Finding my Place…

Since I seem to be losing stuff all over the place lately (my car keys, my kids’ permission slips…my mind, etc.), it should only ring true for my knitting paraphernalia.  I think the only reason I haven’t lost my knitting bag is because I only see the poor thing once or twice a week.

For some reason, the notions…they just don’t want to stay with me.  Snippers, tapestry needles, stitch markers…all fleeing my bag like it’s the apocalypse up in there.   I decided enough was enough and instead of buying a new pack of stitch markers for about 3 bucks, I’d spend about 40 on beading materials and make my own.  (I never claimed to have common sense.  Just roll with it.)

So last night during the Globes, I made these:

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IMG_7261Pretty, right?  Except now I have way more than I need.  Anyone want to buy some stitch markers?  I’m thinking I need a latte per each set of 6.  Four bucks?

 

Wreath

Since moving to a new home two months ago, I’m still trying to figure out our decorating style.  I originally thought I’d go all country/primitive, since we moved into a colonial with these lovely onion light fixtures…

 

Photo courtesy of Norwell Lighting

…then I started delving into this whole genre and got overwhelmed by tin, stars, and tea- and coffee-stained shit.  (I’m tea- and coffee-stained by accident every day.  You mean to tell me people do this on purpose?  As decoration?)  Totally not me, even if I tried.  So I decided to do something somewhat generic–good for any sort of decor, appropriate for Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  Bonus:  it smells like cinnamon.

(sorry for the blurry quality…it was cooooooold this morning in New Hampshire!)

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I used a green wire wreath form, Deco Mesh, two varieties of burlap wired ribbon, a garland of berries, hot glue, and some cinnamon-scented pinecones.  What are you decorating your front door with?

 

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My Family…

Recently, while perusing Instagram, I stumbled upon a friend’s picture of some charming peg dolls painted in her family’s likeness.  I fell in love with them and had to steal the idea.  She purchased them from Goose Grease, a fair trade company that creates custom peg dolls, or kits that include the wooden dolls, paints, brushes, and a cute little muslin bag to store them in.

I promptly ordered a set (they come in sets of 6) and here is what I’ve created:

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Unfortunately, I forgot to erase my pencil lines before I sealed them.  Oops.  They are going to be a gift to my husband when we move into our new home.

(Disclaimer:  No one paid me to post this…I purchased the kit myself and loved it)

Creating Text in a Curve with Cricut Craft Room

I’ve been a Cricut owner for a few years now and like all my crafts, the machine gets used in fits and starts, depending on what I’m into at the moment.

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Recently, I started using iron on vinyl in the Cricut along with Cricut Craft Room to make T-shirts for my Girl Scout troop’s camping trip.  It was finicky but once I got the hang of what I was doing (and a detailed walkthrough from the fine folks at ilovetocreate) it was fairly easy to bang out 18 of them.

Tulip brand Iron on Glitter Transfer Sheets

Tulip brand Iron on Glitter Transfer Sheets

I started using Cricut Craft Room about a year ago and just yesterday I was finally able to link my Gypsy to it, which made my life about a thousand times easier.  I have about 30 cartridges so I wasn’t about to go through the whole linking process again.  And my Jukebox is covered in dust somewhere in the nether regions of my craft studio…

Cricut Jukebox…allows one to cut without changing cartridges within the machine

The only thing left on my Cricut wishlist is to be able to create text in an arc or in a circle.  There is a workaround I have done and I’ll share the steps with you below.

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I wanted to make a car decal (yes, I’m turning into THAT mom…crazy stick figures may be next, watch out!) with my eldest’s name and a karate figure on it.  These things cost like 10-15 bucks and I figured I could make it for less than $2.50 with a sheet of 12×12 white vinyl.

1.Open up Cricut Craft Room

2.Select the cartridge you’ll be using.  (I used Plantin Schoolbook)

3.Create a large circle.  Size doesnt matter (snort), since you’ll be deleting it after the letters are placed.

4.Place the letters (do NOT use the “Add text” feature.  Click on the letters in the keypad below the screen) on the screen in the size you want.  You’ll be moving them individually.  Rotate each letter so it is perpendicular to the circle’s outline.  After each letter is placed and rotated, SAVE YOUR WORK.

5.Delete the circle.

6.Add your figure (I used the flying side kick figure from Sports Mania, and added a little paisley from Home Accents to make a ponytail), and the name on the bottom in a straight line.

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7.Group your images and re-size them to the dimensions you like.

8.  Save and CUT!

Craft meets Tech…

I pinned this craft a while ago when the whole chevron thing was just getting big.  (Did I just make a hipster-ish statement?)

Image courtesy of http://forchicsake.com/

Super-simple instructions and adorable color combinations.  Since my daughter got her first iPod today for her birthday I decided to dress up her charger and get her a cute case.  And of course I couldn’t leave well enough alone.

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