• American Girl Crafts,  Crafts with Kids

    DIY American Girl Doll Bed

      I’m excited to share this DIY American Girl doll bed I made with my daughter. This bed is actually for a Wellie Wisher, Ashlyn.  Wellie Wishers are the new 16″ dolls made by American Girls aimed at a slightly younger audience.  You could definitely make the same thing for an 18″ American Girl. A Long History with American Girls My oldest daughters, ages 21 and 18, loved American Girls when they were young.  Honestly, I loved them too!  Going to the American Girl Store in Los Angeles and buying clothes and accessories was as much fun for me as it was for my daughters.  After my girls outgrew their dolls,…

  • Crafts with Kids,  seasonal

    Snowman Craft for Kids

    I needed a snowman craft for kids to go along with the advent calendar I created for my daughter and I this season. Check out the post here. Years ago, I made snowmen from old socks and buttons.  I figured I could wip up something like that.  When I found these adorable carrot noses and black cole eyes and mouthI knew they would be perfect. Here are the easy-to-follow directions. Parts You Need for Your Snowman Most of these supplies I had around the house. *Rice *man’s white tube sock *toddler size sock *buttons *snowman carrot nose-I found mine at Hobby Lobby but I can’t find a link to share. *snowman cole…

  • Crafts with Kids,  Cricut Crafts

    Kids’ Christmas Crafts

    This time of year is always so busy!  It seems I’m always rushing around and never just savoring the season.  To try to slow down and enjoy the time more, I created an advent calendar that focuses on experiences instead of things.  Read the post here.  As part of this calendar, I had to come up with quite a few kids’ Christmas crafts. Crafting just for the sake of crafting is great, but when you can use your kids’ art as part of the present it’s even better.  I decided to enlist my daughter’s skills to make extra special Christmas cards and wrapping paper for her teachers.  As a teacher,…

  • Cricut Crafts,  Pins I have Tried

    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…

  • Cricut Crafts,  seasonal

    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…