I added a square big enough to cover half of the circle and then used the slice feature to cut my circle in half. I separated the pieces, kept what I needed and made the bottom half red. I added the two smaller black circles for Mickey’s ears, and two really small white circles for the little dots on the red half circle.
I used one of the Disney fonts for Greydon’s name and then cut everything out with my Cricut.
I adhered all of the pieces to the little LED night light I picked up from the dollar store and now I have a cute little night light as part of the gift for when he’s finally born ❤!!!
Again, this is one of the projects I did with all of the cutting I did the week I had my Cricut Machine upstairs. I had been thinking about doing something to my cake plate for ages and while I had the Cricut out it seemed the perfect opportunity.
I decided to just go with some roses going around the outside of the domed top of the cake plate. Originally I was going to cover it with words like cake, cookies, pie and such but changed my mind and went with the flowers instead. I am happy with how it turned out.
I found a nice pattern in Design Space of plain old roses and leaves and cut it out of permanent vinyl. I used red and green. I would have used a burgundy but I didn’t have any on hand.
Here is the cake plate after I finished applying the vinyl. It looks so much brighter and fresher and stands out on the kitchen table…. EVEN when there is no baking under it lol!
When I was making the Skull Cycling T-Shirt for Dillon for his birthday last week, I figured while I was already “playing” Cricut I would make this pillow for myself. I don’t know about the rest of you crafters out there… but I don’t seem to make many crafts for myself… I am generally making them for someone else. Not this time!
There is a little story behind this project. I am part of a couple of Facebook groups dedicated to the Cricut… projects, learning, advice, etc. Someone posted a picture of a dragonfly mandala and couldn’t decide what they were going to put it on. As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to make it for myself… still wasn’t sure either what I was going to put it on… just that I was making it lol! I asked the member where she found the pattern and to my surprise it was in Design Space and was part of the Access program! I found it, customized it to the size I wanted once I decided it was going on one of the throw cushions on the couch…. and it a really sparkly heat transfer vinyl that I bought to put some hearts on another onesie I made for my granddaughter (I will attach a picture at the bottom lol) and then cut it out!
I have to admit that being sick and trying to weed glitter vinyl is not a good combination….. not even a little. Luckily one thing I do have is a lot of time… so I took that time and weeded it bit by bit until it was done before ironing it onto my pillow.
It is kind of hard to get a good picture of the glitter vinyl AND get the full effect of the glitter itself, but I did the best I could with the limited patience I have right now so I would at least have a post. Believe it or not, I have I think 4 or 5 recipe posts that just need typing/dictating but I just can’t seem to find the oomph to get them done. A post like this is much easier… not as many stops to insert pictures. Yes… very lazy!
Here is my pillow…..
And here is the onesie I made for my granddaugher!
Yes… believe it or not… another post! Mind you I’m typing it wrapped up in a blanket with Lucy serving as my heating blanket…but it’s still a long overdue post! That must count for something?
As I mentioned above, this project is long overdue. I had seen a lot of signs similar to these on pinterest and thought they would look really cool above the sliding doors in the kitchen.
I “designed” the patterns ages ago, maybe even before Christmas to fit on some fence board pieces I asked Chris to cut down for me. Fence boards are an inexpensive way to make signs.
I painted the boards in colours today match our decor and then just had to actually take the time (while being so sick) to cut the vinyl. I thought it might distract me from the fact I can barely breathe 🙄.
Once fully dried (I let them dry for a couple of days… mostly because even painting them is exerting myself right now 🤨.
Then I applied the vinyl! That was the fun part! Well, the fun part once I got it lined up!
I added sawtooth hangers to the back, used my level and some painter’s tape (to mark the center of the sawtooth hanger) to mark where the nails needed to be and then hung the signs above the sliding doors as planned!
I am pretty happy with how they turned out and how they look in that spot. I just can’t decide if I want to sand/age the edges like I did with the bathroom sign I made !
When I first wrote this post I had no idea how popular it would be. I swear this post is at the top of our viewed posts lists every single day. I reread it today while thinking that it is almost time to start planning my granddaughter’s second birthday and think again… where has the time gone? Not only is she going to be turning 2 years old in a few months, but I am also going to be a grandmother again shortly after that!
With everything going on with my grandmother, I have been pondering life a lot the last while. While I am struggling with my grandmother’s age, I am very thankful for my beautiful little granddaughter and my grandson who is on the way. My granddaughter is the joy of my life and my grandson will definitely share that spot once he is born!
With all that in mind I thought I would repost this Planning a First Birthday Post since it seems to be THE most popular one I have written and hope anyone who hasn’t read it enjoys it as much as everyone else seems to be!
I honestly do not know where the time has gone but in less than a month my/our granddaughter is going to be One!!! While I hate that the time has flown by, I do look forward to joining Kim in planning and executing the party.
I actually spent the afternoon with my granddaughter yesterday after my Dr’s appointment and even though I spent the night babysitting her 2 weekends ago, it is amazing how much she has learned since then! She must have spent an hour “reading” to her Grandma yesterday lol… at least that’s what I think she was doing because I have somehow forgotten over the years how to translate baby talk …. it was either that or she was cursing me out, so I prefer to think she was telling me a story since she Was holding a Care Bears book while she “talked.”
We have decided to go with a Minnie Mouse theme for her First Birthday party! And as you can imagine… Pinterest has provided us with more ideas than we will ever need. Today I chose to highlight some of the ideas we are thinking of implementing!
Something as simple as how you lay out the (paper) plates can significantly add to the theme of a party. We found a picture that shows 2 sized of black paper plates displayed in such a way that they look like Mickey/Minnie Mouse.
Or even using construction paper, craft foam or even Bristol board to add bows to the plates to fancy them up a bit!
Even the cutlery and how it is displayed can help carry the theme to the food tables. I found 2 great examples of this… we just haven’t decided which one to use…. yet! I think we will use the first example to decorate the glass beverage dispenser I have to fill with some kind of pink punch!
I found a really cool way to display “through the first year” photos showing everyone how much she has grown.
Free Printables to add Minnie Mouse “Bows” to anything and everything lol….
Even ways to decorate plain white bows to carry the theme throughout.
Kim has some Mickey Mouse shaped cookie cutters we are going to use to shape the sandwiches and maybe cheese for cheese and crackers…. there are hundreds of cute cupcake ideas… and I found the cutest pink Minnie Mouse shaped meringue on sticks.
We found some cute… and what seems easy to make… table decorations.
And finally the cake!!!! I think we have decided on one similar to the one in the picture below to make the cake.
We have so many ideas in our heads… and saved on Pinterest… that should make this First Birthday party something she will remember for years… if only through pictures she sees later in life lol!
The other day, the same day I made the Nerd Bibs for my soon to arrive grandson, I also made this sign for our bathroom.
At first I was going to do a sort of black board design but considering I did my first Bathroom sign in gray with black lettering, I thought I should do the same on this one.
I found a frame and font I liked and just “designed” the sign using elements I remembered seeing from several different signs I had seen over time until it looked how I wanted it to look for our home…. only problem was that I made the frame too big lol!!!
If you look from the picture I uploaded of my screenshot from Design Space, and the the picture I took of the actual sign, you will notice there are some “flourishes” missing from the sign itself. It was too big! Instead of starting all over again… because I definitely do not have the patience for that right now, I just cut off the flourishes where it needed it trying to stay inline with pattern as much as I could!
Here is my screenshot of the pattern in Design Space….
And here is the finished sign…. see the missing pieces lol? Oh well, I still have a nice new little sign in the bathroom!
Look…. two days in a row with posts!!! I am on a little role! I can’t guarantee it will stick but at least it’s more than one day in a row!
Dillon bought me this craft kit for Christmas. I thought it was pretty cool and couldn’t wait to try it out. I had the perfect spot for it, it my kitchen window. While Dillon bought it as a sort of joke gift because I can’t keep a plant alive in the house to save my own life, it was still a fun project to do!
This is the kit I received.
It came with everything needed except for the scissors to cut the hanging cord.
The dough was very malleable and I got straight to work “designing” my hanging pots. I will admit I did redo them a few times until I decided on what I wanted the final look to be, making sure to also push the plastic succulent into the tops of each pot to make the hole before it dried. While they may not be perfect, they still look cute hanging in the window.
NOTE: I pushed a wooden skewer through them after shaping for 2 reasons…. one as a space for the cord to hang them and two, so I could use the skewer to hold the pots over glasses to dry during painting.
I let the dry/cure for about 2 days because they were sort of thick, then painted them with the provided paint.
Once the paint dried, I threaded the provided cord through double thickness, knotted it for hanging and pushed the succulent into each pot where I made the hole before drying.
Here are the little succulent pots hanging in my kitchen window. I used a tension rod to hang them inside the window frame under my window valance.
If I had realized before I did the “redo” that I hadn’t actually posted the original stocking holder I would have taken a before picture!!!! That shows you where my head is at right now lol!
Let me start at the beginning then….. a few years ago I saw this really cool idea for a stocking holder on good old Pinterest and just happened to have the materials, or as good as, on hand so I enlisted Chris to help me make it! It pretty much just took some scrap wood, a fence post top, a finial, a bunch of ribbon to wrap the “post” and some coat hooks. Chris did most of the “wood” part of the holder, while I did the painting and wrapping of the ribbon.
It turned out just how intended and worked perfectly for holding our stockings. I think there is actually a picture of it in the post I did last year when I made the stocking for my little granddaughter for her first Christmas! Here is that picture…. (I had to scroll way back through memory lane for that picture lol)
This year, again with the redecorating/colour scheme change, I decided it needed an overhaul lol! I ripped off all of the original ribbon, removed the coat hooks and base painted it with the same gray paint I used on the JOY sign I made this week.
I wrapped the post with that black check ribbon I have been using for just about everything lol (I bought a 150 ft roll of it from Amazon for $15.99) after the paint dried and then put the coat hooks back on.
As a side bar to the post I did a quick sort of “How To” for making a nice bow in 3 pictures.
I made my bow and attached it to the project after it was completely dry. And here is my stocking holder….. with all the stockings I made a few years ago for everyone!
Wow! Am I ever late posting this morning! Every year I forget how long it actually takes to decorate the house for Christmas!
With deciding to change the colours of our Christmas decorations this year to match the colours from redecorating earlier in the year, I didn’t even think about the tree skirt! 🙄
I was looking around the craft room and the laundry room and anywhere else I thought might give me some inspiration lol.
I came to our old light gray tablecloth. Note: light gray tablecloth + 2 messy men = bad idea lol.
I remembered seeing a video somewhere about turning a square of fabric into an alternative to a tree skirt, so that’s what I did!
Note again: if using an artificial tree like me… do it before you assemble the whole tree lol 😳, much easier.
The first thing is to lay your piece of fabric on the floor with the tree stand centred on it.
Fill in around the stand with some kind of stuffing. I was out of stuffing/batting so I just used some old curtain sheers I had washed and out away. You could use blankets, sheets, whatever you have. Just remember if you have a real tree to leave a space for watering.
Then all I did was gather it up in my hands and tie a nice sparkly ribbon into a bow to hold it in place. Fluff up the ribbon and fabric until it looks how you want it!
Now I don’t have to rush around trying to find a tree skirt to match!
Last week I decided that while I was waiting for my Cricut to cut something I was going to redo the hand towels in the bathroom because one, being one of the first projects I tried when I first got my machine they weren’t that great lol… and two, being white towels and having two men who work with their hands…well, they were getting pretty gross looking lol.
I did end up using white towels again…. what was I thinking????
I used pretty much the same sort of monogram effect on them but this time I used a technique that I remember seeing somewhere on Pinterest.
Last time I found that when I did the monogram on the towels, it sort of “sunk” in to the fabric of the towels. I read that if you hoop the towels as you normally would, but then added a layer of wax paper on top of the towel, between the towel and the presser foot , that the stitching would sit higher and not just sink into the fabric.
Here is a picture of my machine while it was sewing the monogram, with the wax paper in place.
Note: I had to change the wax paper for each colour because as it is stitching it is also cutting the wax paper around the design and it comes apart all the way around the stitch line. Not a big deal, but not something I remember reading.
I think you can see better in this picture around the letter “L” where it is cutting the wax paper.
This is what the hand towels looked like after the stitching and while there was the tiny issue with having to replace the wax paper after each colour, it definitely raises the stitching so that it isn’t sinking into whatever fabric you are using to put your monogram or whatever else on your project! (And yes, I could have chosen better colours. Definitely not thinking straight when I did them lol)