Category Archives: Craft Ideas

Redecorating my Bathroom

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I remember when Hubby and I moved in together.  Our apartment consisted of hand-me-down furniture and an uncompromising mixture of our two very distinct and eclectic tastes.  He is into carved wooden “crap” as I call it.  There are masks and tall statue of a man holding a lizard or that’s what it looks like anyways.  Drives me bonkers.  He dislikes my taste as well, but that’s simply because I have some.  Over the last year we have been making subtle changes to our home and redecorating some of the rooms.  Some are still in progress but our bathroom was one of my favourites to do and it’s completed LOL.  Here are the before’s and after’s.

The Before

Accessories

More Accessories

For those much needed bubble baths

This is the Art Project I did for the Bathroom – Collage of Princess’ Baby Bath Photos

Craft Idea – Weekly Menu Planner

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This is a genius idea! May have to make this myself and put it up in my kitchen

Musings From MommyLand

Well I am finally back.  I think that my brain took a little hiatus after Family History week last week…which I thoroughly enjoyed by the way and hope you did as well.

So, six years ago I thought nothing of planning meals only a day ahead and going to the grocery store every day.  Fast forward and enter two small children…today, the thought of going to the grocery store with the kids makes me break out in hives and gives me a nervous twitch.  Yes, it is in fact that bad.  So, a couple of years ago, I learned the value of weekly meal planning and only one trip a week to the grocery store.  I have tried lots of variations to help keep me on track, but the one I am about to share with you here is by far my favorite.  It is cute and functional and prominent enough that…

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This Knitting is hard!

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I will be the first to admit it, I’m not overly crafty.  My Nan could knit, and so could my aunt.  My grandmother quilted with the best of them and many of my aunts can make desserts that can rival any pastry chef.  My one sister knits, sews and quilts, and my other sister can draw and knit.  I am all thumbs.  But I am determined to join the elite club of crafting and I’m starting with knitting.

Pattern Book #1

For Christmas, my sister bought me a book for beginners and a book of patterns.  She bought me needles, looms, and yarn.  I tried to learn on my own, but the outcome was horrendous.  I could cast on, but I somehow couldn’t manage to create my first row.  When my sister came down, she showed me how, but my stitches were too tight.  Then they were too loose.  I got frustrated and left an unfinished piece still on the needles in a bag stuffed in the corner for months.

My starting piece

This weekend I was determined to pick it up again.  I started fresh and tried to do my first row again.  I ran into the same problems as before.  These how-to books couldn’t teach you how to tie your shoes let alone knit.  I am much more of a visual learner, so what better place to find a video of how to knit than Youtube.  So much better.  Granted I did increase by accident and my end stitches are a little loose, but it’s better than what I was doing before.  The video below is the one I found to be the easiest.

So here is hoping that by year’s end, I will have some sort of finished product, albeit I’m not counting the doll cape I made for Princess dolly Reggie (she watched Slap Shot with Paul Newman with her Daddy and the name stuck…poor doll).

Coffee & Cocoa Facial Mask

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With Mother’s Day fast approaching, we would all love a facial, but some of us simply don’t have the time.  So I have found a recipe that combine’s a Mom’s favourite essentials; Coffee and Cocoa. This is a simple, easy to make homemade facial mask that reduces puffiness and brightens the skin.

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

4 Tbsp of finely ground coffee

4 Tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder

8 Tbsp of unflavored dairy products, eg whole milk, yogurt, heavy cream etc.  If you have dehydrated skin, you can use oils like olive or coconut, but half the amount

2 Tbsp of Honey (if you have dry skin) or Lemon Juice (if you have oily skin)

Directions

  1. Mix cocoa and ground coffee in a bowl.  Add dairy/oil until a smooth paste forms
  2. Stir in honey/lemon juice – warming honey may help with mixing
  3. Apply to face and neck and let dry
  4. Once mask is dry, moisten with a wet wash cloth and rinse off with warm water
  5. Store leftovers in the refrigerator – can last for several days

Princess and the Beanstalk

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     “Fee-fi-fo-fum!  I smell the blood of an Englishman.  Be he live, or be he dead, I’ll grind his bones to make my bread.”

By Benjamin Tabart

Jack may have bought magic beans in exchange of the family cow, but my princess and I planted  our beans today. Hubby had to work today so it was just going to be girl’s day. I was trying to think of something fun to do and I remembered how much she loved working in my parent’s garden. Then I remembered growing beans in grade school for a science project, and then it hit me, why not combine fun and learning.

My Princess' Magic Beans

My Princess' Magic Beans

I went to the local superstore and purchased a clay pot, a pack of beans and some indoor/outdoor planter soil. I spent no more than $10.  I knew that simply planting the beans with no instant sprout wouldn’t impress her much so I purposely purchased the clay pot with painting in mind.

Painting Time

I set out her paints and brushes and dressed her in her paint smock.  Without fail, paint ended up everywhere but on the paint smock and a bath quickly followed.  How she got paint under her armpits I’ll never know.

Planting the Magic Beans

After her bath and nap, the clay pot was dry and it was now time to plant.  Using a big spoon and our fingers to poke the holes for the beans, they were planted.  As with the paint, soil was everywhere, and she graciously states; “You clean it up Mom.”

I am hoping that this inexpensive and fun weekend craft will teach my daughter about responsibility (watering) and how plants grow.  What I am looking forward to; her eating the beans once they grow,  I’ll get her to eat her veggies yet!

Recycled Crayons with a St. Patrick’s Day Twist

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I love doing crafts with my daughter, and when I came across a fellow blogger’s post, Recycled Crayons with a St. Patrick’s Day Twist, I had to repost it.  I think this is such a great craft idea.  My daughter has so many broken crayons and repurposing them like this in such a fun in creative way is pure genius!  Thank you Katie, this was awesome!

Kid’s say the darndest things and now you can keep them forever!

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While perusing Pinterest, I stumbled across a great idea for keeping all those cute sayings that your little one’s say.  You can take a plain recipe box or one that is decorated already, and with recipe cards, instead of your favourite recipes, put your child’s sayings.  Separate them by child and be sure to write down the date and age.  It’ll make you laugh, cry or smile, and better yet, always good ammo for when they are older!

Memory Box