Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Metallic Fall Art in 15 Minutes

  Happy Fall Darlin's! Truth be told I am a believer of summer isn't over yet. Today I have a tutorial on how to make this metallic fall art in 15 minutes but, that is not all. I know I have been drooling over the new Cricut Maker. Have you seen this baby? She is life changing people! Be sure to read through the tutorial and grab your chance to win one from Cricut. 💖 This week with the Craft Lightning Crew we are focusing on Halloween. Make sure to visit all this week to see amazing talented bloggers sharing inspiration for your fall decor.
My metallic abstract pumpkin was inspired from Jen Goode Designs Leaf in the Cricut Design Space. Lets gather your materials and get started. 

Materials for Metallic Fall Art

Art Canvas 9" X 12" 


Roll of 4 sheets of 12" X 24" Adhesive Foil Stainless
 (I used dark Stainless for the leaf)
Roll of 4 Sheets of 12" X 12" Adhesive Foil Metallic
(I used Copper and gold Foil, Metallic)
Monotype Fonts 1 Arioso Com Regular Font
Leaf #M77B76B JGoode Designs - Halloween 
Circle #M369879 Basic Shapes
Transfer Tape
Follow the steps above to create your abstract pumpkin. You might choose a different 

Every girl needs a beauty shot even while she is working. I need to think of a name for my Cricut Explore Air 2. That is right friends one of you will win the new Cricut Maker before me. Don't worry though because I have had a chance to work with the Maker. The new machine is an absolute dream.

I love my new metallic Fall art in 15 minutes on my sun room mantle. It will look perfect for the Wine Down Party the day after my sons wedding this week. 
That is where I have been lately. The busy mom preparing for a family wedding. I can't wait to share all the projects we have made using my Cricut but I wanted to wait until after the big day. It is so hard to keep a secret from all of you while I have been creating invitations, decorations, signs, and more. All while bursting with a momma's pride to celebrate the joining of my son and his bride in marriage.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

How to Buy a New Car

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 Shopping for a new car in our house is a big deal. Recently we bought a new car which was a step by step process in for us. The last time we bought a new car was my 2002 Mini-van which has served us well. I will be sharing our process on how to buy a new car.

 Our needs have changed from the last time we bought a car. We made a list to figure out the needs we have in a car, our budget, and financing. Then we made a wish list of options, colors, and who is driving the car. Lucky Me! I am the primary driver of this new car.  Lets do our homework while getting ready to buy a car suited for you at a good price.

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What do you need in a car?

How many doors?
Type of drive (2, 4 or All wheel drive)
Varied seating
How will you use your vehicle?

What is your budget?

Calculate your affordable monthly payment.
What is the value of your trade-in (if applicable)
Investigate your current finance options.
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Before we move on to wish list items here is a reference used to search for my car. I found Cars.com while searching and comparing cars extremely useful. I will use my wish list but yours will be different of course. This will give you an idea of what to think about for yours.

Photo Snippet from Cars dot com
Snippet from Cars.com Website

Wish List

The color  (Diamond Pearl) 💖
Interior color had to be light to medium brown. (Our Golden Retriever blends with those colors. 
Leather seats
Heated seats, steering wheel (Hey we live near Chicago)
Air conditioned seats (A big luxury)
AC/Heat controls for everyone
Media Monitors in back seats
Navigation System
Trailer Hitch (You need to be sure to get up grades in your engine to Haul)

Test Drives

This is one of my best tips. My husband is eleven inches taller than me which can cause difficulty for both of us to drive the same car. We head to our local Auto Show to sit in all the cars we think might fit our needs. This narrows down our test drives. You are asking why. Am I right? There are certain cars which my knees hit the dashboard when I reach the gas and brake pedal. Other cars leave no room for anyone, even me to sit behind a driver with longer legs. We have eliminated many test drives with this plan. 

Take Your Time

This is a big ticket item take your time while buying a new car. Once you decide on a car compare your price while deciding what you truly want in your car. Do not settle because you will be using your new car everyday for quite awhile.

  Ten Thousand miles on the road, Honking Horn for Chicago Cubs World Series Champions, and countless trips to our lake house. I Love My CAR!
 Your time is precious and I am honored to share your day. Please leave a comment.  I would love to learn more about you and will personally respond. 

Question of the day- What is your favorite car? Leave your answer in the comments please.

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                                                     Karen Marie

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Back Pack Tassel Tutorial

Imagine the feeling of school starting. There is new clothes, shoes, supplies and back packs. A pile of back packs sits at the door with kids grabbing their bags on the first day of school.
You have purchased, separated and labeled EVERYTHING! Your kids do not have to read the label on their back pack to know which one belongs to them this year. Each back pack is easy to see because a few weeks ago you gathered up your kids and followed this Back Pack Tassel Tutorial.
Craft Lightning Back to School projects are meant to prepare for a busy school year. All in 15 minutes or less.

Back Pack Tassel Tutorial shared with Craft Lightning Back to School

Tassels are a fun way to let your child express themselves with a hot style item this season. 

Back to School Back pack tassel tutorial supply picture, scissors, cardboard from shoe box and Lily Cotton Sugar & Cream yarn

 You probably have most of these items at home which makes for a great free and recycle project too.

Supply List:

  1. Scissors
  2. Card board that is stiff. {This is a shoe box}
  3. Yarn {This is Lily Cotton Sugar & Cream}
Lucky for me this project was free All of these item were in my stash of left over materials.😁

Pink Back pack with Tassel Tutorial in red orange, gold, and cream.

Tassels can be attached in many ways to your back pack. This one is a zipper pull.

Tassel in popular school color gold on pink back pack. Tutorial on Dragonfly & Lily Pads

This bright golden rod color which is a prime school color is attached to a key ring.

Red-Orange Tassel to identify your back pack included tutorial in post.

This is my favorite because we all travel with a ribbon or something to identify our luggage at a distance. Now in fifteen short minutes you will have a stylish colorful way to see your back pack across the room.  

Pinterest Image for Back Pack Tassel Tutorial, Original Dragonfly & Lily Pads

It looks like a lot of steps but do not be scared. I made several of these in just a few minutes while watching television. 

Tassel Tutorial Steps
  1. I used the top of a shoe box and cut size. Stiffer card board will keep it from bending as you wrap the yarn.
  2. Cut a slit at the bottom of the card board.
  3. Slip the end of the yarn into the slit to hold it in place while you wrap the yarn around the board.
  4. When you feel you have the size tassel you want cut the end of the yarn at the bottom of the card board.
  5. Cut long length of yard for the center knot plus for the tie.
  6. Place the yarn through the wound yarn at the top wiggling off the yarn. Center the loop of yarn at the top and tie in a knot.
  7. Center your scissors at the bottom of the loops of yarn. Cut 
  8. Smoothing the yarn with your fingers take another loop of yarn tying around the tassel about an inch or so from the top. Cut off the tails.
  9. Smooth out the tassel again same as above and trim with scissors to a neat finish. 
  10. Tie your Tassel to your back pack. 
There are plenty of ways to adapt the materials to this project to suit the persons style and taste. 
Here are a few ideas I had while creating the tassels you see above.
ribbon, lace, shoelaces, thread a monogrammed button through the tassel. Add Lego, lapel pin, or charm. My mind is racing with ideas. Please tag me with your completed tassel projects on Instagram. I would love to see what you create.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

A Box with a Purpose

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There's no monthly theme.
  • There's no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

Amanda | The Kolb Corner    Kim | Made in a Day Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles    Pili | Sweet Things Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Marie | DIY Adulation    Sue | A Purdy Little House Chelsea | Making Manzanita    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim    Karen | Dragonfly and Lily Pads Kimm | Reinvented    Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home   Megan | C'mon Get Crafty Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled    Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela      Michelle | Our Crafty Mom    Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod  Ali | Home Crafts By Ali    Denise | My Thrifty House 

Make sure you follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!

A box with a purpose was created to solve a problem in our house. Looking at a power strip when you walk in the bedroom door is not my idea of decor. The power strip could also get stuck under the wheels of the bed. Beside any costly phones tablets on the floor the getting crushed.
Lake house boys room Box with a Purpose

 While at a local Good Will I found this box with fish design on the top. The box is larger  and coordinates with the style of the room which will fit the power strip I want to add.

Box with a Purpose using a drill and power strip. Thrift store, Upcycle, Decor

I painted the box the same color of the trim on the bed. Drilled a hole in the box large enough to fit the power strip. Let it dry and then slid the strip through the box and plugged it into the wall. The plug is also hard to reach since the bed is close to the wall. This solves the dreaded squeezing your arm down the side of the bed to get to the electrical plug when you are already tired. 

Thrift Store Upcycle Decor Challenge. Box with a Purpose, Add a power strip with one tool a drill. 
Looking at this box it adds a nice touch to the space. The best part is this thrift store find fits my purpose.

Pinterest Picture for post A Box with a Purpose. Thrift Store, Decor, Upcycle

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Thanks for visiting today I will see you again soon.

~ Let Your Creative Spirit Dance  ~ 
                                                     Karen Marie

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

15 Minute Red White and Blue Decoration

This 15 minute red, white and blue decoration project is easy to due. It can be used to decorate bikes for parades, fences to show your patriotic pride, or decorate a picnic grove for the family picnic. 

Red White and Blue ribbon tied to create a garland for patriotic holidays

 First I started with 5 rolls of ribbon on sale for $2.00 a roll. The rope I purchased was on sale too. I used two out stretched arm lengths which is about 2 yards. 

Cut the white red and blue ribbon and arrange in pattern

I played around with the colors to create my pattern for my garland or swag. 

Tie all the 5 different ribbons on a string to create garland

The red and white striped ribbon was wider than I wanted. I cut it in half using it this way lowered the cost of the project.

Patriotic garland hang any where in your home or outside for decor.

Thanks to the rainy weather which seems to want to move in and live with us I had to take the pictures in less than perfect conditions.

thrift store wreath with american flag and red white and blue ribbon

Even my patriotic thrift store wreath was given a bit of garland to dress up my tribute to the military who are active or veterans. I am forever grateful for their service as well as their family who gives us the opportunity to live in a free country. 

Love It! Here is an image to Pin to Pinterest.
Pinnable image for 15 minute Red white and blue decorating

Join my Craft Lightning Patriotic friends this week with more than 40 project ideas to create in less than 15 minutes. 
Thank you for wrangling this group of creatives.....
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Get your Pinterest button clicking as you will want to have these projects and ideas available to you at any time.  Your time is precious and I am honored to share part of your day. Please leave a comment and follow social media. I would love to learn more about you.
Thanks for visiting today I will see you again soon.

~ Let Your Creative Spirit Dance  ~ 
                                                     Karen Marie

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Start a Fire Pit in a Blink


Hello darling! How have you been? I am thinking warmer weather and sunshine. I am guessing you are too. The HomeRight Electrolight Fire Starter was given to me to share my thoughts about this wonderful product. Of course my thoughts are my own but you can already see I loved the way the Electrolight Fire Starter  works.