So about a year ago my husband and the girl’s purchased me a Cricut Explore for Mother’s Day. Which, happened to be the perfect gift as I had pretty much wanted one my entire life!
I have really had to curb the amount of time I spend on working on decorating and projects with the girl’s as I need to focus on school for another 25 days or so. I say this because I have somewhat of a addictive personality. For instance, if I allowed myself I could find projects to do with this machine for weeks. Seeing that I don’t have that kind of time or money really, I have to limit myself.
Anyway, a few weeks ago my husband nonchalantly mentioned that I have yet to decorate the nursery. Huh, he was right, but I have had a few other projects going seeing that we just moved in. I had already picked up a crib set that had Woodland creatures on it so I had a theme in mind. I set out to do some looking online to see what my options were. I don’t know about you, but I can not justify spending the amount of money retailers want for anything that has the word baby or nursery in the title. I found some really cute things, but decided I would wait. Then I remembered, I have a Cricut and I haven’t used it since moving into the new house!
So I ordered the vinyl birch trees for the wall because I don’t have the time, patience or knowledge to do these on my own right now and honestly for $20 it was a good investment. Then I ran out to Hobby Lobby and got some paper as I knew I did not have enough in stock at home. I knew I could get the animal designs I desired from the Cricut image store, but how to display them?
I did some more research and found that I really liked the ones on canvas. Having previously been an art major I have a lot of items in stock in my craft room, but I also have an intimate relationship with Hobby Lobby, haha! So I picked up a few packages of blank painting canvas.
It was another Friday night, the girl’s had gone to bed for the night, the husband was out in the shed getting stuff ready to duck hunt with his buddy in the early morning and I was waiting for the new paint to dry in the living room, but not exactly tired yet. I pulled out all the supplies and set to work. In a matter of hours I had what I needed.
They actually turned out better than I had anticipated!
The next morning after hanging them I decided that I needed more as there was still something missing from the nursery. So the girl’s and I returned to the store to retrieve more supplies for a fun filled afternoon.
In total I made 8 woodland creatures. Besides the ones photoed I made a buck to match the little doe. I find this both relaxing and therapeutic. I enjoy making things for my children and saving money. I realize the unit itself is an investment, but for the number of things you can do with it, it was well worth it.
I will work to get some more of the project’s I have done with the Cricut up. Prior to owning my machine I had never used one. I had done plenty of reading about them and looking at project’s on Pinterest. Like I said I was a previous art major and would consider myself pretty crafty so this item was right up my alley and fits well in my tool kit 😉