Friday, August 28, 2009

Cute Craft Storage

Using everyday products!

Trying to decorate my little craft space I have realized I need a lot of storage but I don't really want to spend a lot of money. Looking around my home I found many items that I normally throw away that would be perfect to store a lot of my smaller stuff. Here are a few everyday items I have "dressed up" a bit to add some color and also organization to my craft space.

*Magazine holder-made from a large cheerios box and covered with scrapbook paper.
*Marker Holder-an empty frosting container. added scrapbook paper and ribbon. (I know it is probably better for them to lay flat but Aubrey uses these all the time and it is just easier for her this way)


*Button, bead, and brad containers-empty plastic baby food containers. I like them because they are clear and stack easy. (I couldn't get a very good picture)
*Chipboard container (or for any small pieces)-I used an empty baby wipes container. I added some scrapbook paper, ink around the edges, and a label.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Baby hair do!

Here is a simple idea to get my little ones hair out of her eyes. (I have done this with Aubrey's but did three rows so it went all the way down). Start with two ponytails on to of her head. Then divide a section right below into two ponytails (end at the crown of the head). Add the first two ponytails to the second by crossing them over forming an x.
The view from the topThe backThe Front-One cute girl!
she bumped her head right before the picture...not a surprise if you know Livy

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Chore Chart

This little chart was made from a kit I bought years ago but would be so easy to duplicate. I know there are many different types charts out there but I really liked this style for my three year old(tip junkie has a whole post on them today!). Here is why: The graphics make it easy for her to know what job she needs to do, It is really easy to change the jobs (they are just taped on), and she LOVES to move the star (Velcro on the back and in each square). The tricky part is to get her to do her chores...she thinks she can move the star when ever she wants.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Live Laugh Love

I love that saying and have wanted to use it somewhere in my home. I had a bunch of empty 6x6 frames and finally figured out what I wanted to do with some of them. They started out cream so I painted three of them black. I then used some red paper cut to 6x6 and glued on a 4x6 wedding picture. I typed the words on the computer and printed them on regular computer paper. I then added black ribbon to the back to hang.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Old window=New Frame

I finished making over this old wood window months ago but It sat empty for a long time (really I am such a slacker and it drives Scott crazy). Finally I got pictures added and I think it turned out really cute...It may just be the pictures I love I don't know.

Before: This was in my mom's house for years and has been falling apart. I took it when they moved.After: I ripped off the curtain and the flowers and sanded lightly. I painted the top and the inside black. I used mode podge to add the red pattern paper to the front. I then hot glued black and white paper to the back to cover the openings. I printed out 5 pictures on a full sheet of photo paper (I used one 8x10 I already had). I taped the pictures on the paper using double sided tape.

It looks a lot better in person (I really need to work on my photography skills) and I love that I can change the pictures so easily. This thing is huge and really adds a lot of impact to my boring bedroom.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Children's apron

I made this little apron for a swap Aubrey is participating in. I used this pattern. However I didn't have any Velcro so I added ribbon instead. I just pinned the ribbon in place (pin where the instructions have you pin the straps) and sewed along the edges. One problem I ran into with this pattern was fitting the 2 pieces of the apron (front and back) and the two straps on the amount of fabric it says you even gives you a diagram showing where to place and cut each piece. My fabric wasn't wide enough because the longer strap didn't even come close to fitting (also why I used ribbon instead). Aubrey tried it on and the size is perfect (I forgot to take a picture and she is sleeping now...sorry for the awful picture).I want to make Aubrey one also but using the Velcro so she can put it on herself. To solve the fabric problem I may use two different coordinating fabrics and I also want to add an A and a pocket.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Embroidered Keepsake

I made this little embroidery the other night (seriously so quick and easy). I got my inspiration here but decided to add her footprint also. I traced Aubrey's hand and foot onto computer paper and then onto the back of the fabric. I made mine to fit an 8x10 frame. I arranged the hand and footprints and pinned them on. I then free handed her name and age with a pencil. Using embroidery floss I went over her the letters and I hand stitched around the prints. This isn't the frame I am going to keep it in-I am thinking white or light pink OR I may turn it into a pillow. Now I need to make one for Olivia (I am sure it will be more difficult to trace her hand).

Initial Plaques

I bought these little wood plaques a few years ago at Michael's for $1. I finally used them the other night. I removed the string that came with it then painted the edges. I traced and covered it with with scrapbook paper using Mod Podge. I cut the initials out with my Cricut and attached. I then poked a hole through the paper (where the existing hole was) and added ribbon.

This one looks kind of plain so I still may add something to it.This one for some reason had a lot of bubbles after applying the mod podge. I decided to ink the edges and then gently across the top to add some dimension and make it "look" like the creases were on purpose-I kind of like. This was a quick fun project that will add some color to my girls' boring walls.
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