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10 Wooden Lanterns You Can Make Yourself

10 Wooden Lanterns You Could Build Yourself

DIY Outdoor Drink Stakes

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I’m pretty excited about today’s build because
1. It uses only scrap wood.
2. It went together super fast (like one afternoon.)
And 3. It involves holding my drink..  We can pretty much all agree the a cold beer or glass of wine close at hand is ESSENTIAL to summertime happiness.
Yard stake drink holder

Make A Lantern Out of Clothespins

Clothespin lanternsMake a lantern from clothespins
As part of this month's power tool challenge I needed to create a lantern out of wood.

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

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