I was given free product to try out, but the opinions in this post are 100% my own.
I’m a beer gal. I know the stereotype of a stay at home mom relies heavily on wine consumption, but I’d almost always prefer a cold brew. My parents brought me up to be a bit of a beer snob, and I am fortunate to live in one of America’s best states for craft beer production. Michigan boasts more than 200 breweries in the state and Michigan beers have won countless national and international awards.
We recently attended a local beer festival where we could sample beers from more than 90 different breweries. While there were brewers from all around the world, I stuck to tasting only Michigan beer. I figured I needed a new t-shirt to wear to the festival, and I just so happened to have a new toy I wanted to try out.
When I was in Utah for SNAP Conference in April, I had the chance to visit the Cricut headquarters in Provo and attend a Crafternoon they hosted for bloggers. I made some connections at the company, and they generously sent me my first ever Cricut machine, an Explore Air!
Isn’t she beautiful? The machine coordinates with my craft room perfectly too! I had to have so much patience because when the machine first arrived I didn’t have a functioning laptop. Now that I have finally upgraded, I was able to play with it a bit. This t-shirt was my first project. When I visited the Cricut headquarters for the Crafternoon, they had machines available for us to make personalized tank tops or t-shirts so I knew the process already.
I created a design in PicMonkey and uploaded it to my Cricut Design Space software. I reversed it (which they let you do IN the Design Space software — so easy), set the machine to iron-on, and put my vinyl into the machine. The Explore cut the vinyl in minutes! I just had to weed out the excess vinyl and iron the transfer onto my shirt following the package directions.
At first my friends didn’t believe I had made the shirt myself, then they all wanted me to make them shirts of their own!
We had a fantastic time at the beer expo and plan to make it a yearly event. Come back tomorrow to see the pretzel necklaces that I made to bring along to the festival!
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WOW I just found your blog. The Michigan beer from here tshirt caught my eye as I too am from that great state and love their beers! Now I must find someone to make it for me.
High five, fellow Michigander!