Monthly Archives: September 2011

Make a Name Wallhanging in a Day

Every child wants to see their name in lights… but leftover fabric will do, right? 

This idea is so easy my three girls and I completed it as an after school project!  

What you need:

  • fabric scraps (I used the leftovers from Baby Boy’s baby bumper, plus some old ticking)
  • an old cardboard box
  • miscellaneous buttons and/or ribbon
  • thread (can be hand or machine sewn)
  • fishing line
  • hot glue and gun

 I just outlined and cut out the letters from an old cardboard box.   Then we used those as the stencil for the fabric, which you want to cut about a 1/2 inch bigger all the way around (and remember to do the letter backwards for the fabric backs!). 

 They could be magnetic or make just an initial to hang over your children’s towel or bookbag hooks.  You could do your surname to hang from your family mantle or on your front door.  Hang them horizontally or vertically. 

The possibilities are endless…enjoy!

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Repurposing Shot Glasses for Easy Organization

Ever have trouble keeping your hairties, clippies and bobby pins organized and at hand?  Here’s my spunky, fun solution that easily tucks into a medicine cabinet or sits along the side of your bathroom countertop.  Plus, there’s nothing like a line of shot glasses greeting you at six in the morning to make you feel like a sassy, empowered woman.  (I mean, let’s be real…  mine sit next to a tube of baby desitin and some rogue Hello Kitty bandaids, but a girl can dream, right?)

Make Use of That Pallet!

This past spring, dear husband came home with some discarded pallets, so on a sunshiney Saturday, we decided to repurpose them into a picket fence for our budding garden!  We intentionally made them into small mobile sections so that they could be reconfigured as the garden grows and easily stored if necessary.   It only required the use of a jigsaw and a hammer and the purchase of nails, a brush and a gallon of white paint.   

 

 

finished product!

 

Fun Newborn Photo Idea

This is a fun shot of Oliver at about one week old. 

And although he looks like he is screaming bloody murder here, he was really only yawning.