Huge Cricut Mystery Box Deal!

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Cricut Mystery Box Deal

The December Mystery Box is Here!

The Cricut December Mystery Box only $29.99 is now available! The contents are a mystery, but this winter mystery box includes at least 3 cartridges! This month’s mystery box is over a $100 value. Supplies are limited, so get it before it’s gone! All mystery box purchases are final, but if you read reviews of past boxes, you can tell that everyone loves them.

Also, don’t forget about Free Shipping in December with code FREESHIPDEC - No minimum order required. If you’re a Cricut fan, or have any crafty types on your list – don’t miss out on this deal!!

 

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Make This a How-To Holiday – Marquee Sign DIY Project

This post has been sponsored by my buddies over at Home Depot. All awesomeness is a collaboration between us….

So. The holidays are upon us. It seems so crazy – am I the only one who feels like 2014 only just started? I cannot believe how fast this year has gone by!

If you’re ready to get your home holiday-prepped – the Home Depot is you GO-TO spot. Seriously. I can spend all day there. I told ya’all about how we’re in the middle of a major home makeover – new floors, trim, paint, etc. So I love browsing the goodies in their aisles. Which is why I’m super excited about partnering with them to present a super awesome DIH Workshop!

Home Depot DIH Workshop Marquee Light Project

We’ll be showing you how to make a DIY Holiday Marquee sign – how cool is that, right? You can use this in so many ways – to spell out a holiday phrase, or like I’m going to use it – to spell out my 4 year old little girls name to hang up in her playroom. Super fun. And they’ll show you how to use some simple power tools, that you can try out yourself too, so you can have the know-how to conquer DIY projects anytime you want. We made a less fancy version of this very last minute last year, during football season… [Read more...]

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Trash to Toys: Make 10 Recycled Educational Toys

Did you celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd? Across the country, Earth Day is a yearly reminder to think about our role in protecting the environment. Parents can totally have a positive impact on this by creating fun, educational toys from everyday items that may initially seem like trash, but can be repurposed into teaching tools. It’s a fun way to set an example for your kids while spending quality time. And honestly – why keep buying new toys when we all know that kids usually prefer the box it came in anyway? {We’ve all seen it.} When Abby was little, and I’d clean her room, I’d catch myself doing a regular room clean-up, and bagging up so many toys to give away. Why? What a waste of my money, and my time to clean ‘em all up! So now, we have a few collections we love {Helloooooooo, I’m talking to you, Fisher-Price Little People Toys. Seriously, I think I might like them even more than her.} But in between – we do crafts, play games, or make our toys and entertainment. Which is why I looooove having the chance to share these great ideas with you – get your own environmentally-friendly kids toys idea inspiration too….

Trash to Toys [Read more...]

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Looking For a New Way to Sell Your Craft Patterns?

Just so ya know – This post contains affiliate links, which means I will be compensated if you purchase after clicking these links to learn to sell your patterns. But I only share awesome stuff that I use myself and think you’ll love too. And Craftsy.com rocks!

Are you a crafty type? Do you create your own patterns for your knitting, sewing, crocheting or other creative projects? Would  you like to earn some money for them? If so, keep reading to learn how to add and sell your patterns on Craftsy. You’ll love it!

Not familiar with Craftsy.com? Well, they’re a super cool way to learn new creative skills – online, on your own time, at your own pace. Things like cake decorating, sewing basics or designer details, paper crafting, knitting or crocheting, photography tips, and so much more. And, in addition to wonderful online courses and craft supplies, Craftsy also has an independent online pattern store that lets anyone upload and sell downloadable e-patterns with no fee. How cool is that, right? [Read more...]

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What is Craftsy and Do You Need It?

What is Craftsy?… Craftsy is a worldwide craft community offering online classes. It also has a patterns marketplace where independent designers can sell their patterns; a supplies shop with great deals on yarn, fabric, and class kits; and a projects section where members share pictures of their latest craft successes. With over two million members and counting, Craftsy has something for just about everyone, in categories ranging from quilting, sewing, knitting, painting, photography, cooking, and more. If you’re a creative type, you will fall in love with this community, I promise. Like, pinky promise…

Family Photography Candid Moments and Storytelling with Kirk Tuck [Read more...]

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Online Photography Classes that Rock

Do you want to take better pictures? Whether you’re a blogger who wants to take better food photos, an Etsy shop owner wanting to present your products in the best possible light {literally!}, or a mom who wants to capture beautiful photos of your family – learning to take better pictures is a skill on my women’s “to learn” list. I’ve put together tons of tips lately on my Take a Better Photo board on Pinterest – most work for anyone, even if you don’t have a fancy DSLR camera. And, one of my favorite sites, Craftsy, has some really awesome new online photography classes you might like too.

Online Photography Classes for Any Skill Level

You can choose from a ton of different online photography classes on Craftsy – things like Landscape photography, taking better portraits, shooting intimate close-up environments, or this one above that I’m excited to take -”Shoot It: A Product Photography Primer.” I often have trouble getting good photos of items for product reviews, and hope to start an Etsy shop in the next year, so this is a big help for me! Knitter and photographer Caro Sheridan explains it all – from planning before the shoot to editing afterwards, and all the details in between. Here’s a taste of what you’ll learn:

  • How to plan and execute a photoshoot from start to finishMaking a storyboard and shot list to create the story you want to tell
  • What a pro keeps in her tool kit – from lipstick to legal forms
  • How to capitalize on the fancy features of whatever camera you have
  • Directing your model and getting the hero shot
  • Photo fundamentals like composition and color
  • The basics of digital editing – without expensive software

 

What is Craftsy? Craftsy is a worldwide craft community offering online classes. It also has a patterns marketplace where independent designers can sell their patterns; a supplies shop with great deals on yarn, fabric, and class kits; and a projects section where members share pictures of their latest craft successes. With over two million members and counting, Craftsy has something for just about everyone, in categories ranging from quilting, sewing, knitting, painting, photography, cooking, and more. [Read more...]

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How to DIY Simple Kid’s Halloween Costumes

Are you a fan of PBS? I am. Some of our favorite shows are on PBS Kids – like Calliou, Super Why, Dinosaur Train, and everyone’s childhood fave, Sesame Street. And a new cartoon we recently have gotten hooked on is Word Girl. Which is why I totally loved this DIY Halloween costume video showing you how to turn simple items into adorably frugal kid’s Halloween costume – WordGirl, the beloved superhero from the show. I’ve also included another super fun costume idea that would be fun any time of year too. Hope you enjoy too!

No-Sew DIY Halloween Costume

Follow along in this video from PBS Parents, as it shows you how to easily transform kids into WordGirl. There’s no sewing or complicated skills needed, meaning it’s easy enough for kid’s to create themselves! [Read more...]

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