Settling In Nicely

It has been a crazy busy end to the summer of 2018 for this family.  Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, this blog took a back burner.  We decided to move our family to a new town – and school district – before the start of the new school year.  After a few months of searching, we found a house that would be perfect for us.  Although the new house is only about a half hour drive from our old one, we were moving into a new crochetandmugcounty and a new school district, which meant a huge change for all of us.  I am so proud of how the children adjusted to these changes over the past few weeks – bigger schools, new friends and new schedules.  As for me, I now have a set space for crafting – rather than sharing the living room/computer room.  As you can imagine, there has been a lot to do to get settled into our new home, but everything is coming together and I am finally able to sit down an blog again.  I have a lot planned for the upcoming weeks and I hope you will join me in crafting!

I would also like to once again thank Megan of Lovebird Heartworks, my of so amazing guest blogger during my absence.

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Back to the Grind

Is it just me, or is it insanely difficult to get back to the grind after a vacation?

camping3July 1st is Canada Day in Canada (obviously) and my family decided to take a much needed camping trip.  It was wonderful getting all the children unplugged and having some real family bonding time.  As much as they complained about the idea of camping beforehand, I really do think they enjoyed themselves – other than the car ride, during which we were packed like sardines.  Three kids plus two adults and two of our three dogs makes for a tight squeeze!

Being that this was our first family camping trip, I really embraced my craftiness and organizational skills and made many things to assist us on our trip.  after a quick trip to Dollar Tree, I was ready to begin.

As per my son’s request, the first thing I made was a first aid kit.  Although I could not find the carrying case I envisioned, I was quite happy with the choice I finally made – just a simple clear kitchen stacking container.  In addition to the basic contents for the first aid kit, I also grabbed a weekly medication divider to store all our medications in, rather than taking full bottles.

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And then it was time for my favourite part… using my Cricut to create designs to complete my crafts.

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Red vinyl seemed like an obvious choice for everything related to first aid.  I used Oracle 651.  I prepped and primed all surfaces using rubbing alcohol prior to the vinyl application.  Although it seemed like I was using my Cricut for a glorified label machine, I was so happy with how everything turned out.

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Since returning home, I have made labels for all of my essential oil roller-bottles since I loved the look of these ones!  In the next few weeks, I will add roller-bottle labels to my SVG freebies page.

~ Happy Crafting ~

Father’s Day: A Success!

Birthdays, holidays and special events are the perfect time to give the gift of homemade items.  During these times you can practice and really perfect your craft before selling things to the masses.  I always struggle with gifts to make for my father, but with the aide of my new Cricut Explore Air 2, I feel like I really knocked it out of the park this year!

The first step to creating the perfect Cricut’d gift is to either create the perfect SVG or purchase one.  Caty Catherine is one of my favourite websites to visit for SVG files.  Great prices and excellent quality files will make this a favourite of yours as well.  I nabbed an amazing full alphabet file.  The possibilities really are endless with this one.  The first shirt I designed was relatively simple to create and adhere.

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I also purchased a file from Greedy Stitches on Etsy.  I just couldn’t decide on which design I liked best, so I made both styles.

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Celebrating Diversity

DIversity3As I am sure you are aware, June is Pride Month – a time for the LGBTQ community and their supporters to join together in a stance against discrimination and violence and a time to promote and celebrate equality and diversity.  The month of June was chosen to honour and remember the 1969 Stonewall Riots that took place in Manhattan.  These riots were a turning point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.

Our family is from a very small Canadian community and up until very recently, my children did not know any members of the LGBTQ community.  I always taught them to be respectful, loving and show acceptance towards anyone regardless of their gender, race or who those people love.  Love has no boundaries afterall.  We are now proud to say that we have a cousin who is openly gay and one of my daughter’s best friends is transgender.

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Our school recently celebrated Diversity Day.  Each student was encouraged to wear rainbow colours and share how their family was unique and/or diverse.  Of course, being the crafty mama that I am, I had to make at least 2 of the children new shirts (my third is in high school and isn’t always a fan of shirts made by mom).  If you are interested in the SVG for these shirts, let me know in the comments and I will get them added to my freebies page. I attended the assembly at the elementary school and the video one student made was truly touching.  It was wonderful to see so many teachers and students supporting Pride.

I’d love to see your rainbow and Pride crafts – feel free to tag me on social media!

Happy crafting!

 

Friday Freebies: Father’s Day Edition

I am a crafty being — I prefer to make my gifts rather than purchase things.  Father’s Day has always been difficult for me.  Trying to find something that my father will appreciate AND use is sometimes very complicated.  This year, thanks to my new Cricut Air Explore 2, the task of gift making was slightly easier.  I will be posting a detailed entry about how I created a gift for my father early next week.

In the mean time, here are some great freebies to get you started if you are still searching for the perfect Father’s Day gift.  Simply click on the images to be taken to the original site to download the images.

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Poofy Cheeks is offering a large amount of Father’s Day SVG files for free!  Pop over the site to download these great files!

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These fun files are available from Caluya Designs.

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I love all the designs over at Burton Avenue!! Check out this Free for a Limited Time design!

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Another great SVG from LoveSVG.

 

That’s all for now!  I hope you enjoyed this Father’s Day round up!

I do not receive any sort of commission when you visit these sites or download these files.  Be sure to read the regulations set in place by each creator prior to downloading any files.  The majority of free files are for personal use ONLY (this means, you cannot sell items made from the files you have downloaded).

If you use any of these files, be sure to thank the original creator (if possible) and I would love to see your creations on twitter!   At the time of posting, all of these links were free and active.

Friday Freebies: Mother’s Day SVGs

The internet is a fantastic place… full of crafting inspiration and files for you to use in your crafting projects.  The important thing to remember is that the original creator maintains the copyright to their creations.  Even thought many items can be found free online, it is important to respect and abide by the original creator’s rules.

With Mother’s Day fast approaching I have assembled a few of my favourite free SVG files.  I do not receive any sort of commission when you visit these sites or download these files. Be sure to read the regulations set in place by each creator prior to downloading any files.  The majority of free files are for personal use ONLY (this means, you cannot sell items made from the files you have downloaded).

If you use any of these files, be sure to thank the original creator (if possible) and I would love to see your creations on twitter!  Simply click on the images below to be taken to the file site.  At the time of posting, all of these links were free and active.

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This fun SVG is offered by LoveSVG. It is for personal use only.

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This file not only includes the “Mom” file, but has been updated to add “Nana”. This one is from Lilly Ashley of Make It Create.

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This is a wonderful file from Burton Avenue. It is only free for a limited time. Burton Avenue offers their freebies for download for personal use but there is an option to purchase a commercial license for each file.