January 27, 2011

Answers: Part 2 {Creative}

First of all, major thanks to you guys for all of your suggestions on my questions yesterday! Y'all are always so helpful and I appreciate it more than you'll ever know. Have I mentioned that I love the blogging community? Manny thanks you for your help, too. :)
Now to finish up the answers to the rest of your questions! This is kind of long but I wanted to get all of them answered before I forgot. :)

I would love to know if you miss work at all and see yourself going back to work any time in the near future. Honestly I can't say I miss work at this point. I'm sure the day will come, but for now I'm loving every minute of being a stay-at-home mom. Maybe because it's something I wanted for so long? I don't know. It is harder than I ever imagined but I still am so thankful for the opportunity to stay home with Manny. I think it also helps that I still do some work from home. I just finished creating a new website for SheShe Made, and I also still do some work for a handful of clients that I worked with at my last job at the college. I think it's good for me to have some other projects to work on from time to time.

Where do you make all your beautiful projects? Do you have a "scrap room" or do you just do it where ever you have room?
I keep all of my craft supplies in our office/craft room/workout room (previously referenced as the dump-yo-junk room) and everything has a pretty good home there. However, we're actually toying with the idea of turning our formal dining room into a study since we never use it. If we did that, then there would be a space for me to have an actual craft table in the same room as I store all of my stuff. As it stands right now, I usually grab the supplies I need and bring them downstairs and work on them at my kitchen island. Nothing fancy, but it would be nice to have a table in the same room my supplies are in. If that ever happens, I'm envisioning a distressed turquoise (maybe farmhouse?) type table. :)

Tell me about your Cricut. What kind of Cricut do you have and where is the best place to buy products for it? How many cartridges do you have? Do you think it's worth the money?
I have the Cricut Expression, and it seems like Wal-Mart has the best price on it right now. The Cricut Create could handle the majority of my projects - the only difference I'm aware of is the ability to cut larger sizes with the Expression. When I got mine, they were having a sale on it such that it was basically $20 more for the bigger one, so that's why I chose it.

I buy all of my vinyl from Expressions Vinyl. Their prices are sooo much cheaper than buying at Hobby Lobby, etc. They also have awesome t-shirt vinyl, chalkboard vinyl, and flocked vinyl for great prices. (Silhouette users should check them out too...I really don't think their prices can be beat on vinyl stuff.) You can also sign up for their newsletter and they always send out coupon codes.

I only own one cartridge and it is the one that came free with my Cricut. I purchased the Sure Cuts a Lot program which allows me to cut fonts and all sorts of files from my computer. You can buy it at Expressions Vinyl also. It is well worth the price (around $80 but you can get it cheaper with their coupon codes) when considering most Cricut cartridges are around $50-$60 each.

For me, yes, the Cricut was well worth the money. I use it for many things...to label stuff, to make gifts, to decorate my house, and so much more. I don't paper scrap at all but I still feel like I use my Cricut all of the time. It really just depends on how into projects you are on if you'll get your money's worth out of it.

How do you come up with your crafty ideas? Is there a specific site you get them from?
I am often inspired by something I see either in a store, magazine, or of course on another blog. Sometimes I'll do something a little different and make the project my own, while other times I'll just make the exact same project. There is not a specific site where I get all of my ideas from as I read far too many crafty blogs. :) There are some that have weekly linky parties where people link up their projects, and I often find inspiration at those. It's a great way to see a lot of projects at a glance. Some of my favorite blogs that host linky parties are Today's Creative Blog, Tatertots & Jello, I Heart Naptime (this is a link to a list she has complied of TONS of linky parties), C.R.A.F.T. and The Girl Creative.

Have you always been creative or did that happen later on in life?
My mom is super creative so I feel like she encouraged that growing up. I think in the later years I have really tapped into that side more, especially since I have started blogging as there's always so much amazing inspiration.

Are all of your (teaching) ideas in one post? And you can still add more ideas?
Here is the post where I gave my classroom tour, and then I shared some files I made in these two posts here and here. I will have to dig into my memory bank and see what other ideas I have that I can share. :) If you have any special requests please let me know!

What are some of your guilty pleasures and what would we find if we looked through your DVR or Tivo?
Guilty pleasures...let's see. I love crafting...it's so fun and really helps me unwind. I also love to get a massage or pedicure from time to time. And of course a little shopping is always fun. :) Our DVR is full of randomness from Mean Girls to Dateline...haha! Things you'd see on a regular basis include Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, The Office, The Bachelor, Teen Mom, Castle, and Law & Order SVU.

Okay, I think that covers all of them. If I missed yours please let me know!


  1. i love my cricut but have only used it for paper... now i'm going to have to check out this vinyl thing! :)

  2. Oh my gosh, I had no idea you were a teacher! I taught second grade before staying at home with Gillian Grace. I just checked out your classroom and I am in love. You have such a comfy cozy welcoming room. I'm sure your kids absolutely love it, I just hope they appreciate all your effort!

    This link


    has a few pictures of my classroom the last year I taught. My theme was "Hollywood..."

    Well I already loved your blog, but now am loving it even more considering our teacher tie!

    Have a great weekend,

    (Oh and I'm so envious of your Circut...I just might have to invest in one!)


    And...one more thing...if you haven't already, check out the CSN store giveaway on my blog. You can win a gift certificate. Just find the button on the top of my sidebar!

  3. I didn't know you did the new SheShe Made site, it looks fantastic. You did a wonderful job!!!

    PS. Modern Family is one of our favs and Teen Mom is such a guilty pleasure of mine too.

  4. Hi Sarah, thank you for answering my question! I am so glad you are loving staying at home!! Great job on Sheshemade's new website. It's adorable! Have a great weekend.


  5. you're so cute-- as is that pic of manny w/ his hands folded!!

  6. Loved this post!!! =) HUGS, missing you!!!!

  7. I'm so thankful you took the time to write this post!

    I am STILL cutter-less because I have been trying to decide between Cricut and Silhoutte. I have been leery of having to buy a bunch of cartridges for the Cricut. But if I don't have to ...


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