Tuesday, November 29, 2011

ism's - Adorable Things Kids Say

When my kids were little, life was very busy. 
I would try to remember the adorable things they said, but much of it slipped away. 
I used to write things in their baby books once or twice a year,
but as time went by, several years got skipped.  
Then I would frantically try to catch up, 
sometimes writing things that spanned a few years. 

I didn't want those adorable things lost for my grandchildren,
so I made this box for easy access in writing things down.

I have four grand daughters, ages 4, 3, 2 & 1 and another grandchild on the way.
I think this box will eventually contain tons of wonderful memories.

I am thrilled that Ayla telling me not to forget her sticklips (chapstick) or
Kierslynn telling me all about how "time-out" works are priceless and will not be lost.

The box was easy enough to make. 
A can of spray paint on a wooden box from Michaels
along with some stick on embellishments,
but any recycled recipe box etc. will do. 

I used  Hallmark card software that I had installed on my computer to design  the cards.

I wish I had one of these....

when my oldest asked me if "Daddy & I really did that" while holding his head in his hands 
after finding out I was pregnant with my youngest
when my middle one broke out in song in a supermarket at 4 years old 
belting out a very loud version of
"Don't You Want Me Baby" by The Human League, to the shoppers delight
when my daughter wanted me to use the "Vice-a-vator" on her and I finally figured out 
she wanted me to get out the vaporizer to put in her room

There were so many more....
that are like wisps of memory now....
once in awhile one pops up in my mind, 
and when it does, I will write it down.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Vintage Inspired Christmas

I found these 3 little lovely card or photo holders in a thrift store today for $1.  I just couldn't leave them there...but what to do with them?  
That was the question.
I thought of searching through old family Christmas photos but that seemed to be a daunting task.  My Mom was great at organizing, sorting, boxing, displaying etc. photos and photo books....me....not so much.

Sooooo...I thought maybe I could get some cool vintage photos online to print...YES....there were hundreds to choose from.....

So here is my display....in 10 minutes....this is what I came up with.

I decided on copies of old post cards,
since vintage photos of people I didn't know seemed weird.  
I used a cream colored card stock and trimmed them to size 
with a paper cutter to get nice straight lines.

and ps:  I found these Department 56 bottle brush trees yesterday at Savers for only $2.  A Savers just opened up near me and it was the first time I had been there.  My Mom used to take me to a Savers in Arizona
but I didn't realize it was a chain thrift store....
Now It will be one of my new haunts!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Eyeglass Holders For Every Room

I love eyeglass holders.....
I have one for every room and then some.
This is my ever-growing collection
 I want to be able to put my hands on a pair of glasses instantly....wherever I am....because it is soooo annoying not being able to see.  I used to have perfect vision....this getting older thing is hard to get used to.....but better than the alternative......ha ha
I just found a new one at a yard sale but it's a little beat up so I decided to give it a quick little face lift.
with this
 and this

I have tons of these foamy stickers in my stock.  They are perfect for my granddaughters little fingers to peel and stick onto all sorts of craft items.  They love them.
I picked one that was the least kid-like....a leaf....and stuck it on.
I taped up the inside with painters tape so as not to ruin the red velvet inside.
Then just spray painted with Rust-oleum Hammered Paint & Primer In One, in Rosemary which is a pitted metal with a gray-green tint....Love it!
Here is the next project I'll be working on.....can't wait to get started.  I found 2 of these at a sale for $25.00!

What a SCORE!!!