October 23, 2011

A Be "Witching" Halloween

Since Halloween is only a week away I thought I'd share some of the things I've been working on.  My daughter decided she wanted to be a witch this year.  We had a "tutu" style skirt from last year that I added some Halloween colored tulle to.  I just tied small strips onto a ribbon and tied it around her.  She also had some Halloween leg warmers from last year that had the same colors.  For her top we used one of her gymnastics leotards that had criss-cross ribbons on the front and added some tulle to them.

I purchased a hat from Joann's that was purple on top with a spiderweb overlay.  I added some more scraps of tulle around the brim so it matched the skirt.  Then I found a flower pick from Michaels that had bats.  I pulled them apart and sewed them onto her hat so it looked like bats were flying around her.  I also found a pick at Joann's that had a glittery spiderweb with a green spider that I sewed onto the spiderweb overlay.

For the finishing touch I purchased a black cauldron from the dollar store and added a little more tulle on the handle to tie it all together

I think she's happy with the result.

Her brother decided that he wanted to go as a spider.  I got lucky and found a premade costume at a consignment store.
My craft group got together again yesterday.  This time we made halloween google eye frames that I've had pinned for a while.  They turned out great!  I even made a second one so each kid has their own.  The only thing I wish I had done differently was to put the ribbon and the letters on the orange BOO frame vertically.  The basic steps are:
1.  cut chipboard letters with my cricut
2.  paint letters and frame
3.  glues on google eyes
4.  glue on more google eyes
5.  glue on more google eyes - about 200-250
6.  add ribbon and letters
My last project to share is probably my favorite.  I've seen these all over the internet but didn't want to pay for one. Since I have the vinyl I made my own pattern.  My daughter calls it her minion (from Despicable Me).

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(¸.·´   Denise

October 13, 2011

I {heart} my Cricut!!

I've been obsessed with my Cricut and vinyl lately.  Here are a few of my projects.

I put my kids names on the wall above their coat hooks and shoe cubby bench.  You can see the tutorial for the cubby bench here.

My craft club used my cricut to cut numbers and months for our perpetual calendar we made a couple months ago.  This was one of my favorite projects!

I used my vinyl to put a sign on my front door

Remember the flashcard tins I made for my daughter to review her kindergarten curriculum?
I was on the fence about whether or not to decorate the outside.  I want something to dress them up but I also want to be able to reuse them as her curriculum changes.  Cyn from Cynspiration.blogspot.com suggested I use vinyl.  Why didn't I think of that?!?  I have tons of colors since I've been purchasing it as I see it on Pick Your Plum.  Here's the finished result.
I love how they turned out and I can always peel the letters off and cut new ones as needed.  Thanks Cyn!!

I just have one more project but I'm still searching for the perfect quote.  A few weeks ago I refinished this old coffee table that my sister gave me years ago.  You can read the tutorial here.

I'd like to add a quote along the front edge that's painted white.  I've been browsing around on-line for one about kids or family.  I'm open to suggestions if you know of any  :)

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(¸.·´   Denise

October 11, 2011

Kindergarten Basics

My daughter started kindergarten this year.  I decided to make her some flashcards to help her review her curriculum.  I looked up her school's website and made flashcards from as much of the information as I could.  I used things like words she needs to read, words she needs to spell, 4 seasons, 5 senses, parts of a computer, etc.

I have lots of these empty Altoid tins from the ginger I used to eat to help ease morning sickness.  I created the flashcards in word and cut them to fit in the tins.  

A quick spray of white paint and now she has individual tins for each area she needs to work on.  I can't decide if I should decorate the outside or leave them blank so I can reuse them as her curriculum changes.

*** Update ***
Thanks to Cyn from Cynspiration.blogspot.com who suggested I use vinyl to decorate the front the tins now look like this . . . . 

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(¸.·´   Denise

October 2, 2011

Trash to Treasure {Part 2}

Remember this pile of 1x 12s?
They used to be a rickety bookshelf.  I got them from someone on Freecycle who was getting rid of them.  If you've been following my blog then you know that I {heart} freecycle.  It's a place where you can give away stuff you don't have any use for or get stuff that others no longer want.  Sometimes you can get some really awesome stuff (like a Barbie jeep we got for my daughter) totally free!!  

There were actually two bookshelves so I had a pile of 1x12s to use.  My first project was a cubby bench to control the clutter and shoes at my front door

You can find the details here.
My next project was a few laundry basket dressers.  I saw these a while ago on Ana White's site.  Since I was working from "found" supplies I had to modify her plans a but so I could use the scrap wood I had on had.  Her plans call for using 1x16s.  However, my "free" boards were 1x12s.  To make up the difference I used some 1x2s that were left over from the packaging on the new sliding doors we had installed a few weeks ago (my husband is a bit of a hoarder).  The top and bottom was cut from a piece of builders grade plywood that I had leftover from another project.  It wasn't pretty but once it was painted it looked fine.  I also used a leftover piece beadboard that we installed around the perimeter of my "craft/sewing" room for the back.  The only thing I had to purchase was two angle irons.  The total cost was around $20 for all three. 

You can see in the picture where I have a small gap between the 1x12 and the 1x2 on the side.  It doesn't affect the function at all.  I am thinking about adding a 1x2 to the front edge so it matches and looks a little more finished.  

After a coat of Kilz primer to hide the knot holes and a coat of white paint I just needed to do the final step of adding the angle iron.  And here it is in it's new home.  I also added lables to the baskets so everyone knows which is theirs.
It works great and is definitely more functional than having laundry baskets laying all over the floor.  Some days it was hard to even walk through my laundry room.  I did save some money on the brackets by just placing the bottom basket on the floor instead of hanging it.

For the one on the other side of my laundry room I decided that we only needed 2 baskets (that gives us a total of 5 - one for each person and one for linens/towels/misc).  Instead of the sixth basket I added a shelf and two containers to store our pool toys, goggles, etc.    

No more piles of laundry all mixed up that never get put away!  

Also made one for my bedroom.  I was tired of tripping over my husbands workout bag! For this one I hung the top two baskets and left the bottom open for his gym bag. 

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(¸.·´   Denise