Saturday, August 24, 2019

It's Christmas Time!... well kinda...

When do you guys start shopping for Christmas gifts? Jay and I already have a pile of toys hidden under our bed. We love to find clearance toys for the boys throughout the year.

I make the gifts for my extended family (which is huge!) and it takes time. So, yes, yesterday I officially started on Christmas. And I'm going to do my best not to spoil any surprises but I do have to show you one thing. It's for my ministering families and one of my nephews. (Yes, Kira. It's really for you.) I loaded Wild Olive's template into Cricut Design Space. These little felt nativities are going to be the cutest! I'm going to have to make one for our house too! 

They will have eyes, I just haven't decided what method I want to use.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Kraftin' with a K

K is for Kaleidoscope

Have any empty vinyl tubes laying around? I do! So I used one to make a Kaleidoscope.


  • a sturdy tube - mine is left over from a roll of vinyl
  • beads - dollar store (make sure light can shine through)
  • clear film - amazon
  • piece of black paper
  • paper/stickers to decorate
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors
  • tape
  • ruler
  • pen
This is a great place to use the super decorative pieces of paper you never know what to do with!

Using your pen and the tube, trace two circles onto the clear film. One should fit inside the tube and one should fit outside. Cut out circles. Then you need to create a long triangle of clear film to act as your mirror. My tube is 12 inches high and my triangles had to be 1 1/4 inch on each side to fit inside. So, I cut out a 3 3/4 inch by 12 inches piece and then folded it in thirds. I used tape to hold it into the triangular shape. 

I had this from a different project. You could use any hard plastic but the higher quality the more mirror-like it will be. 

Hot glue your large circle onto one end of the tube. Fill tube with beads (just enough to cover the plastic circle with one layer). Glue small circle to end of triangle piece and slide into tube circle side first. You may need to trim the triangle depending on how large your beads are. Cut a circle out of the black paper that will fit on the open end of the tube. Poke a hole in the center and hot glue to open end. Decorate as desired. 

And there you have it! My little boys don't understand how to use it quite yet but I think it's pretty cool. If you make one let me know so I can show it off. Happy crafting!

And here is what the little guy did while Mom wrote her blog. :) prettygraphik stickers

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

More Random Projects

Just keep crafting. Just keep crafting. Just keep crafting, crafting, crafting! I kinda have a vague memory of starting a post this way already... Oh well! Here's some pics!

Another giveaway winner. I think I might have to make a pair of earrings and a bow to match. :)
The colors are so cute in real life!

Name on the back. It's a dancer thing...

The balloon keeps sliding and covering the Y, but this is one of my favorite cards!
It's a free Cricut Design Space project!

A card for a little missionary leaving soon. 

I think I'm funny. Hopefully it doesn't scare her. 

This is the gift to go with it. I used an Homest laundry bag and put htv on it. 

Thanks for looking! :)

Dance image:

Scripture image:

Flag image: Icons made by Freepik from is licensed by CC 3.0 BY

Friday, August 16, 2019

What I've Been Working On

I've been doing a couple random things. Catching up on scrapbooks, baking, and doing a lot of my diamond painting. I also made one of my giveaway shirts! I accidentally cut the htv way too small at first so now I have a baby onesie too. Haha. Oops. 

It's looking so awesome!!! Can you tell what it is now? (Hint: There is a sneak peak on the side).

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

A Jiggly Treat

J is for Jello

Can you believe I've never made Jello? It's a staple at most of our large family gatherings but it's never one I've been in charge of. Jay is not a fan of Jello, except in one instance: Aunt Debbie's Jello Cake. That thing disappears so fast! He (and all of his cousins) run (literally) to grab a scoop of it. A couple days before each party, and a couple days after, I hear love sonnets about this dessert. I'm pretty sure if it was a person he would have married it instead of me. 

Long story short, I made a modified version of the jello cake. I'll have to wait until he gets home to know if it compares to his aunt's. 

Kiy's Jello Push-Up Pops

  • 1 box strawberry jello (I used Great Value)
  • 1 box vanilla pudding (Again, Great Value)
  • Milk - to make pudding as directed on box
  • 1 Angel food cake
  • Fresh whipped cream
  • Treat Pop Holders (Wilton brand)
Prepare jello as directed on box. Chill in a 9x13 pan until set. Prepare pudding as directed on box and allow to set. Slice cake into thirds vertically. Use the pop holder to cut circles in the cake and jello. Assemble pops alternating between the four ingredients!

I actually won these in a Cupcake Wars, but that is a story for another day...

I created a little make shift holder for them.

  • Clean the sides of the holder as you go. It will give more distinct layers. 
  • Use a baby spoon to smooth out pudding and whipped cream. 
  • Put cake down as your first layer to create a firm foundation.
  • Let sit over night. The layers settle and infuse their flavors into each other.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Trying Diamond Painting

I will get back to my alphabet at some point, but I just got a new project and I'm really excited about it!

I've been getting advertisements for diamond painting for nearly a year now. It's basically a paint by number but instead of painting each little square you bedazzle it. If you are like my husband: this sounds like complete torture. I, on the other hand, have been very interested. So, about a month ago, I pulled the trigger and ordered one from China and today it finally arrived.

Organizing my supplies

I spent about two hours doing it today and I had a blast! Now, here's hoping I continue to have as much fun for the next 200 hours...
A long way to go...

I got faster as I went but this took about 2 hours.

Any guesses what the picture is?

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Disneyland Hack

It's not very often that I come up with a brilliant idea, but this time I did and I have to share it with you guys! 

A week ago, thirteen members of my family started on a journey to Disneyland. I like to use throw away water bottles on vacation. Frozen ones work great as ice packs, you don't have to worry about washing anything (We like to use Crystal Light packets.) and it's not a big deal if you lose one. That being said, I do like to reuse the bottles as many times as possible. I usually only throw a bottle away if we can't figure out who it belongs to... which happens a lot!  We've tried writing names on them but they always seem to wipe off. I would wrap a hair tie around mine but someone always drank out of it anyway. 

I knew being in the California heat would require lots of water and rather than using three hundred water bottles (Ok, probably a slight exaggeration, but if we all drank as much as we were supposed to it wouldn't be.) So, (this is so simple) I put stickers on the water bottles! Each person had a different Disney sticker so they knew what bottle was there's! It was so easy but it was a fun way to put a little extra Disney magic into the trip. 

I've been wanting to use the print-then-cut feature on my Cricut for a while. It's basically exactly what it sounds like, you can print a page and then the Cricut will cut out the image. It was a selling point for me when I originally got my Cricut but I just hadn't gotten around to trying it. We don't have a colored printer so I had to borrow my in-laws' for this project. 

Before the cut.

After the cut.
The print-then-cut feature is so awesome! I got all these cute images from Prettygrafik and printed them out. The Cricut website puts a large black box around the outside of the page and then a little light on the machine senses where the box is and it knows where to cut. I thought I would have to try this multiple times in order to figure it out but the first try was a total success! I wish I had done this sooner! Once my images were cut I put them through my Xyron Sticker Maker that my sweetie got me for Christmas. 

If you use the bleed setting the Cricut will put a little extra color on your page so there is no possibility of a little white on the edges. Just like the stickers you get from the store!

These specific stickers are for personal use only but the Prettygrafik website has some awesome things and they even allow some of their free stuff to be used commercially! So, if you have a color printer and want to print something out I would be happy to make some stickers for you. :)

Our trip was awesome! Here are a few more pictures.