A Little Mommy/Daughter Project

>> Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Way back in February Taylor got her ears pierced.  Up until right around August...she refused to change them.  The only time they would get changed was when one accidentally fell out and I had to pin her down to put a new pair in.

Finally one day I convinced her that she could do it herself.  I helped guide her hand and voila...she did it!!  This led to an earring change every 8-10 hours.  She was obsessed!!  We bought LOTS of earrings.  So many that I should be posting a DIY earring holder.  Soon...Soon...I will tackle that, but for now something else.

We went to a craft show on Saturday and a lady was selling really cute, inexpensive earrings.  Mostly dangle ones that were a little too big for Taylor, but after lots of looking we found a pair that were just right.  She was very excited!!  Snowflake earrings for the Christmas season!

Fast forward to yesterday morning when she wanted to put said earrings in and UH-OH....mom had accidentally thrown them in the garbage.  To avoid a complete meltdown I told her to browse through the ETSY app and we would see what was out there.  She found some she really liked, but I was not impressed with the cost. 

Enter BIG idea!!

We would make our own!!

Off to Michael's...$30 later...VOILA

This project actually could have been WAY cheaper had I planned ahead.  I only used one coupon and nothing was on sale, but seriously??  We've already made 13 pair...and still have tons of supplies left.  So losing those $3 earrings from the craft show turned out not to be such a bad thing.

Supplies used:
Buttons (backs removed and flattened down)
Stud Earrings
Fishhook Earrings
E6000 Glue


Our Halloween DIY Costumes

The last four years my wonderful mother made the kids' Halloween costumes.  Although I am 99% positive she still would have made them this year I decided to try and tackle most of it on my own.

This years theme...Cat In The Hat!!

I purchased plain CHEAP t-shirts, puffy fabric paint and a black fabric marker at Hobby Lobby for my Thing 1 and Thing 2 costumes.

As with most projects these days I found an image on the web and used it in my CAMEO software to make my stencils for the shirts.  Thankfully Thing 1 and Thing 2 logos are not perfect, so the puffy paint worked great.  After it had dried I went around it with my black fabric marker.

My only real expense with these two costumes was the wig.  I planned to spend the bulk of my money on these wigs...$20 each, but SO WORTH IT!!

My cute little Cat In The Hat costume was comprised of Carter's black turtleneck onesie and black leggings.  I loosely sewed on the felt belly, so if I wanted I could take it off and reuse the clothes.  My wonderful mom made the bow tie and hat headband.  Both made using felt. 

I whipped up a simple tutu and used leg warmers we already had to "girlie" up my Thing 2!!

Seriously super simple costumes this year!!


We're Havin' A Party

>> Tuesday, October 8, 2013

We are so excited to be having a Halloween party this year.  I love Halloween and I love throwing parties...this isn't our first Halloween party, but it is the first time we are including both adults and kids...costumes required for both!!

My hubby and I have not decided what we are going to do, but I assure you it will be very creative.  I'll let you know when we decide.

Yesterday I worked on the invitations.  We wanted to delivery them before we head out of town on Thursday.

It should be NO surprise that I used my CAMEO to design, print and cut the invitations.  I am SO excited about how they turned out.

I decided to HAND write on each envelope...they turned out super cute, but I was happy to have only needed 9!

Did I mention I LOVE my CAMEO??  Well I do!!  I am now working on the invitations for my moms annual cookie party!  Early?  Yes!!  But it is part of my contribution to the planning!!


Wine Bottle Re-Do

>> Saturday, September 28, 2013

Well I can definitely say that I had multiple ideas for this project AND I still may do another one of said ideas.  For now though I wanted to share one of them.

I started saving wine bottles a few months ago.  Normally it would have taken a while to save up enough bottles, but with my sister visiting and a few neighborhood block parties it didn't take as long as expected.

I washed the bottles out and ran them under hot water to remove the original labels.  I thought I might need goo-gone, but surprisingly the labels came off VERY easy.  I turned them upside down and let them dry for quite a few days.  I did not want any moisture left in them...these would be decorations and then stored, so I wanted them dry.

I gave them a couple coats of black spray paint.  Note to self...the darker bottles take less paint because they are already pretty dark. 

I had planned on buying the Martha Stewart beverage labels, but wondered if I could find anything from Silhouette.   Of course I could!!  I might have gone a little overboard and purchased EVERY Halloween label that I found.  Ugh...this is the problem with having a membership...can't let any $$ go to waste.

I printed the labels on shipping label paper that I bought at Staples and cut them with my CAMEO.  You could probably print on regular paper and use spray adhesive, but frankly I think that stuff is messy and I wanted them to last forever!!

What do you think?

How cute are these?

I have them up on my mantel and will reveal the entire mantel in another post.  Seriously such a simple project.


Fall Subway Art

>> Thursday, September 12, 2013

Fall seems to have officially arrived in Denver.  It has been raining for the last four days straight.  From what everyone has told me...this is not normal.  I sure hope not because I hate strongly dislike the rain.  Let's be honest...I strongly dislike anything besides sun, but dry and cold is better than wet and cold!


I started decorating for fall last week.  I love when it's time to pull out the bins of Fall/Halloween decorations!!  Although I haven't put any Halloween decorations up yet...it's coming!!   I decided I needed to put a little more focus on the Fall decor because as my mom pointed out...you put up Fall then Halloween and then Fall AGAIN!!

One of the things I added to my collection this year was this cute Fall Subway Art.  I have made subway art in the past using Photoshop.  There is nothing wrong with using Photoshop and it's relatively easy, but this time I used my Cameo.  Besides the great fonts I had...I also had cute images to use.  The only downside to using my Cameo is unless you have one of your own...I can't share it with you. 

I used an old frame I had picked up at a garage sale and there is actually no back or glass.  I have the print attached to a piece of cardboard and it fits perfectly.  The lighting in this room is horrible, so I apologize for the not-so-great pic.

I am trying really hard to get better about creating little vignettes when decorating.  Less is more is NOT what I am going for.  I want more is MORE!!!


Finding A Use For Broken Crayons

>> Friday, September 6, 2013

This was a project I did at the end of the school year, but with the move blogging about it was pushed to the back burner.

If you have kids then I can almost guarantee you crayons...and if you have crayons I can also guarantee you have broken crayons.  I tend to be pretty OCD when it comes to the crayons, markers and pencils in our house.  I like them to be put back in their boxes and it drives me nuts when the kids lose any.  But then after a while...one missing turns into two and so on so forth.  Then they break them and well you know the rest. 

Although the broken crayons drive me crazy I have never thrown them away.  We have made our own crayons using the old broken ones.  Super easy and the kids have fun with it!  In that post we used foil pans, but we also have silicone trays that have fun shapes.  Ours were not oven safe so we used the Arizona heat to melt them!!  A fun, summer project if you live where the temps are 100+!!


For this project I wanted to give Taylor's teacher something special and something she could keep in her classroom as long as she wanted.  I picked up a cheap wood frame from Michael's and began the worst part...removing the paper from all of the crayons.

Once I had my bucket full of paperless crayons I began placing them on the frame...gluing as I went.  I broke the crayons smaller if needed.

I made a super simple Alphabet print using scraps of scrapbook paper.

I stood it up a little too soon when I took this first pic of the finished product and a few of the crayons started to slide.  I quickly laid it down and after drying over night it was ready for display!

I absolutely loved how it turned out! I made great use of all those crummy broken crayons!  Because I had the crayons already my only cost was the frame of which I go on clearance for $5.00.  Cheap and original!  Best kind of gifts!


Kids' Bathroom

>> Thursday, August 22, 2013

Since my kids share a bathroom I have kept it neutral.  I had hoped in this house I would get one more bathroom, so the girls could have their own and Thomas would have his own.  No luck though!! 

Since this will not be our house for the long-term I decided to keep most of what was in their old bathroom and just try and add a few new pieces.  Just because it is the bathroom doesn't mean it doesn't need decor!!

Yellow and Blue were my colors and Rubber Duckies were the theme. 

I'm sorry, but Rubber Duckies will always be cute in my book.

I kept the hand towel, the shower curtain, the toothbrush holder and the soap dispenser (it quacks, so I had too)!!

I added the tissue holder and the cup.  I found them at Ross for $2.99 and $1.99.  Seriously?!  For glass bathroom decor...that's a steal!!

Have I mentioned lately that I LOVE my Cameo?!  Well...I do!  I an extra frame just calling for a picture...my first thought was a picture of MY kids in the bath...but I don't have any.  Well, I don't have any with all three of them.  So...my next thought was to look for a cute phrase!

Silhouette Online Shop to the rescue!!

I created this 8x10 print using my Cameo and...


I was going to hang it above the toilet, but was afraid that any time my kids forgot to turn on the fan moisture might get into the frame.  Turns out...I like it better here anyway!
I did not paint that wall...it came like that, but actually matched, so no need to paint!

How cute is that tissue holder?  I needed a little more color!

Got Bows?!  Just a few of Taylor and Tatum's bows!  

If only it had better lighting!! 


You Warm My Heart

Today's card was seriously the fastest card I have made in a while because I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

Here is the CAS(E) this sketch challenge card:

And here is my card...

Who shall I send this too?!

Bazzill Cardstock
DCWV Patterned Paper
Image cut from Cameo
Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip Ink 
Taylored Expressions Sentiment

Happy Thursday!


Halloween on the Brain

>> Tuesday, August 20, 2013

I told my hubby I want to have a Halloween party again this year!  Although I am almost positive I saw some eye rolling...he did not say NO!  Now I can't seem to think of anything else.  Sometimes I am not sure which holiday I get more excited about...Halloween or Christmas!  I might say I love them both just for completely different reasons. 

Last year I decided to start my Halloween decorating in early September just so I could enjoy it that much longer.  It will probably happen again this year, I'm not going to lie.

There are SO many awesome decorating ideas out there...Thank you Pinterest!! 

These are a few of my favorites and some that I might even be trying to re-create myself!!

This one from Desiree at The 36th Avenue!

Who doesn't love a good Dollar Store craft?

I'm not sure where this porch originated from, but seriously?  LOVE IT!!  I finally have a porch of my own to decorate and I might need to steel a few of these ideas!

 I love so much about this porch, but those birds??  I need them!!

I'm not sure how crazy my front yard will get, but I would love to find a way to board up my windows like this house.

I have already started saving my empty wine bottles, just haven't committed to which project I like better.

 Or I could start drinking more wine and do multiple!

My orange Halloween tubs stair at me every time I walk in and out of the laundry room...I can't wait to drag them all upstairs.  It won't be too long before I can take pictures of my own decorating and share them with you.

Am I the only one that gets this excited for Halloween?! 



>> Monday, August 19, 2013

I was in my craft room almost the entire day!  I made a few cards...worked on a special project soon to be revealed and did a little bit of organizing.  Getting laundry done over the weekend relieved all guilt I might have had over getting NO house work done today!

Here is the CAS(E) this sketch challenge card this week...

And here is my card...

I will be honest and tell you that this was not my first card for this challenge.  I was really drawing a blank.  I wanted something other than the usual 'Thank you' or 'Birthday', but those cards always seem to come easier to me.

Bazzill Paper
Me and My Big Ideas Embellishments


Two Birds...One Stone

>> Thursday, August 8, 2013

Of course it is my intention to participate in more card challenges, yet every week something gets in the way or I just forget.  Not this week though...I knew I wanted to get off my butt and create something and thanks to Karolyn at Paper Therapy and her Facebook post this morning I did just that.

Here is the CAS(E) this sketch challenge this week...

And here are my TWO cards.

I went SUPER simple with both cards, but am very happy with how they each turned out.  Two of my close friends are celebrating birthdays this month, so I needed two cards anyway!!  Can's wait to get them in the mail!
Bazzill Paper
Making Memories Embellishments
Dress it up Buttons

Happy Thursday!


Thrifting and Scrapbooking

>> Tuesday, August 6, 2013

I promised the kids I would take them to Chic-fil-A for lunch today, so since they were on their best behavior I made a quick stop at Savers on the way. 

My sister repinned this on Pinterest the other day courtesy of One Artsy Mama!!  So stinkin' cute huh??  Can you tell what it was before it was this awesome jewelry organizer??  A coffee mug holder!! 

Such a great idea and a re-do I can totally handle...if only I had an old coffee mug holder.

Well...look what I found today!

Can't decide whether it should be for me or for Taylor.  I thought $2.99 was a bargain.  Just need a fun color of paint!

After we shopped and had lunch we came home...the kids played with their friends and I finished more pages for their scrapbooks.

I hope the kids appreciate these some day!!  


Two More

>> Friday, August 2, 2013

I have been pretty productive the last few days.  It feels good to be back to it.  I have decided that when I can't think of anything to do OR I get stuck on projects...I need to just sit down and work on the kids' scrapbooks.  I really have NO excuse not too.

I have more paper than most people could imagine AND I have ALL of my photos printed in hand (I have spent a small fortune at Costco for said photos).

So yesterday when it was WAY too windy to spray paint (like I had planned), rather than turning on the TV (which is what I started to do)...I sat down in my craft room and pulled out some photos.

And YAY for me....

I finished two more pages for Thomas' book!!

I absolutely LOVE looking at the kids' scrapbooks and for now so do they.  He was pretty excited when he saw me working on his book. 


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