7 fun ideas for Spring

Perhaps, like me, you collect ideas and go back every once in a while to tackle one. (I’ve talked about my idea obsession before)

There’s some really fun stuff buried in the archives here – so for Spring 2012 I’ve found seven of my favorites for you.

How to make nutty paddle pops

{how to} make nutty paddle pops!

DIY Shoe Pallet

{how to} make a shoe pallet

How to create Quiet Boxes

Quiet Box

I Spy: Underwater

Picture 2

How to build a fort kit

{how to} build a fort kit

How to make a ribbon curtain

{how to} make a ribbon curtain, no sew!

How to make mini pinata’s

{how to} make mini pinata's!

Things We Love To Do

A few fun things to do, give or make.

Free Compliments: I might just hang this on my mirror or randomly tape it on a box of cereal in the grocery store, to a telephone pole at a busy corner or in a public restroom. My fav is “Terrific Tattoo”.

Pretty sure it’s time for my daughter (less than a month from being seven!) to journal. Fill in the blanks is a great way to get started.

Great for long trips in the car, an afternoon that needs an activity or a waiting room: Fabric I Spy Book.

Flavored Tequilla: a great stocking stuffer, hostess gift or reason to throw a cheese party. Yes.

Need something new in your hair? A little indie maybe? Hair sticks.

I am always losing my earbuds. Not anymore.

Another way to use your toilet paper rolls – make these New Years Eve Surprises.

Babies to buy for? These are adorable felt booties.

Birthday Crowns: LOVE THESE.

Pinwheel wreath: I know just the girl to make this with.

Things We Love To Do

Wedding cake reveal coming soon – it just requires a few hours of uninterrupted time on the computer processing photos and writing about it. So you know, probably at midnight tonight.

In the mean time here’s some lovely for you to ponder:

T-Shirt bracelet your first crocheting experience. Dazzle! My daughter was a steel trap when it came to telling us what she did at school all day and most of the time we just let it seep out in bits and pieces as she was willing to share. Then she came home with a “year book” and all these photos of her doing amazing things. Like sewing. I’m thinking this will be cake compared to a needle and thread and quilting. Not joking.

Canopy bed such a fun and cheery way to brighten up a room. Even for apartments when permanent fixes aren’t always on the list of things to do.

Succulents are all the rage so make them pop with a creative planter. Oversized sea shell? I knew you’d come in handy.

Make stuff from driftwood Like a heart, maybe?

Seashell lights bring the beach to your backdoor. Pull the sand box up to the bottom of the deck steps and you’ve got yourself one heckova satycation. (Pina Colda’s not optional)

Lap duvet lets be honest – who knows what this is? Me either, it sounds lovely though and the fabric is stunning so of course I want one.

A car food caddy if I have to spend another 75 cents on a high powered vacuum to suck up cheerios, fries or sprinkles I might just also lose my mind and suck up the entire interior of my car – pennies, hair ties and little figurines not withstanding. Yes, yes I would love a dedicated food caddy.

Cobbler’s light I’m constantly running into old timey stuff like this at thrift stores and flea markets. The design of them and the fact that they were never meant for everyday decorating makes me smitten with them. I love using industrial objects or trade-wear objects in my decorating because it’s never expected and it always draws the eye as a conversation piece.

DIY coke icee 7/11 no longer needed.

S’mores on a stick a perfect take along to any bbq.

Wooden Logic puzzle both of my kids are engineers in a kids body. They love mazes, figuring out how something is put together and puzzles are for a light snack on the brain waves. Imma gonna make them sweat.

Fourth of July watermelon everyone always brings that cake with strawberries and blueberries in the shape of a flag to the 4th of July bbq. My shark will eat it.

Lemon coolers perfect for a summertime pool party, after playing at the beach or for that park picnic you have on the calendar.

Make homemade dot candy a favorite when I was little – because there was “more” candy to this strip than just a chocolate bar. My hoarding skills were honed early.

Ribbon wand I’d make a bunch of these to keep in the car – something fun and different to have on hand when a quick trip to grandma’s turns into a 45 minute family ties reunion. Your children weren’t prepared to sit still and there’s a mound of grass thats begging them to climb. A ribbon wand and a smile later – everyone’s happy. (Also great to have for playdates when the last 15 minutes are usually riddled with “Moooooom! They won’t let me swing!!!! Mooooooom!!!! When can I have a snack!!!!! Moooooom???”)

Red bandana sticks good for labeling all kinds of things.

Tissue paper pompoms LOVE!

Retro garden stakes What are you growing this year?

A little something special for your shoes I’m not cool enough to own Toms yet. Although I’ve been browsing the website, it’s hard for me to shop online for my feet for all kinds of reasons but this makes it worth the effort because I feel like I could get extra use out of an every day shoe with a little pizzaz.

Wood bud vase with salt There’s something about a salt dish on the table or near your cooking station that makes everything feel just a little bit classy.

Printable: Rainbow Our house is colored Rainbow every day because my daughter is in love with the pattern, color scheme and the rhyme that goes with it. She’s our expert sunshine maker šŸ™‚

DIY hot air balloon for barbies, snails and their rock collection. Set it off in style.

Things We Love To Do

Fort Building kit! With summer approaching I love this idea as an alternative to the endless backyard camping trip. I see this as a good end of the school year gift, which will inspire many-a-days building and imagining.

Rainbow printable Love the colors and the saying.

Shortcuff links for dad I know men (our dad’s or the father of your kids) are pretty difficult to buy for year after year. Another tie? Really? I’m not full of inspiration on the upcoming day yet but in the past have done “experiences” as gifts. Like renting a boat for the afternoon, having a lobster cook out (his fav) or maybe this year? Hot air balloon? An afternoon at the skate park (his fav)? I find it easier to gift a memory than a thing … and these cuffs could be the way we deliver it to him.

Burlap coffee bag art a how-to for your wall. I am a little bit obsessed with burlap.

Tea Caddy this is great as it is, but I can also see making the pockets a tad larger for a car caddy (kids toys, paper, crayons etc) or for the never ending pile of misc stuff that just ends up between the front two seats. Clean it up in there.

Flour sack heaven how to use the vintage (or recreate the effect) of flour sacks of yesteryear.

Industrial side tables Love these. Clean, simple and a taste of the factory look with the steel and wood.

Cardigan chain Jewelry is the new down-vest.

Mustache mug I’m still not over the mustache thing. šŸ™‚

Martha does it again Free downloads for BEST DAD fathers day labels. Loving the block type style.

Make a paper house! Adorable. Love.

Knit some tube sock leg-warmers or sew/hem some old tube socks INTO leg-warmers. I don’t knit … yet.

Necklaces out of found objects I’ve seen these before and I’m always drawn to them. I love their shapes.

Envelope surprise I want to do this! Not sure how or why yet, but I can’t wait.

Knot front shorts classic!

Honey comb shelves – Old painted cabinets turned hive-haven? So much happiness.

Teacher Subway art I’m thinking of passing this along to my daughters teacher as our thank you gift for the end of the year. I don’t do Teacher Appreciation week or anything (gasp!) but I love gifting a little something at the end of the year. (It’ll fit nicely into an IKEA frame, too)

Make your own stamp brown bag I think I would love letterpressing. No?

Motivational poster free download. We have “House rules” in our house that go pretty much the same as these. All about our family values and how we want to grow as people, together.

Coodie catcher I can’t wait to play this with my daughter – I think it’ll be a great summer activity that can spark some time well spent.

Make your own mid-century house numbers some day when I have a house number all my own again. Some day.

Ice cream cupcakes Ahh! So cute.

Exposed

Hi! So today was kind of a whirlwind for so many reasons – some really exciting ones are:

Front page feature on Tasty Kitchen

My How to make Corn Dogs was featured on the front page of Tasty Kitchen as pictured above.

But also (!!) my How to make Walking Taco’s was featured over on One Pretty Thing today.

Plus I got a shout out on twitter from Tasty Kitchen … and well. Squealing ensued.

Definitely a good day around here in the interweb world. Plus I got to hold a newborn and chat with some friends, worked out at the gym and met with a trainer. Fed my family a home-cooked meal that wasn’t deep fried šŸ˜‰ and opened the door to some really exciting ideas.

And it’s only Tuesday. Tomorrow we’ll tackle some more Carny food.

In case you missed it here’s what we’ve covered so far.