Building a Home

I haven’t been posting very much this year but I have an excuse. We’ve been trying to build another house! Actually, we just began the house part. January through April was spent finding land, then another 4 months knocking out a house plan, getting all the sub’s bids (the hardest part) and talking the bank into letting us do it. Been a crazy roller coaster but we’re making progress. I plan to have a post detailing all the steps we take along with a few forms. Hope to get back to crafting and blogging regularly once we get this beast built!


Week 1: Digging and filling footers (floating slab).

Kindermat Tutorial

A couple years ago I posted this Nap Mat Tutorial. Those mats held up great through 2 years of school but my son requested a different fabric this year. So I wanted to find an easier way to make one. We’ll call this the “Lazy Crafter Nap Mat” and the old one can be the “Overachiever Nap Mat”.



Here is what you’ll need:

1 – 19”x45” Kindermat (available at most stores before school)

Nap Mat blanket (optional) 2 – 36”x36” pieces of minky. I reused the blanket from my old mat so follow the directions there is you need help making it.

Nap Mat Materials

Spice Jar Chalkboard Labels


Found new spice jars at Hobby Lobby that I just had to have. But didn’t want to go through the process of relabeling them using vinyl like I did before in this post. So instead I kept it simple: Jars (Hobby Lobby), Chalkboard Vinyl (Expressions Vinyl . com), Decorative Punch (Hobby Lobby) & White Oil Sharpie (Walmart). Punch out your chalkboard vinyl, write on it using your Sharpie, removing backing and stick to jar.

Updating a Vintage Train Case

This box once was blue with a floral blue liner, a bit of paint and retro fabric really helped freshen it up.

Traveling Tips

I’m not a very organized traveler ……….actually I’m just a lazy traveler. When I pack it has to be simple. This usually means piling similar items all together because having 20 different bags or organizers to keep up with drives me crazy.
So if you’re like me the ‘Tupperware method’ may work well. I take all bath items, medicines, lotions, toothbrushes etc. and pile them into a large Tupperware container. I used to organize these items into individual pouches designed for travel but it was piled in the bottom of the luggage by the end of the trip (and usually leaking onto something). But this method has made it much easier to travel with my family of 4. We just pop the top, dig around and throw it all back in when done. Looks messy but it works great. It’s nice to not have to worry about anything pouring out in a bag somewhere too.

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