(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!



Knitted Blanket

Let me start by admitting that this blanket was supposed to be a Christmas gift for Kim and my Grand kitty, Felix…. for Christmas 2016.  It is finally done!!!



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Christmas Soaps 

I think I mentioned before that I was going to make some little Christmas soaps to go with the items I sewed for Christmas gifts.

I finally got to it this week.  Nothing like leaving it until the last minute 😳
I used the Melt and Pour soap base again in Shea, with red and green soap colorant, cucumber and melon essential oil and a cute silicone mold I picked up at the dollar store. 

I cut the soap base into 1 inch squares and placed them in my big microwavable measuring cup. It melts in less than a minute and then I added the colour and oil.

I mixed it all up and poured it to the halfway mark of my molds.

I did the same thing with green and topped up the mold.

I let them set and then removed from the mold.

I repeated the process but alternated the colours.

And here are my cute little Christmas soaps! Hope everyone likes them!


“Zelda” Stacking Boxes

This is another one of the Picture Ideas Kim gave me as an idea to make for my son-in-law for Christmas. Being a fan, these logo stacking boxes will be a great addition to his computer desk at home or work! And even better, I was able to get everything I needed for these at the Dollar Store!



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Creepy Looking “Colossus”

Let me start by saying that yes, I do know how ugly that is lol!

Dillon watches a TV show called Attack on Titan.  Colossus is apparently one of the characters.  In true fashion, when I asked him what he would like for Christmas he picked something that was going to put me through my paces lol.

He wanted, more or less, what he referred to of a giant wooden book mark in the shape of this Colossus’ head to put in the centre of his collection of books with the same title. Apparently the Colossus in the show is always looking down on everyone else and he thought it would be fitting!



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Wooden Diner Sign 

The events of the past week or two have put me behind… again.  I’m honestly starting to think that me running around at the last minute like a crazy person  (and Yes, crazier than usual lol) is just another of our family traditions.  I just start thinking I’m ahead of the game and then it’s less than 2 weeks until the big day! Where did all the time go???

This is another one of the projects that I cut out using my scroll saw in the summer.  It too is a Christmas gift and I’m hoping that the person it’s for doesn’t see this post and ruin the surprise!

This is how it looked after I cut it out.

To me, using my scroll saw is sort of like sewing.  I just draw what I want on the pieces of wood and then follow the lines!

I base painted it white and then started to paint the rest.

Then it just needed a coat of sealer and a sawtooth hanger on the back and it’s ready to go!

Another Christmas gift finally finished!

Sewing – Zippered Pouch

Finally!  I finished the last of the three items I wanted to sew for my little group gift for a few people.  I already made the Coffee Cozy and the Sleep Mask for these gifts, I just had to get the zippered pouches completed, and I did that on Friday!

Now I just need to make some Christmas soaps to go in the little pouches.



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