Made it Monday 4.26.10

I am really excited about what I was able to accomplish this week in Jack's nursery.  I can't believe this is my last week in the 2nd trimester.  This pregnancy seems to be flying by.    
Above his dresser/changing table I thought I would incorporate a little decorative touch and some organization that he won't be able to easily get to.  So I came up with this...

A pegboard project.  First I new that I wanted his name in his room so painting letters was the easy part.  I hot glued them to the board since they are extremely light I knew they would stay put.  

The baskets I found at Hobby Lobby for $1.99 a piece they were already that fun lime green color so I went for it.  They are up there with peg board hooks that you can buy at Walmart or Home Depot.  I haven't quite decided what I'm going to fill them with yet.  Although one of the bottom baskets will be diapers!

The last challenge was a add a mirror.  I went with Candle plates in different size circles.  The problem is they are HEAVY and GLASS!  So I bought some of the famous Gorilla Glue and went to town; I added a little hot glue around the edge to hold them in place until the Gorilla Glue had time to set up.  Those mirrors won't ever come down now.

What have you MADE this week???

Made it Monday 4.19.10

Made it Monday!  It worked.  I always get excited when you get an idea and it actually comes together as planned.  This week I made my niece her other birthday present.
 She asked for a drawing pad from me.  
Well I just could buy a drawing pad and call it good so I made it fancy!

The first thing I did was buy the drawing pad and coloring pencils from Target.  Then I took them to Goodwill to find an old book that the drawing pad and pencils would fit inside.  I found the perfect one and  only spent $1.  Next a quick trip to Hobby Lobby to find the perfect fabric!

Supplies Needed:
Old Book, Drawing Pad, Colored Pencils, Fabric, Modge Podge, Paintbrush, Scissors, Iron-on Adhesive (Heat N Bond), Button, Thread, Needle, Velcro 

First step is to lay out your materials and cut your fabric.  I choose to have the fabric overlap underneath the drawing pad so the seam would be less visible.
The I sewed a button on the front and a string on the back of the fabric.  The button and string will help the book stay closed.  This step needs to be done before you Modge Podge the fabric to the book.
Start the gluing process.  I started with folding the top and bottom edge down then moved to the sides.  Put a generous amount of Modge Podge on the book cover and on the top of the fabric.  It should be "wet" when you are done.  Make sure to brush it smooth.  
Gluing done.  Let dry.  (It doesn't take that long)
I wanted an E on the front of Emily's book so I printed one out in a font that I liked and traced it on some red fabric.  I ironed on some adhesive which made the fabric stiff and cut it out.  Next I ironed the E to the front of the book and then Modge Podged the front, spine, and back of the book.
While the book was drying I cut off the top of the pencil box and covered it with the red fabric.  Modge Podge the fabric to the box leaving an opening for the pencils.  
I attached (with Modge Podge) a rectangle piece of fabric to the top of the pencil box and cut one end in the shape of an envelope.  This end is long enough to come over the top of the pencils to help them stay in the box.  I attached a small piece of velcro to the fabric and the box to help it stay closed.
Next I attached a piece of velcro to the back of the drawing pad and the inside of the book to hold the pad in place.  Hopefully this will allow her to change out the pad once she done with it.  In retrospect I would have sewn an elastic band to hold it in place...but that has to be done before the modge podge begins.
All done!  Works great...hope she likes it!  Very easy project and very fun to do!

What have you Made?

Mother's Day = Picture Day!

For Mother's Day this year my sister and I decided to get a picture of all of the granddaughters in their Easter dresses.  We tried to keep it a surprise; but that didn't work out so well.  So since she knows I feel the freedom to post the pictures from Tuesday's session.  The most difficult child was mine of course!  18 months has to be the most difficult age to photograph.  They never want to sit still, have no concept of smiling on command, and basically want to do what they want to do when they want to do it.  And since they're still learning general "life" rules like Mamma is actually in charge; as well as, sit and stay and smile; it is a miracle we got any happy pictures of the child.

The girlies...mine is on the right.

7 months, 3 1/2 years, and 18 months

Sisters!  I love this picture of can tell they will be good friends one day.

My little monkey...literally!

Can you tell we are sing the "Itsy, bitsy, spider"?  The rain just came down.  

It is Azalea time; so get your cameras out and start snapping!

Made it Monday 4.12.10

This week I am showing off a very easy project.  I hand crafted a shirt for my niece's birthday coming up this weekend.  I found a design I liked from  Justice (a pre-teen clothing store).

then I bought a simple t-shirt from Hobby Lobby for $1.50 and went to work.

Their are many tools you could use to do this recreation but I choose to use fabric markers.  They worked perfectly.  Make sure to put something between the front and back of the shirt so the marker doesn't bleed through to the back.  (I used a plastic bib!)

Not too bad if I say so myself.  

Easy and cheap.  This would be a fun way for your pre-teen or teen to make lots of summer shirts.

What have you Made?
P.S.  I'm trying out this new thumbnail linky this week.  Let me know how you like it!  Thanks.

Family Photo Shoot!

Since I'm the photographer in the family I had the challenge of taking the annual photo.   This time with two 1 year olds and myself 6 mo pregnant not to mention the Oklahoma wind...which did lead to some photoshop needs.

But all in all not to bad if I have to say so myself.  The invention of the auto timer is a miracle!

Made it Monday 4.5.10

I hope everyone had a happy Easter.  Our was wonderful from the church service to lots of family and friends and eggs!  My little Savannah seemed to have inherited the hunter gene from her Dad.  She was after those eggs...over and over and over again.  It was great fun!  

This week I wanted to show off what I have been doing with the doors that I painted with the magnetic paint.  I found all of these cute wood cut outs of animals and scenes from Michael's and Hobby Lobby for .69 cents some of them came already painted.  I tried several different ways to connect magnetics to the back; the way that seemed the safest and that worked the best was the business cards.  I stuck the magnetic business card to the back of the wood cut out and traced it with an exacto knife which removed the excess. They all stick to the doors perfectly.  I guess the trick with this paint is more surface area that is magnetized the better chance they will stick.  I didn't have as much luck with the strips even though they had a stronger magnetic score.

They have last the whole week with my 17 mo. old throughly trying them out.

I'm not sure I'm done...but for now the doors look like this!  

I painted the road and the lake onto the doors and hot glued the barn and the trees so the scene parts would stay put, the animals and vehicles move about with the magnets.  

Feel free to let me know any more ideas I should try and add to the doors!

What have you Made?

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