Clay Beads!

Have you ever used Sculpey clay before?

My mom bought some when we were young, for some reason – to make dollhouse people food, perhaps.

Now, it’s fun to pull out the box-o-clay with my own kids and get our sculpting on! I tend to repeatedly gravitate towards making guinea pigs – but this time, I had a few special requests – and it was so fun! 

Check out my Instagram or Facebook page to see what some of these turned into – jewelry-wise!

Which animals should I make next?


-peace and love-

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Say it with a Onesie

So here is the truth.

Taking care of a newborn is some repetitious work.

There are lots of things that you WANT to be doing, but are physically, mentally or emotionally incapable of doing for a while.

Well guess what? 

It’s totally ok.

You don’t need to prove to the world that you are a super mom.

Just to your baby.

And the best way to prove that is lots of snuggles, feeding, and binge watching a funny show on Netflix so you can laugh and feel somewhat normal while that sweet baby sniffs and snuggs all up in your arms.

If there are other children in the picture, this may have to be after they are finally in bed and it’s just you and the new night owl chilling together.

Whatever your routine, know that you don’t need to apologize for letting go of the little things and letting someone else step in and help you out while you kick back and recover.

Ok.

I got a little carried away there. With my little dude number 2, life was very nutso. We closed on our first home purchase the week before he was born. It was a fixer upper. Basically my dream house. I love diy projects and being involved in them. But guess what? I just had a baby and found myself sitting amongst boxes in a half-packed up house with two little guys while everyone else worked on my new place without me. I was bummed, to say the least, that I was helplessly sitting around doing mundane mom stuff every day at our old place, rather than being part of the excitement, progress and decision making at the new home.

So you know what I did?

I watched Gilmore Girls.

Everyone always told me how funny it was, so I gave it a shot. Sure, it isn’t for everyone, but I think people who have struggles and victories and have weird people in their lives and witness a little bit of crazy drama here and there can relate to Lorelai and Rory, and it did cheer me up and distracted me from my bummer summer sitch. 

So that is what inspired this onesie, and I feel like a lot of other little mothers can possibly relate.

-peace and love-

Dainty centerpieces

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Today I decided it was a perfect day to go through my craft things,
And I wound up putting these tiny little arrangements together.
The bottles were excavated by my husband while he was at work.
Thankfully he threw them in his truck and gave them to me!
They are so old and cool.

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Most of these twigs and things are left from my wedding centerpieces so it’s kind of nice looking at them again.

-peace and love-

Bikes & Boys

I was at the Hob Lob yesterday, making my usual yarn rounds
And happened upon some great super soft fleece bicycle fabric
Along with a matching chevron
(Husband is a bicycle enthusiast)
So I decided that littlest dude needed a new baby blanket.
Then eldest dude insisted upon needing pajama pants.
This is what came of it!
Next time I will be using a pants pattern, however!
(And perhaps next time I won’t have to stand with a sleeping baby
in the Ergo-baby-carrier whilst using the sewing machine!)

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And since my sewing machine was already out,
I upcycled a weird halloween raven shirt I had thrifted for a different project I never did
And made that into a fun little beanie.

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So needless to say,
My house has fallen apart in the meantime!
But this was fun, so it all evens out.

-peace and love-

Faux Tattoos

While at the dollar store today, I picked up some liquid eyeliner to play with.

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Then I drew on my kid with it.

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Since he’s a big Star Wars fan, he wanted his two favorite characters.
For only being 3, he sat relatively still and they came out decent.
I’m not sure how long they’ll stay on there, but they haven’t smudged off yet.
A little eye-makeup remover and I can make them disappear if I need to go somewhere fancy with him. 🙂

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-peace and love-

Paper Ceilings & Chandeliers

While in Chicago over the past weekend,
We stopped at the Houndstooth Saloon to kill some time while waiting for the Volcano Choir show at the Metro.

Though it was very loud, mostly due to the fact that it’s located directly under the train tracks,
I was happily distracted with the adorable ceiling and decided that I would try that someday in my own home.

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-peace and love-

Drop-Me-Not

Selfie-safe-iphone/ipod case : A DIY tutorial.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • Precision cutting tool
  • Cutting board
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • A length of ribbon
  • A flexible iPod case that you don’t care if you cut into.

 

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1. Use the knife to cut two slits in the case that are a smidgen wider than the ribbon you chose.

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2. Fit two pieces of ribbon through the slits (Make sure they will comfortably but securely fit your fingers!)


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3. Use the hot-glue-gun to secure both flaps down on the inside of the case.

 

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Now you are done!

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Look ma! No grip!

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-peace and love-

Tiny Felt Toys

I don’t really do a lot of hand-sewing, besides sewing tags on my hats.
BUT
I had some felt, and a friend with an adorable 3 year old birthday girl having a Curious George themed party so
I decided to try my hand at sewing her some tiny little figures to go along with the theme.
Unfortunately, I was not finished with them in time for the party,
But assuming that she hasn’t outgrown her fancy for that delightful monkey in the last 2 days,
We will be bringing them over to her today.
It was much more time-consuming than I anticipated,
But so fun!
I can’t wait to do some more little felties.

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-peace and love-

Drop-Me-Not : A D.I.Y. Selfie-Safe iCase

(Scroll down to skip the corny spiel and get right to the DIY project because you’re too cool to read silly things!)

IMAGINE THIS:
You’re on the hike of your life with your human best friend, and your canine bestie too.
You reach the summit.
The view is breathtaking.
You snap some pictures with your iPhone to remember it forever,
But deep down,
(oh let’s be honest. It’s just a blaring fact!)
You know the whole view would be better with all of your awesome faces in the frame.
You squish your sweaty heads together and hold your iPhone-camera out in front of you.
But wait!
Sir Fluffers isn’t in the picture!
You tilt it down to catch his imploring brown eyes in the shot and…

<insert horrified expressions and slow-motion scene here>
“NOOOOOOOOOOO!”
(I know you’re seeing this how I’m seeing this)

Your iPhone, along with all the precious photos that you’ve taken in the past year,
(Not to mention phone numbers, calendar reminders, life-goals & to-do lists)
Tumbles end over end down the rocky cliff and into a weedy, forest-y oblivion.

If only you would have had something to keep it from falling!
Something that would have allowed you to capture that triumphant moment
Without batting an eye
Without the turn of a stomach
Without giving a darn-toot about damaging your priceless-memory-laden electronic device!

‘IF ONLY’ – NO MORE!

I am about to give you instructions on how to make

DROP-ME-NOT : The Selfie-Safe case.

It is also helpful when you are lying in bed watching Netflix on that miniature screen.
Or if you are running.
Or on an amusement park ride.
Or holding your phone out of a car window, although I still wouldn’t recommend that in most circumstances.

First you will need:

  • A cheap, flexible plastic iPhone case  (try K-mart or the like if you don’t have one lying around!)
  • A permanent marker
  • A cutting board
  • Pinking shears (regular scissors will work if you don’t have these)
  • Exact o knife or other precision cutting tool
  • Wide ribbon
  • A hot glue gun with a glue stick  (DUH!)

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1: Make marks where you plan to be cutting the slits for the ribbon to go through.
You actually only need two lines, one for the top and one for the bottom.
This was a make-it-up-as-you-go thing for me, so I drew many lines. Ignore the rest! Go look at the next picture!

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2: Use the sharp knife/tool to cut a little slot.
Try your ribbon in it to make sure it’s the same width before you get too carried away with that knife.

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3: Fold one of the ribbons in half and stick it through the slot.
4:Trim the raw ends of  the ribbon with your shears to keep them from fraying.
5:Put your pointer-finger through and adjust it to the tightness that feels comfortable for your personal finger.
You want to be able to easily slide it on, yet keep it from sliding off too easily, and additionally not have your digits turning blue & cold on you.

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6: Get that hot-glue-gun and secure the ribbon down on the inner side of the case.
Remember to keep your adjustments that you just made for your finger-size.

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7: Repeat all steps and create the bottom loop in the same fashion.
It helped me to hold it with my finger the top loop while I measured the angle for the bottom, as your ring finger will naturally point a little bit downward while your pointer finger is pretty much straight across. Makes sense, right?

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8: This isn’t even a real step! BECAUSE YOU ARE DONE!

This is how the insides will look! Cute eh? Not really but your iPhone will be covering it, so who cares! Not this girl!

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I should have thought of using a ribbon that didn’t resemble children’s band-aids,
but that didn’t cross my mind beforehand.
You can learn from my oversight.

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LOOK MA! NO HANDS! 

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I hope you love this contraption as much as I do.
I had so many thoughts of how there should be a case like this,
And then finally decided to make my own.
I have since googled it and there are some loopy cases you can buy
But this one is personalized JUST FOR YOU and probably a lot cheaper! 🙂
I’d love to see pictures of your own version if you make one.
I’m on Instagram as  OHLEAHLEAH
Keep me in the ‘loop’  (har har!)

-peace and love-

P.S. Feel free to Pin this DIY to your Pinterest board if you can’t get to it now!  You WILL want to do this for yourself!