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The Nursery

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nursery fabric

nursery fabric

We are on the count down for the arrival of our new granddaughter. My next few posts will include some of the preparations for our new bundle of joy!  The first step we took was to pick out the fabric.  The color scheme was prompted by the fact that my daughter and son-in-law rent a condo and are not permitted to paint or change the curtains. The nursery has three tan walls and one mint wall, so that was the starting point for the room.  Mint, coral and gold!

The starting point

The starting point

To make the room special, it was decided to cover the valance with the gold polka dot burlap.  I just stapled the burlap to the valance and tucked the curtain up under…I had to pin the top down with T-pins…which I did after I took this picture.

Next we covered the wall with gold metallic dots, which were  ordered online and were 3″.  The website had loads of sizes and colors and they were easy to adhere.  I really stressed over the placement.  I was so afraid they would not be even!   I decided to use my 12″ square ruler to help with the placement.

dot placement

dot placement

I put the dot centers on the 6″ and 12″ marks.  I forgot to do a close-up of the wall before I took off the backing.  If you look at the bottom dot, you can see it still had the backing attached.  I used “frog tape” or painters tape to hold the dots in place until I had them positioned where they needed to be…I then peeled of the backing a little at a time while I rubbed on the dots!  I loved the look!

polka dotted wall

polka-dotted wall

The jazzed up wall!!

Dr. Seuss “Cat in the Hat” quilt

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Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat quilt

Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat quilt

This is a “Cat in the Hat” quilt that my friend Tammy made.  I quilted it for her and it was so fun to quilt.  I had tons of blank black rows for quilting and four plain red corners to play with…

quilting on Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat quilt

quilting on Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat quilt

In the black rows, I used blue and red thread and alternated the colors.  In this row is says, “make that cat go away”.  I also quilted the fish.

Fish on the Dr. Seuss quilt

Fish on the Dr. Seuss quilt

This is an up close picture of the fish…

Cat in the Hat quilt

Cat in the Hat quilt

“that bump made us jump….”

Cat in the Hat quilt

Cat in the Hat quilt

“What would you do if your mother asked you..”

Cat in the Hat quilt

Cat in the Hat quilt

I put Kites in all four corners and then quilted the “tails” into the black border.

I quilted this last year, but I just went to a “Cat in the Hat” baby shower and I was reminded of this quilt.  I will post some really cute ideas from the shower soon…

 

Paris Baby Shower Invitation

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Cricut Paris baby shower invitation

Cricut Paris baby shower invitation

My daughter and son-in-law are expecting our first granddaughter.  The photo for their birth announcement was taken in front of the Eiffle Tower in Paris, so I thought it fitting to have the Eiffle Tower on the baby shower invitation.  I cut the Eiffle Tower with my Cricut using the “French Manor” cartridge.  I cut the pregnant girl using the Cricut “New Arrival” cartridge.   My daughter loves to shop so I included the shopping bag on the front of the invitation.  She said it looks like she is shopping in Paris!

I purchased all the paper at JoAnne’s.  The colors for the nursery are mint, coral and gold.  I used those same colors for the invitations.  I made the card 6 x 6, but a word of caution on that one!  If your envelope is over 6 1/8″ you will have to pay extra postage.

paper for the invitations

paper for the invitations

 

French Manor

French Manor

Ticket Stub Shadow Box

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Cricut project ticket stub shadow box

Cricut project Shadow box ticket stub

My great-niece, Cassidy has attended quite a few concerts in the past few months, so shen  I saw a shadow box on Pinterest for ticket stubs and knew I had to make one for her.  I was not quite as handy as the original pin.  They put a slot in the top of the shadow box so that you could drop the tickets in. I did not have the tools to do that and I am not sure if that would have been as good for Cass, because I am sure she wanted to showcase her favorite ticket stubs.  That would be BLAKE SHELTON!

Cricut project ticket stub shadow box

Cricut project ticket stub shadow box

I did not think to take pictures of each step, but this was an easy project.(less than 30 minutes)  I got the shadow box from IKEA. (my favorite place)  The background is shiny grey chevron scrapbook paper that I purchased at JoAnne’s.  I cut the word “Concerts” from black vinyl with my Cricut.  I welded the letters in the “Cricut Craft Room” (the best place ever and it’s FREE).  I then just put the vinyl on the outside of the glass.  I love the way Cass put her tickets in her box.  If you look closely on the right hand side, you will see that she has a PIT Wrist band.  She attended a Maroon Five Concert and was in the pit!  Yes, that is Adam Levine and she was that close…lucky girl!!

Cassidy and Adam

Cassidy and Adam Levine

Wool Ball Jar Mat

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wool Ball jar

wool Ball jar

This a cute wool mat that my friend Chris is working on.  It is a kit from Primitive Gatherings.  We both have similar tastes and love to work on wool projects.

The real reason I posted this today was so that I could also post  these flower pictures. Today we are setting records low temperatures here in the Midwest today and I needed a little touch of Spring!

ball jar vase

ball jar vase

This Ball Jar was actually a photo taken at Chris’ house this summer with wildflowers picked in her yard.

Summer flowers

Summer flowers

…and  this is Chris with some great Summer flowers….I am ready for Summer or at least Spring!!!

 

 

 

 

T-shirt quilt for Tim

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T-shirt quilt

T-shirt quilt

My daughter and son-in-law are expecting our first grandchild, so they have been doing a major clean out of their home.  One of the things they found were Tim’s high school t-shirts.  In August they sent me a box of 30 of his t-shirts so that I could make them into a quilt for Tim for Christmas.

t-shirt quilt

t-shirt quilt

My daughter had pinned a t-shirt quilt she liked on Pinterest.  It was not just squares, but all sizes of blocks.  To start the quilt, I measured the printed sections of the t-shirt.  I used the fronts and backs of the t-shirts.

t-shirt quilt

t-shirt quilt

I then made true to scale cut outs of the printed sections of the quilt, including the color of each section,

t-shirt quilt

t-shirt quilt

The next thing I did was cut the t-shirts up the sides and then cut off the sleeves.

t-shirt quilt

t-shirt quilt

Here is the pile of rejected pieces of the t-shirts.

t-shirt quilt

t-shirt quilts

Now this is where I forgot to take pictures of the progress.  This is the pile of shirts.  I ironed on the cheap $.99 iron-on interfacing on the back of all the shirts.  I then laid the “to scale”  pieces out like a jig-saw puzzle.  I can not help you out with this part, since every t-shirt quilt will be different.    I  laid the t-shirts out on the floor and sewed them together one square at a time.  I used some of the plain pieces of colored t-shirt pieces to fill in and add color.  Good luck with your t-shirt quilt!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cricut Craft Room Christmas Holiday Cards # 22, 30, 32 &50

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Cricut Christmas Holiday Card #50

Cricut Christmas Holiday Card #50

Well I’m at it again! Yet another post from the Free Cricut Craft Room Holiday Cards.  This card is #50.  If you missed the free cut, you can purchase the digital cut for $1.99.

Cricut Christmas Holiday Card #30

Cricut Christmas Holiday Card #30

 

Here is Holiday Card #30!

Cricut Christmas Holiday Card #22

Cricut Christmas Holiday Card #22

This is Holiday Card #22.  I must admit I have had problems with my cuts on these Holiday Cards.  I like to use Stampin Up paper for my cards and the Cricut does not like to cut it.  I even changed my blade and cut on 6 with the pressure turned up.  If you look close you can see the card is missing the right half of the bow.  I cut this out of white and green and then cut off the green snowflakes.

Cricut Christmas Holiday Card #32

Cricut Christmas Holiday Card #32

This is Holiday card # 32.  I wanted to break out in song (Over the River and through the Woods…) when I cut this card.  I used silver glitter paper behind the cut.

Cricut Christmas Holiday Card

Cricut Christmas Holiday Card

Anyone who knows me will get a big laugh on this one!  I can not throw away anything.  This card was made from the cuts out of Holiday cards #32 and #25.  The blue paper is has glitter on it, but it really doesn’t show up in the picture.

To my followers that don’t have a Cricut…please hang in there.  I will be posting other crafts and recipes soon!!

 

 

Cricut Christmas Holiday Cards #’s 15, 20, 33 & 49

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Cricut Christmas Holiday Card #49

Cricut Christmas Holiday Card #49

I am still posting the Holiday Card Cuts that are available in the Cricut Craft Room.  This is Holiday Card #49. If you miss the FREE cuts, you can purchase the cuts for $1.99.

Cricut Christmas Holiday Card #33

Cricut Christmas Holiday Card #3

I love this card.  It is Holiday Card #33.  It was one of the easier cuts and very striking.  The blue snowflake was left from the cut for card #20.

Cricut Christmas Holiday Card #20

Crictu Christmas Holiday Card #20

I used a really light blue for this card, so it didn’t photograph well.  It is card #20.

Cricut Christmas Holiday Card #15

Cricut Christmas Holiday Card #15

This was another one of my favorite cuts.  It is Holiday Card #20.  Hope you are enjoying your Cricut this Christmas Season!!

Cricut Craft Room Christmas Holiday Card # 36

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Cricut Christmas Holiday Card #36

Cricut Christmas Holiday Card #36

Today the FREE Holiday Card in the Cricut Craft Room is #36.  I had to make 3 cuts for this card.  (brown, red and green)  I wish they would have included a layer option. I felt like I was wasting a lot of paper.

It feels like Christmas here today since we had a “snow day” from school.  I worked on my cards and a t-shirt quilt for my son-in-law.  My hubby just came in from the cold with a large Candy Cane Hot Chocolate from Tim Hortons….does it get any better then this day!!

Don’t forget to visit the Cricut Craft Room.  If you missed this FREE cut, you can purchase it for $1.99. Just select the BUY option.