Porch Sign

It has been a crazy busy few days… crazy enough that I didn’t even get anything posted for yesterday! I had this sign done and ready to post but didn’t get the actual typing done.

This project was one of 4 signs/projects I base painted the other day.

This is a sign where I used an SVG cut file I purchased from an Etsy seller and some leaves and dragonflies I purchased from the Cricut Design space. I did the wording and then put the dragonflies down the sides with the leaves.

It might not be as fancy as some other patterns/projects but it was fun to experiment a little!

Once it was done, I sealed it because I knew it was going on the back deck/porch.

Hopefully I get the other two done today or tomorrow to post!

Sandie

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Canvas Block Home Sign

Wow! I got so busy “playing” this morning that I almost forgot to type a post!!!

I have been playing with my Cricut again. Yesterday I base painted a few different surfaces to give me something else to “embellish.”

I base painted a canvas block, a piece of fence board and two hanging signs I got from the dollar store a while back.

This is the first project. I decided to do an old favourite… a “Home Sweet Home” sign/picture!

I found a free pattern on Pinterest and cut it out with the Cricut. I did a sort of cream colour on a wine/burgundy background.

This is how my project turned out!

I am just waiting for the chalk paint wax to dry and seal it before I hang it up!

Sandie

(Cricut) Cat Lover Mugs

Since it is already August, I thought I had better start thinking about not only Christmas, but also the Christmas craft sale my mother-in-law has every year. I plan on making items to sell with both the Cricut and my Embroidery Sewing machine…. and all Cat/Cat Lover themed.

Again I found and downloaded these FREE patterns from www.lovesvg.com!

I loved how well the mugs below turned out. I have one of them running through my dishwasher right now to see if they are actually dishwasher safe like the permanent vinyl package stated.

I picked up these mugs at the dollar store. They were $1.25 each. I figured I used maybe 50 cents worth of permanent vinyl to make them, bringing me to a grand total of around $1.75 to make each one.

It took me about 25 – 40 minutes to download the designs, add the designs to my Cricut app, cut the vinyl and apply it to the mugs. Not too bad for that amount of time. I haven’t decided what I am going to price them at, but I think with what it cost me to make I have a pretty good profit margin.

My grand plan is to make items with both machines that will coordinate with each other to hopefully make multiple purchases of items that match!

I have so many ideas floating around in my head for both the craft sale and for Christmas itself to make and sell/gift. This weekend I plan to get one of my notebooks out and start to plan what I want to make, how many, who I want to make what for, pricing for items I want to sell and things like that. It will be nice to not only gift these items I am making, but to also make a few bucks selling them!

If anyone has any advice, suggestions or anything else regarding selling homemade items, please fill me in. It has been a long time since I made anything to sell!

(I am also thinking about trying to design and cut leather to make jewelry, again as gifts and possible to sell!

Sandie

Laundry Room Sign – Dollar Store Canvas & Cricut

Chris is already laughing at me because of how much I am enjoying “playing” and asking how many rooms I am going to “label” lol! So far I have only made signs for 2 rooms, so I am not sure what is so laughable. He is probably thinking of my machine embroidery as well because I don’t think there is a room in the house that doesn’t have some sort of machine embroidery in it… labeled or not lol!

Here is the sign I made for the laundry room! I used the Cricut for the lettering and “leaves,” and then decided to embellish it a little.

Sandie

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Cricut Kitchen Sign

I was lucky enough to have a day where I could and felt like playing again. This time I decided to make a little sign on a dollar store chalk board for my kitchen. I made it and hung it in the open space on the wall behind my taps.

I have to admit… I had a complete “Duh” moment when I did this one. I wasn’t even thinking about how dark the background/chalk board was before I cut the vinyl. I was out of black, so I used a dark brown which barely showed up on the chalk board! I ended up having to recut that section of the pattern in white in order for it to be noticed. Live and learn I suppose lol!

Sandie

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My First Cricut Sign!

Sunday afternoon I designated as “play” time. I wanted to try making a sign for the front door using the Cricut and a wooden canvas I picked up from the dollar store.

Here is the canvas….

I gave it a sort of “washed” paint finish using brown, white and turquoise.

While the canvas was drying I started on the lettering for the sign.

I found this SVG cut file/pattern (and literally thousands more) for free at http://www.lovesvg.com.

I downloaded the pattern and started to load and cut the wording.

Once they were all cut, I placed them on the transfer tape (which is awesome because it has a built in 1 inch grid for those of us who can’t do anything in a straight line).

I measured how big the pattern would be when placed and used those measurements to centre the words/lettering on the canvas.

I used the scraper that came with the Cricut to make sure the vinyl was fully adhered to the canvas and peeled off the transfer tape.

This is how it looked finished.

I stapled some twine to the back and tied it at the top in a bow before hanging it on our front door!

I can’t wait to try my next project!!!

Sandie

Wedding Gift Basket – Part #3 – Mr. & Mrs. Towels

When I decided what I was going to make for this basket I thought it would be nice to follow through with the “Mr. & Mrs.” theme. I checked out my usual go to sites for embroidery patterns and came across one I liked in a “Wedding” themed package and that is what I used.

I found my pattern on a site called Designs by Juju and I think it worked out great! The pattern for the Mr. & Mrs. can be found here – Mr. & Mrs. Word Art. On top of this set, I think I have about 20+ of their other sets/packages thinking ahead to Christmas and other occasions!

I did the embroidery on some flour sack cloth towels I bought from amazon a while back and they stitched up really nice!

Here are the towels I included in the basket:

Sandie