Thursday, June 30, 2011

July Decor aka Americana

October is really my favorite month of the year. but July is coming in a close 2nd.  I decided that I needed to summer up my home a bit (I still had Easter decor out).  So, I started on my entry table. 

I've had these two little frames (2x3?) in my home decor box forevah.  So, I pulled them out with this project in mind. But since I only had two, I needed to figure out what to do with it. I was looking around my 'crap'room and noticed this glossy white 's' (because I am a little obsessed with my initial) across the room and I knew that this was what I wanted to use.  I had the ribbon on hand from an after Christmas clearance sale at Wally's (the only thing that store is good for). The letters and background were cut from felt that I bought from the DI (thrift store) in a huge bag with 100 lots of other colors for $2-score!! I cut the letters out using a stencil.  I flipped the stencil backward and traced it with a pencil then cut it out and since I wrote on the backside you don't see my trace marks. I sandwiched the two layers of felt behind the glass and stapled the ribbon to the back of the frames and 'S' and tied the red to the 'S' to even out the colors a bit.

As for the rest of the decor.  The vase is actually a Valentine's Day vase that I got from Deseret Book at-yup, an after valentine's day clearance sale. I just turned it around so you can't see the "Be mine".  the 'fireworks' in the vase are shiny pipe cleaners from my kids' craft box.  The 4x4 flag was made at a Super Saturday way back in 2009-ish.  The 4x4 pillars were made last year for my boutique selling obsession business.  The fabric I bought last summer in the fabric remnant section at Wally's (again, another clearance item).  The 'N' I got in May at Ross for only $3.  I still want to spice it up by spraying it white, or lt blue, or even silver.  But, I think it works fine in black.  It balances out the Welcome sign (which I got back in 2009-ish from a friend that had her own vinyl business).

So, because I already had so much on hand the total cost is just a few pennies over $3 since I hardly used any felt and the 'N' is a very recent purchase.  I hope this inspires you to 'summer-up' your home.

I am linking up:
DIY under $5     Somewhat Simple       Photobucket   

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Countdown to....

The other day, we were driving down the road when we passed my son's school and he got really sad and said that he missed his school he wanted to go back. I love that he enjoys school so much and that he does well.  It would be so much harder to handle if this weren't the case-he is in Special Ed-he has High Functioning Autism.  So, awhile back I made a back to school countdown and I have had to break it out recently. 

I know, it's barely summer and I am already doing a back to school countdown.  But, wouldn't this be fun for Birthday, Vacation or any special and/or fun occasion.  I just used an 8.5x11 cardstock.  I cut the school bus and numbers from the Plantin Schoolbook Cricut Cartridge, laminated everything then I attached a strip of velcro to each side of the sheet and to the back of each number using E6000-love that stuff! I also glued some velcro to the center of the sign to attach how many days are remaining.  And, I use the 6 and 9 interchanably so I only had to cut one of them.


Tip Junkie handmade projects

Monday, June 20, 2011

Emergency Diaper Kit

This would make a fun and unique baby shower gift. In fact, I am know to give this to any member of my family-immediate and extended-who is having a baby.  I am sure you are wondering what it is right?  Well, when my oldest was a baby, I found myself running errands one day and she just happened to have a blow-out.  No biggie.  I took her out of her carseat and proceeded to change her in the car.  Well, I forgot to put more diapers in the diaper bag.  We happened to be in the parking lot of a store, so I gathered her and all her 'supplies' and went in and bought more diapers-even though I had a practically new package at home.  It was then that I came up with this:


I put one of these in my car and it helped a ton!!  Since you are wonering what I put in it, I will show you.

diapers, wipes, butt cream, changing pad, hand sanitizer, disposable bags (to throw soiled diaper away), and nursing pads.  I also added an extra onesie, and a toy.  Then, when I had my 2nd, I added a change of clothes for the first child.

tag reads: "Have you ever been out driving around when that inevitable happens: a diaper blowout?   Keep this in your car for those occasions and you won't get caught unprepared again.

This kit contains the following:  10 newborn diapers, wipes, rash cream, hand sanitizer, disposable bags, nursing pads, changing pad.

All you need to add is a onesie, a toy and anything else you need out on the road.  Just remember to switch out the diapers to bigger ones as you baby grows."

I am linking today:

Crafts Keep Me Sane
The Girl Creative
Skip to My Lou
Delicate Construction
Sew Can Do