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Shamrock Shutters

It was about this time last year that I had found out that I was pregnant and was going through blood draws and taking progesterone trying to find out if I had miscarried again, or if I had a viable pregnancy. It was a tough time for me, and a very busy time! On top of all of that pregnancy stress, I was also in charge of planning a party for the launch of the Cricut Explore machine (which is awesome, by the way) and I was feeling overwhelmed to say the least. I was talking with a friend of mine about all of the things that were happening in my life, and the next thing I knew, she was at my house helping me. I had mentioned to her that I just wanted everything to look just right at my house, but that my mantle was completely empty. I knew what I wanted, I just didn’t have the time or energy to do it. My friend used what I said to her and created these amazing Shamrock Shutters for me that I will love forever.

St. Patrick's Day Decorations

I had some 1X4″ and 1X6″ cedar fencing and some 1X2 pieces of wood that she used to create the actual shutter. My compound miter saw (chop saw) and nail guns made this simple to put together. We used the Cricut Explore to cut out a four leaf clover shape to use as a stencil using vinyl. It made the lines nice and crisp and the clean up simple. Once the shamrocks were in place, she sanded them down a little bit to give it a more worn look and ta-da!

Shamrock Decoration

I pulled the shutters out this week and put them up on my mantle. Every time I look at them, I get a little bit teary thinking about this friend and her willingness to help me with something that  wasn’t that important to the success of the party, but she knew it was something that would make me happy.

Shamrock

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Lips Shirt

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I was at the Osh Kosh outlet store one day, and was perusing through the clearance section when I found an adorable yellow striped hoodie in Lillie’s size! I thought it was simple and cute, but a little bit boring. At only $8, I couldn’t pass it up and knew I could find a way to make it have the extra cute factor. On another day, I got some of Cricut’s brand spanking new glittery red iron on vinyl and the ideas started forming in my mind! Yellow and red are adorable together; Valentines Day is coming up; I need to make a Lips Shirt with these!

Sweatshirt refashion

This is probably the easiest tutorial you will ever find. It took me about 30 minutes from start to finish. I began by using my Cricut Explore and cutting out some lip shapes. I actually cut out three different types of lips because I wanted to see which would look the best, but I really liked these ones the very best. The lips are part of the lovestruck 2010 image set that is available through Design Space. I modified it just a little bit to get the look I wanted.

Lips Shirt

Once the lips are cut out of the iron on vinyl, I ironed it onto the shirt. Here’s a tip for you if you haven’t used glitter iron on before. It take quite a bit more heat to get it to adhere the way you want it to. I use a cloth between the iron and the plastic for the first little bit, and then I just use the iron right on the plastic backing to go around and make sure all the edges are sealed. I have found that is the most effective way to get it to work.

Lips Sweatshirt

Lillie loves the sweatshirt! As soon as she saw it, she immediately wanted to put it on and told me over and over how much she loved it. I doubt I would have gotten the same response if I had left it the plain yellow. :)  So now we have a unique sweatshirt for less than $10 since we only used about $1 worth of vinyl (or less)! You can’t beat that!

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