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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10 Products That Will Simplify Your Spring Cleaning

Spring is here! Spring brings many exciting holidays and warmer days, but it also brings along the notorious spring cleaning. While this may not be a chore you enjoy, it must be done. Here are a few of the products we use to make the task easier, more enjoyable, and safer for the environment.  A few years ago I came across an advertisement for Grove Collaborative. From the beginning, I was intrigued by their mission statement. They strive to create sustainable and safe alternatives to the mainstream cleaning products which are full of harmful chemicals, without compromising on efficacy. I was immediately hooked and greatly impressed by both the variety of products they offer and the quality of those products! 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! I’ve already waited far too long to share this excellent resource with you, but with spring cleaning looming in the distance I figured now was the perfect time to do so! Use this link to receive $10 off your first order with Grove Collaborative!  (They also love to throw in free items on almost every order which feels like a surprise gift each time!) And now, without further ado, I give you my list of Grove Collaborative must-haves.  1. Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap. I never thought I would be so excited over something as mundane as dish soap! Mrs. Meyer’s comes in a wide variety of scents and with ratings as high as these, you know it’s…
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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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Spring Table Setting: Inexpensive and Easy Decor

It’s officially spring! Time to change the decor to lighter colors and fun seasonal decorations. Spring Table Setting Spring color is addictive. I have been searching for lighter colors and couldn’t wait to put all of my spring items together on this table setting. We eat at our dining table for every meal so it works best to use decorations that can easily be moved to make way for dishes and extra place settings when needed. These spring green linens came from the clearance rack at Pier 1 Imports. We already had the placemats, and I love how they look together.  I always prefer to use cloth napkins when ever possible, they are easy to wash and reuse. The colorful napkin rings are also Pier 1. I spent about .50 cents on them. BARGAIN! The Pier 1 store had the most adorable displays with bunnies and greenery. Just beautiful! I brought home one little bunny and used faux forsythia and bayberry balls that we already had to decorate my table without spending a lot of money. Real or Faux? The butterflies on the greenery balls are from the Dollar store. I buy loads of them each spring, I just love how colorful they are. They look so real! They look great in planters too! It wouldn’t be any fun if there wasn’t some Easter candy on the table, malted candy eggs are scattered down the table and the candy dishes are full of jelly beans. I will have you know that my teenage boys were waiting in the wings for…
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The Secret of the Garden

  I have been meaning to visit the local botanical garden for the last several weeks. We usually go there once a year in the middle of the summer. For some reason,  I kept putting it off. I was too busy. It would take too much time. It cost too much. I didn’t have time. There would be nothing worthwhile seeing this early in the season. I had seen it all before. I wouldn’t get anything out of it. It would be a waste of time. I needed to stay home and get things done. The blog world needed me. The other day those little voices in my head finally got the better of me. Mom and I dropped everything and made our way to the garden. She had never been there before even though she lived in our area for more than 40 years. We took off and left dishes in the sink. We left wet laundry in the washer. We left no cooked food or directions for making lunch (I know! GASP!). What we saw, shocked me. I was completely amazed at how beautiful the garden was in the spring. Picture perfect. This wooden bridge melted me. Monet’s famous garden in Giverney, France can’t be more beautiful than this. Silly me, why did I think it would not be beautiful?? The pathways were lush and green. The garden was full of birds and wildlife. The trees were still in bloom. Even though they were beginning to loose their petals, they were amazing and beautiful. The fallen petals reminded…
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Butterfly Cloche

Today I’m SO excited to be at SNAP Conference in Salt Lake City surrounded by 500 other talented crafty bloggers learning, creating, and celebrating the friendships we’ve made because of blogging! And to celebrate with you, I teamed up with Abbey from The Cards We Drew and a large group of bloggers to create Crafts in a SNAP {15 Minute Craft Ideas} so that ANYONE, whether beginner or seasoned pro, can learn to create fun and handmade items in no time at all! Check out my tutorial for the Butterfly Cloche coming up, then scroll down below and be sure to check out some of what my blogging friends have to offer!! Have fun and get creative!     I have admired Butterfly Cloches for a long time. They are so elegant and colorful. I have always dreamed of having a mini butterfly garden with real live butterflies. We tried to hatch them indoors once, as one of our homeschooling projects. Somewhere during one of our long winter days, the cocoons died and we never hatched any butterflies. My children were so disappointed. So was I. Then, we began to visit butterfly gardens. This was a much better option. We visited gardens in Niagara Falls, Chicago, Denver and Santa Barbara. They were beautiful, so inspiring. They made me want to learn how to garden. The only problem is that in our area, the garden season is so very short. Real butterflies aren’t around here very long in the summer. This decorative Butterfly Cloche is the next best thing. It was…
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Spring Porch Decor

Isn’t a bit of Spring Porch Decor just the thing right now? Spring is finally here, I was the one who was missing these last couple of weeks! We are officially moved into the new place. We have moved far too often the last few years and I hope this is the VERY LAST move we have to make until the year 2060. I am not exaggerating. My kids will have to bury me in the back yard when I croak, because I am not moving again. EVER. I am grateful to be done with the move, but it will be a while before all the boxes are stowed away for good! Today was such a lovely warm day, I spent it decorating the front porch. As you may recall, the porch is a double decker. I decided to focus on the lower one for now until I can get the top railing painted. It amazes me how people can neglect items like finishing the railing, it will drive me crazy until it’s done. The porch is long and wide, the kind of place where you can envision yourself sipping a cool drink on a warm summer night and watch the world go by. I can’t wait to fill it with plants and all things summer. For now, I opted for a few simple pieces, my Chalk Painted Bench, a little side table and coffee table. The curly willow branches came from our local garden show, I can’t wait to get more of them next year! I basked in the sun…
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Spring Planter

  I came across this lovely little crate at the thrift store recently. I knew it would make a great Spring garden project. It was sitting among the piles of wooden junk with a $3.99 price tag. Upon further inspection, I discovered that it was really a planter and even came with bulbs. All for $3.99??? What a steal! The crate itself was worth that! It has a beautiful french graphic on the front. I can’t imagine why anyone would throw it away, much less with the bulbs inside! It came with two Apple Blossom Amaryllis bulbs, potting soil and even Spanish Moss. Happiness in a box! It sure made me smile! The poor bulbs were already trying to grow despite the lack of sunlight. I knew that with a bit of water and warm sunshine, they would grow just fine. The crate came with a plastic liner, ready to plant. I added 2″ of small pebbles to the bottom for extra drainage, then dumped about 1/2 the soil on top. I had some Narcissus bulbs that I tried to grow in previously in water and they didn’t do anything. I decided to try again to see if they would fare better in rich garden soil so I added them to the planter. The rest of the soil was added to the top of the bulbs, and then topped with the Spanish Moss. Spanish Moss is great for keeping moisture in potted plants. It also deters animals, they don’t like the feel or smell of it. We will see. If…
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Spring Color

    I am having a difficult time concentrating lately. The sun is shining and suddenly  I am blind to all the work that I should be doing. I want nothing more than to sit outside and soak up the sun, even if I need to wear a coat. Spring is slow to arrive. I am dying to plant the garden, but it’s too early. I am dying to go for long walks along the lake shore, but it’s still too cold. I am dying to pack up and move to our new location (more to come!)  because I hate sitting around waiting to move. But, it’s too early for that as well, we won’t be moving until mid-summer. I am looking for spring colors everywhere, but none of them seem just right. Sigh. I love the color of these tulips, but they seem to orange. I don’t think I could live in an orange room. It’s just not me. I am dying to paint new walls bright beautiful spring colors. Like these yellow tomatoes, aren’t they the perfect shade? I am dying to plant new and interesting things in ponds and experiment with unique features and water fountains. I am dying to make big flower beds filled with splashes of color that will scream of spring. Sigh. Guess it will all just have to wait. Perhaps you are “stuck in the middle” right now too. Not sure which way you are headed or when it will finally arrive. Do you like uncertainty? Do you like waiting? I don’t. Uncertainty…
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