Monday, February 6, 2012

It's All In The Family...


My mom is EXTREMELY talented and has always been since I was a baby. I grew up with her always making so many different things. She even had a business selling her handmade items. She has made so many creative things. I wanted to share some of her handmade items with you that I have around my house. Starting first with this adorable bunny that always sits on the back of my couch. Isn't she adorable? My mom made every single part of this little bunny doll. Well, she is not exactly little. She is a good size bunny doll. I wish I had the other many dolls that my mom has made for me over the years. They are in storage while we are trying to sell our house.


My mom also makes these unbelievably beautiful wreaths.
 I have them all over my house. This one is in our master bedroom right above my bed. I LOVE it so much. This wreath also lights up and is beautiful at night when all the lights are off. It gives off such a soothing aura.

My mom can sew, she can create beautiful wreaths with dried flowers and she can also paint. She painted this for me as a gift back in 2000. She did such a beautiful job. She is like another Donna Dewberry. This is hanging in our dining room.. well our eat in kitchen rather.

This wreath lights up as well. This wreath is in Hallie's bedroom and she loves it. Isn't my mom so talented? I think so and I am her biggest fan. Every new piece I always wanted and had to have.

This is another beautiful wreath. It is hanging in our living room above our flat screen tv. This one lights up as well.


This is something my mom made along time ago but I still have it displayed. It is a rod iron heart shape and she put dried and silk flowers on it. I have a rod iron house that she put some of these same flowers but different colors and it is gorgeous. It is packed away. I love to have my mom's hand made items all over my house.

My mom made this for me and it is a little doll that hides  those plastic bags from the store. She has made so many of these and she made one for my daughter so that she could put her overnight items in when she stayed the night at a friends house. So you can use it for many different  ways. Isn't she so cute though? I love her piggy tails. She also painted her face. She is SO talented when it comes to drawing little faces. I only wish I could draw like my mom does. If she ever made cards they would be absolutely stunning. As you can see I am a huge fan of my mom's stuff.


This is another piece that was made along long time ago. It is a little glass jar filled with potpourri. Then my mom took the front of the jaw and used a magnolia scented envelope sachet and then added her trademark flowers, ribbon and greenery.


This is a beautiful swag that my mom made for me. It is in our living room above our windows. She has made so many of these swags and they are all so beautiful.

This is a little fruit wreath that my mom made for my kitchen. Every Christmas I always asked for homemade items from my mom because there is not one single item that she could have bought that would have meant more to me. Plus all of her items are so special, beautiful and very meaningful to me. I will keep every item she has ever made for me forever. Once we get into our new house I will show you a bunch of other amazing items my mom has made through out the years.
 I don't know how many of you have mother's who have passed on their creative talents to you or have encouraged you to be creative. But having my mom's handmade items all around my house always makes me feel like she is always around. She lives about 2 hours away from me. I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the things that my mom has made for me and my daughter over the years. I have SO many other items that are stored away that I will have to show you one day. I hope that these items inspire you in one way or another. I know having her talented creativity all around me inspires me every day.

Big Cricut Hugs! ~Terri

Having Trouble Calibrating Your Cricut Imagine??

I was able to find the image that did not cut properly and this is it. You can clearly see that the image has way too much white all around the top and down the right side on top of the rocket. Then it cut off part of the rocket bottom. So I was able to fix this by calibrating it in a different way to compensate to make sure each image will cut out perfectly each time. I hope seeing this compared to the image below will help you see what I was talking about more clearly. If you would like to see a video of how to fix this just let me know and I will be happy to create one for you. I want each of you to have your images cut out perfectly so that we are not wasting ink and paper.

This image is after I adjusted the calibration and the image cut out much better. I can tweak it just a bit so that it is 100% perfect and I will work on that soon.

Are you having trouble when you cut out an image on your Imagine after you have calibrated it several times? I have a simple way to correct this problem. When I first got my Imagine every image that I cut out was not being cut out properly even though I chose the correct number and letter of the cut on each line after I calibrated my machine. On my images there was too much white from the white cardstock and my machine cut out too much of the image on the bottom.  If you look at the first image in this post you will see a tiny bit of white that should not be there. This was frustrating but I figured out how to fix this problem. When you first calibrate your machine you pick the number and letter that shows the cut that is perfectly on each line. Well this does not mean that your images will be cut out right. So this is how you can fix this problem. First cut out any does not matter what image it is. It just needs to show too much white and too much of the image being cut off. Next calibrate your machine. After you take out the calibrated sheet out of your Imagine you take your image and compare it to the number and letter lines along the top and right hand side of the sheet. Now, if your image has too much white on the top left then you would pick a number along the top that is either more to the left or right. What ever matches your image. You will have to guesstimate which line may correct this problem and put in the different letter and number in your Imagine. Next you will look at the part of your image that is being cut off too much. To do that compare the letters going down the right hand side. If your image is being cut off too much inside of your image then you select a letter that has a cut line below the letter. You may have to do this several times to get it just right. If you are still a little confused let me know and I would be happy to make a quick video showing you exactly how to correct this. Please let me know if you need any more help and I will do my best to help in any way I can.

I wanted to also let you know that the Custom Made Stamp Giveaway is ending on the 8th of Feb. So be sure to enter. My next sponsor is a really great one so you will not want to miss out on this. I am having surgery on the 9th of Feb and once I am recovered I will start that new givaway. I hope you all have an amazing day today and I hope this helps those of you who are having issues with your images not cutting out right. Big Cricut Hugs to you all! ~Terri