Christmas a bit late…

My nephew Aaron is 42 and single. About a year and a half ago he decided to be a foster parent. He first got 4 brothers ages 8-17. When they returned home he got a 15 year old boy, and 11 months later he got a sibling group of 3, 2 girls, ages 3 and 6  and their 8 year old brother. Our family decided to adopt them for Christmas and Aaron said they would love Christmas stockings with their names on them.  I LOVE making personalized items for kids!

For the stockings I used some red glitter felt. I used the fabric blade and cut the names. I used the multi cut feature and cut the letters 4 times.  I then used fabric glue to adhere them to the stockings. Believe it or not, I had everything pictured in my “stash”, so I didn’t have to purchase anything. I purchase items on clearance and save them for times like this! Otherwise I would have looked for stockings that I could use  with HTV. The aprons and the cinch bags were made using heat transfer vinyl and the water bottles were made using permanent vinyl.


Cinch bags

Christmas stockings (Dollar Tree)

Water bottles

Aprons (Dollar Tree)

Stiffened felt

Heat Transfer vinyl

Permanent vinyl

Fabric glue


15″ KNK Maxx


Fabric blade

Force 50 with 4 pass multi cut

Cinch bag and apron/ HTV

Force 50

red capped blade

Water bottle Permanent vinyl

Force 38

red capped blade

All Speed 350

Happy Labor Day/Back to School

It is hard to believe summer is coming to an end. My kids are all adults so I don’t have all of the Back to School preparation like I use to. But this is a very sad back to school for me. After having my grandkids for 2 days per week for the past 8 years, this year they will both be in school fulltime.  When they left on Friday my grandson said “see you next summer Grama.” Like that is going to happen! They are only one hour away from me so I will still make weekly visits and see them for a bit after school.


My great nephew Gus is one, and although he won’t be going back to school his teacher mom will be. She stayed home with him the first year so this will be his first time in Daycare. So I made him this little “craft apron”, hopefully little boys wear such things. I found this at the Dollar store and thought it would be fun to personalize. The label says “Made of All New Material ” which had me worried. But I set the heat at 300, used the Teflon sheet, and made sure that I did not press the bee which was on the apron when I purchased it. I am happy to report that the apron did not melt and the heat transfer vinyl stuck. :O)


Thermoflex vinyl

Heat Press


KNK Maxx

red capped blade

force  80

Speed 300