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Crafting on the Go with EasyPress Totes

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Do you ever want to take your crafting with you somewhere else but not sure how to safely travel with everything?  I know in the past when visiting family, I wanted to be able to show off my crafting skills and make them some personalized crafts with Cricut Iron-On but was worried about my EasyPress™ getting damaged in my travels.

Luckily, Cricut has released the EasyPress™ Totes so that you can now take your iron-on skills on the go.  The EasyPress™ Tote are the perfect way to safely carry your EasyPress™ 2, Safety Base, mat, and small accessories.

The EasyPress™ totes are assembled with a study, heat-resistant material to keep your machine protected from the bumps along the way as you travel. Whether you use the padded should strap or the strong handle, your machine is kept safely in place by the velcro strap.

EasyPress Totes with machine

Each totes is creatively designed so that you can included your safety based underneath your EasyPress™.

EasyPress Totes with base

As well, there are pockets on both the front and back of the tote to carry almost all your needs including your mat and Cricut iron-on accessories (both sold separately).

EasyPress Totes with Mat
The Cricut EasyPress™ totes are available in three sizes (compatibility is based on the EasyPress™ you currently own.)

  • * Small – Cricut EasyPress 2, 6″ x 7″
    * Medium – Cricut EasyPress 2, 9″ x 9″
    * Large – Cricut EasyPress 2, 10″ x 12″ and Cricut EasyPress, 9″ x 9″

EasyPress Totes complete

Now you can take your crafting inspiration on the go with you.  You are not longer confined to your home to craft, you can share you style and Cricut iron-on creations wherever you go.

EasyPress Totes Will Travel

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Spring has Sprung – a DIY

Raise your hand if this has seemed like the longest winter ever?  Spring has to be right around the corner, doesn’t it?

I decided that if perhaps I started a little spring cleaning and decorating, it might entice spring to actually show up.  Sound like a good idea?

First stop was a trip to my local Dollarama for a little inspiration and supplies for my DIY.   I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to make, but I knew that I wanted to make a sign of sorts and use my Cricut Maker for the lettering.

When I found a wooden slat like square, I knew right away it would make a great base for my sign.

Supplies needed:

  1.  * Wooden slat square
  2.  * Acrylic paint – various shades
  3.  * Paint brushes
  4.  * Artificial Flowers
  5.  * Cricut Maker
  6.  * Cricut Vinyl
  7.  * Transfer Paper
  8.  * Hot glue gun
  9.  * Glue Sticks

Step 1 – Paint the base

I decided to use 3 different spring colors and alternate painting each slat a different color.   I found the acrylic paint  only needed 1 coat to get the color I was looking for and dried within just a few minutes.

Step 2 – Attach the flowers

Depending on the size of the stems you may need to cut them to fit the length of your base.

Using your glue gun, add a few drops of glue to the stem and fuller area of the flowers to attach them to the base.  Be careful not to burn yourself.

Step 3 – Lettering

Using the Design Space app for my Cricut, I found a font that I liked and printed out the phrase “Spring has sprung”.  I had to view it a few times on screen to make sure the size of the font would fit properly on each of the slats.

Once I had the font size confirmed, I printed it on to my vinyl.

After printed and weeding off the excessive vinyl, I attached the lettering to transfer paper to help me apply it to the base.

I then cut each word out separately and applied it to the base.  Once I had each word in the proper place and firmly attached, I removed the transfer paper.

Step 4 – Ready for display

Now my picture is ready for display.  I decided to stand it on my mantle but all you would need to do is add and hanging fixture to the back and it would make a great alternative to a wreath for your door.

Spring was 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 spring inspired crafts to make for yourself!  Do you have a spring themed craft that you would like to share?  Be sure to add it to our party for everyone to enjoy!

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Getting St.Patrick’s Day Ready

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If I look back into my heritage, I know there is s little bit of Irish in there somewhere. So, of course that means I should always partake in St.Patrick’s Day festivities. Right?

And in doing so, I need to make sure my wardrobe has a few shamrocks and green in it for the day. Time for some DIY St. Patrick’s Day style by using my Cricut Maker.

That is one of things I love best about the Cricut Maker, is it’s ability to use so many more different types of materials than the older Cricut models could. Aside from cardstock and vinyl, it can also cut fabric, leather and even chipboard.

I decided why not start by using some Cricut faux leather to make some St. Patrick’s Day inspired earrings.

I’ve never been a jewellery maker but I decided to take a leap into something new. This project was pretty easy and didn’t take a lot of supplies to complete.

Supplies needed:

St Patrick's supplies

  1. 1. Cricut Maker
  2. 2. Cricut fine knife blade
  3. 3. Cricut faux leather in green and silver
  4. 4. Fish hook earring wires
  5. 5. 10 mm jump rings
  6. 6. Needle nose pliers.

 

Step 1

Using Cricut Design Space, I found a shamrock design that would work perfect for my earrings. I sized it to about 1 inch x 1 inch.

I then took a circle and placed it at both the top and bottom of the shamrock. This will cut the holes to use to connect them.

St Patrick's holes

After placing the holes and ensuring everything was in place, I selected the entire area and group and attach so they will cut together as one object.

I then duplicated the object so it will cut 2 each time.

St Patrick's earring

Step 2

Using a standard grip mat and Cricut Faux leather in green and cut out the 2 shamrock shapes.

Be sure to use a roller to ensure the material sticks to the mat.

St Patricks roll

Repeat the above step using the faux leather in silver.

Step 3

Using the jump rings through the tiny holes that were cut into the leather, attach them to the fish hook earring wires.  You can use the needle nose pliers to open and then close the rings.  Then use another ring and attach the green and silver shamrocks together.

Repeat for your second earring.

And there you have it, earrings ready for your St. Patrick’s day event.

I also made myself a St. Patrick’s Day inspired shirt complete with shamrocks using the tutorial available here on Cricut Design Space using  my Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPress™ 2.    That is one thing I love about Design Space are all the great ideas for crafts and all the instructions you need to complete them.  It’s great for your own craft inspiration.  So head on over for your own Cricut inspired DIY St. Patrick’s Day decor.

So now I am ready to celebrate the luck of the Irish.  All I need now is my green beer.  

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Cricut EasyPress™ 2 – What You Need to Know

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When I got my Cricut Explore Air a few years back, I was ready to start crafting.  One of the things that I wanted to use it for was to make my own customized shirts and sweaters for myself and my son.  This year, I was lucky enough to upgrade to the Cricut Maker and now I am really ready to up my crafting game.

However, one of the things that always a bit difficult for me was using just my regular clothing iron to apply iron-on decals to my creations.  I was never sure if I was pressing hard enough or had the heat the right temperature.  I felt like getting an actual heat press was a bit overkill for the projects I was doing but then I was introduced to the Cricut EasyPress™ 2.  Now I can really feel much more confident about my projects and even try things that I never thought I would be able to do.

So what is this Cricut EasyPress™ 2 all about, you ask?   Here are the answers to a few questions  I had prior to getting my EasyPress™ 2.

    1. 1.  What is the difference between the EasyPress 2 and standard irons or heat presses?

    2. There are a few factors that you need to consider when choosing to have an EasyPress 2 or a heat press.  The below chart can help you decide which format is best for you and your projects.
    3. Cricut EasyPress™ 2 Heat Press Standard Iron
      Heat up to at least 400-degrees Fahrenheit x x x
      Edge to edge heating across heat plates x x x
      Steam Free x x
      Exact temperature controls and times x x
      Lightweight and easy to store x x
      Protected safety base while cooling x
      Safe-touch exterior x
      Auto shutoff x
      Suitable for more than 10+ projects at a time x
      Pressure Control Manual Adjustable Manual
      Exceillent Customer Support x varies varies
    4. 2.  Which size of EasyPress™ 2 is right for me?

    5.  If you’re asking yourself “Which EasyPress should I get?”, the biggest thing you need to think about is what size of projects you will be using it for the majority of the time.  Too big and you’ll have to worry about uneven heat distribution if you are having the press going over seams, and too small, you’ll need to make multiple presses to cover the entire area.  Always be sure to use the corresponding sized pressing mat when using your EasyPress 2.  Always use one that is equal or larger in size than the machine you are using.
    6. Some project examples that are best suited for each of the EasyPress 2 sizes are:
    7. EasyPress™ 2 6″x7″ EasyPress™ 2 9″x9″ EasyPress™ 2 12″x10″
      Baby clothes Small T-Shirts Smaller T-shirts
      Hats Bags Bags
      Mittens/Gloves Sweatshirts Sleeves
      Napkins Pillows Pants
      Scarves Aprons Banners
      Shoes Towels Blankets
      Small make-up accessories Table runners Curtains
      Small sewing projects Costumes Adult clothing
      Socks
      Storage containers
  1. EasyPress 2 project
  2. 3.  Which Cricut machines can cut iron-on?

  3. Both the Cricut Maker and the Cricut Explore line of machines can cut the full line of Cricut iron-on materials.  There is a wide range of cricut materials for iron-on.  There is everything from Everyday Iron-On, Glitter Iron-On, Holographic Sparkle Iron-On, and even pre-printed iron-on designs.
  4. 4.  Is there an iron-on material for sportswear?

  5. Everyday Iron on will work on sportswear but the SportFlex Iron-On is thin and lightweight and made to stretch and flex on the active wear.  It is recommended for polyester and nylon fabrics and comes in 8 different colors for all your active wear projects.
  6. 5.  How long does iron-on last?

  7. Cricut iron-on materials have a Strong-Bond Guarantee – “StrongBond Guarantee means that when a specific iron-on material is used as directed, you’ll be completely satisfied with the results. If not, we’ll replace it for free. Look for the StrongBond Guarantee on select iron-on materials. ”    The best part is the Cricut website has an interactive quick-reference guide to help you easily find the correct time and temperature settings and peel recommendations based on the type of iron-on material and base material you are using for your project.  After your project is finished, it is recommended to wait at least 24 hours before washing.  Wash the item inside out, tumble dry and do not use bleach.
  8. For me, the Cricut EasyPress™ 2 is definitely the tool that is best suited to my crafting needs and I can’t wait to share my upcoming projects with you!

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Valentine’s Day Garland: Inspire My Creativity

Now that I have taken down all the signs of Christmas in my home, my mantel is looking a little bare. Normally I don’t do much decorating for Valentine’s Day at all, being a single gal and all. But this year I decided, why not celebrate love and celebrate it as long as I can.

I didn’t want to go too over the top, so I thought a nice, simple garland for my mantel would be the perfect addition and not too overwhelming. And after the holiday season, I didn’t want to break the bank with it either. Luckily, I was able to make this garland with items I already had in my craft supplies.
All you need is:
Card Stock – I used 3 different shades of red
Glue
Ruler
Xacto Knife and cutting mat
Wool
Needle
 
Valentine's Day Supplies


I used 8 1/2 x 11 card stock and cut it in to strips that were 8 1/2 inches long and about 3/4 inch wide.  My mantel is quite wide so using 1 sheet of each of the 3 colors cut into the strips ended up being enough.

To make each of the hearts, you just need to take one of your already cut strips and fold it in half.  This will be the base or bottom of your hearts.

Valentine's Day strips
Place a small line of glue on the outside edge of the strip.  You then need to stick it to the inside edge of the other side of the strip to make your heart.  You’ll need to hold the glue for about 15-20 seconds to ensure it is going to stay stuck.

Valentine's Day glue

Valentine's Day hearts

Continue these steps until you have enough hearts for the length of your mantel.

Valentine's Day cuts

Next you will need to cut the wool to string your garland.  I measured the length of my mantel and then added 8-10 inches.  Thread the wool through your needle and one by one, piece though sides of the hearts about 2 inches up from the bottom.  

Valentine's Day sew

Once you have added all your hearts, would likely will need to go back and plump and arrange them as they tends to squish and lose a bit of their shape as I was threading them on to the wool.

Valentine's Day garland 

When they are all arranged on the wool, all you need to do is add them to your mantel and celebrate love.  I found that if you alternated them up and down they hung better.

Valentine's Day mantel

Something else that I am loving and celebrating is after a bit of a hiatus last year, I will be rejoining the lovely ladies of the Inspire My Creativity link party as a co-host which happens every month on the second Wednesday.  Each month we will post a craft with a theme that we previously decided on. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we decide that January’s theme would be a free for all and everyone could decide what they wanted to create. Below you’ll find a ton of great posts from our co-hosts and I hope you’ll check them out and be inspired to try one!  If you have a craft that you would like to share, be sure to add to the Link Party.  

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Best Crafts of 2018

And in a flash, 2018 is over. I can’t believe how fast this year has past. But in this year, I got to see a lot of amazing crafts from all the amazing ladies in the Inspire My Creativity group.

I had to take a bit of time away from the group in the last part of the year, but I am so happy to be starting off 2019 year off right and rejoining the monthly crafting group.

So here is a round up of some of our best work of 2018 for you all to enjoy and perhaps add to your crafting to do list for 2019.

Doodlecraft | Simple Washi Tape Birthday Cards: Papercrafting

Practical and Pretty | How to Dye with Pine Cones

Next time you see some pine cones gather them up and put together this easy dye vat to make a beautiful pink color or a nice gray with an iron bath.

Leap of Faith Crafting | Glitter Tumbler Step by Step Tutorial

Glitter on A Dime | Sharpie Mug Bird Feeder

Living Letter Home | Knockoff West Elm Curtain Rods

The Happy Scraps | DIY Chore Chart With Curved Text In Design Space

Dazzle While Frazzled | How to Make A Decorative Pillow from A Tote Bag

Sunshine & Munchkins | Easy Blooming Envelope and Card

Sugar Bee Crafts | Layering Vinyl Decals

Sew What Alicia | 15 Minute Tote Bag

Lawrence Made | DIY Tinkerbell Lantern

Adventures of A DIY Mom | DIY Wooden Triangle Christmas Trees

5 Little Monsters | Bead Stitch Hat

Sisters, What! | Unicorn Sweatshirt

Organize and Decorate Everything | Embroidery Felt Pouches

See the Happy | Soda Crate Sock Organizer

Happy Go Lucky | One of A Kind Unicorn Mug

She’s Crafty | Farmhouse Table Centerpiece

Artsy-Fartsy Mama | Free Printable Lego Challenge Game

A Girl and A Glue Gun | Giant Vinyl Decal

A Boy and His Mom | Dollar Store Monogram Bag

Ginger Snap Crafts | Personalized Candles

GYCT Designs | Reverse Canvas Tutorial

Legally Crafty | DIY Boho Backdrop & Photobooth

Halfpint Design | DIY Dino Egg Piñata

Heather Handmade | 16 Tips for Sewing Knit Fabric

The Ruffled Daisy | Whimsical Window Paint Pouring


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Inspire My Creativity – Recycled Jean Skirt

I am not one to wear all the latest trends and fashion, I kind of just go with the flow and wear things I like.  However, this spring I am seeing a lot of jeans skirts in stores and this is one trend I am happy to follow.  But instead of buying one of those jeans skirts in the store, I used it as an inspiration for this month’s Inspire My Creativity Project.

That being said, it’s time again for our Inspire My Creativity blog hop.  If you haven’t visited us before, you can check out one of our previous hops where we made “Flower” crafts and I made Flower Crowns.   Each 2nd Wednesday of the month, we post our latest and greatest creations.  Each month has a predetermined theme and this month’s theme is “Something to Wear”.

This past Christmas I was thrilled to get a sewing machine as a gift from my family.  Up until now, my Mom had used it to fix a couple of items when she had visited but I hadn’t personally gotten a chance to use it.  In cleaning out my closet recently, I had several pairs of jeans that I had that were no longer wearable due to holes in them.  Sure, ripped jeans are acceptable these days to wear but the holes in these were not acceptable.

Jean Skirt jeans first

I hadn’t gotten around to throwing them out, and had kind of held on to them in case I need patches for my son’s jeans or any other sort of use.  So I decided to take a pair of the old jeans and see if I could transform them into a new skirt for myself.

First thing I did was cut off the legs to jeans about 2 – 3 inches longer than you want the skirt hem to fall.  Then cut open the inner seams of the jeans.

Jean Skirt cut the seams

I then cut a portion of the seam that is just below the zipper up from the bottom about 2 inches.  This portion will help the fabric lie down flat when you sew up the front seam.

Jean skirt cut over

I then turned the jeans inside out and sewed up the back seam.  At this point you can choose whether you wan the kick pleat at the front or the back of the skirt.  I chose to put mine in the front.  If you chose the back, only sew down until about 3-4 inches from the hem line.

Jean skirt back seam

For the front seam, lay the cut area under the zipper over the other side of fabric until it lies flat.  Be sure that it’s pulled over enough so that when you sew the front seam it closes far enough down.  I incorporated the kick pleat in the front, so I only sewed down until about 3 inches above the hemline.  Once you have the front sewn, you can either cut the hem so that it is straight and leave it a ragged edge or fold it over and sew up for a clean edge.

Jean skirt front and hem

And in those simple steps, you have yourself a new skirt!

jean skirt recycled diy

I have to say this project came together a lot easier than I had originally anticipated and so glad I attempted it.  Check out the other hostesses for our link party and see what great ideas they came up with.  I can’t wait to see all of their creative ideas.

Cathy  |  A Boy and His Mom
Meg  |  The Kusi Life
Candice  |  She’s Crafty
Jaclyn  |  The Dotted Nest
Victoria  |  Dazzle While Frazzled
Sydney  |  Tastefully Frugal
Lindsay  |  See Lindsay
Julia  |  The Quiet Grove
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Inspire My Creativity – DIY Floral Crown

What girl doesn’t like feeling like a princess every once in a while?  And the first order of business is to be wearing your crown strong and proud.

It’s time again for our Inspire My Creativity blog hop.  If you haven’t visited us before, you can check out one of our previous hops where we made “Dollar Store” crafts and I made my own monogrammed bag.  Each 2nd Wednesday of the month, we post our latest and greatest creations.  Each month has a predetermined theme and this month’s theme is “Flowers”.

It took me a bit to figure out what I was going to make for this particular craft.  I wanted something different than just a flower arrangement.  And with a winter that never seems to ending, I wanted to think about looking forward to spring.  And what better than thinking about getting back to the flowery dresses and a floral crown as an accessory.

I have seen floral crowns on Etsy, Amazon and Forever 21 and was sure I could come up with something on my own for a fraction of the cost.  And I was able to easily do that with a trip to my local Dollarama.  All I needed was some metal wire and some paper flowers.

Floral Crown Metal Wire

Floral Crown Flowers

The first step is to take the metal wire and measure a length around the circumference of your head.  Add a few extra inches when cutting and then wrapped the ends together to form the circle for your crown.

Make Crown

I then clipped the wires on each of the flowers to about 1/2 an inch in length.  Taking each flower, I began wrapping them on to the wire.  I started around the area where I initially joined it together to cover it up and help ensure it didn’t come apart.  You can use as many or as few flowers as you wish depending on how much of your crown you wish to be visible.

Wrap on Crown

Be sure to wrap as much of the flower wire as you can so that it’s not sticking in to your head when wearing the crown.  The base wire will twist and turn a bit as you add the flowers, so just be sure to straighten it after each flower.

Crown almost done

Once you have added your desired amount of flowers, your crown is ready to wear.  Never has feeling like a princess been so easy.

Crown twins

crown me

Are you looking for more floral themed crafts? Check out the other hostesses for our link party and see what great ideas they came up with

Meg  |  The Kusi Life
Candice  |  She’s Crafty
Jaclyn  |  The Dotted Nest
Victoria  |  Dazzle While Frazzled
Sydney  |  Tastefully Frugal
Lindsay  |  See Lindsay
Julia  |  The Quiet Grove
Do you have a floral themed craft of your own that you would like to share? Be sure to add it to our Link Party below.
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Inspire My Creativity – Dollar Store Monogram Bag

It’s time again for our Inspire My Creativity blog hop.  If you haven’t visited us before, you can check out one of our previous hops where we made DIY gifts including my  Sugar Scrub Lip balm.  Each 2nd Wednesday of the month, we post our latest and greatest creations.  Each month has a predetermined theme and this month’s theme is “Dollar Store”  Crafts.

If you love the your local dollar store as much as I love mine, you know there are so many great crafting ideas to be found. Although when it came time for me to pick a craft this time, it definitely took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do.  But then I saw these great burlap shopping style bags hanging on the wall and I knew I had to use them.

Dollar Store bag

Now that I am going to the gym on a regular basis, I was needing something to carry my shoes, water bottle, etc and this bag was the perfect size to hold my things plus any of my son’s things when he joins me.

After a bit of pondering, I decided that I would monogram the bag with my initials to make it truly make it “mine”.   This was a fairly easy craft that need just a few supplies but with so many different options that anyone can easily make their own in no time.

Dollar Store Supplies

The supplies I used were:

  1.  My Cricut Explore Air
  2.  Cricut Vinyl
  3.  Krylon Spray Paint

The first thing I did was cut out a stencil with my initials using my Cricut.  I then peeled the backing off the vinyl very carefully and placed the stencil on my bag and made sure I had it positioned properly.

Dollar Store stencil

I then made sure everything was stuck to the canvas as smoothly as possible so avoid any bleeding from the paint.  I also covered as much as the edges so that they did not get any spray off as well.  I then carefully sprayed the paint over the stencil.  Be sure to do this in a well ventilated area and use small quick strokes to get the best coverage.

Dollar store painted

I let the paint sit for a few moments before I carefully peeled off the stencil.  Please note (I learned this the hard way) that the paint on the vinyl will still be wet and be careful not to let if touch anything.

And there you have it!!  I now have my very own, one of a kind, monogrammed bag.

Dollar store done

This was so easy to make and there are so many different ways you could make this your own.  Are you looking for some other Dollar Store craft ideas?  Check out the other hostesses for our link party and see what great ideas they came up with.

Meg  |  The Kusi Life
Candice  |  She’s Crafty
Jaclyn  |  The Dotted Nest
Victoria  |  Dazzle While Frazzled
Sydney  |  Tastefully Frugal
Lindsay  |  See Lindsay
Julia  |  The Quiet Grove
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Creating and Gifting with Black & Decker

Disclosure:  Although items in this post were provided to me, all comments, opinions and photos are strictly mine.

With the holidays upon us, not only is time to think about gifts for loved ones, it’s also a great time to get some holiday crafting done.  For me, Black & Decker is helping me out with both of these.

Truth be told, in the past when it came to anything needing to be cut or drilled or anything that involved power tools, I relied on my Dad to come to the rescue.  My Dad is always willing to help me out but now that I am in to my 40’s, a Mom and live 2 hours away from my Dad, I need to be a little more self sufficient to do things like this for myself and take my crafting and home decor to a new level.

Last Christmas, I won a little wooden tree that my son’s class had decorated in a raffle at his school.  Having a need to have things symmetrical around my mantle, I decided I wanted to make another one so I could have one on each side.

Black & Decker before
Before – and our inspiration.

It is a pretty simple design and knew I could probably copy it without a lot of difficulty.  I took the measurements of the wood and headed off to get the appropriate lumber and screws.

The tools I would require would be a drill, circular saw and a sander.  So I got out my Black & Decker tools and got started. What I like about these tools as they are an amazing quality and not too heavy for me to use.  I have tried other drills/etc in the past that were really heavy and it kind of deterred me from using them.

I came home and measured the wood for the appropriate length for each piece and was ready to cut.  Remember the age old rule – measure twice, cut once.

I am not going to lie, using a saw of any sort can be a bit intimidating at first, but as long as you follow the instructions completely and ensure you understand all the safety rules, it can really open up a whole new world and level to your home crafting projects.

After cutting the wood, I used my sander to take all the rough spots off and prevent any snagging on fabrics or slivers when being used.

Once all the pieces were ready to use, I lined them up and was ready to assemble the product.

Once the wood pieces were all screwed together, I passed the project along to my son add his artistic flare to it.  As the original was done by him and his classmates, I wanted to have this one to have his personal tough as well.  We really enjoy doing projects like this together.  Although the end product may not look like it came out of a store, it is something that we can look back and remember doing it together.

Now we have a set of 2 trees decorating our mantle with our own personal touches and will be a part of our holiday decor for years to come.

Completed – it may not be perfect, but it is ours!

Having the right tools though, makes a huge difference and can definitely boost your confidence to conquer more projects and makes a great gift for those wannabe crafters, young adults just starting out on their own or really, pretty much anyone. Having even the basics to do simple repairs around the house can make things so much easier and make home renovations a breeze.  The Blacker& Decker Project Kit with Drill/Driver is the perfect starter kit as it has all the basics you can need and even comes with a carrying case so that you have everything in one place.  I know a few people on my list that would love this and the other tools that used for this project to be under their tree this Christmas this year.

Now that my son is getting a bit older, he is quite intrigued in using the tools himself to make his own little projects.  I am hoping to find more of these types of projects that we can do together throughout the year.  Not sure what we will do next but I am sure we will have fun doing it and thanks to Black & Decker the sky is the limit as we have the proper tools to do it.