Friday, July 30, 2010

ty for craft glue

Hi all. Well my glasses are still not here, arg UPS says next week, soooooooooooooo I got inventive with aleene's tacky glue. As long as I put 5 or 6 coats of glue on the break , I get 5 or so hours of wearing my glasses. Yippee. The first thing I did was start my cricut and told her how much I loved her and how much I missed her. Then I proceeded to cut out 100 snowflakes. Yp I said 100. The thought being .... last year i bought these small metal snowflakes from wal mart ( nice but expensive) so this year I tried cutting them. It worked great except I would suggest having something else to do in the time being. I think it took my cricut 1 and a half hours to cut them. They are great and I would cut them again.
I thought I would share my mat cleaning tactics ...

1. Wipe your mat with baby wipes after a few cuts , it helps with the little bits of paper
2. When I want to do a complete clean ( about once a month or so) I was my mat with GO-JO , the stuff    used in car places for getting grease and stuff off your hands. Put a tablespoon or 2 on your mat and rub it with your finger tips. Rinse well let dry, they are like new( very sticky). My favorite trick!
3. When I do find I need more stick on my mat, I use Krylon  Easy-tack repositionable adhesive.
4. Always keep mat covered when not in use .. the dust will play a part in cuts if it builds up.
5. this hint is not about the mat but It helps my cuts ...... I soak my blades in a little bit of methyl hydrate at night, you would be surprised the gunk that comes off. I use methyl hydrate because that is what left brain had in his shop, but I am sure other things would work.

Have a great day all and always enjoy what you do! I hope this helps.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Hi all. I had to share this video, it was from my daughter who lives 450 miles away. Yes I cried all thru it the first, second, and third time. Is the best! I love you Jamie!

Saturday, July 24, 2010


Hi everyone in blog land. My glasses are still not here so no craftroom yet. I am getting tired of wearing sunglasses all the time and it is an older Rx sooooo. Enough complaining. Guess what? I won my first blog candy.  I won a bottle of sulyn swirl glitter glue. Very cool and thank you. As I have no glasses to craft with I have been baking up a storm for when my boys and maybe company arrive in a week. So far in the freezer I have Pumpkin cranrasin loaf,  Pumpkin muffins, peanutbutter squares, shortbread squares, banana bread, cherry pie, carrot loaf, 2 batches of buns, and I am sure there is something I forgot to list. I so have the craft itch I cant wait for my new glasses to get here. I look forward to blogging more when I can see better. Big hugs and always enjoy what you do!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Where to start ....

Hello out there , I started this blog to talk about rural living, kind of. Yet I am compelled to lean towards crafting. I hope to share some of my ideas and designs. And in return I hope you give your feedback and ideas. I have a cricut and MTC as well as SCAL but must admit I know very little about scal. The cricut was a gift from a very astute left brain ( DH). I love my cricut and I love MTC. The learning curve has been exciting as well as frustrating but oh so worth it. I also have a wonderful Singer combo but poor Betty is packed away for now as I just have no room in my design studio. Did I just say that? When it comes right down to it this will always be my craft room. I took out a wall in 2 very small rooms when my kids left home but it is still a very small space and with consideration of 2 cat beds and 3 dog beds  and 1 husband chair the space is all mine. I am looking forward to the weeks to come and the imagination wire just a buzzing. Keep smiling and always enjoy what you are doing.