DIY I'd like to try

Back to routine – DIY I’d like to try

I, for one,  am very excited to get back to a routine. I missed regular workouts. I missed kiddos who are more content. And I missed DIY and crafting. We did our fair share of kid related DIY throughout the summer. Don’t get me wrong, that’s fun. It really is. But know I thought I’d spend a little time dreaming up some DIY that is a little more fun for me!

School is starting back up here in Arizona. I know some of my nieces have already gone back and M started back on August 9th! I’ve mentioned it before but summer is hard for us. It’s a combination of the intense AZ heat and the lack of routine that get us down. We enjoyed having regular playdates with friends this summer but we are even more excited for school! First few weeks are done and everyone is happier.

 

Home DIY’s

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Rainbow curtains DIY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m very slowly working on fixing up my girls room in a rainbow theme. Here is some of the inspiration that I’m pulling from. Although I don’t like to copy someone else’s DIY exactly it does help to get those creative juices flowing! M has been asking for a growth chart for about a year, so I think it’s time I finally got that going :-/

DIY’s for me

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There are so many amazing accessory DIY’s out there right now! My budget for accessories is nil but since I’m a crafty one I’ve got a lot of materials to work with and can make my own! I plan on making a couple of different pieces of jewelry soon as they are quick and fulfilling. These are just a few that are inspiring me currently.

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Three for Thursday – Using my stash, DIY Felt Projects!

I not only love to DIY, I love the materials used to do so. I’m sure my immense love for crafting and DIY materials is sane, right? But it’s important that I actually use them to make beautiful things. After recently moving I’ve been uncovering delightful craft and DIY goodies! It got me thinking that maybe I could share some focused projects based on a particular material. The lucky winner this week? Felt! Felt is so versatile for crafting and DIY. Let’s make some DIY felt projects together!

After I oohed and ahh’ed at my own felt stash I started looking at all of the felt projects I’ve been wanting to accomplish. I narrowed it down to three major groupings: gifts, flowers and holiday decor. I’m really excited to knock some of these out soon!

DIY Felt Projects: Gifts

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Both of these little animals are absolutely adorable! I picked both because I have friends who are particularly fond of each of them (different friends) and I love honoring people’s favorite animals. Heck I got mine tattooed on my left arm! I also like that these are both practical and useful. The panda is a cell phone case and the fox of course is a coffee sleeve.

DIY Felt Projects: Flowers

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These felt flowers (and succulents) are just darling! I love how intricately felt can be formed. They are almost better than the real thing since they don’t die 🙂 I’m not very good at keeping plants alive. Although I’ve had an orchid for almost two months! I’ve been meaning to make some felt flowers for a while now. I think that time has come.

DIY Felt Projects: Holiday Decor

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The holidays are suddenly upon us! Christmas before last I made a ton of felt ornaments for our tree since I had a toddler. I figured that she would get into everything and that I had better make it all safe. She barely touched anything! Now that I’ve got another baby roaming around I’m glad that I put the effort in at that point. I may make a few more ornaments but I’d like to try my hand at some sort of felt garland and maybe a special advent calendar.

What are you going to make out of felt?

 

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Three for Thursday - Quality time with McKenna

Three for Thursday – Quality time with McKenna

Thursdays are generally a pretty busy day for us over here. We have some of my nieces over every week and we have a lot of fun! Although it’s amazing it means that I don’t have oodles of time to post. Enter “Three for Thursday”. This series is going to be a day where I focus on a DIY topic that I’ve been meaning to give thought, time and energy to but simply haven’t scheduled that time in. Thursdays are that day now!

This week I’m thinking about what I can do to spend quality time with McKenna. She has been a super trooper since Drea was born (and even before that when I was miserable during the last 4 months of pregnancy). She has also started acting out a bit more. I told someone about a month ago that I had to put McKenna in time out for the first time. Overall, she has always been a good listener and does the things I ask. The most I ever had to do was count to 3. It’s a different story nowadays. People say it’s because she’s three years old now but I think it’s because she needs more attention. I do my very best to give her attention but when Drea is screaming her head off I have to admit that she comes first. SO, all that to say that I started trolling my Pins for a few things that McKenna would enjoy. As I was going through stuff I had pinned to do with her I found a few themes that she enjoys which I think is perfect! Without further adieu here are our Three for Thursday!

 

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Dinosaur DIY’s:

McKenna adores dinosaurs! She also loves crafting (really any DIY) with her mama and pretend play so I figured let’s kill two (errrr three I guess?) birds with one stone! We are gonna have a DIY  dinosaur day next week! I may even see if I can put a couple of dinosaur books on hold at the library to round it out.

 

Gardening LoveGardening Sensory Bin Gardening Sensory Bin (with printable!)

Gardening DIY’s:

Lately McKenna has been obsessed with gardening. I got a gardenia plant for my birthday a few months ago and she helps me to water it every. single. day. I guess it’s good because I’m a pretty forgetful person and she often reminds me! Maybe she will be my little DIY gardener. I found a couple of interesting gardening sensory bins we could easily DIY and I figure we’ve been wanting to do more sensory bins so this will be on the agenda next week!

 

Mermaid LoveMermaid Tail  /  Mermaid Peg Dolls

 

Mermaid DIY’s:

Even though she skips through big chunks of The Little Mermaid it may be one of her favorite movies. She loves the idea of mermaids as they seem so magical to her. There are so many fun mermaid DIY activities! The first picture above is an activity that I have been wanting to do for her for almost a year. A year people! I can’t believe I’ve let it get away from me for this long. The mermaid peg dolls I found recently in a search for a mermaid sensory bin. I wanted inexpensive mermaids that we could add. It was a bonus that we could work on designing them together.

 

Life isn’t about pinning. It’s about doing. Pin less, Do more! I will share more after we’ve completed these activities! What are you going to do this fabulous Thursday?

 

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Gender Reveal Party Plan

The gender reveal is coming up this weekend!!! Can you tell I’m a little excited? As excited as I am, I’ve also been super busy (hence the absence last week) getting my house ready to sell. Last week we were able to book someone last minute to paint our house, and Brandon sent McKenna and I over to his mom’s house to be out of fume’s way. It was a nice change from scurrying around getting stuff done, but I had a toddler who didn’t want to sleep at all while there so it wasn’t all that relaxing.

Anyhow… the point is… that I procrastinated. I have had plans for all the things that I’m going to do for the gender reveal party for quite some time. This week I’m implementing most of it. Whoops! Lucky for me I have a wonderful MIL who came for a day to help me get a few things prepped and to keep Miss McKenna occupied while I ran the last few errands necessary.

Since it’s in the front of my mind I wanted to share some of the fun things that I am doing for the party. First of all, it is magic themed. Here is a little inspiration board for what I am going for:

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McKenna is going to be dressed as a magician, and one of my nieces will be her assistant (to keep her on track – let’s be honest she’s a sporadic toddler). As the magician, she will be presenting magic tricks to reveal whether I am having a baby boy or a baby girl. We will see how that goes down but I’m super excited to find out so I probably won’t care during the performance.

I’m really excited to get everything together this week and to put my plans into action! I have a little bit of costume making to get done, a lot of shopping for food, and then putting up the decorations I got and making a few more for final touches! I’m wishing I had some magic at this point but it’ll be fun, so maybe just wish me luck 😉

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McKenna and mama at her first birthday - Circus themed 1st birthday

I love to party – how to throw a themed party

I really do. It’s such a blast for me to plan parties and then of course I love to go to parties as well. I think it’s because I love themes so much. I use themes to  decorate rooms, put together gifts and of course to plan parties!

I am working through plans for our gender reveal right now but I’m getting stuck for some reason. Because of my party planning rut I thought it might help to revisit some of the parties that I’ve planned in the last few years. Some of these I have pictures from but most I do not. I tend to sit back and enjoy my parties instead of taking pictures.

When I was single I threw a few fun parties that were vaguely themed, such as a fondue party, holiday themed dinners and parties, etc.  Then I moved into my next phase where I wanted to do more than just make food and decorate. I decided that I wanted to dress up! Sometimes not in the typical sense… And other times it was!

I proceeded to throw a masquerade (one of my favorites), a Vegas themed birthday for one of my hubby’s birthdays and one of my favorites was McKenna’s 1st birthday which was circus themed.

Some of my favorite pieces of a party to plan are the following:

  • Themed food
  • Decorations
  • Costumes
  • Invitations
  • Suspense!

 

Themed Food

 

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Food is a really important part of life let alone a party. I like to make the food work with the theme of the party as much as possible. For my husband’s birthday party that was Vegas themed everything was red, white and black and I made everything work within that theme. I also really like to make signs for the food that show how each group of food goes with the theme. It’s quick and it’s an easy way to keep organized when you have multiple people helping you to setup.

Decorations

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Some of the common things that I do for parties include: custom made posters to work with the theme, a photo area (with props if applicable), balloons of course, and a sign for the door. There is always some specific decorating that happens for each party since they are all so unique as well.

Costumes

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If possible I really love to wear a costume. It must be the theatre side of my personality. I love to play dress up still! I didn’t dress up for McKenna’s first birthday but you can bet that I dressed her up! For Brandon’s birthday party I got everyone to dress in “dapper attire”. It really made the whole night a lot more special.

Invitations and Suspense!

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Sending out invitations in a timely manner can really build suspense for the party itself. When you take care with your invitations you make an impression on everyone that is invited about what kind of effort you put in to make it special. I am learning Photoshop at this point but my SIL is amazingly talented with it and has helped me with many of my party invitations. She has an etsy shop where she offers this service (along with other similar services).

As I mentioned earlier, I’m working on our upcoming gender reveal party and I am soooo excited!! I will share some of the ideas here soon.

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DIY super hero cape and DIY tutu

I’m back to show you how to make the adorable cape and tutu that I just gifted to my niece  last week. It’s not a new idea; there are TONS of tutorials on how to make tutus out there. But so many people still don’t know how to make them, or are afraid to try. I’m here to show you that it’s really not that hard, I promise! I will walk you through both and I can say that it didn’t take me longer than an hour to whip out both of them (and that included taking pictures).

Let’s start with the super hero cape:

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Materials needed: I bought 1 yard of sequin material but based on my niece’s height I could have gotten away with 3/4 yard. If it were McKenna I could have used 1/2 yard so think about your little one’s height when making that decision.

Tools needed: Scissors and your hands 🙂

Step 1: Gather your materials and tools.

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Step 2: In order to figure out where to make the neck ties (as well as to where to start the slight diagonal cut downwards) I needed to get a neck measurement. Since my niece wasn’t around I used McKenna as a model and made it slightly larger. Once I knew how big the neck needed to be I marked it with pins on both sides of the neck so that I wouldn’t cut past that point. You will notice that this is the selvage edge so it looks slightly different. That helped me to cut pretty evenly.

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Step 3: It helps to start the cuts before cutting all the way down to ensure that you will get 3 fairly even pieces. Do this on both sides.

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Step 4: Continue the cuts until you get to the cape’s neck area where you marked with pins. Do this on both sides.

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Step 5: Braid the ties on both sides.

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Step 6: I used McKenna as a model for the first cut to get an idea of how I wanted the cape to drape and then once I had the first side done I copied it on the other side. I did it this way mostly because McKenna wouldn’t stay still but now that I think about it I’m glad because it makes it even.

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Bing, bang, boom! It really was that easy. I think I got it done in 10-15 minutes. 

 

Next up, DIY tutu!

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Just to preface this, there really aren’t 12 steps but I wanted to make sure it was as clear as possible, so I may combine a few of them for the sake of being concise.

Materials needed:

  • Tulle by the roll in colors of your choice – I used two colors of pink (one roll each)
  • Ribbon to coordinate – I used pink sparkly ribbon (I like to have a stiff ribbon for this purpose)

Tools needed:

  • A piece of cardboard as big or bigger than the length you want your tutu
  • Tape to adhere your ribbon to a wall for ease of tying
  • Permanent marker or pen to mark ribbon with measurements

Step 1: Gather your materials and tools.

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Step 2 & 3: I measured my niece’s waist with the ribbon, and marked it with a permanent marker leaving extra length on both sides for tying at the end. I taped the ribbon on the wall.

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Step 4: I decided on the length of the tutu and cut a piece of cardboard to that length and wrapped the tulle around again and again until it was gone. I always make a note on the cardboard about which side I start on so I know where to cut.

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Step 5 & 6: I cut the tulle down one side so that I have a lot of pieces of tulle all double the length that I want the tutu to be.

 

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Step 7 – 9: I then take each piece of tulle that I cut down to size and I start tying them onto the ribbon making sure that the ribbon doesn’t get twisted up.

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Step 10: You will notice that I tie a bunch of pieces of tulle across the entire length but they are quite spread out. I do this so that the tutu doesn’t become lopsided.

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Step 11: Once I got my first group of tulle tied onto the ribbon, I duplicated steps 4-6 with the 2nd color of pink tulle.

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Step 12: Because I had two colors of pink tulle I wanted to make sure that I alternated pinks so I continued with the 2nd color and filled any gaps with both colors as needed. Two rolls ended up being perfect for this project!

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Stella's 4th bday

DIY presents for the win!

I have mentioned before that I love DIYing gifts when possible. Especially when I can make something that I KNOW will be adored! One of my nieces turns 4 years old today! It’s so hard to believe that it’s been a full 4 years since she was born. She is a spunky little girl that loves to play dress up.  Her favorites at my house are McKenna’s tutu’s (which I don’t even let her play with – I will explain that another time) and a tie dye silk scarf that the girls use as a super hero cape. I decided that I would make both a tutu and a cape for her birthday present.

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Let’s be honest, what’s better than being a ballerina princess and a super hero all at once?! I’m totally loving that girls are growing up these days with strength and femininity both available to them. McKenna loves the typical girl stuff but she also adores toys that people typically think of as “boy toys”.

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Ok back to my niece! Since I watch these two nieces once a week we had a little birthday celebration the day before her birthday. I made some “monster cupcakes” and we had a little indoor picnic lunch (we live in AZ people, it’s too hot outside!) . We were going to do lunch first but I caved and let her open her present right away and she was beyond excited! I am so glad that she loved the cape and tutu as much as I thought she would. The rest of the day was spent playing in her newly acquired dress-up items and dancing around to Disney music on Pandora.

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Dreaming and Scheming – Command Center

Our command center DID work for us… for awhile. But as you can see, it doesn’t work for us at all now.

What worked:

  • I loved having pens, markers, etc in the little basket on the hook
  • I had detailed lists of things to do, calendar items and other pertinent info on our roll of paper.

What didn’t work:

  • Because the paper was just a big blank space it required that I prepare it every time and well… I’m lazy – so that didn’t happen. That’s why it has since become an empty sheet of paper.
  • We always have miscellaneous papers and business cards on the magnetic strip that don’t look purposeful. It’s incredibly sad looking.
  • AND the worst part is that I’m losing stuff (not to mention my mind), forgetting appointments, and I’m generally cranky when things are crazy like this.

It was time to make a change. I started looking around the beautiful interwebs for ideas and here are a few things that I found that I might just be able to incorporate into my command center area.

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1. I love the clipboards in the first image. I think they are beautiful and functional – plus I already have a bunch so it’s free!

2. I really like how papers are corralled by that bar and it still looks nice and put together.

3. The pic is a little distorted but this is probably my favorite! It is a mail station that Damask Love made with Home Depot. I didn’t see any instructions so I will have to play around to figure it out if I decide to do it. I have a lot of the stuff I would need from an old IKEA piece so I may try that soon. It would be really nice to have an area to sort through mail right away and then I can close it right up so that the mess isn’t seen.

4. Oh Vintage Revivals, how I love you. Mandi comes up with the most unique and useful ideas for her home. I absolutely love this calendar. My SIL recently made it which gave me the confidence I need to make one for myself. I may adjust it slightly for our needs but this is definitely happening. I have got to stop double booking myself.

I can’t wait to get my command center under control and make my life a little easier as well. Once I get it fixed up I will be sure to show ya’ll!

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New Wrap

Foil and Saran Wrap for days

Supplies:

Small dowel

Clothing rod side brackets

Poster board

Colored masking tape

Clear command hooks

Elastic (to hold the wraps and bags in)

Bekvam spice rack

When I can’t find an answer to my organization and or style needs I turn to DIY and crank up the imagination. Of course I look at Pinterest and even Amazon for some inspiration.

So here is what I needed: I was desperate for a solution to organize our many food wraps (foil, wax, Saran, storage bags, etc), but nothing that I found commercially fit all of my needs:

* space saving
* no chaotic mess
* a uniform place to cut all of my wraps

I started off by taking all of my wraps out of their boxes. This was mostly done before I could even think of the consequences because I was so annoyed with how ugly and bulky those boxes were. Once I emptied them I found that my plastic wrap from Costco had a separate cutter in it that could clip over the existing wrap cutter.

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I tested it on all of my wraps and it worked like a charm – score! This got me thinking that I could make something to fit my needs.

First I had to come up with something to store all of my wraps and bags and then another place to cut them. Since I could cut them all with this new piece I was finally able to throw those crappy boxes away! (Well I saved one for another project I will show you soon)

Anyhow, I came up with a solution that works great but it’s not very pretty… yet. I’m gonna work on that next. I took the most sturdy box and I used that to store all of my wraps vertically in a cupboard just above where I hung my wrap station. Then I used some small command hooks and elastic to wrangle everything into place. This is mostly working… except that life happened and people (myself included) put stuff in front of it so that it isn’t as accessible as I would like. I’m going to work on this part when I beautify the box for the wrap storage. Here is a pic… it’s horror movie status right now…

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On to happier things! The wrap and foil cutter!

This was easier than I thought it would be. I started with the IKEA Bekvam spice rack that has been used in a million different ways.

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In order to attach the foil/wrap cutter I cut 3 same size pieces of poster board to gain some thickness and used some colored masking tape to attach them together. Then I taped these pieces to the front of the Bekvam and added the wrap cutter. After that I screwed a pair of curtain rod holders to the inside of the Bekvam (this is where the foil and wraps will be held) and used a dowel that I had cut to size at Home Depot. It holds everything very nicely and now I just need to hang it on the wall to get it off the counter!

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Again, this is working in a practical sense for us… However, I’m not liking the way the poster board and masking tape makes it look a little chintzy. I think that I’m going to try balsa wood or another thin wood in my next iteration. That way I can use wood glue to secure it and I might just paint it.

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DIY’d and gone to heaven – Fresh flowers!

 

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Skill level: Beginner

Tools required: Power drill, pen for marking, paint (if using)

Time required: 30 minutes, plus paint drying time 

Thrifty? It was for me! I had everything on hand from the mirrors, to the leather and all of the tools. #hoarder #notaminimalist

Why I love it! Let me count the ways…. Anything geometric has my heart first of all. Plus it’s got all of these beautiful natural elements. Wood, leather, FLOWERS! I also really enjoy the use of mason jars in this look.

How’d it turn out? When I saw the inspiration piece I immediately thought of those little square mirrors that IKEA sells. I just looked them up and they are called Malma.  I personally love the way that my DIY of this project turned out.  My reproduction isn’t exactly like the inspiration, but it was definitely a starting off point. Then I made it fit me better. It also fills a space that I’ve been trying to complete for awhile. That always makes me happy.

Some words of wisdom… Don’t be like me and change your mind 10 times about what you want 😛 At first, I wanted 4 pieces like the inspiration. Then I decided 3 would  look like an arrow, so of course I went with that. I was going to paint them all funky colors, but then I decided that I would get sick of it. I also went back and forth about which leathers to use. Besides the changing of my mind, the project was actually really easy. I drilled a few holes for where I wanted to tie the leather through. Painted one of the mirrors. Bing, bang, boom. Easy peasy.

Resource:  I went through 3 sites that had this posted, but after some searching it looks like it belongs to this Etsy site that is currently closed down.

End result 

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