среда, 21 июля 2010 г.

Boxes into Butterflies

Well it is time for me to begin planning miss Charlotte's birthday party.  
I asked her for any ideas - she said "RED!
Then I was so inspired by this post on Hostess with the Mostess - 
Woodland Fairies Birthday Party
Perfect - it incorporates the color RED (toadstools), and works great at
our new home as our front yard looks like this.  
 We literally live in a magical woodland.  
So I am doing a younger version of that party.  
"Enchanted Forest"
In the party above, they used fairies, which I love,
but Charlotte isn't quite ready for that. 
She's only turning two.  We are doing woodland creatures -
butterflies, deer, owls, ladybugs, etc.
So as I am  making things for her party, I will be posting lots of DIY's so that you can do them with me :)
Today I made some outdoor decorations for the big day.
( I will have the invitation DIY soon as a guest post on another blog - I'll let you know when)
but today....Whimsical Butterflies!
These would also be cute at a baby shower I think.
Made from diaper boxes (have a lot of those?), fabric scraps (and those?),
and various trim scraps.

 Want to make them with me? Here we go:
Print out the butterfly shape here.
Cut six pieces - 
Three right wings - 1 cardboard, 1 front fabric, 
1 back fabric(be sure to flip the pattern so it will fit to the back)
Three left wings - same as above.
 Next, decoupage the front fabric to the front wings.
Let it dry.  Go do good house-wifely things like fold laundry.
Then reward yourself by coming back and decoupaging the back fabric to the back-side of the wings.
Let it dry.  Go do more house-wifely things like eat chocolate and talk on the phone.
Then reward yourself for being so patient...time to finish the butterfly!
Gather some light-weight beads and some good ole' pipe cleaner.
Heat up your hot glue gun.
Slide the beads onto the pipe cleaner, and scoot them down to the end (double the end over so they don't fall off.  Loop the top piece like this and tuck it back inside the top bead.
Snip at the top of the loop to make your antennae.  
Next you need to trim the edges of your butterfly with something.  I used bias tape on the pink one, and a yarn scrap for the red/yellow one. 
Honestly the yarn was WAY easier to hot glue, so I would go with something like that.
Hot glue your trim on.
Now hot glue the two pieces together, down the middle. 
Hold them at whatever angle you want until the glue has dried (only about a minute).
Now hot glue the little body to the middle of the wings - really squirt a lot of glue in there.
When that has dried, carefully turn it over and hot glue the clothes pin to the back.  This will enable you to clip it all kinds of places like....a tree, a basket, a tablecloth, a garland or banner...etc.
Now go decorate your life with butterflies!  

More birthday fun to come.

вторник, 13 июля 2010 г.

For every job that must be done...

there is an element of fun....

Ah, Mary Poppins.  
Don't we all sometimes long for your sweet optimistic attitude toward daily chores?  

I'll admit it frankly- I am not the best housekeeper.  Now, I try - and I have gotten better - there are just many other things I would rather be doing and I tend to get caught up and *honestly* forget to do some chores.  So I have made a list of chores that I need to do every week to keep my home running smoothly.  Obviously some things (like doing the dishes) aren't on here - and I also left off more detailed cleaning that may need to be done once or twice a month.  But this list helps me remember to do all my chores- it's also good for moments when I just stand in my kitchen and turn in circles looking at the mess all around me....I just pick a task from this list and move on.  Some days I'm extra motivated and I do 4 or 5 things...which is good for the days that I do none.  I also like this list because it provides the satisfaction of checking something off - a visual that it is DONE!  So you can print this out and frame it behind glass -

then use dry erase marker to check off each task every week (you could also add a few to the list with your marker).  Here's to better luck with house cleaning!   jessica

вторник, 6 июля 2010 г.

Book Week

Hello!  I hope you had a lovely holiday weekend.  We certainly did ;)  This week I am going to be sharing some projects and recipes that I have been making lately - they are from some books that I have acquired recently. 

Today I will begin with:

I don't know how you feel about Martha - I think she has some really nice ideas and good methods...sometimes she takes it too far in her quest for "perfection".  We don't have to be perfect friends, we simply have to do our best.  Anyway, this book is a nice one to have on hand -  it has answers to practically any question you could ask about housekeeping.  
Since I just moved, I decided to consult Martha on her Laundry Room setup.  
This was my laundry room before: 

This is my laundry room now:

Also if you go here, you can download this nifty little stain removal reference chart 
to hang in your Laundry Room.

Have fun organizing!