Archive for October, 2011

Hey, everyone!

I’ve been thinking of what to do for Little Monkey’s Christmas present. I’m not big into toys because 1) we just don’t have the room and have been forced to get rid of toys that we couldn’t keep due to space issues and 2) I believe there is such thing as a child having too many toys. With that being said, I’ve decided to take note of things that he enjoys doing the most, work off of that and come up with something unique to do for him.

Our Little Monkey really (I mean, REALLY!) enjoys anything in the kitchen, so I’ve decided that for Christmas, I am going to revamp a cabinet and make him a small kitchen stove and give him his own area. He has his own cabinet in the kitchen right now, but this will be something that he can cook on and play around with.

I will probably start this project just after Trick or Treating. I even found an old cabinet at a local thrift shop for $8 that I’ve been eyeing! Come check out what my inspiration is… so stay tuned… we’ll see how the finished project turns out… 😉

A big thank you to my girl, Theresa G., for putting this idea into my head… 😀

Happy Crafting!

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Hey, everyone!

As the Mommy of a toddler, I’m always on the lookout for easy and fun crafts to do together. It’s a bonus when I can kill two birds with one stone… and that’s what this craft is for me.

This is our first year that we will be getting a Christmas tree of our own. I make it a point to buy an individual ornament for each of us and also a family ornament every year. This is the first year that Little Monkey is old enough to really get into crafting with me, so Im loving that we can work together now on this craft and it will be something we can display on our Christmas tree!

Beaded Ornament

The only two supplies that you will need are:

    • Pipe cleaners (Dollar Store)
    • Beads (Dollar Store) -(the craft article calls for those plastic beads, but I wanted to use stuff I had around the house- I found an old tub of glass beads that I have had for years. It has a lot of fun shapes & crazy colored beads in it. I bought it from Michaels a few years back.)
… and now we have our first homemade ornament that JP & I made together 😀

For the tutorial and some other great craft ideas, click HERE

Happy Crafting!

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Fall door wreath

Hey, everyone!

On my quest to make more home decorations, I have tackled the door wreath… check! And it was no easy feat… who knew that retail stores would have only slim pickings left for fall and Thanksgiving decorations! There is still a week and a half left in October and they are already packing up shop for fall things… craziness! On a positive note, what they do have has been drastically marked down… Im talking 60% off in some cases at Joann Fabrics! And I used a coupon… yahoo!

My favorite place to pick up seasonal decorations is The Dollar Store or Dollar Tree… You can’t go wrong when everything’s $1. Of course, you still have to be aware that some places might carry that same item for less, but all in all, it’s my go-to place for decorations. I also like places like Joann Fabrics, Michaels and Walmart… of course, I come wielding coupons 😉

This was my first time making a wreath… I should say decorating, though, because I didn’t make the grapevine wreath. Funny that I get home and tear open my goody bags loaded with my craft supplies and DadDad Hill comes in and says, “You know, we could have MADE the wreath! I know how and Mom use to make them all the time when we were kids!” WHAT?! Why was I not told this sooner?? I would have LOVED to make the wreath together! Not only that, we live smack up against woods, so Im sure we could have found something to use in there! Oh well… next holiday 😉 (And Mom, you promised this is our next craft together!) And, yes, I lucked out and found a wreath for only $3.50 (other stores carried it for $15… gulp!). Anyways, I loved making this with our Little Monkey and I think it came out pretty decent. In fact, I plan on making a wreath for every holiday and having that be our thing on the front door 😀

Here’s what you’ll need- and please excuse the picture-taking skills… I have none 😉 …

Supplies for fall wreath

  • Grapevine wreath ($3.50 at Walmart)
  • Decorative vegetables- pumpkin, etc. ($1 each at Dollar Store)
  • Ribbon with wire edge ($1 at Dollar Store)
  • Floral wire ($1 at Dollar Store)
  • Wooden ‘H’ ($2 at Walmart)
  • Bouquet of flowers ($3 or $4 at Walmart)
  • Garland (I know they carry garland of fall leaves at the Dollar Store, but they were out, so I got this garland- which has pinecones and acorns on it with the leaves for $5 at Joann Fabrics. It’s normally $15 but with sale and coupon… BAM!)

I basically laid the garland on top of wreath and secured it with floral wire. Did the same to the veggies. For the pumpkin, I actually shaped the floral wire like a corkscrew and pushed it up through the bottom of the pumpkin. I wanted the pumpkin to sit on the wreath with the stem showing, so that’s why I did this. I cut up the bouquet and just pushed the flowers and leaves in where I thought the wreath could use some filling. I even had enough to add some decorations to a simple centerpiece that I made. (I will post that project up sometime this week.) I tied the ribbon at the top and that was it! I realized that I had forgotten to paint the “H” and put it in the middle of the wreath, but I can work on that today or tomorrow. I plan on the “H” hanging from the top of the wreath in the middle of it.

Fall Door Wreath

 It was a fun craft project to do together with Little Monkey… he loves flowers and he loves helping! I can’t wait to get started on our Christmas wreath (assuming the stores don’t take down the Christmas decorations this week!)… and Im hoping to be more creative and more skilled with each wreath that we decorate. But I will always treasure this first wreath we made together!

Happy Wreath Decorating!

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I wanted to share an idea that I came up with and my gracious hubby helped me construct. In our home, the space is limited and so is the budget, so I wanted to come up with an idea that would go along with our home decor and use things that were free or relatively inexpensive. I wanted to try to build a decorative shelf to go over our kitchen sink, which was just dead space. I had this vision in my head and went to Lowe’s with wide eyes and empty pockets (on purpose!) in search of lumber. Sweet mother of everything sacred! It’s highway robbery what these people are charging! So buying the wood was NOT an option!

Did you know that there is a “free” page on Craigslist? For those that are unaware, people list all kinds of stuff they are trying to get rid of. Most of the time the only thing it requires is that you come and haul it. So I was looking for something else on there for a few weeks and noticed how many postings there are for free pallet wood. This got me thinking that I could make a shelf using this wood. And so we did…

Our kitchen needed something to open up the area & also a few things to decorate… here’s what we did:

    •  Mirror from Walmart ($5)- painted the border to match kitchen colors
    • Mason jars from Walmart (#12 quart sized jars $8)- used to store sugar, flour, baking soda, etc.
    • Soap dispenser- made out of one of the mason jars
    • Decorative candle light (“Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much”)- a gift from my mom-in-law, purchased from one of my favorite stores- Weaving Stiches in Pomeroy, Ohio

Hope you feel inspired to come up with ways to make your own home decorations. What a fun way to be creative on a dime!

Happy Crafting!

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