Fun Felt Pennants

I’ve been scrolling Pinterest again looking for ideas for Orly’s bedroom.
I really like the ‘summer camp’ style and I noticed one component that was in many of the rooms I loved … felt pennants.

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Vintage pennants are hard to come by, especially in Australia, so I decided to have a go at making them myself. I knew my Cricut Maker would be up to the task so I started designing them in the Cricut Design Space and came up with a few designs I liked.

I managed to get my hands on a some Cricut Felt, but you can use any felt, just make sure you choose the right settings when you create your design. Some parts of my pennants aren’t exactly the same colour as my design, but that’s the great part about the design space, you aren’t locked in to anything and can change the colours on your mat as you go with whatever you have on hand.

I used the pink FabricGrip mat to secure the felt.

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I used the rotary blade.

The felt peels off the mat easily and there is no need for tools to remove it.

After my creation was cut it was as easy as assembling the pieces and glueing them together with craft glue.

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I laid them all out before glueing them just to make sure I was happy with the colours and spacing.

I used craft glue and layered up the elements until I was happy with the results.

I think they look amazing!

This is where I would usually show you what they look like hanging in Orly’s room.
Unfortunately, I have fractured my leg and am in a full leg brace and crutches … climbing up on Orly’s bed to hang them along the window ledge above his bed doesn’t seem like a very good idea right now.
Stay tuned though and I’ll show you as soon as I’m back on my feet, in fact I think his whole room is due for a mini makeover. I’ve got lots of time to  plan right now!

If you’d like to make your own pennants, you can find my design here.

Happy Crafting!

Hayley x

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Cricut my home.

A few weeks ago I introduced you to my Cricut Maker when I made some party decorations for my daughters formal.
Since my first project I’ve had a chance to play with my machine and I’m starting to use it regularly and understand its capabilities.

This time I want to share with you a few of the sticker/label type projects I’ve completed.

Firstly, I want to show you how the easy it is to create a label for anything. I shared the step-by-step instructions on how to use the software, connect to your machine via Bluetooth and cut your projects here.

Using that process, here’s a couple of projects I have done with adhesive vinyl in the past few weeks.

LAUNDRY SIGN
Do you ever wonder what all those little pictures mean on your textile care labels? I did too, so I created this laundry sign using an old white board I already had and navy blue adhesive vinyl.
All of the icons and the ‘laundry’ word can be found in the Cricut Design Space.

I used the Cricut Design Space to plan my layout.

The Cricut software automatically chooses the best layout for cutting your design to minimise wastage.

I measured each icon and used a ruler to get a straight line and equal distances apart.

The vinyl is so easy to use, I find it strangely satisfying when I peel back the transfer tape.

I have saved my project here in case you would like to use it.

LEGO STORAGE
Orlando’s LEGO used to be stored all together in one big plastic box, it made it near impossible to find anything and we usually ended up tossing it all on the floor when he played with it. Have you ever stood on a piece of LEGO? OUCH!
We were determined to find a better storage solution. I had this small set of drawers left over from the office at the last house and we thought the large shallow drawers would be perfect for LEGO.

We sorted the LEGO and decided what would work the best in each drawer, and we made the labels in about 15 minutes with the Cricut. Orly loves it and it saves me from stepping on LEGO!

We also glued some of the LEGO base plates to the top of the drawers so he has somewhere to build his creations.

Again, you can find my LEGO labels here.

VEGETABLE GARDEN

It’s no secret I am not a gardener, I kill everything from cactus to peace lilies. This poor little vegetable garden is going to need all the help it can get. I thought that if I could at least identify the vegetables I’m trying to grow I could google how to care for them. I bought plastic plant markers from my local hardware store and made teeny labels for all my little seedlings.

I hope you found some inspiration to organise something in your home this week!

When my house is organised, my headspace feels organised, the more my house is labelled, the more tabs I can close in my head. Do you know what I mean?
I feel like I have 300 files open in my brain, like a computer, but when my life is organised I can keep that number down and clear my mind.

I’m going to attempt some felt pennants next and I cant wait to share them with you.

Happy Crafting!

Hayley x

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Meet my Cricut Maker

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I’d love to know what it feels like to be organised, like seriously next level organisation, where everything has a place, everything is easy to find and everything is labelled! Which brings me to my latest obsession – my Cricut Maker.

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I wanted the Maker to help me label every cupboard, drawer, basket, box and container in my house, which it can do with ease. What I didn’t realise is that it’s capable of so much more!

It is essentially a die-cutting machine, it cuts over 300 materials from crepe paper and fabric to basswood and leather. After I unboxed my machine and completed the beginners project I was amazed and excited by the possibilities. I started searching on Pinterest and Instagram and found some incredible projects. I quickly realised the only limits of this machine was my imagination.

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At the same time, I had Bella’s formal preparation happening and I volunteered to have the pre-drinks at our house. We had just moved house 2 weeks prior and the last thing on my mind was decorations.

The Cricut Maker was an absolute lifesaver and my daughter and I made the decorations in just a few hours and they looked amazing!

This was my first real project and I was a little nervous. It was so easy, it has step by step instructions and walks you through the entire process.

I used materials I had on hand from my scrapbooking days, but you can get all your supplies at most good craft stores. In Australia, Spotlight has a great range, along with a large selection of the Cricut machines and accessories.

 Cricut Design Space software has 1000’s of ready made designs and projects that are great for a beginner like me.

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Our formal was 1920’s themed, I searched for 20’s and scrolled through until I found what I wanted.

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I chose the gorgeous Deco style banner in gold and black, then hit ‘Insert’ to add it to my canvas, which is the design space of the software where you bring your projects to life.

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I dragged it to the size I wanted and then selected ‘Make It’.

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This is where you can see how it will cut on your mat and how many layers you will need. I needed the gold layer for the decorative front layer and the black layer for the backing.

I inserted the gold card stock on a mat for the first layer as instructed by the software. It connects to your machine via Bluetooth and the lights on the machine flash when it is ready.

Then the magic began. I was actually blown away by how precise the cuts were and how easy is was to use! Once my first layer was cut I repeated the same process for the second black layer.

This is my favourite bit, it’s called ‘weeding’ and it where you remove the negative details and leave the design behind. I used the Cricut tool which made it easy and strangely satisfying.

Once I finished both layers and removed them carefully from the mats, I assembled them with two-sided tape.

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I repeated these steps and made the year ‘2020’ and two blanks ones to go on each end. I joined them together with gold string.

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It turned out beautifully! What do you think?

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I’m was so happy with my first Cricut project. I didn’t stop there, I also made a confetti box for the grazing table.

I already had the fun confetti filled perspex box, I simply added some font using the Cricut Shimmer Vinyl in black. I chose the Deco font. It was super quick and easy and it looked amazing.

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It was the perfect finishing touch to the grazing table and everyone loved it!

I’m already planning my next Cricut projects and I can’t wait to get started. Stay tuned for a Lego organisation table, some felt pennants for Orly’s room and some monogrammed pillowcases!

Happy Crafting!

Hayley x

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