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Do Something Valentine’s Day Cards

10 Jan

You guys, I stumbled on this the other day on twitter and just love it.  DoSomething.org is organizing a Valentine’s Day card drive for the elderly.  All you have to do is sign up to create your card, snap a pic of it for the website, and then mail your card to the Meals On Wheel organizer near you.  They have a list of US locations where you can find your area MOW organization.

Do Something

While the organization is aimed at getting teens involved in volunteering, how could more cards possibly be a bad thing?  I think the kids and I will head out for some card supplies later this week! You can click the image above to head to the DoSomething.org website and find out more!

Making Paper Bells

23 Dec

Bell ImageI’m still so, so sick, but the girls and I are bringing you a simple holiday craft: Cut paper bells.  The lovlies are delicate and will leave your holidays guests wondering how you made them.  But I promise, they are so, SO easy!

 

 

 

Supplies Needed:  White copy paper, Scissors, String (for hanging), pencil (optional)

Origami Diagram Paper Bell1. Fold the paper and cut off the extra as shown to make a square with your paper. You can leave your paper folded for the next step.
2. Fold your triangle in half and then in half again.
3. Holding the triangle at the bottom tip, plan (or draw on) your lines.
4. Cut almost all the way across the triangle, alternating sides, beginning at the hypotenuse and ending before the inside tip.
5. Carefully unfold until flat.
6. Trim the middle of the square to give yourself a flap to hold onto.
7. Hold middle flap and gently tug down on outside corners to stretch out the bell.
8. Hang and enjoy!

 

Almost Wordless Wednesday – Birthday Party Sneak Peek

10 Oct

I’m knee-deep in stress of my own creation. The house is covered in projects and the floor is spattered with paint. The preschooler turns four tomorrow and I have a sneaky suspicion I’m keeping myself busy so as to not think about how big she’s gotten or how her smallest days are fading away.

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The Nursery Tour

23 Apr The view from the door.  Queen bed for whoever is on duty at night.  This room also doubles as our guest room.

Truthfully, it’s been a rough few weeks here, logistically and mentally.

No2 is almost 4 months old and still screamy at times with no real clues as to what is going on.  She prefers to eat at night, which leaves me sleep deprived and then frantic all day when she refuses to eat.  But she’s gaining weight, is right on track for where a 6 pound, 7 ounce newborn should be at four months, and is developing beautifully.  Her smiles are given freely, she laughs at her big sister, and tonight she screamed in joy and then giggled at herself just to hear her own voice.

No1 starts preschool tomorrow.  She’s going to LOVE it.  Although I *know* she loves her baby sister, she’s had about as much as she can stand of the all-baby-all-the-time routine around here.  Giving her a place of her own where she can explore with kids her age just feels right at this point in time.  She’s so very excited.  And I need a few hours sans 3-year-old each week.  3 1/2 is tough, y’all.  Amazing but completely consuming.  By 8pm when both kids are down, it’s the preschooler who has worn me out to the point I can barely lift myself from the couch to get the sleeve of Oreros I started earlier in the day.

But the last few days, I got to craft.  I feel more myself tonight having wielded both a seam ripper and hot glue gun today.  And finally, the nursery is complete!

Please forgive the terrible photos.  While I may rock a sewing machine, photography is not my thing.

The view from the door. Queen bed for whoever is on duty at night. This room also doubles as our guest room.

Changing table and rocking chair. Note the bag-o-dirty-diaper hanging on the table. Keepin' it real, people. Keepin' it real. See those curtains? They roll completely down and are backed with black-out lining. My mom rocked the curtain project.

Ribbon and birds mobile over the changing table.

Framed felt placemats made for beautiful art above the bed.

The same felt placemat creates a custom throw pillow for the bed or rocking chair.

The baby's crib. Complete with tree decal. So pretty.

 

I promise to update this post with information on where everything was purchased.  For now, a soft, warm bed is calling my name.  I think I’ve earned a nap.

Butterfly Mobile Tutorial

7 Feb

I saw this in Pottery Barn Kids one day and couldn’t bring myself to spend $79 for it.  Making things for cheap?  Pure happiness.  So I fumbled through several attempts and finally got this made for Doodlebug’s room.  Pardon the picture quality.  Also?  I can’t for the life of me figure out how to center these pics.  So bear with me.

Flower Mobile

It’s been my go-to project for friends and family having baby girls.  Each time I make one, it’s completely different.  Which I love.  My new bestie just had her second baby and this one is for her.

You’ll need:

  • 2 metal or wooden rings (I used the solid halves of two cross stitch circles for this one, but have had good success with wreath rings, too.  Both can be found at a craft shop.  For this project, I used one 6” inch ring and one 14” ring.
  • 25 yards of 5/8” ribbon.  I like grosgrain, but I suppose another would work.  I order my ribbon online and get 50 yds for about $10.
  • Hot glue gun
  • Jewelry thread (or a thin fishing line)
  • Scrapbooking paper
  • Paper punch in desired shape:  I found the butterfly punch at JoAnn’s for $7 on sale (score!).  I also needed paint to do an accent on each butterfly – but this is optional.
  • Ruler and protractor (my cutting mat has angle measurements on it).
  • Marker
  • Lighter (for sealing ribbon ends)

A couple of notes before getting started…  Don’t forget to heat seal the ends of your ribbon as you work to keep them from fraying.  Pass the cut end of the ribbon quickly through a flame and you’re all set.  Also, hot glue is HOT, so be careful.

1) Wrap each ring in ribbon:  I anchor the end using hot glue, wrap the ribbon on an angle, and put down more glue every few inches.

2) Determine where to tie the thread for hanging each ring:  Trace the c ircles onto a piece of scrap paper as shown.  Use the ruler to make a vertical line that goes through the center of both circles.  Then using your protractor (or in my case, a scrap of paper made using the angle marks on my cutting mat), measure and mark out lines every 60 degrees.  Basically, you’re cutting each half of the circles into thirds.  I have circled the places where you will want to tie the two rings together.  I like to take a marker and make a tiny dot on the actual rings.  No one will ever notice.  Promise.

Layout Marks

3) Decide how high you want to hang the small circle above the large circle:  I used 8 inches for this mobile.  Cut three pieces of clear thread (12 inches or so).  Tie each string (a double knot will do) onto the small ring where you marked it before.  Then measure 8 inches from each of the knots you just made and mark the threads with your permanent marker.  Now tie each thread to the coordinating mark on the large ring, matching up the marks on the threads with the marks on the rings.  Tie knots for each.

Flower Mobile

4) Tie on the thread used for hanging the whole mobile:  Take a 15 inch piece of thread and tie it onto the small ring in two places, with each knot directly across the circle from the other (end points of the diameter, for my fellow math geeks).  I usually eyeball this and it becomes very obvious if I don’t have them just right once I hold it up.

Hanging Frame

5) Lift the mobile by the hanging thread:  See how it hangs.  If anything needs to be adjusted, this is the time.  Once you feel pretty sure the mobile is well-balanced, use a dot of hot glue at each knot to keep it from slipping.  I also like to tie a knot at the very top, making a 1-inch loop for easy hanging.  I hang mine from my chandelier while I’m working with it.  The tape you see is my way of marking the halfway points of each third.  It helps me glue on my ribbons evenly.

6) Cut and attach ribbons to top ring:  Cut 24 equal lengths of ribbon.  I used 17” lengths.  Don’t forget to heat seal all the cut ends.  Loop the ribbons over the top ring and glue.  I glue the ribbon to itself (not the ring) – it lets me move the ribbons around if something’s not quite right.  Eight ribbons will go in each of the sections you made with the threads that connect the two rings.  Mine ended up spaced apart by about 3/4”.

Top Ribbon

7) Attach ribbons to bottom ring:  Take each hanging ribbon down and inside the bottom ring, then bring it up in front of the bottom ring.  You’ll want the ribbons to droop below the bottom ring.  Loop the ribbon up and over the ring and glue.

Bottom Ribbon

8) Decorate the hanging thread:  Cut a 20” piece of ribbon and heat seal.  Find the center of the ribbon and make two loops.  Take loops around the knot you made at the top of the hanging thread, and tie in a simple knot.  (The picture helps, here.)  Adjust the resulting bow until it looks pretty.  Then loosely wrap the ends of the ribbon around each thread, securing at the top ring.

Tie Bow

9) Prepare butterflies (or flowers, leaves, etc):  I punched out 120 butterflies and had a few left over for spares.  It looked flat when I started hanging them, so I stopped and painted yellow bodies on each butterfly with some acrylic craft paint.

10) Attach butterflies using dots of hot glue:  It takes some trial and error with each project to find a spacing I like.  I usually end up peeling a few off to adjust and make changes.  Here I was going for a  “a rabble of butterflies just happened to land on this green chandelier” kind of look.  And yes, “rabble” is actually what you call a group of butterflies.  I had to google it.

Butterfly Mobile

I’ve different mobiles using flowers, leaves, and butterflies.  But there are many options.  I came across this version at Living with Lindsay the other day while searching for the Pottery Barn image link.  The birds give it a more modern feel, I think.  Very pretty.  You could do stars and moons…bubbles…fireflies…or perhaps take the ribbon-wrapped mobile frame and instead of using ribbons, hang sports balls/airplanes/sea creatures from more clear thread.

Final Mobile

Here’s the final project.  Total cost was about $15 and two hours of time.  And that was with my toddler “helping” me.  I can’t wait to give it as a gift – I hope J knows how much love went into this for her new little girl.

Happy crafting!  Feel free to ask questions if anything’s not clear.  I’m happy to help.

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