Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Frugalicious Utensil Crock

I have been eyeing a crock from Crate & Barrel for a while, but I just couldn't justify buying it for $36. However, every time I opened the drawers in my kitchen I realized how badly I needed something to hold my bigger utensils. I finally found the answer this past weekend while shopping at a discount retailer. I found a coffee container in the clearance section that was reduced to $1.49 because it was missing a cover. I loved the design and the fact that it matched my kitchen & connecting family room so well!!! We have now been using it for three days and not only is the love still strong, but I also saved over $30!!! In this case waiting certainly paid off! I know love opening the drawers... check out the before and after:

While organizing the drawers I realized that I have a lot of cookie cutters. The light bulb went off and I quickly ran out to the garage and grabbed the empty animal cracker container from the recycling bin. I washed it with soapy water and it is now our cookie cutter holder. I like this better because the kids will be able to pick easily when we bake cookies. And it was free- yipee!

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Felt Clippies

My newest obsession is felt clips- I can't stop making them! Here are just a few examples of some that I made this weekend. Forgive the horrible lighting, it was about to start raining so I had to run.

This is my favorite one! It looks super cute in person and was very easy to make following this tutorial. I love that the bottom is lined because it gives it a more finished look.

The five point flower and the orange/red ones were made using this tutorial. They were also very easy to make. I love that the small one can be used for bangs while the bigger one can go over the ponytail.

My daughter got a lot of compliments today and was loving her rose. I should have waited to post when I could get better pictures but I couldn't wait to show you!

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Journaling for Preschoolers

My daughter has always loved reading, but is even more into it now that she is the one doing the reading. This past week we took care of our friends' fish while they went away on vacation. My daughter thought it would be nice if we made a book describing what the fish did while at our house.

She put a lot of thought into the activities throughout the week, staging of the pictures and thinking about what each page would say. Later on she helped me cut & glue each picture, and write the "story".

She loved doing it so much that we decided we are going to make another one for her to keep. Her favorite stuffed animal is an owl named Chickie. So, be on the look-out for "A day in the life of Chickie the Owl" in your local bookstore!

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Streamer Pony O's

As the weather warms up in South Florida, ponytails become part of daily life. I really like the look of boutique pony o's, but not the price.

So armed with some ribbon from the dollar section of my favorite store, I decided to give them a try. I made the streamers just like when I made the korker bows.

These ribbon packs are perfect because they contain 6 coordinating ribbons and in the perfect length so that you don't even have to cut them!

I love looking at these piles of curly ribbon... so many possibilities! And all for a $1 per set!
Anyway, back to the tutorial. Neatly pile up the coordinating ribbons and hold them in place using an alligator clip.

I had just gotten some cute buttons on sale the other day and decided to use them on the top rather than the typical knot made of ribbon. Some coordinating thread and you are all set to attach the ribbons to the pony tail holder.

I love how simple they are too make and how funky they look! And all for about $1.05!!!

I hope you give these a try... and if you do, please let me know!!!

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Easter Egg Suncatchers

This is a perfect project for a rainy day!

Gather up your supplies: broken-up crayons, wax paper, pencil sharpener or cheese grater, kid scissors, cookie cuter and a pencil. Draw whatever shape you want the sun catchers to be on some wax paper.

We opted to use the cheese grater but you could also use a pencil sharpener... my kids loved the way the shavings looked like a rainbow.

Place the shavings on top of the pictures you drew earlier. Then place another piece of wax paper on top of the shavings and iron them using low heat. There are no pictures of this because I did it during nap time due to safety concerns.

When the kids woke up they cut out the Easter egg shapes and we used some paper clips and yarn to hang them. My daughter didn't like the way the colors blended so we decided to make some with just a single color which we liked much better. You can see those taped to the windows, we decided to make them bigger. Next time we will stick to one color per shape.

We can't wait to see how these look hanging by the window on a sunny day!

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