Wednesday, February 26, 2014

DIY Cloth Baby Doll Diapers

On a whim a couple weeks ago I searched for a tutorial to make some reusable baby doll diapers for Charley.  Not for her to wear, of course, but for her to use on her dolls.  She would lay her babies and stuffed animals down on a blanket for their diaper changes, but sadly there weren’t any diapers for them to wear.  Well except for real ones, but that could get expensive really fast. 


Thankfully, I came across THIS tutorial that was super easy to follow.  It even came with a printable pattern which made my life even easier.  When it comes to a sewing project, I need easy. 

I gathered four patterned fabric scraps from my stash and one larger piece of white fabric for the insides.  I love that three of the patterned fabrics are actually left over from Charley’s first year monthly photos.  (I also used her monthly photo fabric to make fabric bunting that you can see HERE and HERE.)

If you’re in need of some baby doll diapers as much as Charley was and you want a full on tutorial, definitely hop over to One Little Project for all the details.




So far the diapers are holding up well.  A couple of them even survived the washing machine and dryer after a little stomach virus incident…

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Friday, February 21, 2014

I Love: Target One Spot

Last week I started this Friday series where I share things I’m loving from the blog world, websites, or whatever.  (You can read about all the pink things I love HERE). 
Today I’m here to share the obvious.  I love Target.  I also love the Target One Spot.  Because, duh, everything’s a dollar.  Which means I can buy an endless amount of things from the overflowing baskets of goodness because IT’S ONLY A DOLLAR!  Until I check out and my bill is $150.  Oops.
Regardless, that incredible little spot has been filled with really fun stuff lately.  I’m not talking about the Dora stickers or the Dora books that Charley couldn’t live without.  I’m talking about really fun treasures that everyone needs to rush out and get right now.  Here goes.

Four words.  Ribbon.  Twine.  Washi tape.  There wasn’t the slightest chance that I’d leave without these items.  B.J. might have mumbled something along the lines of me being obsessed with washi tape.  I didn’t argue.

Striped and polka dot metallic pencils?  Gold spiraled plaid notebook?  Yes, please.  I’m a huge sucker for notepads.  Always have been.  There’s just something special about a new pad of paper.  Especially when it’s cute enough to sit out on your desk or nightstand.
So that’s what I’m loving lately.  I’d also love it if this weekend brings my family something more fun than the stomach virus like last weekend did. Cheers!
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

DIY Pallet Daybed/Reading Spot

Do you ever have those weeks when grocery shopping is the last thing you want to do, so you don’t?  And instead you look in your pantry, fridge, freezer and trash (just kidding) and scrounge around to make the most random meals with the most random ingredients?  Yeah, this project is sorta like that.  Only it’s not edible.
Let me explain the connection in case my rambling isn’t adding up.  Our office is supposed to double as a guest room.  Eventually.  Both our families live in town and our good friends that used to visit from the windy city now live in Cincinnati (score!), so we don’t have a lot of overnight guests.  Which means, B.J. and I can’t justify shoveling out money for a pullout sofa or a daybed at this point.  However, we both wanted to add seating of some sort or another to our office.  That’s when I came across a DIY pallet reading bed on Pinterest. 
I showed it to the husb and we both thought it was perfect, especially since we had a gigantic pile of pallets taking up precious real estate in the garage.
Here’s our inspiration pallet bed, made from two pallets raised on casters, a foam pad, a down comforter, some comfy pillows and an old door headboard.

And here is what our DIY pallet daybed looks like, made from two pallets, a box spring, a foam mattress pad, a comforter, a quilt and some comfy pillows.
Obviously our daybed looks a bit different than our inspiration piece.  We chose to turn our pallets the opposite direction and push the mattress all the way to one side, leaving a spot for a reading lamp and a basket of blankets.  We also haven’t put the bed up on casters.  At this point it’s a good height for Charley to get up and down independently. 
When I said this project was like scrounging around your pantry to cook a meal with leftover ingredients, I meant it.  That’s exactly what I did to throw this reading bed together.  The pallets were from our garage from the master bed project that never was, the box spring belongs to our king size mattress set but we’re only using the top mattress, the polka dot shams match Charley’s bedding but we chose not to use them in there, the other throw pillows came from my stash is the basement, the chartreuse quilt is mine from years and years and years ago, the wire basket holding blankets used to hold towels in the former guest room and the blankets we already owned, the rug is also from the former guest room, the white sheet is actually full-size from our old guest bed, and finally, the foot stool was a thrift store makeover months and months ago.  See what I mean?  This pallet bed was thrown together with anything and everything.  The only thing I bought was the $19 lamp and a foam mattress pad.  Clearly hoarding crap stuff in my basement pays off.
I should probably mention, too, that eventually we’ll purchase a twin size top mattress to replace the box spring so this daybed could actually be a bed and not just a place to sit.
I have plans to add a headboard to this DIY daybed and I use that term very loosely. Mostly because I plan to make it out of placemats.  Yeah, just go with it.  That’s what B.J. does.
Seeing as Baby Smallwood is due in three (THREE!!!) weeks and my energy level is not quite as high as my to-do list is long, I’m not sure when this placemat headboard project will actually occur.  I’ll keep ya posted.
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Friday, February 14, 2014

I Love: Pink (A New Series)

What better day than Valentine’s Day to introduce a new series on the blog called I Love.  There are always things I see around the blog world or during my online window shopping adventures that catch my eye.  I love reading and seeing the things that other people currently have their eye on, so I thought I’d take a break every now and then (perhaps on Fridays) to share the things I love with all of you.

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, this week’s post includes all things pink.

Office nook | Thonet “No. B9” chair in a custom colour | Sisters Jessica Nixon and Timoli Mustica are Okologi , a Melbourne interior design [real living]


Honestly, outside of nail polish, lipstick and Pink herself, I’m not a huge pink person.  B.J. even mentioned a couple days ago that I never wear pink.  Lately, though, I’ve been inspired by a few things in this happy hue.  Like that desk chair.  I think it’d be fun to add a little pink into my workspace.  I also love the idea of a Turkish Kilim rug in various shades of pink, a small clutch or simple water color note cards.

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If any of these things make it into my world, I’ll be sure to share it with you.  Something tells me though that my feet won’t be seeing the likes of the $785 rug pictured above.

Happy Friday!  And Valentine’s Day!

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Plaid Pillows

Because who doesn’t need more plaid in their life, right? 
Apparently THIS infinity scarf I made just wasn’t enough because I used the leftover fabric to make a couple pillows for our bed.
I might have a throw pillow problem.  Not like Ben Stiller in Along Came Polly where he violently takes a knife to every decorative pillow on his bed.  More like I can’t get enough of them and always seem to need more.  The result:  A collection of unused throw pillows in our basement.  The bright side?  I snagged a couple pillow inserts from that very collection to make these new pillows.  Let’s do the math.  Leftover fabric + unused pillow inserts from the basement = FREE PROJECT!!! 
I started by cutting four rectangles of fabric that measured one inch larger than my pillow on all sides (two pieces of fabric per pillow).  Next, I laid the right sides together and pinned three sides together, leaving a short side open.  Then, I stitched the three pinned sides, took out the pins, flipped it right side out, and stuffed it with the pillow insert.
Then came the hard part for me…blind stitching the open end by hand.  You can bet that my stitches are not so blind, but luckily I don’t see any pillow inspectors around here.
I was loving the red trays on our night stands so much that I decided we needed a bit more.  Hello, red plaid pillows!
And just to keep it real, here’s a similar picture with a little Charley photo bomb…
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Quick & Easy Valentines for Kids

I always like giving my students a little something for Valentines Day.  It’s a nice bonus when I can DIY something that costs little to no money.  (Like when I made THESE bookmarks out of paint chips last year.) 
This year I went in a different direction, using small boxes of crayons.
I typed out a simple message on Word that made sense with a box of crayons and printed it out.  The message reads, “You make our classroom a colorful place!”.  Of course you could change the message to fit your needs.  I kept it super simple and used basic printer paper but you could get crazy and fancy it up a bit.
The only other supply I used, besides the crayons and printed messages, was pink patterned washi tape.
I used the tape to attach the message to the box and called it D.O.N.E.  I completed them all while my individual ramekin filled with s’mores dip baked in the oven.  In other words, it took me no time at all.   
And yes.  On Friday night I kept up with the Kardashians, stuffed my face with graham crackers and s’mores dip, and made quick valentines for my students.  Wild, I know.
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Monday, February 3, 2014

Winter Gift From the Little Ones

Not that anyone wants to talk about winter and snow at this point, seeing as pretty much everyone except the Cali folk are waaayyyy over it, but I thought I’d share a a winter holiday gift idea from the kiddos.  Better late than never?  I seriously meant to write this post, oh ya know, in December.  How about we just call it a winter craft that you can whip out when you’re snowed in or the temperature decides not to creep above zero and you’re about to lose your mind. 


I saw some handprint snowmen ornaments floating around Pinterest that inspired this easy craft.  These were gifts from my students to their parents so I needed to keep it winter themed.  The ornament was just a little too Christmasy. 

I purchased the frames at Ikea for 99 cents a piece, which was perfect because I was buying a class set.  I painted the top of each student’s hand and stamped it on blue construction paper.  Then they added snowflakes with a tiny wooden dowel rod.  When the paint dried, they decorated their snowmen with colored Sharpie markers.


The frame is double sided so it was perfect to add a handprint related poem to go along with the picture.  I searched the internet for ideas and tweaked one I found to make it less Christmasy and more wintery.  I printed it out with a festive border and slid it into each frame.


I’ll definitely repeat this winter holiday gift next year with my kindergarten class.  It turned out cute and (most importantly) it wasn’t complicated to do with a class of five/six year olds. 

Psst…I’ll be back another day this week with a super duper simple valentine idea that kids could pass out at school or teachers could pass out to students.  I’m sure you’re waiting on the edge of your seat right now… Pin It