Ballerina dance bag

We started MR in ballet this year. I haven’t watched a lot of her classes but she kind of is the ballet equivalent of the kid playing t-ball in the outfield picking flowers. But she is so stinking adorable though!

We made sure she had the basics: ballet shoes, leotard, leggings. But her bag situation was embarrassing. The only thing I could find was a beach bag that looks like a crab. It is orange and has huge eyes. While it is extremely cute and I love having MR take it to the beach, it just isn’t really a ballet bag.

I got a heat press for Christmas and the first thing I wanted to make was a new ballet bag for MR. I found an adorable ballerina SVG and got to work. MR and I made this bag together and she loves it. She takes it to class and places it in front of the mirror carefully so that everyone can see the ballerina. Adorable!

Supplies

Instructions

  1. Use the Ballerina SVG file and cut in Cricut. Don’t forget to turn mirror on!
  2. Weed your purple vinyl.
  3. Set the Cricut Heat Press to 280 degrees.
  4. Press your blank bag for 10 seconds.
  5. Place vinyl on bag and use the heat press for 30 seconds.
  6. Flip bag over and use the heat press for 15 seconds.

Snowman face mask

This year I really struggled to find a good gift for our daycare teachers. They really have done so much by adapting to the new way of teaching that homemade chocolate covered desserts just doesn’t seem enough during COVID. Obviously the best gift is money or a gift card but that seemed impersonal. I needed to come up with something to accompany the gift card and not something they have 100 of. And then the light bulb went off what about a fun face masks for them to wear at work that the kids would enjoy? Enter snowman masks! We will probably get snow in April, maybe even May so this mask could be used for many more months.

Take a look at how to make these masks.

Supplies

Free SVG File

Instructions

  1. Use the Snowman SVG file and cut in Cricut. Don’t forget to turn mirror on!
  2. Weed your orange and black vinyl.
  3. Set the Cricut Heat Press to 280 degrees.
  4. Press your blank face mask for 10 seconds.
  5. Place orange for nose on mask and use the heat press for 15 seconds. Peel plastic off when complete.
  6. Align black on mask and use the heat press for 30 seconds.
  7. Flip mask over and use the heat press for 15 seconds.

What do you think? Do you know a kid that would love if you wore this face mask?


Dishwasher Safe Custom Vinyl Glass

I don’t know about you but I love all of those fun beer and wine glasses with cute sayings. I am a very simple person where I don’t really use them myself but they are great personalized gifts. Something else you should know about me is that if something can’t go into the dishwasher, I will NEVER use it. But seriously, my dishes revolve around the ease of cleaning it in the dishwasher. Needless to say making my own cute beer and wine glasses meant that they need to be dishwasher safe. Here are two of the designs that we gave to my husband’s sister and brother-in-law for Christmas. What do you think? They seemed to like them.

Supplies

Instructions

  1. Cut your customized saying or image in Cricut
  2. Place vinyl on glass.
  3. Apply 2-3 coats of Mod Podge to vinyl. You can go onto the glass but it will leave a film over the glass. It is kind of noticeable but if you make it look nice then it is okay. I ended up making a rectangle so that it looked consistent.


Kids Apron

As I have become busier in life with less time to myself I have discovered that I enjoy baking. And my kids love to join me which makes it even better. Although they probably just enjoy sampling the ingredients. I mean, I love baking chocolate chip cookies so I can eat the chocolate chips too!

My daughter loves wearing her apron when we bake and my son has been using my apron. He has no shame wearing pink! We will be baking and my daughter will all of a sudden yell “We forgot our aprons!” so we have to pull them out to continue. She is super cute.

For Christmas Santa brought him his own apron which I customized for him. Take a look!

Supplies

Instructions

  1. Cut your customized chef apron in Cricut
    • Cursive font – Magnolia Sky
    • Name – Lucida Grande (Bold)
  2. Use the Cricut Heat Press
    • Temperature – 270 degrees
    • Time
      • Front – 30 seconds
      • Back – 15 seconds

What does your apron look like?


Repurposed Address Numbers

As part of fixing up the outside of our house, we got new house numbers.  We were too afraid that they would break when we took them off the house so we spent $10 on new house numbers.  But as always, after searching on Pinterest for ideas Eric and I just came up with our own idea.  I will give Eric credit for this, it was mainly his idea.

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When we were redoing the kitchen, the cupboard that goes above the microwave came with the wrong door.  Instead of a sideways cabinet with double doors, it came as a vertical cabinet with a tall, skinny door.  They just sent us the new cabinet door so Eric stashed the wrong one downstairs and put the new one up.  Out of sight, out of mind for me.

As we were thinking about what to do with the house numbers, Eric went downstairs and grabbed the door and asked me if we could put it on there.  I’m not going to lie, it took some convincing but now I’m in love!

Check out how the house numbers look on the house!

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What We Did

Here is what you need:

This was super easy so all we did was screw on the numbers where we wanted them on the cabinet door.  And then we hung it outside.
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Wrap Up

That’s it, that’s all there is to making it!  I honestly think I spent more time looking for ideas than I did actually making it.  

Have you done anything unique for your house numbers?

Happy Crafting,


House Warming Gift: It’s A Wonderful Life Theme

Growing up brings on lots of new experiences and celebrations.  You are no longer just going to someone’s birthday party once a year.  Now there are celebrations for marriage, babies, and new homes.  I am sure there are many more but I am learning as I am going.  One of the hardest gifts I have a hard time figuring out is what to get someone who just moved into a new home.

From now on I will always give this It’s A Wonderful Life themed house warming gift.

House Warming Gift

If you haven’t seen It’s A Wonderful Life yet then we can’t be friends.  Okay we can but you need to watch it.  My family watches the movie every Christmas Eve, it has gotten to the point where shush each other because everyone has their own favorite line that they say out loud during the movie.  
When my husband married the family, he thought we were ridiculous.  Let’s be honest, he still does but it is growing on him.  I think he is starting to appreciate why it is my favorite holiday tradition.
House Warming Gift
Since this movie has been such a big part of my life growing up it seems only fitting that I give people a house warming gift like the one from the movie.  
Bread, that this house may never know hunger
Salt, that life may always have flavor,
Wine, that joy and prosperity may reign forever”
~It’s A Wonderful Life

What is even better is that it is super simple to put together.  Without further ado, here is how to make it.

Supplies

Instructions

Read carefully because it is so easy you might miss a step!
  1. Place the basket shred in the basket.
  2. Place the bread, wine and salt nicely in the basket
  3. Print the first picture on this post onto your card and write a nice sentiment inside.
Think you can do it?  I do!

Wrap Up

I hope you enjoy giving this basket as much as I did.  And don’t forget, if you haven’t seen It’s A Wonderful Life make sure you add that to your watch list!

Does your family have a tradition or movie that means a lot to you?  What is your version of our family’s Christmas Eve tradition?

Before I let you go, make sure you take a look at these last few pictures!

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House Warming Gift

Easy DIY Herb Garden

It is spring time!  If you are in Northeast Ohio it may not seem like spring yet but its coming.  Time to fix up the garden and plant those flowers outside!  Or if you are like me and you know nothing about gardening, its time to pretend like you know all about it. If so this is the perfect fake it until you make it herb garden!
How to make your own herb garden
When Eric and I were doing the typical last minute gift search, we were walking through Michaels and I saw this box.  When I saw it, I just knew that I should turn it into a herb garden!  I am officially obsessed with chalk boards too.  I may be a few years late to the game but everything I do I want to be a chalkboard!
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How to make your own herb garden
This herb garden is so easy to make and it looks so cute.  Perfect for your outdoor table’s center piece while growing your fresh herbs.  The herbs in this garden are parsley, basil and cilantro.  I don’t know if you use those regularly but I am sure you can find a recipe just for your fresh herbs!
So without further ado, here is how to make your own herb garden!

Supplies

  • Box of your choice
  • Drill
  • Your favorite herbs
  • Dirt

Instructions

  1. Drill a hole or two in the bottom of your box.  The holes are so the water can drain out if it rains.
  2. Put a layer of dirt on the bottom
  3. Place herbs in the box
  4. Fill in around the herbs and fill up the remainder of the box with herbs.
  5. Water your brand new herb garden!
How to make your own herb garden

Wrap Up

We gave this adorable herb garden to my mother-in-law for Mother’s Day.  I just hope it doesn’t turn out that she has a brown thumb because I hope to have dinner at her house made with these herbs!  I think it was a pretty successfully gift if I do say so myself.
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Eric, Eric’s Mom and I on Mother’s Day
What did you do for Mother’s Day and how did you celebrate your mother?
Happy Gardening,

5 Mother’s Day Gifts

I can’t believe Mother’s Day is right around the corner! If you are like me it is finally hitting you that you should figure something out for your mom.  In typical Levicky fashion, we probably won’t figure out what we are getting our Mom’s until the Saturday before.  Hopefully I can at least help get ahead of the game!

Gifts for her

Without further ado, here are 5 gifts that you can make for your mom!

Bracelet

Coral Bracelet
I actually gave this to my mother a few years ago and you can make it however you want!  The possibilities are endless so you can put your own spin on it for your mom!  Once you get the supplies, this is super easy to make!

Cookbook Stand

DIY Cookbook Stand
I am still obsessed with this cookbook stand and if I were a mom I would definitely want one of these.  If you make this, don’t forget to leave a cute note!

Tea Cup Candle

DIY Candle
Why buy a candle when you can make it yourself and put it in a cute tea cup!  Stop by Goodwill for a tea cup and turn it into a candle!  Warning though, making candles is kind of addicting.  I usually make them with my mother and we always try to figure what else we can make candles into.

Spa Day

Spa Day Gift
Have you seen the World’s Toughest Job Interview? Moms are amazing and they deserve a little pampering some times.  Give her the essentials for an at home spa day and then let her relax and enjoy her bath!

String Art

DIY String Art
Another cute gift for Mom!  Paint it a color that you like or write a quote that will mean something to her.

Wrap Up

What are you doing for your mom for Mother’s Day?
Happy Mother’s Day!

Spa Day Tumbler

What do you do when you want to spoil your friend for her birthday but you can’t afford an expensive day out?  Give her a spa day in!

I gave this to my friend last year for her birthday and this post is so delayed that its almost her birthday again!  Happy belated/early birthday Julie! 
My goal was that every part of the gift could be used.  Mason jar gifts are great but thats the new trend and you can’t really use it as part of spa day!  Instead, I used a tumbler with a straw so she could fill the glass, sip and enjoy while relaxing.  This was so easy to make, the hardest part was trying to fit everything in the cup.
  Here is all you need to make this spa day gift with links to Amazon to buy:
  1. Tumbler With Straw
  2. These are my favorite kind of glasses, hardly any leakage when they tip over.  Can you say sippy cups for adults?!
  3. Packet of On The Go Drink Mix
  4. Its not cucumber water but a lemon packet in the tumbler adds flavor to the day.
  5. Nail Polish
  6. What is spa day without painting your nails, that is a must.  It was so hard just picking one color.  I went with something that she might not have already but was still something I could see her wearing.
  7. Nail File
  8. You can also find these individually in the beauty section of most local stores.
  9. Bath Bomb 
  10. I bought a pack and could only fit one in the glass.  I guess I will have to take advantage of a relaxing bath too.
  11. Face Mask
  12. While relaxing in the bath, she can clean up her pores and relax.

I tied a cute bow and label on the straw and it was ready!  I thought it was so cute I didn’t want to put it in a gift bag.

There are so many other things to add to the gift but I could only fit so much into one tumbler.  Whatever will make your spa day more relaxing, add it!

What makes your spa day more relaxing?


Chalkboard Cookbook Stand

What do you do with a cookbook stand when you aren’t cooking?  This isn’t the start of a joke, I’m serious! I have enough on my counters without adding a cookbook stand, that takes up a lot of space. Why not make it useful at other times, enter chalkboard paint!

I thought of this idea a while ago but never really had time to make it until my mother in law’s birthday was coming up and Eric and I started to scramble.  Sorry Mom but we do this for everyone, not just you.  Let me set the scene.  Friday at 10 am I message my husband

Me: Oh no, your mother’s birthday dinner is Sunday and we don’t have a gift!
Eric: You are right, what should we get her?
Translation: I am working and you are the creative one so can you please figure it out.

Five random, useless, “I wouldn’t want that either” ideas later and I think of the chalkboard stand that I have been dying to make.  It would look cute on her counter and she definitely cooks more than I do.  So 48 hours later we gave her a chalkboard stand.  Personally, I’m impressed that we got it done in time.  We gave it to her unwrapped because we weren’t sure it was completely dry.  But it turned out pretty nice if I do say so myself.

Love it?  Want to make one of your own?  Here’s how!

Supplies

  • 1 Piece of wood board cut into the following sizes
    • 1 – 9″x11″x1″ – The chalk board will be on this
    • 2 – 9″x2″x1″ – The holder of the cookbook
    • 1 – Right angle triangle cut at a 22.5 degree angle, approximately 8″x3″
  • Wood Glue
  • Sand paper or a sander
  • Paint brush
  • Painter’s Tape
  • White paint
  • Chalk board paint
  • Chalk

Instructions

  1. Cut the wood into the sizes as described above
  2. Use the wood glue and the holder of the cookbook pieces into an “L” shape and then onto the front of the main piece of wood
  3. Glue on the triangle piece to the back
    1. Once dry, give it a good sanding to make sure everything is smooth
    2. Give it 2 coats of white paint, everywhere.  This may take a couple of steps because you need to paint the bottom too!
    3. Once dry, tape where you would like the chalkboard to be.  Make sure you press down on the edges well so nothing seeps out of your rectangle.
    4. Give it several coats of chalk board paint, a little goes a long way but you don’t want to see through the chalk board.
    5. Let it dry and do touch ups as necessary
    6. With your chalk, completely cover the chalkboard and let it sit before wiping it off.  If you don’t the first thing you write might be slightly visible forever!  
    1. Write a message on your chalkboard!
    If you are giving the stand as a gift, make sure you include a piece of chalk so they can write and change it as they want.

    Now I have to ask, would you leave this on your counter?