Cricut · DIY

Need help With Your Cricut? Try Our Facebook Groups!

Are you new to Cricut? Looking for help or inspiration for using your Cricut machine?

May I suggest joining one of my three great Cricut groups where you can get amazing ideas and input!

While there are myriad choices of groups on Facebook, my groups stand head and shoulders above the rest. That’s because my top-notch admin team and I have been helping scores of Cricuteers for years (since 2013!) and our users are helpful and knowledgeable, too!

Joining a Facebook group couldn’t be easier. Here are our groups with descriptions of each one. Joining is as simple as following the link and requesting to join!

Don’t worry about being pushed into buying anything either, because we don’t allow any selling in our groups!

Cricut Newbies & Pros for Explore:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/937801949607138/

This group focuses on creating, designing, and using Design Space, the free Cricut software for all Explore Cricut machines and the new Maker machine, too.

 

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Cricut Newbies and Pros for Older Machines:

http://www.facebook.com/groups/515248328525857/

This group focuses on creating, designing and using Cricut Craft Room (CCR) and Cricut’s legacy machines including Cricut Personal, Mini, Create, Cake, and the Cricut Expression and Expression 2.

Cricut Newbies & Pros for BUSINESS:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1161851913863262/

This group focuses on business related topics solely, such as help with pricing items, packaging & shipping, inventory & order tracking, payment methods, invoicing, social media & dot com options, etc.

I hope to see you there and Happy Cricuting!!

Autism · Cricut

It’s a beautiful day for Cricut-ing

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These days, I often stumble when someone asks me the standard question: “So, what do you do?”

Not that it was always easy.

Before I dropped out of the rat race to raise Master Owen, I worked in e-commerce…as in “buying stuff on the internet”.  In those days, e-commerce was scary and new and many people firmly believed it “wouldn’t catch on”.

Remember this is back in the day when the only ones making money online were XXX rated and old fashioned marketers were trying to figure out how to make it work for them.

I’m not trying to sound OLD, but this was back when Amazon only sold books.  It was when Netflix sent DVDs in the mail. My fellow colleagues and I had graduated from AOL and we thought we were all that because we understood what all the acronyms (url, http, ftp) and new terminology (streaming, buffering) meant.

Nobody “tweeted” because neither Twitter nor Instagram existed. Facebook was the catalog your college gave out to help you meet people. No one was pinning, except to their at-home cork boards and we didn’t text all that much because you had to use a phone keypad to do it.  Oh!  And blogs were called by their full name, weblogs, and they were mostly reserved for computer geeks.

I wouldn’t be lying telling you I completely enjoyed being a pioneer in the Internet Revolution and that I missed it sometimes…okay I missed it a lot!.  I thrived on the action. But, as most everyone knows, some things are worth changing direction for, and raising MO was definitely one of them.

Still….well, let me be blunt, the life of a Stay At Home Mom can be tediously, brain-numbingly boring.  Couple that with the stress of raising an autistic child alone and, well, to be truthful I could hardly believe how much my life had changed…as in “tanked”.  It’s difficult to be creative about doing dishes or laundry, and I longed for a creative outlet.

And then–as if by Divine intervention or some magical force of the universe–I happen upon a Cricut.  I am NOT exaggerating here.  I was in a craft store and looked up and saw this machine and thought to myself: “Hey! That’s kinda cool looking! I think I’ll try it!”

That was in October 2012.

Three and a half years and several machine upgrades later, I realize that a machine–in particular, a machine that can be somewhat difficult to describe to folks–gave me back that feeling of being a pioneer again!  Suddenly I could be creative again.  I was productive. I became somewhat obsessed with my Cricut.

I suppose you could call me a Cricut Fanatic, but I think it’s a little more than that.  I have been creatively “reborn” and I’m on a quest to tell everyone about it.  I am a Cricut Evangelist and I’m proud to say: “Today is a BEAUTIFUL day for Cricut-ing!”

Can I hear an “Amen”?  That’s a little attempt at humor…but, I’m curious, have I got your attention yet?  Do you want to find out what Cricut-ing is all about?  Or perhaps you’d like to renew your interest your interest in cutting edge crafting.  Well, here’s your sign!

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Autism

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.”