Too Hot - Hot Pads!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Hello Friends!

I have five kids (1 boy and 4 girls) and my girls are always asking to use my Circuit Maker. I decided to see how hard it would be to have "helpers" for this post. It was so fun! I love crafting with my kids and am grateful that they love it as much as I do. With so many fun project in Cricut Design space  it was really hard to choose just one. We finally picked the Quilted Hexagon Pot Holder. 


These girls said this was a fun and easy project. I think they're just quick learners! They loved watching the Cricut Maker cut the fabric. They were surprised when we pulled the cutting mat out and it looked like nothing had happened, but then you peel the fabric off and it's perfectly cut - it's magical!

This experience is based strictly on my opinion.  Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above.  I was provided the sample free of charge by the company or PR agency and I have given my honest opinion.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine. This post contains affiliate links. 



Once they picked out their patterns they got busy measuring and planning. One trick these girls learned is...When you place your fabric on the cutting mat if you roll it up first then unroll as you place it, you will have perfectly smooth, perfectly placed fabric.



 Look at that focus!  Press and flatten, steam and flatten! Easy peasy with the EasyPress!

This is a fun step because you can press a large piece of material in a short amount of time. If you don't have an easypress, you can use an iron. It was just so much faster with the EasyPress. When you take time to press before you cut it gives your finished product a more professional look.


 Look! The project is taking shape! I love the patterns she chose. I especially love the perfectly cut pieces. I LOVE that they fit together with no fuss. The Circuit Maker definitely made this a snap. One thing to remember here is...When sewing keep all the seams going the same direction, that way when you are done your project will lay flat.


 She's putting the pieces together. She chose a totally different color palette. This easy project is a great example of throwing your own unique personality into the circuit maker project and create a beautiful, fun craft.
 Here she is sewing away. I love that she is able to focus on and develop her sewing skills while she is having a blast.

 Our favorite kind of learning: HANDS ON LEARNING!!


 I am in love with these hot pads and these cute girls. They really loved this project and can't wait for our next crafting day together. Personally, I can't wait till my daughter gets grease and bits of food all over her hot pad. That will mean SHE is doing the cooking and I will be doing the eating.

What color and pattern combinations do you envision on your hot pads? Anything goes!!!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Home Right Finish Max Super Paint Sprayer

Friday, November 10, 2017

Hello! Lovelies. Thanks for taking time to read this blog.

This experience is based strictly on my opinion.  Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above.  I was provided the sample free of charge by the company or PR agency and I have given my honest opinion.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Home Right. The opinions and text are all mine. This post may contain affiliate links. 


Earlier this year my 11 year old daughter asked for a room makeover instead of birthday party. It is taking forever! I have to tell you I don't love painting. The first time I did it, I had drips all over the walls and I felt like it got everywhere! It was frustrating for sure and has taken me more months than I care to admit.

You might remember I went to SNAP Conference this year and met some amazing vendors, well the fine folks at Home Right sent me a Home Right Finish Max Super paint sprayer to try out for my daughter's room. Can I say...GAME CHANGER! I cannot believe how quickly I was able to paint the walls, her bed and mirror. It even looks like a professional did all the work. Who knew a novice like me can create such a beautiful finish. She is totally in love with her new (more grown-up) room and I love how fast and easy it was to finish this project.


After working on my project, I had a few friends called and ask to borrow the sprayer because I can't stop telling everyone how much I love it. My friend Kim and her husband built an entertainment center - seriously from scratch - like cut the wood and everything! She has such a great eye for design.


Before & After 


Another friend Lindsay had an older Hutch and turned it into a gorgeous piece. I seriously love the color she picked.

Before & After



I am so happy to announce that Home Right agreed to team up with me to giveaway one of these magical paint sprayers - whether you have a big or small project on your to do list, this sprayer will help you quickly, efficiently and make you look like a professional.

I love the versatility this sprayer has - you can use milk paint, latex paint, sealer and more. You don't need to water down the paint. You can change the angle and pressure as the paint comes out. It was easy to use right out of the box. If I can do this so can you!

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Cricut vs. Cricut

Monday, October 23, 2017

You guys! I have been loving my Cricut Maker As you know, I love, love sewing. I am a busy mom with 5 kids so finding ways to maximize the little amount of time I have to craft is always great. My Cricut Maker is one of the ways that I can craft and sew in a short amount of time. You can knock out projects quickly and they look totally professional.


This experience is based strictly on my opinion.  Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above.  I was provided the sample free of charge by the company or PR agency and I have given my honest opinion.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine. This post contains affiliate links. 


People, let's talk...

Why do I love the Cricut Maker? How is it changing my crafting? Do you need one? Which one is right for you?

Why Do I Love My Cricut?

My love for the Cricut began with the very first one. I actually bought it on HSN in a bundle pack way back in the day. I slowly purchased cartridges over time. I originally bought it because I wanted to cut big letters for posters and to make signs. I loved that I could also cut tags, bags, boxes and more! It changed the way my scrapbook pages came together and made posters and signs look amazing. You were limited to the cartridges you had and a small 6" x 12" paper, card stock, etc.

Fast forward a few years and I got a Cricut Explore Air 2 & then the Cricut Maker. Let's look at both of them:

Cricut Maker 

  • Rotary Blade - cuts fabric like butter with precision cuts - AMAZING!
  • Simplicity patterns available to cut and sew together via Design Space
  • Knife Blade - can cut thicker materials - like wood 
  • Automatically syncs the material with correct blade
  • Easy to Use
  • Blue Tooth
  • Cuts even materials

Cricut Explore Air 2
  • Blue tooth capabilities
  • Can cut fabric (backed with a stabilizer) 
  • Has a slot for cartridges - so if you have an older machine you can still utilize them.
  • Three cute colors
  • Cuts, writes and scores 100s of materials
  • Fast, like 2X faster than the older models
  • Cuts vinyl iron on and vinyl
  • Has a handy dandy tool holder

How is the Cricut Maker Changing My Crafting


The Cricut Maker is changing the way I craft because I now have access to hundreds of sewing patterns. Cutting out a pattern and then applying it to the fabric and cutting again is time consuming and tedious. Now I go to Design Space, pick a pattern and hit the button that says create, viola! The Maker will cut and print sewing seam allowances in much less time. Now I can select my pattern and load the fabric and walk away - usually to chase a kid. Then you can go back and begin sewing. It's fool proof. Even my kids can do it. 

Do You Need a Machine in Your Life?

Yes. I am pretty sure you do. Which one? It really depends on what type of crafts you want to do. If you are a beginning sewist or would like to learn to sew, the Cricut Maker is a great place to start. The ease of putting projects together and the hundreds of materials you can cut make it a perfect option. It can do everything the Cricut Explore Air 2 can do and more. The Cricut Maker gives you so many options - you'll be hard pressed to run out of things to try. It's easy to use, my whole family has used it. It is changing the way I craft and it's definitely making it more fun!




This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Create Your Own Fairy House and Doll with Cricut Maker

Monday, October 2, 2017




This experience is based strictly on my opinion.  Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above.  I was provided the sample free of charge by the company or PR agency and I have given my honest opinion.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.


When you have a house with four girls in it, this is exactly the kind of easy, fun project you need. 
I love being able to pull out my Cricut Maker and having my girls help me make something. The possibilities are endless. I have teamed up with some talented bloggers to show you 50 FREE projects you can make using the Cricut Maker. Also, on October 3, 2017 over at HSN you can get the Cricut Maker with a bunch of other goodies. 


FAIRY HOUSE 

12 X 12 Fabric for the house top
12 X 12 Fabric for house bottom
Coordinating felt for window out lines
Heat n' Bond fusible fabric interface
Hot Glue Gun

Optional:
Wooden Plank
Small stones
Moss for decorating



Cut out the top and bottom of the house - don't mind my messy mat. It still works! Can you believe it? Another reason to love these products. You can continue to use them after they get grubby. You can cut the fabric using the Cricut Maker without adding any type of stabilizer to the back. However, I added Heat n Bond so I could attach the fabric to a piece of felt. It makes it more sturdy. 

After you cut the pieces out you need to put them together, I used hot glue to create the them - it's fast and easy. It will hold really well too!






After you cut the fabric, I cut a piece of felt and then iron the fabric to it. 



I did the same thing for the bottom piece. I used the light felt to cut out the window casing and attached using hot glue. 


Then attach the top to the bottom and you are done. Super easy and look how cute it is. I think it would be fun to make another one using Halloween fabric or other holiday fabric and decorate for the different seasons. 


 Earth Fairy
My girls all want one of these. I think I will be making them each one. My oldest daughter wrapped the arms and body. She added shoes because she liked how it looked. 

Supplies: 
 Cricut Midnight Vinyl
Cricut Iron On Glitter, Green
Felt Green
Felt Brown
Pipe Cleaner
1" Bead
Embroidery Floss - Flesh Tone
Embroidery Floss - Gold
 Embroidery Floss - Green
Embroidery Floss - Brown
Brown Pom Poms


Cut the pipe cleaner into one 4" section and one 8" section. Use the 8" section for body and legs and the 4" section for the arms. I added a little glue to keep the arms in place. 

 Wrap body with flesh colored embroidery floss. 


Hot glue the bead to the body. Wrap body in embroidery floss to match. 

Cut the fairy wings out of felt - be sure to choose felt as the material when beginning. Cut out skirt as well. 

I cut the glitter vinyl out and weeding then attached to the felt using my awesome Easy Press. 


I added glitter iron on to both sides. 


I added hair by hot glueing strands of embroidery floss to the top. I braided three strands together and glued them on the top as well. You could paint the hair color on if you choose. 

My girls loved this project. They are ready to make more tomorrow. I love that you can really customize each fairy - your favorite color, change the hair, etc. This machine really gives you the opportunity to create professional looking crafts. They are cut perfectly and so precise. 

Do you want to know what you get with the Cricut Maker Bundle over at HSN? 
The bundle includes the following items:
  • Cricut Maker™ machine
  • Rotary Blade + Drive Housing
  • Premium Fine-Point Blade +Housing
  • Fine-Point Pen
  • FabricGrip™ Mat 12” x 12”
  • LightGrip™ Mat 12” x 12”
  • Welcome Book
  • USB Cable & Power Adaptor
  • Cricut Access™ Standard trial membership
  • 50 ready-to-make projects, including 25 sewing patterns
  • Materials for your first project
HSN Added Value Offer Contents:
  • Cricut Bonded Fabric Point Blade Housing
  • Cricut Scoring Stylus
  • Cricut Washable Pen
  • Cricut 12×12 StrongGrip™ Cutting Mat
  • Cricut Digital Pattern Content
  • Cricut Consumable Sampler
  • (1) 12×26 Fabric Sheet, Red
  • (2) 12×12 Glitter Iron-on Sheets (Pink and Gold)
  • (6) 12×12 Vinyl Sheets (Black and White)
  • (1) 12×12 Kraftboard Sampler, 30pc (black, white, natural)

Want to check out the other 49 FREE projects included with your Cricut Maker? Click the pictures below to see how some of my blog buddies created these projects with their Maker! Also, it gives you more chances to win.


ENTER TO WIN HERE

Want to make these projects but don't have a Maker yet? Enter through the widget below to not only win the new Cricut Maker but also the HSN bundle being released tonight at midnight!


Giveaway open to residents in the US and Canada ages 18 years and older. Giveaway runs from 10/2/17-10/9/17 and winner will be notified by email no later than 10/10/17. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.