Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Cookie Sheets

Sunny and I were trying to think of something fun to make for Christmas Gifts and she insisted on a magnet board like this one I made for the Kitchen. Sunny is ALWAYS taping notes and pictures up on her walls and doors (Grrr...) So she wanted her own magnet board. I promise after this I will do something NON-Magnetic. Since I wasn't going to make the metal ones for friends or cousins or teachers, we found a cheaper route. Sunny loved it because she almost did every bit of it by herself. 

Time to Make: about 15 minutes (Not including drying time)
Cost: Around $3.00

What you'll need:
Cookie Sheet (An old one you have on hand or one like this that I bought at the Dollar Store)
Scrapbook Paper (2 sheets)
Magnet Fronts (You could do glass magnets like THESE or I used Scrapbooking thingy's. Embellishments? I don't know what they are called...)
Modge Podge
Glue (not pictured, but you'll need it)
Foam Brush

First paint the edges. We used Tan and then Sunny decided she wanted a darker brown. I didn't have dark brown  acrylic paint but I did have spray paint. So we spray painted the edges, which was way faster and easier. Just paint the parts that won't be covered in paper.

Here is Sunny making her magnets. We just put a drop of glue on the back of the flowers and she pressed it on. Not too much glue.

I prefer Aleene's Tacky Glue because it is strong stuff. It is my favorite when I am out of E6000. 

Make the magnets while your paint dries. Cut the paper the correct width, then round the corners of the paper a little. Spread a layer of the Mod Podge on the back of your paper. Stick them onto the cookie sheet, try matching the paper where it overlaps. I let Sunny do the Mod Podge, so it wasn't totally straight, but I am going to try to be okay with that :)

Here is Sunny with her project completed. She was SO PROUD. It was really easy. She is excited to make some more. We are making a BYU one for Ethan, a University of Utah one for Tyler and a camo one for Calvin. 

Today I think I will Glue Ribbon on the back of the cookie sheet to hang it from.

Have Fun!

Monday, November 3, 2008

In the meantime.

My time has been filled with time consuming projects that are not cute. But some other things have required all or my spare time. So while you wait for a "fresh" project here are some random projects.

Some cheap decorating ideas:

In our guest room, I could barely afford a decent new mattress and box springs but wanted a cute head board. I found these great shutter doors (they were old closet doors that my sister-in-law removed and was throwing away. Throwing away! I took them. I didn't know what I was going to do with them, just that I was going to do something. So they are my new headboard. I need to paint over the nails near the top. Someday I might paint them and distress them. But for now, this is it.

Also, since I am cheap. I found the chair next to the bed in the IKEA "as-is" section. I love this section. The chair was almost $15.00. It is a ladder-back chair. Except in this room it is not a chair, it is a bedside table. I draped an extra blanket over the back of the chair. I love this chair. I wouldn't like it much as a chair, but I love it as a table. I have a bit of a chair fetish. One cannot ever have enough cool, old, mismatched chairs. 

Another Cheap decorating idea:

I bought these clocks at IKEA for $9.99. I cut the letters in Vinyl and made a fun wall.

I did work on this project this week, I know it does you absolutely no good until next Halloween but it was a project this week! 

I just bought a black sweatsuit. Pearly White paint and a tube of glow-in-the-dark paint. I used chalk to draw on the bones then painted them with the pearly white. After the white dried I outlined it with the glow-in-the-dark. 

I have some other projects lined up. I will get them posted more frequently, I promise! I will get the table up next. 

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Waiting for my paint to dry!

I am in the middle of making some stuff. Paint needs to dry so I can finish and I will be back!

You guys are sooo funny! :) I am actually refinishing a table. That takes time, ya know!?! Like, a whole pay period ;) 

Give me a link to something you made and I will post that while I refinish. 

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Stick Your Cute Magnets Here

So I showed you cute magnets. I mentioned I would show you something you could stick them to. I keep seeing cute framed sheet metal. It is always REALLY pricey though. So I made this one.

I like it, but I bought the frame at Michael's and would have preferred a chunkier wood frame. That I could paint myself and distress and stuff. But this is cute for now. I think I will hit D.I. or Goodwill and find a big chunky wooden frame to replace this one eventually. If you do buy it at Michael's or JoAnn's wait until the frames are 50% OFF or you have a 50% off coupon.

What You'll Need:
Sheet Metal (I wanted big, so mine is the pre-cut from Home Depot in 36 x 24)
A frame (that fits whatever size your sheet metal is)
Ribbon or any other embellishments you want

This is easy. Just remove the glass and back of the frame. 

Next, you can tie ribbon around if you want.

Put the sheet metal in. Handle the sheet metal carefully. With gloves if you are smart. I got a nasty giant cut. Think Paper Cut with sheet metal. Put the back of the frame back on.

That's It! How easy is that??? Voila!

Other Ideas:
Like I mentioned, I think it would be way cuter in a better frame. I just didn't have one handy.
Also, if you had a flat frame (one that perhaps you made yourself) you could decoupage the frame. 
You could get tall skinny frames, 2 or 3, and hang them next to each other.

Have Fun!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Hang On!

I am coming, I have 2 projects to post but the batteries in my camera died. I just need to take after pictures of the finished stuff. So I am gonna run to the store today and I will get them up! 

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A Family Favorite

Cooking is a "project", right? I think so. 
This is a family favorite. My kids LOVE Omelet night.
I got this tip from my sister Katie in an email a long time ago. I have NO idea who she got it from and who that person got it from and so I do not know who to give credit to. But the idea? Brilliant.

I will just copy the photos I got in the email. And thank the nameless hands in the photo.

These are AWESOME when you are camping. And the clean up, whether in the Kitchen or the campground is easy-peasy.



Start a big pot of water boiling.

You will need FREEZER Ziploc bags. The Freezer part is muy importante because of the double zipper. You will want these or the omelet will get wet. Ew.

Crack 2 eggs into the ziploc bag. Right into it. Then Squish the eggs so they mix up. 

Add your Junk. 
Here are some ideas:
Cheese, Cooked Bacon or Sausage (or both!), hash browns (cook them first), onions, tomatoes, ham, salsa, Ryan and I like zucchini in ours, whatever you want.

Add in the junk and then squish it up to mix it together. 

Put it in the Water.

Boil them for 13 MINUTES

Take it out and eat it. 

We like to do "Omelet Parties". Just use a magic marker to write each persons' name on the bag, so everyone can personalize their omelet and not get them mixed-up. You can cook about 6-8 (there are 7 in our family and it works great with all of them at once) in a large pot. 

 Ryan and I LOVE Veggie omelets. Cheese, zucchini, onions, tomatoes topped with fresh homemade salsa. 

So Good. You can thank me later. Or now.

Monday, September 22, 2008


These are really easy. I like cute magnets. Who doesn't like cute magnets? 

What you need:
Flat Glass Marbles (you can usually find them at any craft store, sometimes by floral stuff)
scrapbook paper
E6000 glue

Trace the flat glass marble onto the scrapbook paper. Use a dab of glue on the glass to stick the paper. Then a dab of glass onto the back for the magnet. Let them dry!

I use glass flat thingy's that are big, about the size of a silver dollar. If you can find the smaller ones, the perfectly round ones that are the size of normal marbles, you can by a circle punch (like for scrapbooking) that is about the right size and faster than cutting. If ya wanna...

You can use scrapbook paper, photos, stickers on scrapbook paper. There are lots of ways to do it. You can use scrapbook paper and put vinyls letters of initials. Be Creative!

Another idea is Drawer Pulls. You can buy wood round pulls at Home Depot or Lowe's. Paint them, sand them, stain them and glue a magnet to them!!!

Soon, I will show you what I made to stick the magnets on!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Kid-made Stuffed Friends

Ever wonder where you could get a Pokemon like this:

Or a friend to cuddle like her?

This is a fun, easy project your kids will love. At my home, these projects have been named and are now my kids favorite friends.


Fabric Markers, Muslin, Stuffing (cost under $10)

Begin by taping the fabric to the table and let your kids go to work.

Then, cut out the shapes leaving at least 1/4 inch for seam allowance. Like this:

Then, lay the art work face down on another piece of Muslin and cut another piece of fabric the same size. (My kids worried about this when they saw their artwork upside down- they thought I was doing it wrong). Sew the pieces together leaving an opening to turn it right side out.

Stuff and hand-stitch closed.

And the end result... happy kids, fun toys.

Tutu Tutorial

I have mentioned on my other blog that my daughter Sunny likes to dress fancy. Fancy always includes a Tutu. We make them often so we have plenty around when she has girlfriends over to play dress-up.  She has enough laying around that she can even send them home with her girlfriends. I think she sends them home with friends so that she has an excuse to make a new one. They are easy, but a little more time consuming.

Cost: $10 at the most
Time: About 90 minutes

The cost totally depends on where you buy your tulle, how many colors you want and if you have a coupon. JoAnn's usually has tulle for $1.99 a yard. So $10 might be high. You will need about 2-3 yards total, depending on how full you want it. I usually buy 2 yards of each color because then I can cut all at once and then I save the leftover strips for the next Tutu.

What you'll Need:

Tulle (it looks best with 2-3 colors),  Little girls stretchy headbands, Optional: ribbon and Buttons

Fold the tulle as evenly as you can lengthwise and cut into strips. When you buy the tulle, it is folded, for Sunny's shorty body I cut that in half (does that make any sense?) the fold it over and over and cut about 1.5-2 inch strips. You might have some uneven, but it won't be noticed, especially by your grateful 5 year old.

I put each color in a grocery sack. Especially because I like to cut lots of extra strips, keeps the mess down. When I am done, I can just store the sacks someplace.

Next, get comfy, it takes a little time to tie them on. You might also want a soda. 

Next, now this one is really important. You want a good chick flick. This is a requirement on most projects. This one was P.S. I Love You. Since Sunny was helping me we ended up changing the movie quickly to Never Been Kissed. She is so my daughter.

Get a chair and put the headband around the chair back. The cute little girl should be included. This is best done in two's. (Or more if your family was lucky enough to be graced by several little women)

Next, and these instructions are very technical, you want to fold the strip in half and do that thing where you loop it around the headband and loop the ends through the folded side of the strip. Ha! I know that made no sense, look up at that picture. Does that help? You can also just tie knots but I find that to make them EXTRA-out-of-control poofy.

I do about 3 of each color and make a pattern of whichever colors you want. Since the chair back is probably bigger than your daughter's waist (unless, are you making this for yourself? if you are, that's okay, I won't judge you. I have one that is perfect for when I wash windows and wipe bums.) I suggest spacing them a little. If you push them too close together then it doesn't "unstretch" and the waist will be big. 

While your tying them on, your 6 year old son may want to help, or just play. He will want a few strips. Go ahead and give them to him. It will keep him busy for a very long time

Look how busy (and creative!) he stayed. 

Now this step is totally optional.  We like to tie ribbon throughout the tutu. Makes it "fancier". I usually use 1 inch ribbon but this was on sale for 19 cents! Woot! Skinny ribbon it is.  Also if you bought some cute flower buttons, you can tie them on the bottom of the ribbon. Just adds to the fancy. We didn't do it. You can also tie little knots in the bottom of each piece of tulle for a more pixie looking tutu... think tinkerbell.

This next step is also totally optional. I wrap ribbon around the waistband because it makes it a little less itchy around the waist. Use 1 or 1.5 inch ribbon and wrap it around the waist. Tie a knot to start and wrap around the knot. Leave a tail when you begin and at the end. If you run out of ribbon, tie a knot and start a new ribbon to cover the knot. 
Tie a bow when you are done. I like my bow a little longer but I ran out of ribbon.

This one turned out SUPER POOFY. Sunny thinks poofy makes it fancier. If you don't want it so poofy, just tie less on.

Ugh, why won't this photo stay turned the right direction?? Oh well, sigh.

Voila! Get Fancy!

Make a black and yellow one to dress up an extra cute bee costume for halloween! Or black and orange for a very cute witch. These are great for Halloween costumes or birthday gifts!!!

Edited to Add: Another way you could do them is to fold a piece of Tulle in half and sew a casing and slide ribbon or elastic through, but before you sew the casing, put flower pedals in the bottom. Thanks for the tip, Katie!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Decoupaged Canvases

I posted a picture of these this week over on my Family Blog and had lots of  people ask me how to make them.

I am almost embarrassed to tell you since it is so easy.  I bought my Canvas at Michael's, it was on sale this week for $1.99 for a 8 x 10. I prefer an even square, but that wasn't on sale. You can find them online for pretty inexpensive (and they have square ones) if you need a lot of them.

Cost: $3-$5 per canvas
Time Required: 10 Minutes (it is that easy) per canvas

What you'll need:

Canvas, scrapbook paper (of your choice), Mod Podge, Paint (color that coordinates with your paper) and a Foam Brush.
First, Paint your Canvas. The edge and about 1/2 inch (or more if you let your sweet daughter help) on the top.

Next, I use the (dry) canvas as a pattern. I trace the canvas. When I cut the paper, I cut just inside of the line. If you want your paper to wraparound the edge a little, then leave it, I don't.

Next, Apply Mod Podge (with the foam brush) to the canvas. I apply pretty liberally to the canvas. Then apply a THIN coat to the back of the paper. Using a light touch, just smooth out the paper on the canvas. Be sure to smooth the edges well. 

LET IT DRY about 15 min. I made 6 at a time. So by the time I applied the paper to each canvas they were dry enough to apply the next coat of Mod Podge. Apply another coat of Mod Podge across the top of the paper and canvas. 

And your done! Voila! 

Before you apply the Final Mod Podge coat, make sure the first is pretty dry or you can get bubbles. 
If you get bubbles, I read somewhere (?) that you can use a blow dryer AFTER IT IS COMPLETELY DRY and i will help the bubbles go down. But if you are patient and smooth the paper on well and let it dry, you should be fine.

You don't have to use Scrapbook Paper. You can use photos or fabric too!!! I LOVE the scrapbook paper that is heavily textured it looks really cool.

My finished project:

Have Fun! Let me know how it goes or if you have questions! 

My friend Lee made some canvases with photos. They turned out awesome!!! 

Next Up: A Tutu-Tutorial