Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Personalized DIY Easter Baskets with your Silhouette!

I am THAT mom that just had to name my kids somewhat normal names that are not available on anything.  I know how much I loved having things personalized growing up and obviously I want that for my children so when I realized how easy it would be to Personalize Easter Baskets for my kids I jumped in head first...but not without a few lessons to learn!

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Like I mentioned above, I definitely was learning as I was going.  I had attempted to make the peanut a birthday shirt which really turned out well but was very simple and I had 4 different files created and saved just for one small shirt.  I knew there had to be a better way and that is when I discovered "cut by line color".  You can watch my tutorial on how to set this up in Silhouette Studio and how to mirror and image below.  One quick tip when loading the heat transfer vinyl into the machine is that the shiny side needs to be down. 

Once everything was set up and cut out it was time to create!
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  1. Prep the easter baskets.  For me this meant to remove the fabric liner from the basket and iron it.  This helps to preheat the fabric and make a nice area for you to lay your design on.
  2. Layout your design.  It is important to know how much overhang of fabric you have and make sure that your letters and objects are sized to fit that.  Once that is completed, then place your vinyl where you would like it permanently and DO NOT remove the plastic sticky backing!
  3. Cover the plastic and design with a cloth.  This prevents the plastic from melting to your iron.
  4. Use your iron and press firmly for 30-40 seconds.  
  5. Remove the heat and cloth, allow to cool and peel the plastic backing off.  However, if this design does not adhere, repeat this process until it is fully transferred.  Repeat this for the other objects in the design.  I learned that it is not a good idea to try and transfer all the objects at once.  It makes for a very frustrating time of even heating. 

Viola!  Personalized, Easy, DIY Easter Baskets. 

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For fun I decided to see how much these are running online and I was surprised to see that the range is between $20.00-$60.00 for ONE basket.  I spent $15.00 on two baskets!  Can't beat that.

So what do you think?


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub #Review & FLASH GIVEAWAY #Sponsored

What a week last week was.  In all the chaos, we had a 2nd birthday party, a trip to get x-rays done (well 2 actually) and two teeth make their way through a front lip.  To say that my kids keep life interesting is an understatement.  With all of this, there was a lot of hand washing to avoid germs and my poor hands dried out and were scaly.  Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub came to my rescue and revived and conditioned these poor beaten hands!

Colorado is already a pretty dry climate and add washing my hands consistently as I was handling tons of food for the birthday party and in and out of doctors offices and boy were my hands beaten up.  I just got my new Dial products to try out recently and was elated to see this conditioning sugar scrub in the mix.  I knew that my hands needed something and that lotion was only masking the scaly mess. 

I made sure to give my hands the spa treatment and really test this product out.  I am a huge fan of sugar scrubs but many just add to the drying out effect and I was hopeful that this scrub would really live up to its hype.  I was not disappointed at all, the micro-scrubber effects that were happening on my hand were great and after I rinsed my hands actually felt soft and supple and the scales were all gone!  I am definitely a believer. 

Dial has graciously offered one of my readers a combination of 3 coupons to try out their conditioning Boutique Collection.  What is great is that these are free coupons and you can try out a few different options and scents! 

I am trying something a little different today and doing a 1 day FLASH GIVEAWAY.  The Entries are very easy and a winner will be chosen at midnight tonight!  Good Luck and enter below!


Disclosure:  The Dial® brand provided me with a sample of Dial® Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap in exchange for a product review.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Dogwood Easter Wreath #DIY

Told you I would be back!  I am so sorry for the delay in all my awesome Easter crafts and recipes and just general updates on all things Funky.  The combination of Jason's grandpa passing, my PC crashing and spring break from work, made for a tough week.  However, I am back with an Easy DIY Easter Wreath for under $10.00!

I apologize now for the lack of photos.  That goes along with my rant in this post.   The basics of all of this is that I lost some photos and most of those were for this post.  However, this wreath is super easy to make and really doesn't need photos. 

Tools of the Craft:
  • Grapevine wreath ($3 in Target Bins)
  • Easter Eggs ($1 at Dollar Tree)
  • Wide, Wired, Easter Ribbon ($1 at Dollar Tree)
  • Artificial Dogwood Vine ($4.00 at Michaels)
  • Hot Glue
  • Take the dogwood vine and wrap it around the grapevine wreath.  Secure ends with some hot glue. 
  • Remove the eggs from the picks if necessary and then hot glue around the wreath.  
  • Tie a bow with the ribbon and secure it to the side of the wreath with hot glue.

That is it!  Told you that pictures were not necessary!

But I mean, just in case :)
It took a few days for the wreath to grow on me, but I really do love it.  I will probably leave this one up past easter because I just love the festive bright colors and really, eggs are universal right?

Do you like it?  Please PIN IT and SHARE IT! 


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I dislike technology very much

This week in technology has sucked.  Like epically sucked.  Last week I did an update on my PC which has all my photo editing software and pretty much my life on it and well the keyboard didn't like the update so it stopped working.  Or so I thought it was the update.  I replaced the keyboard and nothing changed...keyboard is still broken.  I did a system restore (external keyboard still works and so does onscreen) and well, still broken. So now well, I do not have a home computer.

Luckily I brought my school Mac home and I love this darn thing, but it belongs to my school and it there is a lot that I cannot do on it because the school has outlawed that (like install photo editing software or Silhouette software which I use all the time).  So basically I can just type like I am right now and well that is why the blog has been so quiet.  I have tons to write about and crafts and recipes to share but well, they are really not useful without photos.

This also makes doing homework for grad school difficult so I am about 1.5 weeks behind in that world too.  You know because I didn't actually need to spring break right?

Another thing that I needed to do was help create a video for Jason's grandpa's funeral and was in charge of scanning all the photos in.  Well guess how many times I had to do that before I realized that I could only scan 10 photos at a time.  I literally worked on scanning 120 photos for 6 hours and it should have only taken about 2.

Oh and let's add to this whole situation with the fact that I just somehow formatted my DSLR camera card that has ALL the peanuts 2nd birthday pictures on it.  I am broken.  Literally started bawling to the guy at Mike's Camera, and I am confident the man thought I was crazy.

I think this weekend I will be purchasing a new computer for home and will probably go with a Macbook Pro, but you know $1500.00 is just so easy to come by.  I know that after going through several PC laptops over the past few years that I am so done with PC.  So if you have any ideas on what I need to get on my new MacBook Pro, that would be excellent!

Thanks for your patience folks and please if you have advice put it in the comments below!