Sunday, November 24, 2019

How to get Windows 10 for Free

I have been using Windows 7 for the last 10 years and I like it.  I really didn't want to upgrade to Windows 10 because I tried it out when they had their free trial and I didn't like it.  It is very different from Windows 7.  Everything is becoming too much like mobile apps, which I don't like for a desktop.  I even bought a new computer specifically with Windows 7.  Then they decided to quit support for Windows Essentials (Support for Windows 7 ends in January of 2020, followed by the end of support of Windows 8.1 in January of 2023), so I was forced to get Windows 10.  

They offer a free upgrade on the Windows Website.  

You also have to make sure your computer meets the minimum requirements:
  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC.
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit.
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS.
  • Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver.
  • Display: 800x600

But after you upgrade, you'll have to update your drivers.  Otherwise your computer could lag really bad, as mine did.  I have a DELL, so I just went to, logged into my account and downloaded "Support Assist."  It scanned my computer and automatically updated all my drivers for me.  Now it runs smooth.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Tired ALL the TIME

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Last year I suffered with low energy, I felt like I just didn’t have the strength to do anything.  I went to the doctor, had tons of blood tests done, and after $500, was told I was anemic.  I took iron and vitamin D supplements and after a few months, my energy returned.  Now I’m suffering with being tired all the time.  You know the feeling you get when you’ve stayed up all night and your eyes are sore and want to slam shut? That’s me . . .ALL the TIME.  I went to bed early last night, and according to my fitbit I got over 9 hours of sleep.  I woke up in the middle of the night for about 45 minutes.  I was wide awake and had to force myself (through meditation) to go back to sleep.  When my alarm went off, I felt like I had just barely gone to sleep.  I was so tired.  I don’t understand what is going on with me.  I eat healthy, I take my vitamins, I get on average 7 1/2 hours of sleep.  I bought a fitbit a few months ago just to keep track of my sleep because I honestly thought maybe I wasn’t sleeping at all during the night.  I’m at a loss.  I think I’m going to have to see a doctor.  I just don’t want to spend another $500 on doctor bills.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Above Couch Home Decor

This is what I've been working on today.Above our couch has been an empty wall since we remodeled our kitchen in November.I got everything from Joann's fabric and spent a little over $60 for everything.It was all on sale, plus I had a 25% off coupon.

The door on the left was Halloween.I painted over "trick or treat" and used my sizzix eclips to cut out "Home" with some self-adhesive vinyl. I then took out the Halloween decorations in the wreath and added my own.

I also used my cutting machine for the sign on the bottom (and I think to myself what a wonderful world.)

I spray-painted the "family" gray.It had been orange.
Now I just need to pick out some pictures for the frames!

Here are the links to the products I used:
Frames - (8x10) (11x14)
Spray Paint - Matte Shadow Gray
Floral - Daisy and Berry Bush

Monday, September 2, 2019

Gamer Pregnancy Reveal Shirts

My sister is having a baby!  So she sent me some pictures of these adorable onesies and I had an idea to use my cutting machine to make her some.  Then I figured I could also make some matching shirts for her other two girls.  Then we had this awesome idea to make pregnancy announcements with these shirts, so that's what I did instead.   I of course needed to use up my stock since I was just going to be getting rid of it anyway.

So here's what I made:

Dad wears this one:

Mom wears this one:

 Kids wear these:

You can download the svg files here.

Remember to use the mirror option when cutting these on iron on vinyl.

If you're interested in having some custom-made tshirts made, please feel free to contact me, using the contact form in the upper right corner.  I normally charge $10 each, depending on the cost of materials.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

DIY Minion T-Shirt with Sizzix eClips 2

A long time ago I created a Minion T-shirt for a coworker of mine who loves minions.

Then recently (like within the last year or two, maybe three) I bought some more yellow T-shirts because I wanted to make more minion T-shirts to sell.  I am clearing out my stash of crafts, so I figured I’d better do something with these T-shirts.  So, I decided to make more minions.  Perfect for Halloween coming up in just a couple months.


  • Bright yellow T-shirt
  • 11x6” SILVER iron-on vinyl
  • 7.5x4.5” WHITE iron-on vinyl
  • 3x2” BLUE (or brown, or whatever color you prefer for the iris)
  • 4x2” BLACK iron-on vinyl
  • Parchment Paper
  • My svg minion design (cuts all together, or separated.)


Make sure when you place the vinyl on the cutting mat, it is shiny side down.  You will be cutting backwards.  Because my design is the same either way, there is no need to mirror it.  For the settings, I use blade depth 4 and pressure 5 for the regular Cricut* iron-on vinyl, or pressure 6 for the glittery iron-on vinyl.Pressure 7 will cut through the plastic, which you don't want. 
*Silhouette Heat Transfer Paper is much thinner, so you only need pressure 4.

Also, so that I’m not wasting vinyl, I like to group the designs together.

After cutting out the designs and taking off the outer pieces of vinyl that you won’t be using, iron your T-shirt.  Then lay the SILVER piece down towards the top of the shirt.  Do not take off the plastic!  It is used as parchment paper.  Make sure you do not iron for too long or it will start to melt the plastic.  About 15-20 seconds is all it takes.  Of course, each iron is different.  I use parchment paper on top of the plastic, too.

After you’ve completely let it cool (which can take several minutes), carefully peel off the plastic.  Be patient or you could ruin it!  Then I like to go over it again with parchment paper, just for a few seconds.  Then lay down the WHITE pieces.  If the pieces are separated into two pieces, make sure they are not overlapping the plastic.  (I’ve done this, and had to peel off the entire white piece and cut a new one.) You shouldn’t have to cut them in two pieces, though, if you keep them at the same distance apart as the original design.  It is also much easier for placement if you leave the two on the same piece of plastic. 

Lay down the parchment paper over the top of the entire design.  This is very important because if you get direct contact with your iron on the vinyl, it could ruin it.  Iron for the same amount of time, again letting it completely cool before taking off the plastic.  Again, go over it again with the parchment paper.

Then lay down the blue circles and do the same.  Then the black pupils and goggles ends.
When you’re completely done, flip over the t-shirt and iron the backside.  I recommend putting parchment paper between the shirt where the design is, and the ironing board.


  • Make sure your blade is sharp
  • Use masking tape on the edges of the vinyl to keep it down, when on the mat.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Difficult Decision—Time to say goodbye (sort of)

Seven years ago, I made a decision to quit my pursuit of becoming an ultrasound technician, because I believed wholeheartedly that I could make the same amount of money doing what I love—making things to sell.  I was inspired by what I saw on ebay that was selling for really high prices—barbie outfits that someone made that sold for hundreds of dollars!  I never made that amount. It’s been a long road, but it’s finally come to an end.  I have struggled to create a business that would thrive, but it has failed.  I have spent thousands of dollars on fabric, sewing and craft items, and endless hours making things, only to see pennies returned to me. 

At the peak of my business making custom cabbage patch kids, I got a job outside the home (two in fact) and injured my wrist.  I’ve had to quit making custom cabbage patch kids due to my injury and my on-going tendenitis in both my wrists.  I’ve also had to deal with anemia, which literally has taken all my energy from me.

We live in a very small house, so the only place for my crafts is in my bedroom, in which I share with my husband.  He works graveyard, so I come home after working and have to be quiet and can’t do anything in my room until he awakes, which is when I go to sleep.  Thus, I have no time, no energy, and no space for my crafts.  It has caused a great deal of stress on me.  Seeing all that I have purchased, with so many hundreds of ideas of what to make, just makes me even more depressed.
So I have decided to end my business and my hobbies.   My hobbies include scrapbooking, papercrafting, custom t-shirts, sewing, and photography.  It pains me to no end that I can’t do the things I want to do!!  So the only answer I can think of is to end it all.  In a way, I feel like I am having a “pre-estate sale.”  It’s time to simplify my life.

I have already started going through my scrapbook paper, sorting, combining into bundles, taking photos, etc.  It took me 12 hours to do just that!  I have been listing things on ebay.
I have too much invested in my “sew inspired” names, so I will just keep them.  I will keep my Diana’s Patch facebook and blog, but more for informational purposes only.  My cpk ebay is still cpkdiana.

I will of course continue posting projects.  This isn't completely the end, just partly an end.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Old Farm Square from Sims 1

One of my favorite places to go when I played the Sims 1, was the Old Farm Square.  I’d take my dates there and we had a lot of fun.  So I decided to recreate it.  I wanted to make it as close to the original as possible.  I had to use some custom content and recolor some objects, but here it is…

Here is the original from Sims 1:

Link To Mods Used

Old Farm Square Custom Content

I’ve recreated the Old Farm Square from the Sims 1 Hot Date.  I will be posting the Lot later.

Links To Mods Used