Posts Tagged ‘Crafts & Celebrations’

Amy’s Notebook 10.03.12

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
Source: Wee Society

 

These paper bag costumes are too cute and a frugal way to dress up for the holiday (@wee society)

These black widow spider snacks would be a fun & easy Halloween treat to create (@ Mom on Time Out)

I want to make some of these adorable boot socks for myself this winter (@ infarrantly creative)

Source: I Heart Organizing

I want to create my own Instadesk with my Instagram photos (@ I Heart Organizing)

I love these DIY ombre tights for a fun nod to this trend (@ M&J Blog)

These witch’s hat cookies are also an easy assembly Halloween cookie to create (gingersnap crafts)

I love this tutorial for how to paint a bike (@ A Beautiful Mess)

I can’t wait to print out this handmade holiday organizer (@ giver’s log)

Source: The Purl Bee

I want to knit some of these adorable knitted candy corn hats (@ The Purl Bee)

I am bookmarking these twenty tips for making the perfect smoothie (@ The Kitchn)

I love these adorable chocolate icebox cupcakes (@ Two Peas & Their Pod)

I love the look of these DIY spray painted countertops (@ Southern Hospitality)

I am going to have to try making this microwave popcorn without the bag (@ One Good Thing)

I hope you enjoyed this collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

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Amy’s Notebook 09.26.12

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Welcome to my little notebook of ideas to help improve your life. This is a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. I hope you will enjoy this weekly does of loveliness with beautiful links that are individually handpicked just for you!

This idea for paint organization in your craft supplies is simply genius! (@ Mad in Crafts)

This cloth napkin storage container is absolutely adorable! (I Am Momma Hear Me Roar)

These jack o’ lantern shade covers are such a cute way to decorate for Halloween (@ Easier Than I Thought)

I love this idea for creating a paint references chart (@ i heart organizing)

I absolutely love these ideas for fall decorating (@ eighteen25)

I love these tips for creating a vignette in your home (@ Home Stores A2Z)

These healthy whole grain freezer waffles look so good (@ Mary Jolley)

I am madly in love with this house and ideas for decorating with kids (@ Design Mom)

I adore this beautifully decorated fall mantle (@ The Lettered Cottage)

I love these monster cookies with a real monster spin (@ The Idea Room)

This Dollar Store Halloween village is such a cute way to decorate for the holiday (@ The 36th Avenue)

My kids would flip for these JELL-O jack o’lanterns (@ zakka life)

This pumpkin garland is too cute for words (@ tatertots & jello)

I am madly in love with these vintage camera bookends (@ Smile and Wave)

 

 

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Painted Address Pumpkin Topiary

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

One of my favorite things about Fall is the fun crafts that I get to do with all of those beautiful Fall pumpkins! Today I wanted to showcase an easy painted address pumpkin topiary that you an create with just a few supplies from your local Walmart store. This painted address pumpkin topiary would the be the perfect way to dress up your porch, porch step, or a little corner in your room.

Craft Supplies Needed

2- 75 inch pumpkins (any color)- $4.87 each

8″ pumpkins (how ever many you need to complete you house number)- $4.87 each

Black Plaid FolkArt acrylic paint (I chose the shiny variety)- $1.77

4″ Plaid letter stencils ($3.77)

Stencil Brushes ($5.47)

Clear tape (in supplies)

Hot glue gun & glue sticks (in supplies)

8″ pot (I found mine in the clearance section of the store for $11.96)

1. Begin by twisting off the stems on all of the pumpkins that will be going on the bottom of your topiary. You will want to leave your top pumpkin (the 75″ one) with the stem intact. All the other stems can come off.

2. Center your stencil on your pumpkin and attach it with clear tape. Make sure when positioning your numbers that when you stack the pumpkins, you will be able to see the number clearly in the center. You will especially want to do this for your bottom pumpkin since it will be wedged in your pot.

3. Trace your number with a pencil. Remove your stencil.

4. Pour your acrylic paint in a disposable cup or bowl. Using a small paintbrush, carefully paint your number on your pumpkin. If you make an error, use a cloth or a damp Q-tip to remove any painting errors. Set your pumpkin aside, and repeat the process on each of the other pumpkins until you have stenciled your address number.

5. Wedge your 75″ pumpkin into the pot. This should be a tight fit so you will not need to glue or attach your pumpkin into the base. Stack your next pumpkin and carefully hot glue in each spot where the pumpkins are joined together. Hold the pumpkins together to secure for a minute or two. Repeat this process until you reach the top of your pumpkin stack!

Stand back and behold your pumpkin glory! Isn’t this just the cutest thing ever? I know all of my neighbors are going to be so jealous!

I hope they are half as impressed as my cat.

Seriously.

Looking for more Fall crafts? Be sure to check out my round-up of the Best Fall Crafts on MomAdvice. I hope you will find it inspiring, friends!

 

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Amy’s Notebook 09.19.12

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Welcome to my little notebook of ideas to help improve your life. This is a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. I hope you will enjoy this weekly does of loveliness with beautiful links that are individually handpicked just for you!

 

I adore this creative display for a doughnut party (@ How Does She?)

I want to try making one of these DIY Anthro inspired mugs (@ Morena’s Corner)

I love these washi tape file labels (@ i heart organizing)

I love these simple triangle print napkins (@ Terra Savvy)

This ruffled belly band would have been so handy when I was expecting (@ see kate sew)

I want to try these salted caramel apple bars (@ Two Peas & Their Pod)

These are great tips on how to oil and clean your sewing machine (@ make it & love it)

I adore this cute chore board to keep the family organized (@ The Daily Five)

These pumpkin blossom cookies look like a delicious fall treat (@ Inspired by Charm)

I am going to have to bookmark these tips for the perfect pie crust (@ Completely Delicious)

DIY Lunchbox Creation Station

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Next week my kids will be heading back to school and I am in preparation mode to get our family organized & back on track for the big day. One area that I am always working on organizing is streamlining our lunchbox routines. I am excited to share with you my DIY lunchbox creation station that you can create in a corner of your home to streamline your lunch routines. You won’t believe how easy this is to create and you will love my idea for revamping this into something you can use in the summer months too!

For this craft you will need (all found at Walmart):

3-6 Sterlite Medium Modular Drawer- $8.76 each

Krylon Chalkboard Spray Paint (in the home improvement section)- $3.97

Avery Removable Wall & Window Signage Sheets (over by the office supplies)- $9.97 for 5 sheets

16 count chalk (in office supplies)- $.47

Large circle hole punch or a jar or glass that you can use for tracing your circles (I had this in my craft supplies at home)

We are going to start this craft by creating our cute Chalkboard labels first.  You may recall that we made these easy chalkboard labels before when making my super cute Chalkboard Conversation Bubble Cookie Jars. We are going to do the same thing that we did in that craft for this one, but we are cutting them into circles instead of the conversation bubble!

First, pull out your Avery Sheets. For this craft, we are going to use the Wall Application Side for spraying with chalkboard spray paint. This is the side that has the sticky side that is removable and adjustable… perfect for people who can never get anything on their projects perfectly straight.

In a well-ventilated area covered with newspaper or cardboard, place your Avery sheet. Shake the can vigorously for two minutes. Hold can 10-14 inches away from your project and begin spraying. Spray a thin coat in a sweeping motion beginning off the surface and continuing off the other side. Follow this pattern horizontally and then vertically. Wait fifteen minutes or so and then apply another coat.  They should be dry and ready to cut in about an hour.

Cut these out into circles. One sheet should give you six generous size labels that you can write your labels on. While those are drying, you can begin assembling your drawers.

Your needs for your lunchboxes may be different than my own. I wanted to show you what I did in my drawer though to inspire your own categories for your lunchbox creation station.

I did six drawers because that is what would fit on my pantry floor and would cover all of our lunchbox needs. I have a drawer for snacks, fruit, drinks, chips, water, and a drawer of fun (more about that below). Think of the problem areas in your kitchen and create a drawer to accommodate!

Here is an interior view of my drawers and here are some ideas for items you could keep on hand for your kids.

Snacks- Granola bars, low-fat puddings, natural fruit leathers, nuts, goldfish crackers, rice cakes, wheat crackers, sunflower seeds, homemade cereal mix, fruit snacks.

Fruit- Natural applesauce, yogurt covered raisins, raisins, dried fruit, apples, bananas, oranges.

Drinks- Juice Boxes and organic milk boxes.

Chips- Sweet Potato Chips, Veggie Chips, Pita Chips, Pretzels (I package my chips in tiny Glad containers and have used these a few years now with great success. This drawer also contains my new favorite sandwich cubes that I found at the The Container Store).

H20- This is where I have all of our water bottles so that the kids can grab one in the morning and before extracurricular activities.

Fun- This is where I keep my cookie cutters, homemade play dough, and craft supplies for our kitchen.

Next to the drawers, I nestled a basket for extra snacks to be placed in the drawers as needed and the lunchboxes. Place your designated labels on your drawers and stand back and behold your AWESOMENESS.

With this simple system in place, the kids are now in charge of creating their own favorite lunch combination, selecting one item from each of the lunchbox drawers. My kids have already been scheming and dreaming about their daily lunches and are excited to finally be in charge of their own lunch destiny.

When the summer months roll around, I plan to erase the labels and fill them with all of our summer necessities like pool snacks, water bottles, drinks, sunblock and insect repellent, and other items that tend to accumulate on counters and on top of my fridge. I think this is a great organizing solution for all year round!

Designate one day a week (my day is on Sunday) to creating your snack packs and making items that can be tucked into lunchboxes.

To keep your lunches organized and accessible, designate one refrigerator drawer towards lunches. Items like freshly cut fruits and veggies, sandwiches, and Asian lunchbox noodles can all be waiting for the morning in this drawer.  I even tuck commonly forgotten items in the drawer like napkins and spoons to trigger my tired brain to kick in on busy school mornings.

Don’t forget about yourself in all of the hustle bustle of school preparation! I love this DIY Salad Bar to help keep me on track with healthy eating during the school year!

What do items do you love to keep on hand for your child’s lunchbox? I would love to hear your ideas!

I am a part of the Walmart Moms program, and Walmart has provided me with compensation for these posts. My participation is voluntary and opinions are always my own.

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Amy’s Notebook 08.15.12

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Welcome to my little notebook of ideas to help improve your life. This is a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. I hope you will enjoy this weekly does of loveliness with beautiful links that are individually handpicked just for you!

 

These back-to-school apple waffles would be a great way to start the school year (Random Thoughts of a SuperMom)

I love these faux stainless steel letters for the fridge (@ The Crafted Sparrow)

I love this advice for making the perfect bow (@ The 36th Avenue)

This diamond wall made from Scotch tape looks like a fun & inexpensive way to create an accent wall (@ The Nesting Place)

I love this knitted lines & squares blanket pattern (@ The Purl Bee)

This tip for a baking powder substitute will really come in handy, I am sure! (@ Dine & Dish)

I love these tips for throwing a grilled pizza party (@ The Crafting Chicks)

These DIY paper parasols are a cute way to dress up a drink for a party (@ P.S. Blog)

This s’mores cake would be a cute addition to a camping party (@ One Charming Party)

This chalkboard globe would be a fun desk accessory (@ Ucreate)

I love these tips for hosting a kid’s book club (@ pars caeli)

I want to make some of these mason jar to-go cups (@ fine & feathered)

This diy easy fridge makeover is a cute way to organize those art projects on the fridge (@ How Does She?)

This chocolate chip cookie dough frozen yogurt looks divine (@ Two Peas & Their Pod)

I love this list of seven ways to organize a bookshelf (@ The Art of Doing Stuff)

These bacon tomato pesto sandwiches look like a perfect lunch (@ Smells Like Home)

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Amy’s Notebook 07.11.12

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Welcome to my little notebook of ideas to help improve your life. This is a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. I hope you will enjoy this weekly does of loveliness with beautiful links that are individually handpicked just for you!

 

I adore these DIY family of string puppets for a fun summer craft (@ Salsa Pie)

This DIY rope basket would be a fun addition to home storage (@ I Heart Organizing)

These no-sew mermaid tails would be a cute craft project (@ Living Locurto)

I love this whimsical grandfather clock makeover (@ Nesting Place)

I am in love with this knock-off Restoration Hardware decoupaged map (@ gardners two bergers)

These sticky balsamic ribs look divine (@ shutterbean)

I love these ideas for a Michigan-inspired vacation (@ Enjoying the Small Things)

I am in love with this mini track & field Olympics set for LEGO play (@ Alphamom)

I love this cute idea for making your deck into a game board (@ The 36th Avenue)

I need this inspiration to start another no spend month project (@ Small Notebook)

I want to try this honey mustard grilled pork tenderloin (@ Two Peas & Their Pod)

Amy’s Notebook 05.23.12

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Welcome to my little notebook of ideas to help improve your life. This is a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. I hope you will enjoy this weekly does of loveliness with beautiful links that are individually handpicked just for you!

 

I love this cute graduation soda topper for a simple & easy grad gift (@ the letter 4)

This “you are APPreciated gift,” is a cute end-of-year teacher gift (@ eighteen25)

This grandfather clock makeover is so cute! (@ trash to treasure)

I love this greenhouse made out of a trampoline (@ How Does She?)

I love the idea of adding washi tape to a drum shade for decorating (@ it all started with paint)

I love this DIY constellation jar (@ Design Mom)

I am bookmarking these dairy-free summer treats to create in our kitchen (@ the kitchn)

These wind-up paper butterflies would be such a cute craft to do with the kids (@ You are My Fave)

I want to try these slow cooker shredded pork tacos (@ Confections of a Foodie Bride)

These pancake pops would make a cute breakfast treat (@ tatertots & jello)

These knitted golf club covers would make a cute Father’s Day gift (@ The Purl Bee)

I can’t wait to make this kindergarten graduation sign for my daughter (@ Paging Supermom)

This mango rice looks like a fun summer side (@ Eclectic Mom)

My kids will absolutely love this Olive Us series for kids created by Design Mom (@ Olive Us)

These DIY fruit balloons would be so cute for a summer party (@ Oh Happy Day)

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Amy’s Notebook 05.16.12

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Welcome to my little notebook of ideas to help improve your life. This is a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. I hope you will enjoy this weekly does of loveliness with beautiful links that are individually handpicked just for you!

 

I am dying to stencil a table after seeing this tutorial (@ Domestic Imperfection)

I love this idea for throwing a neighborhood popcorn & movie party (@ The Crafting Chicks)

I love this font decorated paper lantern (@ The Swell Life)

My daughter would flip for these high heeled cupcakes (@ How Does She?)

I love this upcycled maxi dress turned into a maxi skirt (@ make it and love it)

These washi tape gift tags are adorable (@ NoBiggie)

These graduate silhouettes would be great for making a graduation gift (@ Just Something I Made)

I am in love with these burlap bags for dressing up a mason jar (@ Two Shades of Pink)

I am madly in love with this chevron wall (@ Design Sponge)

These Avengers bookmarks would be a cute craft to do with my son (@ Crafts by Amanda)

I want to make some of these utility cord bangles (@ Blog A La Cart)

I want to make a succulent terrarium (@ Thrifty Decor Chick)

These lemon mint juleps look refreshing! (@ shutterbean)

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Amy’s Notebook 05.02.12

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Welcome to my little notebook of ideas to help improve your life. This is a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. I hope you will enjoy this weekly does of loveliness with beautiful links that are individually handpicked just for you!

 

This file cabinet turned garage storage is simply genius (@ trash to treasure)

This birth announcement pillow is such an amazing baby gift (@ infarrantly creative)

I am madly in love with this handmade doily lamp @ EmmmyLizzzy)

These lace glitter crowns are absolutely precious (@ tatertots & jello)

This key lime tart looks heavenly! (@ Two Peas & Their Pod)

This little chalkboard tray made from a baking sheet is absolutely adorable! (@ Prudent Baby)

This frozen mango margarita looks like a fun Cinco De Mayo treat (@ Confections of a Foodie Bride)

I love this things to do printable (@ A Pair of Pears)

I love these margarita push pops for Cinco De Mayo (@ Atlas Designs)

I love this idea for filing your fabric for fabric storage (@ Sew Many Ways…)

This child’s table & chairs makeover is adorable (@ lolly jane boutique)

I love these tips for how to view Instagram photos on the web (@ apartment therapy)

 

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