Spring Cricut Crafts You Can Create This Weekend

Spring is a time for celebrations of all types. Mother’s Day, graduations, baby showers, bridal showers, the list is endless. If you are like me, you enjoy creating unique gifts for the people you love. One of my favorite tools to use when creating these gifts is my Cricut machine. Here are a few spring Cricut crafts you can create this weekend to prepare for any celebration this season sends your way. Flowers are a beautiful gift but within only a few days, they are gone. These delicate paper flowers could be used to decorate for any event or as an easy addition to a spring wreath! Head over to Create and Babble for an excellent tutorial that will guarantee crafting success. This is one of many Cricut crafts I have created this spring. A custom t-shirt is a great gift for the grads in your life. I’ve shared all the details over on my blog, Designers Sweet Spot. Spring Break may be behind us, but summer is on its way! Refresh Restyle gives you all her tips on how to customize an overnight bag for trips to Grandmas or afternoons at the pool. Speaking of the pool, what better way to prepare for summer than customizing your own tumbler? A Little Craft in Your Day also shares how to get this cute graphic to make your crafting even more simple. Celebrations are usually synonymous with tasty treats! Get a head start on your party planning by creating these cupcake wrappers from Sugar Bee Crafts. If you’re stuck in a springtime decor rut, check out this beautiful spring…
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DIY Mother’s Day Gifts Your Mom Actually Wants

Mother’s Day is only a month away. If you’re a mother you can start looking forward to gifts and celebrations, but you may have a few mothers you’d like to celebrate as well! We found a  few simple DIY projects that any mother (or mother-in-law, grandma, BFF, sister, etc.) would love to receive.  I’d be lying if I didn’t say that this project was one of my favorites. Maybe I’m a bit partial. I created this serving tray a few months ago, but it’s perfect for any mother! Check out all the details over on my blog, Designers Sweet Spot. Here’s an idea every mother can get behind. An emergency chocolate stash for those days that seem to last forever! Head over to Eighteen25 to print off a tag perfect for this project, or for inspiration for your own creation. Average Inspired enlisted the help of her sweet kiddos in creating this gift for their grandmother. The options with this project are virtually endless and you’ll be able to capture those tiny fingerprints forever, something all mothers can get behind. While most coasters are created using tile and other fragile materials, A Little Craft in Your Day used wooden coasters. The abstract nature of these would make it a perfect project to do with your little ones. Flowers are a pretty common Mother’s Day gift. However, most people don’t go through the added trouble of creating a personalized vase! Give the gift of a pretty decoration for now, and a special keepsake for later with this two-in-one surprise. Home Stories A to Z shares a simple tutorial that…
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10 Easter Gifts Perfect for the Women in Your Life

Most of the time, Easter gifts are given to children. But who says they can’t be for the grownups too? Here are some of the top gifts this year for the women in your life – sisters, friends, moms, there’s something for everyone. (You might even have to get a few of them for yourself or send this to your hubby as a not so subtle hint, we won’t judge.) This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support! 1. Godiva Assorted Truffles. Who doesn’t like chocolate? This cute Easter egg box adds a festive touch. BUY HERE! 2. Tea Forte Pyramid Tea Box. The colors of this beautiful packaging just remind me of springtime. This tea would be lovely served hot or cold, perfect for the changing seasons. BUY HERE! 3. Felt Letter Board. Letter boards are a very big trend right now in home decor.  Most women wouldn’t buy this for themselves, but I’m confident most would be thrilled to have it gifted to them! BUY HERE! 5. USB Essential Oil Diffuser. This handy gadget is perfect for transforming your vehicle into an oasis. It can also be used in your home as an easily portable alternative to your larger diffuser. BUY HERE! 6. Amazon Gift Card. I’ll be the first to admit that gift cards aren’t the most personal gifts. However, I couldn’t resist this adorable Easter egg packaging. BUY HERE! 7. Ceramic Hanging Planters. Easter and springtime are synonymous with new life.  I love how simple these succulent planters are,…
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15 Easter Gifts Your Kids Will Love

Can you believe that Easter is just over a month away?  This year seems to be flying by!  If Easter baskets are a tradition in your family, you are probably starting to think of gifts to include in your child’s basket.  We found a few exciting gifts that would make a great addition to any easter basket this year!  This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support! 1. Super Grow Easter Eggs.  These cute animals “hatch” out of their eggs with the help of a little water. This toy is by no means a new idea, but it always seems to be a hit. BUY HERE! 2. LEGO Easter Hunt Set.  I was shocked at the variety of Easter Lego sets on Amazon! You are sure to find one that your little builder will love. BUY HERE! 3. The Easter Story Egg. This is a gift for the whole family. The Easter Story Egg creates a family tradition around the true meaning of Easter. Your children will grow to look forward to this book year after year. BUY HERE! 4. Easter Egg Chalk. Sidewalk chalk is a great gift as spring is just around the corner! BUY HERE! 5. Easter Cross Magnetic Coloring Set.  Easily display your child’s Easter artwork with this cute cross displaying the meaning behind the holiday. BUY HERE! 6. Card Games.  There are many card games available for children these days but I love this cute Easter Go Fish game! BUY HERE! 7. Gardening Tools for Kids with…
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15 Christmas DIY Gift Wrap Ideas

I don’t know about you, but I love wrapping gifts. Maybe it’s my creative side. I enjoy making the packages look pretty under the tree. Here are a few DIY gift wrap ideas to make your wrapping this year a breeze.  This might be the easiest idea in this article! Grab a paper sack, a few stamps, and fresh eucalyptus and you’ll be all set. (Most grocery stores carry fresh eucalyptus in their floral departments.) The Beauty Dojo shares how to make these simple gift bags, perfect for oddly shaped presents. A few years ago, I was attempting to be as thrifty as possible over Christmas. I created these cute reusable bags as a way to wrap gifts! You won’t want to miss this super easy  over on Designers Sweet Spot. Bonus: you can use these bags again next year! If you have kids that want to get involved in the wrapping, this could be a fun project! My Sweet Things decided on a Christmas tree design, but the possibilities for this are really endless. Boxwood Avenue shares an excellent tutorial on how to make this cute Christmas light strand to dress up your packages. This is another great use for Washi tape. I love this idea from Almost Makes Perfect because it doesn’t require you to purchase anything specifically for your Christmas wrapping, but still looks festive! Check out this DIY over on 2 Bees in a Pod to see how thrifted shirts are used to create gift wrap.   Here’s another thrift store DIY. Sadie Seasongoods used what others might consider trash (and some consider treasure) to wrap…
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How to Make a Fleece Lounging Gown

Make a Fleece Lounging Gown to slip into after a long day at work or relax after a hectic day with the family. This gown is a great project for beginner seamstresses!  This fleece fabric caught my eye at the fabric store recently. Loved the soft color pallet!   Fleece Lounging is King Making anything with fleece is always a good idea. Fleece is inexpensive, easy to sew and comes in tons of great patterns and colors. Fleece is also stretchy and very forgiving for new sewers who aren’t exactly sure of them selves. This project is easy to whip up in a single afternoon without a lot of fuss. It’s been a while since I have sewn much for myself. However, I have stocked up on fabric and patterns for a major sewing project in the future! More to come on that soon! This pattern is Mc Calls 7061.(affiliate link) I am sure I will be making several more of these lounging gowns, perhaps even a couple of them for holiday gifts. Speaking of gifts, check out my pattern shop for more handmade gift ideas here. The robe features a hood and a “kangaroo” style pocket which I love for keeping my cell phone close by. You could also make some booties or leggings to keep your feet and legs warm (they are included in this pattern). The modesty of this piece was one of the things that attracted me to it. Love the coverage in this garment! It feels cozy enough that I could run to the grocery store…
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Top 30 Fabulous Gifts for Women Over 50

Looking for a great gift? Try one of these fabulous ideas for women over 50! I am in the 50 club now, so I can write this post!  Top 30 Fab Gifts for Women Over 50 I recently became a member of the over 50 club. Let me tell you girls, it’s very freeing. Suddenly you have a new outlook on life. These gifts are selected from the viewpoint of a woman who has a new lease on life. Suddenly, I am concerned about wrinkles, aging, beauty marks and greying roots. I am pricing compression hose, anticipating hot flashes and wearing colors that I never have before. It’s a whole new world! If you know someone who fits this description, these gifts are for her! Or for you, because suddenly it’s okay to take better care of ourselves! Here we go! This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support! Gifts for Midlife Women Cute compression socks. I wasn’t kidding when I said I was pricing these out. Did you know they make compression socks in adorable prints??? That way the rest of the world will never know what they really are, or how fabulous they make your legs feel. Check out this fabulous selection here. Fine home decor diffuser set. Face it, women love things that smell good. We also love things for our home. This combination is perfect with both a diffuser and candle in a fabulous Birchwood Pine Scent. What…
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Ten Meaningful Wedding Gift Ideas Under $40

Wedding season is here! Here are some great affordable wedding gift ideas that won’t break the bank.    Wedding Season is here! Wedding season is here! There are a number of people we know who are getting married this year. It seems like the season sneaks up on my each year and I am never quite prepared for gift giving. It’s hard to think back to being a new bride, things have changed since we got married nearly 27 years ago! Things seem simpler now with the internet. It’s so easy to order a pretty gift and have it delivered to the recipients door.  I recently discovered a new website for meaningful gifts, Dayspring. They have the most beautiful inspirational items, all at great prices! There are gifts for Weddings, Mother’s Day, Graduations and so many other important family events, you will have a hard time choosing which ones to order first. The first thing I picked out was this darling wooden sign. I loved it’s compact size, perfect for putting on a shelf or in a cubby with a wedding photo. The sign retails for just $12.99. Adorable! You can order one here. The cards were my next find. Rarely do I make it into a store to shop for a pretty card. Just too much to do and not enough time for little things like that. I prefer to buy my cards in large quantities, it is cheaper and then I always have spare cards on hand. Dayspring has boxes of cards with several classic wedding designs. So hard…
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Reusable Gift Bags

When we were kids my Grandmother always reused her gift wrap. She would patiently open each gift, gently removing the tape piece by piece. Then she would fold it up and store it away for the next year to reuse. This made the gift opening process take forever, as opening gifts in this manner is very, very slow. It’s also nearly impossible when you have little children. This year, I decided to go tiny with Christmas. Tiny decorations, and tiny gifts. Then I decided that Thrifty was almost as good as Tiny, and I spent my day making a few Reusable Gift Bags for Tiny gifts. They were very easy to make, and inexpensive. The great thing, is that you can reuse them and they essentially become a practical part of the gift. Just think how much money you could save without buying ribbon, tape, paper, boxes and tissue each year! These bags are sewn from scraps of fabric, or fat quarters that I had lying around. I cut the fabric pieces 7″ wide by 18″ long.   With right sides of fabric together, sew a 1/4″ seam on each side. Turn down the top edge of the bag 1/4″ and stitch (FIY the sewing foot is about 1/4″ wide, so you can line your fabric up with it). Turn the new seam edge down further, to 1″. Sew again, on top of your first line of stitching. This way you have a nice neat seam, and you won’t have to measure or pin each time. Leave about 1/2″ of…
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Shopping for Fall Table Decor

  Hello friends! I am hard at work at multiple projects. But I did take time out to go shopping. If you haven’t shopped Gordmans before you are in for a treat! It’s one of my favorite places to shop for unique decor, gifts and apparel. You are going to love it! They have some beautiful selections for your fall and holiday table decor!   I was in the store today shopping for my fall table decor which I will share soon! They had so many beautiful things to choose from, I have to go back again for another look! So many things are happening here, I have so much to show and tell you, but for now have a great time shopping!