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I am a very lucky girl. My husband loves to clean and keep things organized. And he doesn’t mind (in fact, I secretly think he likes) doing the dishes. I KNOW. I told you, I’m a lucky girl
Sometimes he’ll do the dishes and set up the dishwasher at night and in my morning haze, I open the dishwasher before seeing if that little “clean” button is lit up. Even if you closely examining the contents, sometimes it’s just hard to tell if they were clean or dirty! Instead this had been our solution once we set the dishwasher to a cleaning cycle:
Yep. Writing “clean” on some freebie sticky note pad. We replace the note when it gets wet, dirty or non sticky, but we know this really isn’t the best solution. I’ve seen dozens of those “dishwasher indicator magnets” (like this basic one or this funny pirate themed one or or this one fit for anyone with a teenage in the home) but our dishwasher is not magnetic! We needed a better solution. Luckily, I had this:
An old set of Scrabble tiles salvaged from a house cleanout at Derek’s Gramma’s back in October. I saved the pieces knowing I’d find something to do with them and this was just the right use!
With a little hot glue, our DIY Dishwasher “cleaned” indicator is now in full use for our playful family! Don’t you just love a good recycling solution?
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Real life conversation with my husband Derek after hearing the “It’s a Girl” announcement:
Derek: “We’re not gonna put one of those things on her are we?”
Me: “What things?”
Derek: “Those strings with the flowers.”
Me: “A headband?”
Me: “Oh yes we are!”
What’s cuter than a bald baby or one with a full head of a hair with a cute headband on top? Since they can’t wear necklaces or bracelets, headbands are the perfect way to accessorize your mini me.
And accessorize I did! She’s worn store bought ones, ones I’ve DIYed, and ones others have made for her (Thanks again Becky!). But the problem lied in how to store them!
After picking up this scalloped picture frame with a 11×14 opening on clearance at Michaels for $8, I got to work making a headband display.
I removed the glass and wrapped the backer in fabric with three pieces of vertically hung ribbon. I sewed on a few buttons to hold the ribbons in place. When she’s older, I can slip in those harder plastic headbands inside within each “loop” that I created.
Derek added hooks at the bottom to hang to longer headbands. I can clip the coordinating clips onto the vertical ribbons.
We hung it up under the floating shelves in her room. Now we can easily coordinate a perfect outfit! In trying to get this shot, I captured the cutest little photo bomb, don’t you think?
Want to see her full nursery, including all the DIY elements created? Click here or the image above!
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Scrapbooking takes time. You have to take the pictures, then print the pictures, then match them with the best paper/embellishments, then find the time to actually adhere them all down and finally journal! Since I already did most of the work in coordinating papers together, I like to take those scraps and turn them into quick cards.
You’ve already seen me do this with our Engagement Layout to make a Valentine’s Card:
And our Maternity Photo Spread to make a happy thoughts card:
Recently, I completed this layout about Brielle’s fourth month:
Afterwards, I grabbed all those little scraps of colorful papers and put them together to create a few cards with this fun caption bubbles punch!
So next time you’re scrapbooking, don’t throw away those little scraps, get crafting and make a quick card!
Supplies: Patterned paper: Making memories? | Punch: EK Tools | Stamps: Inkadinkado, Hero Arts
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A few weeks ago, my mom celebrated a milestone birthday. Now I won’t put her age out there on the internet, but you might have a guess after reading about my dad’s recent milestone birthday party. :) She didn’t want a big party, as we just did that for my dad, but instead, she booked an all inclusive vacation for her and my dad so she could escape this horrible Jersey winter.
When trying to think of what to do for her birthday and knowing that she always loves a handmade gift, my sister and I began to put together a Shutterfly photobook for her.
Growing up, our family seemed to have our own language when it came to some items — most of which involved food. In an attempt to make things more understandable for my younger sister and me, I guess my mom started using very literal terms to describe some foods.
Didn’t you know “orange noodles” was the correct term for mac and cheese? Or “CCs” was canned peaches due to their obvious similarity to the third letter of the alphabet? Most of these terms stuck and I didn’t realize how weird some of them really were until I was in college describing them to Derek or when we started using them for my nephew, Blake.
My sister and I began working on a family dictionary which included all my mom’s silly phrases along with other common words that our family just preferred. Dinner was supper. A pocketbook was our purse. Cream rinse was conditioner.
I’m sure some of that is a regional thing but I highly doubt the rest of the world calls ketchup, Italian dressing or gravy “dip it” and knows which item is which, depending on what is being served, right?
We also added some other words that brought on fun family memories. Like “flashlight” which was “the object which produces a beam of light that one was asked to hold when helping daddy.”
I wrote most of the copy, with suggestions on new terms from my sister, and we both collected images from our pasts or had our kids act out new ones. Overall, my mom got a kick out of our family dictionary and was laughing to tears while trying to read some of the definitions out loud!
If your family is like mine with a language all their own, consider making your mom a family dictionary photobook at Shutterfly for the upcoming Mother’s Day holiday!
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As a crafter, I know how long it takes to make some handmade gifts. Items I receive need more than the few minutes of love I can give it, so I’m happy to post these Handmade with Love posts that showcase great handmade cards or gifts I have received.
Allie recently broke out her knitting needles to create yet another beautiful creation for miss Brielle! She knit this colorful striped hat and gave it to me saying “I hope it doesn’t look too much like an Easter Egg.” I told her “I hope it does! It’s perfect for Easter!”
My birthday wasn’t really anything special this year (is 32 really something to celebrate?). But a few friends and family worked their crafty magic to make some handmade cards, such as Liz’s pretty creation seen above!
Here are a few more pages from Brielle’s Baby Scrapbook:
Each month of her first year, I plan to go through the VERY HARD task of looking at all the photos taken that month and picking out my favorites for a two page spread. In addition, I’ve been keeping a Google Document of all her milestones as they happen that I can easily access from my phone or on the computer. At the end of each month, I summed up the milestones and highlights that I can add to her growing scrapbook. Even if I fall behind on scrapbooking the pages, everything is already set up for me to write about it! Here are the layouts from the first few months:
Month 1: Basically everything is a first! I loved how many shots we got WITH her instead of just OF her. I also started the tradition of taking her monthly photos in labeled onesies! (and subsequently she started the tradition of soiling each of these onesies just after or during the photoshoot! Ahh motherhood.)
Supplies: Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee Cupid Collection, Martha Stewart Crafts | Chipboard Numbers: Heidi Swapp | Punch: EK Tools
Month 2 included a lot of growth! She was giving us these adorable smiles and silly faces that we captured often! I also moved her monthly photo shoots into her nursery on the pink rocking chair. I loved the one shot (seen second from the left) showing her little body in the big chair. I will make sure to capture this each month so we can see her grow into the chair!
Supplies: Patterned Paper: Making Memories | Punches: EK Tools, Creative Memories | Chipboard Shapes: Ek Success
Month 3 had lots of fun adventures with cousins, including attending Logan’s Baptism and her first Halloween with her cousin Brinley. I love how animated she seems (and was) during all the photos from this month.
Supplies: Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny It’s My Party Time, Martha Stewart Crafts | Chipboard Letters and Shapes: K&Company
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I’m sure you’re familiar with the talented and sweet Jennifer McGuire right? Well, if you’re not make sure to hop on over to her blog and be prepared to be inspired by all her stamping techniques. A few months back she released a series of posts all about her favorite crafty things. I entered her giveaway and was pleasantly surprised to have actually won one! Weeks later, I received a fun prize pack in the mail which included this fun stamp set from Kelly Purkey.
The front and center “MERCI” stamp stood out to me and I knew I had to use it right away. But with what? I dug into my stash and pulled out these ANCIENT gems:
Remember, these Jolee’s By You embellishments that were sold in craft stores back in the day? These Eiffel Tower designs would make the perfect compliment to Kelly’s stamp!
After a little heat embossing and some other layered embellishments, I now had three new Thank you cards to add to my collection. You can never have enough birthday or Thank You cards!
Thanks again for the great prize, Jennifer!
Supplies: Stamp: Kelly Purkey Simon Says Stamp | Patterned Paper: K&Company | Embellishments: Jolee’s By You, Parcel by EK Success | Embossing Materials: Inkadinkado | Punch: EK Tools
We made plans with Derek’s uncle and aunt (shout out Uncle Dave and Aunt Linda) to go to the town parade for St. Patrick’s Day. It would be Brielle’s first parade and first glimpse if she takes after her mom’s hatred of clowns and loud noises. No matter the outcome of that test, she still needed to look cute. I decided to craft her up a special headband accessory for the occasion!
- White Felt – cut into one circle, four hearts and a stem shape. (Side note: I love that a shamrock is made from hearts!)
- Silver Clip
- Tulip Beads in a Bottle Paints
- Fabric Scissors
- Glue (not pictured)
- Needle and Thread (not pictured)
- Button (not pictured)
Often, when I start a craft project, I try to get this “materials” shot done during the day in good lighting, then I know I can craft it anytime Brielle is napping or sleeping at night. So where was she while I took this shot?
Under the craft table with her caterpillar, of course. Mommy’s little crafter! Ok, back to the crafting!
Arrange the felt shapes onto the felt circle and use glue to secure. I knew that I’d be adding paint beads around the outside of this shape, but I felt like it needed something special. A few months back we had helped Derek’s grandma clean out her home in preparation to sell. She gave me this large collection of buttons from HER mother, Derek’s Nana. I dug into this bag of buttons and pulled out this cream button with gold accents. I thought it would make a perfect addition to Brielle’s headband.
I sewed the button onto the center of the shamrock and sewed the silver clip on the back. NOTE: Most of the parts of this clip are chocking hazards! I made sure to completely secure all the pieces and knew she’d only be wearing it while we were watching her closely. Do not let babies sleep in headbands with small parts!
Overall she did really well at the parade itself. In fact, she fell asleep during most of it! Derek wore her in our Ergo Baby Carrier in the hip carry position and there weren’t too many horns or sirens to wake her up.
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