A Christmas Story Ornaments – Another Cricut Gift

I have to admit that until Chris and I started dating 16 + years ago, I hadn’t even heard of the movie “A Christmas Story.” It is a big thing in his family. We now watch it every Christmas Day as a tradition in our own little family as his family has always done. This being said, I try every year to make or find some sort of little gift with that movie as a theme to give.

One year it was a “Leg Lamp” night light, one year I went full on “Pink Bunny Suit” for my father-in-law lol… this year I am playing nice and I made him a set of ornaments with some of the more memorable sayings/memories from the movie.

If you have seen, or are another avid fan of the movie, you will understand the meaning behind all of the ornaments, if not maybe you can just appreciate the thought behind the gift lol!

Here are the ornaments based around the movie! I found “clipart” images doing an internet search, cleaned them up in Design space, resized them and then cut them using my Cricut.

I painted the inside of clear ornaments and then adhered the vinyl to them. Now all they need are another trip to the dollar store for some ribbon and a nice box!

Sandie

RX: Sarcastic Wine Bags – Cricut HTV Project

I saw wine bags similar to these… well, guess where lol…. and really wanted to make some to add to a sort of gift set for my brother-in-law for Christmas. I figured they would be easy enough to “design” myself using Design Space and free images I could find online.

Surprisingly, it didn’t take long at all to create the pattern, so I made a few of them because I think they make a cute way to gift a bottle of wine to anyone with a sense of humour!

Here is how the pattern came out in Design Space… again, backwards so that it reads properly once ironed on.

I adhered the line box on the bag first and then adhered everything else around it, trying to centre everything off of the box.

These are the bags when they are done….now all I have to do is to make some wine glasses for my brother-in-law. I think I am going to do some sort of vinyl design saying “For Medicinal Use only”lol!

Sandie

“I’m Kind of a Big Dill” T-shirt

“Dill”on showed me a T-shirt like this somewhere and I took it as a not so subtle hint that he wanted on lol. I figured I could make one no problem using my Cricut and Design space. I already knew they had a pickle image after making him his “Uncle Pickle” mug, so it was just a matter of sizing the image and adding different text… .easy enough!

I spent most of yesterday doing the ironing part of all the iron on/heat transfer patterns I cut out on the weekend and this was one of them. I hate ironing so spending hour upon hour ironing was not my idea of a good time… but it was for family Christmas gifts so I guess I will get over it lol!

This is the screenshot of what my pattern looked like in Design Space…. after I switched it to a “Mirror Image” to make sure it was facing the correct way once I ironed it on…. I almost forgot about that part. I didn’t worry about the placement of the eyes, eyebrows or mouth because they all go on separately after anyway.

And this is Dillon’s finished T-shirt, all ready to be wrapped up and gifted Christmas day!

Sandie

Embroidered/Sewed Reading Pillow

These little reading pillows seem to be everywhere. With my granddaughter’s love of books, making her one of these for Christmas seemed like a perfect gift…. and gave me the chance to play on my sewing machine for a bit. After seeing how nice the “Once upon a Time” turned out I am thinking I should make her a little onesie to go with the pillow! (Sorry for the dark pictures…. I didn’t realize how dark they actually were until I just attached them to my post. I will have to retake and update later.)

I pretend to take credit for her love of reading lol…. that is my one (at least the one I readily admit to) addiction and the hardest thing I’ve had to let go of since my accident. For as far back as I can remember, I have never been without a book in hand, or Kindle now that they have almost replaced books…. although sometimes there is nothing better than the feel and smell of a book in your hands!

Sandie

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One Pan Garlic Dijon Pork Tenderloin and Vegetables

Here is a quick to prepare, hearty dinner. Very little prep time, other than washing, peeling and chopping the vegetables, but you can do that ahead of time and have this meal ready to toss in the oven.

The only trouble I have with the veggie prep is that our hound, Leroy, thinks that every time I am chopping the veggies he should be getting carrots or something and stands there staring at me until I “accidentally” drop something for him lol. Do you know awkward it is trying to get stuff done with someone/something staring at you the whole time lol?

Anyway, this is a quick and delicious meal, quick enough to prepare for any night of the week!

Sandie

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Glazed Meatloaf

Happy Birthday To Me lol! I am writing this post on Thursday so that I can take today off! I actually made this meatloaf on Wednesday and just a note, this recipe makes 2 meatloaves so if you don’t want to make the two rather large meatloaves cut the recipe in half. My freezer meals for the month of December are done… I technically do not have to cook for the whole month of December now but I decided to do a few more so that I won’t have to worry about it for the beginning of January as well lol… the after Christmas hangover season. Today (Thursday) I am going to make a couple of pans of everyone’s favourite “Baked Macaroni,” and that is it… no more cooking until sometime in January… thaw and reheat and that’s it…. woo hoo!

As with most meatloaf recipes, this is quick and easy to mix together and get in the pan and the glaze is just as easy to make and brush on the meatloaf part way through cooking and is absolutely delicious. It also freezes wonderfully so you too can have a freezer meal on hand for those days where you just don’t want to!

Sandie

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Stocking Holder Redo

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.

Fold, the more folds the fuller your bow will be…..
Tie off in the centre with thin wire, a pipe cleaner or even ribbon for attaching to your project.
Fluff out the folds to make the loops of your bow until it is how you would like it to look and then attach to your project.

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!

Sandie

JOY Sign – Do Over Project – Cricut Project

This is a project I actually started last year. I had some wood cut offs from another project and I thought I could make a little hanging Christmas sign with them. I got as far as base painting them and then starting to paint the word JOY spread over the three pieces of wood lol.. and that was it!

OLD PROJECT
NEW PROJECT

Insert new colour scheme in house and new colour scheme for Christmas decorations this year and my unfinished project lol… that meant that these might as well get an overhaul/do over as well!

I started out by base painting them a completely different colour than before… a shade of gray to blend with everything else…. quite a few coats actually.

My next step was deciding do I paint or not…. Not…. too many things to get done lol… I went to my handy and very talented Cricut to finish this project.

I picked a font and cut out the letters for the word JOY.

I adhered them to the now base painted and ready wood pieces.

And then I commandeered Chris’ big staple gun to attach wide ribbon to the backs of each piece of wood to hang them by… hopefully fairly evenly.

I used a key ring ring at the top for hanging and made a nice big bow at the top and now I have a really cute JOY sign to hang on the closet door for the holiday season and finished a project I started last year! Yay me lol!!!

Sandie

Christmas Tree Skirt Alternative

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!

Before my new star….
After the new star Chris bought me for my birthday!

Now I don’t have to rush around trying to find a tree skirt to match!

Sandie

A Tip about A Tip – Cricut

Before I start my post…. I had to share some exciting news… at least in my little world! My granddaughter said Grandma for the first time when she was up this weekend!!!! It was such a special milestone for me lol!

As most of you may remember, I had a whole “herd” of Grinch mug orders to fill after listing them for sale on a local buy and sell site. For whatever reason, EVERYONE and their uncles wanted a Grinch mug lol.

I ended up making more than 50 of them to fulfill orders!

When it came time to heat set the mugs I thought I would try something I saw on another blog, to remain unnamed, where I could heat set the mugs in bulk. On this blog, it stated you could heat set the mugs in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. I thought perfect… I could do the mugs in a few batches rather than having to do them individually, especially considering the sheer number of them.

Big mistake!!! The vinyl shrunk!!! The worst I was expecting was a little bit of odour. What I ended up with was having to redo the mugs!!! And a little bit of odour! The vinyl shrunk and shriveled up onto itself making it lumpy and awful looking. I had to pick it all off of the mugs and start over.

MUGS HEAT SET INDIVIDUALLY
MUGS HEAT SET IN THE OVEN

While doing the vinyl on the Cricut is easy and applying it even easier…. having to do it twice was a pain in the butt. I am glad however that I now know what not to do when it comes to heat setting the mugs and really wanted to share with everyone in case they come across this advice or something similar and end up in the same boat as me!

Sandie