Woodland Tribal Wild and Three Birthday Party

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Wild and Three Woodland Tribal Birthday - Jen T by Design

You guys asked for more birthday party ideas for boys, and I heard ya!  Say hello to our newest boy theme, a Woodland Tribal Wild and Three Birthday Party.  :)

Wild and Three Woodland Tribal Birthday - Jen T by Design
Wild and Three Woodland Tribal Invitation - Jen T by Design

I was walking through Target one day and saw this plush bear hanging in the kids' bedding/room decor department.  So un"bear"ably cute, right?!!  The little guy was too adorable to pass up, so into my cart he went.  I drove home thinking about how I could incorporate him into a party, trying to see if I could build something around what is currently trending.  I have a "Wild and Three" party invitation for girls that is super popular, so I thought it might be cool to give that theme a woodland tribal spin for the boys.  A few hours later, this fun little Wild and Three Woodland Tribal invitation was born, and the party planning began!

Wild and Three Woodland Tribal Birthday - Jen T by Design
Wild and Three Woodland Tribal Birthday - Jen T by Design
When I think tribal decor, I instantly think arrows, dreamcatchers, and feathers.  I headed over to my go-to party shop, Oriental Trading, to see what types of goodies I could find to create with.  I found so much cool stuff!  I picked up some embroidery hoops, wooden beads (this size and this size), some peach, coral, and teal beads to match the invite colors, some wooden discs, and some really cool feather and arrow charms.   

The dreamcatchers were going to be part of the backdrop, so I knew I wanted them to stand out.  I wrapped the embroidery hoops with yarn that matched the party colors, then tied them together with embroidery floss.  I spray painted lollipop sticks copper and used them to add a geometric element to the hoops, then strung beads, wood chips, and yarn tassels to complete the look.  

I used the same concept (beads and sticks) to create a cake topper and some appetizer picks.  The feather and arrow charms made a fun addition and helped to tie into the theme. 
Wild and Three Woodland Tribal Birthday - Jen T by Design
Wild and Three Woodland Tribal Birthday - Jen T by Design
I built a tiered tray out of wood slices from Oriental Trading and a tin can that I spray painted copper.  If you decide to use this idea, just be sure to use some aluminum foil pieces under your food to prevent the oils from seeping into the wood.  
Wild and Three Woodland Tribal Birthday - Jen T by Design
Wild and Three Woodland Tribal Birthday - Jen T by Design
To add to the "woodsy" vibe of the Tribal Wild and Three Birthday Party, I brought some greenery and trees into the decor.  I painted some wooden 3-D trees trees from Oriental Trading to mimic the trees on the invitation, and used some of this greenery here and there throughout the space.  Some paper flowers that I cut using my Cricut Maker helped bring in some color.
Wild and Three Woodland Tribal Birthday - Jen T by Design

I love the free-spirited message of this quote and thought it was so fitting to incorporate into this birthday party.  I created an art print that echoes the feel of the invite, and mounted it in a white frame.  The "Run Wild, My Child" sign can be found here.

Wild and Three Woodland Tribal Birthday - Jen T by Design
One of my favorite elements of the party were these little muslin favor bags.  Aren't they CUTE?!!  The plain bags are from Oriental Trading, and I used my Cricut Maker to cut the text out of black iron-on vinyl.  Some beads and a feather gave the bags an adorable finishing touch.  I'm just wild over how they turned out!
Wild and Three Woodland Tribal Birthday - Jen T by Design
I found some metallic copper paper at Michaels and thought it would be cute to incorporate somehow.  I whipped the Cricut Maker back out and cut some arrow shapes to make a fun little garland for the front of the table.

I used the same yarn from the dreamcatchers to wrap around a stick, that then served as a neat little accent piece.  
Wild and Three Woodland Tribal Birthday - Jen T by Design

So there ya have a cute little birthday idea party for boys.  I hope you're inspired to create a Woodland Tribal Wild and Three Birthday Party of your own!  If you decide to use any of these ideas, please tag me on social media (my social accounts are at the bottom of this page).  I love to see what you create!

What boy's theme would you like to see next?

If you like these ideas, please "Like," "Pin," "Share" or "Tweet!"  Or, you can just shout it from the rooftops, if that's your thing.  Thanks bunches!!!  :) 

Succulent Bridal Shower featuring Cricut, Martha Stewart, and Michaels

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Hey guys!  If you caught my last blog post, then you know that an epic collaboration is going down between Cricut, Martha Stewart, and Michaels, and you know that I am one of the lucky gals who gets to work with them and create fun party inspiration for YOU as a result!

I have been having so much fun creating and styling with these goodies, and I'm super excited to share my latest project with you, a Succulent Bridal Shower

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For this project I got to play with the "Gold" collection in the Martha Stewart Celebrations line.  This is one of ten collections in the line, all available exclusively at Michaels.  All of the collections include practically everything you need to throw a party...gorgeous tableware (from pretty plates, napkins, and table runners to cute cups and straws),  party decor (like banners and party poms), and so much more!  

What I like about the gold collection is that it is so versatile!  Use "as is" for a simplistic, classy feel, or add some pops of color to jazz it up a bit.  You know I'm all about that jazz, so I decided to complement the pretty gold and white with some bold color!

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We are in full blown wedding season at our house because TWO of our kiddos are getting married!  We're so excited!!!  So, with weddings on the brain, when I saw the classy gold collection I instantly thought "bridal shower."  With summer approaching, I really wanted to use some summer colors to add some seasonal pop to the party.  

I went to Michaels and browsed through the collection of Martha Stewart card stock to find the perfect colors to include in my Succulent Bridal Shower.

The 12-inch pages were perfect to use at each place setting as placemats, and they really added a nice visual contrast against the gorgeous Martha Stewart table runner, plates and napkins. SO easy and inexpensive compared to using chargers, too! 

Pretty florals from Michaels helped tie all of the colors together. I'll be real here.  I was totally gonna splurge on real flowers for this party, but when I was at Michaels looking at the paper I decided to mosey over to the floral department.  Faux flowers have come a long way, y'all.  I had several people look at the pics and couldn't even tell that these flowers weren't real!  I'm a fresh flower kinda gal, but I just might be swayed a little bit.  :)

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As part of the epic collab between these three brands, Cricut has released a brand new Cricut® Explore Air™ 2 Special Edition, Martha Stewart Machine Bundle, available exclusively at Michaels.  The machine has a stunning pearlized finish and gold accents, and is seriously so beautiful!  A five piece gold-accented tool kit is included in the bundle.  

Not only is this machine pretty, she's smart!  She can cut over 100 materials seamlessly...simply set the Smart Set dial to the material that you'd like to cut, and the machine will know exactly how much pressure to put on the blade to give you the perfect cut! Wanna know what else?  It cuts and writes up to twice as fast as previous versions of the machine! 

For this shower I cut card stock, vinyl, and iron-on with just a turn of the dial.  What's even cooler is I used the scoring stylus to score the folds for the favor boxes, and I used the pens to draw a favor sign.  It's all so easy to do and takes crafting to an entirely new level!  I'm so obsessed!

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There are thousands of ready-to-make projects waiting for you in Cricut's free Design Space software, and as a bonus, this Martha Machine bundle includes 25 exclusive Martha Stewart projects.  This ADORABLE favor box is one of them (find it in Design Space here, and see my modified version here).  Simply change the papers and the embellishment cuts/accents to create an entirely new look for your celebrations! So fun!  Instead of using a cut embellishment for the top, I used the Martha gold labels and wrote the girls' names on them so the boxes could serve as place cards.

This 3-D cactus is a ready-to-make project that I fell in love with and knew I wanted to incorporate.  I just love how it turned out...isn't it so neat?!!  Get the cut files in Design Space here.

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Succulent Bridal Shower with Cricut, Martha Stewart, and Michaels - Jen T by Design #ad, #CricutMarthaStewart, #MadeWithMichaels #CricutMade #Cricut

Another exclusive Martha cut that I used was the medallion cut (in Design Space here).  The design worked well with the succulent theme, so I used Cricut foil iron-on and my EasyPress to adhere the medallion designs to the Martha Stewart cloth banner, then hung it on the front of the favor table.

I used a really cool cactus wall hanging as the backdrop, and I really love the character it added to the setup.  When setting up a table, I'm all about visual interest, so staggering heights is a must.  I turned gold buckets from the Martha collection upside down and used them as risers for the succulent favors and the straws (also from the Martha collection).   Cricut has some super cool corrugated paper that I cut and wrapped around the succulents for a finished look.

Bottles of Sanpellegrino Prickly Pear Sparkling Fruit Juice got jazzed up with a new name, because "On Point" Punch sounded a little more fun to me and I love a good pun (get the label project here).  

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Succulent Bridal Shower with Cricut, Martha Stewart, and Michaels - Jen T by Design #ad, #CricutMarthaStewart, #MadeWithMichaels #CricutMade #Cricut

Speaking of puns, remember that I said I used the Cricut pens to make the favor sign?  Well, the sign says "She's a SUCCA for his love."  Get it?  Because of the succulents?  Yeah, corny, I know, but that's totally how I roll!  Anyhoo, the machine wrote and cut that sign, you guys.  How freaking cool is that?!!! I just taped some colored card stock behind the cuts.  Here's how to make it.  

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Succulent Bridal Shower with Cricut, Martha Stewart, and Michaels - Jen T by Design #ad, #CricutMarthaStewart, #MadeWithMichaels #CricutMade #Cricut

So there you have it!  Some pretty Succulent Bridal Shower Inspiration, full of color and fun projects that you can make with Cricut, Michaels, and Martha Stewart!  

I hope you've been inspired!  If you decide to try any of these ideas, please share pics by emailing me or tagging me on social media (you can find all of my social accounts at the top and bottom of this page).  I love seeing what you create!

Happy Celebrating, and see ya next time!  xoxoxo, Jen  :)

If you like these ideas, please "Like," "Pin," "Share" or "Tweet!"  Or, you can just shout it from the rooftops, if that's your thing.  Thanks bunches!!!  :) 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

A Celestial Graduation Party featuring Cricut, Martha Stewart, and Michaels

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Once upon a time, three fabulous, very well-known brands joined forces for a dynamic collaboration.  A girl (who isn't very well-known and works at home in her pajamas) was asked to be a part of it.  The girl, realizing what an unprecedented opportunity this was, fainted, came to, then excitedly got to work on the most fun partnership ever...kicking off the celebration with this Celestial Graduation Party!

You guys, I have been holding this secret in for months, and I'm SO EXCITED to finally spill the beans!

CRICUT, MARTHA STEWART, AND MICHAELS have all joined forces and have released an exclusive line of phenomenal products that are truly incredible...and I get to help them share it with you!

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To celebrate the occasion, Cricut has released a Special Edition Cricut Explore Air 2™  Martha Stewart Machine Bundle, and Martha Stewart has released 10 "Celebrations" Party Collections full of gorgeous party decor and supplies, and it's all available exclusively at Michaels
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The Martha Stewart Celebrations lines are filled with all of the party planning essentials that you could possibly need.  From plates & cups to garlands and balloons, each collection has something for everyone! The Indigo Collection would be so fun to incorporate into upcoming July 4th celebrations, and the Meyer Lemon Collection is perfect for summer!

For this project, I was asked to design with several of the items from the Cotton Candy Collection.  It's full of pinks, purples, and iridescents, making it perfect for the Unicorn Parties that are so popular right now!  

Since it's graduation season and this collection has stars incorporated into it, I thought it might be fun to stray from the expected and use this collection for a Celestial Graduation Party.
The latex balloons in this collection are so fun, I knew that they would make a beautiful focal point.  I especially love the confetti balloons, and I was super excited to discover that a funnel is included in the packaging to help you easily put the confetti inside the balloons.  I used the balloons to create the balloon garland, then anchored it with Martha's tissue paper poms, paper lanterns, and a star mylar balloon from the collection.

The star favor bags were tucked inside a decorative box, and I hung the tassel garland from the Deluxe Decor Kit on the back of the box to give it a nice, finished look.

It's always fun to display pictures at graduation parties, so the Iridescent Wood Clothespins came in handy!  I strung the Iridescent Banner onto the pink twine, then used the clothespins to attach pics of the graduate.  

The Iridescent Place Cards served as food tent labels, but I also thought it would be fun to use them as wishing cards.  The guests could leave a wish for the graduate on the cards, and they could serve as a sweet momento for the grad to appreciate later on.
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The Iridescent Tiered Tray was a fun way to display the treats, and it's awesome because there is plenty of space between the tiers to display something other than cupcakes.  I used little treat cups filled with "clouds," which seemed appropriate since we were reaching for the stars.  :)

I love using fresh flowers in my party decor, and this Celestial Graduation Party was no exception!  The Iridescent Bucket worked perfectly to hold the bouquet, and tied in with the rest of the decor seamlessly.  Just a note here, though...the bucket seams are not fully sealed, so the bucket will leak if you put water in it.  I placed a jelly jar filled with water inside the bucket, then arranged the flowers inside the jelly jar.  :)

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Ok, here's my absolute favorite part of party styling...giving things my own personal spin!!!

Now don't get me wrong...I love the ease of ready-to-go party supplies.  But what I love even more is being able to use my imagination to reinvent them or use them in unexpected ways.  

That's where the Martha Machine Bundle comes in!

Not only does this baby cut with incredible accuracy and ease (and does it twice as fast as previous Explore models), she can write and score, too...and I used all of those features in my projects for this party! 

This exclusive bundle includes a 5-piece, color-coordinated basic tool set, plus 25 exclusive Martha Stewart projects!  It doesn't hurt that she's pretty, too.  I mean just look at that sleek design, that gorgeous ivory pearl color, and those stunning gold accents!
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I knew right away when I saw the Martha Stewart Confetti Wands that I wanted to jazz those babies up!

I made flags for them based off of this Martha Stewart Scalloped Cupcake Topper project in Design Space. I used white card stock as the top layer, and used the writing feature on the machine to write the year on the flags.  You can find the modified project here.

Here's what's suuuuper cool...there are two tool holders in the machine, so you can put the Cricut pen in one holder and the blade in the other, and the machine will do all of the writing and cutting in one step!  It's mesmerizing to watch, too, take a peek for yourself!
I tucked the confetti wands inside little favor bags that were cut based on this Martha Stewart project included with the bundle.  The bags were cut out of watercolor card stock, and not only did the machine cut them, it scored them so I'd know exactly where to fold. I love that!!!

Then I used holographic vinyl to create a scalloped circle, adhered purple glitter vinyl "grad" lettering to a white card stock circle, and then layered it all onto the bag for a custom look. The modified project can be found here.

The machine has a Smart Set Dial with predefined settings, so when you are cutting all of the different materials for this project, you simply set the dial to the material that you are using and the machine knows exactly how much pressure to apply for the cut.  It's like magic!

I also made a card stock graduation cake topper with the machine, and added some graduation hats to the treat cups using holographic vinyl and purple glitter vinyl.
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You can't have a Celestial Graduation Party and not have graduation caps, and you certainly can't have plain graduation caps, so I jazzed those babies up with some Lilac Iron-On.  I whipped up a "The Sky is the Limit" design in Design Space, cut the iron-on, then adhered it to the cap using my EasyPress and EasyPress Mat.  This project was super easy and quick!

Last but not least, I created the "Reach for the Stars" backrop.  I designed the quote in Design Space, then cut it out using Teal Adhesive Foil.  What's great is you can resize the quote to whatever dimensions work for your space right in Design Space. So easy! 

Just be sure to use a strong grip mat when using the adhesive vinyl so that it stays firmly in place as it's being cut.
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And there ya have it, folks!  Some festive Graduation Party inspiration and some super fun news in the party world!

The Cricut Explore Air 2™ Special Edition Martha Stewart Machine Bundle hits Michaels stores today and is available online now! Be sure to go check it out, and you can pick up some exclusive Martha Stewart Celebrations party supplies while you're there.  :) I'd love to hear which celebration is your favorite!

In the meantime, stay tuned for more inspiration from this amazing brand collaboration coming soon!

If you like these ideas, please "Like," "Pin," "Share" or "Tweet!"  Or, you can just shout it from the rooftops, if that's your thing.  Thanks bunches!!!  :) 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Fun Ways to Use Cricut Iron-on Designs

Fun Ways to Use Cricut Iron-on Designs

Y'all.  Our family has grown, and we are in LOVE!!! 

Meet Banks, our daughter's new English lab puppy {and our newest obsession}!  She is sweet, fluffy, curvy, and so darn adorable!  (I mean, just look how she fills out that outfit...can you even handle it)?!!

And while we're talking about the outfit...is it not the cutest?!!!  You guys, I made itin minutes, using the new Cricut Iron-on Designs!

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DIY Cinco de Mayo Shirt Using the NEW Patterned Iron-On from Cricut!

DIY Cinco de Mayo Shirt Using the NEW Patterned Iron-On from Cricut!

Bring on the chippin', dippin,' and margarita sippin' y'all!  Cinco de Mayo is on it's way, and I can't wait!  To celebrate the occasion, I created a fun little DIY Cinco de Mayo shirt, and it turned out so cute that I thought I'd share it with you.  :)

All of my loves collided for this project, and I am obsessed.  

What's got me so excited?  Well, I got to use my Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPress, which always make me happy.  Then, I got to use the new Cricut EasyPress Mat, which is so convenient. But then, y'all...then...are you ready for this?  I got to use the newly released Cricut Patterned Iron-On!  They didn't release just any old patterns either, y'all.  They released adorable patterns...including my absolute FAVE...watercolor iron-on!!!!! 

This is a total game changer, you guys!  We can mix and match patterns to create one-of-a-kind designs!  I mean, just look at that cactus.  The pattern on the iron-on adds so much more to the design!!! 

The possibilities are endless, too.  You can make fun shirts like this.  You can use it on throw pillows in your home decor.  How about making Mom a fun tote for Mother's Day?  So darn exciting!!!

All in all, there are 9 sampler packs of patterned iron-on to choose from, each with three 12" x 17" sheets in three different designs, so there is something for everyone!  I already have a list of things I want to make, but for now, let me walk you through making this fun Cinco de Mayo shirt!  

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St. Patrick's Day DIY Pinch Proof Bracelets

St. Patrick's Day DIY Pinch Proof Bracelets

It's inevitable.  Either you're going to forget to wear green on St. Paddy's Day, or you're going to come across someone that did.

Well, if you make these St. Patrick's Day DIY Pinch Proof Bracelets, you can save yourself... and any greenless gals you come across...some potential pinch problems! 

They're ridiculously easy to throw together, they're super inexpensive, but what I love most about them is that they will totally brighten someone's day!

Take some to work with you.  Or to the grocery store.  Send some to school with your kiddos.  They are guaranteed to bring a smile to someone else's face...even yours!

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"Stay Golden" St. Patrick's Day Party

"Stay Golden" St. Patrick's Day Party

If you wanna show your friends that their friendship is like pure gold, there's no better way than with a "Stay Golden" St. Patrick's Day Party!

This adorable celebration was designed by my gal pal, Annaliese of Made and Sugar and Spice, and I was super excited to design some fun goodies to go along with it.  :)

This party is for sure the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow...take a peek below to see for yourself!  

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Mint to Be Galentine's Day Party

Mint to Be Galentine's Day Party

When one of my party BFFs, Annaliese of Made of Sugar and Spice Partiesasked me to team up with her on a Galentine's Day Party, I was all in!

You may remember Annaliese from this Back to School Party or this Bootiful Ball Halloween Party that have been featured on the blog...they're just a couple of many collabs that my gal pal and I have teamed up on.

Anyhoo, if you've seen the parties then you know that she and I are two peas in a pod with very similar tastes, so any chance that we get to play together, it's gonna be fun! 

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Succulent Baby Shower Invitation

Succulent Baby Shower Invitation

Today is a happy day, y'all!  I've been keeping a secret for weeks, and today I finally get to spill the beans.

This adorable Succulent Baby Shower Invitation is for a very special friend...and she has no idea.  :)

This morning, my sweet friend Laura, the amazing gal behind Make Life Lovely, is going to wake up to a Surprise Virtual Baby Shower...all in her honor!

Laura is expecting baby number five, a sweet baby girl, and I've teamed up with some of my blogging pals to celebrate the mama-to-be!  

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FREE Valentine's Day Printables using Oriental Trading Goodies

FREE Valentine's Day Printables using Oriental Trading Goodies

Valentine's Day is for lovers, you say?  It's for PUN lovers, if you ask me!

I mean, there is no other holiday that caters to pun-lovin' hearts quite like Valentine's Day.  You can get as corny as you want, and it's widely accepted...that's my kinda holiday!  

So, in honor of all my fellow punny peeps out there, I've created some FREE Valentine's Day Printables just for you.  

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Winter ONEderland Polar Bear Party

Winter ONEderland Polar Bear Party

Oh. My. Goodness!  If my babies were littles again, this is the birthday party I would throw them for their first birthday.  Y'all, I can't even begin to tell you how in love I am with this Winter ONEderland Polar Bear Party.  It just may be my new favorite!

Brace yourselves, you're about to witness one of the cutest first birthday parties ever!!!

It all started with this adorable little polar bear invitation that I designed.  I fell kinda in love with that cuddly little dude right from the beginning.  

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Hot Cocoa Bar - Have a Cup of Cheer!

Hot Cocoa Bar - Have a Cup of Cheer!

I am not a cold weather girl.  As soon as the temps even come close to dipping below 50 degrees, gimme cozy blankets, fires in the fireplace, and hot cocoa...lots of it!  

When I saw these sweater mugs and buffalo plaid to-go cups from Oriental Trading, I thought they'd be great for setting up a Hot Cocoa Bar that could last all through the cold weather season.   

I love the idea, cuz no matter what you've got going on, hot cocoa is always at the ready! 

If you're staying in, grab a sweater mug and cozy up.  If you're heading out, grab a cute disposable cup for the road.  Perfect, right?

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DIY Christmas Milk and Cookies Tray

DIY Christmas Milk and Cookies Tray

Santa isn't the only one who loves milk and cookies, ya know.  If ya ask me, milk and cookies should be served nightly throughout the Christmas season, and this fun DIY Christmas Milk and Cookies Tray helps you do just that!  

I scored this adorable, rustic tray at JoAnn a few months back, and have been holding onto it until I had the perfect use for it.  Well, when I was searching for something on Etsy last week, I came across this SVG file from Honeybee SVG and knew right away that it would be perfectfor the tray!

I pulled out my Cricut Maker, dug through my adhesive foil stash, and within 20 minutes, I had this tray whipped up!  

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Llama Deck the Halls: Kids Ornament Decorating Party

Llama Deck the Halls:  Kids Ornament Decorating Party

Deck the halls with super cute ornaments, fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, LLAMA!

You guys, this may just be my new fave theme:  Llama Deck the Halls, A Kids Ornament Decorating Party!  

It takes the classic kids' ornament party to a whole new level with fun little llamas that are so on trend right now.

This entire party is just so cute I could spit!  ;)

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Christmas Ornament Making Party with Cricut

Christmas Ornament Making Party with Cricut

It's time to deck the halls, y'all, and what better way to do it than with some of your best pals?

A Christmas Ornament Making Party is a great way to get together with some of your girls, get some quality time in before the holidays get crazy, and create some really cute ornaments for Christmas! 

So gather your friends, whip out your Cricut cutting machine and EasyPress, and follow along as I show you how to create some adorable DIY Christmas ornaments that you can create for your tree, or give as gifts!  

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One of My Favorite Neighbor Christmas Gift Ideas and a Chance to Win a Cricut Maker!

One of My Favorite Neighbor Christmas Gift Ideas and a Chance to Win a Cricut Maker!

Hey y'all!  Tis the season to start thinking Christmas {can you even believe it?!!}, and I'm about to make you the best neighbor on the block with one of my very favorite Neighbor Christmas Gift Ideas!

It's fast, it's easy, and it's something they'll actually use...happily.  :)

I mean, let's face it.  Is there anyone out there that doesn't need a little sip or two of an adult beverage to get through the holiday craziness?  If you happen to have a neighbor that might answer yes to that question, then fill this wine bottle gift wrap with sparkling cider instead (and send me that adult beverage)!  

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Pretty Thanksgiving Table Decor

Pretty Thanksgiving Table Decor

Have you ever found a gorgeous table setting online or in a magazine and thought, "That's what I want my Thanksgiving table to look like!"

So, you start following the links to find out what you need to recreate the look, then holy sticker shock! $200 just for flatware for four?!! Too rich for my blood,  especially when our Thanksgiving table will be seating 18 people!

I'm a "make things pretty for not a lot of cash" kinda gal, and I'm happy to tell ya that you can absolutely have pretty Thanksgiving table decor without breaking the bank!

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DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting with Cricut EasyPress

DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting with Cricut EasyPress

When you're hosting a meal, there's nothing more welcoming than a pretty table.

During one of my {far too many} visits to Target, I found these gorgeous flannel place mats and knew they needed to make their way into my cart!

I already had some pretty linen napkins that matched perfectly, and quickly decided that a DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting was gonna have to go down!

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A DIY Throw Blanket Using the Cricut Maker

A DIY Throw Blanket Using the Cricut Maker

When I was browsing through JoAnn the other day, I came across this plaid throw that was too pretty to pass up.  It's so soft!  

As I continued to mosey through the store, I found a gray polka-dotted flannel that looked so good with the blanket, so of course my wheels started spinning.

I am NOT a seamstress, so sewing anything together was completely out of the question.  BUT, I do know how to use Heat 'n Bond.  And I do happen to have a Cricut Maker that can precisely cut the fabric and bonding for me... 

...so that, my friends, is how this DIY Throw Blanket using the Cricut Maker was born...without having to sew a stitch!

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A Bat Halloween Party and a BIG Giveaway!!!

A Bat Halloween Party and a BIG Giveaway!!!

Hey guys!  How did you like all of that amazing Halloween inspiration in the blog hop yesterday?  Weren't those Trunk or Treat ideas so much fun?!!  If you missed it, you can catch up here.

Now, buckle up, because we're at it again today with yet another Halloween Blog Hop...

...and an incredible giveaway! 

I promise ya, you do not wanna miss this, so scroll down and let's get this party started!

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