Change it up with appliques

While I struggle myself with making a hat look fashionable my girl totally rocks them as you can see here: She’s currently in the “I can do it myself Mommy!” phase and insists on  dressing herself. She’s still getting the hang of shirts and pants but has mastered hats. The cute thing is she puts them on without caring where the brim is and most of the time it ends >> Continue reading

Candle bling bling!

While doing some spring cleaning I came across a box of candles and some craft supplies that included some glue on jewels. I remembered my sister’s wedding favors and how she slaved for hours gluing on beads and pearls in flower shapes to candles and thought it would be fun to try it out with the jewels I found. It was fun trying out different designs. I used a silver >> Continue reading

Origami + frame = affordable art!

Buying art can be expensive, but if you have a picture frame and scrapbook paper you can create fun affordable art. This is a personalized piece by creating my name using the alphabet instructions. Great for a baby’s room! The possibilities are endless though with’s great diagram or animated instructions. You could make flowers or animals or even landscapes.  [6-13-13 edit: the English page seems to have stopped working, >> Continue reading

Personalized party hat!

I once gave a friend a birthday card that said, “A fun party is one where you leave with your underwear on your head, but a GREAT party is when you leave with someone ELSE’S!” Ok, so this tip isn’t about underwear but it is about parties and head-wear. This was a last minute addition to my little girls birthday decorations. It didn’t even occur to me to have a >> Continue reading

Wrap gifts like a pro!

One summer I worked in the Wrap and Send department of what was then Dayton’s (now Macy’s). It was a fun job because one of my best friends worked there along with a handful of other high school students. What was better then hanging out with friends and wrapping presents in pretty paper? While I already knew how to wrap gifts (my mom use to make my sister and I >> Continue reading

1st Birthday Party

A few weeks ago I posted about some party theme ideas I found. In the end I decided to go with a color theme of pink and green and to save the more specific themes until our little one was older. The color theme came about when I was making the invitations. I turned to to create it because I knew it would give me the stickers I needed >> Continue reading

Greeting card book

I’ll admit it, I keep almost every card given to me. For awhile I didn’t know how to store them and just shoved them in a box. Then one day it dawned on me. I could use metal rings and “bind” the cards together by occasion so that whenever I wanted to look at my wedding cards or baby shower cards I could read them like a “book”. Supplies Metal >> Continue reading

Rosettes of encouragement

My daughter is still too young for these but I thought that when the time came they would be a great way to help encourage her. The nice thing about making them is that you can write anything on them to suit the occasion. (I see “great pooper!” on one when potty training time comes along, hehe) These also would be great for parties as place cards (minus the ribbon) >> Continue reading

3-ring binder binds find new life

As a knitter I have tons of patterns that hope to make someday printed and organized into 3-ring binders (this was the days before Ravelry!) They were looking a bit uninspired and plain on my bookshelf. To give them a new look I cut scrapbook paper to size and tucked it in the bind. Rather then trying to remember which color binder was which I stamped the words “PATTERNS – >> Continue reading

Dress up a printed calendar

I’m a sucker for making the small things look pretty. At my old job I even decorated my pen/pencil holder (ie. a paper cup!) by drawing on it with a sharpie. Print-it-yourself calendars are often plain to look at. Why not dress them up by printing it on decorative paper? These are the basic steps if you already have decorative paper: Step 1: Select your paper. Step 2: Open the calendar >> Continue reading