I love my new business tool!

This is going to be somewhat of a catchup on what has been happening recently. But, to start with. I acquired a new tool for my business, a Cricut! I am so excited to have this new addition, and a new way to use not only my finished artwork, but my line drawings I used to make my art. I have saved them over the years not really knowing what I was going to do with them, but hoping to find a way to use them at some point, and now I have.

I made a bunch of t-shirts for my most recent event and had a great response. I love that it is my own work all the way through from concept to many different finished products. My husband is also excited that I can make shirts for his business as that’s something we have talked about over the years, but have never made the effort to go have someone else print them.

The other thing I love about this Cricut, and the other main reason I purchased this particular one, is because of all the other things it does. The one that was the biggest draw was that it cuts thicker materials like mat board and chip board. I have been trying to find a cheaper way to make puzzles for the holidays and have finally found a way to cut my own. I am super excited for this options. It also cuts cards, like greeting cards and note cards. I have my own note cards I sell, but am excited for a larger variety of options, not just cuts, but it also does a nice scoring for bending that looks more professional.

There are a lot of other features I will at some point explore, but not the selling features of the two mentioned above. It does engraving on soft metals as well as foil transfers and vinyl lettering, both permanent and removeable. The vinyl lettering is exciting for signs and things for our businesses. It also cuts fabric, which is another big draw for me as I love sewing, and being able to cut intricate designs in fabric will be something fun to experiment with as I go along. Here’s a couple of pictures of some things I experimented with as I was learning how to use the machine.

The other thing to talk about is the painting I just recently finished. I wanted to paint something springy recently, I am so ready for spring even though there is still 3 feet of snow on the ground. One of my favorite first flowers that show up in the spring are daffodils. I have painted several daffodils, and each time they seem to get better, but I really like how this latest on turned out. Today the sun is shining, it’s been a while since we last saw the sun as it’s been cloudy and snowy for almost a month. But today is beautiful and warm. I am excited for what the future holds and look forward to all the new horizons.

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