Monday, March 19, 2018

Messy Bun Hat - Book Review

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I have been wanting to try making a messy bun hat for a while.  While I do not personally wear buns, I do wear ponytails a lot, and sometimes it would be nice to have something on my head to keep it warm even when I have my hair in a ponytail.

I recently received the book Messy Bun Hats, Plus! from  I love all of the different patterns and variations of messy bun hats in this book.  There is something for everyone!
When I started out, I wanted something that I could wear to school events, so I found this beautiful variegated yarn from Premier Yarns called Frosty.  It has shades of blue, grey and white.

Once I made the hat, I did not really like the look of the band out of the variegated yarn (see image below) so I made some adjustments.  I loved the stitch, but just thought it would look cuter in a solid color.

I grabbed some Grey Heather yarn from Premier Yarns, and started to make the hat again.  I was planning to make it in all grey, but then I placed the grey band I was working on over the top of the variegated hat I had already made and I knew I had the perfect hat when I combined these two colors.

The book by Leisure Arts is really easy to follow, and has great pictures.  I love how easy it is to follow along and watch the progress of your project.  Since this pattern does call out a gauge to follow, I was quickly able to figure out that the hook I was using was too big, and I went down one size . . . which turned out to be the perfect size.

And now, the finished hat with a grey brim and a variegated body . . . I think it turned out really cute!

Since I have a smaller head, the next time I make this I think I will just take out a row or two from the body of the hat, but I am going to give this one to a friend so the size will be perfect for her.

I would highly recommend the Messy Bun Hats, Plus! book.  Find a yarn in your favorite color and jump on in and try one out.  They are fun and easy to make.  This one only took me a couple of evenings to make and I even changed my mind and switch color combinations after making the hat the first time.

Messy Bun Hats, Plus! - Front Cover

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Crocheted Headband/Ear Warmers

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Have you ever found a crochet pattern or stitch that you love so much you just want to use it all the time?  That is how I feel about the stitch used to make these Mickey Mouse Headbands!  

The band is made with a stitch that combines a single crochet stitch and a double crochet stitch, so if you can make those two stitches and a chain, you can make this headband.  These are perfect to wear when you have your hair in a bun or ponytail, but still want something to keep your ears warm from a cool wind.

How did I discover this stitch?  It is in the book One Skein Baby Projects, and is used to create the blanket in the Teddy Bear Lovely pattern.  I have actually used this stitch several times in the past year to create some full sized blankets.  I just adjusted the number of stitches I used. If you would like to see those projects you can find them HERE and HERE.

For the headbands, I start off with a chain of 55 stitches.  For the circles to make the Mickey Mouse icon made circles in two sizes using the pattern I learned from the Teach Me To Crochet book.  I originally used that book to create an Emoji Pillow from the circle pillow pattern, which you can check out HERE.

After making the circles, I just slip stitched them onto the headband.  I made all of these out of Red Heart with Love yarn.  I love how soft this yarn is!  It comes in a lot of amazing colors too.

I hope that this blog post showed you how you can take what you learn in one or two books from different patterns and combine them into a brand new project that is all your own.

I am also selling these headbands on my Storenvy site and on a Mickey Mouse Facebook group I have.  Come check them out! books used included One Skein Baby Projects and Teach Me to Crochet

Friday, March 2, 2018

Shaped Number Graduation Card

Graduation season is just around the corner, and since my daughter will be graduating high school this year I know we will be going to a lot of Open Houses for her friends.  I wanted to make unique Graduation card from them instead of getting the same ones that everyone else will be getting from the stores.

I was able to easily make this 2018 shaped card in school colors using Cricut Design Space.  I used a font that has several layers, and then I welded the shadow of the white outline together.  After it was welded, I made a copy and mirrored it above the original image and added a score line to it to create the card base.

The next step was the gray outline, which I also welded together.  I made a copy of this and welded a square to the inside of it to create the piece for the inside of the card.  Instead of writing something on the inside, I used my Cricut pens to have the Cricut write a nice sentiment on the inside.

I layered the gray 2018 on the outside of the card

Then I layer the gray piece with the sentiment to the inside of the card.

Next I cut the blue 2018 

And last but not least, I layer the blue numbers on to the front of the card.

This is a simple but fun Graduation card that can be made using any school colors.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Cricut Cartridges $6.99!!!!

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If you have been waiting for the perfect time to purchase some new cartridges from Cricut, then now is that time!  Right now there are some cartridges on sale for as low as $6.99

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Cricut Window Cling

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Have you tried using the Cricut Window Cling material? I just started to use this a few months ago and I love how easy it is to work with.  I thought that I would not only share what I have made with you, but also use this post to answer some questions that I saw people asking on a Facebook group.

The window cling comes on a roll, and you just cut the amount you need for your image.

I used the vinyl setting on my Cricut to cut it.  This will allow the Cricut to cut through the window cling material, but not the backing sheet.  Once the image is cut, you weed away the negative space around or inside the cut just like you would with vinyl.

I used the Mickey and Friends Love at First Sight for these first two images.

How is this material DIFFERENT than vinyl?

There is no adhesive on this material.  Vinyl has a sticky adhesive side, which is what you use to apply the vinyl to your project.  The window cling material does not have any sticky side.  This is because it "sticks" to the surface because of static electricity. It will stick to windows, glass and mirrors.

Since there is no sticky side, there is no need to mirror your image when you cut it.

There is also no need for transfer tape.  Just peel the cut off of the backing like you would a sticker, and then apply it to the surface you want it to stick too.  I always clean the surface I am applying it to first, to make sure there is no dust or dirt on the surface and that you get a good stick.

You can remove it, put it back onto the backing sheet and store it and then apply it again later.  This is a great way to make holiday window decorations that you can use over and over again.  I did this with some Mickey Mouse snowflakes I made.  You can check out that post by clicking HERE.

Window cling material is intended for indoor use.  You can put it on your windows, mirrors or other glass surfaces.  This type of material is not what you want to use if you are making car decals.  For that you need a vinyl with adhesive on the back so that it permanently sticks to the car window.  Of course, if you are decorating a car window for an event, like a wedding, and the images might only be on the windows for a day then this could work . . . especially if you applied it to the inside of the car window.

For the word LOVE I used a Mickey Mouse icon and welded it together in Design Space with the other letters  . . . quick and easy.

I found this kissing Mickey and Minnie image online and uploaded it to Design Space and then added the world love underneath it.  A friend of mine asked me if I could do an image with two Mickey Mouses for her son and his boyfriend . . . so then I created the image below.

I am selling all of these window clings in a Mickey Mouse Facebook group that I have.  If you would like to join so you can see everything I have listed there, just click HERE.

I also have some items I have made for sale at my store at

Click here to purchase your Cricut Window Cling material and start creating today!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Mickey Mouse in sleigh with reindeer Pluto

The other day I showed you the Mickey Mouse snowflakes I created in Design Space.  If you missed that post you can go HERE to see it.  I made them in white and from the frosted window cling material.

Once I master that, I wanted to try something else in Cricut Design Space™.  I wanted to put Mickey Mouse in a sleigh, with Pluto pulling the sleigh.  I also wanted Pluto to have reindeer antlers on his head.

Using Cricut Design Space™ I found all of the elements I wanted to use . . . Mickey, Pluto, a sleigh and a reindeer.  Then I sliced and welded the different images together until I got this . . . .

This would look so cute cut out of a glitter vinyl and ironed onto a shirt for Christmas!

If you don't want to take the time to create a file like this on your own, I am selling the SVG file on my storevny site HERE.

Here is what this image looked like after I cut it out.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Frosted Mickey Mouse snowflakes window clings

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The other day I shared that I made some Mickey Mouse snowflake window clings.  I loved the way they turned out that I wanted to make some more for friends and family, and to maybe even sell at a local craft show.  So off I went to the store to pick up more window cling material.  When I got home and opened it, I was surprised because it was frosted and not the white like I thought I had grabbed.  But then I cut the snowflakes and WOW . . . I love the little touch of sparkle that is in the frosted window cling material from Cricut!

Make sure to check out my original post that shows you how I made these using Cricut Design Space™,  

If you need to purchase some Cricut window cling material, use this link

And if you don't want to make some of your own, you can buy a set from me.  I am selling a set of 6 snowflakes for $12 . . . just go to my store at