Monday, October 31, 2011


I am addicted to Pinterest!  For those of you who don't know, it's a virtual bookmarking website.  You "pin" or bookmark a picture and web address for any products or ideas that you want to keep track of.  Genius!!  I used to make folders on my computer of all the fun projects I found around internet land.  No more!  Now I just pin it and can go back to my pin board and find it. 

Most of the time, all I do is bookmark ideas.  But every now and then, I actually do/make the items I have pinned.

This Cinnamon Roll Cake is killer!!!  My family loves it.  I think I gained 10 lbs just looking at the picture.  And then another 10 lbs for finishing up the last little bit (few slices) in the pan after my family was done eating.  It's definitely not a good food to make if you're watching your diet.

My son loved this race track made with tape. (there was no link to the original source of the idea)

I thought this double picture frame was such a good idea.  It makes a smaller picture have so much more presence! 

Here is my take on the double frame.

I used 2 flat frames from the wood section at Hobby Lobby and glued them together with wood glue.

For some reason you have to have an invite to join Pinterest, so if you would like one, just leave me a comment with your email address and I will invite you. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

framed art

Framed art seems a bit of a stretch for this project...but it sounds all professional and stuff and that's what you come to this blog for right?    :) 

What this project really should be called is framed pumpkin doily.

I found these cute pumpkin doilies at the dollar store. 

All I did was put one onto a piece of scrapbook paper and framed it in a matted picture frame.

I like how it looks with the rest of my holiday decorations.  And I can leave it up for Thanksgiving too!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Orange polka dot magnet board

I love a good, inexpensive craft project!  And this is definitely one of those!

A fun, festive magnet board.

It started with a metal tray from the dollar store.

I gave it 2 coats of spray primer, then 2 coats of orange spray paint.  Then painted white polka dots with craft paint. 

To decorate it for Halloween, I grabbed a scrapbook card from Jenni Bowlin and used a button with a magnet glued onto the back, to attach it to the tray.

A photo easel holds it nicely!

And here it is on a shelf in the dining area. I think it adds a fun pop of color! 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A tip- hangers

I am not a morning person.  I have to try really hard to not be a complete grouch when I wake up.  Unfortunately at least one of my children inherited this from me.  So to help us all out in the mornings, I have tried to become more organized.  I have them put their back-packs on hooks and shoes in cubbies by the back door, and I make their lunches while they are eating breakfast.  It all contributes to a saner morning.  One of the BEST things I ever did to help our mornings go smoother was make daily clothes hangers for my kids.  (got the idea from here)

I just used printed duct tape (from Target), plastic hangers and tags for the days of the week. 

Honestly, my daughter and I get along so much better in the mornings now that we don't fight about her clothes.  It makes me so happy!

My son wanted some too, so I just purchased red and blue duct tape from Home Depot and made him some. 

 We choose all of their outfits for the week on Sunday night and hang them on each corresponding hanger.  We make sure the outfit fits correctly, is comfortable and appropriate for the weather.  When they wake up, they know to grab their clothes from their hanger and get dressed.  It works so great!!

linking up to:  Organize and Decorate everything

Monday, October 17, 2011

Magnetic calendar

One of my kids favorite things about the holiday season is our magnetic calendar.  We've had it for a few years and I'm sure I've posted about it before, but I updated it this year.

Here is how I made it:

I had this metal sheet in my stash.  (I hate when I see a cute project that I would like to do and the person says, "I pulled _____ , an essential part of the project, out of my stash". But that is truly what I did.  I bought these magnet boards years ago when I was in Utah.  I can't even remember where.) I don't know what the holes were meant to be used for, but I just covered them up with a piece of scrapbook paper that I mod podged onto the magnetic sheet.

I used various scrapbook embellishments and a little magnet to make the numbers 1-31...

and the word October. 

Then I attached a piece of ribbon to the magnet board and hung it from a hook from Home Goods.

It's a fun calendar to countdown the days until Halloween.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Halloween- inside

I love Halloween!  It's so much fun to decorate for this fun holiday! I love pulling out all of my holiday bits and baubles and making fun displays through out our home. 

Here are a few of them:

(notice our new family photos)

More in depth posts coming soon for the orange polka dot magnet board, the framed pumpkin art and the calendar magnet board.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Glitter pumpkin

How about a fun and easy project to start this Halloween season? 

A Glitter Pumpkin!

I used a dollar store pumpkin, mod podge and orange glitter.

It's pretty self explanatory.  I just painted the mod podge onto a section of the pumpkin then poured glitter over the top.  When one section was dry I moved onto another one.  There were some holes where the glitter didn't stick or I didn't put it on thick enough, so I went back over the holes with more mod podge and glitter.

After it was dry I sprayed it with hairspray, thinking it would hold the glitter on.  I'm not sure if it was necessary, but the glitter seams to be staying on pretty well.

Then I put it on top of a tall candle stick and there it is -an inexpensive and easy Halloween/Fall decoration!  You can view all of the pumpkins in the picture here.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Super Hero Party

We didn't plan on having a big party for my little guy, but when his feelings were hurt that he didn't get a party like his big sister, we threw a super hero party together last minute!  You will have to excuse the less than wonderful pictures, my camera was about the only thing I forgot.  So these are cell phone pics.

We rented a covered Bowery at one of our local parks.  It turned out to be a gorgeous day!

Here is the birthday boy, Super KK!

table decorations and goodie bags

the food table

super hero suckers in a cake pop holder

super hero cupcakes (got the idea from here)

Superman cake (idea from Pinterest)

more table decorations

super hero masks (I hand cut them- not so much fun, but the kids all LOVED them)

And here is the big 4 year old during the Happy Birthday song!  He had a blast and that makes any and all work worth it.