Crafting on the Go with EasyPress Totes

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Do you ever want to take your crafting with you somewhere else but not sure how to safely travel with everything?  I know in the past when visiting family, I wanted to be able to show off my crafting skills and make them some personalized crafts with Cricut Iron-On but was worried about my EasyPress™ getting damaged in my travels.

Luckily, Cricut has released the EasyPress™ Totes so that you can now take your iron-on skills on the go.  The EasyPress™ Tote are the perfect way to safely carry your EasyPress™ 2, Safety Base, mat, and small accessories.

The EasyPress™ totes are assembled with a study, heat-resistant material to keep your machine protected from the bumps along the way as you travel. Whether you use the padded should strap or the strong handle, your machine is kept safely in place by the velcro strap.

EasyPress Totes with machine

Each totes is creatively designed so that you can included your safety based underneath your EasyPress™.

EasyPress Totes with base

As well, there are pockets on both the front and back of the tote to carry almost all your needs including your mat and Cricut iron-on accessories (both sold separately).

EasyPress Totes with Mat
The Cricut EasyPress™ totes are available in three sizes (compatibility is based on the EasyPress™ you currently own.)

  • * Small – Cricut EasyPress 2, 6″ x 7″
    * Medium – Cricut EasyPress 2, 9″ x 9″
    * Large – Cricut EasyPress 2, 10″ x 12″ and Cricut EasyPress, 9″ x 9″

EasyPress Totes complete

Now you can take your crafting inspiration on the go with you.  You are not longer confined to your home to craft, you can share you style and Cricut iron-on creations wherever you go.

EasyPress Totes Will Travel


Valentine’s Day Garland: Inspire My Creativity

Now that I have taken down all the signs of Christmas in my home, my mantel is looking a little bare. Normally I don’t do much decorating for Valentine’s Day at all, being a single gal and all. But this year I decided, why not celebrate love and celebrate it as long as I can.

I didn’t want to go too over the top, so I thought a nice, simple garland for my mantel would be the perfect addition and not too overwhelming. And after the holiday season, I didn’t want to break the bank with it either. Luckily, I was able to make this garland with items I already had in my craft supplies.
All you need is:
Card Stock – I used 3 different shades of red
Xacto Knife and cutting mat
Valentine's Day Supplies

I used 8 1/2 x 11 card stock and cut it in to strips that were 8 1/2 inches long and about 3/4 inch wide.  My mantel is quite wide so using 1 sheet of each of the 3 colors cut into the strips ended up being enough.

To make each of the hearts, you just need to take one of your already cut strips and fold it in half.  This will be the base or bottom of your hearts.

Valentine's Day strips
Place a small line of glue on the outside edge of the strip.  You then need to stick it to the inside edge of the other side of the strip to make your heart.  You’ll need to hold the glue for about 15-20 seconds to ensure it is going to stay stuck.

Valentine's Day glue

Valentine's Day hearts

Continue these steps until you have enough hearts for the length of your mantel.

Valentine's Day cuts

Next you will need to cut the wool to string your garland.  I measured the length of my mantel and then added 8-10 inches.  Thread the wool through your needle and one by one, piece though sides of the hearts about 2 inches up from the bottom.  

Valentine's Day sew

Once you have added all your hearts, would likely will need to go back and plump and arrange them as they tends to squish and lose a bit of their shape as I was threading them on to the wool.

Valentine's Day garland 

When they are all arranged on the wool, all you need to do is add them to your mantel and celebrate love.  I found that if you alternated them up and down they hung better.

Valentine's Day mantel

Something else that I am loving and celebrating is after a bit of a hiatus last year, I will be rejoining the lovely ladies of the Inspire My Creativity link party as a co-host which happens every month on the second Wednesday.  Each month we will post a craft with a theme that we previously decided on. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we decide that January’s theme would be a free for all and everyone could decide what they wanted to create. Below you’ll find a ton of great posts from our co-hosts and I hope you’ll check them out and be inspired to try one!  If you have a craft that you would like to share, be sure to add to the Link Party.

 Next Month’s Theme:  Buttons


Best Crafts of 2018

And in a flash, 2018 is over. I can’t believe how fast this year has past. But in this year, I got to see a lot of amazing crafts from all the amazing ladies in the Inspire My Creativity group.

I had to take a bit of time away from the group in the last part of the year, but I am so happy to be starting off 2019 year off right and rejoining the monthly crafting group.

So here is a round up of some of our best work of 2018 for you all to enjoy and perhaps add to your crafting to do list for 2019.

Doodlecraft | Simple Washi Tape Birthday Cards: Papercrafting

Practical and Pretty | How to Dye with Pine Cones

Next time you see some pine cones gather them up and put together this easy dye vat to make a beautiful pink color or a nice gray with an iron bath.

Leap of Faith Crafting | Glitter Tumbler Step by Step Tutorial

Glitter on A Dime | Sharpie Mug Bird Feeder

Living Letter Home | Knockoff West Elm Curtain Rods

The Happy Scraps | DIY Chore Chart With Curved Text In Design Space

Dazzle While Frazzled | How to Make A Decorative Pillow from A Tote Bag

Sunshine & Munchkins | Easy Blooming Envelope and Card

Sugar Bee Crafts | Layering Vinyl Decals

Sew What Alicia | 15 Minute Tote Bag

Lawrence Made | DIY Tinkerbell Lantern

Adventures of A DIY Mom | DIY Wooden Triangle Christmas Trees

5 Little Monsters | Bead Stitch Hat

Sisters, What! | Unicorn Sweatshirt

Organize and Decorate Everything | Embroidery Felt Pouches

See the Happy | Soda Crate Sock Organizer

Happy Go Lucky | One of A Kind Unicorn Mug

She’s Crafty | Farmhouse Table Centerpiece

Artsy-Fartsy Mama | Free Printable Lego Challenge Game

A Girl and A Glue Gun | Giant Vinyl Decal

A Boy and His Mom | Dollar Store Monogram Bag

Ginger Snap Crafts | Personalized Candles

GYCT Designs | Reverse Canvas Tutorial

Legally Crafty | DIY Boho Backdrop & Photobooth

Halfpint Design | DIY Dino Egg Piñata

Heather Handmade | 16 Tips for Sewing Knit Fabric

The Ruffled Daisy | Whimsical Window Paint Pouring

DIY · What I'm Wearing

Inspire My Creativity – Recycled Jean Skirt

I am not one to wear all the latest trends and fashion, I kind of just go with the flow and wear things I like.  However, this spring I am seeing a lot of jeans skirts in stores and this is one trend I am happy to follow.  But instead of buying one of those jeans skirts in the store, I used it as an inspiration for this month’s Inspire My Creativity Project.

That being said, it’s time again for our Inspire My Creativity blog hop.  If you haven’t visited us before, you can check out one of our previous hops where we made “Flower” crafts and I made Flower Crowns.   Each 2nd Wednesday of the month, we post our latest and greatest creations.  Each month has a predetermined theme and this month’s theme is “Something to Wear”.

This past Christmas I was thrilled to get a sewing machine as a gift from my family.  Up until now, my Mom had used it to fix a couple of items when she had visited but I hadn’t personally gotten a chance to use it.  In cleaning out my closet recently, I had several pairs of jeans that I had that were no longer wearable due to holes in them.  Sure, ripped jeans are acceptable these days to wear but the holes in these were not acceptable.

Jean Skirt jeans first

I hadn’t gotten around to throwing them out, and had kind of held on to them in case I need patches for my son’s jeans or any other sort of use.  So I decided to take a pair of the old jeans and see if I could transform them into a new skirt for myself.

First thing I did was cut off the legs to jeans about 2 – 3 inches longer than you want the skirt hem to fall.  Then cut open the inner seams of the jeans.

Jean Skirt cut the seams

I then cut a portion of the seam that is just below the zipper up from the bottom about 2 inches.  This portion will help the fabric lie down flat when you sew up the front seam.

Jean skirt cut over

I then turned the jeans inside out and sewed up the back seam.  At this point you can choose whether you wan the kick pleat at the front or the back of the skirt.  I chose to put mine in the front.  If you chose the back, only sew down until about 3-4 inches from the hem line.

Jean skirt back seam

For the front seam, lay the cut area under the zipper over the other side of fabric until it lies flat.  Be sure that it’s pulled over enough so that when you sew the front seam it closes far enough down.  I incorporated the kick pleat in the front, so I only sewed down until about 3 inches above the hemline.  Once you have the front sewn, you can either cut the hem so that it is straight and leave it a ragged edge or fold it over and sew up for a clean edge.

Jean skirt front and hem

And in those simple steps, you have yourself a new skirt!

jean skirt recycled diy

I have to say this project came together a lot easier than I had originally anticipated and so glad I attempted it.  Check out the other hostesses for our link party and see what great ideas they came up with.  I can’t wait to see all of their creative ideas.

Cathy  |  A Boy and His Mom
Meg  |  The Kusi Life
Candice  |  She’s Crafty
Jaclyn  |  The Dotted Nest
Victoria  |  Dazzle While Frazzled
Sydney  |  Tastefully Frugal
Lindsay  |  See Lindsay
Julia  |  The Quiet Grove
Looking for more “Something to Wear” ideas or have a post of your own that you would like to share?  Join our Link Party below.


Inspire My Creativity – Dollar Store Monogram Bag

It’s time again for our Inspire My Creativity blog hop.  If you haven’t visited us before, you can check out one of our previous hops where we made DIY gifts including my  Sugar Scrub Lip balm.  Each 2nd Wednesday of the month, we post our latest and greatest creations.  Each month has a predetermined theme and this month’s theme is “Dollar Store”  Crafts.

If you love the your local dollar store as much as I love mine, you know there are so many great crafting ideas to be found. Although when it came time for me to pick a craft this time, it definitely took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do.  But then I saw these great burlap shopping style bags hanging on the wall and I knew I had to use them.

Dollar Store bag

Now that I am going to the gym on a regular basis, I was needing something to carry my shoes, water bottle, etc and this bag was the perfect size to hold my things plus any of my son’s things when he joins me.

After a bit of pondering, I decided that I would monogram the bag with my initials to make it truly make it “mine”.   This was a fairly easy craft that need just a few supplies but with so many different options that anyone can easily make their own in no time.

Dollar Store Supplies

The supplies I used were:

  1.  My Cricut Explore Air
  2.  Cricut Vinyl
  3.  Krylon Spray Paint

The first thing I did was cut out a stencil with my initials using my Cricut.  I then peeled the backing off the vinyl very carefully and placed the stencil on my bag and made sure I had it positioned properly.

Dollar Store stencil

I then made sure everything was stuck to the canvas as smoothly as possible so avoid any bleeding from the paint.  I also covered as much as the edges so that they did not get any spray off as well.  I then carefully sprayed the paint over the stencil.  Be sure to do this in a well ventilated area and use small quick strokes to get the best coverage.

Dollar store painted

I let the paint sit for a few moments before I carefully peeled off the stencil.  Please note (I learned this the hard way) that the paint on the vinyl will still be wet and be careful not to let if touch anything.

And there you have it!!  I now have my very own, one of a kind, monogrammed bag.

Dollar store done

This was so easy to make and there are so many different ways you could make this your own.  Are you looking for some other Dollar Store craft ideas?  Check out the other hostesses for our link party and see what great ideas they came up with.

Meg  |  The Kusi Life
Candice  |  She’s Crafty
Jaclyn  |  The Dotted Nest
Victoria  |  Dazzle While Frazzled
Sydney  |  Tastefully Frugal
Lindsay  |  See Lindsay
Julia  |  The Quiet Grove
Do you have a Dollar Store craft that you would like to share?  Please join our Link Party and add yours!

Creating and Gifting with Black & Decker

Disclosure:  Although items in this post were provided to me, all comments, opinions and photos are strictly mine.

With the holidays upon us, not only is time to think about gifts for loved ones, it’s also a great time to get some holiday crafting done.  For me, Black & Decker is helping me out with both of these.

Truth be told, in the past when it came to anything needing to be cut or drilled or anything that involved power tools, I relied on my Dad to come to the rescue.  My Dad is always willing to help me out but now that I am in to my 40’s, a Mom and live 2 hours away from my Dad, I need to be a little more self sufficient to do things like this for myself and take my crafting and home decor to a new level.

Last Christmas, I won a little wooden tree that my son’s class had decorated in a raffle at his school.  Having a need to have things symmetrical around my mantle, I decided I wanted to make another one so I could have one on each side.

Black & Decker before
Before – and our inspiration.

It is a pretty simple design and knew I could probably copy it without a lot of difficulty.  I took the measurements of the wood and headed off to get the appropriate lumber and screws.

The tools I would require would be a drill, circular saw and a sander.  So I got out my Black & Decker tools and got started. What I like about these tools as they are an amazing quality and not too heavy for me to use.  I have tried other drills/etc in the past that were really heavy and it kind of deterred me from using them.

I came home and measured the wood for the appropriate length for each piece and was ready to cut.  Remember the age old rule – measure twice, cut once.

I am not going to lie, using a saw of any sort can be a bit intimidating at first, but as long as you follow the instructions completely and ensure you understand all the safety rules, it can really open up a whole new world and level to your home crafting projects.

After cutting the wood, I used my sander to take all the rough spots off and prevent any snagging on fabrics or slivers when being used.

Once all the pieces were ready to use, I lined them up and was ready to assemble the product.

Once the wood pieces were all screwed together, I passed the project along to my son add his artistic flare to it.  As the original was done by him and his classmates, I wanted to have this one to have his personal tough as well.  We really enjoy doing projects like this together.  Although the end product may not look like it came out of a store, it is something that we can look back and remember doing it together.

Now we have a set of 2 trees decorating our mantle with our own personal touches and will be a part of our holiday decor for years to come.

Completed – it may not be perfect, but it is ours!

Having the right tools though, makes a huge difference and can definitely boost your confidence to conquer more projects and makes a great gift for those wannabe crafters, young adults just starting out on their own or really, pretty much anyone. Having even the basics to do simple repairs around the house can make things so much easier and make home renovations a breeze.  The Blacker& Decker Project Kit with Drill/Driver is the perfect starter kit as it has all the basics you can need and even comes with a carrying case so that you have everything in one place.  I know a few people on my list that would love this and the other tools that used for this project to be under their tree this Christmas this year.

Now that my son is getting a bit older, he is quite intrigued in using the tools himself to make his own little projects.  I am hoping to find more of these types of projects that we can do together throughout the year.  Not sure what we will do next but I am sure we will have fun doing it and thanks to Black & Decker the sky is the limit as we have the proper tools to do it.


DIY Advent Calendar Made Easy

Each year I buy an advent calendar for my son to count down to Santa’s arrival.  However, the one problem is that when he spends a few days at his Dad’s, he comes home and has multiple windows to open and it seems to make the whole concept of it less meaningful.  That is why I came up with the super easy DIY advent calendar so that I only had to include the days that my son is with me.

Because each day is an individual little package, you can make as many or as few to fit your personal need.  Most of the items you need to complete this project are probably things you already have in your crafting supplies.  All you need to do is start collecting empty toilet paper rolls in advance to ensure you have enough.

Supplies that you will need:

  1. Toilet paper rolls – 1 for each day
  2. Paint – whatever color goes with your holiday decor
  3. Ornament hooks
  4. Festive Stickers
  5. Clear tape
  6. Treats for inside each tube – I chose chocolates, festive erasers and boxes of Tic Tacs.

To start, take your toilet paper rolls and flatten them lengthwise.

DIY Advent Calendar tubes

Be sure to poke a small hole in the side of each of the tubes.  This is when the hook will eventually go.

DIY Advent Calendar hole

I find flattening them first makes it easier to paint them.  I paint one side first, continue on to the next one and then when they are all dry, flip them over and paint the other side.

DIY Advent Calendar painted

Once the tubes are dry, at one end fold in the sides of the tube to close off the end and secure with clear tape.  Add in whatever little treats you want and tape up the other end.  You then just need to add the hook into the small whole on the side and decorate with stickers, glitter or however you wish.

DIY Advent Calendar add wire

You could add the numbers for each day if you like too.  Because I am only having them for the days my son is with me, I didn’t add the numbers as it wouldn’t be sequential.

I then attached each of the little packets to the garland/lights on my mantle, distributing them evenly.

DIY Advent Calendar on mantle

This is such a super easy and inexpensive advent calendar and can so easily be customized based on your personal preferences.  It probably took me only about half an hour to make the whole thing.  The hardest part was remembering to not throw out the toilet paper rolls leading up to doing this craft.

My son hasn’t seen it yet and I can’t wait to see his reaction.


Inspire My Creativity – DIY Gifts – Sugar Lip Scrub

It’s time again for our Inspire My Creativity blog hop.  If you haven’t visited us before, you can check our link up from last month with all of our great crafts using Embroidery Hoops.  Each 2nd Wednesday of the month, we post our latest and greatest creations.  Each month has a predetermined theme and this month’s theme is “DIY Gifts”. With the holidays just around corner, this is the perfect blog hop to pull together some easy, cost effective gifts for all of those on your list.  My DIY gift is a super easy sugar lip scrub.

If you live anywhere that has a cold, harsh winter, you know how chapped your lips can get.  Using a sugar lip scrub can help scrub away those chapped lips and leave them smooth and kissable.  The sugar lip scrub is so super easy that you can make it in no time but include it in a cute little container and add a ribbon or stickers and you have a perfect little gift to give this holiday season.

All you need for this sugar lip scrub are a few ingredients:

  1.  White sugar
  2. Coconut Oil
  3. Vanilla extract or any essential oil of your choice
  4. Container with a tightly fitting lid

sugar lip scrub

All you need to do is mix equal amounts of sugar and coconut oil in a bowl and add a few drops of oil in and mix well.

sugar lip scrub mix

Once the scrub is mixed well, spoon it into the container of your choice, it is seriously as easy as that.

sugar lip scrub into container

You can make as little or as much as you want based on how many containers and their size.  You could make enough for everyone on your list.  They make great stocking stuffers too.  Who doesn’t love gifts that make your lips feel super soft?

sugar lip scrub done

Are you looking for some other DIY gift ideas for this holiday season?  Check out the other hostesses for our link party and see what great ideas they came up with.

Missy  |  Gypsy Magpie
Kim  |  Creigh-ations
Candice  |  She’s Crafty
Do you have some great DIY gift ideas that you want to share?  Join our link party below.


Inspiring My Creativity: Embroidery Hoop Chalkboard

I can’t believe it’s already that time again for our Inspire My Creativity link up party.  If you haven’t visit us before, you can check our link up from last month with all of our Fall Themed ideas.  Each 2nd Wednesday of the month, we post our latest and greatest creations.  Each month has a predetermined theme.  This month’s theme was Embroidery Hoops and I created an Embroidery Hoop chalkboard.

When we decided on this theme, I really struggled for a while deciding how I could best put this to use in my home.  I scoured over Pinterest and nothing was really jumping out as something I really needed to make at this time.  And after coming home from grocery shopping and realizing I had forgotten several things that I needed but didn’t have on my list, the idea of a chalkboard came into my head.

I hadn’t seen anything like my chalkboard idea before so I was going in blindly, but in the end it was really super easy to make.  The materials that you will need for this project are:

  1. Embroidery Hoops – I used  12 inch and 3 inch hoops
  2. Fabric – any color and design to match your decor – to fit the above hoops, I used an 18×21 inch piece
  3. Paint – I used some paint from my son’s craft box
  4. Chalkboard vinyl – I used the Cricut Chalkboard vinyl
  5. Chalk

The first step is to paint the hoops and let them dry thoroughly.  I only gave them 1 coat and they dried within about 15 minutes.

I then placed the chalkboard vinyl under the inner hoop of my 12 inch hoop set and traced the circle to ensure I had the correct size for me to cut out.

I then took the fabric and placed it in the 12 inch hoops and pulled on the edges until it was nice and tight.  Remember, you have to eventually have to be able to use as a writable surface.  Once the fabric was in place, I trimmed fairly close to the edges but not enough that it could pull through and come apart.

Once it was ready and in place, I applied the chalkboard vinyl to the front and the chalkboard portion was now ready to go.  Yes, it was really that simple.

In order to make my chalk holder, all I did was fold the fabric to almost in 3 to make a pocket area to hold the chalk.

Once I had the fabric folded, I just placed the 3 inch hoops into place and tightened as well.  Before it was completely in in place, I did give the outer pocket a bit of a pull to be able to fit the chalk.    I trimmed the edges as I did the actual chalkboard hoops. And again, voila, the chalk holder for my chalkboard was ready to go.

Once both pieces were ready, I simply hung them on the wall and they were ready for me to use.  Now, anytime I realize I am out of something, I simply write it on the chalkboard and before I head out for groceries, I can simply take a quick picture with my phone and be ready to shop.

chalkboard embroidery hoops

Are you looking for some other ideas for using Embroidery Hoops?  Check out the other hostesses for our link party and see what great ideas they came up with.

Missy  |  Gypsy Magpie
Meg  |  The Kusi Life
Candice  |  She’s Crafty

Do you have an Embroidery hoop craft of your own that you would like to share with us?  Join our Link Up party below.

Link party



Inspire My Creativity – Fall Themed Garland

Summer is over and the fall weather is upon us.  And it also means that it’s that time again to co-host our link up party with my favorite crafty ladies  If this is the first time you’ve visited, on the 2nd Wednesday of each month we will be bringing you our latest DIY creations.  This month’s theme is quite simply “Fall”. so I am excited to see what all the others come up with.  For my DIY project I decided on a fall themed garland.

I have a huge fireplace in my home and up until now, aside from holding my TV, I hadn’t done a whole lot with the space.  The fireplace itself doesn’t actually work so I will need to come up with something to create a pleasant visual in area where he fire goes, but that will be another project on it’s own.  (If you have any ideas, please send them my way.)  So after scouring Pinterest for ideas, I decided that I would create a garland to spruce it up for the upcoming fall season.

Wanting something that would be suitable for the entire fall season, which includes both Halloween and Thanksgiving, I decided on this pumpkin/fall leaf garland.  It’s a fairly simple piece that gives the fall feeling but also with additional decorations, can be make to feel more on the Halloween or Thanksgiving side.

This quick and easy garland takes no time at all to make and you only need a few supplies to go from start to finish.  To create the garland, you will need:

  1.  Orange Wool (similar here)
  2. Fake Fall Leaves (similar here)
  3. Twine (similar here)
  4. Green pipe cleaners (similar here)
  5. Glue Gun (similar here)

To make the little wool pumpkins, I just started by winding the wool around my fingers until it was the size that I wanted.  This is a bit of a trial and error but once you have enough wool to make the pumpkin, carefully pull the wool off and tie a short piece of wool around the middle.  Once you had knotted it, you will need to “fluff” out the wool to give it a more pumpkin shape.

I then took a small piece of pipe cleaner and slid it under the knotted area.  I then folded it in half and twisted it to make the stem.  Be sure the stem is long enough as you will use it to attach it to the garland.

After you have made your pumpkins.  You can make as many or as few as you want to string along the twine.  The attach the twine to your mantle area.  I just used duct tape at the beginning until I could get some permanent hooks as I plan to make more garlands in the future.  Twist the pipe cleaner stem around the twine to attach each pumpkin.

You then can add the leaves by using a tiny bit of hot glue on the back of each and pressing it on to the twine.  Be careful not to burn yourself.

Once you have added leaves to fill in the spaces between each of the pumpkins, you are finished.  An easy, but festive looking garland that will be suitable for the entire fall season.  I plan to make it a little more festive for Halloween by incorporating next month’s craft into the mantle.  Our theme next month is “Embroidery Hoops”, so stay tuned.

Do you have a fall themed craft that you would like to share?  Join our Link Party below!

Join myself and the following host for the September Link up Party!

Meredith  |  The Designer DIY
Missy  |  Gypsy Magpie
Meg  |  The Kusi Life
Kim  |  Creigh-ations
Candice  |  She’s Crafty