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    DIY Disney Glitter Ornaments

        I was inspired to make these cute DIY Disney glitter ornaments by Happiness is Homemade.   Visit her site for full instructions.  What appealed the most to about this idea was the flat service, which makes it super easy to adhere the vinyl without bubbles!  Who doesn’t love super easy? Trying to apply vinyl to a curved surface is a frustrating process and this project eliminates the frustration. Gather Your Supplies Flat Clear Ornaments Pledge Floor Cleaner Glitter– I like this set from Amazon because it gives you a lot of colors Cricut vinyl in assorted colors-I like their white shade called Linen Cricut Designing Your Glitter Ornaments The…

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    How to apply HTV on Wood

    Once you start using HTV you realize how much easier it is to work with than regular vinyl.  I have been experimenting with using HTV on all sorts of projects. Recently, I discovered how to apply HTV on wood.  Using regular vinyl on wood is a frustrating experience. Getting regular vinyl to stick to the wood when you pull the transfer tape off is difficult not to mention trying to smooth out bubbles.  HTV seemed like an ideal solution. HTV Works on Nearly Any Surface Cricut has a handy interactive guide for HTV here.  The guide indicated to set my Easy Press to 300 degrees for 40 seconds.   It…

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    DIY Advent Calendar

      My old advent calendar finally fell apart.  I began searching for a new one at the end of the season last year but had no luck, so I decided to make one this year.  I didn’t want to focus on candy or getting small gifts of each day.  Instead, I wanted to focus on spending time with my daughter and creating memories.  So I created this DIY Advent Calendar with my Cricut Explore Air and Cricut Design Space. Gather Supplies Open Back Frame-Hobby Lobby-  I used a 16″ x 20″ Christmas Twine– I got mine at Hobby Lobby but I have also seen at the dollar spot in Target…

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    DIY Jewelry Storage and Display

    My daughter recently became a Paparazzi Independent Consultant.  As a consultant, she needs creative, attractive ways to store and display her jewelry pieces.  I put together this DIY jewelry storage and display project for her.  In my mind, this was a quick and easy project, but it proved to be more challenging than I expected. Supplies Needed Pegboard sheet- bought mine at Home Depot $9.99 for a 4 x 2-foot sheet. black pegboard hooks liquid nails picture hangers kit glazier points fancy tool for setting glazier points or a hammer and flat head screwdriver open back frame bought it on sale for $14.99 at Hobby Lobby glossy black spray paint Plaid clear…

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    Take a Clearance Item from Trash-to-Treasure

    I love a good sale! Between working full-time and chauffering two kids around, I just don’t get much shopping time.  The other day I found some time and rushed into Hobby Lobby.  It was definitely my lucky day, as they had just marked all fall decor down 80%, and it wasn’t even Thanksgiving yet! The fall aisle was like an L.A. freeway at rush hour.  Shoppers’ carts were bumper to bumper, as we rummaged through pumpkins and foliage.   I always host Thanksgiving at my house, so I was on the look-out for some new fall decor to go with my Give Thanks reverse canvas I had just made. Check…

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    DIY Custom Disney Picture Frame

    It is no secret that I am a huge Disney fanatic.  This year I have even infused a little Disney into my classroom, check out my previous post here.  While scrolling through old Disney pics on my phone, I was inspired to create a collage and ultimately, I created a DIY custom Disney frame, and you can too! Creating the Collage I used an app on my iPhone to create the collage and had it printed at Costco in an 8 x 10 size.  The Costco app allows you to upload your photos directly from your phone to the Costco app to have them printed in about an hour.  …

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    How to Fix Paint Bleed Under a Stencil

    How many times have you ruined a project because the paint bled under the stencil?  I will show you how to fix paint bleed under a stencil. This happened to me just the other day.  I was making a wood sign to celebrate my favorite time of the year, Pumpkin Spice Season!  My project appeared to be turning out great until I pulled the stencil off to reveal this:     Best Way to Fix Paint Bleed Whenever I’m painting, whether it’s a room or a small craft project, I always have baby wipes handy.  Baby wipes are great for cleaning acrylic paint off of other painted surfaces.  For this…

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    DIY Reverse Canvas

    Reverse canvas projects are all over Pinterest, and I have been wanting to try one.  With the holidays coming, I wasn’t sure what exactly I wanted to do.  I was inspired by this Halloween canvas by Pineapple Paper Co. Read the full tutorial here. For a more vintage feel, I opted to paint the frames black and I apply the vinyl to the backside of the canvas. The project is very simple.  Before getting started, gather the necessary items. blank Canvas-you can grab a great value pack on Amazon black craft paint-I like Delta Creative Ceramcoat Siser black HTV-Siser easy weed really lives up to its name Cricut Explore Air Cricut…

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    How to Save $4000.00 by Refinishing Oak Banister with Gel Stain

    I swore to myself that I wasn’t going to write this post because I have seen a million of them on Pinterest.  I actually got this idea from Pinterest.  But this project has consumed all of my free time, and I haven’t been able to do anything else except for the decorations for my classroom.  So here comes yet another post on the miracles of General Finishes Gel Stain. Refinishing the Bannister Costs How Much? A little more than a year ago we replaced the carpet in most of our downstairs and in our loft with a dark laminate.  While this was a huge improvement over the old carpet it…

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    How to Make Amazing Monograms

    I have never really been into monograms, but lately, I have become a little obsessed with monograms.  I have liked my middle name and have never used a middle initial, but I read an article about monograms at Mark and Graham.com explaining the etiquette of monograms.  Apparently, a married woman can use the initial of her maiden name in the monogram.  Suddenly, I was a little more interested. Free Resources to Make Your Monogram If you are like me, the word free peaks your interest.  There are two free resources for making and downloading a monogram. Free Monogram Maker.com.  This site has a ton of options from which to chose.  I…