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15 Patriotic Woodworking Projects

15 Patriotic woodworking projects
Patriotic woodworking projects in red white and blue. The perfect wood building projects for the fourth of july.

Summer is the perfect time for woodworkers.  Warm weather and long daylight hours gives you more time outside. If you are looking for some fun woodworking project ideas that embraces that fourth of July spirit, look no further. 

These project ideas range in difficult from basic beginner to more advanced woodworker.  There is something for everyone.  Don't necessarily look at the list of things you could replicate exactly, but as a jumping off point for new ideas of your own!  Get inspired and head out to the wood shop! 

15 Patriotic Woodworking Projects

The Best Sarcastic Father's Day Cross Stitch Designs

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Father’s Day is right around the corner, but there is still time to whip up a lovely hand crafted gift. Why not cross stitch?
Need a father's day DIY craft idea? How about a snarky cross stitch. These sarcastic and hilarious designs will get dad laughing.Sure you could go the “I love you dad” cheesy route, and nobody would judge you if you do.. but if your dad has a great sense of humor, one of these sarcastic designs may be perfect.

10 Sarcastic Father’s Day Cross Stitch Ideas: 

Choosing a Carpet for My Messy High Traffic Crafting Space

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Today I’m throwing back the curtain and making a big public admission: I am a MESSY crafter. Some people may be afraid to fess up to a trait like that, but I must.   And not only am I mess, but I am also not focused on any one type of craft, I have a commitment problem. I love quilting, crocheting, cross stitch, water color, hand lettering, paper crafts, and working with my electronic cutting machines. I could never pick just one.  My creative mind is JUST as messy as my creative space.
Messy craft room

10 Summer Projects From the Dollar Store

Summer is finally here!!  By the end of the school year I was just hanging in there by a thread, and we finally made it!

I’m celebrating along with the Dollar Store Design squad.  We’re creating dollar store projects perfect for summer!   It is so fun to see what people come up with when the only limitation is "use something from the dollar store."  From wreaths and tote bags to personalized drinking glasses and wall decor.  The possibilities are endless.

10 Summer Projects featuring Dollar Store Items 

flamingo wreath

dollar store bunting

And don’t miss these other Dollar Store Design Squad projects (since you can never get too much dollar store in your life!)

Candy is Dandy But Liquor Is Quicker Cross Stitched Candy Jar

Candy is dandy candy jar
Have you ever walked through a store and have something catch your eye, but you just aren't exactly sure what you need it for?  It happens to me ALL.THE.TIME.  That may be why I have a garage and craft room filled with supplies that would be cool to do something with.. if I just knew what.

How to Embroider or Cross Stitch Plywood

How to embroidery plywood

It is no secret I’ll fallen into the cross stitch rabbit hole lately.  I mean, I even launched my own cross stitch and embroidery shop to share all my latest cross stitch and embroidery patterns and kits.   But that doesn’t mean I want to put down the power tools! Plywood embroideryInstead I figured out a way to combine my two loves.  A little plywood and some power tools along with the joy of stabbing something over and over.  

Embroidered Plywood:  Oversized cross stitch on wood
I have seen people embroidery peg board, and in fact, I even had a painted faux version of that technique:

But I didn’t like how large the stitches had to be, plus the scale of a any finished project would take up a whole wall. I wanted to create my own switchable surface.
Cross stitched cactus on plywood

How to cross stitch plywood:

Paper Popsicle Garland (Personalized)

Personalized summer popsicle banner
Today I want to share with you my FIRST EVER ‘print then cut' file for you Cricut machine. I’ve shared a lot of cut files/SVGs in the past, but this kicks it up to a whole new level.  This “Summer” popsicle banner is too cute for words.  The files include both the full banner as well as just the popsicles.
Summer popsicle exampel
If you have never used it, the print then cut feature is great for making things like stickers or cards since you can get a tight and accurate cut around the outside of your image.
Print and cut personalized popsicle banner

If you don’t have a Cricut machine I’ve also made alternative versions of the file so you can use them as darling summer printables. Here is an example I made using this file:
Example Summer vibes printable

12 Summer Projects You Can Make With Your Cricut

12 adorable summer themed cricut projects that you can make! Most include the free cut files! Summer is here! And that means time for those fun summer and beach projects! So drag out your Cricut machine, wipe off the dust and get ready to get crafty!
This month’s craft and create challenge had some fantastic ideas from shirts and hats to party supplies and signs.
 Bring a little summer fun to your life with these project ideas:
unicorn splatter art
flocking fabulous flamingo

How to Print Then Cut With A Cricut Machine

Print and cut personalized popsicle banner
Have you tried a Print then Cut project with your Cricut machine yet?  I think it is one of the more intimidating techniques to try since it has so many steps.. so many places where something could go wrong. But fear not! Today I'm going to walk you through the entire print then cut program in your Cricut Design space software and with your Cricut machine.

I’ve used the print then cut feature on my Silhouette machine (they call it “Print AND Cut”)  for a long long time, but I only just recently learned how to use it with my Cricut machine. It is quite a bit different and since I’ve started giving away print then cut files I thought I should give you a quick tutorial on how to actually USE them.

To get you started head over to the popsicle banner post and grab the file.. I’ll walk you through exactly how to use it:
Personalized summer popsicle banner

STEP 1:  Upload Print Then Cut File

15 Funny Gift Ideas for Snarky Moms

Sarcastic Mom gift ideas
Funny gifts for snarky moms

This will be my 12th Mother's Day as a mom, and I have learned a thing or two about parenting during that time.  I have also learned a lot about myself. I'm definitely one of those sarcastic moms, the type who is willing to laugh at herself.

So for Mother's day this year I don't want flowers or candy or even small kitchen appliances.  I want a gift that celebrates the humor (and sarcasm) in motherhood.   I've collected fifteen gift ideas for moms who are little too edgy and sarcastic for those cheesy “bath bombs and chocolates” gift guides you see floating around Pinterest. (Save those for your grandma!)  Instead these items all take a more realistic view of motherhood. 

   Every mom can probably relate to most of them, even if they don't want to admit it.

10 Things To Ask When Choosing an Online Mattress Company

How to shop for mattresses online10 things to ask when mattress shopping onlineIf you get 8 hours of sleep every night, do you realize that you will spend ONE THIRD of your life in bed?  Yes. A third.  And even if you don’t get a full 8 hours, you will still spend at least 1/4-1/5 of your life sleeping.   You will spend less time on vacation, in your car, or on your sofa.  But many of us spend more time researching our car and vacation purchase than we spend researching mattresses.
Organic cotton mattress
This is often because Mattress store make it really difficult to tell the differences between their products. And often this is intentional.  Comparing apples to apples when it comes to mattresses is nearly impossible.

Today’s tech savvy shoppers have turned away from buying mattresses in brick and mortar stores, and instead look to ordering mattresses online.  There are big advantages to buying onlin, including no high pressure salesmen, no quick decisions, and reduced overhead costs of brick and mortar stores.
Online mattress shopping
Instead, you can go online, do all your mattress research from the comfort of your sofa, and order exactly what you want.  Your mattress is then delivered right to your bedroom where you can actually TRY it by sleeping on it, the way you would normally use a mattress. You aren’t forced to do ’test drive’ your mattress purchase in a fluorescently lit mattress store filled with strangers.Saatva mattress
Still, many people are not 100% comfortable buying mattresses sight unseen. They are hesitant to make such a large purchase on their own.  But today’s online mattress buying experience can be relatively risk-free.  If buy a mattress from the right online mattress company, you have no reason to be hesitant.

So how do you know you are buying a mattress from the right place?
That is the million dollar question.
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