DIY & Home Projects · Tutorials

The Easiest “Framed” Chalkboard You Could Ever Make!

By now you all know that I love chalkboards!  They are one of my favorite tools to use when decorating or planning a party.   They easily add a personal touch to an event or when just decorating in everyday life.  If Jonathan has a good day at work, Great!  He can come home to… Continue reading The Easiest “Framed” Chalkboard You Could Ever Make!

DIY & Home Projects · Parenting as a Therapist · Playroom · Tutorials

DIY Magnetic Chalkboards for a Play Room and Vertical Work Surfaces for Children

Is anyone else making a basement into a playroom?  We have a finished portion of our basement that we have decided to use as a combination Craft Room and Play Room.  I have slowly been transforming the room from a plain white box that was used as a storage area into a fun bright and… Continue reading DIY Magnetic Chalkboards for a Play Room and Vertical Work Surfaces for Children

Sewing · Tutorials

Box Pleat Valance Tutorial – Sewing a Valance from a Target Curtain Panel

I recently posted photos of my new curtain in my also new “Reading Room”. I found a wonderful “how-to” from Living Solutions The Blog: Ideas and Inspiration I altered her tutorial just a bit and made my own box pleat curtain.  She does a great job describing how to measure how much fabric you will… Continue reading Box Pleat Valance Tutorial – Sewing a Valance from a Target Curtain Panel

Sewing · Tutorials

Princess Play Clothes – Elsa – Super Simple Queen Elsa Tank Tops

Making Queen Elsa tank tops was very simple.  Most of the project was completed by Mindi, my 9 year old cousin.  It was her first sewing project – I think she did an awesome job! We planned to make two – one for Eliana and one for Mindi so that they could have matching Elsa… Continue reading Princess Play Clothes – Elsa – Super Simple Queen Elsa Tank Tops

All Things Children · DIY & Home Projects · Parenting · Tutorials

Baby-proofing the Cable Box – diy

Eliana loves to play with electronics! ipads, cell phones, remotes….and the cable box. The only problem is that the cable box can’t be moved out of her reach. We also keep a basket full of puzzles to the right of the cable box – so it is often times very tempting to push the buttons… Continue reading Baby-proofing the Cable Box – diy

DIY & Home Projects · Tutorials

DIY Curtain Rod – How To Make A Long Curtain Rod For Less Than $10

After making / diy’ing my Custom Pinch Pleat Curtains, I also wanted a new curtain rod.I knew I could figure a way to make a curtain rod myself without having to buy a new one.  So I started searching some of my favorite DIY sights and found this at House of Hepworths.com It provides a detailed account… Continue reading DIY Curtain Rod – How To Make A Long Curtain Rod For Less Than $10

All Things Children · Child Made / Arts & Crafts · DIY & Home Projects · Holidays · Tutorials

DIY Wrapping Paper

Our homemade, or better yet, “Child Made” wrapping paper looks a little bit like modern art – freeform shapes and lines that intersect in beautiful disarray! It looks a little bit like our Child Made Thank You Cards except we only used red white and green paint for this art project. It is a fun… Continue reading DIY Wrapping Paper

All Things Children · DIY & Home Projects · Sewing · Tutorials

Travel Chalkboard Placemat

 Roll it open to color or eat:Roll it closed to travel:Did you know that they make chalkboard fabric?!  How cool is that?!  I have so many ideas for it (a table runner so that you can “name” all the dishes set out on your table, placemats with people’s name’s written on them for assigned seating,… Continue reading Travel Chalkboard Placemat

DIY & Home Projects · Sewing · Tutorials

Valentine Pillow Tutorial – diy

This tutorial could work for any season.  I will link the XOXO template that I made for you to download, but you could easily make your own template (maybe a reindeer for Christmas or a shamrock for St Patty’s Day?). I used a pillow form bought at IKEA.  We already had it and it wasn’t… Continue reading Valentine Pillow Tutorial – diy

DIY & Home Projects · Tutorials

DIY Upholstered Ottoman from an Old Coffee Table – A Tutorial

Materials: An old coffee table (Craigslist or hand me down) 2″ Foam Batting (thicker is better) Staple gun 1/2″ plywood cut to size (Home Depot or Lowes can make your cuts for free) Spray Glue Fabric Sander Primer Paint Most upholstered coffee tables wrap the foam/batting/fabric around the entire top of the coffee table and… Continue reading DIY Upholstered Ottoman from an Old Coffee Table – A Tutorial

DIY & Home Projects · Tutorials

DIY Framed Chalkboard

An Afternoon DIY – Framed ChalkboardPhoto taken by Paul Lorei Make your very own chalkboard with only a few supplies. Items needed: Frame Plywood cut to size  Black spray paint primer Chalkboard paint (I used Krylon spray paint) Chalk Screws (slightly longer than width of plywood) Drill Drill bit Picture hanger hardware Long thin piece… Continue reading DIY Framed Chalkboard

Princess Dresses · Sewing · Tutorials

Sewing A Cinderella Dress – A Tutorial

This post includes the details that can turn a regular dress pattern into a Cinderella Princess Dress.  You could easily add them to almost any dress pattern in your child’s size. For more detailed photos of the finished dress see this previous post. Piping Down The Center Of The Bodice: When cutting the fabric for… Continue reading Sewing A Cinderella Dress – A Tutorial

Princess Dresses · Sewing · Tutorials

Princess Play Clothes – Snow White

Princesses have play clothes too, right?  Since Eliana is completely enamored with princesses right now and requests to wear a princess dress every day I decided to make some princess play clothes for times when we are at the zoo, the playground and for our upcoming trip to Disney.  This way she can still attempt to climb,… Continue reading Princess Play Clothes – Snow White