Friday, March 1, 2013

My Pinterest Adventures

The last few weeks of my pregnancy I was confined to my rocking chair, due to some pretty severe spreading of my bones in preparation of childbirth. Let's just say, its a good thing because my baby has a huge noggin. In my misery, I entertained myself with my iPhone Pinterest app, pinning hundreds of DIY projects. And what do you know? I actually followed through and made some of them! Some while still pregnant, some while my newborn slept, and some while my big baby jumped in his exersaucer beside me. Here they are:

Candy Corn Baby Sack

I saw something similar in a Pin, but there was no tutorial. So I winged it. Ta-da!

Fall and Christmas Wreaths

Had some left over burlap from making Ashley's wedding place-mats, so I used them to make a few wreaths. I had this insane idea that I'd have enough time and motivation to make them in bulk and sell them online. LOL.

This is my favorite. I sold one to a friend, but I kept this one for myself.

Rice Bag Pocket Warmers

These little goodies I made with scrap fabric, old jeans that were destined for goodwill, and rice that was already in my cupboard. They made nice little Christmas gifts for a new mama with no spare cash.

Jingle Bell Fabric Ball

I made two of these, one for my nephew and one for my baby boy. I got the pattern here from a pin I found. Also from scrap fabric, stuffing, and jingle bells I already had. 

Crib Mobile

I couldn't bring myself to buy a cheap looking plastic mobile to put in the that nursery I had worked so hard to decorate myself. So I raided my craft closet and found ALL these pieces waiting for me (some were waiting just shy of 10 years to be used!) to craft into a unique mobile for my little boy. Photo credit to Charlie Boucher Photography.

Bath Salts in Mason Jars

Epsom Salts + table sugar + baby shampoo + essential oils + food coloring = sweet smelling bath salts!
I took some chunks off an old broken bejeweled hair clip and sewed them onto pieces of scrap satin and sandwiched them between the pieces of the lids on the jars. Another cheap Christmas gift.

Santa Bags

I had a ton of this stretch red knit fabric in my sewing box... been there for 10 years at least! I don't even know where it came from. So I made Santa bags to carry our gifts to our Christmas celebrations. I used this pattern and found it very easy!

Fancy Gift Wrap

I bought a roll of brown paper in the paint department at Ace Hardware. A few rolls of cute ribbon with a 50% off coupon a Micheal's and some blank tags turned these cheap handmade gifts into something fun to look at before they were even opened!

I tied some dollar store ornaments onto some of the packages instead of bows.

Advent Calendar

We got this fun advent calendar a few years ago, but this year I wanted to make it something special. I printed out a puzzle template with 24 pieces where each was unique. 

On each piece I wrote an activity such as "drink hot chocolate by the fire," or "go look at Christmas lights." But a few activities required supplies, such at the gingerbread house, the ornament making project, making Christmas cards, etc. So for those days, I included a puzzle piece with a question mark, and wrapped up the supplies in a package with a tag traced with the outline of the piece. That way, you'd have to match the piece up to the gift. It made it a mystery each day, and you never knew when you'd get to open a certain package!

Photo Coasters

I made three sets of photo coasters using 16 cent tiles from Home Depot, 4x4 prints of favorite photos, felt for the bottoms, and a bottle of liquid resin.

The theme was "Memories of 2012." These ones I put dates and captions on.

Baby Footprint Ornament

One of my lesser successful projects. Baby hands and feet are very squirmy. Glitter is messy. Ended up looking more 2nd grade and less Pinterest-y.

Christmas Card Display

This was great, and I'm definitely doing it next year. So much better than either setting them on the mantle or throwing them out! Wire ribbon + mini clothespins.

Baby Christmas Photos

Of course I HAD to try my hand at a Christmas light baby photo shoot! Turned out pretty well, and I made Christmas Cards out of them.

These are some of the same bears that I posed with on my hearth as a baby.

Chalkboard Mugs

I got involved in a "Creative Pay it Forward" chain on Facebook. So I bought some porcelain chalkboard paint, some mugs, and an oil paint Sharpie and went to town! They are not all on here because one person has not received his yet.
Valentines Gift for CJ
Dalek can say whatever evil thing you choose. 

"Get Fuzzy" characters can converse!

Angry Birds mug for Grandma Kristi

I mustache you a question, but I'm shaving it for later.

And there you have it! I think that's everything for now.

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