Etsy Shop Now Open

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I know I share DIY projects but I wanted to share that I’ve listed a few items on my Etsy Shop, Minature Moments

The items that I have listed in my shop are items that I’ve made while making posts for this blog or TikTok. I love crafting and it’s honestly just an “mom escape” for me. I love using my Addi-Express and my Silhouette Cameo that it got to the point I had no one else to gift my items to so I decided to list the items on an Etsy Shop.

You can click here to visit my shop. Here’s a peek at one of the beanies listed in my shop.

Thanks all for following along. I’ll try my best to post more DIY tutorials in the near future!

DIY Headband | “X” Closure

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Today I’m going to share how I made this x closure headband using my Addi-Express Kingsize.

Materials:

Addi-Express Kingsize (46 needle)
Baby Bee Sweet Delight yarn from Hobby Lobby
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Crochet Hook 5mm

Step-By-Step Instructions
This tutorial does not teach the basics of using the Addi-Expess Kingsize

Step 1:
Cast On with Waste Yarn leaving a 6″-8″ tail.
Crank out 5-10 rows.

Step 2: Color Change
Now take your project yarn and place a 24-36″ tail in the center of your Addi.
Place yarn inside the gold yarn feeder and crank out the amount of rows according to size.

Here are my row counts:
*rows are dependent on the type of yarn you use*

Newborn: 60-65 rows
Toddler: 12-18 months 75 rows
Adult: 90 rows

Step 3: Color Change back to Waste Yarn
Cut a 24-36in. tail of your project yarn and color change to waste yarn.
Place waste yarn inside gold yarn feeder and crank out 5-10 rows.

Step 4: Cast Off
Cut yarn and throw tail in the center of your Addi.
Crank out 2 rows without yarn. Your tube will fall off the needles.

Step 5: Closing Yarn Tube
Sew each end closed using your 5mm crochet hook.
Single crochet a total of 23 times to close your tube. 23 times ensures you did not miss stitches.


Step 6: Sewing the “x”
Grab each end and pinch them together.
Slide them halfway together in an alternating pattern. Sew ends together.

Take the open holes and fold them over the part you just sewed together and sew these ends together.



Step 7:
Hide your tails within your headband by inserting your yarn needle through the first layer of your headband.

Congratulations, you just made an “x” closure headband!

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Make a Onesie with Me

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Today I’m making a friend a baby onesie. They’re not finding out the gender so I’m going to be making my “New to the Crew” onesie for them.

Things you’ll Need:

  1. Cutting machine – I use Silhouette Cameo 3
  2. Heat Transfer Vinyl – I use Siser brand but I also like Cricut
  3. Heat Press/Iron
  4. Weeding tool or tweezers
  5. Scissors

Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1: create your design – I already have my design created and saved into my silhouette library but I’m going to make some slight changes to the font style.

Step 2: size your design according to your garment. I’m using a 0-3 month size onesie so I’ll make my design no larger than 5×5 inches.

Step 3: mirror your design. This is the most important step! If you don’t mirror your design it’ll be backwards when you go to press it onto your garment.

Step 4: send to cut. Change your cut settings based on your material and blade. I’m using black heat transfer vinyl so I’m going to use “heat transfer, smooth”, blade 3, force 8, speed 8. My blade is extremely dull which is why I changed my blade and force setting. I suggest doing a test cut before doing your entire design.

Step 5: weed your design. You’re going to remove all the excess vinyl material that you do not want on your design.

Step 6: place design on garment.

Step 7:

If Using a Heat Press: set temperate and time based on the vinyl brand you’re using. I’m using Siser so I set my Cricut EasyPress 2 to 305 degrees for 15 seconds. Add parchment paper on top of your design then apply your heat press.

If Using a Home Iron: set it to cotton without water. Apply the iron directly onto the design, constantly moving your iron. Irons don’t equally distribute heat so constantly moving the iron will help ensure all parts of your design are getting heat. Apply the iron in small circular motions for 15-30 seconds. Heat time varies depending on your iron. Carefully pull up the clear carrier sheet to make sure the design is adhered to the garment. If it’s not, just keep apply your iron in small circular. Options until nothing sticks to the clear carrier sheet.

Now admire your work!

Click here for a how to video on YouTube. This is a part one video on how I edit my design in silhouette studio.

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Silhouette Cameo Tricks | pt. I

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Did you know that washi tape helps keep your heat transfer vinyl in place while you’re cutting with your overused, non-sticky mat?

Instead of getting a new mat right away, try using some washi tape! You’ll definitely need to replace your mat at some point but washi tape helps prolong your mat life just a little bit longer.

Give it a try!

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It’s a Giveaway!

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I’ve been unmotivated when it comes to crafting. Maybe with the move and lack of family help now I’m just too tired to even think about crafting.

But today I got an idea and I’m excited to say that I’ll be doing bi-weekly giveaways! Every other Friday starting today I’ll be making a craft to give away to one lucky person.

How to Enter

If you’re on TikTok you’ll need to like my video, follow me, or tag a friend in the comments. You only need to do one but if you do all three you get three entries.

Today’s giveaway is a “dog mother wine lover” reverse canvas. It’s 10”x10”.

I ship within the US only.

I’m mostly doing this to try new things but to also use the designs I have in my silhouette studio. I also like to craft and everything ends up boxed up so I figure I should give it away anyways.

Hope you enter and win!

Job Update

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It’s been a crazy year for Flight Attendants regardless of which company you’re working for. Policies have changed, flight loads have lightened, limited routes and more. Because of all these changes and my personal and family lifestyle, I’ve made the decision to resign from my position as flight attendant.

This was not an easy choice and it’s honestly been something I’ve been pondering before the pandemic even hit. I loved my job but ultimately it came down to wanting to stay home and care for my children more.

After 8 years of working for my airline I feel I’ve visited many awesome places and made lots of new friends so I don’t feel any regret or remorse giving up my career to focus on my family. Sometimes people just outgrow their current position/situation and want to go in a different direction. For me that’s my children.

Now just because I no longer have flight benefits doesn’t mean I won’t be sharing travel tips, tricks, and cool destinations. As a family we still plan on doing fun destination vacations (once the pandemic is more under control) but for now we’re going to be playing tourist in our new state of Florida.

I want to say good luck and stay positive to all my fellow flight attendants and travel enthusiasts who come across my blog. This pandemic won’t last forever and the world of travel that we’re use to will soon return. I’ll miss you all but I’ll see you 34,000ft above me from the ground!

Koala Kloud Inflatable Footrest | Review

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When I was planning our cross country move which required air travel I wanted something to make my children more comfortable. I came across the Koala Kloud Inflatable Footrest and decided to give it a try.

I bought two (one for each kid) but I ended up only using one. Each cost approximately

Cross Country Move pt. III | making the move

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We made it! And it was definitely quite the trip. Let’s start with my travel experience with the kids…

A few days before our flight I started to get really stressed about traveling by myself with two kids. Thankfully my flight wasn’t full because I ended up buying my mom a ticket and she traveled with us and stayed in Florida for 10 days to help us get settled. Thankful she was with us because my husbands trip didn’t turn out as planned. More to come on that.

As for the “airplane port”

Cross Country Move pt. II | Packing for the Airplane

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This is part 2 of packing and moving cross country with two children. Today I’m sharing how I’m preparing for the airport with my two kids.

ITEMS TO BE CHECKED:

  • One large suitcase less than 50lbs
  • Two car seats

CARRY ON ITEMS:

  • Diaper bag with the following: diapers, wipes, sanitizing wipes, infant toys, snacks, non-spill cups, iPad, travel documents, wallet, chargers, AirPods, change of baby clothes, baby blankets
  • 2x Koala Kloud Airplane Footrest, Inflatable Pillow for Kids Travel. I’m clipping these onto the diaper bag
  • Toddler backpack with the following: no mess coloring book and markers, 3 favorite non-noisy toys, kindle, headphones

Now you’re probably thinking ‘what about a stroller?’ well I’m actually bringing a wagon! We have this wagon from Costco and as long as the wagon folds it can be checked at the gate before boarding the plane. This is going to make traveling (hopefully) 10x easier with both kids.

Click the follow button to be the first to know when part 3 comes out. I’ll also be doing a review on the Koala Kloud Airplane Footrest, Inflatable Pillow.