Cricut Access Challenge: Bay State Love

As you probably already know, I was born and raised in one of the best cities in the world–Boston, Massachusetts!!!

With the exception of a few years away for school, Massachusetts has been my lifelong home and I’ve always, always loved it here! I simply wouldn’t live anywhere else!

fullsizeoutput_ee1I’m very proud of Massachusetts’ history of being the “birthplace of the Revolution” and I have always cheered on our progressive leaders as we continue to be first in so many things.

And, of course, I have passed my love and pride for the Commonwealth on to MO!  Recently MO’s teacher told us that he and his classmates were invited by the new state rep to tour the capital building and take a tour of the State House.  Doesn’t that sound like a lot of fun??

And, well….OF COURSE, I needed to figure out a way to put my Cricut spin on the upcoming tour, didn’t I?

fullsizeoutput_ee4Thankfully I knew that the good folks over at Cricut have recently added a ton of new state-related design files to Cricut Access.

In fact, I think every one of the US states are now represented!  Thank you, Anna Rose!

So here are just a few of the wonderful images I found for Massachusetts:

Aren’t they adorable??  And lots of great choices, too! 🙂

I’m digging the mandala-like designs, which will be perfect as a car decal.  And I’ve decided that the simple line drawings with the capital in the banner will make the perfect T-shirt decoration for MO’s special State House Tour Day, too.

I’ll be sure to post pictures of MO’s classmates at the State House after their field trip!

Which state are you from?  Do you love it as much as I love Massachusetts?

If so, now is the time to show the world!!!

And, don’t forget now…ALL of these lovely state-based images are available for FREE to all Cricut Access subscribers…so this might be the perfect time for you to consider a subscription!  (If you decide to order, please use my affiliate link, which is here:

Here’s the Pinterest post for this Massachusetts based pin:

And here’s my Design Space file for the Massachusetts images:

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“Go forth and Cricut, my friends!”

Best always,

Miss Rita


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DIY · Dutch Oven · recipe

Popcorn in the Dutch Oven

Popcorn in the Dutch Oven

So…on a whim…I decided to try making popcorn in the Dutch Oven…because, you know, I just can’t separate myself from this thing!

And, of course, it came out phenomenal!

My mom gave me a little bottle of coconut oil that is infused with jalapeños and so I decided to cook a batch with it. My mouth is burning! In an awesome jalapeño kind of way! I’m thrilled!

I’ve all but stopped eating popcorn several years ago…and when I did, I worried about the microwave kind giving me cancer or something…but then I remembered how my Dad would make popcorn in a pan on the stove and a light went off. Why couldn’t I try out a stove top version in my new best friend…I mean, my Dutch Oven.

I even shook it out into a brown paper bag to get out some of the grease…just like Dad used to do!

And now I’m strolling down memory lane and enjoying every second of it! Dad would be so proud!

I’m now seriously wondering if there’s anything that this Dutch Oven CAN’T do…

Plus I’m thinking they may need to bury me with it, because I *never* want to be without it again!


The Big Reveal, Part 2: My dilemma

If you read Part 1 of “The Big Reveal”, you know that I gave you my “In a Nutshell” story of how I got to this place in my life.  If you forgot already (or didn’t read the first part, in which case “shame on you”!  Just kidding!), I’ll “bottom line” it for you:  I spent about 45 years not knowing I had Asperger’s AND I am the very proud mother of a 10 year old boy, who also has autism.  Oh, plus, I am a dyed-in-the-wool crafter (now being called “maker”) and have been since I was a kid.  Plus I am a rabid fan of corgis!  <—“rabid”…heehee…get it?

So here is the dilemma: as someone who was diagnosed late in life, I don’t just naturally think about Asperger’s and autism.  Truth be told, I don’t think about it all that much until I run into a situation I can’t figure out and then I have an “Aha!” moment.

No, mostly I think about what I can make or do…or cook…or clean…or organize.

I suppose it might be a little bit “Aspie” of me that I have a need–a compulsion, really–to analyze things that grab my curiosity and figure them out.

Yeah.  I’m that person.

I’m the lady that looks up word origins for the fun of it.  The gal who sees something odd–like: “Hey! Why have all the Hess gas stations changed names? And: “Now where am I going to get my annual Hess Truck?”–and must research it and find out “why”!  (Here’s the why: Hess decided to get out of the retail business in New England, so you have to buy the annual truck online if you live around here.)

Thing is…I always thought everyone was like I was.  I mean, how can you just look at something and not think about it?!?   It is part of my very core to find out the “back story” of everything…and EVERYTHING has a back story.  Hardly anything is happens for NO reason at all.  Believe me…it doesn’t.  I researched it.  LOL!

And that’s one of the reasons why I simply ADORE my son, Master Owen (aka MO)!  He thinks just like me; he was blessed with this insane need to find out the “whys” and “hows” of life.  Because, honestly?  Having this drive of curiosity is the BEST way to live life, especially in the digital age when you can find out anything online.  It makes life a ginormous ADVENTURE.

Only…I now realize not everyone is “so blessed”. <big grin>  Some people are content with not knowing the history of the Patriots mascot.  (You are now dying to know, aren’t you?)

Some people can actually admire someone’s work without asking: “How did you do that?”

It was a shocking revelation to me and, quite frankly, something I still struggle with.

And–take it a step further–how am I suppose to maintain a blog simply about autism?  Won’t that get boring or whiny?  Seriously…autism is part of who I am…of course it is, but it is NOT all of me.  Of course not.   I am so much more! I am the mittens I knit.  The birthday banners I design.  The tote bags I sew up.  The lobster pie I make.  The dog poop I diligently collect and dispose of <gross, I know!>   I am all those things and more.  I can’t contain myself.  And, what’s more, I won’t contain myself.

And, so, the “Big Reveal” is I NEED to blog about, well, everything.

Corgis, LEGO sets, Cricut crafting, knitting, sewing, soap making, DIY…and, like I said, everything.  You name it and I’m giving myself permission to write about it.  I can’t be a one woman show.  It’s too restricting.  And I’ve spent way too much of my life trying to fit into everyone else’s ideas of who I am.

Is that all right with you, dear reader?  Will you come along on a journey with me?  Or at least tolerate it when I just want to gush about my latest project?  I do hope you will, because I want to share it all with you!

Let me know in the comments below, won’t you?

P.S. I write like I think, so I sometimes have run on sentences.  Plus I use a lot of exclamation points and ask a lot of questions.

P.P.S. I’m a HUGE fan of the “P.S.”