Friday, January 23, 2015

How to Maximize a Small Entryway

I decided to tackle an area in my rental in hopes to make the space cuter and more functional. It's hard living in a 1400-square space with 3 kids because it means space is limited. One area in the house that was driving me nuts because of the lack of storage was the entryway. The kids would come in, take their shoes and jackets off, leave them on the floor, and be on their merry way. UGH! I bought a wooden box for the shoes but then I was stuck for a while. Here's what it has looked like for quite some time:

Boring. And look at all those shoes! I went through the shoes and got rid of any out-of-season shoes and shoes that were too small. Then I found some numbered hooks at Kohl's for 70% off (score!) and I got some frames at Hobby Lobby. Their picture frames are always 50% off, which is awesome.

I love how it is now! Cuter and more functional! Now when the kids come in they can put their shoes in the right spot and hang their jackets up. And as a bonus I get to see a picture of their beautiful faces. 

I love the pictures of the kids in the little frames! My talented friend Ashley took those pictures and they are adorable. I was wanting to display them somewhere and this happened to be the perfect spot!

So to recap:

How to Maximize a Small Entryway:
1. Have a shoe box. Then clean that shoe box out at the start of every season.
2. Hang up coat hangers for jackets, bags, etc.
3. Keep your space clean! No one wants to walk into their house and the first thing they see is clutter.
4. Personalize it. It'll make it feel more like home when you have personalized touches.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Batman Tooth Fairy Pillow

My oldest son just lost his first tooth and I'll admit I had mixed emotions. I was excited for him but sad that he's growing up so quickly. When I told my mom that his tooth was wiggly, she offered to make a pillow to put his tooth in for the tooth fairy. My mom makes amazing things, so of course I said YES! And look how adorable it turned out!

How cute is this little guy?! He shaped like a tooth and has all of Batman's ensemble, so fun! And my son loves it. He uses it as a toy as well as his tooth pillow. My mom bought the pattern from an Etsy store called Lindy J Design. She has some of the sweetest felt patterns ever.

This pattern comes with 2 patterns: one for Batman and one for Superman. And I love the little pocket for the tooth/money. 

If you are interested in the pattern, HERE is the link. And no, this Etsy seller didn't ask me to give her a review, I just thought this turned out so adorable I had to share!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Home Sweet Home Cross Stitch

Holy Moly! It's almost been a whole year since I last posted on my blog. What a slacker. BUT to be fair, I was teaching preschool and had a baby last year, so I was a tad bit busy. 

Anyway, one of my goals for the new year is to jump back into Destination: Craft. I love crafting and I would like to record what I make, so here's to hoping I continue writing on this blog all year!

Last year I picked up a cross stitch I hadn't worked on for a while. Yes, I'm a grandma and I cross stitch. My mom taught me when I was younger and I decided to start back up with it. So I picked up this Home Sweet Home cross stitch project and finally finished it. I love it! It's so cute!!

I bought the pattern from a shop on Etsy called andwabisabi. You can browse their shop HERE. They have some adorable cross stitching patterns!

So after I finished that project up, I decided to try my hand at another one. I searched around and found Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. The slogan on their website is "Seriously cute cross stitch patterns" and they ain't lying! Each and every pattern is so stinkin' cute!! I started their Christmas Celebration Sampler early December and didn't get it finished in time for Christmas but I'll have it ready for Christmas 2015!

Do I have any fellow cross stitchers out there??

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Luke's Pirate Birthday Party

My son is OBSESSED with pirates! I knew exactly what his party theme was going to be this year. 

The walkway up to the front a little map!

Once they got in there was a pirate banner (from Target) and a pirate flag (made by me).

The first thing they grabbed when they came in was a pirate map. I made the map an outline of the activities of the party. So before we started something, I would tell them "Check them map! What's next?" They seemed to like going and grabbing their maps to see where they were going next.

First on the map...Dress like a pirate! They each got a bandana for their heads, an eye patch, a spyglass, and a sword. Plus a bag to store their loot.

Next up: Breakfast! Each kid got a pirate pancake face plus milk or chocolate milk.

Next on the map: Gather coconuts! This turned into pop the coconuts (since they were just balloons) and then my husband started blasting them in the faces with the balloon air. The kids thought this was hilarious!

Next on the map: Walk the plank! The kids loved this! They kept getting in line to walk it over and over again. 

Next on the map was firing cannons at each other, which were just black balloons. I didn't get a picture of this but they threw balloons until they got bored and then started stomping on the balloons. 

Next on the map: Cake and presents! I got the idea for the cake from HERE. I made a smaller and not so fancy version. But I liked that there were cupcakes instead of a cake to slice up for the kids.

Then they fought "Captain Hook" for the treasure! Captain Hook finally admitted defeat and gave up the treasure box, filled with chocolate candy bars and coins, necklaces, Ring Pops, and all sorts of goodies! The kids filled their bags up with yummy treats.

And that was it! Then they played until their parents came to get them! I think they had lots of fun!

Need more pirate party ideas? Visit my Party Ideas Pinterest board.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Pirate Birthday Invitations

My little 4-year-old boy is obsessed with all things pirate. So when thinking about his upcoming birthday party, the theme was a no brainer.

I bought some brown kraft scrapbook paper and cut it down to the size I wanted (8.5 x 11). I made the design on my computer in InDesign and took my paper and my design to a local print shop. I was worried it wasn't going to work because the paper was so thick the printer ate one piece up! But the rest came out perfect.

I then tried to dye the paper with tea bags but I think they were too dark already, so the tea bags didn't do much. I also crumpled them up to give them an old map look. I also tried to burn the edges and I completely ruined an invitation while also almost burning my house down. If you're good with fire, go for it. If not....maybe you should avoid that. I tore the edges off the paper and rolled them to look like a pirate map.

I love how they turned out!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Mini Pallet Valentine Art

I can't believe it's been so long since I posted a project! My life seems so hectic these days! I have my two kids' birthdays coming up so I'll be posting about that soon. 

But in the meantime, Valentine's Day is coming up! I don't know about you, but I have very little Valentine decor. Here's a quick and easy project you can whip up and stick up just in time for this LOVE-ly holiday.

1. These sticks are from Michael's and I don't think they're very expensive at all. Maybe $1.50/pack? 

2. I used some wood glue to glue the sides together. I used 11 sticks but adjust to as big as you'd like.

3. I glued two sticks on the back to make it more study and to make it more like, well...a mini pallet.

4. After my mini pallet was dry, I spray painted it gray (make sure your painting area is well ventilated!)

1. I cut out a heart (just free-handed it) and then traced it onto the wood.

2. Okay, here's where I could have/should have changed it. I placed stickers on the heart so that I could paint over the stickers and then remove them and there would be a lovely "love" stenciled into the heart.

3. However, as you can see, the stickers didn't come off as prettily as I would have liked. I ended up painting over it with white but I should have just put the stickers on over the painted heart! Oh well. You can choose what you think will work for you.

And there you have it! A cute little Valentine mini pallet to put somewhere just in time for Valentine's day! 

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Portable Growth Chart

A little while ago, I was approached by a representative from Icon Wall Stickers. They wanted me to review a wall decal and I was so excited. My only problem is that I live in a rental. Which means I would have to take my pretty decal off when I leave the rental and then it would be ruined!

So I scoured the wonderful website and obviously found a million I WANTED but one that would be perfect for my portable lifestyle.

Their vinyl is just so cute and easy to use. And what I was surprised at was how reasonable the prices are! Once we're in a house for a long while, I'm going back to their website to see what I want to put on  my wall! Seriously, they have some cute vinyl for your house.

So for my Portable Growth Chart, I picked up a huge canvas from Michael's (use a coupon!) and some fun paint and painted the canvas several times.

Next I taped the vinyl to the canvas to picture how I wanted the end product to look. What was nice about the product I got from Icon Wall Stickers is that I could cut it and adjust it to how I wanted it.

Then I applied the vinyl by using a hard card (credit cards work great) to rub the vinyl on. It really couldn't be easier!

And that was it! I have an awesome growth chart for my 2 growing kiddos and I'm so excited about it. I've been wanting to do one of these for ages and now I have an awesome one thanks to Icon Wall Stickers! Seriously, go check them out!

Love it!