Are you a fanatic? A Cricut FANatic?

The definition of a Fanatic -

noun – a person with an extreme and uncritical enthusiasm or zeal

Does this sound like anyone you know? wow! listen to all the, ME! ME! ME!  Well, then you are in for a treat! The new blog, Cricut FANantics, debuts tomorrow, September 1st! I am proud to announce that I am one of the Cricut FANatic designers and I will post a new Cricut project on the blog each month. It is a great honor because there are so many talented designers that will bring you Cricut inspiration each and every day of the month. Not only will there be projects each day but there will also be Cricut Crafty Challenges and Cricut Sketch Challenges every month. Click this link to head over to the blog and be sure to become a follower.


Until next time, Happy Crafting


Cricut Circle Stick Pin Swap

Hey friends! When I joined the Cricut Circle there was a stick pin swap already in progress but I loved reading the swap thread even though I wasn’t a part of the group. The posts on this thread were so entertaining and I could just tell that this group of women were a lot of fun. I posted that I was just having a ball reading their posts everyday and that I would like to try making some of the stick pins just for myself since I still had a lot of beads left over from my jewelry making days. To my amazement, a couple of the ladies agreed to do a one-on-one swap with me! Ohhh, how sweet (thanks jjewel and scrapcat). So I got to work on my pins – well, after a little retail therapy! Yes, I had to go buy a few, well okay, a little more than a few (and that’s all that I will admit to) more beads! Then towards the end of the swap, someone dropped out and they asked if I could be they’re Angel. They must have noticed the halo in my avatar – and they didn’t even mind if it was a little crooked, lol! So I ended up making enough stick pins for everyone in the group – two each. That’s a grand total of 38 stick pins! I even made a tag for each set although mine were nothing like the ones I received back. Those ladies aren’t just nice, they are all so talented! These are now my Circle sisters and some have become good friends.

Today I will share some of the stick pins that I made and later on I will share all of the gorgeous pins that I got in return. (I still haven’t taken any photos of them yet. I was so amazed when I opened the box, all I have been able to do is lay them all out and ohhh and ahhh over them!) Now, for those who are not sure what stick pins are, think about the old hat pins but on a smaller scale. They are very popular in scrapbooking and card making right now.

Stick Pins 1

Stick Pins 2

Stick Pins 3

Stick Pins 4

And here are two sets that I had already packaged with their tags:

Stick Pins 5

Stick Pins 6

I cut these cute little Bug Heads with my Cricut, of course!

Stick Pins 7

The stick pins were so much fun to make and my Circle swap group is the greatest! I had so much fun, in fact, that I signed up with this group to swap again. This time? Yep, more beads! We are swapping beaded tendrils to make bracelets in one group and the other group is for the “die hard crafter” and we can make anything we want to as long as it has beads. I foresee another round of retail therapy in my near future…

Until next time, Happy Crafting,



Hey friends, so much has happened (good and not so good) since I last blogged. Some of the good things:

  • I LOVE life!
  • Family has a different meaning now! It doesn’t mean the nuts that have fallen from MY tree. It does include the strong parts of my tree that have stuck by me – NO MATTER WHAT! (you know who you are and aren’t), my daughter, my son, my daughter-in-law, my Grandchildren, and my new Grandson who’s on the way, my dear and close friends, and my new online sisters!
  • My Son has married a wonderful woman whom I am honored to call Daughter! And she has brought two beautiful grandkids into this family and I love them so much!
  • I am looking forward to welcoming a new little one to our family in 2013!
  • I am now a Cricut Circlet! Yes, I have found the PINK side!
  • My blog has changed – and with any luck, it will change again – soon!
  • I am crafting again! This is a big one, folks.
  • I am many steps closer to getting my craft room set up just right!
  • I have a new punchbowl (ok, this is an insider comment. If you know what it means, then it’s for you! Don’t be a hater!)
  • And most important,  I am blessed!

There are more changes that have happened and many more to come and I’m excited about it all! I happy and excited to be sharing my art and heart with you and I invite your comments (Blog Love!). If you like what you see, I hope that you will follow me on my crafty journey. And for all of my current followers, I LOVE YOU ALL! Thank you for sticking with me!

Here’s a preview of tomorrow’s post:

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Until next time, Happy Crafting,


New Blog Under Construction

I have been MIA for quite some time but I’m coming back with a new blog look and a new ME! I’m excited about the changes and I’ll explain as I go. A big THANK YOU to all of my followers who have stuck it out with me so far. I appreciate you all. So excuse the ‘mess’ while I’m working on making a new blog to go with my new life!