new spring wardrobe

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What girl wouldn’t want a new spring wardrobe?  And all new accessories to go with it??  I know I would…but I’m not that lucky! My 1 1/2-year-old daughter, Ava, is that lucky!  Check out her new spring clothes and the hair bows to go with them…made by moi (the bows, not the clothes).

Most of these clothes were purchased at Crazy 8’s (my fav kids store) or Bon-ton.  The bows took me about three hours to make…it’s a little time-consuming but not hard, and sooo worth it!  Since I learned how to make bows, Ava NEVER leaves the house with one (well actually two – she rocks pig tails).

 

wicker love seat redo

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This is my sad, faded, falling apart wicker love seat on my front porch…not exactly welcoming.

The wicker had come undone on the legs…

…so, I used hot glue and sisal rope to re-wrap the legs.

A little better...

Then I spray painted the whole thing cobalt blue.

Much better!

Hopefully this bench will inspire my husband to paint the house…a dreaded job, I know, but MUCH needed!

Her she is…

It’s bright and cheery and I got the cushion and pillows from Christmas Tree Shops for only $30…what’s not to love?  By the way, just ignore the box of Thin Mints that snuck into the picture…hey, a girl’s gotta get her energy from somewhere.  Now…go spray paint something!!

spring

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In honor of spring, which has officially sprung (woo hoo), I…

(1) Spring- a – fied my lamps with Easter grass and plastic eggs.

Remember my Christmas and Valentine’s Day versions?

(2) Made Ava a flower shop.

Let me explain…last summer we bought Michael a tool bench; he used the tools but never really used the tool bench so I revamped it for his little sister.

Before

After

All I did was remove the “home center” stickers and replaced them with foam glitter letters that said “Ava’s Flower Shop”.  Then I added dollar store accessories (fake flowers, a watering can, and a gardening apron).  All that’s missing is a pair of gardening gloves.  She loved it! I can’t tell you how happy I am that spring is in the air!  I have a ton of projects, big and small, planned for the next few months…stay tuned. :)

abc rocks

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In an effort to help my 3-year-old son learn his letters, I made ABC Rocks.  Like every little boy, my son loves rocks…so these should be a hit.

Materials:

Rocks – I got mine from the dollar store…you  could get them from your backyard for free :)

Acrylic Paint – I used 4 colors so my son could also sort these by color

Paint Brushes

Clear Enamel Spray Paint – to seal the rocks when you’re done

I had everything on hand except the rocks so this project only cost me $1.

The finished product!

I painted uppercase letters on one side and lowercase on the other.

It took a few coats, especially the yellow, but they dried quickly so there was little down time.  When you’re done, spray them with clear enamel spray paint to make them more durable.  I was thinking of making these into a busy bag but my purse already feels like I’m carrying rocks…the last thing I need is to actually carry rocks!

As always…this post is brought to you by Pintrest :)

 

busy bags

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Swim season is about to start for my oldest…this means excruciatingly long swim meets.  I need something to quietly entertain my little ones so…I created a few busy bags.  Basically, I just walked around my house collecting seldom used toys.  I only had two requirement: (1) that it fit in a quart sized baggie and (2) that it wasn’t too noisy.

Here are my new busy bags:

Animal Books

Dora Dominoes

Blue's Clues Felt Set

Cars, Train, and Planes

Heavy Duty Pipe Cleaners

Magnetex (minus the metal balls)

All the busy bags can fit in my diaper bag.

I also included a Cars 2 activity book that has its own colored pencils and a small baggie of crayons and paper.  I tried to include enough stuff in each bag so both kids could play with the same one…whatever one kids has, the other will want…garunteed.  I have ideas for more busy bags so when these get boring, I’ll make some new ones.

Busy bags will come in handy even if you don’t have to sit through day long swim compitions.  They’re great for keeping little ones occupied during church, long car rides, or when you’re sick.  Now, if I could just find something cuter to store them in than baggies…the search begins.

simply brilliant

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I know you have already run out and got your free craft paper…now, you’re wondering, how are we going to store it…after all it is BIG and HEAVY.  I have the perfect solution.  It’s easy, it’s cheap, it’s a shower curtain tension rod!

Step 1:

Get your paper (free) and tension rod ($10).

Step 2:

Put the paper on the tension rod and “install” it under your kitchen table.

Step 3:

Pull the paper up from under the table and color.

Thank you, Pintrest…Enjoy :)