Alternatives

You know what would make a great alternative kitchen island?

Scaffolding.

scaffolding

You can set the height to your desire, lock the wheels down and resurface (or not) the “counter” … I’d cut to size a length of stainless steel myself – but could easily see how a nice laminate would look wonderful.

Also loving these alternative uses for crates.

crates

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Across the street from where we live there’s a ton of construction going on to rehabilitate an old school. There are dumpsters that I can clearly see from our window full of discarded materials, crates and other gems.

It’s time for a midnight field trip.

you’re the house of the best part of you

I have these two sticky-notes that I taped together and put on my fridge almost a year ago when all these really hard health changes started happening for me. The eating radically different, checking blood sugars, going to three different non-traditional doctors for answers.

I was really struggling with getting myself on board with everything. I wanted to keep eating the pasta and bread. I wanted SO badly to keep the ice cream. I was all for it on the outside but my mind was fighting me, tooth and nail, to the death of myself to me. Finally.

It reads …

“Jodi – you
clean for guests
and take care of
your house –
what makes
you and your
body different?
You’re the house
of the best part
of you. Bless it.”

That small piece of paper, taped and ratted at the edges, has been tossed around – thrown into piles, moved and moved and then moved again and I can’t throw it away. I’ve looked at it probably 20 times almost tossing it and then I think, No! This one blessing that I gave myself, this one reminder that kept me from getting more sick when it was at it’s worse deserves more than the bottom of the land fill.

So I keep it.

Some days it shows up in my purse when I didn’t put it there, or in my computer bag when I’m having a crappy day. Some days it’s at the top of my pile of “things to do” and other’s it’s just resting on my dresser. This twenty-nine word reminder to love myself has thousands of reasons written between the lines of why I need to keep reading it, keep remembering that I was the one who wrote it and I’m the one who needs to read it … over and over and over again.

I Am The House Of The Best Part Of Me.

I Will Bless It.

Bless You

Here’s your little reminder … if needed 🙂 (A free printable art-poster … from your’s truly)

More things to love and more to do

Make a chalk board sign then have the best looking garage sale or bake sale on your block.

Felt Finger Puppets stop it with the adorable-cuteness. I don’t have enough time in the day to play with all of this stuff.

Fathers day fish card Be still my heart. My son just got his first fishing pole on his birthday (which reminds me, who asked me where we got that?? I’ll find out!) so fishing with dad is now a reality and it kind of makes me want to cry because of the picture I get in my head of my boys sitting on a dock together with the fog rising. Also? STOP YELLING AT ME, OVARIES.

Simple felted flowers {Hair} Oh excuse me? You’re delightful. You’re welcome.

Easy Bunting, CHEAP! Again with the addiction to paper and bunting. I have a sickness but I love trees. We’re confused, too.

Fathers Day frame I’ve always loved the parts of antique stores where they have old farming equipment laying around or old drill bits, rusted tools and manly looking thingers. I’ve also always wanted to make a “bouquet” out of them … I love getting flowers, personally, but I’m pretty sure a guy likes to be acknowledged and well, that’s one idea. So this frame? Is perfectly perfect in my brain. I love it.

More Fathers Day Madness cuff link cards? CUFF LINK CARDS! Seriously, genius. That Martha, she knows her crafts.

DIY shape word art this is beautiful.

Pop out cards for Fathers Day Great idea for any occasion and homemade cards.

I like marshmallows and I’m pretty sure I have two small humans who would LOVE to make these with them.

Hooded Beach towel Tutorial AND movie. I like this. I like this a lot.

Jewelry like this takes my breath away. That’s reason enough, isn’t it?

Flower petal necklace delicate and feminine. Wait, I have one of those … only I call her something else. Magical. Yup. That’s the one.

Again with the heart stopping Make a beaded chandelier.
Here’s my list of things to do:
1. Win lots of money so I can …
2. Landscape my yard
3. Add sprinkling
4. Build a tree house
5. Scour Knock Off Wood for the perfect out door furnitrue
6. Make it
7. Buy a red umbrella for outside
8. Make this chandelier
9. Hang it
10. Sip lemonade under the umbrella while my kids pick flowers and make sand castles.
11. Have a tea party.

Make a crown for the ruler of your heart.

Rainbows! I think we’ll be celebrating my daughters January birth in July this year, just so we can have a theme that doesn’t include indoor festivities and snow covered windows.

Headband these are kind of all the rage right now. And I know why.

AIRPLANE! Ha! HA! YES PLEASE! My dad is a pilot with American Airlines. Oh? You didn’t know? Well, now you do. Planes have been a constant in my life since birth. They don’t scare me, they’re beautiful and they’re eerily majestic in their steel-building quality, laying flat and running through wind. They enchant me. And, how lucky am I?, they enchant my son now, too.

Printable card So pretty.

Beauty is A VERB.

Cake box I didn’t have a barbie doll house growing up. We didn’t even have barbies. Lie, we each had one, my sister and I. But we did have a box and some markers and we made that box into a castle for our barbies. There’s something about cardboard that really stretches the imagination if you give a child half a mind to wander a bit. All that plastic? All those accessories for a life that doesn’t exist? Garbage. Now, go make something.

Bunting again Only this one’s circular.

Matchbook These are so original! I love them! I want some!

Apron or Tool belt?

Hooded towel again with the usefulness and adorable-ness.

Embroider a felt bag and this is stunning.

This one’s a dandy, for his birthday

Things to Love and Things to Do … today is brought to you with much celebration as it’s also my son’s second birthday. My second anniversary of being a mother to plural children, our daughters celebration and birth into sisterhood/sibling life and my husbands anniversary of a son.

It’s a great day!

Pop! Make these for your favorite teacher as it’s Teacher Appreciation week. (or it WAS, and now it’s the MONTH) Or keep this one filed away for that slumber party you’re hosting.

Recycled signs use cardboard and such to create new signs (or wall art) out of otherwise unusable goods. yay!

Smooth as buttah oh yes. Print your own shirt? OK!

Soft book pretty sure this a fabric book with transfered images from an old children’s book, which is awesome.

CORK IT Make cork Everythings, but let’s start with vases.

Drift wood wreath I will now be hunting and collecting smallish pieces of drift wood for this and my city.

Mothers Day Printables It is right around the corner. You might want to get on that.

Mothers Day Cupcake toppers so I’m here to help.

Handprints And while you or your significant other is really the one you’re celebrating lets not forget that there was that one time you wore a Crown of a different kind … which made (MADE) someone else a mother as well. You’re right. That was graphic. But seriously. Grandma loves her handprints.

Modern DIY mobile which is gorgeous and I wish I had 72 more hours before my son’s birthday party … I would be crafting the bejeesus out of these.

Photo booth sign Getting married? Organizing your sororities kissing booth fundraiser? You’re going to need this sign.

Mad Men inspired save the dates come in handy when I am obsessed with the show. No really.

CORK IT SOME MORE only this time, please make Bambi.

Lego Kirigami Hello things that make me smile. I’ll hang you in place of the white snow flakes any day.

Baby doll sling! I made one of these when my daughter was “yay” tall (picture me pointing to my knees) and she LOVED playing Mommy. It was adorable.

Car caddy Make a bag for all those trucks, books and crumbs you seem to accumulate while running to the grocery store. Don’t have kids? Oh well then, stay organized and taunt us. Either way, this is useful.

Thomas birthday party Ok, so there isn’t really a DIY in this one, but there are great ideas. Specifically I’m eyeing the cake – it’s not in the shape of a train and yet still carries the theme well. Simple is working. It’s working REALLY well.

Greek alphabet anyone? why not print out your own DIY blocks. Because you can. Also? They’re very pretty.

Printable boxes I love printables. SO so so so so much.

Recycle labels not sure why you haven’t started recycling yet? Here’s another excuse to make you feel guilty about it.

We Are All In This Together Free printable.

Spread some affirmations and maybe some hope and joy, too.

Print your own invitations for anything? For everything? Have fun!

Things to Do, Things to Love

Ziploc bag tote I just love the idea of making a tote out of a brown paper sack and some ziplocs. Not that I need any more totes. I do not. But still.

No sew fabric flowers MOTHERS DAY ALERT!! MOTHERS DAY ALERT!!

Fishing Reel bag Or swimsuit trunks. Whatever. I love the shark.

Spring CD case free printable, download. Loving the birds.

Brides be organized get yourself on track.

Mustache anyone? Why, yes. Thank you.

DIY Wedding invites for free. Now go get married.

Railroad centerpiece I want this for a shelf in my bedroom. Center that.

Caught in the cookie jar some lovely printable labels for your special place.

Chevron rug Literally. I am amazed with this one. What thinking! What genius! Eye-popping details and rugs that you can DO YOURSELF. Seriously, I love the internet.

Loopy accessories are always the hardest.

Camera strap I’ve needed to replace mine for about 3 years now. Maybe I should just do it?

Printable tags for scrapbooking for calendar keeping or love-noting. You decide.

Alice in Wonderland invites I am obsessed, so yes, I will file these away and hoard them.

Birthday cards love the colors, whimsical.

Reward Jar tags Ok. I have an aunt who does this system, except it’s a box and mostly full of stale valentines candy she bought on clearance. Or maybe it’s contents have improved, but … I’ve always been intrigued with this idea I just can’t commit to it. But maybe now I can. I have LABELS!

Free printable French Theatre and my daughter will be forever thankful to me that I am printing this for her paper-hoarding self. Now she can make dolls and spend hours puppeting them.

Classic Journal pages Free download.

The most amazing party idea ever I want to be an old man.