Patriotic Freezer Paper Coasters

I have been shocked by all of the DIY coasters that crafters have created.  In fact, I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to DIY coasters.  I really like coasters as a way to spice up a table for any holiday.  A few years ago, I created a tutorial for Beaded Patriotic Coasters that I loved, but were quite time consuming and very delicate.   This year, I am going to show you a quick tutorial to design your own patriotic freezer paper coasters that will take less than 15 minutes to complete.   I used my Cricut Explore Air™ machine, but I am also going to show you how to make coasters using freezer paper without a cutting machine.

Using cork coasters, you can make these patriotic freezer paper coasters with a cutting machine or by hand in under 15 minutes! An easy, lightening fast craft!
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Easy Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Sign

This post is sponsored by Disney Parks and Cricut.  I am proud to partner with them and am honored to be using Cricut products and sharing my love of Disney.  My opinions and enjoyment of both is entirely my own.  This post may contain affiliate links, which won’t cost you extra, but helps support this site.

I started planning our Disney Kids Preschool Playdate, as soon as I talked to the Monkey about our “Mickey Party.”  We wanted the party to focus on the little boys play fort that the Mellow Man designed and built last year.  I particularly wanted a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Sign since I knew that it would suit both the party and could be used long term with their play fort.  With a few minutes of designing in my Cricut Design Space, a spare 2″x4″ and some handy goodness from the Mellow Man, I was able to create a darling and easy Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Sign in under an hour.  Plus, it cost me nothing, and looks incredible.  To me, that is a crafting win.  If you’d like to make one for yourself, here’s how to do it.

This easy to make Wooden Mickey Mouse Clubhouse sign is perfect for a party or play fort!

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Springtime Mailbox Refurbishment

It must be nearly spring!  Houses are selling in our neighborhood quickly, and lots of families are out doing beautification projects.  When I was driving around our neighborhood, I was noticing that there were a lot of pretty mailboxes, and I started thinking that we needed to replace ours.  After pricing them, and realizing the cost, and acknowledging that all my mailbox needed was a little TLC, I decided that a mailbox refurbishment rather than a replacement was in order.  I thought I’d share how I went about refurbishing our mailbox, as it takes only a couple of hours, spaced over a weekend.  With the springtime weather, this is such an easy DIY to spruce up your outdoor home!

Does your mailbox look weathered and untidy? Don't replace it! You can update it inexpensively with paint and vinyl following this mailbox refurbishment to make your house stand out!
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Upcycled Transformer Logo Container

This is a post that is sponsored by Cricut. I am proud to partner with them and am honored to be using their products. My opinions and enjoyment of Cricut is 100% my own. Additionally, This post may contain affiliate links, which won’t cost you extra to purchase but helps support this site.

My Monkey loves Transformers.  Well, not all the Rescue BotsTransformers, but he’s wild about , which are perfect for little hands.  Even the Peanut enjoys these Rescue Bots.  Well, we’ve got a lot of them, and one day the Monkey decided that he wanted to store them in this large plastic Animal Cracker Container.  And I’m willing to do anything that will encourage a 4- and 2-year-old to organize and pick up.  When he started putting them all into this container, I decided to make it a bit more in style for his cool Rescue Bots by using an image that I downloaded from the internet and uploading it into Cricut Design Space to create the Monkey’s very own Upcycled Transformer Logo Container.

Did you know that you can upload your own images into Cricut Design Space? Using Clipart that you can find online, take a basic plastic jug and turn it into a cool Transformer Logo Storage Container for Rescue Bots using the Cricut Explore line of cutting machines and vinyl. (Post Sponsored by Cricut.)

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Why I Switched to the Cricut Explore Air

This is a post that is sponsored by Cricut.  I am proud to partner with them and am honored to be using their products.  My opinions and enjoyment of Cricut is 100% my own.  Additionally, This post may contain affiliate links, which won’t cost you extra to purchase but helps support this site.

Over the summer of 2016 I did something pretty radical, at least for me– After spending three years working with my Silhouette Portrait, I switched to the Cricut Explore Air™ machine   I know that some people who knew me were confused about my switch.  Mellow Man, my husband, was confused.  He didn’t get why I had another machine that did something nearly identical.  Given his confusion, and then the Big One asking why I had a new machine next to my desk.  That got me to thinking that maybe others might be interested in why I switched to the Cricut Explore Air.

Are you unsure of which cutting machine to choose? Let me tell you why I switched to using a Cricut Explore Air. I review the things that I love about the machine along with reflections on the Silhouette line of products. {Post sponsored by Cricut.}
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