Late 20's...early 30's....EVERYONE is having BABIES!!! So for all you crafty ladies(and gents) out there, I thought I'd share my favorite 'go-to' baby gift. It's simple, gender neutral, works up quickly...and everyone LOVES it!
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The blanket is a basic granny sqare...just keep going to make it blanket size. I like to use two neutrals and a pop of color, mint/teal is are my favorites. I've also used coral, and yellow as my pop. 

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....and the hat...isn't it freaking ADORABLE! I wish I could take credit for this pattern, but it belongs to Sarah. I've made it a few times, and keep going back to it! It's perfect for those first baby photos! 
 
 
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!
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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 through...it'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. 
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Isn't this cute little saying adorable! It's not an original...it'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! 
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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!