How to easily make your favorite appliques with a Cricut

Posted in CRAFTS, CRICUT, KITCHEN
on March 13, 2017

Take your projects to the next level by applying a personalized applique cut out quickly and easily using your Cricut Explore Air 2!

When I was a very little girl, I had a quilt covered in Holly Hobbie appliques that looked very much like this.


It was a soft, warm cotton quilt, made for me by my Nanny of cornflower blue color and I loved to trace my fingers over the stitch lines thinking of the day I would make quilts for my daughters. Of course, that hasn’t ever happened – quilting is a ton of work! Still, although I don’t do it nearly often enough, I do love sewing.  And now and then, I like to channel my innner-nanny and apply simple appliques to my projects, especially for giving as gifts.

Such is the case with this hot air balloon embellished tea towel that is just perfect for a thank you gift for a special kind someone.   I used a hot air balloon but honestly, you can create an applique with most any simple design with clear lines using your Cricut machine. Cutting fabric with a Cricut is so easy!

First, you’ll want to gather your supplies. You’ll need a(n)

  • Cricut Explore Air 2 or other Cricut machine
  • Iron
  • Cutting mat (sticky is best – I used the extra-sticky mat from Cricut)
  • Sharp scissors
  • Fabric
  • Wonder Under
  • Flour sack Tea towel
  • Optional – Sewing machine and matching thread

First, cut a piece of Wonderunder slightly larger than your designs dimensions. Also cut two pieces of fabric in coordinating (or not) patterns.  Using a dry, hot iron, bond the wonderunder to the wrong side of your fabric, rough side of the wonderunder down. Remove the paper backing.

Next, I downloaded a simple hot air balloon image and used the erasing wand to clean-up the design, removing every second section in the balloon then loaded the image into the design studio.

Using the strong grip mat from Cricut (it’s purple), I cut two balloons, one in each fabric, adhering the wonderunder side to the mat. Be sure to press the fabric firmly onto the mat – you don’t want it moving around.

Once cut, remove the design from the sticky mat and position the design onto your fabric and press to set in place.

With a sewing machine edge-stitch around each edge in the entire design. I wanted to add the pompom trim onto the bottom of my towel and therefore used a contrasting thread.

This process will work for any applique you choose, but I would recommend keeping your design simple and using a thicker cotton for cutting.

I love my cute little towel and think it will make a sweet and thoughtful gift for a special friend. I’m just wondering though.. do you think she’d rather have a Holly Hobbie quilt? Nah..

If you’re interested in other Cricut projects, be sure to check out my Cricut gallery!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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How to make this vibrant unique Spring Wreath (from book pages!)

Posted in CRAFTS, CREATE WITH ME, CRICUT, DIY, WALL ART
on March 7, 2017

Are you, like me, starting to think about Spring decor? For me,  spring decor always starts with inexpensively updating the front door with a shot of color in the form of something floral.

I have a wreath for nearly every season and emotion – I have a very cute Spring Wreath that I’ve put out for the past few years. However, I get bored so easily that I need to change things up every few years and I was ready for something different. I’ve been eyeing up the gorgeous spring wreaths that seem to be everywhere these days, although I can never bring myself to buy one. I always seem to have that internal conversation going on that says, “I could make that.” because in my head I can make anything. #IthinkImMcGyverbutneverMartha

So, for the March Create with Me DIY Challenge I decided to prove that fact – that I could make oneThis fun challenge is where you, our readers, vote on the materials we’ll use for next month’s projects, so be sure to scroll to the very last bit of this post to vote for your favorite and get a peek at what my friends came up with before you go. For past challenges, check out the Create with Me menu. This month’s challenge was to create something using book pages. How can wreaths and book pages coincide, you ask? Let me show you!

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Book pages of your choice – I used the preview pages at the back of a few books so I wasn’t destroying anything good – but make sure your pages are no heavier than newspaper weight so they’ll bend easily
  • Flower pattern  – I used this one from WhileSheNaps.com
  • Watercolors or watered down acrylics
  • Aluminum foil
  • Florists wires
  • Green Twine or Florists tape
  • Twig Wreath form
  • Hot Glue and Glue gun
  • Clear spray paint

Print out and cut your flower pattern, then trace your pattern onto the book pages. I used my Cricut for this but it’s really and truly not necessary.. I’m just lazy. The pages are so thin you could easily cut multiple pages at one time. You’ll need two flowers and two leaves per flower.

Paint the leaf cut-outs – you’ll paint the flowers shortly. I used watercolors because I wanted the colors to be vibrant but still sheer enough that the text would be visible.

While the leaves dry, begin assembling your flowers following these instructions:

Step 1: Create the stem

Bend a hook in a 9″ piece of floral wire and cut a 2″x2″ square from the foil. Place a hot glue dot into the center of the foil and wrap the foil around the hook in the wire, creating a bulb on the end.

Step 2: Add petals

Gently curl the edges of two flower petals up, then putting a dab of glue along the bottom edge of the foil bulb, press the stem through the center of the smaller of the two flower petals, pushing up to adhere the petal to the bottom of the flower bulb.

Step 3: Shape flower

Attach the petals up and around the bulb, alternating petals as you go around, securing underneath with glue. Add larger petal in the same fashion, pressing the stem through the center and repeat attaching the petals.

Your flowers are now ready for painting. I painted my flowers with watercolor shades of orange, reds, pinks and yellows and stood them to dry in a cup before winding and gluing twine to cover the metal stem and attaching the leaves.

Lay your flowers out on your wreath form, bending to follow the curve of the twig branches and secure with glue. The flowers are so light that I did not wire them to the wreath, but you may wish to do this.

Give the entire wreath and flowers a light coat of clear to protect everything from the elements.

Hang and enjoy!

I love how vibrant the colors of the flowers are. The print showing through gives what could be an ordinary wreath so much uniqueness – I’m so excited by how it turned out and can’t wait to hang it on the door. It’s the perfect start to my spring decor!

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DIY Planter from Book pages via Making Joy and Pretty Things

Book Page Flowers via Two Purple Couches

Easy Book Page Art via Little Bits of Home

Paper Tulip Wreath via Knock it Off Kim

Easter Book Page Banner via My Life from Home

Book Page Easter Egg Wreath via Our Crafty Mom

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St. Patricks Day Tablescape

Posted in DECOR, FAMILY PARTIES, HOLIDAYS, KIDS PARTIES, PARTIES, TABLETOP
on March 6, 2017

Are you looking for timeless, inexpensive table settings and other home decor ideas for St. Patricks Day? If you are, you’ve come to the right place!

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My friend Meg of Green with Decor invited me to participate in the St. Patrick’s Day Home Tours(thanks, Meg!). Before you go, be sure to check out the other ideas from the other talented and fabulous blogs listed at the bottom of this post. But for now, let me show you what I came up with and share oodles of table setting pretty picture goodness with you!

According to Wikipedia, “table setting or place setting refers to the way to set a table with tableware—such as eating utensils and for serving and eating. The arrangement for a single diner is called a place setting. The practice of dictating the precise arrangement of tableware has varied across cultures and historical periods.” This definition is followed by 13 –  thirteen – photos of the different courses and service settings throughout a formal meal. It’s dizzying.  And if that weren’t enough to attest to the seriousness of table-scaping, Y’all, Amazon has a book on the “Art of Table Setting.” I’m not all about that. I’m honestly excited if I can put the utensils in the right place (fork on the left), and about using what’s around the house – well, save for a few gold and green coins that I picked up!

I do like to put together a beautiful table, especially for parties – my family loved the settings we put together for Halloween and our Spring Tea Party – and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception.

Clearly color played a huge part in this table setting. For a table runner, I pieced together three fat quarters of quilting fabric in coordinating colors and patterns.

The centerpiece is a combination of spring flowers and plants in yellows, whites and a shot of plum. I used two potted shamrock plants, one in purple, one in green – you can find them at most grocery stores at this time of year – daffodils from my yard, as well as a bouquet of Shasta daisies, green pincushion flowers, and freesia, all displayed together in a large basket. Like the table, it’s loose and informal.

The gold chargers are ones I’ve used for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The plates and silverware are those we use for every day – it’s so fun to dress up ordinary things for a holiday. No matter what you serve it looks fantastic!

The napkins are folded into a clover shape and topped with a gold coin embellished St. Patrick’s Day ribbon.

A few other inexpensive, festive touches make this table fit for any leprechaun who might want to leave his pot o’ gold!


While it’s likely this table setting will not end up on Wikipedia my family so enjoyed it, and I hope I was able to provide you with a few ideas for your table this St. Patrick’s Day!

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Huge thanks again to Meg for including me in this home tour.. it’s been so much fun! Please, be sure to visit the other links for more St. Patrick’s Day decorating inspiration!


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