March 21, 2012

Scrap Fabric Wreath

I love Pinterest.  I know that people are leaving the site due to the rules about pinning items, but I still like to look and get ideas.

I found this gorgeous wreath and thought, I can do that.  Here's the link with tutorial to the original wreath I found:

I didn't stick with the original red wreath, instead I used fabric scraps.  I was employed at an architectural firm that also did interior design work.  One spring we decided to clean out all the old fabric books.  I couldn't just throw them all away, so I brought a bunch - like a LOT - home with me.  My husband has been so happy tripping over these for the past couple of years.  I've made a bunch of things with them, but I still had a lot of scraps left.

I opened the books and took out all the scraps that were in the red, pink and cream colors.  I cut the scraps to approximately 3", 4" and 5" squares.

Because the scraps are typically one sided, I put the right sides facing each other when making the little flowers.

I also covered the entire foam frame with fabric scraps so if there was a hole you wouldn't see the white foam.  I used hot glue to hold it all together.

It took a night in front of the television to cut all the pieces out of the books, and then another night cutting them to the right sizes and rounding the corners.  The third night I spent hot gluing the pieces onto the foam and burning my fingers.  I love hot glue, just haven't figured out how to not burn my fingers.

Also, because these scraps are mostly upholstery fabric, they made a huge mess.  My floors are wood so the clean up wasn't bad, but it was difficult to remove from the sofa.

March 18, 2012

Funny Mom

Ok, I have to admit.  Someday's I think I am funny.  And this past week there was such a day.

I knew that I wanted my daughter to do chores when she got home from school.  It was one of those early release days and she would be home by 11:30.  I've tried things like living a list on the table or taped the fridge but somehow they always disappeared.  So, this week, I got creative, or at least I thought so.  I made the list, dated it in case there was an excuse such as "Oh, I thought that was last weeks list".  I took that list and taped it to the front door.  Now, I've tried this method before and have heard results such as "oh, I didn't see the list.  I came home through the back door."  Now, when she gets off the bus and walks home, the back door is out of the way.  The children would spend energy walking to the back door.  So, here is my front door list:

  You totally couldn't miss this list of chores if you came through the front door.  Even if you walked past the house and glanced towards the front door, you couldn't miss the list.

BUT,  just in case, I was prepared.  I left a second note:

The second note was taped to the back door.  I wanted to cover all basis.

Along with a text stating that if her chores weren't completed she wouldn't be going to do things with her girlfriend for the remainder of the week, the chores got done.

No yelling.  No screaming.  No tears on either side.

And, the best part, I got a giggle out of being so darn creative - in my own sense- for the day.

March 13, 2012

The Seasons

If you were to ask me in July what my favorite season is, I would say Fall.  The crisp fresh air, the beautiful colors, and the cool mornings followed by warm days.  The excitement in the air about the holidays around the corner.  My favorite holiday (so to speak) is Halloween.  Living in Wisconsin you never know what you are going to get for weather.  I have dressed the kids from snow suits to shorts and t-shirts under their costumes.

However, come mid March my favorite season is Spring.  The cool mornings replaced by warm afternoons.  The freshness of the season.  The emerging flowers, the song birds returning and the days are getting longer.  Spring is a season for romance all soft and new.  The sights, sounds and smells.  People out walking their dogs, kids back outside playing.  The smell of people warming up their grills for the season.  Chatting with neighbors that have hibernated for the long cold winter.

Two favorite seasons, one for excitement and one for romance.

March 10, 2012

Bacon Pancakes from Pinterest

I have to admit, I love Pinterest.  All of those links that carry you on and on losing time, and all of the ideas they have, dreaming of all the time I wish I had to attempt to make those things.

A few things have come to fruition.  One being Bacon Pancakes, here's the Pinterest link:


My kids always put syrup on their bacon and pancakes, so why not try to combine the two for breakfast today.

First, cook your bacon.


Cover the bacon with your pancake batter

Cook like a regular pancake

However, the kids complained that the bacon always slipped out in one big strip.  So, I chopped up the bacon so you could have a piece of bacon in every bite:

So that when you add the batter it will look like this:

With this as the final outcome.  The kids loved this!  Will definitely make again, remembering to chop up the bacon before I precook it.

Hope you enjoy!

March 6, 2012

Diabetes Supply Storage

I have been trying to find ways to store items, while keeping them readily available yet not looking like a pharmacy in my kitchen.  My son typically uses an insulin pump, but when the pump is on the fritz we resort to insulin pens.  Insulin pens means all these pen needles.  Blood test lancets - one would be removed from the box or the sample bag and rest would spill all over the drawer.  I needed a way to keep them in sight so they get switched often, yet look decent.

I recycled some pasta sauce jars.

These looked much better, but with their shiny metal lids, they kind of looked out of place.  So, I roughed up the surface a bit and applied a white paint.

Just a quick rough coat, as I was going to apply two more coats.  The second and third coats were yellow and teal.  I then lighted sanded the lids to let the various colors and metal show through.  I think they look much better now.

Now to figure out how to disguise the Sharps container, yet still be able to turn it in when it is full.

March 3, 2012

Pumpkin Pie

I love pumpkin pie - made with fresh pumpkin in the fall.

I love it so much, I am in the middle of painting my kitchen an orange color called - Pumpkin Pie.  I can't believe what a difference it has made in my kitchen.  I can't wait to finish and post pictures.

March 2, 2012

My House

I live in a early 1900's craftsman's style home.  The plumbing and the majority of the electrical was updated about 8 years ago, along with the layout of the main level.  While the layout is a huge improvement, the use of an architect would have made it that much better.  However, the walls and ceiling on the entire main level were all painted this sort of brown color.  I hate it.

 In upcoming posts you will see pictures of my house as it is now (dirt, pet hair, etc etc).  (I have repainted all the rooms except the kitchen).  You will see the during and I will provide the after.  The main bedroom hasn't been touched since, I'd guess about 1948.  Honestly.  Ok, I did remove the really ugly light and put in a ceiling fan.  The style of our homes makes the second story almost unbearably hot during the summer.  The entire house had linoleum.  Bedrooms and everything.  It was a disaster.  The main bedroom still has the linoleum and it's U.G.L.Y.  I can't wait to post that.

The house has all new siding, new windows and a new roof.  Which is great as all of these are huge expenses.  I lost my job in 2009 in this wonderful economy and would not be able to afford the major upgrades.  My next major upgrade will be a hot water heater.  That's an entire story all it's own.  So, with limited income this is going to be a do it yourself time of home make over with lots of arts and crafts by myself and my children.  I can't wait!