Thursday, November 29, 2012

Homemade Christmas Continues...

Christmas is in full swing at our house! 
I am finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel of gifts to be made so now I can show you what I've been working on.

I saw these ADORABLE gloves on Etsy and knew they had to go to some of my girlfriends and my own little girls.

Now this was a big feat for me. I do not sew. Rarely a button. (which I am slowly changing)
Materials included: Store bought gloves, felt, and matching thread.

One friend is a UNC fan.

One friend is a VA Tech fan.

This one I just wanted red!

I am currently working on my little girls gloves which are purple with a bright red heart in the center.

This is my take on a Harry Potter wreath with interchangeable quote at the top.

My sister-in-law LOVES everything Harry Potter so what better way to dress her apartment door?

Each quote plaque has Velcro on the back and can be changed whenever she wants. 
She can display her Gryffindor colors with pride!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

American Girl Doll Bookmarks

As I have mentioned before I have a daughter who loves everything American Girl. She recently purchased (with her OWN money) the American Girl doll McKenna and we have been reading the new Caroline series together as well. My daughter loves to read and so I figured I would make some American Girl bookmarks for her and her sister.

I purchased the stickers above at Michaels and used my 40% coupon which brought the cost down to a few dollars.
I then picked out some left over scrapbook paper I had and cut them into strips that the stickers could fit on.
After I attached the stickers to the strips of paper I used my trusty laminator to laminate each one. Voila!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Bristle Animal Ornaments...It's an obsession!

I LOVE bristle animals. They are so stinking cute! 
This is my winter display that I have set up in my dining room. 

I lucked out on obtaining all of these cuties because I have wonderful parents who happen to be shopping the after Christmas sale at Macy's and scooped up the lot for me:)

My kids just love my take on a winter wonderland.

Martha's isn't bad either:)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

DIY from Pinterest

I made this! You may have noticed that the latest trend is chalkboard painting and really elaborate chalk art. I wanted a framed chalkboard to put on top of my entertainment center but did not want to pay the elaborate price. I found the open back frame at Michaels and again used my trusty 40% coupon so ended up paying $16 for it. I then went to Lowes and had a nice employee cut a piece of hardwood the size of the opening and then painted the wood with chalkboard paint I already had in the basement.

This was my inspiration. 

This is mine! I hope to change the words per change of season.
My total cost was less than $20.
Not bad!

These are going to be bookends. 
You need two brick pavers from Lowes at roughly $.56 a piece, two plastic toys (these were $1 a piece at Walmart) a can of spray paint and hot glue.

My $1 dinos

The above photo was the inspiration and...

These are mine! 
It was super easy and I love them. I do need to add that if using spray paint you might want the bookends to sit outside for a few days (if the weather is nice) to let some of the fumes die down before putting them in your kids room.