Category Archives: DIY

DIY Dress bow holder


I see these all the time on Etsy and such and a friend had bought one for C, and after looking at it I figured hey I can do that!

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bow holder

What you need:
Foam core board (big enough for the top of your dress)
ribbon (I used 3 different rolls for different colors)
1/2 yard of fabric
1 yard of tulle
small gems(optional)
hot glue gun

What to do:

Draw out the shape of the top of the dress onto the foam core board and cut it out with the blade
Flatten your fabric front side down and lay the dress cut out on top of it
Trace it onto the fabric twice using chalk(leaving about 2 inches of space around one of the patterns  for when you cut it out
Cut out the first piece you traced fabric(make sure to cut it about 2 inches away from your lines so you have enough to wrap around the back, except for at the bottom, cut that on the line)
Cut out the second piece on the lines
Cut your tulle into strips (there is no science you can cut as long or short as you want and as thick or thin as you want)
Using the glue gun glue the strips of tulle to the bottom of the foam core board dress cut out both on the back and front, again not a science you can use as little or as much as you want to make it thicker or thinner
Take your larger fabric cut out and lay it on the front of your core board lining up the bottom and wrap it around to the back(you may have to cut some tiny slits in the fabric near difficult areas so it wraps around smoothly
Glue the fabric onto the back, you can cut it some if pieces are too long(you do not want to much bunched up back there)
Take a piece of ribbon big enough to use as a hanger and glue it in a loop to the back of the foam core board cutout
Take your other piece of fabric cut out and line it up over the back of the foam core board dress cutout and glue in place
Cut your ribbon strips the same length as your tulle(I used 5 strips) and glue to the bottom of the dress piece
Now take ribbon and wrap it around the waistband(just to cover up the bottom area a little) cut where it meets and then use hot glue to glue in place

I used ribbon to make 3 medium sized bows and glued them along the waistline of the dress, then added a small jewel to the center of each
I then made to small bows and glued them to the shoulder area
Then I added a jewel to the middle top

And there you have it a dress bow holder for about $7

DIY stool remake



I found this stool at goodwill for $3 and decided I would bring it home with me and turn it into something pretty.
I wanted it to match my daughters room, so I chose to redecorate it in an owl theme, and to make it even more cost effective I used mostly what I had around the house (other than the batting that I got for $1.99)

I used:
Pink fabric
Owl patterned fabric
Pink spray paint
fabric glue
glue gun
heavy duty stapler

I am not a huge DIY girl, and rarely do things as complicated as I should, so I didn’t take apart the stool all of the way, I just took the top off

Then I spray painted the entire thing other than the top pink, let it dry and sprayed it 1 more time.

While it was drying I started working on the top

I cut out some of the owls from the owl patterned fabric and sat them aside

I measured my batting and my cloth and cut appropriately

I sat the batting on the ground and turned the top upside down on top of it, then used the stapler to staple the batting down

I repeated the procedure with the pink fabric then cut away any excess fabric

I used fabric glue to glue the owls where I wanted them

Once the base was dry, I put the top back on

I then used the hot glue gun to glue buttons where I wanted them on the base

I am pretty proud of how it turned out especially since total I spent $4.99 on the entire project!


I would love to hear your opinions 🙂

We grew Vegetables and I didn’t kill them it’s a miracle


I have probably talked about how much I hate gardening, and how much my daughter loves it before.  Well I gave it a shot again this year in hopes she would actually get to pick some vegetables that she helped grow, and to my surprise, It’s working!

She was so happy to be able to pick and eat these tomatoes and green beans, and I was thrilled to see that all of the plants are still alive and thriving.  It’s a miracle, I swear I even killed a cactus once.  We have 3 teeny tiny cucumbers growing, lots of beans and tomatoes, and while there are no actual vegetables on the Acorn Squash, Zuchinni, and Cantaloupe, there are tons of flowers so I am taking that as a great sign.  Now if they could all just hurry up before we have to move away.

DIY Button Letter Ocean Theme


My sons room is done in Ocean theme, well not at the moment because we are staying at my dad’s during this deployment, but at home it is in Ocean theme.  Button letters are flying all over pinterest and I am not sure who made the first one, but I know they are cute, so I decided to make one myself

monogram button letter

This can be done in almost any theme you will need:
Buttons (I used blue)
A frame (I purchased mine at the dollar tree)
A wooden decal (I used a fish)
A piece of thick paper (I used white)
A pencil
Glue (I used craft glue)
Hot glue gun or other type of strong glue

To make it:

Take the white paper and use the pencil to draw an stencil or outline of what you want your letter to look like
glue buttons all in your stencil, taking care to cover your pencil lines
*hint-It is better to start with the big buttons and fill in with smaller buttons
Put the paper inside of the frame but take out the glass
Hot glue the decal onto the frame where you think it looks good

That’s it!

Revenge is below me


I would just like to say thank you to my daughters PK teacher, or whoever is responsible for handing out day camp brochures to the 4 and 5 year old children as they exited the class.  My daughter in particular was super excited about the prospect of going to day camp.  She was in such a good mood, and with her you never really know what you are going to get when you pick her up from school, but that was literally all she wanted to talk about it, so I decided to take a look before we left the parking lot. Dates were good, price was good, and then I scanned a page on the brochure and this is what it said


Great! Now what the hell was a I supposed to do?  I could not say anything and she would continue to be the joyous little girl she currently was, that sounded good, but eventually I would have to tell her, and then she might be mad at me for letting her believe she could go, she is smart like that. Plus I don’t want to let her build up all that excitement just to break her heart.   The problem was the  alternate option didn’t seem great either. Option 2 was telling the truth, I would have to tell her that camp is only for ages 6 and up, and then deal with the drama that would surely ensue.  That didn’t sound like fun to me.  The thing is I have always believed in honesty and I have spent all of my children’s lives telling them that they needed to be honest, and that lying was for the weak.  So I did what I had to do, I told her, I told her that she couldn’t go because she wasn’t old enough and then she cried, and cried, and cried.   I had to stop at the gas station to pick up some diet coke on the way home and another child from her class was there with his mom, and guess what he was doing?  Did you guess crying?   Seems he found out the same harsh truth about day camp.  I sat in the store feeling particularly bad for both children, and then I did what any self respecting mother would do.  I bought them both candy and donuts!  If you didn’t know this I am telling you now candy and donuts make everything better!  I watched as their little faces went from devastated to smiling.  There is a problem with Candy and Donuts though, they don’t last forever and as she finished her last mini sugar coated donut, she asked again “How come I can’t go to camp?”  I didn’t want to repeat the same thing I had already said because I didn’t want her to repeat the same crying she had already done, so I told her that our vacation to the beach was in 17 days and it would be much much better than camp.  Success!  Now all she is talking about is the beach!  Of course because I fed her candy and donuts she is also talking about the beach a mile a minute and I am pretty sure she is in there  packing as I type

But back to the subject at hand, what kind of person hands out a brochure for a day camp that is made for children over 6 years old to a classroom full of Preschoolers? Is it some kind of sick joke?  Guess what tomorrow before she goes to school I am going to feed her more candy and donuts….and my sister is the lunch lady so maybe I will send in a note with C and some money so she can give the whole class ice cream……


DIY Pine Cone Bird Feeders


With Spring time here, we love to watch the birds in the yard, so this project was perfect for us, plus it brought back memories because I used to make these when I was little
All you need is bird seed, peanut butter, string and pine cones (we went pine cone collecting earlier in the day which just added to this activity)

What you do:

Tie A long string to one end of the pine cone
Cover the pine cone in peanut butter
Try to stop the munchkins from licking the peanut butter off of the pine cone
Roll it in the bird seed
Again make sure they know bird seed is not yummy, or whatever let them figure it out for themselves
Bring out and tie it to a tree(make sure you put it where a bird can sit on a branch and get to eat, my munchkins hung them just hanging down from the tree so I had to go rehang them later)

Wait and enjoy your friends that come for a feast 🙂

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from ugly table to chalkboard fun


We came home to stay with my Dad while my husband went to Afghanistan and among the things in my daughters room here was this:

I asked my Dad if he would mind if I re-did it and he agreed I was good to go, So I procrastinated for about 2 months, because my time is pretty limited these days between mommy, cook, seeing specialists, and going to photography school, but then I finally got around to it, mostly because I couldn’t stand seeing it in original for anymore

I peeled off all of the weird wall paper
did a tiny bit of sanding(I hate sanding so do my best to avoid it)
Painted the top with Martha Stewart Chalkboard Paint
let dry for an hour, repainted, let dry an hour, repainted
Painted the sides with acrylic paint(2 coats)
Let the table dry for 24 hours
rubbed the top with chalk, to cure it and then wiped it off

And ended up with this:


C, A, and I have been coloring on it with chalk for 2 months now and it always wipes clean, It is a lot of fun and looks better, so if you have an ugly table and a munchkin that like drawing, I totally recommend this

Total cost for project was 8.99

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