Monday, August 30, 2010

Bigtime Drool!

So it's been a while since I shared one of my new favorite sites to drool on... Here's an oldie that I rediscovered tonight - Plasticland! I have to say that they've seriously worked on offering more thoughtfully designed items along with the fun stuff. I'm especially in love with the pink cuckoo clock, Matryoshka doll glasses and tape measure. But trust me, there are lots of other happy things to drool on!


Friday, August 13, 2010

Glitter Hair Goodies

Having a little girl who loves sparkles usually means that all things involving glitter are a necessity. For example - tutus, princess dresses, thrift store old lady sweaters, fairy wings, anything with sequins (and I mean anything), glitter shoes of all sorts, and the ever popular sparkle flower hair accessories. I'm sure you must know a little one like this?!

So you can imagine the pure excitement when MG spied some "fancy" hairbands and barrettes at the store the other day. And then you can imagine the pain and agony when I told her $5.99 for a sparkle flower was too much. Ugh. I felt terrible! Then I realized we could easily make our own version for virtually nothing. A little elmers glue, dollar store flowers and hair accessories, glitter, and viola! MG had a blast gluing and sprinkling glitter and I think they look pretty great. Phew! Another cheap craft to the rescue! Ooo and a white version of this would be great for crafty wedding/bridal hair...


Thursday, August 5, 2010

Longest Yard Sale Extravaganza

Oh my goodness, I fulfilled a dream of many years today... I shopped at the Route 127 Yard Sale, aka "the world's longest yard sale". My sister and I ventured bravely up Signal Mountain, Tennessee with both kids to see what we could see. It was serious insanity, lots of interesting folks and TONS of great finds! Cars were parked everywhere, bbq was smoking, bargains were being bargained, sweat was dripping and I loved every minute of it! If you're in the area or able to drive to it, the sale is well worth the adventure. Happy hunting!


Sunday, August 1, 2010

Crafty Kids - Doodle Bean Bags!

I love Summer! We've been spoiled with endless days of great weather and swimming, but every now and then we have a doozy of a storm. And when I say doozy, I mean thunder booming within inches of our roof and lightening that looks like fireworks. It's really cozy and pretty but explaining to little ones that you can't swim is a bit tricky. So what to do when it's pitch black outside at 3pm? Craft of course! So here's a crafty kids project for a rainy day...

What you'll need:
- a sharpie marker
- fabric scraps (at least 5 inches square)
- double-sided fusible webbing
- beans or rice
- a little one that's bored

Ok, this is really easy and lots of fun. All you need to do is cut some white or light fabric into 5 inch squares. Iron fusible webbing onto the back. Then, if you're feeling brave or desperate, let your little one doodle on the fabric with the sharpie (be sure to tell them to leave room on the edges for sewing up the bag). Meanwhile, cut the bag fabric into 5 inch squares. Once the doodles are done, cut them out and iron them on to the bag square. Then put the 2 right sides of fabric together, sew 3 sides to join, flip right side out, have your child fill with beans and sew together the remaining side to close. To keep MG busy while I hand-stitched the last seam I had her count beans and name the doodle guys. Then we had a bean bag tossing extravaganza. So much fun and the lack of swimming was long forgotten. Hooray!