August 31, 2012

Tie Skirt

I've seen lots of different tie skirts floating around out there, but I think this one is my favorite. I think it is the t-shirt waist that puts it over the top.  T-shirt waistbands are my new favorite thing.  This one is from Crystelle Boutique and I love that it is more pencil rather than A-line.  It's a great take on an old favorite.  Check her out at Crystelle Boutique

August 30, 2012

Jean Lunch Tote

Need a new lunch tote for back to school, or even for work?  Take advantage of an old pair of jeans and make yourself one, complete with a a pocket for utensils!  This one comes from I Gotta Create, and I love it.  She even takes upcycling to a whole new level and made the handle out of an old belt!  Get the details at I Gotta Create.  

August 27, 2012

Creativity for Kids


I decided that I like throwing parties for my kids.  Well, party might be too generous a word, but play date seems a little too extravagant.  I especially like to celebrate summer. A few years ago I threw an end of the year water party, last year I tried to throw a back to school party, but had to cancel due to the broken AC and the 100 degree weather.  This year, I had every intention of making that back to school party happen.  So, when I got the email that I would be given the opportunity to throw a Creativity for Kids party, the timing couldn't have been better!  

We sent out invites for all of our neighborhood friends to gather at our neighborhood pavilion and they had a chance to make necklaces, bracelets, headbands and tie-dye their own bandanas.  I should have taken a picture of the production that was tie-dying with 15 kids 9 and under, but my hands were blue!  The kids loved it though.  What kid wouldn't love spray painting their own bandanas?  

The crafts were easy to put together and there were so many great options so that everyone's personal taste could be reflected in their designs.  Let's be honest, though, the sparkly options were the most popular!  

The kits were fantastic, because they weren't just full of ribbon and stickers, they had the necessary supplies like glue, tape and scissors as well.  The Creativity for Kids from Faber Castel kits would make great gifts, and you wouldn't have to worry about the recipient already owning the right kind of glue or tape, or spend extra money to provide them with it.  
Every guest received a tote bag for all of their projects and a coloring book.  My girls have spent more time in the last week coloring these books than any other coloring books in the history of my house.  Honestly, it's amazing to me that they haven't gotten bored with them yet.  Coloring books are usually exciting for exactly one day around here!  
If you get the chance, check out Creativity for Kids on Facebook.  This would make a fantastic little girls birthday party. So, if you're interested in encouraging the creative gene at your house check out Creativity for Kids

August 26, 2012

T-Shirt to Skirt

Here's another great t-shirt project: turn an old t-shirt into a new skirt. This skirt from Projects Around the House is particularly adorable with the flower embellishment. And the transformation is so quick and easy. Next time you're in the mood for a new skirt, don't head to the mall, head to your closet for an old t-shirt!  Get the details from Projects Around the House. 

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August 25, 2012

Crochet T-shirt Rug

I have got to learn how to make a rug like this!  This gorgeous ombre rug is made completely from  t-shirts. One Dog Woof created this beauty and I so want one!  If you know how to crochet, this will be easy for you.  Get the details at One Dog Woof and make your own.

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August 24, 2012

Kid Friendly Entertainment


When was the last time you took your kids to the theatre to see a movie?  And I'm not talking about your teenagers, I'm talking about your toddlers.  Really, the question is this: when was the last time there was a movie in the theater worth taking your little kids too?  I know, I can't remember either.

All the movies that have come out in the past few years have been rated PG.  I'm actually pretty strict with what my kids see.  Maybe I'm a prude, I don't know, but I really don't think that little kids really need to be exposed to the violence that is in so many of the newer movies.  In fact, I have a little boy who is really easily frightened.  Anything even remotely harrowing and tense will send him running out of the room, so if there is even a risk that will be the case, I can't take him to the theater because there is no place to go.

Well, luckily, that doesn't have to be the case for much longer. I had the chance to preview The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure with my children. This movie was created with really young children in mind and is an entirely new movie going experience. The movie actually encourages the audience to get up and dance and sing along with the characters.  My three year old was in heaven.  Not having to sit still for and hour and a half?  Yes, please!  Even my 8 and 9 year old enjoyed it and they were dancing in the aisles by the end of the movie.

 This movie is rated G.  And in fact the producers of the movie went to the MPAA and requested a rating even milder than G. There is no violence, no evil, nothing inappropriate for little kids.  The MPAA did not comply, but the producers decided that at least on twitter, the Oogieloves would be #ratedGGG.  If you would like to support this movie and hopefully spur on the production of more like it, there are a few ways to do it.
Like the Oogieloves on Facebook.
Follow the Oogieloves on Twitter.
Buy tickets now on Fandango for the movie, which comes out Aug. 29.
(And if you don't see a theater near you, make some noise!  Tweet, Facebook and email the theater requesting it!)
Get a sneak peak at the songs at Itunes.
Check out the Oogieloves Parents Guide

Whatever your source, be a part of the movement to bring back child friendly entertainment to theaters. Lets give Hollywood a message!

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August 23, 2012

Repurposed Wedding Flowers

Have you ever made a decoration for an event, but then didn't know what to do with it once the event was over?  Well, that happened to My Girlish Whims and her wedding flowers.  And she found a fabulous way to keep them going on! She found an appropriate container and they are on display in her bedroom.  So, if you have any old decorations lying around, get creative!  And get your inspiration from My Girlish Whims

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August 22, 2012

Shell Phone

Have you ever wished you had something not as obvious as your wallet to keep your stuff safe? Well, Instructables has solved that problem:  Hollow out an old phone that no one in a million years would want to steal and keep it safe in your pocket.  Get the details how to make it happen at Instructables.  

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August 21, 2012

Book Page Boxes

If you have some boxes that need a little sprucing up, why not pull out the book pages?  1-minute Bible  Love Notes created this vintage looking box from a simple wooden box and book pages.  All it takes is a little mod podge and creativity and you're done!  Think of the possibilities!  Get the details at 1-minute Bible Notes.  

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August 20, 2012

Sunglasses Clutch

Now that it is summer time I can’t live without my sunglasses. I tote them everywhere I go. We’ve all made our own pair of jean cutoffs, but what do you do with all the extra fabric? Waste not, want not as our grandmothers taught us. Why not turn the rest of our jean into a funky one of a kind sunglass case? All you need is this great tutorial from Instructables.  
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August 16, 2012

Plastic Bag Hammock Swing

This is one of the most incredible upcycling projects that I have ever featured on this blog.  This hammock swing was created with plastic grocery bags.  Seriously.  Instructables used about 500 plastic grocery bags to put this amazing thing together.  If you have a massive pile of plastic bags hanging around, check out this tutorial. It might just inspire you to make your own!  Find the full tutorial at Instructables

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August 15, 2012

Old Door to Organizer

The next time you get new doors, don't throw the old ones out!  Turn it into a coat hanger and organizer!  This one is from Second Chance to Dream. A coat of paint, a few embellishments and some hooks, and you have the perfect organizer for a mudroom or entry way.  Get the details to make your own at Second Chance to Dream.  

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August 14, 2012

Quick Heads Up! Promo Code!


Just a quick heads up for all of you savvy shoppers out there.  If you love eShakti, you can use this promo code to get an additional 10% off sales prices: AM22UGL.  This code will be good until August 31, and is not case sensitive. eShakti has tons of great dresses and jewelry if you are looking for something for a special occasion.  Don't miss a great deal! 

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Denim Cuff Bracelet

Everyone has a pair of old jeans that are just too full of holes to be socially acceptable.  This denim cuff bracelet is a great way to use that waistband that tends to go, well, to waste.  Angel Stitch Embroidery put this cute little piece together, and I can't help but think that the design possibilities are endless. Find out how to make your own at Angel Stitch Embroidery.  
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August 13, 2012

The Odd Life of Timothy Green


Last week I had the chance to see The Odd Life of Timothy Green.  I was not disappointed.   If you're not familiar with the premise, the film is about parents Jim and Cindy Green, who have just been informed that it will be impossible for them to ever have children.  A miracle occurs and Timothy appears on their doorstep by unorthodox means.  They fall in love with him, and learn all kinds of wonderful lessons.

I loved it. I was a little worried that I would bawl my eyes out the entire movie, which  I don't love. Don't get me wrong: I don't mind the occasional touching/sad parts of movies. But if the entire movie is like that, I just get a headache.  Luckily, while there were plenty of tear-jerking moments, there was enough humor to offset it and turn it into a delightful movie. Plus, Jennifer Garner is fantastic. I have loved her since her Alias days, and she is just as wonderful in this.

If your thinking about taking your kids, don't worry, there is nothing offensive to worry about. The only thing that you may want to consider is that younger children, maybe 5 and under would probably be pretty bored.  Our theater was full of children and everyone seemed to enjoy it.

The movie comes to theaters August 15. If you get the chance, check out The Odd Life of Timothy Green. You won't regret it.
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Crayola Bows

I absolutely love this idea from Through the Looking Glass. Make hair bows from Crayola wrappers!  How cute is that!  This is the perfect project if your going to make molded crayons, which we do every year at Christmas.  I'm thinking this year that the boys will get the molded crayons and the girls will get the wrapper bows!  I love it!  Find out how to do it a Through the Looking Glass
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August 12, 2012

Cabinets to Open Shelving

Have you ever considered converting your kitchen cabinets to open shelving?  After this tutorial from The Money Pit, I think you'll be sold.  She does a fantastic job and it looks amazing when she's finished. I've been eyeing the cabinets in my kitchen wondering if I can get away with it!  Find out how to change up your kitchen at The Money Pit.  
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August 11, 2012

Dress to Shirt Refashion

I love this shirt refashion from Shannon Sews.  She started it with a wrap type dress and turned it into this adorable ruffly shirt.  There are days when I really wish I could see the potential hidden in ugly clothes.  See the amazing transformation at Shannon Sews.  
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August 10, 2012

Get Rid of the Labels!

You know how old jars are perfect for just about everything?  Storage, crafts, decor, the list goes on.  But what is not so great is when that stupid label will. Not. Come. Off.  Luckily, Don't Waste the Crumbs, (don't you love that name?), has solved that problem for us.  She shares her secret to make those old jars look perfectly acceptable.  Get the details over at Don't Waste the Crumbs.  
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August 9, 2012

Men's Shirt to Women's Skirt

If you're husband ever clears out his closet, don't toss his button down shirts!  Make a few cute new skirts for yourself!  Natural Nesters made this adorable striped skirt from an old men's shirt.  It turned out incredibly cute.  You can find the details at Natural Nesters
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August 8, 2012

TP Bug Scoop

The way I see it, this bug scooper is great for a bunch of reasons.  If you are like me and refuse to clean up dead spiders for irrational, illogical fears and there is no way you are going to use a paper towel to pick it up this might help.  Just scoop whatever it is up and throw it directly in the toilet.  That is the main purpose that Crafty Journal gives this great idea.  The 2nd use that I think is fantastic, is for little kids who like catching live bugs.  They might just have a chance catching whatever it is with this simple scoop!  Get the details from Crafty Journal.  
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August 7, 2012

Milk Carton Watering Can

If you have a flower garden, plants in your home or pots in your yard, you have to check out this brilliantly simple idea from A Journey to Dream. Rather than go out and buy a watering can that the kids are going to find and then ruin by filling it with sand and therefore clogging all the holes, just poke holes in the lid of a milk carton and voile!  Perfect watering can with no leaks. And hey, if the kids do get ahold of it, all you have to do is finish another gallon of milk, rather than shell out 5 more bucks!  Details over at A Journey to Dream
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August 2, 2012

Toilet Roll Olympic Painting

It's Olympic time!  Are you doing anything fun to celebrate?  Why not try this fun Olympic art project from The Mother Huddle using paint and a toilet paper roll!  And if your kids get sick of using only five colors you can let them go wild. Get the details from The Mother Huddle
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August 1, 2012

Enamel Lid to Home Decor

See the cute little bit of decor?  It started out life as a simple enamel lid.  Crafty Goodies just add a few bits of goodness to turn it into this beauty.  If you're wondering how she did it, check out Crafty Goodies for the details. 
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