Pens and Markers that are compatible with the Cricut Air.

I was lucky enough yesterday to find a huge sale on Cricut accessories at a local craft store. If it weren’t for that, I really didn’t want to spend the money on the pens just because they were “Cricut” pens and markers. Did you know that there are several other brands and styles that are compatible with your Cricut? I have hear of people making modifications to their machines to fit any pen, but knowing myself, I best leave my machine alone. I don’t need to break the clip rendering it useless. Props to you crafters who are confident in doing that 🙌🏻! For those of you that are like me and would rather not mess around with it, I have a list for you!!!

So without further ado, I present to you a list of other pens and markers that will be compatible with your machine 😁!

  • Crayola Fine Line Marker
  • Bic Round Stic ballpoint pen
  • Cra-Z-Art Classic Marker
  • Recollections Signature Especial Masterpiece II
  • Recollections Signature Especial Bold Brush
  • Recollections Signature Especial – .07 tip
  • Recollections Signature Especial extra fine writer
  • Recollections Signature Especial Medium
  • Gelly roll metallic
  • American Craft glitter markers
  • American Craft galaxy marker medium tip
  • Project Life pens
  • Marvy LePlume II
  • Amy Tangerine Slick writer

So which other pens have you used that you can be added to my list?

Giveaway time to celebrate my grand opening!

Well hello there! I have not been around for a couple of months because I have been behind the scenes to get ready to roll out my new Etsy Shop called ChicBoutiqueNH. In the process, I have been updating my blog look and feel, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.  There is so much involved in the process.  We will call all of this a work in progress. At this time, my shop features personalized cover pillows, as well as customized, fun, t-shirts and onesies/jumpsuits.  Next, I am going to work on featuring custom doormats.

To celebrate the grand opening of my shop I am offering a giveaway on my Facebook Page.

What do you have to do?  You just need to like my page, share, and comment. You will then be automatically entered to win pretty much anything in my shop shipped free. You will be eligible to win a $25 code off of your entire purchase.  The contest is ongoing until I reach 100 followers on my page.  When I last checked, I had 60.  We are getting closer to giveaway time.  Once I reach 100 followers, I will go live to announce the winner.

Along with the grand opening of my shop, my hope is to help inspire you through other DIY projects, and keep you informed with steals and deals for the home and crafting.

Tips for hosting a dinner party

Thanksgiving has come and gone and all of us are now in holiday mode. I feel like I have been so busy that I have not shared on my blog lately.  I was busy preparing to host my first Thanksgiving ever.  I pulled it off and I did it! With more upcoming holiday preparations under way, I thought that I would share my tips to hosting a successful dinner party. 


Menu Planning

Obviously the first thing on everybody’s mind when hosting a holiday is the menu.  Plan your holiday menu at least one month in advance.  Along with that, make your shopping list so that you don’t forget anything. Use a dinner party calculator to help determine how much food you are going to need.  Where I went wrong in my meal planning was not really accounting for the amount of appetizers that guests were going to bring.  With that, I was inundated with food.  Next time, I will take the amount of appetizers into account.  This was my Thanksgiving Menu:

 Pumpkin Apple Soup
 Harvest Salad
 Maple Brined Turkey – which I prepared 24 hours in advance
 Candied Sweet Potatoes
 Holiday Mashed Potatoes
 Dinner rolls with Texas Road House butter
 Brussels Sprouts with Butternut Squash
 Creamy Corn
 Bourbon gravy

For dessert we had cheese cake, pumpkin pie, and apple crumble pie. 


Holiday Table Planning

I love a styled dining table.  I think it is very welcoming for guests to sit at a table that has been styled for the event. This takes just as much planning as menu planning. It is easy to do a search for table center piece ideas tailored towards your event.  Pinterest is the place to be to find your inspiration.  With that, I also used my Cricut to make table place setting cards for each guest.  To add a touch of personalization I also made table tent cards for my buffet server. Everyone always gathers around in the kitchen, so I also made signs for my breakfast bar in my kitchen. I knew that everyone would be gathering there for appetizers.  I also used my on trend letter board to make a personalized message for guests. 


Give yourself plenty of time

You really need to start to put everything together in advance to host an enjoyable holiday.  Do yourself a favor and take the day before the holiday off of work.  This will give you enough time to tidy the house, style your table, and start the meal prep.  

Two nights before the holiday, get your grocery shopping completed.  This will also allow for any last minute items to be purchased in the event you forget something. Two nights prior, you can also start to style your holiday table.

If you are brinding a turkey like I did, you need to brine your turkey 24-36 prior to roasting your turkey. 

The day before the holiday, start your meal prepping and tidy the house. I chopped up all of the ingredients that needed to be chopped as well as measured out all of my herbs and spices. I also boiled my potatoes and stored them in the fridge overnight. 

I used two crock pots and had them set up and ready to go for the next day.  I used a crock pot liner to help make clean up easier.

Make a timeline of what time you will start to cook what.  This way you will stay on track. 


The day of

If you prep in advance, the day of will be a lot less stressful, and more enjoyable. I roasted my turkey and started to cook my stuffing and creamy corn in the crock pot as soon as I woke up. After that, I was able to relax for a while and enjoy more morning coffee.  I was able to enjoy appetizers and wine when my guests arrived.  I stuck to my timeline.  My timeline was the key to a successful dinner. Yes, there will still be quite a bit of work to do the day of, but prepping in advance and sticking to your timeline will help you to actually enjoy your holiday. 



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