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It all started this afternoon with an article about
about how oreo's are as addictive as cocaine! Crazy right? After sharing this article with some of my co-workers, we began to talk about how much we all love oreos. Who loved regular stuffed, double stuffed and yes mega stuffed! My best friend even reminisced about her favorite oreo commercial, which we obviously had to watch! We even decided that if they ever chose to stop making oreos that we would have to stock up then begin a revolt... I meant that's just the obvious choice, right?
So it got me thinking about which snack food is my biggest weakness, one that if they ever chose to end production on I would join in a revolt against it (or lets be honest, start the revolt)... and hands down, that snack is Nutella.
As you already know, I come from an Italian family and because of that, Nutella has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. At my nonna's we would sit and make mini Nutella "sandwiches" with saltines and eat tons of them! When I was in elementary school, my mother would pack me Nutella sandwiches since I didn't like meat. I think I ate a Nutella sandwich (sometimes with peanut butter or bananas) just about every day for years. Kids would think I was crazy eating essentially chocolate sandwiches daily.
Quite frankly, I didn't care because it's still one of the best lunches on earth.
To this day, my love for Nutella is still strong. I'm not kidding when I say I always (and I mean always) have one of those large jars of Nutella and a spoon next to my bed at all times. And of course there's a large jar next to my sewing machine. And no, I don't like sharing with others, they can use a jar that's upstairs in the pantry if they want some. Harsh maybe, but I call it dedication.
I'm crazy about my Nutella, and do you really blame me? To me, it's more than chocolatey goodness and heaven on earth. It has been a part of my life literally for as long as I can remember. And honestly, it reminds me a lot of my good ol' family and brings back lots of memories of my nonna, ones that I cherish.
You might think I sound crazy, but I'm ok with that!
So tell me, do you have a snack weakness that makes you sound as insane as I do right now? Let us know, and don't be shy, we don't judge here!
I have been slowly purging my room, getting rid of old nick nacks and clothes I haven't worn in years. By doing so, I have freed up so much shelf space that I now have room for more picture frames! I love displaying my favorite photos everywhere and instead of buying expensive frames, I decided to make some more of my own!
I'm going to show you step by step how to make 2 cool pictures frames. They're inexpensive and will take you little time!
What you'll need:
~Wooden picture frame- you can buy these at your craft store for $1
~Modge Podge ~Paint brushes ~Old newspaper ~Glitter (optional)
Step 1: Get all your materials out and cover your workspace with newspaper or an old tablecloth
Step 2: Rip your newspaper into a pile of pieces, you can always rip more later.
Step 3: Lightly paint a layer of modge podge onto the first piece of your frame and begin layering your newspaper bits.
Step 4: Continue adding light layers of modge podge as you keep covering the wood. Remember to cover the outer and inner edges so your entire frame is covered from all angles.
Step 5 (optional): If you want to add a little glitz, mix a little bit of glitter with a separate bit of modge podge together. Paint a light layer of the mixture over your frame and it'll dry with some glimmer!
Step 6: Choose a phrase or quote to add to it! I used letter clippings from old magazines to write out one of my favorite Marilyn Monroe quotes. I glued those on using modge podge as well!
Step 7: Let it dry!
**One thing to remember, the wooden frames will have holes in the back of the frame where the peg will go in so it can stand. If you're using words on your frame, make sure you're working with your frame the right way so you can stand it!
What you'll need:
~Wooden frame ~Paint of any color ~Tacky glue ~Old puzzle pieces
Step 1: Paint a light layer of any color on your wooden frame. Don't forget your outer and inner edges too!
I chose a yellow which coordinated with my puzzle pieces. I do this because you'll see some of the frame when it's complete and a pop of color ties it all together!
Step 2: The paint will only take a few minutes to dry and when it is you can begin to layer on your puzzle pieces. Use the tacky glue to place your first layer of puzzle pieces.
Step 3: When your first layer is complete, you can either leave it or add a second layer of puzzle pieces on top of the first layer. You can do as many layers as you'd like!
When you're done with the layers you choose, you're done with the frame! It's as easy as that!
**Fun tip, if you don't want to use puzzle pieces, use old buttons!
We had an amazing kick off event!
This is our busiest year yet and we were happy to start off our fall events this past weekend at the Katonah Yoga Fall Festival in Bedford Hills!
It was a gorgeous, sunny day and we were so happy to set up our tables outside! We loved getting some vitamin D and meeting some great people! There were lots of other vendors, great music, yummy food and so much more.
This fall festival was the perfect way to kick off our events for this fall and winter season. We have a bunch lined up and we even have some private Love Struck Creations Parties!
So take a look at some pictures from this past weekend and mark your calendars so you can come and see us at our next event!
Do you have the most magical machine ever? AKA the Cricut? Well here are a few tips I've picked up along the way that have helped me!
Lets talk paper!
Use any kind of paper you'd like, but I find that I prefer a thicker paper when using my Cricut. Here's why: thin paper tends to crumble when cutting and taking pieces off the mat, especially smaller pieces tend to rip a little bit. With thicker paper, you can get crisper cuts that makes taking off of the mat and popping out little pieces super easy! Just make sure you're using a higher pressure when using thicker paper, or choose the option of cutting twice.
No need to rush!
I always say this about crafting, especially sewing. But one thing I find is that there's no need to keep your speed up to the highest just to save time. I always run into the problem that my paper just gets all crazy and tends to rip. I'm not saying keep it on the slowest setting, but don't feel like you have to rush!
Have a lint roller handy!
We all know that the stickiness of the Cricut mat doesn't stay ultra sticky for super long. One way to halt this process is to roll a lint roller and roll it over your mat a few times. It'll pick up some little bits that are left over to help prolong the life of your mat. Simple, quick and cheap!
Speaking of the mat...
You need to make sure that your paper is really on the mat. When you open a new mat, it's often too sticky and when you peel off your paper, it gets all rolled up. Simply put your hand over it a few times to pull off some stick. But when your mat loses it stick (even after you use your lint roller) to really make sure it's on there; use a wall. I will stick my paper on, smooth it over then flip over the mat and put it against a wall. I'll then really press on the mat with your hands, don't be afraid to put some pressure on it. It'll really help keep that page on and increase the life of your mat too!
Take some time to look through the books
Every cartridge comes with a little book that maybe you think isn't super helpful. Well I had no idea at first how helpful it actually is! It shows you everything that specific cartridge will do. The overlay for the keyboard only shows you a few things it can do, but the book bears it all! Don't doubt your cartridge, it can do a lot of things that you didn't even know. So take some time to flip through the books so you can see all your possibilities.
Invest in 2 things:
There are 2 great things I suggest investing in when buying your Cricut. First is the USB cord that you can hook up to your computer along with the free download of the Cricut Craft Room. This makes for efficient time spent with your Cricut! I even wrote a whole post about it! Second is the Cricut tool pack. It comes with scrapers, hooks, mini scissors and more! It's a great way to help peel off your cuts and more. Totally worth it!
Keep an eye out...
Places like zulily.com will have Cricut circultate every few weeks. You can buy mats, cartridges, markers, tools, blade replacements and more for really great prices! You can even buy cartridges used from amazon.com or even ebay.com. They're inexpensive ways to expand your library.
Hope these few tips helped! We'll be circling back to the Cricut with tips for cutting vinyl and even using the Cricut markers! Always more to come with our blog!
My name is Kristina and I'm the founder of Love Struck. Read about how Love Struck came to be, see how I make it happen or just read a random thought I just might have! Anything can happen at our blog & I wouldn't have it any other way! It's time to get Love Struck, and what better way to start than right here!