Sunday, 30 December 2012

2x4 Snowmen

My girls were looking for something to do a few days ago, and we had three end pieces of wood from other projects I had done.  I gave them to the girls and told them they could make snowmen out of them.  They were excited and went right to work painting them white.  I had some socks with holes that I was going to get ride of, but had decided to keep for projects.  They picked some and we put them over the top and tied a ribbon around them for a hat. I cut the end off and then cut that piece in a circle, so it made a long piece and tied that around the bottom for the scarf.  They painted the faces on and we were done!  Such a quick and simple craft, and I think they are so cute!

Family Picture

I'm sure a lot of you have seen those huge pictures a lot of people have pinned on Pinterest that you can make for cheap. I wanted to check and see if I could really do it, and yes you can!  I was ordering something on Staples, so I checked it out.  You order an engineering print.  I got the 2 foot x 3 foot size for about $3.50.  I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out, but I figured for less than $4, it was worth trying.  I got free delivery and it came quickly in a sturdy tube.  Of course, it isn't on photo paper and they tell you not to do photos, but it turned out beautifully!  I love it! I had seen on Pinterest that people would put them onto wood.  That was cool, but I thought I would like to be able to switch out the picture now that I know how to get them for so cheap.  So I went to Wal-mart and found a poster frame to fit it for $16.  So for under $20, I have this huge family picture.  I put it over our full-size keyboard upstairs, so you can see how big it really is.
My brother-in-law was thinking of all kinds of ideas you could use these for, like printing out a picture of your child for a birthday party and playing "Pin the hat on _____" (fill in child's name) or some other article of clothing or body part to pin onto the child's picture.  You could decorate your walls with different pictures of your children for parties or anything! 

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Diaper Bag

I had been looking at cute diaper bags on Etsy for the past couple of months.  They are so cute, but I just couldn't see spending almost $100 for a diaper bag that I could probably make.  So I looked for some free patterns for bags and I found one I really liked.  The tutorial was very detailed and it went very quickly.  If you are interested, the site is here:
I picked a gray chevron pattern and used that fabric for the entire outside and just used a white material for the inside.  I love it and can't wait to use it every day!

I also made a wipes case and burp cloth to match.  They fit inside perfectly!

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Let the Christmas Crafts Begin!

I watched Elf a couple weeks ago with my kids for Friday night movie night.  We love that movie, and when I saw a bunch of "Elf-type" crafts on Pinterest, I knew I had to make one!  I love the quote, "The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear."  I am a huge fan of the 2 x 4 crafts. I think they are cute and so cheap.  I have just never made one before myself.  So here is my first 2 x 4 project.  I love it! I actually ended up making two because we are doing a white elephant gift exchange at church in a couple weeks.  I think this will be perfect. There has to be another Elf fan out there who would enjoy this as much as I do.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Bouncy Seat Cover

I found this bouncy seat at a garage sale for $2 a couple months ago.  It wasn't the prettiest to look at, but when I checked to see how much a newer, more neutral colored bouncy seat would cost, I decided I could just use some fabric I already had to make a cover for it.  I finished it in less than two hours, start to finish. I was surprised it went so fast!  I still need to spray paint the legs, but I wanted to share pictures and will add another later when the weather is nicer and I can get it painted.
Here is the fun before picture:
See, it had pretty "loud" colors.  I found this cute black with white polka dot fabric I had in my collection and started cutting up. I did reinforce the holes for the straps. That was the only thing that took any time.
I think it will be perfect with the legs painted black, but I'm pretty pleased with it so far!

Update:  Here is the final photo! I ended up painting the legs white.  That's what I wanted to do originally because I thought the black would be too dark. I only worried that it wouldn't cover the blue.  I found some primer+paint in a spray can, so that was perfect and covered the blue just fine.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Dresser Redo #2

Remember when I said I was going to have to redo my younger daughter's dresser as well, only with pink zebra stripes?  Well, I finally got around to doing it yesterday.  It went a lot quicker than the other dresser, because it was smaller and I didn't need to strip it.  I love the new primer + paint they have out now.  It sure makes painting a lot easier.
Here's a look at what it looked like before.  The handles were awful.  I like it much better now.  It's definitely brighter and more fun!

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Privacy Glass

We have this weird window to the left of our front door that was clear as day and let in tons of light.  I felt like everyone in the neighborhood could look inside, though I'm sure it wasn't that bad.  This is what it looked like.
It's so bright here, right?  Well, hubby went to the store to see how much the privacy film stuff costs.  Well, it started at over $30!  I told him not to buy it because I had seen this awesome idea on Pinterest I wanted to try.  So I bought a roll of clear contact paper for $5 and started tracing and cutting out my pattern.  It took a few hours, but the end result was worth it. I love it! And when the sun shines in now, it leaves a cool pattern on the wall too!
I know it's at night but with the sun shining in, I just couldn't get a good picture to show you the pattern.  I do love it and it works great!

Dresser Redo

I finished this last month and just haven't posted it yet.  This used to be my old dresser.  My mom had given it to us last year and I hadn't had time to finish it before everything got packed up and put into storage. 
My daughter is using it now.  We decided to do the drawer fronts in a green zebra print. I just printed out some zebra print and freehanded it onto the drawers, just looking at the printout as a guide.  The great thing was that when we put the drawers all back in the dresser, the stripes actually match up and look like I planned it!  She loves it and I'm so glad it is done, looks good, and we have a solid, functional dresser.  (Now my other daughter wants me to do hers in pink zebra stripes!)

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Circle Skirt with Flower Hair thing to match!

I have found the best skirt tutorials on pinterest!  The circle skirt is by far my favorite.  It is so fast and looks so cute on my girls.  I followed this tutorial on Made's blog.  With the extra fabric, I made flower hair ties to match.  This is one of my favorite skirts that I made. I need to get some better pictures, but this will do for now.

Thing 1

For Dr. Seuss day this year (yes, it was a while ago), my daughter needed a costume.  I didn't want to spend much money on it and we decided to do Thing 1.  I got some red sweat pants and a red shirt, cut out a white felt circle and wrote "Thing 1" on it, and then worked on her wig.  I just bought some bright blue yarn, crocheted a kind of headband/beanie type thing to fit her head, and then tied a bunch of blue yarn "hair" to it.  I thought she looked cute, though she was embarassed to wear the wig at school, so it didn't stay on for very long.

CTR Towel

I needed a quick and easy gift for a nephew's baptism, so I found this tutorial on the Rachel Berry Blog.  So I whipped up two (I have a neice who will need one soon!) and they turned out great!  I attached the poem below and tied it up with a ribbon. Easy as pie!

My Baptism Towel

This baptism towel is to help remind you

Of your baptism day all the years through.

When you come out of the water all clean and pure,

Dry off with this towel and you can be sure,

That you are as clean as this towel is white.

And the Holy Ghost will be with you both day and night.

For the Holy Ghost is your gift after the laying on of hands,

And will be a comfort and a guide if you obey God's commands.

This CTR emblem will help remind you to be strong

As you continue to learn right from wrong.

When your towel becomes soiled, remember that we, too,

May sometimes make mistakes and we've been taught just what to do.

Just as you can wash your towel so it can again be clean,

The wrongs you make can be washed away and never again be seen.

Your Heavenly Father loves you, remember always to pray,

And He will be beside you for forever and a day. "