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No Sew Fusible T-Shirt Applique

Appliquing an image onto a tshirt

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of JOANN. All opinions are 100% mine.
Appliquing an image onto a tshirt
Have you ever seen one of those cute appliqué shirts at boutique shops and think “I love this but I can’t sew”?

Well, today I am solving that problem for you.  There is a super quick and easy way to create appliqué and all it takes is your IRON.  Yes!

Creativity Unleashed 190: Crates and Pallet GIveaway


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Welcome to the Creativity Unleashed Link party. I’ve joined Jessi from Practically Functional, Jacque from The DIY Village, Jocie from One Project Closer, Amy from Her Tool Belt, and Mindi from My Love 2 Create as hostesses for this party.

This month we have a wonderful prize from Crates & Pallet. These are perfect for organizing or building.


ENTER TO WIN AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST

You can visit them on their website, on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

Crocheted Wreath from Plastic Six Pack Rings

Simple crocheted wreathsUse an old plastic ring off a six pack to create these super adorable crocheted christmas wreaths.  It is a perfect beginner project since it goes fast and doesn't use any complicated stitches.
For years and years and YEARS I have been trying to learn crochet.  I have always admiring my crafty friends who could whip up the most adorable crochet projects. I’ve take at least three in-person classes and watched countless youtube videos, but I just never got the hang of it.
Beginnings
That was UNTIL recently I signed up to take Kim Werker’s “Crochet: basics & beyond” on Craftsy.  She went so slowly and explained WHY you need to do certain stitches and what they all mean.  For some reason, a light just went on!

And now I’m OBSESSED.  (Seriously.. On craft store trips I’ve been hanging around the yarn aisle for way too long!)

Creativity Unleashed 189: Crates & Pallet Giveaway


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Welcome to the Creativity Unleashed Link party. I’ve joined Jessi from Practically Functional, Jacque from The DIY Village, Jocie from One Project Closer, Amy from Her Tool Belt, and Mindi from My Love 2 Create as hostesses for this party.

This month we have a wonderful prize from Crates & Pallet. These are perfect for organizing or building.

ENTER TO WIN AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST

You can visit them on their website, on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

Turn Kids Artwork into Embroidery Designs

Embroidery of children s drawings
Turn your kids drawings and artwork into embroidery.  This would be a great gift or look cute on a gallery wall!
I love encouraging my kids to be creative and make things, which is one of the reasons I have the kids’ artwork gallery wall, to display all their fun artwork.

I recently took the free embroidery class on Craftsy and I wanted to try my hand at a quick project, but instead of using some stock embroidery pattern, I thought it would be fun to use my kids’ artwork.
Embroidery of children s drawings

Original Bloggers' Projects Reproduced Without Permission

Bloggers have always been cutting edge creatives with fresh ideas and amazing artistic talents.  Many bloggers started blogging as an outlet for their ideas and projects, wanting to showcase their originality and ingenuity and inspire their readers to do the same.  Over time the creative blogging community has become so much more.

Bloggers' project ideas and designs are now what set trends and influence consumer opinions. They are no longer sharing their personal creativity, but instead have become digital influencers. Therefore  it should come as no surprise that frequently large retail stores and commercial brands use bloggers' ideas (sometimes identically) for their own products.

There are countless cases where this has happened (it has even happened to me) and so I'm sharing some examples to demonstrate how prevalent it really is.

Original Projects Duplicated Without Permission In Retail Store

This was one of my most popular pallet wood signs.  I came up with the idea of the little Christmas light stars after seeing it done on a piece of canvas art.  I featured it on my Christmas mantel back in 2013.

A reader sent me a photo of an exact copy she saw in her Hallmark Store:
Hallmakr stolen
This summer I was in Hobby Lobby and I INSTANTLY recognized this project:
The design belonged to Where the Smiles Have Been 

Having your projects replicated (and profited on) by a brand or store is NOT FLATTERING.  It is theft.  And sadly, it is not unusual. There are too many example to count, these are just a few: 

Amazon

MyLove2Create's rustic halloween sign (for Oh My Creative)
Is still available on the Kirklands site

Sadie Seasongood's Halloween Moon Lamp at Pier 1

Two Twenty One’s Bathroom Printable
NewImage
Spotted at Hobby Lobby
Chelsea product

Over Yonder Signs at Michael's

Nest for Less’ Cloud Ledge Shelves
Nest for less knockoff
At Hobby Lobby and Target
Hl

Design Turnpike and Hobby Lobby
Ella claire
Seen at Home Goods, Joss & Main, Marshall's and Wayfair
Homegoods
Lila Loa in All You Magazine
All you snowmen
Patriotic Mason Jars from Mason Jar Crafts
Red white blue american flag mason jars   Linda Braden
Spotted at Michael's:
American Flag Mason Jar  Michaels  Linda Braden"While not an exact copy, the ceramic American Flag mason jar I spotted at Michael's at the beginning of the summer gave me pause. The similarities are remarkable, no? I also sell this version at my Etsy shop. So did they "copy" the idea from my blog ... or my Etsy shop?"

Etsy Seller Joom and Home Goods
Joomk
On My Own Place and Ebay (They use her ACTUAL photos) 
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Brooklyn Limestone's Santa Sack being shared in numerous places
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Wish.com

Etsy




Some other examples include:
   

If you are a blogger and have had a project or design duplicated (uncredited and without your permission) I’d love to add it to this post.  You can submit your project HERE

Creativity Unleashed 188


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Welcome to the Creativity Unleashed Link party. I’ve joined Jessi from Practically Functional, Jacque from The DIY Village, Jocie from One Project Closer, Amy from Her Tool Belt, and Mindi from My Love 2 Create as hostesses for this party.

This week my rockstar pick was this hilarious apple cozie shaped like a pokeball from Neli Design


What do our rockstars get? 

  • Every week each of the six creativity unleashed bloggers chooses one rockstar that is featured in their party post.   Their are that blog's ROCKSTAR FEATURE that week.
  • Every rockstar's project is pinned to our Creativity Unleashed Fabulous Features Pinterest board.
  • Each rockstar is featured on the social media channels of the Creativity Unleashed blogger who selected them that week.   


Who were the other Rockstars this week? 



You can see which project the rest of the Creativity Unleashed team picked,  swing by their blogs:
Jessi from Practically Functional
Jocie from One Project Closer
Jacque from The DIY Village
Mindi from My Love 2 Create
Amy from Her Tool Belt


So are you ready to enter and throw your hat into the ring to be one of our next Rockstars??

Creativity Unleashed Guidelines:
- Feel free to share any of your latest projects, as long as they are your projects!
- Please don’t link up Etsy shops, giveaways, link parties, etc.
- Link directly to a specific post, not your home page.
- Link up your newest projects! Please don’t share ideas you’ve already shared before.
- By linking up, you’re giving us permission to feature your photos and project on our blogs. Images will always be featured with proper credit and a link back.
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Visiting Universal's Volcano Bay with Toddlers and Preschoolers

What to do at Universal's Volcano bay water park if you have little kids (toddlers or preschoolers) who aren't tall enough for the 42 inch height requirement.  Great info on the attractions and rides they CAN ride and the secrets behind the park to be on the lookout for. This summer we took a fabulous trip down to Universal Orlando Resort, which included an excursion to the recently opened Volcano Bay Water Park. The park was amazing and my older kids had so much fun.  The water coasters and slides were thrilling and they couldn't ride them enough.   But those rides were too big for my preschooler.
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Before the trip, I had been reading though the information about the park and I was nervous about how much there would be for my 4 year old to do. Most of the reviews and information I found talked about the big headliner slides and rides which all had 42 inch height requirements, but he was only 40 inches.

Universal’s own website doesn’t even list a single “Kids Play Area” for Volcano Bay.  It didn’t sound very promising.04 Ohyah and Ohno Drop Slides Low Res tcm70 62513 Fortunately, when we actually visited, we found out there was PLENTY for a preschooler to do, and he was easily entertained the entire day.  So for anyone traveling with littles and are curious about how exactly to plan for a trip to Volcano Bay, I thought I would share our experiences.
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12 Leaf Inspired Fall Projects

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Welcome back to this month's All Things Creative challenge.  This month we are focusing on FALL and all things LEAVES.   Not much more rings in the beauty and colors of fall than an autumn leaf.


Creativity Unleashed 187: Handmade Sign Giveaway


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Welcome to the Creativity Unleashed Link party. I’ve joined Jessi from Practically Functional, Jacque from The DIY Village, Jocie from One Project Closer, Amy from Her Tool Belt, and Mindi from My Love 2 Create as hostesses for this party.

This week we have a fabulous giveaway of this hilarious no soliciting sign from The DIY Village:
Scroll down to enter.


 
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