DIY Leather Chevron and Navajo Bracelets

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I have some exciting news to share with everyone.  I’ve been busting at the seams to tell you  that I’ve been asked to be a part of the Cricut Next Design Space Star competition.  I am hugely honored to be a part of this competition and have the chance to create with such a talented group of people. I’m on Team #14 with some very talented and crafty ladies.  For the next couple of months, we will be be given different challenges as part of the Cricut Next Design Space Star.

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Our challenge for this round was fashion/gear.  Our team decided on the theme of geometric to incorporate with the overall fashion/gear challenge.   Immediately, I was inspired to create jewelry.  As many of you know, I love jewelry and love to create it.  I’ve been inspired lately by all of the gold, chevron, and navajo trends as of late.   I have to admit that I feel a little bit like a contestant on Project Runway and can hear Tim Gunn in my head right now saying, “Get to it.”  Lol!

Here’s What You Need:

I started by creating my design in Illustrator and uploading it to Cricut Design Space.  From there, it was easy to size the bracelet to the exact size that I wanted.  I ended up going with 7.75″ for the length and .75″ in width.  The best part about this is if I wanted to make the bracelet thicker… no problem.  Just adjust the sizing in the Cricut Design Space before you cut it out of the leather.  The same is true if I needed additional length in the bracelet. I love this option because I can size the bracelets perfectly to my wrist size.  

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Next, apply the leather to the cutting mat & load it into the Cricut. Because the leather I was using wasn’t very thick, I used the standard blade, not a deep cut blade. Now, locate your cut-able image on your Mat preview. Adjust the Smart Set Dial to “Custom” then, in the Design Space choose the “Leather, Light (1.1 mm) Deep Cut” setting. Press “Go” on the Cricut and let it do it’s thing.

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Once your bracelets have been cut, CAREFULLY and Slowly peel them off of the sticky mat. Now you can add your snaps… This isn’t very difficult but you have to pay attention to which side the different parts go on.

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It’s that simple…

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I love how these turned out and the way they resemble metal.

***UPDATE***  My project on the Cricut Design Space Pinterest Board here.  Please pin if your on Pinerest!  That would be awesome to share the Pinterest love and for a chance to win! ;)

Disclosure:  I received my Cricut Explore as part of the Cricut Design Space Star competition. Even though I am not being directly compensated for this post, I am competing in the Cricut Design Space Star. I may receive prizes in exchange for a winning project. All opinions are 100% my own.  

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Summer Fun with Legos Junior

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I don’t know about your kids.  But, my kids absolutely love Lego® .   Even better is that Lego® has come out with a new line for kids ages 4-7 called Lego® Juniors.  This is just what my daughter Lily needed having just turned five.  She loves to put together the Lego® sets, but some of the big sets are slightly complicated for her and a just a little too difficult.  She would struggle with some of the steps and would need a lot of assistance from myself, Daddy or her Big Sister.  WIth Lego® Juniors though, Lily was able to complete the Lego® Juniors sets all on her own and she loved that she needed no assistance at all.

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Lily also loved that the directions were simple and easy to follow.  She was able to put together her Pony Farm in no time.  You can see here that the instructions are easy to follow, and they’re broken down appropriately for ages 4-7.

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It was exciting for Lily to see what she was going to build.   Plus, the bright colorful pictures make it appealing for kids to want to look at the directions.

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With Lego® Juniors you will also find the added benefit that even though the sets are designed for kids ages 4-7,  they are the universal size of Lego® and will work with any current set that you have. This means you don’t have to worry about your son or daughter “growing out of” certain sets.  My oldest daughter Emma, who is ten, loved these sets as well and they integrate perfectly with all of the Legos® she already has.

Since we are an “Artzy” household, I really like the fact that Lego® encourages creativity and the development of fine motors skills.  My husband and I have officially dubbed our kids the “Master Builders” just like in the Lego movie.  We really do encourage them to also build unique creations and use their imaginations with Lego®.  It’s a win win experience for the kids.  They like to create and see what they can build, and we like the fact that no t.v. is involved.  Plus, this is a no fail experience for the kids too because of the ease in which they can easily construct using the various Lego® Junior sets.

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Lego® pays great attention to the details and this is another thing that my girls just adore!  (I do too.)  In the Knight’s Castle set, the girls loved the drum stick and “chalice” as my oldest daughter referred to it.  You can also make a catapult that actually works.  We were all playing with it and launching the fireballs.

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Both girls went on to create more with their Legos®.  The Lego® Junior sets come with additional pieces to encourage building and remaking which is AWESOME!  Lily went on to create this tree which she then used to tie up the horse and the horseback rider.  Another little added detail they have included in the Pony set, is a chain and a saddle for the rider.

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Here is one of Emma’s creations which was this great whale.  I would’ve never thought of creating this, and she just whipped it up in no time.

I couldn’t let the kids have all of the… Mommy had to get in on the action too.

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So, if you have a 4-7 year old that enjoys Legos® but is often frustrated with the more complicated sets designed for older kids, definitely check out Lego® Juniors. Not only will you find that THEY love them, but I’d bet you will too!

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

#12 Caffeinated Crafters Link Party

Caffeinated-Crafters-Link-Party3Hello and HAPPY Caffeinated Crafters Link Party #12! We knew there were some talented folks out there when we started this party, but have been seriously blown away at all the pure awesomeness we have linking up each week. By the looks of FB, its definitely back to school time. Looks like its also time to get back to eating healthy by the looks of all the fabulous recipes we had link up last week. Especially some DELICIOUS veggie dishes that we are HAPPY to be featuring this week.Super-Yummy-Veggie-Dishes

Zucchini, Tomato and Potato Casserole – By Frugal Mom Eh

Colorful Summer Squash Salad – By Natural Chow

Tex Mex Stuffed Bell Peppers (with Quinoa) – By Chrystal & Co

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Link Party Rules

We’d love for you to link up your creative projects (crafts, tutorials, DIY, recipes) whatever you make… we want to see it!

  • Please follow our group board on Pinterest for the Best Crafts, DIY, and Recipes!
  • Also, share the love by visiting 2-3 other links and commenting, pinning, or sharing on social media. We totally encourage supporting your fellow bloggers.
  • By linking up, you are giving the Caffeinated Crafters permission to use your photos and links on our blogs and across social media. Of course, we’ll always give you proper credit!
  • NEW: By linking up, you also give us permission to email you a friendly reminder each week to link up! You can remove yourself from this mailing list at any time.
  • Please do not link up to shops, giveaways, or other link parties.
  • Have fun! The link up closes on Friday at midnight!

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#20 Friday Fabulous Pinterest Finds

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 It’s been a while since we’ve had a Fabulous Pinterest Friday because of so many things going on this summer like the Back to School Party and having the awesome sisters from Made From Pinterest share some great recipes.  Well, it’s that time again to catch up on all of those great Pinteres finds.  This week I’ve got another little round up for you of great ideas found on Pinterest to inspire you for the weekend.

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These are bright and cheery Carnivale Crocheted Cushions by My Poppet.

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Learn how to add a pockets to your dress with from Kristi Murphy.

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Try you hand at these ADORable Mini Ice Cream Cake Pops by Endlessly Inspired.

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Turn a regular scarf into a work of art with this Love Song Bleached Scarf by Tried and True.

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Make this cute Camera Embroidery Tote by Minki’s Work Table.

There you have it!  These are some really great ideas for lots of inspiration.  Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the summer days while the last!

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Back to School Teacher’s Mug

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Today, I’m over at Let’s Eat Grandpa with Cori to share this Back to School Teacher’s Mug.  It’s so easy and simple to make.  The best part about this project is that is took me 15 minutes to complete.  Come check out the full tutorial because it’s SO simple and easy.   Head on over to Let’s Eat Grandpa and see for yourself!

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Caffeinated Crafters Link Party #11

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Welcome to the Caffeinated Crafters Link Party #11! We are all busy enjoying our last days of summer (sad face) but also super excited for fall to come (happy dance!) I am sure you guys are right there with us. So it’s no wonder we saw a ton of recipe posts in last weeks link party (yum!) and also some amazing furniture revamps:

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Check out this amazing bench that used to be 2 chairs by Mindi of My Love 2 Create

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And this perfect open kitchen shelving that we could actually see ourselves having in our homes by Elizabeth Joan Designs

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and this fab Chalk Paint Cabinet update by Marie of Blooming Headstead

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Link Party Rules

We’d love for you to link up your creative projects — crafts, tutorials, DIY, recipes — whatever you make… we want to see it!

-Please follow our group board on Pinterest for the Best Crafts, DIY, and Recipes!
-Also, share the love by visiting 2-3 other links and commenting, pinning, or sharing on social media. We totally encourage supporting your fellow bloggers.
-By linking up, you are giving the Caffeinated Crafters permission to use your photos and links on our blogs and across social media. Of course, we’ll always give you proper credit!
-NEW: By linking up, you also give us permission to email you a friendly reminder each week to link up! You can remove yourself from this mailing list at any time.
-Please do not link up to shops, giveaways, or other link parties.
-Have fun! The link up closes on Friday at midnight!
Thank you for joining along with the Caffeinated Crafters link party!


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Cute Kids Watermelon Hat

Artzy Creations_Tie-Dye Watermelon Hat Final Image 2a  Both of my girls since they were babies have loved hats.  My Mom is an avid knitter and would knit the girls some adorable hats & of course, I would buy them some too.  My favorite was a crocheted strawberry hat.  It was too cute for words.  Anyhow, I’ve been inspired by all of the latest DIY’ers out there that have been using watermelon for inspiration.  This summer I have seen skirts, bags, and picnic baskets all made to look like watermelons.  So, I jumped on the band wagon and thought how cute a watermelon hat would be and how much my girls would love them!

Here’s What You Need:

  • Cotton Bucket Hat
  • Fabric Dye (Fuschia, Green, and Lime Green)
  • Plastic Squirt Bottles
  • Salt
  • Gloves
  • Drying Rack
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • Small Paint Brush

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Start by purchasing a bucket hat.  Measure the circumference of your child’s head to make sure they need a child’s size.  Otherwise, you may have to go with the adult size.  The child’s size here was 21 and my daughters head measured 20″.  This was just perfect for her with plenty of wiggle room. There are many places you can find these bucket hats.  Local crafts stores will have them.  However, I purchased mine on Ebay.

Artzy Creations_Tie-Dye Watermelon Hat Supplies 1Prepare the Fabric Dye.  Here are a couple of things that I did differently.  When preparing the dye, I used only half of the dye amount.  You are only making a squirt bottles worth of dye.  Therefore, you will not need the entire package of dye.  Next add 2 TBS. of salt.  This will help set the dye.  You can also use soda ash.  I opted for using salt because I didn’t have an soda ash and this works just as well.  When you make the dye in the squirt bottle, the directions will tell you to use steaming hot water.  I did this for the first bottle and put the lid on the container and shook it up. Little did I know that once I took my finger off the bottle, the cap came flying off and dye was everywhere in my kitchen.  Ugh!  So, in order to prevent two clean ups, I mixed the next dye solution with half steam water and half warm water.  I went and shook this up outside where I was doing my dying.  The second time was much better.  Make sure to saturate the entire hat in water and wring it out before you begin dying. This is very important!  Otherwise, you will end up with a mess because dry fabric will resist the dye in the beginning.

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Start with the lime green dye and dye the hat all the way up the brim where there is a border and stop.  Next, take the green dye and dye the brim of the hat.  Finish, with the fuchsia on the top of the hat.  Try and leave a little area of white.  This is a little difficult because the dye will spread and want to flow down because of gravity.   Let this stand for a couple of hours.  Wash the hat in warm water with detergent as recommended by the dye instructions.  Let this line dry.  If the colors aren’t as vibrant as you would like, you can repeat the dying process again.  Last step, take a small paint brush with the black acrylic paint and paint the watermelon seeds randomly onto the hat.   Note*** Unless you let the hat sit overnight, the colors will turn out pretty light compared to the picture up above where the dye is in the hat.  I wanted the hat to be on the lighter side as well.  That is why I let it sit for only a couple of hours.

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 But, as you can see…Lily has a new favorite hat.  She loves it so much that she even wears it around the house.  I loved how it turned out and it’s so summery looking.

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This is the perfect look for going to the pool, lake or beach.

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 Or, if you kids are anything like mine…the hat is just perfect for kickin’ it around and having a nice lemonade on a hot day!

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DIY Pencil Holder For Lockers

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Back to school is one of my favorite times of the year.  I love getting all new school supplies for the kids… and for myself.  I know it’s because I’m a teacher.  But, I think a lot has to do with the excitement of going back to school and getting new students, wondering what my classes are going to be like, etc.  With all of the latest back to school supplies I have seen, they have some really great accessories out there.  Man, sometimes I wish I was back in school myself. O.k. maybe only for just a second.  I was recently fortunate enough that JoAnn.com sent me a mystery box of items that I was challenged to use.  I received the fabric pocket, glitter fabric spay paint by Tulip, and the rhinestones.  I thought all of the items would be perfect for making some of your own locker accessories. So, here is an easy tutorial for a DIY pencil holder for lockers.

Here’s What You Need:

This is for the Fabric DIY Pencil Holder.

  • Fabric
  • Mod Podge
  • Crystal Light Container
  • Foam Brush
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Trim
  • Fabric Pocket
  • Rhinestones
  • Heavy Duty Magnets (3 Per Container)

This is for the Paper Pencil Holder.

  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Crystal Light Container
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Trim
  • Magnets

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Step 1:

Begin by peeling off the label of the Crystal Light container.  These peel off really easy which makes it really nice.  Cut a couple of inches off the top.  I cut between 3 to 4 inches.  Just cut a little bit at a time though or the plastic may snap off.

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If using fabric, cut enough so the fabric overlaps in the back.  This is just like wrapping a present.  You will want to have excess off the ends too.  Apply Mod Podge directly to the plastic container.  Smooth the fabric down so that it is adhered to the plastic container.  If it’s not sticking and giving you trouble, apply more Mod Podge.  It’s o.k. if it comes through the fabric because you will be Mod Podging the outside of the container as well.  Place Mod Podge on the inside lip of the container and fold the fabric over onto the inside.  Smooth the fabric out.

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If making the paper version of the pencil holders, use a hot glue gun to adhere the paper to the plastic container.  Once again, just wrap the container like a present.  For the bottom of the container, cut the paper every so often in strips to fold over and glue to the inside of the container.

Step 3:

I added some glitter to the fabric with this Tulip Glitter Fabric Spray Paint.  Because you can never have enough glitter and bling on things. :)  Adhere the pocket to the outside of the pencil holder with hot glue.  This is a iron pocket, but hot glue worked just perfect for this decorative effect on the pencil holder.

Step 4:  

Hot glue the the magnets to the back.  Last but not least, add cute trim or what ever you would like.  You could also add stickers. Just have fun with it!

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Here are the pencil holders on my white board at school.  I ‘m definitely going to use these since I don’t have a container for my white board markers.  Usually my white board markers end up being all over the place, so this will be absolutely perfect.

Check out JoAnn.com and The Big Bling to accessories all of your back to school needs  Because who doesn’t need a little extra bling in their life? :)

Enjoy!

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 * This post was sponsored by JoAnn.  But, all opinions and ideas are 100% my own.

 

 

Back To School Teacher Tote

Back To School Party, Fashion and Craft Ideas Hi Everyone!  It’s that time of year again when the hustle and bustle of back to school begins. As a teacher, I start to get excited, organized and into the back to school mindset. Well, I’m not the only one with back to school on my mind. Me and my fellow Caffeinated Crafters have put together a bunch of great back to school ideas and tutorials for a Back to School Party.  Check out these great ideas:

Albion Gould-School Days Cross Stitch Pattern

Chaos and Love-No Sew Pencil Pouches

Club Chica Circle-Easy Pencil Roll Craft Idea

Illi Style-Back To School Fashion

Let’s Eat Grandpa-5 Ways To Go Back To School As An Adult

Made With Happy-1st Day of School Printables

Artzy Creations_Back To School Tote Main ImageYou know, while you’re starting to purchase all of the back to school supplies for your kiddos, don’t forget their teacher’s too! As a teacher myself, it is always a super nice and a welcomed surprise to have a parent think of me.  Well, here’s a very easy gift you can make for any teacher and they will love it.  You can have your kids help you make it too.  It’s very simple.  Here’s what’s even better.  It costs less than $10.00 to make!

Here’s What You Need:

  • Canvas Tote (I purchased this one at Michael’s and used a 40% off coupon.  This ended up costing around $6.00.)
  • New pencil with a an eraser
  • Acrylic Paints (I used DecoArt Acrylic Paints.)
  • Cardboard

Step 1:  Hand draw or use an enlarged clip art of an apple to trace it onto the bag with a pencil.  Draw lightly.  You just need to barely see the outline of the apple.

Step 2:  Insert a piece of cardboard into the bag.  This will prevent the paint from getting on the inside of the bag.

Step 3:  Take the eraser of the pencil and dip it into the paint.  Create dots to fill in the shape of the apple using the eraser tip.   If you don’t use a new pencil, your dots may not come out completely round. You will want to overlap some of the dots, but not completely fill the apple in.  This will create a pointillism look.  When creating some of the dots, you may have to go over them a second time.  Sometimes with the canvas fabric it takes a little extra paint.  Be careful not to get too much paint on the eraser because you don’t want it to be a blob on the bag.  Continuing repeating this until you have completed the apple, stem, and leaf using the various colors.

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And as part of the Virtual Back To School Party with my fellow Caffeinated Crafters, we are having a giveaway for $35 to Staples and 12 Custom lollipops from LolliPics.  Enter here for your chance to win!

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Good Luck!

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The Secret to Perfect Grilled Corn

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Summer is the time for heading out doors, relaxing, and for lots of grilling.  In our house, we love to grill.  We love grilling so much that you will find us even grilling when it’s snowing outside.  Yes, we are one of those families that just love a good grilled hamburger, BBQ chicken or ribs.  However, one of our family favorites is grilled corn.  Even though I hate to admit it, we love corn so much that we had a few arguments over who gets the remaining ears.  We have learned now to always buy extra. We have learned though through much trial and error how to make the perfect grilled corn. I hope you enjoy this little secret to the perfect Summer Grilled Corn as much as my family does.

 Here’s What You Need:

  • 5 Gallon Bucket
  • 1 Cup of Sugar

The Secret to Perfect Grilled Corn 1Leave the corn in the husk.  Fill the 5 gallon bucket of water 3/4 of the way full.  Pour 1 Cup of sugar into the water.  Mix this up with a large spoon.   Add the ears of corn to the bucket. Place a bowl on top to keep all of the ears submerged in the water/sugar mixture. Let the corn soak for 1 hour at least.  Remove the ears of corn and shake off the excess water.  Place the ears of corn on the grill and grill for about 7 to 10 minutes.

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Just peel back the husk and eat it if you like it plain.  OR you can add Parmesan cheese and melted butter which makes the corn even more mouth watering.  This makes the perfect grilled corn for any BBQ, party, or for just dinner time.

The Secret to Perfect Grilled Corn 3aWe’re loving this corn and I think you will find it IS the secret to perfect grilled corn.  Give it a try.  I think you’ll fall in love with it too.

Enjoy!

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