Cricut Lunch Notes & Feeling Kinda Old

I pulled out my sewing basket last night to help my eight-year-old daughter sew a costume for her “Around the World Puppet” and inside I have my safety pins stored in this . . .


My daughter got this puzzled look on her face, held up the canister, and asked “WHAT is this?!”

“Oh, that’s a film canister.”

“A what?!”

Yep. I had to explain to her about actual FILM in a camera . . . you know . . . from back in the OLD days. LOL!


But that’s not all! My youngest daughter who is five and a half, just came into my office, walked over to me and started rubbing my back in a consoling manner . . .

“Mom, I feel so sorry for you because you are going to die soon. I really like being with you and I wish I could be frozen with you in the grave.”

Then she skipped merrily on her way.


Now, I know I have a few wrinkles appearing, but I didn’t think I looked THAT old! :)


I have a school-themed project to share with you that I did for the Cricut Circle a few years ago. It was also featured in the debut issue of the Cricut Magazine . . . and I just realized that I never shared it here on my blog. These cute little notes were meant to be lunch notes to give to your children, but I also think they would make a cute gift for a teacher. What teacher couldn’t use a box full of encouraging notes to pass along to their students? Right?

Cricut Machines Used: Cricut Expression Personal Electronic Cutter
Cricut Cartridges Used: Doodlecharms, Give a Hoot, Plantin Schoolbook
Other Supplies Used: Cardstock (Aqua, black, brown, cream, kraft, light green, orange, red), Patterned Paper (brown, green, yellow), Book Paper, Small Lunch Box (Target Dollar Spot), Variety of Ribbons, Corner Rounder, 1/8″ hole punch, Brown distressing ink, Black journaling pen, Computer & printer for wording, Various buttons, Scissors, Trimmer, Pop dots, Adhesive

Here is a closer look at each individual card.

Thanks for letting me share!

See you soon!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Did any leprechauns play a trick on you this morning? Each year, Pat the Leprechaun visits our house and leaves a treasure hunt for the kids. It has become something they all really look forward to and they spent the afternoon yesterday making him notes, play money, a green drink, coloring pictures for him, and Owen even made him a set of shoes out of cardboard that he presented in a little Leprechaun-sized tupperware house (complete with a twig ladder, of course). :) This morning they woke to find chocolate coins scattered across the notes they left him, with an envelope containing their first treasure hunt clue.

Reading the first clue

The clues lead them all over the house and yard. It becomes a crazy race, but they are good to take turns reading each clue.

 At the end of their hunt they find a green treasure waiting for each of them (green treats and doo dads). This time it was hidden in Dad’s car!


(Shamrocks from the Give a Hoot Cartridge. Several years ago I stumbled upon a program called “Riddle Me” by Living Tree Software. It comes in handy every single year.)