For some reason, since I was in middle school, I have always loved making cards. Forget about watching TV, hand me some paper, some type of adhesive (Gludots anyone?) and my paper cutter and I can be occupied for the next two hours. Just paper and me. Nowadays, card making is seldom, but listen up! I’d like to announce that since baby #3 was born, Maddie and I have managed once to make cards while #2 and #3 were napping. Here’s to some of our beautiful masterpieces. (And yes, those are Cheerios and playdough in the background.) Check out my post on Making Greeting Cards with a Toddler for more. Continue reading
For Samuel’s 1st birthday, I was all ready to give him his first bite of cake. In trying to make a special cake for his birthday, my husband and I thought about the idea of making a watermelon cake, only because our boy loves watermelon. It was just a thought and I didn’t even know what the end product would be. Until I went to Pinterest. The inspiration!! We bought a watermelon and hours before the party, I made the easiest yet coolest cake known to man. I am all about easy. And I all about cool!
|This beautiful card was her first watercolor greeting card.
Given by “Maddie and Mommy” to my aunt.
Aside from my chairs that were a mere $8.25/chair, I also got a couple of other great steals at the estate sale I went to about a week ago.
Here is my $2 chalkboard ($14.99 at IKEA) and $5 cabinet after finding their new home!
This chalkboard sits above our home office desk and I used the little shelf on it for office supplies. The plastic containers that I put on the shelf are simply the plastic GERBER food containers. I’ve had them saved up for months knowing that there must be some good use for them! I feel like the chalkboard fit perfectly in our house.
Here’s the cabinet, when first spotted at the yard sale. Then, after being placed in our dining room for great storage. There are shelves even.
I’ll spare you all and withhold pictures of my cool boxes and yarn!
If you know me, you know that I don’t like spending money nor do I have much money to spend. Though I grew up in rich Bethesda, my family always lived a really frugal lifestyle. I looked like a boy most of my childhood with big clothes and ugly hair, millions of handmedowns and our walls were white, never painted. My grandparents lived with us and I think it was through them that I really thought we were poor. My grandpa had jars of sugar hidden underneath a sheet covering his TV stand and he always had stashes of Coke as if he were still in the war. We could never throw anyway anything that was remotely reusable because my grandma rummaged through the trash. When you wanted to throw something out, we waited until my grandparents were visiting my cousins in Canada.
Total cost of cloth and chairs – $50 for 4 sturdy cute chairs!
I learned to crochet when I was pretty young, only because my grandma tried to teach me to knit and it was just too hard. Instead of two sticks, she gave me one and since then I have been a crocheting monster. For years, I’ve only known one or two stitches which has limited me to making scarf after scarf for myself and friends and family (I don’t think anyone is quite that impressed with my scarves anymore). I always managed to entertain myself by simply changing the yarn color.
Problem #2: neither could I!