So, my family is huge, like 20 cousins, a million babies huge. We kind of have this baby shower thing down...but for Christmas, my mom thought it would be a good idea to buy me a Cricut. So for the first baby shower of the year, I got to go Cricut crazy on it!

It was a great opportunity for me to explore different ways to use the Cricut to make different types of projects. I tried to start small. I know there are a TON of other things I could have created to add to the baby shower gifts and decor, but here is what I did!
The first project I created was the banner using cardstock. The Cricut design space has a template for banners. It was great for creating the actual banner shape/size, and also figuring out the correct size of the letters. I learned very early to make sure you are using the correct dial position so your cardstock cuts all the way's a nightmare if you don't! I also used cardstock to make antlers for the cupcakes and cute little 3D deer and confetti to decorate the tables. 
Isn't this cute little saying adorable! It's not an's all over Pinterest. The big secret...instead of using vinyl(which is kind of expensive) I use contact paper to make my stencil! And another little secret, to prevent your pain from bleeding under your stencil, add a thin layer of Modge Podge before you paint! 
I was MOST excited about making these adorable onesies. It was my first time working with heat transfer vinyl, and BY FAR, this was the easiest Cricut project yet. They were too cute to wrap up, so I hung them on twine to display at the shower! The only downside of the HTV is it is a bit pricey. Another way you can put your create designs on cloth, is to cut your stencil out of freezer paper with your Cricut, iron it on, and use fabric paint. I haven't tried this yet, but I have a few ideas up my sleeve for upcoming projects!  
It wasn't the first time, and I'm positive it won't be the last, but yesterday I lost my patience and will never forget it. I've been fighting off a respiratory virus, maybe the flu, I don't know. I decided to get out of the house for a bit, and pick up some things from the store. I was pretty much ready to go, and I told Ellie to get dressed. She told me "no"...a few times. So finally I picked her up and took her to her room. I picked out an outfit, and took her clothes off of her...all of these things, she's completely capable of doing on her own, but for whatever reason she decided to be a turd and resist. Not in a tantrum, but laughing and threw herself onto the floor, playing dead, so that I couldn't dress her. 

I didn't go off the wall screaming and yelling. I didn't throw anything or god forbid spank my child. I picked her up, not forcefully, but against her will. She immediately started crying and grabbed the side of her head. To my horror, I looked down to see a few strands of her hair under my shoe. 

My heart sank to the tips of my toes. I hurt her. I didn't mean to, but I hurt her.

She just wanted to play, and instead of giving her 5 minutes to play...I ripped out a chunk of her hair. 

She was over it in about 2 minutes, but I will NEVER forget that could have been avoided if I would have just let her be a 3 for a few more minutes. 
I finally gave up on waiting for the UPS guy to deliver my vinyl! I made a trip to JoAnn's last week and grabbed a roll so I could put a little vision I had into action. It turned out EXACTLY like I imagined! 
I started getting excited as I finished weeding my vinyl and then when I applied it to the mixer...I may have even done a little dance! I love how it turned out! 
What do you all think? Fellow Cricut friends, here is the link to my design: Bakers gonna bake!

I'm going to be honest, the first time I saw the messy bun beanie, I wasn't in love. I originally made my first one, because I didn't think it was fair for so many people to be charging for a pattern of a hat (there are millions of free patterns out there) with a hole in it! So I made my own pattern and shared it for free. 
Today I was going through my yarn stash and was inspired to give it another go, and I'm a little bit in LOVE with my new puff stitch messy bun hat!

Want to make one for yourself?
Check out the pattern below!

Materials used: 5.75mm crochet hook, and various bits and pieces of yarns. The brands I used are Vanna's Choice, RedHeart SuperSaver, RedHeart With Love, and Carron Simply Soft
Stitches: Ch (chain), hdc (half double crochet), sc(single crochet), dc3tog(doube crochet 3 together)
Brim: They hat brim is the same basic pattern as my original messy bun beanie pattern. I made it a bit wider, and started with a chain of 7. 
Chain 7, turn.
Row 1: Hdc in second chain from hook and in each stitch across (6). Chain 1, turn.
Row 2-39: hdc in each stitch across (6). Chain 1, turn.
Your work should be around 20 inches long. Slip stitch the short sides together to for the brim of the hat then turn your work to begin the hat body. I never cut my yarn here. Chain 1 after you slip stitch and then begin the next step!

Hat Body: Row 1: Sc 1 in the end of the first row, 2 in the next. Continue around. (56)
Row 2: (New color for each row) Join in any sc, ch 2 and dc2tog in same stitch, ch 1. (Skip next stitch, dc3tog, ch 1) repeat around. Join. You will have 28 stitch clusters.
Row 3-5: Join in any ch 1 space, ch 2 and dc2tog in same space, ch 1. (dc3tog, ch 1) repeat around in each ch space. Join.  You will have 28 stitch clusters.
Row 6: Join in any ch 1 space, ch 2 and dc2tog in same space, ch 1. (dc3tog, ch 1)x 3.  
*(dc6tog over the next 2 spaces, ch 1.  (dc3tog, chain 1)x 7. repeat from * dc6tog over next 2 spaces. (dc3tog, ch1)x4. join (25 stitch clusters)
Row 7: Join in any ch 1 space, ch 2 and dc2tog in same space, ch 1. [dc6tog over next 2 spaces, chn 1 (dc3tog, ch 1)x3]x3. (dc3tog,ch1)x2 (20 stitch clusters)
Row 8: Join in any ch 1 space, ch 2 and dc2tog in same space, ch 1. dc6tog over the next 2 spaces, ch 1. [dc6tog over next 2 spaces, chn 1 (dc3tog, ch 1)x2]x4 (15 stitch clusters)
Row 9: Join in any ch 1 space, ch 2 and dc2tog in same space, ch 1. (dc6tog over next 2 spaces,ch 1, dc3tog, ch1)x4. dc6tog over next 2 ch spaces, ch1, join. (10 stitch clusters)
Row 10: Join final color, ch1. hdc in each ch space and stitch cluster around, join. (18)
Tie off, weave in ends. enjoy!