Misadventures Housewife

Misadventures Housewife

0 comment Monday, April 28, 2014 |
We were having dresser problems in my boys room. This meant that we were having major mess issues, like piles of folded clothes sitting on top of drawers that were always sticking out because I broke the tracks trying to shove too many clothes inside of them. I admit, I have an addiction to Old Navy. But, it is easier to fix the dresser problems then the addiction problem which to me is not a problem, just don't ask my husband about it ;).(And this is after it was cleaned off and moved to start our project! EEK!)So I think I have mentioned on here before that I have a small house and my boys room was in desperate need of some floor space. My dad (he's awesome) and I came up with a plan to give me a place for all of their clothes and to store their toys in too! Here is what we have so far...And Mr. Finn loved "helping" Grandpa fix the shelves!So for the rest of the week I'll be working on painting and arranging, working on pulling this all together. Hopefully I will have a finished project to show by the end of the week! I hope you all have a productive week too!!

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0 comment Sunday, April 27, 2014 |
Today I got a fun little package in the mail´┐Ż FEATHERS!!! I have a way fun project coming up, so check back soon!

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Hi There! I am so excited to be here on Scraps n Strings today! Sammy and Ruth are great and I loved the crate planter they did recently. I need to find a cute wooden crate!Michelle, from A Little Tipsy here, taking the wheel for the day!Nope not drunk (what a relief you will not be taking your tour with a drunk driver), I may or may not be a bit clumsy though.A little about me, I am a SAHM with one crazy 2 1/2 year old boy, a baby boy coming in November, and a big geek for a husband (don't worry, he calls himself a geek). I love keeping busy and sharing all my projects and adventures whether they be Home decor, holiday projects, or discovering how to get permanent marker off granite counter tops.So, enough about me...here are a few of my favorite projects.DIY Key Hanger I kept with the key theme using Typewriter keys, music keys, and car keys.With school starting this week, I am getting in the mood for fall!Easy Caramel Apple RecipeFall Handprint TreePumpkin TopiaryI also love to do reviews and giveaways on most Wednesdays so hop on over and enter my Snapware cupcake carrier giveaway!Well, I guess that about wraps things up. Thanks to Sammy and Ruth for swappin' it up and thanks to you for letting me be your tour guide today. Watch your step on the way out and don't forget to come visit soon!

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0 comment Saturday, April 26, 2014 |
Hi everyone! I am way excited to be here at Scraps n Strings! These ladies have the cutest ideas! Speaking of cute...I have been married for nearly 9 years to one McDreamy lookalike, and have had 4 beautiful children with him...(our latest edition is not pictured here, as he is only 4 weeks old, and we have yet to get a decent family pic yet!). We are students, and I like to save money, especially on kids toys. If I do spend money on them, I want them to last a long time. The best of both worlds is if I can spend very little money, make them myself and have them last a long long time! One of my favorite projects is making blocks for my kids. Blocks are timeless, inspire imagination and help them with their motor skills. They make great gifts for baby showers and birthday parties and the best part-they are relatively inexpensive.I have a tutorial for you here to make cuter blocks than anything you'll find in a store.First your supplies...You'll need modge podge, a couple different colors of paint, at least one sponge brush and wood. I like to have a couple different sizes so that I get a good variety of blocks-so I have a 2x4 and a 2x3.Next you will need to pick out your stickers-these are Doodlebug Designs, and I used both sheets. A good set of blocks though, only needs about 10 different stickers, so keep your eyes open for something that your kids will love. My set ended up having well over 30-a bit much, but my kids LOVE blocks. Next cut out your stickers leaving the backs on, this will make it easier to measure the size of your blocks.Now take your stickers and place them on the wood, using a ruler or something else with a straight edge, mark the size you would like each block with a pencil, remembering to leave room for the saw blade and what will be taken off in the sanding process.Then label each block with what sticker goes on it for reference later on, this is especially helpful if you are doing a lot of blocks.Then cut your wood...with a saw...unless you don't have a saw...Then, I guess you could use a really sharp butter knife...:)Then you have this.Then comes the tedious part.The sanding.First choose the sanding tool of your choice.I of course do not like to kick it old school, so the natural I had no choice was to sand by hand. I now have a belt sander, because of this project. But at the time of writing this tutorial I had to rely on a piece of sandpaperAnyway back to the tutorial at hand...Here are all the sanded beasts.As you can see I labled the table where I set the block after being sanded, because I sanded off some of the labels on the blocks, and I am about to cover the rest with paint.See? Depending on the color of your base coat, you might have to do two coats like I did.Then you are going to let them dry before mixing your paint for the edges.For the edges you'll want to water your paint down a little bit, and you won't need very much paint for this step. Now paint the edges around your block, it's alright if it's a little messy.Get all the edges....Then take a napkin or a paper towel and wipe it off!Then you will have this distressed effect around your edges.I got a little messy on mine, and I like it, all the blocks are unique and I think look really cool.After you are all done with your edges, it's time to put the stickers on.My kids helped me with this part, giving the animals food, coconuts in the trees, birds on the hippo's back (that's what they do mom, we saw it on Wonder Pets).Now we are onto the next tedious part.Modge Podge.These blocks take SEVERAL coats if you want to make sure the stickers actually become part of the block.Which you do, right? It's all worth it in the end though-you have a great set of blocks, that will last for years and years. Your kids might even pass them down to their kids.How fun is that?Thanks so much ladies, it's been a blast taking over your blog for the day!

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I just wanted to upload a pic of Miss T in her Halloween costume and her refashioned turtleneck. I decided to sew a big pretty flower on it and I just love it!Also, I recommend washing it on the gentle cycle as well as laying it lay flat to dry.Anyway, I love the flair and personality the flower gives this shirt. I'm totally excited to work with more ruffles and big flowers!

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0 comment Friday, April 25, 2014 |
Hello Scraps and String readers!! I am so excited to be sharing this fun project with you all today!Let me introduce myself!I am Fawnda from Fireflies and Jellybeans a little DIY blog that I co-author with my best friend Jeannine.I am a mom to a 2 year old son (who we adopted from Korea about 1.5 years ago!) and a wife to an amazing man! I love all things crafty!Here is somehting that every mom needs! A travel 1st aid kit! I love my travel first aid kit! I love that it fits in my purse, that it has all the stuff that I need. I that love that weven though I am clumsy I can still look good! You can make your own! Here is what you need:2 kids of fabric (1 Fat quarter of each should be enough)Fusible fleeceElastic (1 used 1 inch thick)Elastic cord or elastic hair bandsButtonsZipperSewing machine (with thread, scissors etc...)1. Cut out your fabric. 2 pieces 17" X 6" for the backing1 piece of each: 6" X 9" , 3.5'' X 9", for the pockets1 piece of 4" X 4" for the flap for the pocket (not pictured)2. Cut out your pieces of fusible fleece. (I like to cut mine a little smaller to give me room for seams. I cut mine to be 16 X 5.) Iron it on to the WRONG side of your two backing pieces. This is to give it strength and cushion.3. Iron all your pocket and flap pieces in half WRONG sides together so that you have these rectangles:6 X 4.53.5 X 4.54 X 24. Sew down the tow sides of each pocket and flap. Leave the bottom open to flip right-side-out.(Flap not pictured again... it is a little shy!)5. Now we are going to attach the zipper pocket. This is the first zipper pocket that I have done. So, there may be an easier way to do it but this is how I did it. First I measure and marked where the end of my pocket was on the zipper. I used the 6" side of the pocket. I marked the zipper with a pin.6. Sew 5-10 whip stitches at your mark to make a new end to your zipper.7. Cut off the extra part of the zipper8. Put your zipper foot on your sewing machine and sew the RIGHT side of your pocket to the TOP side of your zipper.8. Now, place you pocket (with the zipper) on one side of your backing where you want it to be placed. You want to make sure that it is at least an inch from the end.9.Now flip the pocket up (So now the WRONG side is facing up) and pin the zipper in place.10. Sew the zipper on.11. Flip your pocket back down and sew down the sides to the backing. You can leave the bottom open. We will finish that off later.12. Now measure 4 inches away from your zipper pocket and place you 3.5 X4.5 pocket on your backing and pin in place.13. Sew down the 2 sides of your pocket. Leave the bottom open, we will finish that later too.14. Now place your flap over your little pocket and pin in place. the flap should reach the top of your backing. You do not need to sew it on yet we will sew it when we put the other backing side on.15. Cut a piece of elastic to be about 4.5 - 5 inches long. I made mine 5 inches and it was a little too long, so I would suggest 4.5 inches.16. Fold over one end of the elastic and sew it the back at the edge of one of your pockets in the middle.17. Repeat on the other side, so that it looks like this.18. Sew a vertical line in the middle, there should be some slack in the elastic, so that it looks like this:19. Make 2 loops out of your elastic cord (or you can use an elastic hair binder) and pin then to the 6 inch side of your backing (on the side opposite of the zipper pocket.)20. Place you other backing piece over the one with the pockets with RIGHT sides together and pin all the way around. I like to mark my opening with double pins so that I know where to stop sewing.21. Sew around the outside edges of your rectangle leaving a 3-4 inch opening to flip right-side-out. I use a 1/2 seam allowance. Make sure you get all the pockets in the seams because this is how we are finishing those edges.22. Cut off the corners.23. Flip right side out and make sure your corners are all pushed out. I like to use a knitting needle to help get nice corner. (your pockets should all be finished in the seams now) Flip your unfinished edges of your opening inside and iron your seams.24. Top sew all the way around the rectanlge (closing your opening.)25. I added some top stitching were the folds of the kit are to make it easy to "crease" closed. I used the pockets as my guides and top stiched from the top to the bottom. This is optional.26. Fold your kit closed, pull on your loops and mark where your button should go.27. Hand sew on your buttons. I had to go inside of my pocket for mine.28. Fill it up with all your first aid needs:The small pocket is for bandages and cleansing wipes. The elastic straps are to hold the antiseptic and Children's Tylenol. The zipper pocket for bigger bandages, tweezers, and suckers (nothing heals a boo-boo faster than a sucker!).We would love it if you would stop by Fireflies and Jellybeans! We love making new friends! Thank you Ruth and Sammy for having me! It was SO FUN!

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