Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Lazy Susan Craft/ School Supply Buckets Made Better

I decided my Lazy Susan Craft Buckets needed a little something extra. All I did was hot glue ribbon around the lazy Susan as well as the center bottle that holds pencils. Since my craft buckets are not attached to the lazy Susan I wanted the center bottle to look nice when the buckets are removed. 

 I used adhesive Velcro to stick the bottle to the lazy Susan.

Just a little extra, makes for a more finished look.
 Here is a link to my previous post Lazy Susan Craft/ School Supply Buckets

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Bible Time For Kids

by L. J. Sattgast - Zonderkidz 
For any of you looking for a wonderful and fun way to teach your little ones Bible stories, The Rhyme Bible is great! I came across this years ago when I was a nanny as well a a new believer. This adorable Bible in rhyme not only captivated and taught the little ones I was caring for, I myself learned a great deal.
I have since shared it with my own children as well as putting it to use in our Sunday school. Every kid loves rhymes... every kid I have shared this with loves it!


Another fabulous tool we use to memorize scripture is The Memory Bible by Stephen Elkins and narrated by Kirk Cameron. The Bible tells us to hide God's word in our hearts that we might not sin against Him. This Fun way of hiding God's word in the hearts of your children will have them eternally blessed.

A fun way we use this book is to read the verse, read the story and then take turns reciting the verse we just learned. I have the child say the verse in a normal voice, then we say it LOUD and then in a whisper. The kids love getting to shout out the verse! No child is too small to participate. I have begun this before my child could even speak clearly. They loved just making noise and all of us cheering at their attempt. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!
Click here to take a look inside the book. 

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Searching For Creative Ideas for Twin Headboards Photo by Megan Thompson; courtesy of

I am on the search for creative ideas for a twin headboard. May I also add inexpensive ideas for a  twin headboard.
I am still in process of putting together my daughter and baby boy's room. One thing I am lacking is a bed frame or headboard for my daughter's bed. I thought it would be fun to be creative with coming up with a headboard for her instead of buying a whole bed frame. Later on in years when the two no longer are roomies, I may want this bedroom to have a full size bed and not spend the money on a temporary need for a twin bed now.  My original thought has been to make an upholstered headboard, but we will see if my search yields any other creative solutions.

These photos are some of the things I have come across. 
Photo from click here 4 Ideas for Cheap Headboards


 Photo by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn; courtesy of                                  

I love the rustic boards used as a headboard and what they did with the wall space. Also the frame bed, simply made from molding purchased at the hardware store and painted. I am thinking the middle of the frame can be either paint or fabric.
Some other ideas I came across were using shutters, or picket fence. Maybe even using shelves or cork board. There are a lot of really great ideas out there. Now I just have to decide what direction I want to go.
Here is a link to another really great sight for ideas.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Hanging Baskets Hung

Here is what became of my painted baskets. One of them will hold diapers and such for baby. Just a small peak into my still in progress Horse Theme boy/ girl bedroom.You can check out previous posts here Boy/ Girl Bedroom.

A very excited little horse lover!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Stained Glass Tissue Paper Cross

He Is Risen! Though the letters have been loved off, at one point this cross did read those marvelous words of truth!

Here is a fun Easter craft you could do with your kids or if you teach Sunday school, the kids in your class. I came up with this last Easter and had my kids and Sunday school kids do this and they really enjoyed it. This does not have to be limited to just Easter. Change the colors and the choice of words and you have a great craft for anytime.

The supplies you will need:
Sparkle foam "paper" found at any craft store. I found mine at Hobby Lobby.
Hole Punch
Ribbon (I used wrapping ribbon)
A Cross Template to cut out the Cross shape. You could draw it or download something from the Internet.
Different Colors of Tissue Paper
Contact Paper
Foam Letters
Ribbon to hang the Cross in a window
How To:
Fold your sparkle foam paper in half. Place your Cross template in the center and trace around it. Cut out the Cross.
Punch holes around the edges. Punch two holes at the top to hang the cross in a window. Cut tissue paper into square pieces.
To make the stained glass center you will need to fold a piece of contact paper in half to fit the inside of the sparkle foam. Then cut the contact paper to fit.
Peel away half of the contact paper. Have the kids lay the different color tissue paper on the sticky side of the contact paper just over the cross shape. You need the edges free so the contact paper can stick to its self. Peel the rest of the contatct paper off and stick them together.
Then have the kids sew the wrapping ribbon through the holes, attaching the three pieces (foam, contact paper and foam) together. Tie a ribbon at the top two holes for hanging.
Have the kids add the words of your choice to the sparkle foam. My choice since this was an Easter craft, He Is Risen!

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Plastic Bins Made Into Drawers

 Life on a budget can leave you with no extra cash flow to buy a needed storage space for "stuff". A house where kids need to double up in bedrooms can cause space to become cramped. Parts of the country where you experience seasons and weather changes from day to day can lead to over loaded drawer space. Toys, toys, toys and no place to store them can leave you frustrated.
Why not put to use that unused under bed space to solve those problems and not break the bank at the same time? My simple solution to the dilemma I faced, turn plastic bins into drawers. My daughter is sharing a room  with her (soon to be born) baby brother. I have scoured Craigslist for a dresser that could accommodate both of them while acting as a changing table at the same time. I just kept coming up empty. I currently own a changing table that I was plenty fine with getting rid of, but not to replace it with another changing table. That just seemed senseless to me. So being empty handed... for lack of one big dresser for both kids, I got creative. The changing table will serve the needs of baby and under bed drawers will serve the needs of my daughter.
Here is what I did.
First I measured the distance from the floor to the bottom of the bed. I then went to Target and found bins that would easily slide in and out from under the bed.

I then placed a piece of scotch tape on the bin where I wanted to drill holes to add a rope handle. I marked the spots for the drill holes with permanent marker.
 I sized up my rope and chose a drill bit to match.
 I then drilled the holes. Putting the drill in reverse once the hole is made makes exiting the plastic bin a breeze.

I threaded the rope through the first hole. Tied a knot on the inside of the bin and then tied a knot on the outside. I did this to help keep the rope from sliding back into the bin. I then threaded the rope through the other hole and tied a knot on the inside of the bin.
Hint: you can put scotch tape around the end of your rope to ease it through the hole.

 An ordinary plastic bin has now "bin" transformed into a drawer.

Since my daughters bed is still being transformed into cute, I show her clothes under the crib. In actuality they are under her bed. The crib will also have drawers to house toys.

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Clothespin Cup Clips

 In our house of four kids I could spend my days filling and emptying my dishwasher of just cups alone. My solution has been one cup a day per kid. We have a space on our counter where I line up the kids cups in order of age. This works just fine, until we run into days when more than one child chose the same type of cup. Then begins the filling fast of the dishwasher again. One of my followers has a post on her blog ( about clothespins being used to identify whose cup is whose. I thought this to be a wonderful and fun solution to our cup confusion.
One idea is to have your child decorate their own clothespin. What child would not have fun doing that! I decided however, to make them for my kids. They have used clothespins in many different crafts in the past. I did not feel they would miss out, but rather have fun with what I came up with.
You could simply do a solid color differing color for each child, or add the child's name, glue ribbon to the front, make a label cover it in contact paper and glue it to the front of the clothespin and so on. Have your kids color them with markers, paint them, put stickers on them, glue pom poms and turn them into caterpillars etc. Your imagination could go wild.
Please keep in mind I am not an artist, just a mom whose kids are blinded by my love. They do not see the amateur work, but rather the fun intended. Smile, smile!

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Resurrection Eggs for Easter

Easter is Springing upon us and I wanted to share with you one of our family's favorite traditions. Resurrection Eggs.
Before becoming a mom to my own wonderful children, my mom shared resurrection eggs with me. Years back my mom made her own eggs, treasure hunting all over town for just the right things of the right size to tell the story of Jesus' death and resurrection. Even as a twenty something year old, I was captivated by the interactive display of what Jesus has done for me.
 Now that I have a family of my own, I too have shared these plastic eggs with my children. This is a captivating way of reminding children (and ourselves) what Easter is truly about. The way it works... hiding in each egg is an item that goes along with the story of Jesus' death and resurrection. The eggs are numbered to follow along with the story. I have my children each take  turns opening an egg at the appropriate time. If you don't already have this as part of your family's Easter tradition, I do hope you add it in and see the joy on your little ones (or big ones) faces.
You can now buy ready made and packaged resurrection eggs at your local Christian bookstore or even online. You could even search online for tips, video and instructions on how to make your own if you want to turn this into a craft for your kiddos.
Here are some links I found of places to purchase Resurrection Eggs online. I did not check out what the shipping or tax if applicable is on any of the below stores. Hint: Whenever I purchase anything online I always check the Internet for the stores coupon codes or promotional codes. Sometimes you can get an additional percentage off or free shipping by doing this.

The treasure of truth cracked open in these eggs is way better than any jelly bean found in a plastic egg on an egg hunt. Happy (almost) Easter!

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Potato Chowder Bread Bowls

Well we have been at it again. Putting our Kid's Crock Pot cookbook to use (click here for post on the cookbook we use  Kids In The Kitchen.) This time it was my seven year old's turn. She selected Potato Chowder that we served in bread bowls from Panera Bread Restaurant. She had fun serving everyone and playing hostess to our family. We are having great fun... if you have not already may I highly suggest you do purchase this book. If you have a kid's cookbook you love, I would love to hear about it.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Basket Case

I love baskets! As a young child of four years, I took dance classes next door to a shop where all they made and sold were baskets. My mom took me in there once and  from that day on, after every class I would beg her to take me back. The smell, the different shapes, colors and textures of  the shelves and shelves of baskets was so fascinating to me. Here I am decades later and baskets are still woven into my heart.
I found these baskets on clearance and knew I would find a use for them. I just had no idea when I bought them how perfectly adorable they could become. Here is the transformation of three very plain and ordinary baskets into cute and purposeful.
  I began by threading the ribbon through the top and bottom of the basket.

I then hot glued the ribbon to the basket. On the bottom I folded the ribbon in and glued it's edge so it would not fray, before gluing it to the basket.

I stenciled a star between the two ribbons. I used a stencil brush, but I am sure a paintbrush would work just fine.

There are so many great things you could do. Instead of stenciling the star directly on the basket you could attach a wooden star cutout. Or add a small chalk board. Add a word in wooden letters. Or a monogram. Add a small picture frame. The possibilities are limitless. These baskets have a specific purpose now and I can not wait to put them in their new home. These baskets will be "hanging" out in my baby boy and horse lover daughter's room. I will reveal their special spot in a post to soon to follow.

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