Saturday, May 13, 2017

Stamped Cookie Cutters

For the last few months my husband has been playing with and learning about 3D printers. They're really pretty cool, and he's made some fun things for the kids, this bunny for my Easter decor, and lots of cookie cutters. 

This means we've been making a lot of cookies too, to try out recipes, and to practice making the cookies. (The kids kind of love it.)

Friday, May 12, 2017

How to Decorate Makeup Bags with Vinyl

A couple of weeks ago I was at the craft store and picked up this trio of makeup bags from their gift section. My makeup drawer has been in serious need of some organization help, so I figured these could do nothing but help!

A lot of you guys are probably like me, and never leave well enough alone when it comes to decorating with vinyl. Did these bags NEED glitter vinyl added to them? I'll let you be the judge! (some links in this post are affiliate links)

This is what the bags looked like to begin with. I'm using the large one for things like foundation, blush, concealer, and brushes for all those things. The medium holds my mascaras and eyeshadows. The small one has my lip colors.

I found a perfect icon for each bag and turned them into SVGs to load into Cricut Design Space. You can download the SVG here.

Choose the type of iron-on vinyl you want to use. I picked glitter gold, but I'll bet a dark navy would look really good against these bright colors too. Open Cricut Design Space and upload the SVG. You can resize or ungroup and move them around if needed.

Place your vinyl shiny-side down on the mat and be sure to mirror the images before cutting. Set the dial to iron-on OR custom setting (then pick iron-on glitter) depending on the material you are cutting. Then cut them out.

Use a slightly cooler setting on your iron than you normally would, because you don't want to damage the makeup bags. So I had my iron just under the "4" but your setting may be different. The bags usually have a kind of plastic-y liner, and you don't want to run the risk of melting that. Plus, your bags aren't going through the laundry, so the vinyl doesn't have to be stuck down quite as much for that.

Fold up a hand towel and put it inside the bag. This gives you something to press the iron down against.

Peel off the plastic sheet and refill the bags with all your makeup goodies. They they'll keep your makeup drawer organized, and it's easy to grab and go when you're packing for your next trip.

Are you feeling the need to vinyl-ize some makeup bags of your own now? Check out these tutorials if you want more iron-on vinyl ideas:
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Have You Checked Out Groupon Lately?

This post is brought to you by Groupon. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

You probably know that you can find great local deals using Groupon. Adventures like skydiving and rafting, kids play like mini golf and trampoline parks, or dining and pampering have all made appearances in my inbox. Just recently my 2 girls went ice skating on a buy one- get one free deal! I love the convenience of buying my Groupons with PayPal when I want to.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Cute DIY Exercise Tank

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PureLife35pk #CollectiveBias

Recently we had our yard landscaped - we had all the scary blackberry bushes, mossy grass, and dead grape vines torn out and beautiful sod put in. It's been great to watch it grow in and turn extra green with all the rain we're getting here in the Northwest. As long as it doesn't actually flood away, the wetter the better! Our bodies need water like that too, and NestlĂ©® Pure Life® makes it easy with 35-packs of water bottles at Walmart. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

How to Use a Cricut Make it Now Project

Cricut Make-it-Now projects are a collection of pre-designed projects within Cricut Design Space. There are cards, home decor pieces, party supplies, and more. Some are free, some are included with an Access subscription, and some require a purchase - and anything you do buy becomes yours and can be used in any future projects. (some following links are affiliate links.) If you're wondering if it will be easy to use Design Space to create the Make it Now project, let me walk you through the process!

The screenshots I'm sharing are from the new Cricut Design Space version 3, so if they look a little different from what you've been using, that's why. (Just a couple of reasons you'll love it: it's not Flash based - so no more shockwave crashes, the edit controls are all easier to find, better font previews, and you can edit mats while you are cutting others.)

Friday, April 28, 2017

Fashion Friday: What Will You Be?

I partnered with Cents of Style for this post and some links below are affiliate links. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

When we were kids and thought about what we wanted to BE, the answer was always what job you want to have. I want to BE a teacher, a firefighter, a ballerina, whatever. Then at some point, and maybe for me it wasn't even until I had kids myself, I realized an even more important BE. It's not the job title you have, it's the qualities you possess that define you. Those can be even trickier because they develop over time, and can decrease without our even noticing.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

World Vision Global 6K for Water

I partenered with World Vision for this post.

You guys know I live in Washington - and here in the Pacific Northwest, we get a lot of rain. Not necessarily tons more rain than other places in the country, but certainly more cloudy and rainy days. We also have running waterin our house so we can take showers, brush teeth, flush toilets, run the dishwasher and washing machine. We even have a sprinkler system for our yard (which, honestly, really only needs to run for July and August :) Being surrounded by so much water, it's easy to forget that in developing countries, people have to walk an average of 6 kilometers (about 3.7 miles) every day to get water. It's usually women and young girls who have this task, and often the water they bring back is still contaminated with life-threatening diseases.