My Coffee Story

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This is a sponsored post. I remember my first "coffee". I was in college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (go Badgers!). I tried a french vanilla cappuccino. I was tired, it was cold and it smelled so good. Totally commercialized, sugar/chemical laden dessert that bares very little resemblance to coffee, I know! But that is where it started. One day I picked one up and was waiting until I got to class to enjoy it. As I was crossing the street, my foot caught on one of the supportive legs of a construction sign and I fell. My cappuccino spilled all over me and everywhere and I had ...

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DIY Trick-or-Treat Halloween Tote

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I'm participating in the #DesignSpaceStar competition. Creations are my own original artwork. Affiliate links are included. Creating a tote has to be one of my favorite ways to use my Cricut Explore™. You can get totes at the craft store for dirt cheap and use them for a million things. I have been creating printables for my blog and sharing them with you for years. It has been so much fun to take those creations and see them in a new light. The first printable I ever offered was this Halloween Printable and now I'm rocking it on a cute Halloween trick-or-treat tote. If ...

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Teacher Tote

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In the spring, I was lucky enough to guest post over at Tatertots & Jello. Today, I'm sharing with you my teacher tote--a perfect fit for our fall fashion/gear category in the #DesignSpaceStar challenge. I created this tote using our Teacher Appreciation printable, my Cricut Explore™ and iron-on black glitter. If you are interested in creating this tote all you have to do is click here for the .png version of the printable. You can upload that into Cricut Design Space™ and you will be on your way to a super cute teacher tote!   Hard to believe fall and back to ...

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A Jeweled Box

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I was recently walking through the craft store and I spied these wood boxes. Geodes, quartz, stone are totally in right now. Anthropologie has beautiful geode hardware I'm swooning over. I also recently saw two of my favorite bloggers, The Handmade Home and I Heart Organizing, creating with these elements. I had received the Elmer's ProBond product as part of this sponsored post. It is meant for attaching porous and non-porous surfaces and I knew it would work perfectly for my box. I took off the hardware and painted the entire box gold. This was the same DecoArt gold paint I ...

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Hudson’s First Birthday

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This week/weekend has been so crazy packed that I couldn't even fit into one post. Well, at least not one post anyone would read. Wednesday, the 16th Hudson turned 1! This is baby #3 for me and I swear that with each kid, time just keeps going faster. I don't know how we got here so quickly. We started off his birthday with pancakes. This boy likes to eat. We went to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Last time we were there was in the fall and Hudson pretty much slept through the whole thing. That is, when we weren't stopping for nursing breaks. It was fun to see him really take it all in ...

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Craft Night

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A few weeks ago I was able to host a craft night with my sister and Cricut. Cricut flew out a rep who we adored and she set up three machines and brought along a whole bunch of iron-on. Each attendee was given a bag and I loved watching how everyone made their bag their own! I will be sharing my bag on Tatertots & Jello next Friday. I thought it would be fun to share some of the bags my friends and family made. This one is from blogging friend, Alyson. The one below is Ann Marie's MIL Sharon, Parents of a Dozen. One of the best parts was that my ...

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Simple Spring Feather Mantle

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A couple sheets of paper and my Cricut|explore was all it took to bring a little spring to my my mantle. I used the Cricut|explore to cut feathers, letters and paper bows. The feathers were clipped to the twine for bunting, put behind a frame for art and clipped to the Instagram display. A super simple way to bring some spring to our home. Just a few sheets of paper and voila! Now we just need the weather to cooperate. Amiright? ...

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Turning Kid Art into Gift Tags

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Eleanor loves to paint. She practically asks to paint everyday. She creates pieces like this. I started to feel bad about throwing them away, but I certainly wasn't going to just save them all. That is when I had the idea to bust out my Cricut and turn them into gift tags. This literally took minutes. I picked a gift tag shape I liked in the Cricut Design Space and hit Go. I also cut out those adorable feathers on the Cricut. I'm obsessed! You can write on the front or the back, depending on what kind of masterpiece your child has created. The ...

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How To Make Tissue Paper Tassel Garland

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I just love tissue paper tassel garland. It is fun and festive and has just the right touch of whimsy. Don't ya think? I used some in a game day post that you can find here. There are lots of fun football printables in that post plus I have every single letter in the alphabet available so you can make your own bunting. Anyways, Tissue paper garland is fun for parties, holiday decor, children's rooms or anywhere you need fun and color. To make tissue paper tassel garland you will need tissue paper, string and a cutting tool. You can use scissors or an X-ato, ruler, and cutting ...

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A DIY Shirt With a Special Touch

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I am so excited about this project. As soon as I finished I texted a picture to my mom and my friend and anyone who would listen. Now let me start by saying how blessed I was to invited out to Utah to meet the fine people at Cricut and get a sneak peek at the new Cricut |explore. Crazy inspirational. I was dying to get my hands on a machine. In a way it is almost overwhelming, because there is so much this machine can do. I didn't even know where to start. I want to make everything!! As soon as I got my log-ins for Design Space (still in Beta mode), I had to make something. I was a ...

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