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Drum Roll Please. . . A Piece of Pie has been Published!

With six months of waiting I finally got to get the first issue off the shelf at my local Michael’s last night.  It was a bit surreal standing in the corner of my Michael’s flipping through the February issue of Cricut magazine and there it was!  I felt like Martha Stewart for one hot minute. . .  without her enormous empire and bank account! 

Back to the reality of laundry, housecleaning, and taking care of the two best things I ever made!  Still it was super fun to be known other than “just a mom that lives in sweats and t-shirts” for a minute. 

I think it is neat that my kids are seeing me shoot for dreams and challenges and achieving success within my scope of reality.  I hope that these are examples that will resonate with them as they mature into amazing young women, that it is OK to put yourself and your talent out there no matter where you are in life and sometimes the payoff is very rewarding and self-fulfilling. 

Thanks for sharing a piece of “15 minutes of Cricut crafting fame” pie with me!

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A Piece of Pie Video: Hello Kitty Tootsie Pops

Yes, I am going to make you endure my SECOND ever made video!  This time I did have fun with some new music I discovered, thanks to Pandora radio!  

Even though my little one’s birthday is not until March, I am in project mode to get as much done for her little party as I can, so while I was coming up with ideas, I threw together this video and I hope it comes in handy for someone out there in cyber crafty land!

Thanks for coming and sharing a piece of “NOT ANOTHER A PIECE OF PIE VIDEO” pie with me! 🙂

I Have Been Doing a lot of Pie Making!

 . . . well at least a lot of crafting.  Outside of the already posted holiday projects I was up to my ears in crafting over the holidays.  Since then we have been batteling the stomach flu, colds and trying to get Christmas and my winter “spring” cleaning done. 

Santa was good to me this year!  I got a ton of  craft store gift cards and The Cinch.  I am still holding off on the Imagine, just becasue part of my Christmas/Birthday present from they hubs was re-doing my craft room.  So all things in moderation and I LOVE how my craft room is truning out!  Deciding to re-do my craft room in the full swing of all the projects was a bit nutty, but if you knew me, you would get that I have a VERY high energy level that does not know how to stop until my body stops me:-).

I am on the hunt for the Hello Kitty Cricut Cart that has been retired so I can do my almost 4 year old’s bithday stuff, if you know of a place I can find it, that is not going to cost a million dollars, please let me know.  I have been looking on Ebay and they are going for about $80-$100. 

So on to my projects and thanks for coming and sharing a piece of “wow no wonder I am a wee bit  Christmas Cheered Out” pie with me! 

Project 1: Idea came from My Pink Stamper’s 12 Days of Christmas

Project 2: Another idea  from My Pink Stamper’s 12 Days of Christmas for the lady that does my hair.  She lives in the “Christmas Candy Cane Lane” neigborhood and has the Charlie Brown themed house. She sits out with friends and family almost every night greeting the hundreds of people checking out the lights and I thought this would keep those sheer cutting hands warm.

Project 3: I made these cards for my nephews who were getting gift cards.  They liked them!

Project 4:  I made these pack of cards for all the ladies in our family.  I ended up making 3 in each set which came to 21 cards!  I did this kind of last minute. I used My Pink Stamper’s Sweetest Cupcake Stampset I won from a Blog Hop Challenge back in August.  I also used Once Upon A Princess Cartridge for the cupcake. All the ladies LOVED them!

Project 5: I made this for a sweet friend that got married on December 9th.  It was a very small and close wedding at the beautiful Ojai Valley Inn, Ojai, CA.  I was one of the very few that were invited to the quiet and yet elegant event – I also made some tags for this event I posted about earlier this month.  I used a new stamp set I got from Close to my Heart, Cherish the Day! The cartrige I used was Storybook – Thank You setting.

Project 6:  My girls and I made this for my father-in-law’s birthday that was in early December.  He loves old cars, so we had fun doing some new tricks using Peachy Keen faces and Everyday Paper Dolls Cricut Cartridge.

[Project 7:  Christmas cards for some bloggging buddies I have formed this year.  I used a Christmas stack from Papertreyink, Christmas stamp set from My Pink Stamper and the ortament came from Simply Charmed.

Who needs and Ice Cream Cone when you have Hot Coco Cones!

Back in early November I decided that I was not going to make my shortbread chocolate dipped cookies for my Christmas goodies I pass out.  Instead I thought of the hot coco cones I saw at a local Harvest Craft fair back in October and thought I would take a stab at doing that. 

I forgot to purchase one at the fair to break down and see how it was done and the quantity they used.  Luckily My Pink Stamper did a whole tutorial on making these since she saw the same idea at a craft fair she was at… how random! 

I made over 5 dozen of these using a tag from Winter Frolic cut at 1 3/4 inches.  I used some christmas paper that I had in my stash from a million years ago (I am totally on this kick to be out with the old before I buy another sheet of paper). I used Stickles for the scarf.  For the stamping I used Close to My Heart and Stampin’ Up Inks and My Pink Stamper’s Winter Treats and Sayings and Christmas Wishes stamp set. 

The past week I have been passing these out and everyone is LOVING them!  I think I just found my new Christmas goodie tradition and it something that the kids love to help with!

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Bringing a Little Glitz to a Favorite Bible Story

I made this for a Christmas present for someone (can’t say who, just in case they read this blog).  I finished it late last night.  This has been a project 3 years in the making.  I saw this idea (at least the glittering of the animals for Christmas tree ornaments) on Martha Stewart’s show back in December of 2008.  I ordered the set from her vendor she was showcasing and started on this project. . . . I only was able to glitter 2 sets of animals and then came down with Hyperemisis (extreme morning sickness where I needed home IVs to stay hydrated for weeks) with my second child.  Then we bought a house that was a fixer 4 weeks after she was born. 

In reorganizing and getting a dream craftroom set up (will be showcasing that in a few weeks) I found this unfinished project and decided to finish it, but with a new twist.  Make a wreath out of it. 

I had a heck of a time finding a big enough wreath to fit everything and I wanted a rustic year-round wreath so I stuck with grapevine.  I welded the two 18 inch wreaths I found at Michael’s with zip ties and then glittered the components.  WHAT A MESS! My hard floors will ever resemble a disco ball!  I then hot glued the animals in pairs and then found some wooden letters to add the word “Promise” on the Ark – that was not part of the kit.

I then set the glitter with hair spray ( a trick I found via Martha Stewart’s latest magazine).  I used crinkle ribbon I got via My Craft Spot (the best ribbon ever!) to tie the animals on to the wreath and for embelishments. I reinforced all the wooden components with hot glue. 

It was a fun project, but I think I will not take on such a big glitter job in a long while.  The whole time I was doing this I was bummed that Beacon has not put that amazing glittering adhesive on the market that I saw showcased via My Pink Stamper!  That will be the next must have in the supply closet!

Thanks for coming and sharing a piece of “my craft room looks like Tinker Bell resides there” pie with me!

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My Stab at a Crayon Wreath

 

 

‘Tis the season for making homemade Christmas gifts.   This past fall I saw these done and decided that I wanted to do this for my daughter’s teacher.  She is a pre-k teacher that is just amazing. I adore her and will be sad to say goodbye this year.   She has a time during her class where she does neat science experiments for the kiddos and when the experiment is done she always says, “That’s science friends!”.  I wanted to incorporate that into the project as well.

It was a bit more labor intensive than I expected and what I used was a wire wreath and flipped it over and placed a glass bowl in the middle to line up the crayons perfectly.  I then hot glued the crayons to the wire . . . that was a bit tricky, but I figured it out.

I have one more to make and I will take pics along the way to the steps I did so you can see how it was done and the recipe next week.  

Thanks for sharing a bit of “spreading the Christmas cheer” pie with me.

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Taking Time for a Dear Friend!

I am in deep with Christmas project mode and I got a call from a friend that needed some help for making some last-minute thank you tags for a party she is throwing this week.   It is going to be a very special and elegant party so I did a few samples for her and this is what we came up with.  Thankfully they are done and in the safety of her hands and I am back onto Christmas crafty crazy!

Thanks for coming hand sharing a piece of “keeping your friends priority” pie with me.

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recipe:

Cricut Cartridge: Storybook cut at 2 inches.  The card base was cut to business card size of 2 inches high and 3.5 inches long.

Cuttlebug – Embossing Folder Musical Flourish

Paper- belive it or not all scrap! Yay!

Stamp: My Pink Stamper – Everyday Life

Ink: Stampin’ Up Classic Black

Ribbon: Celebrate It wire red 1 inch