Joanna Anastasia


DIY book crate on wheels

My oldest daughter is such a bookworm, always reading and always asking for new books. So I decided to surprise her and make a DIY rolling book crate for here- aka little liberty on wheels!

It’s a very easy project, and one you can make in one afternoon! I’m showing you the step by step in this little video- though I’ll also explain how I did it, don’t worry!

DIY Book crate on Wheels how to:

First gather your mayerials:

  • simple wood crate
  • leftover of paint
  • a drill
  • wheels with Socket Type Mounting
  • decals

I started with whitewashing my crate- I didn’t really like that yellowish tone of wood, but my daughter didn’t want it completely white either- so whitewashing it is! If you’re wondering what is whitewashing then let me tell you- it’s the easiest way of updating wood surfaces ever. Simply mox paint half in half with water and with a rag wash it over your surface. That’s it! Alos, it dries really fast!

Next, I pre drilled the holes for my wheels, and then I screwed them in.

I found the wheles on amazon- simply look for wheels for furniture and you’ll find plenty to choose from!

Then I went and made some decals with my Cricut- my daughter speaks both french and Polish, and she’s just learning english, so it was her who decided that one side shall be in english and one in french.

And then, it was all done!

All that was left was to fill it with her favourite books, and tadam, tiny library on wheels is all ready! Of course, her younger sibling decided to take over her reading nook when she was in school, but that’s just normal right !

I hope I inspired you to make a little diy book crate on wheels for your kids too!

DIY Holiday cutting board

So today I wanted to share with you a little holiday craft I did with my Cricut- a DIY holiday cutting board I made for our kitchen- along my blogging friends sharing their cute holiday crafts!

Today I’m joining some of my talented blogging friends for our first Christmas Seasonal Simplicity post of the year. We’re all sharing our holiday DIY or craft projects with you today! Be sure to check out these fabulous ideas by clicking on the links below each image.

How to Flock Natural Greenery at The Happy Housie

DIY Winter Village Wreath at Modern Glam

DIY Christmas Jingle Bells Hanging Decoration at Zevy Joy

Modern Organic Christmas Wreath at Cherished Bliss

Air Dry Clay Christmas Star Lights at Clean & Scentsible

Anthropologie Inspired Holiday Felt Wreath at Tatertots and Jello

Polymer Clay Christmas Village at Life is a Party

Free Advent Calendar at The Handmade Home

Embroidery Hoop Love Sign at Craftberry Bush

Jingle Bell Wood Bead Garland at Lolly Jane

Homemade Pom Pom Garland at Sincerely, Marie Designs

DIY Dollar Tree Succulent Christmas Tree at The DIY Mommy

DIY Christmas Advent Calendar at She Gave it a Go

DIY Faux Leather Trees at My Sweet Savannah

DIY Orange Hoop Wreath at Cassie Bustamante

Easy DIY Christmas Pillow Case at The Tattered Pew

3D Hot Cocoa Sign and Printable at Rambling Renovators

DIY Elf House at Dans le Lakehouse

Farmhouse Style Holiday Wood Banner at Home Made Lovely

Joanna Gaines Inspired Christmas Village at Fynes Designs

Christmas Canvas at Two Twenty One

Modern Whimsical Snowflake Christmas Tree at This is Simplicite

DIY Holiday Cutting Board at Joanna Anastasia

So I started by choosing the cutest holiday imagine- hot chocolate station- from my media library in Cricut design space. I used regular white vinyl for this project, as I might change the design on this board in a year or two- therefore I didn’t need to use permanent vinyl here.

Weeding was probably the longest part of it! But to be honest for me weeding off the excess vinyl, than placing it on transfer tape and finally installing it feels really relaxing !

I used this cutting board I got off amazon a couple of months back, and I’m absolutely obsessed with how it looks now it my kitchen! It feels so cozy now- especially in the evening !

I hope this project can inspire you to get crafting yourself for the holidays! And make sure to check my friends fab holiday DIYS!

Cutest Back to School Cricut-made gear roundup

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cricut. All opinions are 100% mine.

As you know I love creating things with my Cricut machines, and today I wanted to share with you a roundup of the best Back to School crafts made with Cricut! All of these projects are easy to make, and all are super cute!

Because while this school year may be different from others with all the uncertainty around, I know for sure that staying creating is the best way to deal with anxiety for us moms – and handmade school gear are a sure way to excite any kid for a back to school time ( in class or virtual!)

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

Maya Angelou

So let’s remember that the more we create the more we’re creative! And to spark your creativity here’s the round up of the cutest Cricut back to school projects !

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  1. The sweetest Homeschool Rules sign from Hello Creative Family
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2. The cutest ever first day of school pennant flags from At Home With Ashley

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3. Super fun DIY Back to school chalkboard sign from Mommyhood Life

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4. Adorable personalized name tags from Pineapple Paper Co

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5. Cutest narvals inspired school gear from Housewife Eclectic

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6. Thoughtful teachers gift tote bag with goodies from Play Party Plan

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7. The sweetest tee shirt for your little fifth grader from The Denver Housewife

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8. Super fun Harry Potter inspired school gear from Lovely Indeed

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9. Sweetest hedgehog school tote bag & pencil case kit from Must Have Mom

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10. The cutest back to school t shirts from the Cricut blog

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And the cutest school gear by yours truly – you can find the full tutorial here!

I hope these back to school Cricut crafts have inspired you just like me to keep on creating and to stay positive this September! I know for sure I can’t wait to make some more back to school inspired crafts with my Cricut!

DIY personalized back to school gear with Cricut

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cricut. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Here in Quebec all kids going to primary classes are coming back to school in person, and to be honest I’m really excited and hopeful about it! After months of spending time together I can see how much they missed school! On top of it all we are finally moving, and so my girls will be starting this new and special school year in an entirely new school!

And while this school year is very different for a lot of us and while I know that a lot of parents will be homeschooling and distance schooling this year, I also believe that we need to everything possible to excite our kids more than ever about learning this year!

So with all that going on I really wanted to make sure they are excited and all ready for September! And I don’t know about you, but for me it means preparing them emotionally and personalizing their school gear!

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And so with the help of my Cricut Explore Air 2 and my Cricut Easy Press I made these DIY personalized back to school gear for my girls and they couldn’t be more excited ! Best part is that I saved lots of money and had so much fun making these!

I started by browsing the Cricut Design Space where I found all of the designs that I used: the cute kawaii faces I used on the pensil cases, the mermaid design, and the unicorn design ( in french since my kids speak french at school) that I used for the water bottle.

I cut my design with my Cricut Explore Air , and I used the Everyday Iron On material in black and pink ( my girls favourite colour! ) and it took me not more than an hour to finish it all! And then I have applied my designs on with Cricut Easy Press ( it’s my favourite part!)

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I also decided to personalize the water bottle and the lunch box, and for that I used Premium Vinyl in aqua blue.

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If you’ll ask my daughter she’ll tell you she loves her personalized and unique back to school gear! And I’m just so happy she’s excited about going back to school now!

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Your most common Cricut questions answered

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cricut for Cricut. All opinions are 100% mine.

Your most common Cricut questions answered

Ever since I bought my first Cricut machine last year I became pretty much obsessed with it. So much that I made most of my hand made gifts with it for Christmas last year, followed by updating my and my kids wardrobe in the winter months followed by a plan to open an Etsy shop with my hand made creations later this year!

Yes, I’m a Cricut obsessed blogger now, and a proud owner of two beautiful machines- Cricut Air 2 and Cricut Maker. And while there’s still so much I can learn, I have become acquaintance with them pretty fast- and today I want to answer all of your questions!

Let’s start with the most common one:

1.Is a Cricut Maker worth the price?

I bought my first Cricut machine- cricut Air 2- in early December last year as a gift from me to me – and I can honestly tell you that yes it is! Why? Because the possibilities of crafting (or making products for sale) with your Cricut Air 2 ( or Cricut Maker) are ENDLESS. The end result always looks professional. And crafts that used to take me hours, or where way beyond my skill level, now take me fraction the time and I can make all the things I used to buy at Etsy before!

2.What kind of DIY projects can I make?

If you get yourself a Cricut Air 2 you can make beautiful cards and paper goods: from banners, to fancy cake toppers to paper mobiles to cardboard projects to giant paper flowers. You can make all sorts of vinyl projects: like wall decorations, organizing etiquettes, wood signs and decorative pieces. You can put vinyl monograms on glasses and tumblers, or personalize water bottles. You can make iron on projects: t-shirts with quotes, personalized baby onesies, matching mommy and me t-shirts. You can also use it to cut out felt for hair bows or felt flowers for decor projects ( like wreaths, personalized banners or mobiles).

And if you get yourself a Cricut Maker than you can do ALL THAT plus: you can use your machine to cut patterns out of fabric for sewing ( from dolls, to kimonos, to dresses, here the possibilities are endless). You can use your Maker to cut through faux leather and make baby moccasins , leather earrings or hair bows. You can use it to cut through thin wood and make personalized puzzles, 3D sculptures, state wood signs, coasters etc. You can cut through thin metal and make jewelry! Thanks to an engraving tool, you can cut out your own jewelry pieces and monogram them! I will repeat myself, but again, the possibilities are endless!

3.Will it be easy for me to learn the software to make projects?

Yes. It’s very intuitive in my opinion. It took me one afternoon of trial and error and I was able to make my first projects with it. There’s tons of great step by step videos on the Cricut platform too, for anything from the basic vinil project to more complicated crafts, all with step by step explanation. And there’s a ton of youtube videos too!

And, you can have access to the Design Space ( Cricut software) from your laptop, ipad or your phone- so even if you’re on the go and want to make a last minute birthday card, you can access the software from the application on your phone and have a card ready in minutes!

4.What materials can I cut?

As I mentioned before, the list is really long! You can cut through:

  • paper
  • thick paper
  • cardboard
  • vinyl
  • iron-on vinyl
  • felt

And if you get a Cricut Maker you can cut through all that AND:

  • material
  • faux leather
  • thin wood
  • thin metal

5.Is it easy to use a Cricut?

Yes. It took me one video to understand the steps. Basically they all go down to:

  1. Choose a project you want to work on in Design Space ( Cricut software)
  2. Choose your material ( let’s say it’s vinyl)
  3. Put your vinyl on a loading mat
  4. Load the mat into your Cricut
  5. Choose a right cutting setting ( the software will guide you)
  6. Press ON ( machine will start cutting)
  7. Unload the mat ( press a button)
  8. Pull out the cut material from the mat
  9. Transfer it on the project / finish your project

Depending from the material used ( vinil, paper or wood) you’ll use different mat, different cutting tool and different cutting option. But the good news is that the software will guide you through all the steps and after one -two projects you’ll remember which material goes with which cutting tool.

I hope I have answered all your questions today! And if you’ll be looking for me you know where you can find me- by my Cricut in my crafting space, creating and making new things!

Disclosure- this post was written in collaboration with Cricut, however all of the opinions, enthusiasm and thoughts remain entirely my own and are based on my own experience.

Printable Christmas gift tags & wrapping paper set

Christmas is only a month away and in my books it means that it’s about time to start the preparations! I know there’s still time for the cooking and baking, but when you’re an usually busy adult then during the holiday season ( full of activities, obligations, parties and extra magic- and much more parenting effort then usually!) then you’re basically on the edge of a breakdown! Unless of course your start early, get your gifts ahead of time, wrap them and tag them right away and hide away before the real holiday rush starts!

So this year I decided to make my own printable Christmas gift tags- and some wrapping paper that goes with it, in an effort to :

  • always be ready to wrap a gift ( just press print and voila)
  • be more eco friendly ( I already have lots of paper at home, and I don’t need to buy any new wrapping paper or tags!)

I couldn’t be happier with this little printable set I created- it’s cheerful, joyful and perfect to mix an match! I made two shapes of tags for you, 9 different designs of tags, and 4 different wrapping paper sheets!

I printed everything on regular paper, and I just love how it turned out! My girls where helping me cut out the gift tags, we have put on some holiday music and with the snow outside it felt like christmas is only days away!

Clearly I’m obsessed with red, white and blue this season- also, everything hand lettered and cute! I hope you’ll like my little wrapping set as much as me and my girls we love it!

You can get the PDF file HERE – simply download it, print at home, cut out the tags and get wrapping with the wrapping paper sheets!

And make sure to share with me how you wrapped your gifts with my set – just tag me on your Instagram photos ( @joanna.anastasia_ ) I can’t wait to see how you’ll be using them!

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