Archive | January, 2012

“Dare Not to Swear”

26 Jan

So after making my son’s T-shirt and him really wanting to make one for his teacher, I decided to show you how we did it. With pics and all! Okay so I am all about using the things we have, my Mom had an extra adult t-shirt that had a tag of $1.24, on it. We used a white tee out of our donate box to stamp on. We had blue and white paint in the craft drawer and blue thread. And of course we used little sis’s foam bath letters again. Here we go.

All the supplies.

Stamping the shirt.

Completed shirt, stamped, sewn all crazy and splattered. I hope Ms. B likes it!



Crock Pot Ribs

25 Jan

Finger licking good! I found this easy super good recipe at “Mmm is for Mommy” through Pinterest. And Holy Yummy!

I think I will be getting future request for ribs often around here! And when she says carefully move the ribs from the Crock Pot to the rack she means it, fall off the bone goodness! One more pic of my ribs (1st attempt ever at ribs) just because they are pretty!



24 Jan

So my middle Son asked if he could make a T-shirt in order to get tickets for fun things at school. The cause for the shirt to get kids to stop cursing at school. The slogan “Dare Not To Swear”. I told him we could come up with something, but we had to use things we had here at home to make it with. The hunt was on. He found an old white Tee that had a pink stain across the backside.  I found a pair of my daughters 3 sizes to small gray leggings. We found some paint. All we needed was stencil or something to help us paint on the words. That’s when I remembered those foam bath letters, that I almost got rid of but didn’t because I am a hoarder! I cut the pants into strips, he painted the letters and stamped them on, then we stitched the pieces onto the Tee all messy like to look cool…. 😉 He really wanted the pink covered up somehow so we splattered a little paint here and there. He loved how it looked, so did his buddies and teacher. He got his tickets and now wants to make one for his Teacher to wear! 


Another Bulletin Board

7 Jan

I just love the tree boards I see on the web and this one really popped. I knew it would be perfect for one of the teachers up at school. I put it up for her at the first of the year and it has stayed up displaying all the kids art work and crafts of the month. It is still one of my favorite trees I have seen! The idea again was found on Pinterest (what did I do before this site??). This was my inspiration picture. From the blog tons and tons of cute ideas found here.

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Here is how mine came out.

Winter Bulletin Board 2012

7 Jan

Well its winter again and a New Year! I wanted a bulletin board that displayed both of these things, so I found this idea on Pinterest. No link that I could find attached but very cute idea someone had.

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I changed it up a bit and this is what I came up with. Turned out pretty cute , really loving penguins these days! Can’t tell very well on the photo but I used a cotton sheet to make the snow hill and it added great texture.

Bulletin Boards

4 Jan

I work at a local Preschool and Kindergarten, my official job is PE, but I also do the bulletin boards. I always find great Hand-Me-Down ideas on the world-wide internet.

Here are a few of the displays I have created in the past.

Beginning of School Year 2011

Fall 2010

Fall 2011

Winter 2010

Christmas 2011

Feb. 2011, promoting our family dinner fundraiser.

Spring 2011

I also did a few bulletin boards for the older kids elementary area. Supplies were short, they didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped but it is what it is.


Homemade Gifts 2011

2 Jan

For the past 2 years my Sister and I have created homemade gifts for each others kids. It’s been fun, making, creating and then seeing what we each come up with. Our kids even get in on the action and make things for each other. I had a ton of ideas for my Niece and Nephew but finally decided to go with a fort kit, travel pillow and felt food breakfast set.

So many great tutorials for the Fort Kits around but I used this one.

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They turned out cute, although I used grossgrain ribbon I had available and 2 twin sheet sets I found on sale at Target for 4.24. I bought a couple of bags, clothes pins, big clips and rope from the Dollar Tree. Fun in a bag for a long time to come! Here are what mine ended up looking like.


For the travel pillowcase, I found this pin on Pinterest.

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Here is the link

So I used the 2 pillow cases that came with the clearance sets I used for the fort kits. Added a front pocket with velcro to hold everything in turned the pillow long ways and added a grossgrain ribbon handle. I can’t wait to make these for my own kids perfect for road trips and camping!

My son volunteered to model one of the bags for me, here’s how it would be carried.

I wish I would have taken a quick pic of the felt breakfast food set, but I didn’t. I hope to make more soon so I will share then. This was one of my in the middle of the night ideas. I woke up around 4:00 am and just started sewing, the day of our Christmas. Some things always turn out best in a pinch!

Another quick, easy but super cute gift are the T-shirt tote bags tutorial found at this link.

Fell in love with this right away, I have a problem with letting go of old T-shirts some are just too cute. So I sewed up a few added a couple of extra touches to make them different. A ruffle, bow and even a belt.











For my final project I made wash rag travel toothbrush rolls. I saw this pin on Pinterest.

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My project turned out like this, you know I really ought a change thread color every now and then! I will be making more these also for our camping trips!

I say this every year but hopefully next year I will get started on the gifts earlier then the week before Christmas!