Grateful, Thankful, Blessed DIY

A few months ago, my best friend, and fellow blogger, Nicole (check out her blog, Eleutheromania, here) asked me to be her Maid of Honor in her wedding next July. HELL YEAH! I love the idea of standing next to her as she marries her lobster, Drew (let me know if you didn’t get that Friends reference) and giving the ultimate MOH speech! The two would have never met if Nicole didn’t end up becoming my roommate and renting my couch for half a year!

Any who, around this time, I had been eyeing the Cricut. As a crafty girl who loved scrapbooking growing up, this was the adult version of those wonky sissors mixed with 21st century technology. Alas, I couldn’t justify spending over $300 on one. 😦 Not even a month later, Nicole asked, I said yes, and a sale came up. The stars were aligned! I got it on sale and began working on little projects.

Fast forward to fall. I love these square little signs that you see everywhere on Pinterest and in home decor stores. You know the ones I”m talking about. If you don’t, here are some references. ($14, $20, and $44)

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But, I’ve got that champagne lifestyle and that PBR budget, ya feel me?

So, late last night, (when I do my best crafting for some reason) I decided to make my own. I bought this little square sign at walmart for like, $3 not even the day before, thinking that I’d find a good purpose for it later and I was right!

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Next I came up with a design I liked in the Cricut Design Space. I use my own fonts that I have gotten from other places versus the ones they sell on the Design Space because I think they are more expensive but to each their own.IMG_7163.jpg

Here’s my circuit working its magic! It’s amazing the things this little machine can do! I plan on making tumblers for Nicole’s wedding and possibly t-shirts in the future with this thing!

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This is the end result! Just kidding, I could leave it like that if it were on a darker wood but it’s too light for me so I painted the wood, and then removed the letters to show the natural light wood underneath.

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It didn’t turn out as well as I hoped. The paint (mixed with a little water to look more like a stain then a paint) ran and got underneath the letters. Luckily, I had a white paint marker and was able to basically draw the letters back on.

If I were to do this project over, I would buy a darker stained wood sign (and maybe one with a little smoother surface) and just leave the white vinyl letters on. But for less than $5, I’d say it turned out pretty good! Cant’ wait to show it off to my family when they come for Thanksgiving!

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