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Who Needs Pottery Barn When You Can DIY for Made it Myself Monday!

I have been saving this for You had Me at Craft’s “Made It Myself Monday”.  Today one of my favorite young ladies (16 year-old Madison from Funky Cards) has the control of MIMM and I am VERY happy for her.  She is such a blessing and encouragement for us, gen Xers, that when we are all old, she is the hopeful example of the generation that will be in charge. 

Now on to the challenge! 

I am obsessed with Pottery Barn.  I love EVERYTHING and I do mean EVERYTHING they have in their catalogue, but like most of you all I do not have a money tree in my back yard, so I have been forced to use their inspiration and do it myself. 

I have had my eye on the Pottery Barn Kid’s banner for Halloween for a few years now, and finally decided to make a couple for myself  and a dear friend. I wanted to challenge myself a little on this project and made it a completely “No Sew” project using my Cricut in cutting out the pattern and material. 

By the way, no matter how easy people say it is on all the message boards and blogs to cut material using their Cricut, it is still very challenging and if you have a trick or tip that you finds works, please let me know :-). I even went out and bought the deep cut blade and housing.

Thanks for sharing a piece of “doing it yourself Pottery Barn Style” pie with me!

Recipe:

Cricut cartridges:

  • Deep Cut Blade and Housing for Cricut
  • Design Studio
  • Celebrations – Banner pattern cut out of heavy-duty card stock.  It was the triangle pendant at 6 inches
  • Wild Card font at 3 inches and manipulated with Design Studio (if you want the exact measurements, please contact me and I will give them to you)

Medium Ric-Rack – back and orange

Novelty Seasonal Halloween Material found at Jo-Ann’s

Glossy Accents (White Enamel) for the tracing out of letters

Wonder -Under (used for ironing on letters to pendants) – I found that I ironed on the Wonder-Under and then peeled off back and then placed on the Cricut matt to cut seem to work the best.  The settings varied each cut – I had to do a lot of babysitting.

1/2 inch black binding for stringing banner

Random buttons

Glitter Tulle – Jo-Ann’s (cut into 1.5 x 3 inch strips and tied together to make “fluff flower”. Each “fluff flower had 5 strips.)

Straight cutter – Used to cut out pendents using pattern I made.

Pre -sticky bling dots!  Love those for that little sparkle they bring!

Hot glue/gun

Ice pack – to deal with the hot glue burns. 🙂

4th of July Pillow Case Dresses

This was my first ever attempt to make clothing and believe it or not I surprised myself on how easy these were.  Don’t ge me wrong, the  first dress took me three hours, but  then the second dress only took my about an hour and a half and trust me I DO NOT KNOW HOW TO SEW!  I am self- learning and I will say the worst part of the whole thing was trying to figure out the pattern – I felt that passing the Civil Service Exam would have been easier. 🙂

They turned out really cute and my girls loved wearing them in the local Push and Pull’em Parade on the 4th.

Pattern:  Simplicity

Material: Jo-Ann’s novelty material that was 50% off (I got 2.5 yards)

Ribbon: Satin 2.5 inch wide  (I got 4.5 yards)

Each dress cost $6.50  including the pattern.

Spreading the Patriotic Cheer One Gold Nugget at a Time

This 4th, I decided to move away from the traditional Red, White and Blue muffins I make and pass out to the neighbors for the 4th of July.  I found this idea on the Pink Stamper video logs and turned little take-out boxes into a patriotic treat anyone would love to grace their front door.

Supplies Needed:

Small to-go boxes ( I found these in a pack of 10 at Michael’s)

Bag of Hershey Nuggets

Scrapbook paper cut into strips 3 inches long and 1 inch wide ( I used the 4th of July themed paper from Die Cuts with a View Summer Stacker.)

Adhesive

Cricut Cartridge Celebrations (tag was 3 inches)

Cricut Cartridge Storybook (label was 2 inches)

String of stars to attach the tag to the box ( I found this on clearance at Joann’s)

Stamp was from The Pink Stamper collection

Ink was Basic Black from Stampin’ Up.