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Monday, March 2, 2015

Dino Taggie

I've been on a sewing kick lately.  Maybe it's because I didn't put away my sewing machine since I made the baby bow tie bibs.  I figured since it's out, and there are so many cute DIY baby toys, I'll try to make something.  

The first baby toy I made was this cute little dinosaur taggie.  I got the idea from HERE.



Oh, and here's something I learned the hard way.  When you sew the tags on it, don't sew it like the top picture because when you turn the toy right side out, the tags will be on the inside.  You need to pin the tags so they are inside the pieces of fabric (like the bottom picture).

Also, I sewed a few pieces of fabric together to make one larger piece of fabric for the front of the dino.  

My 10 year old helped by sewing up the tail after we stuffed the toy.  
In return for her help she just wanted to make her own stuffed toy and here's what she came up with.

As you can see, my little boy is just drooling over his new toy. 







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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Quick Bib Trick

The other day I shared how I made some bow tie bibs for my baby boy.  
In case you  missed it, you can check it out HERE.

Well, today I'm back to share a quick tip about how to get more use out of those seasonal bibs.  If you have a baby that spits up or drools a lot, you can go through the bibs.  Believe me, I know.  We have some cute seasonal bibs which are fine to wear around the house no matter what the season is.  However, if I'm taking pictures of my kids, or we leave the house, I like to dress appropriately.  And by appropriately, I mean not having my baby wear a Thanksgiving bib when it's February.  It's the little things that make me feel like I have it all together.  I know some of you don't care what the bib looks like,  which is totally fine, but it's those little things that drive me crazy.  Anyway, I found a super quick solution to this little problem.

Are you ready for it, it's so simple....


just flip them around.  

In the picture above my little man is sporting his Thanksgiving Day bib.  You can't tell in the bottom picture that the bib is for a special day and now he can wear it anytime. 

This works with most bibs, just as long as any design or embroidery from the front doesn't show through to the back.  It works with snap and velcro closures.

Here's another cute picture, this time in a Christmas bib.  With the red trim, it's now appropriate for Valentine's Day, or the 4th of July, or anytime.




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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bathroom Print

Sometimes when I'm cleaning up the house, getting ready for company to come over, I decide to take a break from cleaning and make something.  Last week, I decided make a print for the powder room.  I've bought this frame about a year ago just because I like the colors and design of it, although I had no idea where I was going to put it.  It sat on the top of the bookcases in the playroom, empty.  So, last week while I was getting the house ready for company (and browsing Pinterest), I found some cute bathroom printables/quotes.  I decided to make one of my own and finally use that frame.  Here is what I came up with:


It is on the shelf above the toilet.  You can see it from the mirror while you are doing your business.
However, it reads backwards in the mirror.  Chances are if you're in the bathroom, you will be looking towards the mirror for most of the time.  So......


Instead of having the print read backwards in the mirror, I printed the quote backwards.


That way when you look in the mirror, you can read it the right way.




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Friday, February 20, 2015

Baby Bow Tie Bibs

If your baby is a drooler or a spitter upper like mine, then you're using bibs a lot.  With all those bibs, it's nice to have some cute ones.

Using the tutorial I found HERE, I made my baby boy some bow tie bibs.



It was pretty simple.  First I gathered up some outgrown clothes since I don't have a fabric stash.  Using the pattern from the link above, I cut out the pieces.


Then I sewed the bow tie parts and the bib.  I cut a hole in the bow tie parts to turn them right side out.  For the bib, I just left a little opening so I could turn it inside out and then I sewed around the edges of the bib.  Finally I sewed the bow tie parts onto the bib.  To close the bibs, I just sewed on some velcro strips (that part wasn't done when I took the pictures so you can't see it).

Doesn't he look darling.  And this green would be great for St. Patrick's Day!

I made another one, this time with a slight variation.  Instead of sewing the bow tie on last, I sewed it on before I sewed the bib together.  That way there would not be any stitches on the back of the bib.  You could get fancy and do another bow tie on the back and have a totally reversible bow tie bib.

These bibs are great to wear to church.  They dress up any outfit.  I bought (rather than make since my sewing skills aren't that great) some bow ties for my older son.  I just love seeing boys in bow ties.



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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Fun With Kinetic Sand


One of the favorite Christmas gifts our kids got was this Kinetic Sand.
It was a joint gift since I knew they'd all want to play with it and I didn't want to buy 3.


The first time my 4 year old played with it, she played for 4 hours.  She only took a break to eat.  I thought, this is the greatest toy ever!  So the next day I let her play with it again, hoping for another 4 hour activity.  She didn't play that long, only an hour, but that is still a long time for her to play with anything.  She asks to play with it every few days and plays for about an hour each time.   My 10 and 12 year old also like to play with it, but not for very long, and they only seem to want to play with it when my 4 year old already has it out.  Luckily they've all been able to share nicely.  


They love the way it feels in their hands as well as building stuff with it.
To make clean up easier, we play with it on a baking sheet with raised edges.  It keeps the sand contained (for the most part).


We've even used it for educational purposes.  She's used cookie cutters to cut out letters and shapes, and a plastic knife to write or draw in the sand. 



I love this product and highly recommend it for a birthday or Christmas gift.
I think it is best suited for boys and girls ages 3-8, but older kids would love it too.

Do your kids have Kinetic Sand?  How do they play with it?


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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentines Day 2015

I had fun editing these pictures of the kids.  It's easy to do a fun Valentines picture with the little kids, but finding something that didn't look baby-ish for the older two was a challenge.  Keep scrolling to see what I came up with (thanks to Pinterest).







I did some Valentine's Day stuff with my 4 yr old yesterday because life is crazier on the weekends.  We made heart shaped cupcakes.  


Just put a marble in between the cupcake liner and pan to create a heart shape.  

Most of the cupcakes came out looking somewhat heart shaped, but no matter what shape they were, they were all delicious.

Of course while we were waiting for the cupcakes to bake, my daughter entertained herself by licking the bowl clean.  I'm pretty sure she got every last drop.

We also used a heart shaped cookie cutter to make a heart shaped sandwich.  We used this same technique to make heart shaped French Toast for our Valentine's breakfast this morning.

And what holiday is complete without a craft.  Yesterday we made this quick and easy heart hat.  

Happy Valentine's Day!



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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Valentine's Day Decor

I don't usually decorate for Valentine's Day (except for last year when we made some paper heart wreaths), but when I saw THIS on Pinterest, I really wanted to make one.  

I had the perfect place to put it too.


Can't you just picture it on that skinny blank wall?  This is the view from the foyer when you first enter our house.  On the other side of the wall is the kitchen, the door to the left goes to the basement and to the right is the living room.

However, I thought that would look odd, having just one Valentine's Day decoration.  So I'd have to decorate some more.  The mantel seemed like an easy thing to decorate since you can also see it from the foyer as you enter our house.  See what I mean below?


A quick search on Pinterest and I decided I wanted to make THIS heart banner and some LOVE blocks similar to THESE below.  



First up was making the four wooden hearts with my kids names on them.  I looked at a few stores but couldn't find the large wooden hearts used to make this project, plus it was almost February when I saw the idea which left me with 2 weeks to make and display it.  I didn't think that was going to happen, so rather than stress myself out, I've decided to make it for next Valentine's Day.  

In fact, I'm sure I'll find more cute holiday decor to DIY when I browse Pinterest and have decided to dress up my mantel for each holiday... next year, that is.  Why stress out trying to get it all done this year when I can shop the after holiday sales, and have an entire year to make my projects?  In case you are wondering what's been taking up a lot of my time, well it's this little guy.






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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

How to Move Heavy Furniture by Yourself

It's  no secret that I love to rearrange furniture in an attempt to change the look of a room or find the most efficient use of space.  That's why I love using furniture sliders.  You just place them under the 'legs' of the piece of furniture you want to move, and it allows you to easily slide it around to the new position.  


Over a year ago, I decided to move my crafting armoire that is in our master bedroom sitting room from one side of the room to the other.  The reason being that it was currently on the right which is the side that leads to the closet.  The left side was a larger area so I thought it should go there and free up the path to the closet.  At one time we had a loveseat on the left side but decided to move that to the living room so the left side was empty (or rather would have been empty if I didn't fill it up with stuff that really belonged elsewhere).  The picture below shows the left side with all the clutter put away, just needed to find a new place for the bookcase and chest.  See how the armoire on the right blocks the door to the closet?  And how there is more space on the left side to put it?


The first thing I tried was my furniture sliders.  This armoire is so big and heavy that I couldn't lift up an end to slip the furniture slider under.  Of course I was in a furniture rearranging mood and couldn't wait several hours for my husband to get home to help. So I had to figure out a way to move this thing by myself.  

I decided to give the car jack a try.  

That's right, a car jack.  

I figured I could jack up the armoire and then slip the furniture slider under it to move it to the other side.  That's exactly what I did and it worked!



Once the furniture sliders were in place, I just had to slide it across the room.  It was still difficult to slide it because it was so heavy, but it was doable.  

I kept the Babes occupied while I rearranged with some target practice.  To my surprise, she was actually able to shoot a few balls into the baskets below.



It's a good thing I rearranged and cleared out our sitting room over a year ago because four months ago we had a baby and that's his room now.  His cradle is on the right and the armoire is still on the left. 




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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

MINECRAFT Canvas Art

The week before Christmas, we celebrated my son's 12th birthday with a Minecraft themed party.  In case you missed that post, you can check it out HERE.  I showed a picture of the Minecraft canvases I made and I'm back today to show you how I did it.


I made three canvases:  Creeper, Enderman, and TNT

The materials I used were:
canvases
paints
vinyl
painter's tape
paper cutter
Mod Podge

I used 12 x 12 sized canvases.  I had picked up a pack of 7 at a yard sale for $1. 

I also bought some craft paint for $1 or less per bottle.  The colors I used were black, white, green, red and light purple.

I used some black vinyl, the kind you'd use for a Silhouette machine.  Using a paper cutter, I cut the vinyl to the desired size square or rectangle.

CREEPER
To make the creeper, I painted the entire canvas green.  It took 3 coats to get good, solid coverage.
Once that was dry, I added the vinyl. I cute large squares for the eyes, and rectangles for the nose/mouth.  To make sure the vinyl stayed on, I put a layer of Mod Podge over top.

TNT
I sectioned off the canvas into three equal parts using painters tape, and painted the top and bottom red.  I cut vinyl into rectangles and squares to form the letters.  After applying the vinyl, I brushed on some Mod Podge to keep it all in place.

ENDERMAN
I painted the entire canvas black.  Once that was dry, I taped off the eyes and painted them white.  Once the white was dry, I again taped off the eyes and painted the middles purple.


All three canvas are attached to the wall using Command Stripes.

We are getting closer to completing his Minecraft themed room.  All we need is a desk and rug, then I'll do the room reveal.



This post has been linked up to Fluster's Creative Muster link party 108.



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