Crafty Chickens

Discussion in 'Free Range' started by CoolWife, Feb 22, 2014.

  1. Dorothygale

    Dorothygale Chicken

    I had one but sold it a year later. Supplies are crazy expensive here, but only Michael's sells them and they are exempt from coupons so idk if you have better shopping options down there. Spending $25 per roll of colour was just too much unless I had a specific project I really wanted to do, like the kid's Santa sacks. Otherwise, for just t-shirts and things, it would cost me less to pay someone else who makes them. The program doesn't take much to figure out, and there's lots of easy YouTube videos to guide you.
     
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  2. Kimmers

    Kimmers Chicken

    This is my fear... I really just want it for tees and onesies so by the time I buy the machine, supplies, and maybe a heat press, am I actually saving anything? Not until I’ve made an awful lot of tees! Also as N pointed out, I barely have time to do anything these days so it might not be the best time for an expensive new hobby.
     
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  3. hellohelloagain

    hellohelloagain Chicken

    R has one at his work that's he uses for t shirt decals but also for vinyl stickers. It's also really good for cutting stencils, which is largely what I have R do for me, because I prefer to paint shirts over using the vinyl. With stenciling, you don't have to use the more expensive cricut branded vinyl rolls.

    I'd check resale sites if you're interested, I even saw one at Goodwill once.
     
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  4. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    If there’s a local sewing store that sells supplies, I’d go talk to them and see if anyone that’s a regular would be interested in making them.

    I’d love to make ones for M, but that’s a lot of upfront costs.
     
  5. Kimmers

    Kimmers Chicken

    I am trying so hard to talk myself out of this purchase but I so badly want to impulsively order the damn thing! :lol:
     
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  6. user4058

    user4058 Chicken

    @Kimmers I wish you lived in my town, I would split the cost with you lol. I keep trying to find reasons to buy one.
     
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  7. Dorothygale

    Dorothygale Chicken

    @Kimmers if you can hold out, wait for a sale at like labour day or Black Friday. I find Cricut’s official site has lots of sales; I got mine around Christmas in a bundle deal, and it was so good that even with the conversion to CAD and customs fees, it was still cheaper than what I would’ve paid here for just the machine alone.
     
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  8. Kimmers

    Kimmers Chicken

    @Dorothygale This is excellent advice but L’s birthday is next month and we are doing Disney/Universal in October and I’m dying to make all the things for these occasions!
     
  9. megatron

    megatron Wordsmith Staff Member

    @Kimmers my friend who also makes cute bows will custom make kid shirts and infant onesies, in Disney and Harry Potter (or whatever you want) themes, if you are interested in checking her out. They are pretty affordable and well made. I have a wizard in training and squad goals (with the Monsters Inc crew) T-shirt’s ready for A when she gets to 2T I size lol. Just in case you want to see other options before going Cricut crazy!
     
  10. Dorothygale

    Dorothygale Chicken

    I got sick of E tearing off the wrappers of her crayons and broken crayon pieces everywhere. So I peeled them all, cut them up and melted them down into some fun shaped silicone molds I had for chocolates and stuff. She is now super amazed by her "magic" multi coloured crayons and thinks they're all new now.
     
  11. Rico Suave

    Rico Suave Chicken

    Will you plz be MY fun mom?
     
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  12. Dorothygale

    Dorothygale Chicken

    :lol: This idea was born purely out of annoyance. Now there’s no wrappers and they’re too thick for her to snap!

    This mama is out of fun mom ideas. I did recently start face painting, but I do not recommend.
     
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  13. user4058

    user4058 Chicken

    My grandma used to draw on my face with colored eyeliners. It was less messy than paint!
     
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  14. virgo

    virgo Chicken

    I finally remembered to get a picture of how we had to install the window AC. I mentioned it a few pages back but basically we have horizontal sliding windows so you can’t install the unit the normal way. We had to get crafty and found a video where the guy used a steel rod and plexiglass. The rod keeps the unit in place and the plexiglass covers the rest of the open window. It’s super easy and I wish we’d known sooner.

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    I was worried the rod would put too much pressure on the window but it doesn’t at all.
     
  15. Rico Suave

    Rico Suave Chicken

    Damn, your rig is way more legit than how J and used to do it. Ours was held up with one of those Ikea shelves, and we just prayed it didn’t fall.
     
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  16. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    Anything is better than my co-workers who have a portable a.c. in their office and run it with the windows wide open.
     
  17. Dorothygale

    Dorothygale Chicken

    @Tumnus that’s a good idea! I’ve been using face paint sticks, but the ones I got are big like oil pastels and don’t make nice clean designs, so everything looks so clunky. I was thinking of trying the little cream pot type next that use a paintbrush.

    Mainly the most irritating thing is that she wants her face painted constantly. I’ll finish one design and 10 minutes later she’ll come back like “and now a unicorn!”
     
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  18. virgo

    virgo Chicken

    If you ever have to do it again, I highly recommend this method! I still can’t believe how easy it is. It makes it easy to take the unit out too since we don’t want to keep it in 24/7.

    @A. Ham How do they not understand how it works and the fact that they’re letting all the hot air back in? :no:
     
  19. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    There's basically no AC here at all. It's a completely foreign concept.
     
  20. Rico Suave

    Rico Suave Chicken

    And no ice in drinks! :lol:
     
  21. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    I'm ok with that. But if you're gonna buy an AC read the manual!
     
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  22. Dorothygale

    Dorothygale Chicken

    I scored a huge bag of polyfill at a liquidation place for $1.99 so today we’re attempting the pigs from Jillian Jiggs.
     
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  23. moose

    moose RINGWORM GIRL :(

    I would like to check her out!
     
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  24. Dorothygale

    Dorothygale Chicken

    Those who are masters of upcycling old furniture, I need help! I have this old tv cabinet that I want to repaint and fix. But I'm really lost as to what to do with the bottom part where the canvas/screening part is (diamonds). I want to rip that part out, but what do I replace it with?
     
  25. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    Ooh, I know what I would do. But I would keep the diamond framework, so my suggestion is not for you.