DIY

Wedding Gift Ideas with Cricut and EasyPress 2

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Spring is in the air and so is wedding season. Whether your a wedding planner, in the wedding party or even a guest, you often want to make the day unique and special for the happy couple.  Having the EasyPress 2 and the EasyPress Tote definitely makes things a lot easier, especially if you need to bring them along with you to help personalize things on the wedding day.  Whether it’s adding custom logo or design to the wedding favor bags or fun shirts for the bachelor/bachelorette party, you can easily apply them wherever you go. Also, having the EasyPress tote means you know you can carry your EasyPress securely and safely.

EasyPress Totes with machine

Usually I like to give a wedding gift of cash but I also like to include something a little more personal.  Something that the couple can use in the future to remember their special day.  Having monogrammed napkins is something the couple can always use and it’s a reminder of that special day.

wedding cutlery

Supplies:

  1. 1. Cricut Maker
  2. 2. Cricut Easy Press 2
  3. 3. Cotton Napkins
  4. 4. Cricut Iron-On vinyl

Wedding supplies

Step 1

Using Cricut Design Space, using a font of your choice, I created a monogram of the recipients last name initial using the Circut Alphabet – Curl for the font and the Scroll Flourish to add a little flair to the design.

Step 2

Using your Cricut Maker, cut out the design on the corresponding vinyl.  Two very important things to remember.  1.  Put the shiny side down of the vinyl on to your mat when cutting and 2. Be sure to click on “Mirror Image” so that the lettering will cut out properly.  These were 2 things I neglected to pay attention to and ended up having to recut my designs.

Step 3

Once your design has been cut and weeded, set the temperature and time on your Cricut Easy Press according to the type of material and vinyl you are using.  You can use the Easy Press Interactive Quick Guide to confirm these items for you.  Once confirmed apply the monogram to your napkins.

wedding done 1

Step 4

Repeat on each of the napkins.  Once complete you can tie them up with decorative ribbon, add the gift card and you are ready to go.

DIY

Pastel Flower Pots – A Recycling DIY

Do you ever see something and instantly know of another way you could use it?  I am sure all my fellow crafters have had this happen to them at one point or another.  That is exactly what happened to me and how these pastel flower pots came about.

I was actually in the grocery store and the next item on my list was to get yogurt.  I was looking at the store selection and noticed this new (or a least new to me) of yogurt from Maison Riviera.  I thought they were so cute looking and appreciated the fact that they came in theses little glass containers, instead of plastic that would just end up in the landfill.

It was like a little light bulb went off in my head and I knew I could use these containers afterwards to make tiny little flower pots.  After thoroughly enjoying the yogurt (It’s really, really good!), I got started on my project.

This was probably one of the easiest projects I’ve done in a while but I have to say I love the outcome of thee little flower pots.  For now, I am using them as flower pots but I know I could find so many other uses for them.   All it takes is 4 supplies and 3 steps to complete.

Supplies needed:

  1. 1.  Mini glass jars
  2. 2. Acrylic paint – your choice of colours
  3. 3. Flowers – your choice of colour and variety
  4. 4. Sponge tipped paint brushes

flower pot supplies

Step 1

Enjoy the yogurt and thoroughly wash out the jars.  I found some of the sticker didn’t want to easily come off, so I used Goo Gone to get the remainder of it off.  If using the Goo Gone to remove the labels be sure to get all remnants washed off or the paint will not adhere.

Step 2

Using a sponge brush, paint the inside of each of the flower pots with your choice of colours.  Use a thin coat until you get your desired look.

flower pots paint

Once you’ve applied the paint, let them dry thoroughly.  I found the paint to dry quite quickly.

painted flower pots

Step 3

Add the flowers and enjoy!  Like I said, this was a super easy but great result craft for me.

flower pots done

These flower pots in the pastel colours make for a great Easter or Spring themed mantle or table centre piece.

Pastels were the theme of this month’s Inspire My Creativity link-up party and I can’t wait to see what the other hosts have come up with.

Meg  |  See The Happy
Candice  |  She’s Crafty
Julia  |  The Quiet Grove
Brooke  |  My Beautiful Mess
Heather  |  Glitter On A Dime
Carmen  |  Living Letter Home
Cathy  |  A Boy and His Mom
Sarah  |  The Strawberry Nest
Adree  |  The Keele Deal
Alexandra  |  EyeLoveKnots

Be sure to check out our link up party for all our pastel inspired crafts to make for yourself!  Do you have a pastel themed craft that you would like to share?  Be sure to add it to our party for everyone to enjoy!

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Parenting/Life

Birthday Photo Shoot

Not sure how I can possibly be 47 this year.  I still feel like I should be in my 20’s.  And it’s not your typical milestone birthday, so why did I decide to do a birthday photo shoot?

One reason and one reason alone….WHY NOT?!?!

I have been reminded this past year that life is way too short to not try and live your best life.  It’s very rare that I do something so completely for myself but this year, I decided what the hell!!!

I came up with the premise of the shoot just a week or so ago and have to thank Petra from Petra King Photography for helping make my vision become a reality.

If nothing else, it’s something to remind me and my son that it’s ok to be silly and let loose sometimes and not worry about others might think.  Always try to live your best life now.  Celebrating a birthday is a privilege denied to so many.

Typically I don’t make a big deal out of my birthday, but there was just something about doing this birthday photo shoot that I really needed to do for myself this year.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.

 

Birthday Photo Shoot

Birthday Photo Shoot

Birthday Photo Shoot

Birthday Photo Shoot

Birthday Photo Shoot

Birthday Photo Shoot

Birthday Photo Shoot

Birthday Photo Shoot

Birthday Photo Shoot

Birthday Photo Shoot

Birthday Photo Shoot

 

Birthday Photo Shoot