What can I say, 2014 has probably been the most special year in my professional career ever! It’s really given me an opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and go for goals that I never really thought I could accomplish or never really had ambition to finish before.
So 2014 was the giant step I took in fulfilling the dream I had in starting my blog and you, the readers, have made it possible for it to be successful by coming back time and time again! I couldn’t do it without you and I love you all for it, THANK YOU! I put together this post to show you my Top 10 list from the past year of my popular post. Enjoy!
I hope you love these projects and I have some exciting things planned for 2015. I can’t wait to share with you some home projects and some more DIY projects! Let me know what you want to see from me and I’ll work my magic.
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Team 16 is back with our September theme for Cricut’s Design Space Challenge! We’re so excited about this month’s cause we had creative freedom. We decided to do tabletop decor and use any use any celebration we wanted. Myself, I chose to do wedding decor. I wanted to show some different variations on what you can offer to guests from backdrop decor, centerpieces, cake table, menu offerings and actual placemat settings. Be ready for lots of posts this week! Today, I’m going to share with you my backdrop.
I originally had this hanging clear on my window but for the life of me could not get a great photo of all the chipboard and pinks. I used a fabulous line designed by The Project Girl for My Minds Eye called Market Street. It has subtle pinks, golds and blacks but also it can be kicked up a notch and use the teal, navy and corals in it as well. I love this line and it’ll be a go to for a long time! For the larger polka dot vellum looking paper and the lacy feathers, it is Hazel and Ruby’s new line of Tissue Rolls and Wrap It Up Papers. They are killer and just put your Cricut Explore on the paper setting and it’ll cut like a dream. It is so delicate, just like actual tissue paper, it just added the right touch to the dream catcher.
I’ll walk you through the DIY Dreamcatcher first! For the center, I used standard chipboard. You’ll want to choose your design in Cricut Design Space, I needed something that was going to have points where I could interweave the ribbon and connect it to the embroidery hoop. I searched for Doily in the Design Space and this Tatting Doily was the perfect design. My hoop was 8″ so I set the dimensions as that and cut. I places my cut settings on the Custom to the Smart Set Dial and then set it to Chipboard when it came up to set my settings before I actual pressed cut. I was so amazed at the detail. It gave each cut three rounds, I had it on the .7mm but I could have had it at the .5mm and it would have done it twice and that would have been fine too.
I then wrapped the outside of the embroidery hoop and the doily with some pink twine. You can see in the picture below how I did that. Then I placed another piece of the twine inside and around the hoop, I then placed some ribbon on the inside of those and tied it around to add some depth on the sides. I then attached the feathers that I had cut out of the Hazel and Ruby Tissue Roll and attached it with some Elmers glue. For those I pasted Mod Podge on the tops and placed glitter on the top.
I did decide later on to add more ribbon and then some button/bead embellishments. It was a breeze. I just did the exact same thing. This is super fancy and any little girl would love this. You can make it as girly or boyish as you want. I think an Aztec style would be awesome. This for sure is going to be something that I copy later on and do different renditions on.
The next thing I created on the Cricut Explore are these fabulous rosettes available in the Design Studio. These were just about as easy as you can get. You’ll want to decide how wide you want to rosettes. You’ll go to the measurements pad in the edit box and with the lock ON, you’ll put that number in DIVIDED by half. If I wanted an 8″ rosette, I would put the number 4″ in the width field of the measurements of my edit box. You will need four cuts each to complete one full circle rosette. It’ll have a score line and a cut line. Make sure you have the scoring tool because it is a huge help. You’ll definetly want this one!
Use some sturdy double tape, American Crafts makes an excellent one. Make them into a complete circle and then you’ll basically push down in the middle to make the rosette bow out. You’ll apply hot glue to the back then turn it over and place a small amount in the middle. Also, have your centers ready to be able to place those over the tops of the fronts. I added some junque that I had collected over the last little while and I love the depth and classiness it adds. Go through some old jewelry, go to the dollar store and buy some cheap pearls. I love to go to JoAnns and go through their trims section and see what they have to offer. They have some really unusual things that you can use your imagination and have at it!
For the stick, I had a fun meeting up in Ogden for a craft night and we painted sticks and did a bunch of other crafts. Mine was painted in simple $1 paints of white and gold, it was so easy and I’ve been looking for the right thing to use it for and now I did!
For this round of Cricut Design Space, I was so impressed with my team. These ladies can do it all. We have a lot of fun seeing what we all can come up with and with seeing what we did last month, I can’t wait to show you what we’ve got for the next two months!
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Back to School breakfasts have become a fun tradition in our house. Use some Caravan Shoppe printables to make your Back to School table memorable.
So, your kids are headed back to school. You’re either jumping for joy or you just couldn’t get enough of them. Me, I’m in the jumping category. They were lots of fun and we did fun things but they’re bored and can’t wait to get back to seeing their friends who don’t live super close to us and interacting with their teachers.
I blew up this print to be 36″x48″ and I needed two of them to cover the entirety of my table.
One thing I do love about my West Elm table that I paid for is this glass top. I went to my local windshield repair place and gave them the measurements. It took about a week but it helps keep the wood looking pristine and no water rings. I can paint on my table and it just wipes right up off the glass. It’s the best investment ever!
Another thing I love from Caravan Shoppe are these FREE Proper Placement Placemats. They come in six different styles and are a great way for kids to learn to set the table.
Another element to add is just something playful and fun to the center of your table. Non-edible things can be the most fun addition to go with your theme. Maybe get a higher pitcher and add some rulers, what an afterthought, lol!
My favorite part of the whole printable package were these framed draw your self. I printed these 4 to a page so I could put them in a frame to use them as place settings. I used Hazel and Ruby Stencil Masks on the back using their first initial.
This Back to School breakfast printable pack also comes with a really awesome questionnaire about how their summer was and what they are looking forward to the most this coming year and the rest of their life. It also has more place-mats that are colored or black and white that the kids can color on their own as well as some really outstanding lunch notes.
I can’t thank Alma and her team enough for providing me the samples to be able to create this fun tablescape. Be sure to check out their site! I am always in awe of what they have to offer. They have much more free and paid printables that are to die for!
I printed the larger prints just at my local Alphagraphics cause they were the closest to me. Caravan has recommended Staples as well for them. Whatever is easiest for you. I’m happy with the quality of mine.
Also, Alma is a teacher on Atly.com. She walks you through Illustrator and shows you how you can create your own fun printable as well. You can also get her personal feedback.
Babes, have you ever in your life been so impressed with someone and what they’ve done with their lives that it’s made you question your path and what you want to be and do? I got the chance to meet Susan at The Pinners Conference in November of 2013 when I started on my Frenchie journey. She changed the way I was thinking about a lot of things. She has such an inspiring story and has a killer vibe for style and for styling children.
I contacted Freshly Picked in April and everyone there was so sweet. They take the time to answer whichever question you may have. Whether that be on Instagram, Facebook or through their website. They have people in their office working but they also have everyday moms helping with their social networks. Susan has perfected the social network game for sure!
FP’s Moccs come in so many fun colors and go up to size Toddler 10. I really thing that they need to have adult sizes but I can only imagine how ridiculous we’d all look with these on our feet. Kids look so cute with them – us, not so much!
The colors are really the hardest part. I want them all! The colors that I chose for Leila girl were Platinum and the Neon Pink. Platinum is perfect cause it goes with anything and everything. You have to have one of those pairs and you have to have a fun pair. These Neon Pink ones are insane. Neon is so in this summer and it’s absolutely unisex.
The other part of these you can tell is the wear. She wears these all day, everyday. In fact, when we first got these, she was so in love with them that she slept in them. She can just do the silliest things and it can be so practical, because the leather on these are some of the softest leather I’ve ever felt. Along with sleeping in them, she destroys them and they take it. She colors on them, rubs her feet in the asphalt, hops around, you name it and she done it. These have still stood the test of time. I love how Kaylynn from Among the Young, showed her daughters foot prints in her FP Moccs so undoubtedly I had to show you Leila’s.
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