Business Logo Mug – Cricut

I was deciding on some new patterns I wanted to try to do for gifts and such the other day and it somehow popped into my head to try to do a mug with the logo and phone number of my mother-in-law’s Cat Hotel business. I thought it would be a fun project for me to practice removing the background on again and it would be great advertising for her!

Sandie

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Walnut Muffins

A different, healthy take on Pumpkin muffins… lots of flavour in a few bites (I made them in my mini muffin pan lol). I made the muffin batter and before baking I sprinkled some of the cinnamon sugar I had leftover from my Pumpkin Donuts to give it just that little bit of extra flavour, but you can leave that out if you like.

As with the Pumpkin Donuts I made the same day, not all of the muffins even made it to the plate before they were being devoured lol!

I used oatmeal in place of some of the flour in these muffins and put the oatmeal through my food processor on grind until it was almost a flour but still a bit “grainy,” almost a graham crumb type texture. With some of the wonderful fall spices, maple syrup and some walnuts, these are delicious tasting, easy to make muffins!!!

Sandie

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Caramel Brownies

Yum! Caramel and rich, chocolaty brownies!!! What could be a better combination? I love caramel and brownies are my weakness (why I don’t make them often lol), so I decided to combine the two on the weekend for lunch box snacks!

I use my favourite brownie recipe, the one I use every single time, and then added some melted caramels into the mix. Very sweet, but a wonderful treat!

Sandie

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Baked Pumpkin Donuts

It’s official… it’s Pumpkin Season! I was more than ready to hop on board… although I really don’t know why we only tend to eat/make pumpkin recipes this time of year. It’s not like pumpkin, whether it be in a can or not, isn’t available year round!!! I will have to ponder that one lol!

This time it is Pumpkin Donuts I made, baked Pumpkin Donuts to be exact! While baking as opposed to frying them probably doesn’t make them healthy, it definitely makes them better for you than fried donuts…. at least that’s what I am telling myself!

Sandie

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Fall Table Decorations – Cricut Project

I am still working on learning the ins and outs of my Cricut and having a hell of a time doing it lol! This time I decided to put some decorations on a table centre piece collection I got at my last auction!

Here is the set I bought. I don’t know if they were actually bought as a set but they do look very nice together!

I decided to go with a Fall theme for them based on the colour.

I found both designs on the Design Space program/app and cut them. This is the “Fall” design I chose.

I cut the file and then adhered it to the glass pieces and it was done. I think the Fall part could have been a bit more centered to the actual jar but I adhered it with the jar part laying down and I think tha’ts where my problem was!

And here is the centre piece for a nice fall dinner setting.

Sandie

Bad Blogger Award lol – Cricut Practice Project

I think if there is such a thing, I should get it right now. I have been busy… and blah.. and haven’t had much ambition. But… I did manage to start a couple of Cricut projects. This project was more of a practice piece.

There is a picture that Chris’ uncle drew before he passed away and I’m practicing so I can make a decal of it for Chris. That means learning to remove the background of an image that isn’t already an SVG file.

Design Space is great for doing that sort of thing. It offers an Erase tool where you can adjust the size of the “Eraser,” and a Magic Wand tool that allows you to completely remove big sections of background.

I chose a fairly detailed image I found online to practice on and made Chris a mug.

I won’t lie, it took a while but didn’t turn out too bad considering, except that I ended up putting it on a bit crooked lol. It was a good practice piece.

This is the image I used…

And this is how the mug ended up looking like. Not terrible, right lol?

Oh…. and I got a cute little cart from Wayfair that Dillon assembled for me yesterday! Hopefully it will help me keep my craft room a little tidier than it has been 😳

Sandie

Getting Ready for Craft Sale Season

I’m not sure why, but I always seem to bite off way more than I can chew…no matter what the situation lol! My craft supplies/blanks have been starting to arrive and when I look at it I think Holy Crapadoodle, am I going to be able to get all of that done… as well as Christmas?? That is why I am starting early. Not as early as I had planned but I am getting used to my brain injury taking over and messing up my plans!

I think I am only going to do 2 Craft sales this year…. the one my mother-in-law has every year with everything Cat themed, and another one somewhere local. This means not only making Christmas type items, but also cat related.

I picked up 12 white mugs last week to do a bunch of the Cat Themed Mugs I posted a few weeks back. I took the original 4 to my mother-in-law’s last time I was down there and she loved them and that they would sell well with that crowd. Hopefully 12 will be enough… although I could also take orders if need be… they are fairly quick to do.

I have also started to accumulate blank canvases from the dollar store so I can make a bunch of signs.

In one of my auctions, I won a box of wine glasses. I thought they would be great to either put the same designs on as the mugs or maybe some sarcastic cat sayings?

If you notice the brown glass items in that bin, I am thinking about cutting some sort of Thanksgiving/Fall design on them and just selling them locally. They are so beautiful that I think anyone would love them for their Fall decorating! Look at how nice they are! I think I paid about $4 for the set!

I got my tote bags the other day so I can embroider on them, some wooden sign blanks that I think would be cool to do custom as Monogram signs? Or even some Christmas sayings?

And some canvas wine bags. I thought I could do one for my brother-in-law who is a wine lover and put some sort of Rx: In case of emergency, pop cork on the bag and related sayings on some stemless wine glasses to make a wine lover basket.

And finally I picked up some round glass cutting boards. I want to cut mirror images to put on the bottom of them so the design isn’t on the cutting side of the board. Again, I can do some cat themed ones as well as day to day.

On top of all of that I have been accumulating tea towels, pillow cases, pot holders and the like to embroider on to add to my craft sale stock!

Wish me luck lol…. hopefully I can get it all done… and on time!

Sandie