Dodecagon Votive Candle

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Dodecagon Votive Candle Holder

Good morning friends! The Create With Cricut Challenge Group chose cereal boxes for the mystery material to use with our Cricuts this month. 

Dodecagon Votive Candle Holder Made with Cricut Maker and Cereal Box.

My FIRST Craft Room Tour

Monday, February 5, 2018

My "First" Craft Room Tour

Hello my friends this day has taken me along time to get here. Some of you would be shocked to know I have never had my own room. I am not complaining since that means I have been lucky to have shared my room with my sister and then my husband. Speaking of my Prince Charming, he has been incredible working toward a day when I would have my own room to create. The room I used before as a creative space was in the basement. I tried so hard to dress up one wall, a counter and decorated the space with most of the storage items in my new craft room.
Angie from Country Chic Cottage gathered several amazing bloggers to share their Craft Room Tours this week. Be sure to check them all out as you will find even the smallest or biggest rooms have the most creative ideas. There is a link at the bottom of my post so head over there ASAP.


The first project we tackled once we could get in the room was the closet after painting. The room before was my son A's room. Since he married a beautiful lady who is now my daughter-in-law technically but to me she is our first girl. We are so blessed to have a growing family with another wedding and our second daughter later this year. Opps! Back to the post. This is how I have been using my Cricut Maker and creating all my projects for the past few months. 


We added seven feet to our house when the boys were in middle school and set up to continue the wood floor through our 1940's house at the time of construction. When the builders put down the subfloor we had them add two layers of 3/4" tongue and groove plywood to the new addition side of the room.


At the last minute our terrific floor guy was able to squeeze in our job. Hooray! Starting with new oak hardwood floors is what I call a clean slate!



Patching the walls with Dapp makes it easy to see your work as well as when it dries white.


I absolutely love this color we chose for the accent wall called Big Surf. The main color is Evening White on the three remaining walls. Both are Behr Marquee one coat coverage paint.




This is always my favorite part of remodeling a space. Building the closet will be the base for how the craft room functions. I'll tell you more about the closet systems in a later post.




OMG! I am quite a mess by now as I am white washing these wooden crates for base shelf. Prince Charming was laughing when I was helping him with the new light fixture because I had Big Surf paint in my hair. Blue hair Don't Care?


These rolling carts of storage by Recollections were in the basement as different surfaces to work on as well. Look how much room I have. I am so excited a few times my eyes welled up with tears of joy. 



This side of the room hosts my desk bought at an antique store in Michigan. My Grandma's kitchen chair is my desk chair which is perfect since I inherited my creative side from her. 


Of course my Cricut Maker has a new place with lots of counters. The top of this cabinet has a ironing pad too. This will be fabulous when I am using the Heat Press or pressing seams when sewing. My sewing machine is stored in the cabinet below.


My Cricut carry bag is tucked neatly by the wall on the floor. I love a comfy chair to plan, learn or do hand sewing. This swivel, rocking upholstered gem was found at a furniture warehouse sale for $ 99. 


Pillows and a blanket for an occasional nap add color splashed across the room make for a cozy feeling  plus keep this room dual purpose for our guests to have a place in our home.



A cigar box reminds me of my grandpa while gathering scissors and ribbon. My BFF made me the darling planter box filled with mason jars including fairy lights fill a special place on my desk. 





I still have plenty to fill my closet as I am typing this post my fingers are bleeding and covered in paint since the floor dried on Saturday night giving us one day to paint and load in My "FIRST" Craft room. I will be doing several more posts to keep you updated coming soon as I settle into my new space.

I hope you loved this post as much as I did creating it. I have included a Pinterest image for you to save.


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Felt Flower Power

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Felt Flower Power

Darlins so much is going on around here at Dragonfly & Lily Pads lately. Be sure to read all the way to the end of this post to pop on over to my three friends who rounded up more than 40 bloggers to post a project using felt with a Cricut machine. I used my Cricut Maker to create a 15 minute Craft Lightning Felt Flower Power. Can you tell Spring is already on my mind? Is it on Yours? This project is perfect to make for gifts, decor, party decorations, teacher gifts, even the kids could do this. OMG! Wouldn't these be great to bring to a nursing home to brighten an elderly persons day.

Felt Flower Power Cricut Maker Flowers made with glue, and chenille pipe cleaners in less than 15 minutes.

Supplies for making Felt Flower Power Project

9" X 12" Felt one of each color for flowers plus one Green sheet for leaf
1 package Chenille Pipe Cleaners
Vase
Glue Gun
Glue Sticks
Scissors
Cricut Machine
Fabric Mat

Felt Cut Flowers from Cricut for Felt Flower Power project made in 15 minutes or less.

Follow the Step by step directions from the link above. Head over to my tutorial on using the Cricut Maker to get more details and see the darling felt heart garland project. Then you should have a several felt flower parts along with a few Green Leafs. I chose soft colors but the sky's the limit with your imagination.

Threading the Center of the flowers which look like buttons to hold the flowers together.

The center of these flowers were part of the Strawberry Box #M3984C Spring Cottage in the Cricut Design Space. You can find that information in the link above. I used it as the button to hold the flowers together. 

Light blue Five petal flower with button type center. Green Pipe Cleaner stem

As you can see I threaded the pipe cleaner through the holes in the light blue flower. 

Twisted Pipe Cleaner stem of the flower made with felt cut by the Cricut Maker

To secure the center simply twist the pipe cleaner to hold the flower center in place.

This sweet picture of the felt flower center reminds me of ForGet Me Nots.

Excuse my hands but I could not resist showing you how sweet this looks on it's own.

Completed Felt Flower Power in less than 15 minutes using the Cricut Maker, Glue Gun.

We used this vintage milk glass vase for our family wedding this Fall. We used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to make invitations, decorations, and thank you notes. In case you missed Felt St Paddy's Day Pin you have plenty of time to show your Irish pride. I will be sharing how we made all the wedding projects soon. 

I hope you are feeling the power of these felt flowers sending you whispers of  breezes, the warmth of sunshine on your face, and the trickle of rain at night to begin the buds of Spring.

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Felt Flower Power Cut the Felt with Cricut Maker, Create with Flower Shapes, Enjoy this quick 15 minute breath of Spring Pinterest friendly image

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Felt St. Paddy's Day Pin

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Felt St. Paddy's Day Pin

My Cousin from Ireland sent me pictures along with a video about St. Paddy's Day. She lives in the town my great-grandfather was born in before emigrating to New York during his adult life. St. Patrick's Day is a National Holiday in Ireland. It is a day the whole town goes to church, has a parade and of course has a pint or two. I am grateful she shared traditions held in our family half way across the world.  Featured on the lapel of jacket and coats is a boutonniere of shamrock. 


Felt St. Paddy's Day Pin made with Cricut Maker, Pinned on jacket

AlamyStock Photo is a shot of traditional Shamrocks worn on lapels on St. Paddy's Day


This Stock photo by Alamy is my inspiration for this project out of felt.
Four shades of Green felt made into St. Patrick's Day Pin or Decor


Choose a few shade of green to create your felt St. Paddy's Day pin. I have provided the link directly to the project so you can easily make this St. Paddy's Day pin too.


Four shades of green, four shapes of shamrocks cut on Cricut Maker
Look at the Shamrocks all cut out in just a few minutes. Head over to my YouTube tutorial to follow the to set up the Cricut Maker and complete any project.
Glue Gun, Sticks, Safety Pin, sorted shapes on colors to create Lapel or decor.

Slide the pin through the holes after using a hot glue gun to attach the two darkest shamrocks which will become your base.
Learn how to make a Felt St. Paddy's Day Pin, Create and Challenge Cricut Felt Day.


Then begin layering the different shape and color shamrocks until you like the design. 

Wearing of the Green for St. Patrick's Day will be no problem with this quick pin.

As you see above this jacket is already for St. Paddy's Day with the wearing of the green.


Felt St. Paddy's Day Pin attached to a wreath makes a sweet piece of decor.

A gift from  my husband years ago this panda sits in our oldest son's rocking chair. He is holding a wreath decorated for the Irish holiday. The pin looks great on this darling wreath in his lap. Do you remember my Thrifty to Nifty post using this wreath?

This felt St. Paddy's Day pin means there is no way St. Patrick's Day should go by without a speck of green. May the Luck of the Irish be with you. :-)

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Heart Garland Cricut Tutorial

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Heart Garland Cricut Tutorial

It is Craft & Create Cricut Challenge day. This day is when several fabulous bloggers bring there best ideas to share with you. We are thinking LOVE! Our theme is Valentine's Day this month. I've got a great heart garland tutorial for you today. If that is not enough excitement I gave YouTube a whirl. The video is even embedded in this post. I am literally smiling while laughing at the feeling of pride over this accomplishment.