As much as I hate to say it…. I have started on Christmas lol! As usual I can’t believe how quickly it is approaching. If I want to make 90% of the gifts we give AND make enough stuff for at least one craft sale, I need to get my butt in gear!
This is an old teapot I had that I decided to recycle into a Christmas gift. The receiver loves Tea and definitely needs to have a few basic sewing items on hand in case of a sewing emergency…. so I thought why not combine the two… and give myself the chance to try another Cricut “skill” at the same time. This time I was trying layering a vinyl design instead of just cutting one colour. I have used multiple colours on other projects but they were stand alone sections!
The first thing I did was to give the teapot a good wash so I knew the vinyl would stay.
I found the cute teapot cut file on the Design Space app. There wasn’t a whole lot of layering but it still gave me a chance to try it.
Here is the design, cut, weeded and layered, ready to stick to the teapot.
I had a bit of an issue because of the curvy shape of the teapot but I just ended up cutting the transfer tape in such a way I was able to get it on with minimal wrinkles. Note: I think I need to find a tutorial for attaching the vinyl to curved surfaces!
I got the vinyl adhered to the teapot and then started on the pin cushion on the underside of the teapot lid.
I placed the lid on a fat quarter I had that was similar in colour to the design and drew a circle around it, about 1 – 2 inches bigger than the lid.
I did a row of hand gathering stitch all the way around the circle, about a half inch in, giving it a sort of bowl shape.
I put a small amount of stuffing inside the “bowl,” and tightened up the gather stitch until it was just about closed off.
I used my dreaded glue gun to attach the little pin cushion to the underside/inside of the lid and my pin cushion was done!
I put the lid back on and now I just have to fill it with some basic sewing supplies (and get a nicer bow) and I have my first Christmas gift ready to store until the big day!
Sorry I am so off schedule this week. My grandmother, who has had the biggest and best impact in my life… the one person who has always always always been there for me had a heart attack this week. I have been so worried and waiting for news that everything is completely upside down!
While I have been waiting for the phone to ring I decided to “play” Cricut to take my mind off things. This project is one of the things I did while waiting.
The door I used in this project is actually from the recycled end table/cat bed I made ages ago. I kept the door because you just never know… and this week I found a purpose for it!
I haven’t hung it up yet or decided if I want to put some cup hooks on it to turn it into a key rack/decor, but the door itself is done!
To start the project I cleaned and sanded the door and removed any hardware still on it.
I decided to paint it using my gray chalkboard paint and then used a watered down acrylic to put some turquoise highlights on it.
I decided what I wanted and then cut the permanent vinyl then applied it to the surface.
Once the vinyl was applied I added a few coats of varethane and it was done… or at least done until I make a decision on the cup hooks!
Here is a screenshot of Design Space with my project once I finished “designing” it! I know it might look sort of complicated but once you have been through one of the processes a few times, it doesn’t seem quick so daunting!
And this is the “design” cut and attached to the little dollar store sign I base painted last week!
I am having a great time “Playing” and of course learning as I go with my Cricut. Every new trick or technique I learn opens up so many doors to new projects!
Who doesn’t like cheesecake? I can’t think of one single person I know who doesn’t love this sinful dessert. I don’t make “real” cheesecake often, I usually opt for my quick cheesecake recipe… because it is quick but this one is a nice treat when I feel like making the real thing!
The other day, before I was back on grandma duty, I did a couple of little projects. One was a cut out anniversary card…. it was mine and Chris’ anniversary on Friday so I thought it would be cool to make him a card. The Cricut makes projects like this so easy! I found a cut out pattern for free on Pinterest, downloaded it to my Cricut Design Space app and the rest was history.
Here is it after I cut the decorative part of the card, and the cardstock background paper I chose.
I glued everything in place and had a great Anniversary card for Chris!!!
This next project is even easier! I simply chose a Cricut font and used my granddaughter’s name to make a permanent vinyl sticker I placed on the front of a sippy cup!