Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Easier Project/Crafts page Layout

Please take a moment to check out the new Project/Crafts & Freebies tabs at the top of page. I have changed up the layout to make it easier for readers to browse all the items available at a glance. Hope this helps while navigating around the blog!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Pottery Barn Upcycled Lunch Bag - Monkey added!

Yes! Another post about the Upcycled Pottery Barn Lunch Box from BenLovesBirdy. Which I'm in love with :) But my daughter wanted a character on the front (like all the other kids). That's where EmbellishmentJunkies stepped in. Purchased this Monkey from them and it was well worth the couple weeks it took to receive it. Sometimes adding just a little extra makes all the difference!

I'm a happy paying customer, was not given any incentives for this review. Just wanted to share a great product with readers :)

Ribbon Holder using Basket

I've used every ribbon holder you can imagine. This is by far my favorite way to store. A simple Dollar Store or Walmart basket with hole slots in the side, stick ribbon in pull through holes. Convenient, easy to find and dig through.

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Ticket Keepsake Display from Shadow Box

Ever walk into a thrift store and see an item up high on a shelf tucked under several other things and you just know it's going to be something great? Well that happened to me the other day! This shadow box was hidden away and just in need of a bit of TLC.

I had been on the hunt for a large shadow box for a few months. Pinterest had gave me the great idea to store our tickets in one. Don't know about you but for some reason I've never understood I save all those movie tickets, game tickets, fair, circus etc. Unfortunately, I threw away a shoebox full I'd been collecting for 10 years right before I saw the idea on pinterest *facepalm*. So we're starting a new collection for this box. 

Brought it home, reattached the door and gave it a good scrub

I put the word "Tickets" on the glass instead of inside since once it fills up you wouldn't be able to see it. 
Cut out a vinyl stencil using the Silhouette SD, applied it to the glass.

Using fancy coloring paper to protect the surrounding glass from the Etching Cream. Put a healthy covering of Cream, wait 5 minutes wash off, remove fancy paper protection and stencil, tada! Etched Glass! One of my most favorite things to do.

A bit hard to photograph the etching

I bought some chevron print fabric from Etsy for the back and used thumbtacks to pin it

Even though the door is magnetized I added a latch to make it a bit more secure. I decided not to cut a slot in the top to just drop the tickets in since 1. It required power tools 2. There is a perfectly good door to use

Calm Down Glitter Jar for Children

Saw this idea on a few blogs and thought it would be perfect for distracting the kids enough for them to calm down and get their minds off anything that is causing them to make trouble.

Jar (Found mine at Goodwill 59cents)
Water (from the faucet)
Clear Glue or Glitter Glue (Mine was rosaart brand from target because I couldn't find plain clear glue)
Glitter (already had on hand, but Michaels usually carries the large bottles of glitter, you can also throw in some shaped glitter if you have it, though it does sink pretty quickly)
Food Coloring (might not need if using Glitter Glue, I used Neon because it was in the pantry)

Boil the water. Fill the jars with the hot water. Use 1 tbsp of glue per 1 cup of water you use. Blend, Blend, Blend with a spoon (this is the key!). Add in the glitter (1/2"-1" thick) while the water is still hot, if the glitter falls too fast you might need to add more glue. Add food coloring if desired (Glitter Glue tinted my water but I wanted an extra pop of coloring so added the food coloring anyway). Tighten cap on (very tight). Let cool.

*I saw where some people were concerned about using glass jars and the kids throwing them in a tantrum. My kids don't get that upset, they usually get a handle on their emotions before it escalates especially if I give them a pretty jar to look at. I feel for those parents who have the floor floppers. If your child is prone to throwing may want to let them cool down first before handing the jar over. Or use a plastic jar such as a peanut butter container (cleaned first of course ;) ). Obviously, never leave child alone with the jar*

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Pottery Barn Upcycled Lunch Bag

I posted a month ago about how much I loved BenLovesBirdy's Upcycled Pottery Barn backpacks. Well at the time I didn't see any lunch boxes that matched so we quickly shuffled a breakfast/lunch/snack system together with bags from Big Lots. Long story short a 4 year old is better off not having to remember to carry more than 1 thing, the lunch box kept being left behind at school.

Went back to Birdy's etsy shop and she just so happened to have a pink one...I snagged it ;) Works perfectly! Snaps onto the backpack leaving the inside free for her breakfast bag and snack. No more problems of her forgetting it, since the teacher snaps it right back on after lunch time. However a request was placed to add a Monkey to the front of the lunch bag....just like mom everything has to be customized!

I highly recommend Pottery Barn Backpacks/Lunch Bags and if you're looking for a discount check out BenLovesBirdy's etsy page!

Artwork Display for Children using Cabinet Doors

I saw this Playroom Artwork Display at iheartorganizing and just had to make two for the kiddos. Had a bit of trouble finding doors but once I discovered a Habitat Restore was in my area that problem was solved.

The Clips and Label holders are from Staples. 

I began by painting them white. The whole paint job was pretty sloppy considering it was completed in between Hurricane Isaac's rain bands..... patience is not one of my strong points ;) If it means waiting a few days or going out in a hurricane....I rather just brave the storm.

Then put the color in the middle, sprayed a clear gloss coat to finish it.

After the paint was almost dry (no patience remember?) I attached the label holder, screwed on the clip and added a sawtooth hanger. 

 Now I just need to design some labels.

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