Sunday, November 17, 2013

Dollar Store Holiday Craft

Today I whipped up a little hanging kitchen towel out of a potholder and a towel I bought at the dollar store!

I added the ribbon myself, just to give it a little extra something, and the button is from my craft stash.

Such an easy, fun thing to make; I may even make some as gifts!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Christmas List

With Christmas coming so soon, I've decided to make a list of some of the things that my kids have been bugging me for for the past year. Every time we're at the store and they want something, I say "Let's put it on your Christmas list." It keeps me from having to deal with sad kiddos because I won't (well, most of the time) impulse buy every little thing their hearts desire.

Because let me tell you, they want a lot of things!  And I'll be honest, we just don't have the room for all that stuff!  The more stuff we have, the more they complain about being bored. I've been filtering through their toys for month now, throwing away a little here and there. When I do, it feels good! I usually give it away to another family first, and then anything that's left I drop off at Goodwill or another similar organization.

It feels good to give, and Christmas is about giving after all!

But since this is a post about my kids' Christmas list, let's get to it! My 3 girls are between the ages of 1 and 6, so perhaps you'll find some ideas too!

1. Books!
These are my personal favorite thing to buy, because when you get tired of them, you can pass them along!  A good book is like a good friend, in my opinion. Have you seen the Pinterest idea where you wrap a book for each day of advent? Such a cool idea!

The Very Fairy Princess books :  
We have the first one and really like it!  They are written by Julie Andrews and her daughter, and they are all great stories!

2. Monster High Dolls:

   

I'm not really sure when/how we got into Monster High, but we did. Sorta. My girls are familiar with the characters, but aren't super obsessed with them, but they definitely want the dolls. We've got a backpack, lunchbox, movie and book, but the dolls are what they continue to ask for when we go shopping.  Always.

3. Equestria Girls

My girls have always liked My Little Pony (I actually should do a post on how they've creatively altered their MLP ponies, it's quite interesting), so the Equestria Girls are a natural progression. Although, I think I may go with Monster High, since the Equestria Girls just seem based off of one movie, so I feel like they'll grow old faster.

4. Something to do with Horses and/or Unicorns
My 3 year old is obsessed with horses and unicorns. Every time we walk through Target she is drawn to them and just wants to hug them. It's very sweet!

5. Art Supplies
My 6 year old wants to be a "singing artist" when she grows up, so I'd like to find some age-appropriate things for her to do.

6. American Girl Doll Accessories
This past summer we got our first AG doll and, according to my oldest, she is lonely. So we've got to solve that problem! lol!

Well, I think that's enough of a start for now, I'll add more as I think of it! Thanks for following along!
~Patricia
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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Wool Dryer Balls: The Results!



Remember yesterday when I posted about my in-progress experiment? I was making wool dryer balls and here's the verdict.....
They definitely worked! You can still see see some of the yarn as I wove it around into a ball, and they will continue to felt even more as I use them. I am really happy with them!

Scroll down for a photo!

For the tutorial (so you can make your own) click here.

I promise you, it is super easy, and although it might take a few times in the wash to fully felt the dryer balls, it's totally worth it!  Just think of all the money you'll save! Wool dryer balls reduce drying time (saving on electricity) and eliminate your need for dryer sheets (no more harsh chemicals!).

Win-win!

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Wool dryer balls

I'm so excited about this! I found a tutorial to make wool dryer balls and I'm actually going to make them!

You know how sometimes you get a good idea but never actually do it? Not this time!

Here's a photo of my work in progress. I'm going to finish them tomorrow when I do the laundry. And they are a cute mustard yellow too! Stay tuned for the finished product! (and a link to the tutorial too, trust me, you'll want to make some of these!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Tulle skirt upcycle



A few seasons ago I bought this dress from Target:

Cute, huh?

But....now that I'm a few years older,  I realized that I didn't like it as a dress, but it was in too good of shape to just get rid of it. And I'm terrrrrible at having a garage sale. Not gonna happen.

So, I decided to make it into a skirt!

I cut off the "top" of the dress, then sewed on some black 2 in. elastic for a waistband.

Easy, peasy.

And I love it!

Ta-da!

I love when I can upcycle something! Don't you?

HAve you upcycled anything lately? I'd love to hear about it! 

~Patricia

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Bangs!



Since I've had bangs now for a few months, I've invested in a pair of haircutting scissors and have learned how to cut my own bangs. It takes a little bit of practice, but follow the tutorial below and you'll be able to do it too!

Note: It's from Seventeen magazine....Remember reading Seventeen magazine? Lol, brings me back to high school!  And while I don't recommend that you follow closely their other advice (unless you happen to be 17, then do whatcha want), this is a really quick, easy way to save a few bucks between haircuts and trim those unruly bangs into shape.

Up. Always cut up.

Click Here for the Tutorial


My trusty hair-only scissors that I bought at Sally Beauty. 

And for someone like me that doesn't really do anything with their hair (besides cut my bangs) except have it, Sally Beauty was like walking in to another world. The cashier must have seen my little lost puppy face and took pity on me, for she helped me find these scissors, then shooed me out into the light of day once more. 

Which reminds me, it's getting hard to see again, better go cut my bangs!

~Patricia

I re-covered my kitchen chairs for cheap! - Part 2



So maybe you saw my before/after photos here of my kitchen chairs.  Did you know that I covered them with a curtain from Target?

I know, right?!

A curtain I bought on sale for under $6, cut up and hot-glued to my chair forms.



It was actually so easy to do, I cannot believe I didn't think of doing this before.  I mean, did you see my chairs? They were atrocious! My apologies to anyone who's ever come over and sat on them.  How embarrassing!  Truth be told, they were all ripped up from a stray cat that we (okay, I) adopted who then had 5 kittens. We had to keep the kittens inside for 6 weeks until we could find them new homes. Boy, did they love using those claws!!

But I digress. Back to the chairs. I love how they turned out.  But then I started thinking about all the mess my 3 children will make on them. I mean, they are light-colored after all.  And not stain-resistant. At all. So what's a girl to do?  Ask on Facebook.  That's right, I wrote to Craftaholics Anonymous and asked what to do.

I got some good answers too. Such as: use iron-on vinyl; use a fabric that is water-resistant; and scotch-guard spray. I ended up using the scotch-guard and......while at first it kept the seats protected, my kids are no match for a spray.  I thought about getting some iron-on vinyl, but the fabric has a little bit of texture to it, and I really liked that about it. I'm not sure that sitting on vinyl would be comfortable, especially since we're always wearing shorts here.

Never bought Scotchguard? Click here to check it out on Amazon. It's pretty cool stuff, just didn't repel the sticky fingers and spills like I would have liked; but it's a definite step up from what we had before!


I'm so happy with the way it turned out! 

Stay tuned for more! Now that my 3 kitchen chairs (the other one was eaten by our dog) are looking good, lots of good crafting is happening!

~Patricia