Marvin, the Paranoid Android vs the Cricut Explore

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Today I finally got around to doing a project om the Cricut Explore. We have been playing around a little with the software and cut some text out of cards, slowly I felt confident enough to do an iron-on on a t-shirt.

I really like The Hitchhiker’s Guide through the Galaxy. Years ago we stumbled upon a CD-box of the original BBC radiobroadcast at a fleamarket and since then I’ve listened to the entire show at least 4 to 5 times. One of my favorite caracters is Marvin, the Paranoid Android. So that was my starting point for this project.


I found this stencil of Marvin which was easily imported into the Cricut design space. I paired it up with one of Marvin’s most famous quotes; “Life, don’t talk to me about life….”.

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For the back I made a little “Don’t panic and carry a towel” stencil with The Hitchhiker’s Guide trough the Galaxy logo.

I wasn’t sure about the color of the text, I finally decided on bright pink. I’m still not sure if that was the best option. I do like it, but it’s pretty bold. Maybe I should have gone with something more laid back. That way the shirt would get more wear. But ……. that’s the fun part of having this machine. I can whip up another in no time with a different colourscheme.



My new toy arrived!

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Yeah, I’m so thrilled! Today my delayed christmasgift from my SO has arrived. I have been bugging him about the choice between a Silhouette Cameo or a Cricut Explore since November. After long deliberation I chose “team” Cricut. Mainly because it can cut through wider variety of materials than the Silhouette Cameo.


But than it turned out it wasn’t that easy to order a Cricut Explore in the Netherlands. I couldn’t find any shops in the Netherlands or Europe who have them in stock and most American shops don’t ship to the Netherlands and if they do it would be easier to just book a ticket and go get it myself. Just when I was about to give up I found that Ebay-shops do ship intercontinental and at a reasonable rate. And they handle shipping and customs for u. So yesterday a big package arrived from the US.


The Cricut Explore came with a startupset and really easy to setup. We where up and running in about 45 minutes. We made the “Thank you” setupcard and I can’t wait to start doing my own projects. Today I am ordering some flockfoil, fexifoil, vinyl and other materials. So check back later for an update.


Bubbledress challenge

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Our little girl is growing up so fast it’s hard to grasp the fact she just arrived in this world a little over a year ago. She’s such a happy little thing and is getting her own personality more and more ever day! Today I will show you the bubbledress I made her for the Project Run and Play sew along.

Last year I saw all the beautiful creations everybody made during the Project Run and Play sew alongs. But with two little ones it was just to hard to find the time tot complete a project on time. Let alone 4 in a row. That’s why I like their new format for 2015. This way I can sneak in an hour here and there to get inspiration, plan and sew along. So in between searching that one specific piece of Lego (the piece of resistance) and fruitsnacks I managed to make this little dress.


I found a cute fabric at the local market during lunchbreak and thought it had just the right texture to give a nice bubble-effect. I didn’t want to make the bubbledress exactly like the inspirational one because I thought it would be to bulky for a toddler. So the plan occured to make a bubble skirt with an attached bodice. She had outgrown the exsisting bodicepattern I used for here Oriental dress (I will show you that one later) and I didn’t want to draft a new one. After a little search online I came across this pattern by The Cottage Mama. All you have to do to get the free pattern is to subscribe to her newsletter. The pattern was very easy to follow and includes two ways to make and turn (how often have you got out the seamripper on that one?) the bodice. I lengthend the bodice because I wanted more of a dropwaist.


Next I found this tutorial for a bubble skirt. I made the skirt without the waistband and planned to attach it straight to the bodice. But ended up adding the waistband after al for a better look and length. I used butterflybuttons I had in my stash for while to finish it off. My little princess really likes her new dress and to be honest……so do I!



I’ve been wanting to start blogging for a while. I love strolling through blogs and seeing what amazing things people are creating and sharing and I would really enjoy it if I could add something to this great community.

Questions like, do I have something to offer and can I find the time have been holding me back for quite a while. But I’ve decided: Why not, let’s give it a go! So i guess you’re stuck with me.

What to expect of Joorcreates? I want to share the things I create with you guys. Including the sometimes awesome, sometimes hair pulling frustrating process of getting there. Fun craft, sewing and restyling projects. I’ve got some idea’s lined up. For starters I am going to enter a bubble dress for the current Project Run and Play sew along.

I’m sewing up some bibs for my Etsy shop I will be opening soon. And later on there might be tutorials