Family Tree Wall Art – Cricut Project

I have seen so many of these on Pinterest in those Floating Picture Frames that I decided I really wanted to do one as a Christmas gift this year!

I chose to do one for Kim and her little (for now) family… no spoiling the surprise!!! I will keep the pattern I designed in my Design Space so that when the family grows I just have to add names to cut and add to the “family tree!”

I went into Design Space and looked for a tree with the branch and tree shape I had in mind and then chose fonts and everything I wanted to make the family tree look how I thought it out in my head. Even curving the word “family,” something I learned to do a few weeks ago lol!

Here is the pattern as designed in Design Space…. you can’t see their names very well because of how Design Space presents wording in white but it definitely stands out once it’s hung on a wall!

I cut and weeded all the pieces.. and let me tell you that was a joy!!!! I was on the last name…. and when I was trying to remove the inside piece on one of the Y’s, it went flying off of the backing paper and I still haven’t found it!!!! I had to go back to the craft room and recut that piece! I am sure you can guess how impressed I was lol!

Once the vinyl pieces were ready, I applied them to the inside pieces of the floating frame and put the frame back together so that the vinyl was sandwiched between the two pieces of glass… and now the Family Tree Wall Art is ready to be gifted come Christmas Day!


Dollar Store Christmas Candle Holder

Yes…. Christmas. I am pretty sure I alluded to the fact this was the week I was starting on Christmas lol!

This project was so quick and so easy and turned out really well! So well in fact that when I showed it to Chris, he asked me where I got it. Considering I am still not allowed to drive compliments of my head… he would have been curious how I bought it or assumed it came from good old Amazon lol!

Other that drying/wait time, this project took all of about 10 minutes and is easy enough that kids could do it as well for grandparent’s gifts or teacher’s gifts or whatever.

Your options are only as endless as the napkin patterns you can find lol!


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Bad Blogger Award :( Again – Plus Preparing to Prepare for Christmas/Make Ahead Meals/Crock Pot Chicken Stew/Brain Injury Reboot

I apologize…. I had to take a weekend off, and I should have said something ahead of time. I just pushed myself too hard… again…. and had to unwind and get the voices out of my head (the mean ones anyway). Last week was supposed to be my “week off,” but as all of you crafters out there know… idle hands do not go over well in the crafting mind! I didn’t do anything major but I still didn’t do nothing. I got a pretty good head start on my December Make Ahead meals! (You can see some of our favourite Make Ahead Meals here!)

This is what I have prepared so far for December… fingers crossed I can get enough made while I start my Christmas projects/gifts!!!

Between preparing for the craft sale and preparing to get ready for Christmas my brain has been running at full speed and my head/brain finally said enough is enough and shut down. I had to wait for it to reboot… one of the joys of a head injury! This is why I like to/have to have meals prepared for pretty much every day leading up to Christmas so all that is required of me for dinner is to thaw and throw in the oven!

I honestly can’t remember which day it was, but I made a nice big pot of Crock Pot Chicken Stew! The “boys” love it and while it might take a little bit at the start to prepare the veggies and pre-brown the chicken… it is worth it in the end when you can just leave it for the day to cook and have a nice hot meal ready at the end of the day!

Here is my original post for my Crock Pot Chicken Stew… and it’s funny as I was reading it because we are expecting another sh*tload of snow today!!!

I hope you enjoy the recipe and again, I apologize for disappearing for the weekend and hope I am able to pace myself better while preparing for Christmas so that isn’t necessary again!


Yesterday we had a nasty winter storm forecasted.  While we did get the storm it wasn’t as bad as they originally called for. Not to say we didn’t get a sh*tload of snow and very windy conditions, we didn’t get the almost foot of snow they said we would… thankfully.  It is still a mess outside but at least we missed most of it.

With a storm coming, it seemed the perfect day for a pot of stew and a loaf of freshly baked bread. I prepared everything first thing in the morning…. just in case we ended up losing power.  I figured it would be very easy to just switch the plug on the crock pot to the generator if needed and still be able to serve a nice hot, storm worthy dinner!

For a bit of a twist, I added a can of cheddar cheese soup to the stew to add a little bit of cheese flavour to the thick and hearty stew.


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Love You “Deerly” Sign

I have seen so many versions of this type of sign on Pinterest that I just had to try one for myself! I had a wall in mind to hang one… hell, I even had the piece of wood to try it… all I needed was the time and inclination lol!

It turned out this week was the week I had the time and for the most part… the inclination!!!

I had a piece of wood I picked up one of the times I was at the lumber store doing something other than just walking around sniffing the air lol…. (I love the smell of the lumber store). I think I paid around $2.00 for this piece of wood!!! It is 36″ x 12″ – 18″.

I base painted it a nice burgundy colour because it was going on a gray painted wall and I wanted it to stand out! It took about 3 coats.

I did the designs in Design Space for both the style of antlers and the wording I wanted for the sign. I couldn’t find single antlers in Design Space so I picked a pair of them and in the part of design space where you can edit the image just removed and resized one side of it. I will just have to remember to cut one as a mirror image so I have matching sides!

Once they were cut I laid everything out on the base painted wood to see how it looked the best, including the artificial flowers I picked up from the dollar store.

When everything was how I wanted it, I applied the vinyl…

Then used my (dreaded) hot glue gun to attach the flowers, added some saw tooth hangers to the back and then gave it a quick coat of sealer so it was ready to hang!

Now my sign is ready to hang once I find my little pink level lol!

All in all I am very happy with how my sign turned out and I will update the post once I find my level and actually hang the sign!


Oven Baked Fish

I had a real hankering for fish for dinner the other night. Myself, I prefer it just baked with a little bit of salt, butter and lemon juice, but Chris likes it lightly crusted. This time I did it his way lol.

This way to bake fish is very easy to prepare and tastes great! The top is nice and crispy and the fish just falls apart in your mouth! It is certainly not the deep fried greasy, yet delicious fish you get from the fish and chips restaurants as a treat lol, but it is still great in it’s own right!


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New (Different) Project – Online Craft Supply Store

While somewhat craft related, I started a new project yesterday. I haven’t been feeling well the past few weeks… probably a combination of a bad cold I caught and rushing around…. last minute 😦 … getting stuff ready for the craft sale! This project made it ten times worse but the actual start up of this project was the hardest part and it is now done… thankfully lol. Today I will definitely be taking it way, way easier!

This was supposed to be designated as a sitting on my butt, doing a few projects just for me week.

I am working on project I have been wanting to do but I also saw an article about different “passive” income methods. I figured that since I have no idea when, or even if I will be able to go back to work that it might be interesting and even fun to try one of them.

I chose to try a Shopify online store. They were offering a free 14 day trial, so I thought what did I have to lose… other than a lot of my emergency major headache medication lol!

Setting the store itself up and adding products was very easy, just a bit time consuming… not that I don’t have a lot of time. I of course chose to do a craft related store. I am selling all craft supply related items. Everything from vinyl for the Cricut to Cricut machines themselves, to wool for knitting/crocheting and items for leather working and wood for carving. I tried to “stock” my store with items that I would use myself when doing my crafts.

I don’t know how well this will work, but it is kind of fun to pretend shop when I pick out items to add to the store and think of what I would do with them.

It might make for some cool blog posts in the new year making projects with items from my store and then creating a section on my store front with the completed projects and possibly how to videos? Who knows… that’s of course if it lasts that long lol!!!!

Here is a picture of my store front…..

And here is the link if anyone wants to check it out…..