Because crafts are like crack.

Craft du Jour-nal January 6, 2012

Filed under: Cricut,Paper Crafts — Casey @ 4:28 pm

I can’t remember how I first found the Grace Is Overrated website. I have been enamored with the journal pages ever since. I am not capable of keeping a normal diary. Within a few days, I am reporting the weather, what I ate for dinner and little more. I love that the writing prompts on these pages give a snapshot of what is going on in your life for the week.

I drew up a quick word document for the left hand pages… just a place to write some quick notes, make a few doodles or add a photograph.

I am working on the learning curve with my Zutter Bind-It-All. I think I have it figured out now.

The cover is courtesy of the Cricut. I have to admit, I put it together pretty quickly.


I am thankful for my Cricut November 5, 2011

Filed under: Cricut — Casey @ 5:41 pm

I had a great time playing with the vinyl I received from pickyourplum.com the other day. I purchased the Thanksgiving cartridge over the summer and have been dying to make something with the adorable pilgrims and turkeys. Ikea is the perfect place to go for some cheap glassware and other household items to decorate.

The upside of vinyl is it is super easy to start over if you mess up. The downside is that the items are not washable. That slightly limited our imaginations, but I think the final products are very cute.


I think these are drinking glasses. I am really hoping they don’t shatter with the candles inside them. I will have to watch them closely to make sure we don’t end up with a super exciting Thanksgiving dinner.


I love this pitcher. I plan to fill it with wheat for my harvest decor.


Bonus treat bag October 16, 2011

Filed under: Cricut — Casey @ 2:32 pm

As we were using the Cricut and Mini Monsters cartridge for the Melted Witches, I decided to make one of the treat bags. I had concerns about the usefulness of the box and bag patterns on the cartridges with the Cricut Personal machine, but I think this little guy is perfect for a party favor.  I will definitely be making more of these at some point in the future.


There’s a coven in my oven! October 11, 2011

Filed under: Baking,Cricut — Casey @ 6:31 pm

These timely treats were in fact not made in my oven. That would be a messy process and these were much easier than that. However, we have been experiencing some unseasonably warm weather here lately, making these treats especially appropriate. Well, actually I guess they would be most appropriate for rainy weather, but I have been craving some cooler, crisper days. Not appreciating our current blue skies and 80 degree temps probably makes me a bit of a witch.

Mom was again in town and we had both seen these on Pinterest, linked from Confessions of Cookbook Queen.

Our witches started as Wilton Candy Melts. A couple quick minutes in the microwave (follow the instructions on the back of the bag) got these good and goopy. We spooned the melted candy onto a cookie sheet covered in freezer paper. We made ours about 2-3 inches in diameter.

Each green circle then got a dot of melted milk chocolate swirled in and then refrigerated.

The brooms were made from halloween taffy and pretzel sticks. The taffy was difficult to work with, so we stuck a half dozen pieces in the microwave for 5 seconds.

Update: The original blog post we followed for this called for Laffy Taffy. We tried using this instead. We found all of our lines melted out of this pretty quickly, so I would not use it again.

We pressed out the taffy into a rectangle and wrapped it around the pretzel stick. The bristles were created using scissors to make indentations. It is a good idea to make several more brooms than you think you might need. We broke several of the pretzels in the assembly process and a broom without its stick is kind of pointless.

The witches hat is made from Oreo cookies and Hershey Kisses. My favorite part was twisting apart and separating the Oreo cookies as we all know that the most satisfying part of eating these cookies is disassembling them! Keep the half of the cookie with the filling part and discard the other part of the cookie. Actually don’t discard the other cookies. If you can’t think of anything to do with them, please feel free to mail them to my house.

Place the cookie filling side down. Dip an unwrapped Kiss in a bit of melted chocolate and stick to the center of the Oreo.

Assembly of the witches is fairly simple. The taffy retains its tackiness and the Oreo filling acts as a glue. Be gentle to prevent breakage.

We used 4×6 inch cellophane bags to package our treats. We secured the tops of the bags with a stapler. Our labels were made using the Cricut. The font came from dafont and was titled “October Crow”. We decorated the bags with small cut outs from the “Mini Monsters” and “A Child’s Year” cartridges. Using an assortment of Halloween scrapbook papers and bakers twine, I don’t think any two packages are the same.

Happy Halloween!


Welcome Summer! May 30, 2011

Filed under: Cricut,Paper Crafts — Casey @ 5:26 pm

Memorial Day has finally arrived. Time for corn-on-the-cob and sunburns and festivals. As I relaxed with some long-awaited time off this weekend I wanted a project that was as bright and airy as the weather outside.

My front door has been empty since we put away the Christmas decorations (so for three whole months now) and I have been looking for a summery replacement. I finally found inspiration from another craft blogger via Pinterest and created something I am excited to put on my door.

It made a perfect weekend project. I worked on it intermittently over the past three days and finished in time to blog!

This is the paper I used. I found it at Michael’s and it wasn’t more than a few dollars. I believe the color I used was called Oatmeal. I actually ended up needing to run out to get another roll this morning to finish up, but it was really close.
If I had been better about not wasting the paper I might have been able to make one roll work.

I also bought this punch for the project. I suppose I might have used my cricut, but I thought this would be more efficient. And I will never pass up an excuse to buy a craft supply!

Since my paper came in a roll, I found it more manageable to cut it into 4 inch strips. I used a hem gauge to draw a straight line along which to cut.

I tried several methods for punching the circles. I ended up cutting two at a time. I tried folding the paper more times, but while I could cut multiple circles at once it also made it harder to work the paper into the punch. The single ply paper did not seem thick enough for the punch and ended up tearing.

I would estimate I used about 600 of the circles. I kept them in a deli container while I cut.

Since the paper was stiff, I decided to fold the circles into fourths pinching only the point so that the top maintains its fullness.

I secured the cones to the wreath form using a straight pin.  I was careful not to align the ruffles in lines, but otherwise I used no technique. Just pick a spot and work around!

I really like the plain version, but wanted to punch it up a little. I needed to get some Cricut practice in!

I tried several different options from the Cricut, but the butterflies seemed to suit my mood the best. However, I added the butterflies on 18 gauge florist wire, so I could possibly change them out with my changing mood.

Since I couldn’t find my wire cutters, the husband came in handy for cutting the wire with tin snips and then bending the tips to make the hot-gluing easier.

A little dab of hot glue and I had a bevy of blue butterflies.


Jumping back into crafting May 7, 2011

Filed under: Cricut,Crochet,Paper Crafts — Casey @ 5:30 pm

Finally a finished object! With the deadline of a baby shower I finally managed to put the details on the world’s most inappropriate baby toy. At least, it took me less time to make this than my cousin is taking to make her baby. I can’t say that about all of my baby gifts.

This was actually a pretty simple pattern. There is some work in putting it all together, but the crocheting was fairly basic. It was definitely the hit of the party though!

I used the suggested Vanna’s Choice Baby yarns which I like for the price. They tend to unravel a little, but I like the colors and that they are washable. I’ve never understood fine wool baby things.

When I make this again I will increase the size of the base slightly. I felt the proportions were slightly off as written. I also used the strands of the yarn to stitch the faces instead of embroidery floss in order to simplify the color palette.

The back of the bee got a little wonky. Not sure how to fix that. I love that the bee has a stinger and the dragonfly has a tail.

I will admit that I have sat in my car outside a baby shower furiously finishing a gift in the past. I cleared this gift by a mile with all threads clipped more than 12 hours before the shower started. So of course I had to use the extra time to create my own card and gift bag.

I am still a Cricut newbie, so there are a few blips. I used the Create a Critter cartridge which I absolutely love. I can’t wait to try more projects.

I’m actually loving the brown bag. What a great way to recycle!

Now onto the other half dozen babies due this year!


Knitting Party Favors January 30, 2011

Filed under: Cricut,Paper Crafts — Casey @ 4:48 pm

Next weekend I will be holding my first learn-to-knit party. Part of the preparations are these favor boxes. Each is personalized with a guest’s initial.

Part of the fun was getting to play around with my new Cricut. I used the Mini Monograms cartridge. I still need to fine tune my work with the machine, but I’ve been having so much fun with it.

Inside each box are a few knitting essentials:

A retractable measuring tape
A yarn needle
A few stitch markers
Two needle tip stoppers
A nifty double ended crochet hook key chain perfect for binding off and picking up dropped stitches

My hope is that this kit will be everything my guests need to continue knitting after they leave my house!