Monday, October 29, 2012

Every Universe Needs a Planet Necklace | Planet Necklace

My older daughter is dressing up as "the universe" for Halloween and requested a necklace of planets to accessorize her Galaxy Bubble Dress.  I agreed even though I had no idea how I would make one.  I was completely stumped until I chanced upon a marbled glass ball ornament that reminded me of the swirling gas atmospheres of Jupiter and Saturn.  Ding! Ding!  I had it figured out.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Autumn Decorating - Falling Leaves Garland | Falling Leaves Garland

Are you looking for a simple and elegant way to display all of the gorgeous fall leaves you or your children have been collecting?  I needed to do something with the growing pile that my children had on the coffee table and decided to hang our leaves as a series of vertical garlands on the hutch.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Glass Shade Ghosts - Halloween Yard Decorations

Last weekend we replaced the builder-grade, brass chandelier in our dining room.  As I was about to set the hideous thing on the curb, I remembered the glass shade ghosts I had seen on Lowe's Creative Ideas two years ago.  I decided to bring it back inside and repurpose the shades as Halloween yard decor.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Look Mom, I'm a Gourd! - Kids' Decoupage Craft

Craftiments:  Look Mom, I'm a Gourd!  Kids' Decoupage Craft

My girls have been begging me daily to carve their pumpkins.  Since they won't accept my explanation that their pumpkins will turn into two piles of slimy mush by the time Halloween rolls around, I needed to come up with another pumpkin related craft to appease them.  Then I came across Vicki's awesome Vanity-Kins on homevestures and was immediately inspired to make them with the girls.  Of course I had to put my own spin on the craft and decided to put the girls' faces on our gourds.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

How to Add a Custom Email Contact Button to Your Blog

I was recently asked how to add an email contact button to a blog using a custom image.  I figure others may be interested in learning how, so here is the html code:

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Give Thanks for Overalls - Thanksgiving Holiday Wear for the Kids

Craftiments:  Give Thanks for Overalls {Little girls Thanksgiving outfit}

I love the funny statements and mispronunciations that I hear everyday from my two year old.  Whenever she has an itch, she emphatically proclaims, "I scratchy!".  So when I thought about what the girls would wear for Thanksgiving, I imagined her sitting miserably on the couch, tugging at a stiff and "scratchy" dress.  And I thought, who says that a girl has to wear a dress for a special occasion?  Miss Juju already has a gorgeous pair of Laura Ashley corduroy overalls that I bought at the thrift store for $2 (tags still attached and made in Ireland, I'd like to add)!  The decision was made and I set out to make a pair of Thanksgiving overalls for Miss Imp.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Corduroy Bean Bags + Tutorial Roundup

Craftiments:  Corduroy Bean Bags

I love open-ended toys because they encourage children to use their imaginations.  A couple years ago I made a set of bean bags for my girls which they continue to play with almost daily, while the mass produced, battery operated, plastic toys collect dust on a shelf.  I am constantly amazed and inspired by the countless games they have invented!  My niece recently turned two, so today I made another set of bean bags out of corduroy for her birthday gift.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Yo-Yo Embellished Hem

Craftiments:  Yo-yo embellished hem

Whenever I shop at a thrift store, I always look for plain denim dresses and jumpers because they are so much fun to embellish!  With a few scraps of fabric, you can turn an ordinary dress into a fabulous, one-of-a-kind outfit for your little girl.  I've had yo-yo embellished hems in the back of my mind for quite a while, so there was no question what I was going to do with this jumper when I found it.