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. 


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

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. 

 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.


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.

Flamingo Garden Party with Cricut Maker

Friday, September 8, 2017

Who doesn't love a beautiful, fun party with all your best friends? I was so happy to help at this Flamingo Garden party for one of our favorite people. The details were gorgeous, food delicious and the activities were loved by all the girls. 

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.

One thing I love about my Cricut Maker - having it at a party, makes the party more fun. There are so many party details that I will share later, but today I really want to talk about how my Cricut Maker helped me make the perfect party bags and created a fun interactive party station.

I made the bags a head of time so all the of the sewing was completed before the guests arrived. Open your Cricut's Design Space and head to the canvas. Add a square and then unlock the image so you can manipulate the shape. I cut my pieces 8.5" X 12" (for the striped fabric) and 4.5" X 12". Once your bags are sewn you can move to the fun part...decorating. 

We set up a Cricut cutting station where the girls came to cut the flamingo. It is easy to do and Cricut has several flamingos to choose from in Design Space. Once you find the right flamingo or image, click the create it icon. Cricut will send all the information via bluetooth from your laptop, iPad or phone to the Cricut Maker. Don't forget to put your iron-on vinyl pretty side down on your cutting mat and choose the mirror image when cutting. We had the girls come up choose a bag and flamingo. We used the foil iron on in pink for the flamingo. 

Each girl placed their flamingo on their bag, once they were happy, we used an old fashioned iron to set the flamingos in place, it would have been awesome to have had Cricut's new Easy Press. Mine didn't arrive on time. I will use it on the next project. It has a built in timer and keeps the temperature at just the right spot. It only requires a little pressure and voila perfectly placed flamingo! Peeling the the carrier sheet and seeing their flamingo stick was magical for everyone.

After they placed their flamingo, they were given puff paint to add any other design elements they wanted. I know the girls loved it. They raved about the new Cricut Maker and how much fun it was to iron on their flamingo. This was a super easy project that everyone enjoyed. I love how the Cricut Maker allows you to cut so many different mediums. Cutting fabric has been a game changer for me.

As you can see, the girls had a blast at this party. I loved being part and more importantly celebrating this special day for a lovely girl. 

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

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Cricut Maker Giveaway

Friday, August 18, 2017

Cricut Maker Machine

Do you want to win your very own Cricut Maker? Are you on Instagram? Head on over to @sookeedesigns and see all the details. I teamed up with a bunch of talented bloggers and sewists to give you the chance to win one! They launch on August 21! I am so excited about this machine. I had such a great time going to the Cricut launch and seeing all that it can do.

This machine cuts 100's of fabrics, felt, leather, balsa wood, vinyl, plastic and more. Cricut teamed up with Simplicity pattern company and Riley Blake Fabrics to offer you some amazing items to create. I am in love with this machine.

If you don't win click here to purchase one for yourself or a friend! You need this machine in your crafty life. Then click here to get a 30% discount on all your supplies. Coupons cannot be combined.

Good Luck!

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Cricut Sewing Blog Tour

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I am so excited to announce that I paired up with Cricut for a sewing blog tour. I have to pinch myself that I was included with an amazing group of talented people. Be sure to check all of them out to see other projects you can create with your own Cricut Explore Air 2. Also, make sure you sign up for the giveaway link at the end of the post.

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.

I have to admit that I am technically challenged, could be my 5 kids or my crazy life, but I have a love/hate relationship with my computer and all the techie items that have crept into my life. I was admittedly nervous about using the Cricut, but trust me when I say - it is so EASY. Way easier than I thought it would be. I am happy to report that my first project worked! There are so many things you can do using the Cricut. Be sure to check out the other bloggers that participated in this tour.
Sewing the Make-up bag and bonus Eye Mask are pretty easy - good news: you can use fabric scraps. I love making bags and have a stash at home, they make the perfect last minute gift. With my Cricut Explore Air 2, it makes it so nice to personalize or add some cute designs which give it a little something extra.

You can purchase your own Cricut Explore Air 2 by clicking here. Be sure to enter the code ChristmasinJuly for free shipping (US only).

The Eye Mask is easy to make because with the perfect mask cut out in Cricut's Design Space. You can find it here. Search for Mask #M39810 Girls Makeup Party. You can use the Cricut to cut your fabric - but I am trying to figure out how to remove the holes from the pattern. Once I learn, I will let you know. Until then, cut out using a heavy card stock and use it as a pattern to trace onto your fabric and cut by hand.

DIY Tutorial

Make-Up Bag I modified the tutorial I found here from Lil Luna

My modification include: vinyl fabric on the inside for easy clean up and using two different fabrics on the outside because I like the look better and it's uses more fabric scraps. Also, adding the Iron On and design from Cricut's Design Space really makes it special.

Upload the Eyes Here: You have three options 1. Winking 2. Open 3. Closed

1. Open Design Space. Download your eyes. You can also use any of the over 60,000 images that are available.

2. Begin Cutting - don't forget to mirror image and place the pretty side down of your Iron On material on your cutting mat

3. Weed your project - which is super easy for this one because of all the simple lines. However, on a side note - you can cut precise detailed images and they weed like a dream.

4. Follow the directions for Cricut's Iron On to get application. Some carrier sheet need to cool before they are removed from your project.

Eye Mask
Cricut Mask #M39810
Download Your Eyes (see above for link)
2 - 5" X 9" fabric scraps
2 - 4" X 9" Fusible Fleece
1 - 13" 1/4 elastic
1 - 2" X 16" fabric scrap

Step One: Cut out all fabric and fusible fleece

Step Two: Cut out strap and sew together wrong sides. Turn right side and thread elastic through. I like to use a safety pin on the elastic the thread through easily.

Step Three: Sew the elastic to ends of fabric so it doesn't get lost! Super important step.

Step Four: Place one side of mask wrong side down. Line up strap and pin in place.

Step Five: Place second fabric right side down and pin in place. When I made this mask - I only used one piece of fusible fleece...I would definitely recommend using two - it makes a much cozier mask.

Step 6: Sew around edges. Make sure you leave a 1.5" - 2" hole to turn the fabric. Turn right side and sew a scant 1/4" around the edge of mask. Add your favorite eyes. You're done!
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Week One: July 19th

Week Two: July 26th

Coral and Co.

I was invited to participate in the Cricut Party Blogger Program Kickoff.  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.

Dresden Template Challenge

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Hey everyone, as you know I recently had the opportunity to attend a fun blogging convention, SNAP! I was able to meet so many amazing vendors. I was contacted by Sewing with Nancy and asked to participate in a sewing challenge: Sewing with Nancy Dimensional Dresden Template. 

I hate to admit that I didn't even know what a Dresden Plate was. I looked it up online and found lots of different varieties. 

When my package arrived I read through the pattern book and saw there are many different ways to use this template, which is great. You can make a bunch of different styles, curved, pointed, scalloped and more. I like to see the pattern and put my own twist on it - be creative and see where it takes you.

Since I am known for my aprons, I chose to make one for this project. I found this darling fabric from Moda Fabric: Corner of 5th and Fun. I used a charm pack and bought a few half yard cuts. 

First, I want to say that making a Dresdren piece is so much easier than I thought it would be. The pattern book is easy to read and my favorite part - at the back of the book they give you the finished sizes. 

Here is how I made my Dresden Plate for the apron bib. 

Enough Fabric for finished piece - I used Moda United Fabric Corner of 5th & Fun
Coordinating Thread
Sewing Machine
Sewing Needle for hand work

To begin:

Gather supplies and determine how big you want your final piece to be. If you have limited space measure carefully. There are 19 different sizes you can create. I chose the 1 1/2” size which finishes at  4 1/8”. 

Stack several layers of fabric together (yay! for cutting multiple pieces) and lay the template on top. Cut using your rotary cutter, my favorite is the Olfa Cutter. 

You'll end up with a bunch of cute little pieces like this. You need 12 pieces to make one Dresden Plate.

Next fold the pieces in half (right sides together) and sew. I like to chain stitch, which just means to continuously feed them through the machine without lifting the foot each time. You end up with a bunch of template pieces all sewn together. You will have to cut them apart. Then clip the corners so we can fold them. 

This is probably the trickiest part, but it's not that hard. Once you have clipped the corner you want to flip the piece so the right side is out. It will make a point at the top that you want to iron. 

After you turn the pieces they will look like this. Now for the fun part...figure out how you want them arranged. I love moving pieces around to see what I looks best, then it's time to sew. 

Make sure to iron them once you are done - the seams lay nicer and you will be happier with the finished product. 

Making the circle for the center is a lot easier than I thought it would be. You can use any method that you choose here's what I did. Cut a circle out of cardboard, trace onto fabric. I liked using these Eraseable gel ink pens, which I got from Nancy's Notions, of course.

Do a running stitch around the edges

Insert the cardboard piece and pull thread to tighten. Iron edges down over the cardboard.

Remove the card board pattern piece and iron again. 
Next, you can apply the circle to the dresden plate. You can either appliqué it on by hand or sew with your machine. I chose to sew with the machine. 

You are finished. Good news you can attach these to anything. I machine sewed it to my apron bib and I am thinking about adding it to bags. My daughter wants to make a hot pad to match the apron. 

And because I wanted to see what it looked like with a darker petal on another apron bib, I quickly did one more. 

This was a really fun project. I already know what else I want to make with this template. Yes, I did get the pattern book and template provided by Nancy's Notions, you can get your copy of the book and template here, but the opinions are solely my own.

Happy Sewing Friends!


SookEe Designs