Wednesday, August 29, 2018


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Join me on September 29 and 30th at the In The MKNG Festival in Bethel Woods, New York.  At the Bethel Woods Center For The Arts, at the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival.  That's right we're going to Woodstock! Get your Tie Dye on if you want and come to enjoy "Groovy" live music while you see and do "Cool" creative things.  Come and Celebrate Creativity at its best along with artists, vendors, and "peace-loving" individuals!  Bell Bottoms are optional! LOL.

If Mother nature abides this will coincide at the same time of year when the leaves change colours, and we can all be witnesses to what I refer to as "Mother Nature's Box of Crayons Display of Colour and Beauty"!

"In The MKNG" is THE Creativity FestivalNot to Miss!!!  It's an event by the Association for Creative industries (AFCI).

There will be live music (See below), and a chance for you to meet and mingle with Celebrity Makers! (See Link)

You may want to check out the Lion Brand Yarn Zone and see "Dyed by Darrin," and the Tie Dye Pavillon where there will be the opportunity to have lots of fun.  Come on it's Woodstock after all!

Makers come in all ages, so there's a Kid Zone at In The MKNG!

You won't want to miss out on the Michael's Make Zone for fun Make N Takes!  Keep your eyes out for the Joann "You Can Do It Crew" on their bicycles handing out craft projects.

The Arts Hudson Technique Tent will have artists demonstrating amazing art-making techniques!

There's also going to be a  Pet Zone, where loving pets are looking for their FurEver home.

Sign up for limited space Workshops here!

A festival would not be complete of course without the Craft Beer and Wine Pavillon.  Join Creations & Libations for the after part on Saturday 6:30 - 8:30 for a Glowing Experience.

Check out the Creator Stage (Link To Schedule) where you can see Celebrity makers, Youtubers, and Instagrammers. You can participate in the Fun Craft competitions!

There will something going on everywhere even in the vendor booths. (See Link Here)

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Live Musical Line-Up

Saturday schedule

10:30am - 11:00am: Lauren Davidson
11:30am - 12:15pm: Switch Mob
12:30pm - 1:30pm: Zach Matari & The After Parti
2:30pm - 3:30pm: Wild Planes

Sunday schedule

10:30am - 11:15am: Emma Bilyou
12:00pm - 1:00pm: Fly By Midnight
2:00pm - 3:00pm: Don't Believe In Ghosts
Buy your   In the MKNG tickets here!  Use Discount code: EXMKNG31 to save 2$!!!

For a complete list of all the Vendors, Charities, and Sponsors Click Here!

For more information, purchase tickets, how to get there, and all those other details, please go to

Thursday, August 23, 2018

A Baker's Dozen Reasons I Love my Cricuts and 10 Cute Ways To Organize

It's no secret that I LOVE Cricut®!  It all started way back in 2005-2006(?), and I heard about this fantastic electronic die cutting machine named after a green bug! Being the creative and curious, type by nature, and intrigued, I just had to know more!  Then, IT arrived in Canada!  Armed with every penny, I had scraped up and a credit card I made sure my kids were looked after and drove out to a store in the other province early one morning before the store opened so I could be one of the first to buy one of these Cricut™s in my country. The rest is history.

First.  Let me explain what a Cricut™ is and if you are not familiar with what Cricut™ is let me explain with this. Talking about the most current version of the Cricut™ available in the market today, the Cricut Maker™!

The Cricut Maker™ is  #1, the "Ultimate" machine out there known for it's cutting performance and versatility.  #2, No, other product out there compares.  #3, With the myriad of blades available and its #4, Adaptive Tool System™ it performs at a professional level,  #5, is expandable, and if using the Fast Mode will cut and write up to twice as fast!

Reason #6, Use the Cricut Maker™ to make the most out of your creative time to cut the most extensive selection of materials from delicate fabrics to matboards, and even leather! #7,  Combine the machine's capacities with the more than 500 digital sewing patterns available to make sewing and quilting projects come to life quickly. #8, Or enjoy its Bluetooth® wireless technology to create beautiful paper crafts from the comfort of any room while the Cricut Maker™ does the job in another area!
I 've rambled on about eight reasons alone to love the Cricut Maker™, but what are the other reasons for me to still Love Cricut?  More importantly, how do I organize ALL my Cricut Stuff?

Another five reasons I love Cricut® is ALL The PRODUCTS and TOOLS!  To be honest, I  probably own the majority of what Cricut makes, as I like them so much.  I have told you about the           Cricut Maker™ which I own (Thanks to Cricut), I also still own the Explore Air™ 2 (still available),

                                                                     and the Cuttlebug™.

 It doesn't end there I am happy to say that I have and enjoy the Cricut Easy Press™ too! Fifthly, I get to store and carry my prized equipment in the gorgeous Tote collection by Cricut®!

Which now brings me to talk about Those 10 Cute Ways To Store and Organize My Cricut® Stuff!  My motto is A place for everything, and everything in its place!

1. Drawers, Shelves, Protective Pouches, and Labels. I currently store my Cricut Easy Press™ in its own drawer in my studio.  I also use a wheeled storage cart when I am using the Easy Press™ and need a little extra working space.

2.  Bins, Boxes, and Baskets.  All my Felts are stored in one of these bright pink fabric bins that I purchased at a dollar store, and keep in a cupboard. Notice the label?

                                        I use a labeled pencil box for my Cricut pens which I store in the cupboard
                                                              above my  Cricut station.

3. Hangin it! Short on space?  Use any vertical surface such as walls or the sides of furniture and cabinets! Here I show how I use pegboard in my studio and hang many of my  Cricut Tools. Including the mats.

Sticky back hooks (especially the 3m Command) at the end of a counter, and along the side of a cupboard make a practical place to hang up those Self-healing mats.

4. A Place for Papers. I store my papers in scrapbook paper holders  ( Storage Studios by Cropper Hopper), inside my cupboards. I also write on the spine of the paper pad or outside packaging the name and color of each set of paper.

The scraps are placed inside Vinyl Job Ticket Holders and labeled. Then placed alongside the full-size sheets of papers in the same color.

5.  Keeping the Vinyl in View. Now those pesky vinyl rolls are often a challenge to store as they like to roll!  I took advantage of the space that is between my cupboards that normally would be covered with a false front or filler piece to have small shelves built.  I then stack the rolls of Vinyl there, within reach, in view, but I am sure they won't go anywhere!

6.  Cutting the clutter around The Cuttlebug™.  Creating with the  Cuttlebug™ is a lot of fun, but darn how to store all those Cut and Emboss Diessteel dies, Embossing folders, and the mats?  Again I use the drawers I have along with some clear bins and colorful cardboard photo boxes.

I keep parts of the Embossing Folders packaging to make a holder and place to organize each folder.

7.  Magnetic sheets for Cuttlebug® Dies storage.  In order to keep all the different steel dies that can come in a set, I find it safer to keep them together by sticking them onto magnetic sheets which are labeled and inserted into a plastic sleeve. (Video soon)

8. What about those Cricut® Blades,  and housing, etc.  Ahh, the more I use my Cricut Maker™, the more blades, and housings I want.  To me, this has been the most challenging of all the Cricut tools to organize.  My latest system consists of small plastic storage tubs from the dollar store, a wire basket, more labels, and my trusty pegboard!

9.  The BrightPad™ has a specific spot too in my studio, tucked away in its cozy felt pouch that I Designed and created. I tuck it in a spot under my desk so it is easy to grab whenever I need it for tracing at my drawing desk, my counter for illuminating a specific and detailed project, or for weeding vinyl after cutting on my Cricut Maker™!

                                                                    See the video here.

10.  Cricut® Bags and Totes for on the go creating or at home storage.  These totes are not only beautiful but they are so practical and makes traveling to and from events or vacations a breeze.

Use these totes for storage at home especially if your space is limited and you need to store your supplies once your making session is done.  Look stylish with these classic looking totes too wherever you go!

I hope that you found at least one tip useful in my long list here.  Thank you for stopping by.
                                                                       Stay Crafty!


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    The lightweight, low-profile BrightPad makes crafting easier while reducing eye strain.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.


Monday, August 13, 2018

Cricut Products New in my Craft Room

The lightweight, low-profile BrightPad makes crafting easier while reducing eye strain.

Cricut sent me some New products for the sponsored posts I make for them, and I am very excited to create and share more Cricut How To's with you!

See it all here:

Cricut sent me some NEW to products to use with the Cricut Maker, Explore Air, and Cuttlebug for more How To videos for your crafting. Cricut is my sponsor for many of the Cricut Videos that I make. All opinions expressed in this video are my own.

Affiliate Links (That pay me a little bit if your buy, Thx!)

Cricut Explore Air™

Cricut Maker™




Replacement Blades for Paper Trimmer

Cricut Maker MachineFabric Samplers

XL Scraper


Self Healing Mat

Rotary Cutter Kit

Let me know in the comments what you would like to learn more about Cricut® Products, and what How To's interest you.

                              Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Have a Crafty day!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Art Supplies Online

Shopping online for Art supplies can be fun and safer on your wallet than shopping in person!  Well, at least that's what I say about myself.  LOL.  I know that whenever I walk into an Art or Craft Supply brick and mortar store,  am quickly overwhelmed by all that is shiny and NEW!

The other reason I like to shop online for my hobbies is that I can do it in my pj's and at any time.  I am also able to do a lot of comparing while saving on gas.

So here is a video of some of my favorite finds on Amazon in the last month.  Note I shop on as I live in Canada.  I am, however able to provide affiliate links to you for both the sites for Canada and the USA.  Note, when you purchase from these links you are contributing to supporting my blog and Youtube.  Thank you very much!

Faber-Castell  120 Polychromos Colour Pencils


Pencil Case

Water Colour Paper


Travel Paint Brushes


Transfer Paper


Yupo Paper


Paint Palettes



I hope that you find this list of mine useful.  Thanks again for stopping by.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Upcoming Sales on Supplies

Hi, earlier this week, in a YouTube video, I mentioned that I heard there would be special sales and deals to be had in the crafting community during the US long weekend leading up to Memorial Day.
Here are some links for you to use and maybe find that one craft item you have wanted but at a lower cost.

Please note, that these include affiliate links that pay me a commission if you buy from those sites through my links.  Thank you.  However, you are not obligated to follow the links I provide and are completely free to access these sites on your own.  I am just laying them out here for you to make it easy.

Enjoy the weekend!

Annie's is having their biggest sale of the year until May 31!  Take advantage of all the great deals here, and check back as NEW stuff is listed almost every day!

                                                               Click here:  Annie's

Leisure Arts is having a great Memorial Day Weekend Sale on their Downloadable digitals and print Books!  Click Here.

crafting with felt

Cricut is having a Memorial Day Flash Sale at 40% off!  I know you don't want to miss that! Click here!

Ebates.caRemember to join Ebates and save even more money when you shop online! Click Here!
Find everyday savings at the Red White & Blue Party Supplies of

Look who else is having AMAZING sales! Sizzix!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Father's Day Craft in 15 Minutes

It's Craft Lightning Time again!  This month we are presenting Wood themed crafts that take 15 or less to make! See Link below.  Here is my project:


To see how I transformed the simple Tea Box you can watch this video:

List of materials used **Includes Affiliate links that do pay me a commission if you click and purchase from them. Thank you.

Woode Tea Box (from my stash)
Testors (Rust-Oleum) Acrylic White Gloss Paint Marker
Rust-Oleum spray paint green Gloss Protective Enamel
DecoArt Acrylic Craft Paint in White
Plastic Letter Stencil (my own)
White Colored Pencil (My Own)
Painters Tape (My own)
Wooden Golf Tees (DollarTree)
Glue (My Own)

***Other suggestions with affiliate links below:
Thank you for stopping by, and I hope that you are ins[ired to get your craft on for just 15 Minutes!  Remeber to check out all the other projects to make with wood by clicking on the Lightning Bolt above!

Stay Crafty!


Friday, May 18, 2018

Five Tips to Save Money and Do More Crafting

Often I hear from people that they find crafting to be too expensive.  I, on the other hand, know that it does not have to be that way at all.  There are many many ways to do crafts as a hobby without breaking the bank.

Today following a Live sponsored event I had to do I chose to share that same information here with you, and with a few more details. So here are my "5 Tips to Save Money and Get More Crafting In Your Life".

Tip #1.  Take advantage of sales!  Ok, that one may seem obvious to a lot of you, but surprisingly I still encounter individuals who don't ever shop sales!  I know, they are so missing out. But here's the thing, you need to shop sales but don't buy what you won't use though.  I recommend making a wish list of what you want to buy first. On that list, you may also want to list any classes you would like to take or books you want to read.  Then, look around, and stay open to the possibilities.

**I am happy to share some links to sales I currently know about from my affiliates.  Know, that buying from those links does help support all the FREE content I provide for you here on this blog and in my YouTube Videos.

Tip#2. Whenever you shop online or in store, take advantage of rewards!  Yup, get paid back for doing your shopping!  Being far from major retail stores in an urban area I depend a lot on the internet to find good deals for my arts and crafts.  I shop the sales, AND I take advantage of using a couple "Pay me to Shop" systems.  The one I use the most now is!  Whenever I shop on,, Ali Express, and others, I use my Ebates to get a percentage of the sales back as cash!  I then use that cash back to buy more crafty stuff!

Tip #3. Find Tons of FREE stuff on the internet! There are patterns, books, classes, How To's, Templates, Royalty Free Images, Inspiration.  Even some online stores have FREE content to lure you onto their site!

Tip #4. Another online shopping tip I have is to use a credit card that pays you back!  As some sites only allow you to purchase with a major credit card, why not use one that rewards you for doing so!  Also, use a rewards site like to get more money!  I use a credit card to make a lot of my purchases online, but I also make sure to repay my credit card right away so I avoid those nasty interest fees!  Then I wait and gather those points that convert into cash back, which I use towards another store's purchases!  I use a major credit card that pays me back in Walmart Rewards.  Which is perfect for me as I only shop at Walmart once in a while and when I do I tend to save a ton of money on my purchases.  I also pay back cash on my credit card purchase right in the store, so I avoid those fees.

Tip #5.  Now that you have a wish list shop from your home first!  Try to always look at your surroundings to see if you don't already have that tool or material that can be used in your craft project.  Look in the recycling bin; there's often so much paper, and cardboard alone in there to be re-used!  Look in your garage for tools that can be substituted for those expensive fancy crafting tools!  Ask your neighbors, family, and friends.  I have gotten all sorts of tools and materials just by going through my cupboards!  Repurpose old clothes into fabric, ask the neighbor if you can take those paints he has left over from their last renovation project, check with family in case they have something they can lend you.  Once word gets out that you are into crafting stuff might just start appearing at your door. LOL

**As promised here are some linkswhich if you buy from them, do help support my blog and allow me to keep giving you this FREE content.  Thank you.

Link to Ebates:
Links to Sales:


Cricut Sale: 50% off Materials Click here  Use code MAYSHIP for free shipping to US & Canada!