Friday, July 30, 2010

The BEST kid glue in town!

Ok, I don't know about you but my 6 year old little boy is FULL of energy.  (I'm not just saying that!)  He doesn't sleep, he constantly runs, he is kinda a little terror! (but oh so cute and wonderful)  I don't think he has actually sat down in at least the last 3 years.  Anyway....  yesterday we headed over to Roberts so he could spend his $5 on something creative.  After roughly 45 minutes wandering the store with all 4 of the little ones (ages 2, 4, 6 & 8)  He finally found something......  Drumroll please.......
Yup, popsicle sticks.... 45 minutes for these babies.  Now if you are like me you have a love/hate relationship with Elmers glue.  I LOVE the clean up, but actually getting the kids to hold something in place while it dries is worse than pulling teeth.  I just couldn't fathom that!  So I thought... maybe some wood glue?   They were having a sale on adhesives so I headed over to the "glue section" and found this!

I am in Love again.... It bonds almost instantly, but doesn't dry that quick.  So my little man could put it together and it stuck, but if he changed his mind (which happens alot!) he could move the stick.  The best part... It cleans up just like Elmers, water and soap & poof!  CLEAN!

He has now been working on his masterpiece for over a day now.  And he's still going strong.  He just keeps adding new parts to his creation.  I'm gonna have to head back over to Roberts and get more glue & sticks! 

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Sewing Cady (Pincushion & Garbage Can)

Ok, so this is my first tutorial.  I'll try my best but bear with me....  My sewing floor is always littered with threads, scraps & pins.  I've seen these around so I decided to have a go at it

Pick 2 coordinating fabric’s, a small piece of coordinating ribbon (I like gross grain) thread, and rice (or some type of weighted filler), and either a button, snap or Velcro. For this tutorial I used the following measurements, but you can tweak them for whatever size you want.

You need 1 4.5” piece of ribbon and the following cuts of each fabric

1- 7” x 15”
2- 4.5” x 7.5”

Lets start out with the pincushion. You will need your two pieces of 4.5” x 7.5” fabric and your fastener (I’m using a snap closure). On one of your pieces of fabric sew your fastener onto it (where ever you want your “trash can” to hang from

Then sew the 2 pieces of fabric right sides together leaving a 2” opening.

Clip the corners and turn the square right side out. Fill 2/3 of the way full with rice (or whatever your filler is) Sew the opening shut, turning in the edges for a finished look.

Now on to the basket. Take your two larger fabrics and fold them in half (right sides in)

Sew down both sides leaving the top open. Now pinch the corners and measure in about an inch and sew across (creating a triangle) Cut the triangle off. Do this to both pieces of fabric.

Now leave one inside out and turn the other one right side out. Now slip them together. Sew around the upper edge leaving about a 2 inch opening.

Turn them right side out through the opening. Place the ribbon in the opening and sew around the top edge, closing the opening and stitching the ribbon in place.

Sew the other half of your fastener onto the ribbon. Now embellish to your hearts content!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Button Storage

Ok, so everyone keeps asking me how I store the TONS of buttons that i've seemed to collected over the last few years.  Well, here it is. 

I hit the local dollar store and picked up a 4 pack of little white buckets for a $1 (gotta love that!)  I came home and had the kido's separate all the buttons by color (it was a great way to keep the kids entertained for a while)  I used a glue dot to stick one of the buttons on the outside of the bucket

Then I hung them using small binder clips from a metal dowel I had laying around.  The dowel is hanging from  my metal shelves by.... safety pins (I know i'm cheap)  I love it, they are right where I need them.  No more searching for the color I need, and it is high enough that the little hands hanging around the room aren't constantly getting into them!

Organize and Decorate Everything

Blog Button

Ok so i'm going to try this "techy" thing and attempt to make a blog button.  We'll see how well this goes.  If all goes well I may try adding this signature!

Craft Room Re-do

I finally decided to re-do my Craft Room. I just needed a place that was grown up... So with a little imagination and less than $50 i've made it my own. and I LOVE IT!

This is the beautiful fabric that my then 6 year old daughter picked out for my craft room. Perfect for the girls... not so perfect for the Mommy. So I decided to upgrade to a "big girl" room.

First things first, the walls were just plain white. I couldn't handle that! So I headedover to the Home Depot and found the perfect color paint in their mis-tint section. The best part about it is it was only $5 for a gallon of paint!

Next I grabbed a can of black high gloss spray paint and went to town on my old DI dresser. It looks great now and after adding vinyl lettering to it I can tell just where my fabric's are. Nice and organized (till my little one's get ahold of it) I pretty much spray painted a TON of things, picture frames, boxes, shelves, a chair... Anything that couldn't defend itself :) (I'm pretty sure my 2 year old has a few spray painted fingers & toes as well)

Next I headed over to "Home Fabrics" to grab some "grown up" material. I found this great black & white print for only $4.99 a yard. LOVE IT! I turned it into all the window coverings by making up these faux roman shades. Then I took some more spray paint and covered a few more of my containers so they would match the room.
I found this incredible green & white print at "Home Fabrics" as well but it wasn't on sale so I decided to accent in it. I covered all the cork boards in it. I love it! (My hubby thought it was hillarious that I "mod-podged) the light switch cover, but by that point I was truly out of control!)
I put this cork board up on the outside door. I used a little ribbon to hang it and then put a couple of magnets on the back so it wouldn't swing everytime we opened the door.

I just love it! What do you think???

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