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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.

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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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Design Space Star | Vote for Me!

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You guys!!!  I am so stinking excited!  I don’t know if you remember me talking about it or not, but I have been competing in the Cricut Design Space Star challenge and this month, my project was selected to be in the top ten!!!  I could not be more excited about this if I even tried.  Here’s the thing.  I need your help!  Now that the top ten have been selected, voting has begun and the person with the top amount of votes by August 31st not only gets to have their project featured in the Cricut Design Space, but they also get $1000!  Wouldn’t that be so amazing to win?!

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If you have a minute (cause that’s all it takes) I would LOVE for you to head over and vote for my Aztec Shirt.  You can vote once per day.  When I told my daughter Lillie which project was selected, she was ecstatic!  She kept saying, “I can’t believe I won!” She got on the phone and told my mom that she was the one who chose to do that project and that was why it was picked.  It definitely doesn’t hurt that she looks so darling in it.

Along with the Design Space Star, Cricut is doing a special promotion on their Explore machine.  They are offering a Cricut Explore® + Cricut Iron-On Bundle which includes four different iron on vinyl rolls for a really great price.  If you have been in the market for a machine, now is a great time to grab one!

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Cross your fingers for me!  Thanks for your votes!!!

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