Terra Cotta Wind Chime Project

This afternoon Abby and I had lots of fun making wind chimes. We made one for both of her grandmas and one for her. I had recently seen a photo of similar chimes online, but it didn’t have instructions. I thought that it wouldn’t be too difficult to put together and would be something fun that Abby and I could do together, plus it would be a project that would allow her to work with her motor skills.

In the morning we went to walmart to pick out our supplies. I let Abby pick out all the colors to use.

What you need:

Terra cotta pot

Leather cord or something similar

Washers

Beads

Large buttons (not pictured)

Paint

Acrylic jewels

Hot glue/glue gun

First Abby painted the pots.

We let them dry over lunch and then took a nap. After that, we used the leather cord to make a large loop for hanging. I then knotted the cord through a big button and put the cord through the bottom of the pot. I thread the cord through another button and knotted it again.

I tied two washers to the cord. Abby strung pony beads on the cord and I knotted the ends.

She picked out rainbow colored jewels to place on the outside of the pot for added sparkle. I glued them on around the edges of the pots.

Abby is very excited to give each grandma her chime.

You can change up the design by adding different beads, bells, sea shells, feathers, or other items.

Have fun! If you make a chime I would love to see your project!

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Getting Ready for my Little Monster: Decorating Baby’s Bedroom

I have been anxious to get baby boy’s bedroom decorated and ready for him to come home to, or as my husband said recently, “nesting like crazy.” Part of it is because I am excited, part of it is because I want it to be done if he were to be born early. My cousin recently had a baby girl born several weeks premature due to preeclampsia, so not having things done or close to done for him makes me feel nervous.

The room has been used for the past two years as a guest room, so we had to do some rearranging and take all of the furniture that was in the room downstairs to an extra room in the basement that we had previously used for storage.

When we moved into our house this room had been wallpapered with a tacky striped paper and a sports-themed border. We removed both and painted the room a greige color. I didn’t want to repaint the room since we had so recently painted it, so we left the walls as they were. I found some cute vinyl decals of monsters on Wal-Mart’s website.

I painted two pictures to hang in the room, based on a similar project I had seen on Pinterest.

I found a cute monster-themed alphabet print in Etsy and framed it.

A fingerpainting that my nephew had made and had given to me for Christmas was already hanging in the room and I decided to leave it because it is colorful.

I couldn’t find any fabric with monsters on it at Wal-Mart or Hobby Lobby, but found some with a cute pattern at JoAnn’s on an out of town trip. I sewed a valance for the curtains using it. It turned out to be a little long, but it will do. The blue curtains had already been hanging in the room.

 

We brought in the crib and rocking chair formerly in Abby’s room. Before Abby was born I had recovered the rocking chair cushions in gray fleece. The bookshelf was my husband’s from when he was a kid.  I would like to paint it but I’m not sure I will get that done any time soon. I added a couple fabric storage cubes with monsters on them from Dollar General. The other I had and previously used in Abby’s room. The teal hamper I bought at Walmart.

Right now the room is a little bit crowded because the swing and Pack and Play are being stored in there until the baby arrives, then they will be moved to the living room for use.

Did you go through a nesting phase while you were expecting?

Finger Painting Father’s Day Project

With Father’s Day coming up, Abby and I decided to get creative this morning and make a present for my husband.  He doesn’t buy new clothes very often, so we had already bought him a shirt, but we wanted to give him something homemade as well.  We had to be a little sneaky and work on it while he was occupied, as it is Sunday and he was home with us.

I looked at several cute ideas on Pinterest, but several of the ideas required items I did not have.  I wanted to try to use supplies we already had at home if possible. 

Abby loves to finger paint, so we got out a piece of 8 x 10 construction paper and acrylic paint.  We decided to use different shades of green, which is my husband’s favorite color.  I draped her high chair and the table in plastic and placed an old towel on the floor.  At first she daintily stuck her index finger in the paint and made polka dots on the paper like she was afraid to get dirty, but eventually she got into it.

Abby’s finished painting, below.

After the paint dried we added some leftover colored letters from Hobby Lobby that I had used for another project.  The letters are a tad crooked and not quite evenly spaced, but we had fun.  She is learning her alphabet so we had to review all the letters several times and she was very picky about what colors we used.

Lastly, I framed the painting with a black 8 x 10 frame.  I could not find an empty frame in storage so I ended up buying a $2.00 frame at Walmart.

Abby is pretty proud and excited to give her picture to Daddy!

Are you making any projects for Father’s Day?  I would love to hear about them!

Easter Bunny Sign Craft

While browsing Pinterest a few days ago looking for an Easter project. I saw some cute bunny signs using pallet wood.  It didn’t appear to be too difficult so I went to Hobby Lobby to buy my supplies and try my hand at it.
The original instructions for this project are from Diva of DIY’s website and can be found here: http://divaofdiy.com/easter-decorations-rustic-bunny-sign/
 

Supplies I used:

  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush 
  • Wood
  • Sandpaper 
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue gun and glue

I painted each board a different pastel color and then let it air dry for an hour.

I tried to free hand paint a rabbit shape in white.  Not gonna lie: it sucked, I got mad, and then I painted over it with the original pastel colors. 

Next, I folded and 8 1/2 × 11 sheet of paper in half lengthwise and cut out half a bunny shape, similar to how you would cut a heart from a folded piece of paper.  I lightly traced the bunny on to the wood with a pencil.  I then painted the bunny white and let it dry.

I used the sandpaper to rub lightly over the wood, pressing slightly harder around the edges to make a worn or “rustic” look.  Using a cloth, I wiped off the sign to remove any paint particles loosened by sanding.  Finally I used the hot glue gun to attach a ribbon to the bunny.

Are you working on any Easter crafts?  If so, I would love to hear about them!

Painting Time!

Abby has been very interested in coloring lately and we have spent a lot of time with her colorbooks and loose paper.  After several coloring sessions this weekend I was a little bored and wanted to do something different, so I looked through my craft supplies for something we could make together.  

I found a small canvas and decided to let her finger paint.  Not wanting to clean up a paint mess all over the house (and all over the kid) I placed blobs of different paint colors on the canvas and then enclosed it in a gallon-sized Zip lock bag.

I set her loose to play and have fun squishing the paint around with her fingers.   

She had lots of fun and the project occupied her for quite a long time.  She is quite proud of the end result, seen here drying:

Modern Life

Last Sunday night I had a little time after Abby went to bed and was able to paint. It had been quite a while since I had last had a chance to, probably some time around Halloween. 

It felt good to get my hands dirty (and boy, did I. The new gold paint I recently bought took a few days to come off, even after using a lot of elbow grease and a stiff brush). 

The result was this, Modern Life, mixed media on canvas. 

The light in my “studio”/craft room/storage space stinks, so in the photograph the color is a little off and the gold doesn’t appear to shine as much as it does, I think it didn’t turn out too bad.

My Latest Project: a Hair Accessories Holder/Display

Like so many little girls, my daughter has a ton of hair accessories.  Abby was born with a lot of hair, so people have always liked to give her bows and barrettes as gifts.  These have been thrown in a tub in her bedroom or scattered about the house in a very disorganized manner.  As of late I have been on a quest to be more organized, so I decided to create something cute and functional for storing her hair accessories in one central space in her bedroom. 

Supplies needed:

  • Photo display board
  • Buttons
  • Hooks
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks

I didn’t start completely from scratch,  instead, I decided to repurpose a photo display board that I used to use as a decoration in my old apartment but hadn’t found a place for in our house after moving.   The board is covered in a yellow shiny satin-like material and yellow ribbon.  Abby has accents of yellow in her bedroom, so the board will work perfectly.

I found buttons that matched colors in her bedroom, pink and turquoise.  These I used to cover the little rivets that hold the ribbons in place in the board.  I used the hot glue gun to secure the buttons.

Abby has a few necklaces so I also added three large hooks to the board, using hot glue.  I placed the hooks close to the bottom so that the necklaces could hang down.

I added Abby’s barrettes.

Now it is hanging in her bedroom.

She loves to run up to it in her room and admire all of her “pretties!”

I have done a very similar project in the past to display jewelry, but used a heart-shape cut out of plywood, batting, fabric, ribbon, and screw in hooks. I covered the wood with batting and fabric, stapling the fabric to the wood on the back side. I criss-crossed ribbon accross the front, just like on the photo display board, and screwed the hooks in to where the ribbons intersected on the front side.  The end result looked very similar to this project but took much longer to create.​