Thursday, October 28, 2010

Adding to My To-Do List

As if my crafty to-do list isn't long enough I found another adorable project to add to it! I absolutely fell in love with this tea cup clock I found on Vintage Revivals. If you haven't checked out this blog, you need to! She has so many cute projects to share and is currently competing in "Crafting With the Stars" @ Sew Dang Cute. This week she was the winner of Round 1 with THIS cute lamp.

Below are a couple more examples of the tea cup clock that she shared on her blog. I'm sure it will take me a while to collect all the cups I want but I will be sure to post some pictures of my progress. Maybe I will consider it a Christmas present to myself!

Tea cup clock created by Retropolitan Hip

Original (very expensive) version by Umbra

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Here's What's Happening in my Neck of the Woods

As I said in my last post I am sorry for the lack of blogging. My life has been running in fast forward for the last few months and I am hoping to hit slow motion or pause very soon!
Here's just a few things that we have been up to......

Nothing says "I Love You" like a rose made from a tomato skin! Jeff has been in a buffet and catering class for the last 6 weeks and he has learned all kinds of fun tricks. A few nights ago he made me this rose. He has also been practicing making flowers out of radishes, turnips, cantaloupe, carrots and many other things. Last night he got to do ice carving for the first time. He made a beautiful angel fish. Hopefully I can get a picture of it to post soon.

Since we will be at my parent's house for Halloween this year and it falls on a Sunday we will be going to the Trunk Or Treat at their church Saturday night. I wanted to come up with something fun to make the kids "earn" their treats so I made this bean bag toss game. I made it using the bottom of a pop-up tent that my kids destroyed. I sewed around the edges of the holes with yarn so it wouldn't fray and added some points for fun. I like that it folds up nicely so I can keep it for future birthday parties. Costco marked down all their Halloween stuff early so I scored and got 80 containers of play dough and 60 packs of Disney card games all for $10! So we'll have some fun prizes to hand out.

My little sister Emma wanted to be a cowgirl this year. We were all very excited about this because she has been a witch for 4 or 5 years in a row! So this week I have been working hard to make her a cute cowgirl costume. I made these chaps from felt as well as a vest. She has an adorable pink cowboy hat and some fancy light up cowboy boots that will go perfectly with her costume.


Kaleb has had his heart set on being an M&M for Halloween. The original plan was to be Alvin and the Chipmunks so I am so happy that he changed his mind. These costumes were so simple to make. They may not be anything spectacular but the kids love them and they are sure to be the cutest little M&Ms ever!


On Sunday I found out that a friend from church has cancer. She was one of the first people I met when we moved to Las Vegas. She introduced me to a lot of people and was so kind and welcoming to our family. She has been trying to have a baby and now will never be able to. My heart is breaking for her and her family. The women of our church are putting together a quilt for her to use when she starts her chemotherapy treatments. Everyone was asked to make an 8x8 quilt square. The only requirement was that we put our names on it so she would know who made each square. This is the square that I made for her. I got the idea HERE and changed it a little bit to make it my own. I hope that as she goes through this hard time in her life she will look at this quilt and know how many people love her and are praying for her. I hope you will keep her in your prayers too.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A Letter To My Neglected Blog.....

Dear little blog, I promise I haven't forgotten you. I have so much that I want to share with you but I feel like if I think about one more thing my brain might spontaneously combust. Please forgive me for neglecting you. I will be back soon with renewed energy and tons of projects to share. Thank you so much for your patience with me. Until we meet again............ Erin

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fun with Gerber Puffs Containers

If you're a mom with young kids chances are you have some of these in the house, Gerber Puffs. For me they were a life saver. Once my kids were old enough to eat them I didn't go anywhere without them! They saved me from several meltdowns in the grocery store, on trips, at Dr. appointments, at church and the list goes on and on!

Since my kids were eating so many of these the empty containers started to pile up. I'm a bit of a pack rat and don't like to throw out things that could be useful "someday". Last Christmas I came up with an idea to put all the empty containers to good use.

I decided to make Kaleb a bowling set with them. A friend of mine gave me a few more containers so I had 10. Just enough for the set. I used red duct tape for the stripes. I put 1/2 cup rice in the bottom of each container to weigh them down a bit and then I glued the lids on with a hot glue gun.

For the bowling ball I got a Styrofoam ball and mod podged strips of fabric to cover it and make it hard. You can tell that a years worth of play has taken it's toll so I think it's about time to make him a new ball.
This bowling set was such an easy and inexpensive gift and it was one of his favorites.


A couple days ago I came across one more container in my craft supplies so I wanted to do something fun with it. I came up with this idea that I thought would be cute for kids to make for teachers, friends or neighbors. It can be filled with candy or any other kind of fun treat.
I used a lid from a can of spray starch, hot glued it to the lid and spray painted it black. Then I added some ribbon and a button. I used beads for the eyes and mouth, felt for the nose and some Christmas fabric (left over from making gift bags) for the scarf. I then hot glued buttons down the front.

This project only took me about 10 minutes and didn't cost a dime!



Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Inexpensive Nursery Wall Hangings

A few months ago my little sisters came to stay with us for a week. We spent most of our time working on Christmas presents for friends and family and some baby shower gifts for our nephew Mathew. They wanted to make something to go in his room. We searched the Internet for some ideas and found some very cute wall hangings on Target.com. Afterwards we went through my craft supplies and this is what we came up with.


I had several sheets of brown foam that I had bought for another project and never got around to making. I also have more felt scraps than I know what to do with. We cut out all the shapes for the animals first. We then cut out the leaves and sewed the lines on them using a sewing machine.

Next we used hot glue to assemble the animals piece by piece.


We cut around the edges of the foam with pinking shears and used raffia to hang them.



It was such a simple and inexpensive project! You can find foam sheets at Joann's Crafts, Walmart and Michaels for less than a dollar. I think these will look adorable in little Mathew's jungle bedroom.



Come back tomorrow for some fun Christmas gifts and crafts made using.........



Gerber Puffs Containers!


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Our Disneyland Vacation!


I had every intention of posting pictures of our trip right after we got home. Well, a week has already gone by and I am just now getting around to it. Between being sick and our computer crashing (AGAIN!) I just haven't been able to get anything done. To be honest I spent almost the entire week in my pajamas :( But tomorrow begins another week and I am going to make the best of it! I have been working on tons of projects lately so hopefully I can take some pictures of them to share them all with you. Until then enjoy some of my favorite photos from the trip. Check back later this week to see more!

The entrance to Disneyland. It was so much fun to see everything in the park decorated for Halloween!

Our little family after riding the Winnie the Pooh ride. Kaleb is sitting in a honey pot.

Jeff and I waiting in line for Indiana Jones. My amazing in laws took the kids on some rides so we could enjoy some time together.
Andie eating breakfast at the hotel just before we left for Disneyland. Can you tell she's excited?

Kaleb working on a sand castle at Huntington Beach.

Kaleb and Andie getting ready to leave for Disneyland!

Jeff and Kaleb on the carousel. Out of all the fun rides we went on, this was Kaleb's favorite. I thought for sure Buzz Lightyear would be.

Andie playing in the sand at Huntington Beach (minutes before a giant wave came and took all of their sand toys).


Kaleb lounging on the beach. I love this picture!



Kaleb and daddy getting ready to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Kaleb was not smiling when he got off. He kept saying "I don't like the fast ones Mommy!"

Allen (my father-in-law), Kaleb and Jeff waiting for Finding Nemo. Another great picture!
A BIG thank you to Jeff's parents for making this trip possible for all of us. We are so blessed to have such a wonderful family and look forward to many more adventures with them. Love you all!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Vacations In A Jar


A while ago I came across this amazing idea on Blue Cricket Design. It's called "Vacations in a Jar". It's a cute and creative way to preserve your memories of vacations, celebrations, holidays and more.


I love how they look all lined up on a shelf and I can't wait to get started on mine. For years I have been saving various treasures and pictures from our vacations and now they will finally have a home. Head over to Blue Cricket Design to find out how to make one of your own!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Happy 101

Last week I received the Happy 101 blog award from Naptime Crafters. I now have the opportunity to share 10 things that I love and 10 blogs that I love. It was so hard for me to narrow it down to 10. I sat here for hours going through all my favorites. I chose the ones that made me smile the most and you will see why........

1.I love this little chef costume found on Polka Dots and Pizza . Kaleb always wants to dress up like a chef to be like daddy so I may have to make him this.

2. Dream Home created this beautiful Fall pillow cover.


3. Frou-FruGal took an old buffet and turned it into an amazing and beautiful piece of furniture. I would LOVE to have this in my home.

4. I absolutely love this owl ornament made by Whimsical Creations . It just makes me smile!

5. Revamped made this cute play kitchen for her daughter. I am working on one as well so I am always on the lookout for more ideas.

6.Simpsonized Crafts made this amazing pumpkin topiary.

7. Nap Time Journal made this adorable witch and spider banner.

8. You've been Boo'd! My Many Colored Days made these fun treats for the "Phantom Ghost" to deliver to neighbors. I always thought this was a Utah thing but I was so happy that someone "Boo'd" us a few nights ago. It made Las Vegas feel a little more like home!


9. KSSNNIKKEL created this darling upcycled hat for her adorable baby Drex.

10. Get the recipe for this rainbow Jello @ Awesome Family Fun.


Now for the 10 things that I love.........
2. My amazing, funny, crazy, adorable husband Jeff
3. My 2 beautiful children
4. The Harry Potter series (which I am currently reading for the 2nd time)
5. Fabric, Fabric and more Fabric
6. Disneyland
7. Christmas morning
8. Vanilla Coke
9. Twizzlers
10. Date nights with my husband
Now, if you received this award from me please pass it on to 10 more deserving women. It will put a smile on their face!


Friday, October 8, 2010

My First Blog Award!


Yesterday I was awarded my first blog award by Naptime Crafters! It made my day! I now have the opportunity to award this to 10 other bloggers and share 10 things that make me happy!There are so many amazing women out there that I think deserve a little pat on the back (and a big hug!) for their hard work. I'm excited to be included among them. As a busy stay at home mom, I cherish the time that I spend working on my blog, creating new projects and searching for other fun and inspiring blogs. It makes me feel like I am accomplishing more than just changing diapers, making meals and cleaning up messes.

Since we have taken a much needed break and fled to sunny California for the weekend I will not be selecting my 10 blogs until next week. I am going to need a lot of time to narrow them all down! Please check back next week to see who I have chosen.

Also, since Christmas is just around the corner (yay!) I will have some upcoming posts for easy, inexpensive Christmas gifts and crafts.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Fabric Fun Thursday

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Today I am linking up some of my Disney projects to Fabric Fun Thursday @ Cheap Chic Home. If you haven't checked out this blog then head over there and see all the wonderful things that Kim has to share. She is a wife, mother, interior designer and crafter. She has some wonderful ideas, tips and recipes so don't miss out! Click on the link above to see all the other Fabric Fun Thursday entries.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

EXCITED!!!

Today my Disney shirts and ears are being fetured on SOMEDAY CRAFTS !
I am so excited! Use the link above to head over there and see my ideas as well as many other adorable Disney projects. There are also great giveaways that you don't want to miss out on.
A BIG thank you to Michelle for sharing my projects with all your readers!

Andie's Doll House

Remember this ugly little doll house I bought months ago at the DI? Well I have finally gotten around to working on it this past month. Andie's 2nd birthday is less than a month away so I knew I couldn't put it off any longer. Once I started sanding it down I realized it was in pretty bad shape. It had several layers of old paint on it and every time I sanded it the wood would crumble. So I just sanded as much as I could and put a couple coats of purple paint on it.
I used scrapbook paper to create the floors and wallpaper border. I cut the paper and mod podged it to the walls and floors. It now has a bedroom, nursery, kitchen and living room. I am still working on getting some more furniture and I am also making some pictures and fun things to hang on the walls.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Good Things to Come

This week I'm feeling a little tired, maybe even a little discouraged. I've been trying hard lately to be positive and to be grateful for all have I been blessed with but I tend to let the bad times overshadow the good. I know there are a lot of you out there that are feeling the exact same way. I also know that many of you are suffering in ways I could never imagine. And for that reason I know that I need to count my blessings and press forward. This video is one of my favorites. It shares a beautiful message of hope. Whether you share my beliefs or not I urge you to watch it. It will brighten your day and maybe give you that little bit of push that you need to get through your day.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Fun Disney Inspired Crafts

Today I wanted to share some fun Disney inspired crafts that I found out in blogland. There are so many talented women out there with amazing ideas! It was hard to narrow it down to just a few but these are some of my favorites.

We have an old calendar hanging on our wall that we have been using to count down the days until our trip (only 8 more!). I wish I had come across these countdown calenders sooner! This one was can be found HERE at THE CRAFTING CHICKS. They even provide a free template so you can make your own!

Here's another adorable idea for a countdown calendar found at MY LITTLE GEMS. She uses Disney paint sample cards from the Home Depot and adds a fun Disney related activity to the back of each one for her children to do each day. Such a great idea!

I couldn't resist posting this Peter Pan costume found on MAKE IT AND LOVE IT. Doesn't that little boy just melt your heart!? She includes a great tutorial if you want to make one for your little cutie. Also, make sure you check out her fabulous Tinkerbell Tutorial.


I absolutely love these Mickey Mouse cookies found on HONEYSCRAP, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite blogs. She has so many amazing ideas to share. Every time I read her blog I add something else to my To-Do list. I will definitely be making these for my mom who is the biggest Mickey Mouse fan ever.

My last craft to share are these fun little autograph books created by Rachelle of FINGERPRINTS ON THE FRIDGE. She bought 2 plain mini scrapbooks and some fun stickers and let her daughters decorate their own books. Such a great way to save money. Also check out her Disney link party with some more great Disney ideas.

Thanks for joining me for Disney Week. Don't forget some of my ideas will be featured on DISNEY DAYS @ Someday Crafts next week, so please use the link on my blog to head over there and check out all the other great ideas!