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Marvel Cricut Mystery Box!

April 26, 2017

Cricut's April Digital Mystery Box goes on sale today! This box is Marvel-themed and although the exact contents may be a mystery, the savings sure aren't! This box is only $39.99!

Cricut Marvel-themed Digital Mystery Box for $39.99

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Russian Icing Tips

April 24, 2017

Have you seen the Russian Icing Tips advertised? The one's that make a flower all in one pressure of the icing tube? We were really intrigued and wanted to give the a go. My youngest daughter has taken to baking and I thought this would be a fun, easy, and quick way to decorate cupcakes. I wasn't totally wrong, but I wasn't totally right either. Here are our efforts. 

Russian Icing Tips

This is the set be bought from Amazon. It contained 7 tips for different flowers (the larger tips) and 1 tip for leaves (the smaller regular sized tip). They came in the cute red metal tin with a pamphlet showing all the different tips available. The package also included the plastic icing bags shown. 

icing tip

With the cupcakes made and the icing colored we were ready to give it a try. My daughter prefers canned icing to homemade so that is what we used. Take one bag, cut off a small amount of the pointed end and insert the icing tip. Don't cut too much or the tip will just push through the bag. 

filling bag

To fill the bag with icing, here is a tip I picked up. Place the bag with the tip into a glass, fold the top of the bag over the edge of the glass. Now your hands are free to handle the icing and you don't have to balance the bag in one hand and the icing in the other. It works really well. 

icing failure

Argh! Icing failure. The icing is too soft to hold the shape of the flowers. We even tried placing the icing into the freezer to firm it up. While it did work a bit better, it still wasn't optimal. 

Do over!

We tried again, this time still with canned Cream Cheese icing. We colored it and added in a TON of powdered sugar to stiffen it up. It worked better but we hope we can still improve on the end results.


the best

In the end, they taste good. We will need to practice a bit more with our icing and technique. While we didn't get the results we were hoping for, we aren't totally turned off from trying again. If you want to give it a try, here is the exact item we purchased from Amazon. This is an affiliate link.

A few suggestions:

1. The icing needs to be thick! Almost like play dough. 

2. Before you lift the icing tip, give it a little giggle. This may help with the icing points that we have in our examples. And, make sure you stop squeezing before lifting up.

3. These tips are large and use a lot of icing. 


April Mystery Box

April 11, 2017

The April Mystery Box is going on sale today at 6:00 pm 

! The exact contents of this Consumable Kit box may be a mystery, but the savings sure aren't - this box is valued at $100 but shoppers can get it for only $39.99 ​

April Mystery Box

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Creatively Crafty Link Party #61

April 6, 2017

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I am amazed at these DIY Decorative Eggs from M'made DIY. This is definitely a technique I am going to try. 
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Sizzix Sale - Last Day

March 23, 2017

Today is the final day of the Spring Sale on
The promotion is an Up to 80% off on select products and there are some machines that are on sale as well!

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3 Home DIY Projects to Revamp Your Space

March 22, 2017

The time has come to do some work in your living space, but you don't have a large budget. Don't worry! With a little ingenuity and know-how, you can change up your home without a lot of money. There are any number of DIY products on the market that target people who want to improve their homes but can't afford to have someone else do the work. They range from specialized paint to taking separate items and putting them together for an interesting effect. Following are three DIY projects you can take on to transform your space quickly.


Chalkboard Paint

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Chalkboard paint is exactly what it sounds like. It's a type of paint that goes on just about any surface, and once it dries, you can write on it with chalk. You can paint on the walls, furniture, or just about anything that accepts paint. 


Use chalkboard paint in the kitchen to make grocery lists and reminders, or paint in the kids' bedroom and let them write on the walls without repercussion. It's up to you how you want to use chalkboard paint, as it offers numerous uses and comes in several colors.


DIY Shelving

Shelves are useful for both decoration and saving space. Set them in a vertical row or stagger them on the wall at different levels to make home decor more interesting. Let your imagination run wild when putting up shelves.


It's very easy to install shelving units. Simply find brackets that appeal to you and get laminated planks that come in the length you need. Can't find a bracket that complements your decor or your design idea? Find ones made from flat metal that you can paint. Use a little bit of primer, do a bit of sanding, and then spray on your color of choice. You'll have shelving that matches your room.


Be forewarned, though. Dust and debris get kicked up when you use power tools to install shelves, and that can impact your indoor air quality. Replace your HVAC filters after your DIY project and keep your indoor air nice and clean.


Curtain Headboard

Is your bed resting against a boring wall? Do you not have a headboard? If you answered no to either of these questions, try a curtain headboard! All you need to do is install a fancy curtain rod that extends past the sides of your bed by just a little. The idea is to frame the bed within the curtain. The type of curtain and fabrics you choose are solely up to you, but you don't have to spend a lot to make this work. It's even better if you can sew curtains. You'll save more money and get the fabrics you want to create a luxurious look that makes your bedroom more interesting.


These three tips give you a starting point to change up your space with DIY projects. Your only limitation is your imagination and your budget. Keep your eyes open, and you might just find you can make your home look great without spending a lot.

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Zulily - a wonderful shopping experience!

March 21, 2017

Are you familiar with Zulily? I have to say I am a bit addicted. The prices are so much better than sale prices and the clothing is unique, unlike what you will find on any store rack. Some of the best things about Zulily is their customer service and return policy. I had an item I ordered that was broken upon arrival and they credited me back my order as well as additional store credit. On a shirt I ordered that didn't fit, I wanted to return it. They credited my account for the item and told me to donate the shirt to charity. That is a kind of business I like to buy from as well as support. I think they are a great find. I hope you enjoy them as well. You can join for free, just click the image above. If you have had a great experience with Zulily, I would love to hear about it in the comments below.

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For the Love of Stickers

March 8, 2017

group of stickers

I love stickers. I don't necessarily have to have a need to use them to buy them or collect them in my case. I have a love of all things small and for some reason, stickers are included. I know I am not the only one with a passion for cute little sticky goodness.

group of stickers

I was on Facebook one day and an ad popped up for Pipsticks. I followed the ad and was in sticker heaven. You can choose between a Kids Pack and a Pro Pack. The images you see are from the Pro Pack I was sent. 


Pipsticks is a sticker subscription program and more. You can choose the length of subscription, the size of the subscription pack, and the style (kid or pro). If you aren't into subscriptions, you can shop in their store and choose what you want. But I will tell you, the subscription program is a much better deal than buying them directly. And to make the subscription deal even better, use code TRYITLIKEIT, this will get you 20% off the first month of ANY regular (non-gift) subscription. How cool!


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Cricut March Mystery Box #2 - Cuttlebug

March 7, 2017

The Cuttlebug March Mystery Box is going on sale tomorrow, 3/8, and it's the second of 4 Mystery Boxes in March! The exact contents of this Cuttlebug supplies box may be a mystery, but the savings sure aren't - this box is only $39.99! 


Quantities are limited and available only while supplies last, All sales are final.


Cuttlebug mystery box - extremely limited - might include the following:


  • Anna Griffin folders:
  •     A2 Reflective Damask and border
  •     A2 Victoria
  •     A2 Brocade and border
  •     5x7 Eyelet stripes
  •     5x7 Circular Grid and border
  •     5x7 Foundry and border
  •     5x7 Cane paisley and border
  • A2 Charles
  • A2 Traffic Jam
  • 5x7 Twelve stripe
  •  5.5 x 12 Damask brocade 


To order: [mystery box $39.99


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Coloring Tips

February 7, 2017

Adult coloring has really taken off. While many color for peace and calming, there are those who would like a few tips to benefit even more from their hobby. My very first suggestion is not to put pressure on yourself. That would defeat the purpose. So let's begin with the two basic minimal materials. 

The pencils
I may not be popular with this opinion, but the brand or shape of the pencil doesn't really matter that much. They all work together the same way. We tend to put ours in containers and go from there. I don't pay attention to the brand of the pencil when I color. With a small caveat, I have found triangular shaped pencils feel good in my hand when I color. I bought a special set of pencil for myself, they didn't last long before my daughters got a hold of them. I am listing a few different pencil sets that I have bought over the past few years. With three drawing/coloring artists in the family, we go through these quickly. 

Colore' I was drawn to the packaging and the grouping by color []

Artistique, I bought two of these as gifts for my daughters []

iArtker were bought because of the triangular shape to the pencils and the sharpener in the cap. []

Ariana's come in a great case, with eraser and sharpener in their own pocket. Case rolls up and the pencils are triangular in shape. This is one of my favorites. []

The coloring pages
When it comes to coloring sheets or books, I am not a snob. I don't buy expensive books. I tend to draw my own or grab something fun from the internet. The Color and Create books from DCWV [ ] are my exception because of the manageable size to take with you. The pages can be used for a variety of different craft applications so when you are done coloring, you have really just begun. 

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