Thursday, July 11, 2013

Birthday paper airplane banner, project #16

Our baby girl is 1! Time flies! My husband and I are excitedly planning her first birthday party and decided to make it the theme as Girl's First Flight.  Here's the banner.  Happy birthday sweet baby girl!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

DIY bowling pins for kids

  If you have a baby or toddler, then you know about these cereal puffs.  My baby loves to smack her lips for these puffs, so we're going through so many of these containers.  I decided it was time to give these empty cans a second life.  I thought the shape looked like a bowling pin, so I made them into a set of them for the kids to play with.  It's super easy!
1) Pull off the wrapper.

2) Use a Sharpie or red marker to make the red lines around the circumference of the container.

3) Find a fun rubber ball to become the bowling ball.

4) BOWL! WHOOOSH!  STRIKE!  Eh, well, maybe I can practice with the kids some more. 

I hope this was entertaining.  Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Locket love, project # 14

  Ever wonder what to do with the photo processing order sheets? I'm talking about the ones with all the pictures you ordered in really tiny images.  I think they are the perfect size for your lockets.  I hope to pass this on to my girl when she's older. 

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Friday, February 1, 2013

I am in love with PAPERMAN!

  Paperman is a fantastic reminder of the beauty of animated films and of hope and fate.  I absolutely loved it! I came across the Disney short film when I read this article from  I love the simplicity of the story and how much you see the man try his hand at finding again the magic of a brief encounter with a woman.  If you fall in love with it, you can see the amazing Disney animation technique if you click on the link.  Anyway, it makes me feel like making paper airplanes... 

Happy February! 

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Happiness jars, project #13

One of my favorite writers, Elizabeth Gilbert, who wrote a little fantastic book called Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia and it was so inspiring that I could barely put it down.  I think I did a marathon reading session for a few days on my bed and my hammock until my hand hurt from holding the book open.  Anyway, I started to follow her Facebook page when I was looking for inspiration.  She talked about Happiness Jars.  The thought behind them is to have a visual reminder of being happy or being grateful.  The jars help to focus us on the regular act of writing down moments or things that make us happy.  I decided to make one for myself on my desk.  I've been putting my gratitude notes inside of it.  It started me out of my funk with all the big changes in my life. 

Anyway, I used a pink vase from when my husband sent me flowers, since I love pink and it reminds me of him.  The heart origami is to remind me of being happy and that love is the key in life.  On the back, I put a series of pictures I took from a video of my husband, myself, and our friends doing a flash mob of Gangnam Style for our friend's birthday party.  Every time I see it, it cracks me up.  Hubby was such a good sport to dress up as Psy and really go for it with all the moves.

 Gummychild, if you're reading this, stop reading! ;-)  
 You can read the rest after I come by your place for craft night. 

So I thought I would make a few for some friends...

I used a jar from home.  I found this cute little angel photo holder and decided this little angel belonged inside the jar.  I used museum putty to affix it to the bottom.  A little note to declare the jar and its new owner...and it's ready for Gummychild.

I hope you had some fun looking at these jars.  I'm grateful that I get to share these projects and feel like a little kid again.  Thank you.  MUAH!

Heart balloons!

I saw this idea from Oh Happy Day blog. 

from Oh Happy Day blog

I just felt so giddy like a little kid seeing those beautiful, vibrant pictures of heart balloons pouring out of the closet with so much love and fun.  I can't wait to do this for our daughter when she is old enough to put her cute little chub hands over a doorknob and open up the door. 

I wonder what my husband would say if this happened once he opened the door.  Or maybe I should pop out of the closet (doing one of my favorite things) and blow a bunch of bubbles his way.  Gummychild, if you are reading this, I will help you do this (bubbles or balloons) for your Aiva when I come over in a few weeks if you want to surprise her.  I would love to capture the look of surprise on film!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Bookcase update, project # 12

Since I've been studying a lot in the past few weeks in our den area, I keep staring at the bookcase.  I thought I needed to update the drab bookcase in the room.  It was all black.  I saw other magazines and blogs as well as designer shows (like Home with Lisa Quinn on the Live Well Network) with this similar project.  I took my cues from them.  I took a wrapping paper I liked and just used double-sided tape against the backboard of the bookcase.  I think it gives it a fun pop of colors.  I used the same paper to cover a regular, old cardboard box to hold more books.  I took pushpins to create a little latch for that box.  It was cheap and easy enough.  I wonder if you can tell how much I love books from the pictures.  ;-)