The kids and I made a list of 70 things to do this summer. Today we chose make play dough. It was fun to make, and fun to play!
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Is anyone else planning a Memorial Day BBQ this weekend? My hubby will be gone to scout camp, but we are still going to have a fun little party. I'm thinking of grilling some tenderloin (If you haven't tried this yet, what are you waiting for? SOOOO good!) We also have a family favorite potato salad. This salad has a little sugar in it, coupled with vinegar. Yes, I said sugar. It's kind of sweet and absolutely addicting. It's no secret I HATE mayo, so of course I switch it out for non-fat greek yogurt. It's healthier, yet keeps that same creaminess you need in potato salad. If greek yogurt isn't your thing, well feel free to use mayo instead!
Blue Cricket Lil' Luna Somewhat Simple Someday Crafts
Blue Cricket Lil' Luna Somewhat Simple Someday Crafts
Posted by Sims Family at 7:22 AM
Friday, May 20, 2011
With next week being the last week of school (yay!) I wanted to give the teachers a little gift to say thanks for a great year. I saw these clocks and decided to make them my own style. The great thing about this project is it can be used for any gift, really. I am picturing a cute baby gift with the name and birthday on it. Or a fathers day present for dad's office with a more masculine touch. Lots of possibilities! Best part: only $3.99. Yes, you heard me right. $3.99!
Part 1: Taking apart the clockStep 1: Remove cardboard. Honestly, I felt so dumb. I was trying to cut off the cardboard, etc. Oops. There are these little screws for a reason. Remove them.
Step 2: Push the tab in with a flathead screwdriver or a knife or something to pop off the plastic cover
|This is what you will have
Part 2: Clock face
|Trace around the plastic cover and cut out circle. Cut on the inside of the circle so it is a little smaller.|
|Cut out a small hole in the center. Cut a line about 1 1/2 inch coming out of the circle. This is necessary to get the hands of the clock through the hole.|
|Test the paper before you glue it to make sure it fits. Put the 3 hands through the hole and carefully put the ends in through the slit you cut. Mine was a little too big, so it was a good thing I checked. Trim it down if you need to.|
|Using a good, acid free glue stick, glue the heck out of the clock face|
|Slip the paper back on. Looks great so far!|
Part 3: Embellish
|Using e-6000, I glued some rhinestones on to bling it up a bit.|
|I also used vinyl letters and numbers|
|But ewwww! Look how horrible the middle looks! My other two did NOT have that problem. To fix this, I cut and extra "o" out of vinyl, and put it around the center. FIXED!|
Posted by Sims Family at 7:20 AM
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
here and here. Materials needed: onesie Red ribbon (I used grossgrain, but anything washable would work) blue fabric coordinating thread Step 1: Measure your ribbon to three times the size of the ruffle you want
I also added this cute onesie. I found the idea on the Silhouette blog, using heat transfer. Cute!!
Linked at Michelle Paige
Posted by Sims Family at 7:18 AM
Monday, May 16, 2011
Remember this wall? I promised I would show you how easy it was to install the shelves, but for some reason blogger was down last week. Better late than never, right?
Next, we just used a ton of spackle and caulking. And that was it!
We thought we would do this bathroom in one weekend. I'm being real. It took like 3 weeks! I felt so bad we had someones miter saw and air compressor that long! But it was worth it because the bathroom is just gorgeous.
Helpful hint for painting cabinets: I did NOT remove the cabinet doors. I just taped the hinges and had at it. Saved me tons of time. Also, using the Sherwin Williams Adhesion Primer means no sanding. Just clean and dry the cabinets. Since it was a full gallon, I have a TON left over. Definitely enough for my kitchen when I get ambitious enough. And I did use a Minwax rub-on Poly that I already owned after I painted the color on.
Another helpful hint. If you plan on installing knobs (like I did!) similar to Shelley at House of Smith's, make sure you remind your husband BEFORE he puts the panels on the wall. Because he may NOT remove the "wood" and may just tell you to deal with it. Even if you bought some super cute knobs at a boutique up the street and can't take them back.
Here was the cost breakdown:
FLOOR: antique hickory laminate flooring from Costco - $39/box. It took 3 boxes. Also needed was the $10 black waterproof underlay and a $10 laminate floor pull bar from Lowes (total about $140)
PAINT: $35 for the cabinet primer from Sherwin Williams, $5 each for 4 different color to go sample from Sherwin Williams (total $55)
HARDWARE: $3.50/per knob or handle from Lowes (Total of about $25) DOOR KNOBS: $20 a piece at Lowes (total of $20) WOOD PANELING: about $75 (or maybe a little less.) Knobs that my husband wouldn't put in: $14. Wasted. Ways to save money: 1. Borrow tools if you don't have them. I was surprised how many of my friends have things like miter saws and air compressors. 2. Use the paint samples from Sherwin Williams. You can't beat the $5! 3. Try using GiftCardRescue.com or a similar site to get a gift card to Lowes or Home Depot. I won a $50 credit from A Little Tipsy (yeah, I know. I win a lot.) and it really helped using that at Lowes! 4. Recycle items you already own. I planned on buying a new shower curtain, rings and rugs. But then I remembered how expensive those items are! And I don't think they look too bad!
|Doesn't my hubby look young? We were at a soccer game and someone asked me who the younger man I was with was. HAHA! He'll never let me forget that one!|
Posted by Sims Family at 7:16 AM
Monday, May 9, 2011
I am so excited to finally have bathroom #1 finished!
Here is a closer look at what my naughty one is doing while I am taking pics.
Do you love the walls? I know there are a ton of tutorials out there on them, but later this week I will show you how we did the shelves. My husband is pretty great! Oh, and sign tutorial found here.
Here's a couple of befores:
This is the sub-floor after my little one flooded the toilet. Yes, that is mold underneath.
Here is the BEAUTIFUL linoleum. So sad to see it go. The cabinets are primed here...
|But this was their original color. Honey oak or whatever you want to call that builder grade beauty.|
Total cost - under $300. No JOKE! I'll give you the low down with the shelf tute later in the week! And did I mention the little one flooded my other bathroom, too? Can't wait to show you that one. We're going a little more modern in that one...grey's, silver and black.
Posted by Sims Family at 7:14 AM
Thursday, May 5, 2011
My 10 year old made a couple all on her own. Didn't she do a great job? If she can do this, so can you!Project time: 15 minutes (for me, that is GOOD!)
Step 1: Grab a couple of scraps and cut them out. Mine were 11" by 3". The third piece of fabric was just enough to make a little stripe across for embellishment. You could also use ribbon. The purple strip on my daughters was just ribbon that we gathered.
Step 2: Embellish one of the pieces however you want. I took that little scrap and folded down the edges and ironed it. Then I sewed straight across. (It helps that Singer is lending me their super cool sewing machine. If I didn't have it, I would do a straight stitch with my boring one. In this case, however, I chose a decorative vine stitch.) Fold and iron the excess over the sides. I also added a button so it wouldn't slip down the book, but you can see my daughter added pearls on one of hers.
Step 3: Sew 3 sides, right sides in.
Step 4: Snip the edges, being careful to not cut the thread, and flip it ride side out.
Now I wanted mine to be a little thicker, so I cut a small strip of batting and just gently placed it inside.
Step 5: Fold the unfinished edges in and iron the whole thing so it looks nice.
That's it! A great (and easy!) present coupled with a favorite book!
Posted by Sims Family at 7:13 AM