Wednesday, November 20, 2019

25 Personalized DIY Holiday Gifts To Make With Cricut Maker or Explore Air 2


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25 Personalized DIY Holiday Gifts To Make With Cricut Maker or Explore Air 2

Over the years, my favourite Christmas gifts have been handmade gifts from my children. When they were little ones, they would come home from school with adorable holiday crafts for us - a Nativity scene made with paper characters inside a painted clementine crate, angels made with clothes pegs and paper ornaments with their school photos pasted to them. 

Now that my kids are teenagers, they use money earned at their jobs to buy me candles and chocolates and other goodies. And I love all these gifts, I really do. A parent can't help but miss the personalized, handmade gifts given from tiny hands though. Fortunately my kids are also old enough now to craft personalized holiday gifts with our Cricut Maker. So they (and I) can make a multitude of thoughtful gifts that speak to the interests and characteristics of the gift recipients.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Cricut Gift Guide: 10 Crafty Items for the Cricut Beginner

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A guide to the 10 best crafty gift items to buy for the Cricut newbie.

Cricut Gift Guide: 10 Crafty Items for the Cricut Beginner

The holiday season is almost here and it certainly can't hurt to get some shopping done right away. We all know how horribly overwhelming it gets when you have a long list of gifts to buy and you have to head to the mall in the crazy busy days before Christmas. (For me personally, it seems that no matter how good my intentions, I end up needing at least a few gifts and stocking stuffers on Christmas Eve.)

This Cricut gift guide is intended to help the new crafter or DIY enthusiast as well as the experienced crafter who is new to Cricut machines. (Even if you are an experienced Cricut user, you might enjoy reading my list of Cricut necessities and maybe adding your own recommendations in the comments section.) This gift guide is for the person who wants to add items to their wish list for others to buy, as well as the person who plans to introduce somebody else to new crafting treasures. Cricut has the perfect gifts for the crafters, artists, makers, Etsy sellers, teachers, moms, dads and teens in your life. Please read on for my thoughts on how to get started with Cricut.

Delicious Berry Oat Jam Bars (Vegan) Recipe

Delicious Berry Oat Jam Bars (Vegan) Recipe

Now that we've seen the first (and the second) snowfall of the year, my thoughts inevitably turn to baking. How many warm scones, muffins and cookies will it take to get me through the long, snowy, cold Canadian winter? Quite a few, my friends. Quite a few.

Berries are one of my favourite foods to enjoy in summer, when they are fresh, abundantly available, affordable and sometimes even local or pick your own. That being said, I'm not prepared to leave berries behind in winter. That's when frozen berries come in handy. If you are on the hunt for easy blueberry recipes or blueberry desserts, these delicious berry oat bars might be your jam (pun intended). They are also perfect for the strawberry enthusiast and the raspberry lover. Really you can use any combination of fresh or frozen berries you desire or have available. Infusing your recipes with berries offers not only great taste, but the added bonus of healthy antioxidants.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

How To Make Personalized Gifts With Cricut Maker and Aluminum Sheets

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There's nothing so sweet as a handmade gift during the holidays. Whether it's a hand-drawn card from a child, a set of crocheted dish cloths or a festively wrapped package of homemade cookies, a thoughtfully prepared gift beats a store-bought gift any day. Having a Cricut Maker gives you an advantage in the handmade gifts department, with endless opportunities to make cute personalized gifts that speak to the interests and characters of the recipients.

My husband is a music lover (and he's got the guitar collection to prove it). He has snagged a little room in the basement - a bit of a man cave if you will - in which to hang out with his guitars, plug in his amp and blast out some tunes. I thought I'd use Cricut's new engraving tool on an aluminum sheet to make him a personalized sign or door plaque for his little music "studio." I'm going to show you how to do it, in case you have a music lover in your family too. Of course, you can engrave any names, images or words onto the aluminum sheet, so this gift works for those who love dance, cooking, dogs or anything else!

Friday, November 1, 2019

Cricut Maker Bundle Discount Code! Plus, 14 Things To Craft With a Maker For The Holidays

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As I wrote in this last post, there are many things I love about my Cricut Maker, most of all that it inspires me to be more creative. For those of you who have been waiting, saving and hoping to buy a Maker, now's the time! Cricut has come out with a Cricut Maker and machine tote bundle at a reduced price. And I've got a coupon code to save you an additional $75! Read on to find out how you can save a total of $125. 

And please check out my 14 fun and easy projects you can make with your new Cricut Maker this holiday season. Buy a Maker now and start crafting gifts for your family and friends right away!

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Easy DIY Drawstring Bag Sewing Project and 5 Things I Love About My Cricut Maker

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Easy DIY Drawstring Bag Sewing Project

With the holidays fast approaching, I know that many of you have added a Cricut cutting machine to your wishlist. And who can blame you? Cricut machines are so much fun to use and you can craft projects from cards to jewelry to doll clothes. (If you get a Cricut Maker or Explore Air 2 before Christmas, you can even make gifts with it!) I own the Cricut Maker and it's a good choice for me, because I love the versatility of it. If you are wondering if Maker is the right machine for you, read on for the 5 things I love about my Cricut Maker. I also have a first project idea for you - a cute, easy DIY  drawstring bag sewing project. This bag is personalized with the initial of the recipient using iron-on material and it makes a lovely, eco-friendly gift bag that can be re-used again and again.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Garage Entry Door Paint and Trim Makeover & Garage Storage Solutions

Garage Entry Door Paint and Trim Makeover & Garage Storage Solutions

So many projects, so little time! As any homeowner knows, household tasks are abundant but the time to complete them is scarce. In our home, the garage hasn't been high on our priority list of areas to tackle. Obviously we spend more time inside the house, and we have plenty of rooms we want to work on there. That being said, we have been in need of changes to the look and functionality of our garage, including paint, garage storage solutions and a garage shelving refresh. (If you are in search of garage organization ideas, have a look at the DIY pegboard tool organizer and folding workbench we posted earlier.)

Today I am sharing a quick refresh of our garage entry door and the wall surrounding it. We had not painted the door before - it was the same industrial blue door surrounded by a bare block wall that we inherited when we bought our house 12 years ago. When I say that this was a "quick" refresh,  I mean that it's a weekend warrior type of project - you definitely can complete this makeover in a day or two if you can block out the time. Read on to find out how we did it.
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