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DIY: Winter Wonderland

This month's DIY craft project for the Cricut Designer challenge is Home Holiday Decor & Gifts. My teams theme is a Sparkly Holiday and so I give you the Personalized Winter Wonderland Mobile/ Advent Calendar.  Anybody got a catchier name for it? So not only does it make the kids room pretty for the holiday season ahead but it also makes 24 lovely gifts to discover. 

I made this one to hang over for MissE's bed. Someone was a little jealous, so now I have to make something for MisterM too, I predict a new post in the future. 

I used 3 different size embroidery hoops for the main structure and some nylon transparent thread and a small hook on the ceiling to mount the mobile. It was a little tricky to get all three hoops parallel, as you can see. 

First up I made some boxes in shapes of mountains and houses. A total of 6 mountains of different sizes, let's not forget the snowy tops and 4 houses in 2 sizes.I created these templates and still have to tweak them a little, but shoot me an email if you would like them. The wonderful thing about the  Cricut machine is that it does all the cutting and scoring for you, all is left for you to do is fold and glue. I also made 3 icicles from the Mini Eco Gems template.  
If you are making the Advent calander version, don't forget to fill the boxes with small gifts. Also, these are fun to make small villages and sceneries to play with as well. 

Next I tried the newest feature of the Cricut Explore machine: Print & Cut. I created these bubbles/ ornaments in illustrator and added the woodland animals on top. I got the illustrations from Vector Stock for 1$. I then uploaded my drawings to the Cricut Design Space™ website which instructed me step by step to print from my printer and then cut in the machine. The program adds a bleed to your image and cuts all around your image. No more jagged edges! The Cricut has many print and cut images to choose from if you don't want to design your own. 

The other side of my ornaments were plain white, so with a little modge podge I glitterized them for a little holiday sparkle. 

I also made some 3-D stars- to stuff them with more small presents. I used the cake topper project already available on the Cricut  site and added some more glitter to a few of the stars.

To make this project extra special I personalized it with MissE's name. I downloaded the 3-D letter font called Punched Out and create my templates by retracing my letters in Illustrator. You can download the font here for free. The letters were by far the hardest thing to do.

 Finally, no winter is complete without snowflakes and since every snowflake is unique there are no two the same in my set. There are a few snowflake templates available on Cricut for you to download already.

There you have it.... a Personalized Winter Wonderland Mobile/ Advent Calendar. I have to say I am quite proud of my little project, especially for someone who isn't all that crafty! You should come check out my IG to see the mobile in action, it's so pretty and sparkly.

Here you have a view from on top and a view from below.

I was inspired but this advent calendar and this paper craft to make my mobile, I hope this inspires you a little too. 

Don't forget to check out what my wonderful team has been up to, here is a sneak peek...

1. The Sweet Escape Glitter Cut Out Card
2. Pretty Providence Nativity Board
3. Petit a Petit + Family Winter Wonderland
4. Andrea's Notebook Advent Countdown
5. Simply Sadie Jane Corn Tassel Banner
6. Pars Caeli Snowflake Toppers
7. East Coast Creative Geometric Christmas Ornament
8. Suburban Bitches Let It Snow
9. That Girl Katie Party Hats
10. Sew Creative Let It Snow Recycled Pallet

Disclosure | This post includes affiliate links and  I did receive a Cricut machine for free and may receive prizes in exchange for my winning projects. Even though I am not directly compensated for these posts, I am under consideration for a prize with Cricut Design Space Star. All opinions are 100% my own. Wish me luck!



Glass and Brass Co

I am loving these balloon lights by Glass & Brass Co. I remember some very similar ones were around when I was growing up and I loved them back then. What a cute way to add a touch of fun and whimsy to a kids room.

This Etsy shop carries all kinds of cool lighting for every room of the house.  

They happen to have these cute pebbles pillow cases too, perfect for a reading nook or for pillow fights! Fun stuff!



Nice to meet you: SARAH JANE

What do the walls of you kids rooms look like? Do like to leave them blank or hang all of your kids drawings? Perhaps you have a favorite artist and have some of their art framed! Or is it like me, a little bit of everything. I wish I had more wall space to hang even more art and lovely prints such as those of Sarah Jane. Her illustrations make me smile and so I'm sure they would enlighten any kids room. A little bit retro, a little bit classic, lots of soft colors punched with wonderful brights- so so sweet.


There are many Prints to choose from- great for boys and girls.


Some with cute sayings.


You can hang one or more together.
Look how cute they are with washi tape.
On a side note- how did we ever live without washi tape?

And so much more to discover in the Sarah Jane shop... Look out for her new fabric collection too! I just know it's going to be so sweet.

You might want to check out the blog as well, there some free downloads and DIY projects I am sure you'll enjoy.

Oh! and Sarah is offering all of my readers a discount now through Saturday! Use the code SPRING15 at checkout in the online shop or the ETSY shop. Enjoy!



Nursery Decor We Love... Parenting & Me

Nursery Decor Inspiration by Bibelotte. (source)

I'm am very excited to share with you my latest Pinterest adventure, I am a guest pinner for Parenting this week! How cool is that? I am so honored to be part of their "Nursery Decor We Love" board and can't wait to share all the little things I would love to put in a babies room. This just might convince me to have a third!!!

So today I have just put some images together of the sort of wonderful things and images you can expect to find... (image above) These personalized mobiles are so sweet. Do you like ninjas or lucha libre? Pink Cheeks Studio has it all.

La Factoria Plastica makes some lovely wall hangings, night light and so much more to discover- cute in any kids rooms.

I LOVE all of Auggie's bedding and sheets- go soft or choose some fun and bold colors. And every kids room should have a tepee or tent in it- I really wish we had the room! How lovely is this handmade one? via Deas Og Mia

I think you know my love for vintage- so every nursery should have a touch of it in my opinion. It could be some old toys or a books, even better a vintage crib or bassinet. Les Petits Bohemes has a lovely selection- check out this crib on wheels!Don't leave the walls blank- add a little art, a print or poster. Check out Billy & Scarlett on Etsy, they have some sweet prints for your little ones room.

Bring the outside in with these hanging wall art mushrooms, from one of my favorite Etsy seller Herman Marie- she'll brighten up any room!
Finally, every nursery should have a night light- this little rabbit has me smilling. Via Mouton Cerise.
So do you need more inspiration, come follow the "Nursery Decor We Love" board there will be plenty more ideas. Happy Pinning!!!



SMOKE... by vertigo bird

Smoke... is a series of floor lights based on scaled-down prototypical elements of suburbia – the factory, car, parking lot, and house.
These were created by Bevk Perović Architects for VertigoBird for lighting up living and working environments – to be useful and critical simultaneously – to comment on our everyday lives, surrounded by pollution and consumption.
As much as these weren't necessarily intended for childrens rooms, I think they would make a lovely addition. Don't you?

I like the simplicity of the design...

I like that they are elements of our daily lives...

And finally all the little cars lying around the house will have a perfect parking spot!!!

Originally found via KidsRoom




As much as like black and grey, when it comes to decorating my kids rooms I love colors, any color, and a whole lot of it too, I like to mix and match colors and patterns, through in some new and vintage items in there too. So if you are anything like me, I think you will love Sunday In Color.

This new little online store based out of San Franscisco is filled with just the most adorable toys and kids accessories, all in bright colors and playful patterns. I don't think I saw anything I didn't like, seriously not one! Sonia, the owner is a lover of all things colorfull and her selection right on. You should totally check out the About Us page, just too cute... mmm  I might have to steal the idea!

If you are looking for a one stop shop for some cute christmas gifts, stocking stuffers, this might just be it! Or perhaps your are in the mood to redecorate, I know my son needs some serious help in his room. Expect to find a selection of fun toys small and big, an amazing selection of room decor for girls and boys and a little something for every budget. The items come from all corners of the world with some known brandsand some new ones to discover. I think I might have to get the entire Kurame collection of paper baloons.

If you follow me on Pinterest already, sorry I'll be pinning every single item on my borads...
Oh and you might be happy to hear that Sunday in Color is offering free shipping until December 19th. Happy shopping all!




How great are these oversized cuddly toys/ poufs?

The Zoo is created by French designer Ionna Vautrin... It includes a toucan, a panda bear and a whale with many mo too come. They are about 1m high and a hole lot to LOVE.

Found via Lustik.