Thursday, November 8, 2012
Monday, November 5, 2012
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
Monday, August 6, 2012
I kept seeing pins on Pinterest for homemade laundry detergents. I really loved the idea of making my own and thought it would be a neat thing to try. Even if I didn't like it what was there to lose?? Except maybe the $8 of ingredients I would need to buy.
Well, I went to Wal-Mart one night and picked up everything I needed to make the liquid version. I even bought 2 bottles of Sunny D orange drink so I could use the empty bottles to store my homemade concoction in.
After making a couple batches already, I have to say that I will most definitely be making this for a very long time. It is so cheap to make, it works well, and the clothes come out clean and smelling fresh! What more could a penny-pinching mom ask for?
Friday, July 20, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
So, I have made a couple new hair pieces for my little girl. They are both made from ribbon, just slightly different from each other. I went to Michael's today and grabbed some more ribbon. All their ribbon is "half off" right now so I kind of indulged! But here are the two that I made.....I hope you like them! If you have any questions on how I made them, please ask and I will be more than happy to give you a step-by-step tutorial.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Here is the dress:
Here is the headband:
Monday, May 28, 2012
Friday, May 18, 2012
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Now, out of all the projects I have done, I think this one was probably the most fun. It also gives you so much room to be creative and add your own personal touch. There really are so many different things you can do to decorate these, both for a boy's and girl's room. I made these letters for my oldest daughter's room. She wanted them to be girly, but not too over-the-top. I had been browsing websites and saw similar ones selling for $10 and up for each letter. I almost certainly was not going to pay $50 for something that I could make myself for a lot more inexpensive! Pottery Barn sells some adorable ones, but they didn't really have what I was looking for. That's when....DING DING!!! I decided to make them myself!!
The letters, however, I did not make. I bought them at Michael's for $1.99 per letter. I already had acrylic paint which is what I used to paint them. I did buy some glitter dust, which was $1 for a small packet, but was plenty for what I was using it for. I also purchased from Michael's some pink scrapbooking flowers ($2.99) to add on each of the letters. I won't go into details on the steps I did to make this, as it is pretty self-explanatory. But please feel free to comment if you have any questions that I may answer. I hope you have fun with this project and if you are making them for your little one, have them help out too!
*Pre-cut letters (any size)
*Small craft paint brushes and/or sponges
*Embellishments of your choice
*Hot glue gun
*Velcro for wall hanging or some nails and a hammer
Monday, April 23, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
~~~~~Ribbon Rose Headbands~~~~~
I made this headband by rolling ribbon. I started rolling very tight for the center. After every few turns, I would twist the ribbon away from me once then roll it straight another couple times. I ended the ribbon at the bottom of the rose and secured it with hot glue. I then secured it to the elastic headband with felt and more hot glue. This headband looks SO cute when it's on!
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Staple gun - To attach the ribbon to the back of the frame.
Hot Glue gun - If you are going to add a flower or other embellishment to the front of the frame.
Photo Frame - You can use any size photo frame you like. I used a 16x20 natural finish photo frame that I purchased from Wal-Mart for $5. The bottom should be flat so that you can screw in the hooks without damaging the frame.
Spray Paint - You can use any color of your choice. I chose one with a high-gloss finish. You can also use acrylic paint. I did find that the spray paint was somewhat messy to work with.
Small Craft Hooks - I used 11 for mine. But, you can use more or less, depending on the amount of space you want between the hooks.
Ribbon - It is best to use ribbon with the ridges to act as grippers for the hair clips.
Flower or Other Embellishment - You can choose to not use anything for the outside of the frame, but I think it adds a nice touch.
So it is day 2 of my new blogging lifestyle! I am actually pretty excited about this! I can't wait to start adding pictures and "how-to's" of all the crafts I have done and will continue to do. I have stumbled upon many blogs in the last few years that have provided me with so much information, and I am using what I have learned from them as my inspiration. The internet is such a powerful tool that it would be a waste to not take full advantage of it. Not only am I a wife to a wonderful man and a mom to 3 wonderful children ----- I also work full-time away from the home. I like to keep my self busy on my days off but also want to have fun (don't we all?). That's where crafts come into play. I love that you can take things you already have at home and turn them into something completely useful. Sure, most of it is just for fun......but that's what makes it so enjoyable! I hope each and every person who reads my blog can learn something from it, as well as have a positive experience. I appreciate all of you for taking the time to browse my page. I hope you have a wonderful day!