Archive of ‘Crafting’ category

Getting my Craft On

I know I’m due for a post and I’ve been thinking about it all week. I really need to get a new template fixed up and ready to share. I have a couple I’ve been thinking about using but they really are plain. More squares, anyone? I just have to remember that I’m not the only one who wants to throw on 100 pictures and call it good.

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Yes, I realize lemonade is spelled wrong. I’m awesome like that.

March is flying by for me… and I’m SO happy since February felt like such a drag. The blossoms are out and the weather has been absolutely lovely. Hello spring!! It’s time for some fun, it’s time for a road trip, and I guess it’s time for lemonade stands.

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My sister’s kickstarter campaign is up and running for her new mermaid monofin. We are all so excited but especially my Emma girl because she’s in the videos. I had no idea what kickstarter was but it’s a neat way for brand new companies like hers to raise funds to manufacture cool products. You can watch the video below to find out more about it.

If you have a cute little swimmer in your life who’d love to swim like “A Real Live Mermaid!!” then now is the time to order a monofin from the kickstarter program. It’s a good deal and you get to back up her project and have good happy feelings that you are helping her out. If you know other little mermaids that might like one as well then I urge you to share it. One click can go a long way.

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This week I’ve had a major case of boredom. You know this is an issue of mine. There is plenty to do but nothing I want to do. I started rummaging around for a project to keep keep me busy and low and behold a dear sweet child of mine did a flip on the couch and kicked one of my picture frames down. It was a an old frame that I had glued together several times and I thought there was no point in gluing it again. Time to re-imagine a display for my instagram photos.

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I went to Joanns and picked up a new white frame. This one was just an empty open frame with no glass. Perfect. I also bought a roll of cork and came home and glued it to cardboard cut to the size of the frame. I had no idea the cork would be so fragile so if you do this, be careful. I tore in several places but luckily I could glue it together really good and now you can’t even tell it’s torn in a few places. I had some cute push pins laying around and pinned up some instagram pictures. It made me want to order some new one and rotate them out more frequently. I think I’ll do that today.

Ta da! Project done.

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Sorry, this picture isn’t that great a quality because I wasn’t planning on sharing it.

That project took me less than an afternoon so I soon needed another one pronto. I convinced my mom to go to the fabric store with me (it wasn’t hard -she loves fabric even more than me!) and browse around for some baby boy fabric. I really have no need for anything for this upcoming baby so it’s more fun than anything.

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The funny thing about the fabric I choose was that when my mom and I walked into the store she pointed to this fabric and said “I really hate that line.” Hum, that kind of grabbed my interest. It’s from Cotton and Steel. I’d never heard about it but my mom, who is up to date with the fabric world said it was all over the internet. Again, my interested was piqued. Super modern and funky colors aren’t really my mom’s thing but after browsing around the store I ended up coming back to this line and wanting some of it. I didn’t want anything that screamed baby boy. Some thing more cool and funky. So this is what I ended up with.

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I decided I wanted a new car seat canopy. I’ve made a bunch and kind of love and hate them at the same time. I eventually get sick of them and take them off when baby is old enough to not really need it. I’ve made the kind where you sew two pieces of fabric together, add straps and your done. I’ve made ones with minky fabric, rickrack or bows on top. The problem with this kind is they blow in the wind and fall in baby’s face. So I wanted to try one with elastic around the edges to keep it in place.

It wasn’t hard finding a tutorial on how to make one. It’s basically the same design as the flat ones but with elastic around the edges.

I also had a hard time picking just two fabrics so decided to piece it. I cut 5 inch squares and laid them out in a random pattern. 8 squares by 10 squares, to get the right dimensions.

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I debated putting a window in it because I wondered if the elastic would make it hard to peak in at baby. Once I put the whole thing together I decided I didn’t need one because it’s still easy to lift up the sides and look in. The elastic is loose enough for that.

Sorry, the light isn’t so good in this pic. Basement + evening doesn’t make for good picture taking.

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Done. We’ll have to see how baby and I like it. This project took an afternoon of fun shopping and less than a day of sewing.

Last night I was looking around for something else to do and figured I had some cute scraps to use up. Emma designed a stuffed monster for me and we started cutting and laying pieces out.

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It’s not done, obviously, but it was kind of a fun little evening project with my girl. We decided that our monster kind of looks like a potato but maybe baby boy will like it. Ha!

I don’t have any stuffing on hand so another errand to Joanns is in order.

Hum… what should be next?

Just a Thought

I’m always so thankful for your sweet comments. Sam’s sleeping is slowly getting better but he is still a challenge for me. He’s not like any of my other kids. Leave it up to the 4th kid to put a twist into things.

Anyhoo. I’ve been working on a few things around here. One of them is a quote to share with my Relief Society sisters. Thought I’d share it with you all.

I hope you all have a lovely Thanksgiving!

This Week

This weeks highlights.:

1. I moved Sam out of our room. No more tip toeing around at night. Yea!

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I spied on him when he woke up in his crib for the first time. He was checking out his airplanes. I thought it was pretty cute… but then again, I am his mother.

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Melt.

2. I hosted playgroup.

Hosting play group. #bunchofcrazykids

Such gentlemen! #whenyourbatterydies

This rowdy group of little kiddos really keep me hopping.

3. Leah requested that we go to the climbing gym. She is such a natural. (I promise I’m not biased. Hah!)

Leah's new favorite pastime.  Went to the climbing gym today at her request. #iamecstatic

Are my dreams coming true?

4. I hung out with my awesome littlest sister who is in town from TX for the month.

Gorgeous picnic up the canyon with my little sis. #cantgetenoughofthefallcolors

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We went on a picnic up the mountains BECAUSE I OBSESSED WITH THE FALL COLORS!

Leah taking pics

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Noticed Leah’s pass-me-down sandals on the wrong feet? Baa haaa!

5. I went to craft night at Poppy Seed Projects hosted by the Crafting Chicks. My good friend Brooke is one of the Chicks.

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I made a darling whiteboard/magnetic calendar that I’m in LOooVE with. (Hear me singing?) Now I just need a black expo marker and some number magnets and I’ll be in business.

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6. That gave me a renewed my itch for more decorating improvements.

Should I?

But I have commitment issues. Imagine the mirror up higher in the middle of the frames (without the models.) Yes? No?

How was your week? Are you glad it’s the weekend?

I’m Bored Jar

For just those moments when the kiddos are rolling around the floor moaning and groaning that they are bored, I have made an I’m Bored Jar. I was inspired by this cute pin.

I don’t have the energy for anything fancy so I just cut up strips and popped them in a half pint jar. With the kids out of school, I am predicting a lot of down time at home with my new born. I’m hoping this will help.

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I also made a “All Done” jar. When the kids have completed an activity, they slip the strip of paper into it. That way they have to go through all the activities before they repeat one (unless they want to repeat something they thought was fun on their own, of course.)

The idea is to blindly pick out 5 strips of paper and then they can choose one that they want to do.

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Some activities require mom’s help, maybe about 50% of them, at least to get them started. I really tried to pick low key activities though that I’d be willing to do. There are so many cool ideas out there that require so many supplies or too much effort from mom. I’ve never claimed to be a Super Mom. I can only run to the grocery store so many times. I need motivation to be more involved with my kids so I need to start small but I’m sure there will be days when I say “Find something that you don’t need mommy for!”

If you’re interested, here is a PDF of my I’m bored Jar activities. There are about 80 some activities.

I got a lot of my ideas from Pinterest. All you have to do is search for summer activities and you’ll find lots of places for inspiration. I really liked this pin, this one has great links and this one too.

The kids have been really excited about this. We’ve already Made robots out of cardboard boxes, Raced hot wheel cars down the drive way and gone on a Nature scavenger hunt.

Here’s to a great summer!

Graham Cracker Houses

With two whole weeks of Christmas vacation before us (with no travel plans and not much family in town) I knew the kids would be looking to me for some entertainment.

Great.

So we started off our holiday break with a candy eating fest, er, I mean a (faux) ginger bread house making session.

I started with the wonderful and original idea to buy one of those kits from the store and simply have the kids assemble. Easy peasy. Then I thought, why do that whey I can probably make home made ginger bread and not have to get out of my jammies? I looked up some recipes and thought it was totally do-able. But then something died inside of me when I realized I’d have to go to the store for molasses and cloves.

So I went with the easiest route I possibly could.

Graham Cracker Houses

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Have you ever made them before? You might miss out on the wonderful smell of gingerbread wafting through the air and having cute windows and doors in your house but when you are 8, 5, and 2 you don’t care. Heck, you don’t even know. Really the fun is licking the frosting off your fingers as you make them and looking forward to eating the houses after you’ve waited 3 whole hours to show your daddy when he gets home from work.

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To make your own Graham Cracker House you’ll need the following:

cut cardboard covered with aluminum foil for your base
graham crackers
sandwich bags for squirting icing
a candy assortment such as jelly beans, smarties, licorice, sprinkles
and royal icing

Here is the royal icing recipe I used. It worked like a champ.

ROYAL ICING

3 egg whites
1/2 t. cream of tartar
1 lb. confectioners sugar

I let each kid take a turn using the beaters. Maybe a minute each until the icing was fluffy and getting stiff.

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I taught the kids how to squeeze the icing out of the sandwich bag (cut a tiny bit of corner off one of the bottom corners) and helped them build their houses without interfering too much (hard for me.) Then I let them go to town with the decorating. If was fun to see the things they came up with. Bird nests and exploded bombs in the front yard. Ha.

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I did help Leah quite a bit with building her house but I was surprised with her house decorating abilities and soon backed off to let her at it. Good job you cute frosting face two year old!

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Ta da! Day one of Christmas Vacation down.

True love for Toms

Have any of you given in, bought some Toms and then wore them to death?

I did. I bought some classic grey ones about a year or so ago and fell in love. I love slip ons and these were perfect for me. I wore them every single day that I could. I wore them until the holes in my toes were so bad they were unwearable.

Then I saw some pictures on pintrest of fabric covered Toms and thought “I can do that.” So I grab my beat up Toms, some old scrap fabric left over from my Rollie Pollies, and some liquid fusion glue. I cut my scraps, patched up the holes from inside and out and globbed on tons of glue and let dry. I tried to reshape the fabric like the original Toms toe. I didn’t take any before pictures because I wasn’t thinking about my blog and I was having doubts that it would even work. I knew I sure couldn’t make them any worse than they were.

I was pleasantly surprised. TA DA! Almost good as new shoes!

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I’ve been wearing them for a while and are so happy to get more life out of them. Less socks in the laundry, the better! I know they are pricey shoes for what they are and I’m hesitant to buy another pair (even though I want!) but when you consider the fact that Toms donates a pair of shoes to a child in need when you purchase… I think it’s pretty darn cool.

I really want a pair for Leah and Emma.

I found a pretty good tutorial here on how to cover your Toms. I found it after I had done mine. I like the buttons and fabric scraps she used. Cool, huh? She used a different glue too- E6000. She said it’s flexible which the glue I used really wasn’t.

Well, what do ya know… the chickens are interested in my red-toed Toms too.

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Hello, Ladies.

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