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.

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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.

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Wall Flowers I love this. I would use it to write each and every one of my Life List items on them and then have a tree of dreams on a wall that “fall” into a jar when one comes true.

Ahoy Matey! Use a spool (dumpster diving anyone??) or some scrap wood you have laying around to make these little side table. I would highly recommend hunting down a development that’s currently got some buildings or houses going up – they throw the BEST stuff away. Ask nicely if they wouldn’t mind if you took a look through the dumpster on your own time and stayed out of their way to do it … they might even ask if you have friends. Saves them time and money for hauling a bunch of stuff away – especially if you take it with you right away.

Vampires Suck browse through this website for more entertaining posters. This one was geared towards Halloween obviously – but if you’re a Twilight fan … I’m pretty sure you appreciate this no matter the time of year.

ABC print I think I finally have to make work of having an alphabet wall. With all the beautiful and free posters/prints out there – your wall can look amazing and very custom for the cost of a few frames … or you could make those too.

Smitten for the foxy kitten I love this little fox. So throw-back to Little Red Riding Hood, hot chocolate and an afternoon spent pretending to live inside of my sleeping bag. Good days!

Dish Stamp. Enough said. Beautiful. Card making this Christmas? Monogram the crap out of that stock paper. You’re welcome.

Granted, this is a spider meant for Halloween but the idea is adorable. We tried making these the other day but I didn’t follow any kind of directions so they came out a little wonky. As in … My spider bodies were more like a lopsided snow cone. Ehum. But maybe you could switch it up and make an octopus? Or Ladybug?

Super cool back splash in a kitchen – changeable! and also, scroll down to see fabuloso repurposed old light fixtures.

Store this idea away for next year, or for the Christmas pageant an angel in just minutes. And you thought they only looked that sweet and innocent in their sleep.

T Shirts! I even like the mummy. But I might like monkeys and whales and mustaches too. Ideas, folks.

Hand warmers out of socks now that pile of socks in your laundry room with no mate? They have a purpose. You were saving them for a reason, remember?

I like old stuff but some times I can’t find what I want for my price or it just doesn’t exist in my area. So we improvise. Old signs are kind of a crutch of mine. One I have yet to actually purchase, but I swoon over every. single. one.

Butterflies! Use them for wall art, cut outs for crafts or to learn to draw. They’re pretty no matter what you do with them.

I have been looking for plans for something like this for a very long time and now I have them. I will be building this. YAY!

Leggings with adorable buttons. Details? You obviously care.

I love this tutorial on making floral head-stuffs for little ladies although playing with fire? Is something we only do after leaving the oven on for 3 hours while people sleep in the house. Then we drink HFCS and eat boxed man n cheese for dinner. I kid! I kid. We drink KOOL-AID.

Making crowns and pretending to be a princess? We do that every day.

Place cards! Table runner decorations! Ornaments! Coffee Table cuteness! the list goes on. These are awesome.

Oh the tree we’ve discussed this already.

Milk Carton Printable ok. My mind goes kind of crazy with ideas for this. What can you put in a milk carton? It can be gift bag, a party favor, it can full of dried mixes for baking, it can be used in “pretend” grocery stores, it can be full of treats for chores, treats for potty training, treats for pets. You can “bowl” with them in your living room. On and on and on and on. What would you do with it?

Linen napkins I would make them and then come up with reasons why we shouldn’t use them. Like … they’re pretty. That’s a good one.

UGLY SWEATER! hahahaha.

Dress up dolls, winter Paper dolls are very fun. We print and make them, play with them and dress them often.

Cardboard guitar? YES. Just yesterday we were getting schooled on how our daughter wants to be a “rocking star” when she grows up. What does that include? A guitar, mom. Duh.

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This one’s a doozy. Enjoy! If you’d like a nice neat pile of all the lists I’ve made so far … come and see where I keep them. As I make these lists and publish them, they get added to this Master List Run Down newest to oldest. Have something fabulous you want me to see? Try? Link to? Email me with details and I’d be happy to check it out!

Printables

Have an artist to celebrate? This party download, complete with invitations, instructions on how to pull it off and all kinds of ideas can be used in so many ways. Even a wedding, bridal shower or yes … the birthday that it was intended for. I love this idea. Pretty sure January just got more colorful around here (my daughters birth month).

Evil Queen Mask!! So your kid is more of a free thinker? Nice. Put them in the middle of the sea of Princesses this Halloween and smile.

Bones are very scary and very fun to look at. I might tuck this away for those years of middle school where you have to take exams on your nervous system, bones and veins.

A festive take on the very popular phrase Eat Drink and Be …

Tooth Brushes! This is fun. I might have to put this in one of the new bathrooms in the new house. (Getting so close!)

Owl Mobile there’s something very calming about these owl mobiles. Being watched without being watched. I like it.

Another great take on a very popular poster Keep Calm and Carry On. I love that one!

ABC I love how many different ABC printables there are online. You could do a whole wall of colorful education and it’d be so cute. Might have to try that in a playroom some day.

Creepy Subway Art this is adorable.

Paper skull anyone? I’d rather play with this one than a real one any day.

Branch out and print these awesome mailing labels.

Make Stuff

For starters, let’s make a pumpkin vase together. I love your company.

Make a mermaid enthusiast very happy by sewing them a little tail for their collection.

Ghost! These baby food jar ghosts and pumpkins are seriously pinch your cheeks adorable. Can’t wait to get my hands on some jars so we can do this at our house!!

No sew Cupcake! This actually came as a request from my girl, so when I found this tutorial and the “no-sew” part about it I kind of squealed.

Feather Duster? Nope! FELT. Oddly enough, my kids actually like doing this stuff. The toys don’t hurt either.

Bat placemat Now all you need to do is paint your lightbulb above the table with a bat call and you’re all set.

Fabric clutch one of these days after we move and I relearn how to use my sewing machine. I will make so many things. Like this clutch.

Burlap wreath! The texture of this one is very playful. You could do different colors for different occasions or seasons. An “all weather” wreath, really. I love it.

Linocut how to’s I’m a little bit obsessed with these right now.

Sweater purse scroll down to see the yellow love. Eeeee!

Instructables gives us step by step Linocut instructions Again, obsessed.

Flap those wings for Halloween!

Last one, I think but I don’t promise. A Swedish horse linocut. My heart is beating so fast.

Balloon animals, bat style we have a friend who does balloon animals and is so good at it. This would be fun to learn to do for Halloween, no?

Make a tu-tu I know I will.

Quilt these are so time intensive some times. Most of the time. But the feeling of laying someone under one that you love – the fact that your hands put all of those pieces together and quilted with conversation and fellowship or just peace, makes me want to make a quilt for everyone I know. Food does this to me too. Feeding your soul.

Lunch sacks reusable and homemade. Double whammy.

Have a cowboy on your hands? Outfit him with some style.

Dollhouse out of an old drawer GENIUS. We see old dressers on the side of the road all the time – now I know what to do with them šŸ™‚

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PRINTABLES

We MOVED! all of a sudden these are coming to my attention šŸ™‚ … I wonder why.

A journaling page all about food this is fun, it gives suggestions for things to write about, or notes to make. One of those things you REALLY wanted to remember in 5 years … now you can.

Another printable journal page this one weighs on the humorous side. Kinda like the list you make in your head and then the voice that talks back to it.

BEAUTIFUL free printable art Um, yes. I cannot wait to print and frame some of these for the new house. My favorite is “I like people who smile when it’s raining”.

It’s that time of year, CAN SOMETHING and have a party to do so. Bring the wine, the host will love you … well, she already does because you got this invitation in the mail. Post Mail. Awhhhh Yeeeeaah. Snap.

Nature Scavenger Hunt this is on our Summer Jar list … a treasure hunt I called it. But still! I love that the work is done for me and we’re guaranteed an afternoon of the outdoors and adventure.

Castle Peeps Book Plates I would love to start a tradition of buying a brand new book and then letting my daughter write her own name in the book plate … I have very few books from my childhood and I don’t think any of them have my penmanship in them. I just love the nostalgia of it.

Ice Cream Sundae PASSPORT Genius. What a great idea! And no matter that we’ve already been to a few ice cream shops this year, we’ll HAVE to go again because the passport needs it’s STAMP!! (Another Summer Jar item? Or maybe just a weekly outing?) I love this idea.

Recipe card so lovely. A great way to make a personal and inexpensive gift feel very expensive and very thoughtful.

MAKE STUFF

Felted roast chicken I’m not usually a fan of the felted toys. Just not my thing, I guess … but this one tickled me. Maybe because I could see myself using it more as decoration or a prop of some kind than my kids actually playing with it. For instance. A great “take along” to a pot luck, they just said a dish to pass, am I right? Or how about forgetting that it was 5:30 and dinner should be ready soon … throw the fake chicken on the table with a side of canned corn. THEY’LL NEVER KNOW.

Turn an old tin into a magnet so easy, so affordable, so cute.

Super simple wind scarf Not sure when I would actually wear this, but I like the idea of it. Maybe for that one time a summer we ride a boat? Or maybe this will inspire me to make reservations on that boat-dinner-cruise. Could be very classy.

Fabric Pup tent oh yes. I would like this just so I can take this photo, only it’d be my kids inside. Such a great idea. And a great addition to any child’s imagination.

What’s all the fuss about finger painting? Right. This. Don’t have kids but still want some do-it-yourself art … this is a great application. Or maybe you have furbabies? Get their paws in on this one.

Living masterpiece I’d like to see an entire town get in on this one … a garden tour turned museumesque exhibit? Or the local arts council get behind this and there’s ticket sales for the show. I know my daughter would FREAK OUT if she were part of an exhibit that people came to see because of her.

Zigzag accordion book HOW TO. These are fun and an easy addition to a gift with a dollar limit. Trading names for the holidays? Or on a tight gift budget for showers and birthdays? The recipient always loves something that will continue to give after the first initial unwrapping.

Speaking of gifts, be the envy of everyone there wrap it with extraordinary detail.

Crochet a necklace circa 1937. Classic.

I’m all about the braids my daughter finally has hair that will tame itself into a french braid … really anything other than a baby clip and I’ve been having a blast playing with it. This is such an original way to do it. Can’t wait to give it a go.

Rose wreath I want to make this RIGHT NOW.

You’re not allowed to be afraid of something that is so pretty. Get over the jitters and do yourself a favor. Get to know your insects.

Simple bias tape purse a great beginner project.

Make beautiful things … if they have to sit around they might as well be pretty to look at. Stop using the faux glass plastic coasters that look like it just rained. No really. I’ve been meaning to tell you how bad they look … so has everyone else who has to use them because you’re varnished coffee table is “getting you through til you can afford the new living room set”.