Happy Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving friends!

On this day of feasting I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you to my wonderful online friends who keep coming back and supporting me through this creative endeavor I so love called blogging. The responsibility to be a good mommy, wife, house cleaner, chef, small business owner, etc. often fill my days beyond belief but blogging recharges my batteries and brings me great joy. So thank you for being audience to my passion.

I also want to thank a few of my wonderful sponsors who make it possible for me to continue to blog. Without them I couldn’t indulge in hording thrift store chairs, make pretty crafts and experiment with interior design in my house.

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Thanks Cricut for making all my crafting dreams come true.  See my latest endeavors here.
In celebration of Black Friday and the Christmas season they are offering some awesome specials on the Explore machine.  If you’ve been considering one of these fab machines…now is the best time to buy.

Regular price is $365.99.
Black Friday Holiday Special: $214.99 + Free Shipping!

Use these codes:
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FREESHIPNOV: (FREE SHIPPING).

Prices good until Monday.  Get your Cricut here.

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Big thanks to Designer Blogs who continues to knock it out of the ball park with their amazingly designed blogs.  They do websites, Esty pages, Facebook pages, Websites, Etc.  They can also do ala carte items such adding a signature to the bottom of your posts or adding social media buttons.  Check Designer Blogs out for an update or a full blown re-design here.

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When you find a good cabinet maker you’ve got to hold on to them.  Ryan Reeder saved our 3 year old cabinets from their original paint mess destruction (slight over-exaggeration) this past summer and re-finish job has held up marvelously.  (read more about that here).

He amazed me again when he did my friend’s kitchen this past month.

Check out the “C” family kitchen makeover…

Before:

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After:

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Please excuse my camera phone pic. The color is so rich. She just went to the paint store, picked a swatch she liked and went with it.
I wish I could pick out colors that easily and have it turn out that great. It’s called Urbane Bronze by Sherwin Williams.
Check out Ryan Reeder’s website.

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Attention ocean lovers…Art by Jesse Miller is that perfect gift to give someone this year.  Here are a few of my favorites:

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Check out more of his work on his site: Jesse Miller Ocean Art.

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Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 

Boys loft space.

I have a friend.
She has 4 boys.
They are the kind of boys that are sweet, well- behaved and liked by everyone.
In their spare time they go around the state winning chess championships.  When they aren’t doing that, they’re out winning tennis, baseball and basketball trophies.
I have no doubt they’ll probably run the country in a few short years.
They’re like the modern day version of the Kennedy’s…living right down the street.
She’ll laugh, but it’s true.

They live in this house that was made for a family with boys.
Two of the bedrooms have tall ladders that go straight up to their own private loft.
Can you imagine? It’s like Narnia except the closet is a loft.
For Christmas she was thinking of surprising them by giving the lofts a mini-makeover.

The space is going to be used for the boys and their friends who will coming in to their teenage years shortly.  Video games, Kendama-ing, talking about girls (?).  Of course the first thought was to deck it out like a man cave and do sports memorabilia everywhere.  While that’s fun, I’ve found that kids outgrow that look rather quickly even though they may still love sports.   I’m envisioning the space to be centered around things they’re interested in yet still be able to grow with them.

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All furniture that will go in the loft needs to be carried up a ladder.  A plumbing pipe bookcase is perfect because it can be carried up in several pieces then put together on site.  In addition, it’s also perfectly customizable to the space.  You can make space for the the tv, video games and the hundreds of trophies they have.  The ceilings are really tall.  These chord pendants are great because they can give light off at any height plus they are a fun pop of color.

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When it comes to seating, bean bags are perfect for tweens.  They’re great for lounging and they can be easily transported up that huge ladder.  $200.  might be a bit pricey for 3 or 4 bags so I’ve offered a DIY version as well.

When it comes to kids (especially boys) carpet tiles are a no-brainer.  They offer the cushion for wrestling boys and they can also be removed and cleaned right in the sink if there’s a spill.  Flor offers fantastic options.  For an inexpensive option, I was at Dollar Tree the other day and found a whole box of gray striped ones for $1.00!  They say sold out on their site but I’ve seen tons of them in store.  Mix them up and you can make an awesome pattern.

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Huge prints of the boys is a great way to personalize a space.  Staples will do Engineered Prints for less than $10.00 and they are BIG!  Magnetic boards are also a great solution for tweens as well because they can arrange whatever they want on the wall and it’s not permanent.

So “A”…are you ready to get to work?

Making it a White Christmas with Cricut Explore.

We did something very un-Hinckley-like last Sunday…we set up the Christmas tree.
The Christmas spirit doesn’t usually hit our house until well in to December. However, thanks to retailers pushing Christmas down our throats in October my little men have been begging to get the Christmas ball rolling around here.
When in Rome…

I’ve found that my tastes change from year to year when it comes to holiday decorating.  Last year I did touches of gold everywhere…this year not so much.  I’ve been enlisting the help of my Cricut machine to create some personalized holiday decor.  Plus, since I’m participating in Cricut’s Design Star (Team #7 in da hooouuussseee) I thought this would be a great opportunity to get my holiday craft on.

This first project I tackled,  I simply cut out images out of plain old card stock using my Cricut Explore.

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Check out that precision! This machine cuts like a dream.  I can remember having to put together presentations in college and using a die cut machine that you had to hand crank blocks through.  That seems so ancient now.  The Cricut not only has thousands of objects you can use but you can also upload your own images. Plus it will cut and/draw most anything.

I’ve always loved the classic image of hauling a tree on top of a car.  I found the perfect car hauling a surf board but I cut off the board and replaced it with a tree.  You may remember I did another version here.  I simply put my cut-outs in a white frame to make my own customized art.

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I also cut out a snowflake out of cardstock, sandwiched it between two panes of glass and put it in a frame.  Cheapest art I’ve ever made.

The next art piece I tackled was using my Cricut to cut out some images on vinyl.

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Then I transfered them on to a gigantic mirror we have above our fireplace mantle.

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A personalized holiday greeting that I can remove with damaging my mirror after the holidays.

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For my next project, I wanted to add some holiday decor that didn’t scream “holiday decor”.  One of the great things about Christmas is that pretty much anything goes.  People will put anything on Christmas trees these days.  I love a tree decked out with all the classic trimmings but it’s also fun to decorate a tree that reflects a “year in review” so to speak.  Tribal prints, desert motifs, arrows, feathers…they’re big right now and I love them all.  So why not put them on the tree?

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I also go fancy and made some feather garland.

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Looks great on my tree but would also look fab for a party or room decor also.

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(Read more about my DIY arrows ornaments I made from paint stir sticks).

It’s a White Christmas!

Want to get a Cricut Explore machine of your own?

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Refer Santa’s elves here.

Be sure and check out some of my other team member’s projects:

White Christmas Cricut Design Space

Feather Ornaments, Mirror Art, Holiday Art  |  4 Men 1 Lady
Vintage Truck Christmas Pillow  |  The Crafted Sparrow
White Christmas Decor  |  Love the Day

Here are some other projects I’ve made with my Cricut Explore…

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1. Personalized cookie favor bags.
2. Etched plates
3. Personalized iron-on vinyl canvas bags
4. Cookie box

I am part of Cricut’s blogger network.  I am not being directly compensated for these posts however, I may receive winnings if my project(s) are selected to win in any contests.  I am also apart of Cricut’s affiliate network and I use affiliate links.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.