• Cricut Crafts

    What You Can Make for Free in Cricut Design Space

    So you just invested in a Cricut machine and you think you have to spend even more to actually make anything.  Think again. I’ll show you what you can make for free in Cricut Design Space using only the basic shapes. What You’ll Need to Know It’s possible to make a ton of cute images just using the basic shapes available for free in Cricut Design Space.  I’ll show you how to use the basic shapes along with the slice and weld features to make cute images all for free!  You don’t need to spend a ton of money buying images in order to make some cute crafts. The Peeps…

  • Uncategorized

    Cute and Cheap Jewelry Displays for Shows

    My daughter is an Independent Consultant for Paparrazi.  She needs some cute and cheap jewelry displays for shows.  It needs to be light-weight and easy to set up at various locations.  There aren’t many things lighter than foam board and conveniently it is able to support sewing pins. A Variety of Display Options For home storage and display, I crafted some much heavier/sturdier displays. Check out my previous post to find out how to make these displays.  Between pegboard, paint, frames, and hooks these were a substantial investment compared to what I came up with for shows. My newest displays require foam boards, plate stands, contact paper, and sewing pins. If you…

  • Cricut Crafts

    What Cricut Accessories Do You Really Need?

    If you are just getting started with Cricut it’s hard to know what you really need.  I have the Explore Air machine for about four years, I think.  I love it and haven’t felt the need to upgrade yet.  If you are just getting into Cricut there are so many accessories it is overwhelming.  Let’s talk about what Cricut accessories you really need. Are You a Casual Crafter If you are like me, when I bought my first Cricut I was a casual crafter not wanting to invest a fortune into my hobby.  I was upgrading from the Cricut Personal Cutting Machine you know the one that took cartridges.  I…

  • Cricut Crafts,  DIY Home Decor

    How to Decorate for St. Patrick’s Day on a Budget

    I love to decorate for every holiday or even pseudo-holiday that comes along.  I have a hard time justifying spending a lot of money on decorations that will only see the light of day 3 weeks out of the year.  Read on to see how to decorate for St. Patric’s Day on a budget. How Cheaply Can it Be Done? Does $25.00 sound like a reasonable budget?  It is with some coupons, sales, and a trip to Dollar Tree.  Full disclosure, I have a lot of stuff in my craft stash that I didn’t need to buy for these projects such as pipe cleaners, paint, glitter, leftover deco mesh ribbon,…

  • Cricut Crafts,  DIY Home Decor

    How to Decorate a Kid’s Room that Can be Easily Changed as They Grow

    Decorating a room for a child is so much fun! However, redoing that room two years later, not so much.  Over the years I have learned how to decorate a kid’s room that can be easily changed as they grow. This bathroom went from a grown-up teen’s bathroom with black and white damask accents to a Frozen fantasy room for around $100.00.  The best part, when she out-grows it in two years it is all easily changeable.  The wall color can stay and the vinyl can easily peel off the wall. Cricut is the Secret Before Cricut, I used to create specialized rooms with paint and stencils.  Let me tell…

  • DIY Home Decor

    How to Decorate Light Switch Covers

    Light switch covers are typically boring, but they don’t have to be.  See how you can decorate light switch covers to compliment any decor.  This is especially true in kids’ rooms.  It’s super easy to take a plain white, $1.00 cover and transform it into an expensive-looking statement piece. A Lot of Bang for Your Buck I went for a big statement with lots of glitter but you can go more subtle. Decoupage and scrapbook paper is a more understated look.  Wrapping paper is also great for decoupage.  If you want to go as I bold as I did, you will need a few things. -light switch covers – you…

  • Crafts with Kids

    Great Summer Craft to Make with Your Kids

      It is very cold and rainy here in California lately.  This dreary weather is making me miss the sunny summer months. So this great summer craft to make with your kids will bring a little sunshine to your day. My daughter, Lizzie, recently got a bead and jewelry kit for her birthday. The kit contains a few tiny seashells. Lizzie wanted to do something special with the seashells.  A sand and seashell picture frame was the perfect solution. What You Need -Inexpensive wood frame (no glass).  I got this one at Michael’s for $1.00! -Sand-found this at the Dollar Tree (yay Dollar Tree) -Lichen grey craft paint -Modge Podge -foam…

  • Education

    How to Make Cute Printables for Your Classroom

      First of all, I love Teachers Pay Teachers.  TPT was an absolute lifesaver when I was doing the accelerated masters program. I support my fellow teachers on that site wholeheartedly.  That being said, it is nice to know how to make cute printables for your classroom for free. This allows you to design something to match your decor or theme in your classroom. Free Resources are the Key I have mentioned this amazing website before, My Cute Graphics.com.  The creator generously allows teachers to use her adorable clipart to create printables for your classroom.  There are colored and black and white versions of the clipart, which is great. Using…

  • Gifts to make

    Inexpensive Valentine’s Day Gifts

    I like to give my daughters a little something for Valentine’s Day and my husband always gives me a hard time for making every holiday a gift-giving day.  Even he can’t argue with this inexpensive Valentine’s Day gift.  Who doesn’t love Starbucks and chocolate? Practically Free Starbucks has these reusable cold drink cups for about $3.00. They are plastic, NOT acrylic, and they come with a reusable straw.  I got mine at the Starbucks in my Target so I saved 5% with my Red Card.  Score.  Now they say they are dishwasher safe for the top rack, however, if putting vinyl on them, I would skip the dishwasher. Grab a…

  • Gifts to make

    Quick and Easy DIY Teacher Appreciation Gifts

      As a teacher myself, I can tell you I have an obsession with Post-It Notes and just about every teacher I know does too.  Stacks of Post-Its are strewn all over my desk and in just about every drawer.  So, this Post-It Note holder is the perfect quick and easy DIY teacher appreciation gift!  The best part, this is a thoughtful and inexpensive gift! Items Needed *Assorted scrapbook papers-I grabbed some at Hobby Lobby 5 for a $1.00 *Acrylic picture frame-I picked these up at Dollar Tree.  They have an assortment of sizes. *Ribbon-Hobby Lobby is a great place to pick some up for 50% off. *Paper flower embellishments-I…