Sunday, September 07, 2014

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).

Monday, June 30, 2014

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

Monday, June 16, 2014

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.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

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.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Disney Autograph Pillowcase

We’re currently planning a Disney trip for later in the year and it’s the perfect opportunity to try some of those Pinterest Disney projects I’ve seen floating around. First up was an autograph pillow. Last trip we used the autograph book but it was thrown in a box and never seen again once we made it home. However, the pillow looks like a better idea since it can sit out on a chair or the kid’s beds to enjoy year round.

Disney Pillow1

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Wine Cork Holder

Michaels stores carry a wine cork holder shadow box in the photo frame section. Add a bit of gold leaf, fabric in the back and etched glass to make it a one-of-a-kind gift.

  • Gold Leaf and Glue (use as directed)
  • Silhouette Cameo – cut the vinyl, apply to glass then coat in etching cream (follow directions on jar)
  • Spray adhesive to apply a fabric to the backboard of the frame

I’m currently working on relining a train case so look for that post later this month. Sorry again for the slow updates. We are still surrounded by boxes from our move in January and all my craft supplies are in storage. But we’re almost ready to begin construction on our new house and hopefully in a few months I will be back on track with projects.


Sunday, January 26, 2014

In a Pikle Giveaway!

I apologize for not posting in the last couple months we’ve been in the middle of selling our house, moving & building a new one. Add in the holidays and it’s been a hot mess around here!
Below is a super cute giveaway hosted by Chris with “In a Pikle”.
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