Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Don't Throw Out Your Old Flip Flops/Sandals!

Not sure why you bought that pair of sandals? Don’t throw them out. Try updating them with old jeans and items you already have.

I had purchased some sandals a few years back. I am not sure what I was thinking when I bought them. Every time I tried to wear them, I hated the huge flower on the front. They were so comfortable so didn’t want to throw them out but knew I would never wear them with the bulky flower.

I decided to cut off the flowers and make the sandals more my taste. I was looking for something different than the typical “homemade” sandals that have big bows and sequins. I wanted a vintage unique look.

I had cut off my daughter’s pants into shorts and kept the extra denim. I liked the buttons and zippers so figured I could use this for a project which turns out I could.

I cut out all the details I liked from the jeans and glued them on the sandals. I used a great fabric glue called, “Liquid Stitch”. It is really strong and you can get it at any craft store.

I ended up liking the denim sandals so much, I made another pair using items I was getting rid of (shoe straps from shoes the kids had outgrown, worn out belt, an old lanyard, etc.).

I thought they turned out fun, unique, and only cost $4 for the glue. Not to mention, I saw a pair of sandals with a similar vintage feel that was over $45. Just a quick humble brag J

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Bringing your child to work....

This is what happens when you bring your 6 year old to work with you:

I had to run into work Saturday. My daughter came with me. While I was doing work on my computer, she must have written this on the whiteboard ....without me seeing. "Say hi to Chanel twice or Nancy or you will be fired"....mind you she has only met my co-worker Nancy once. People kept saying hi to me this morning and I had no idea why. ...until I went into the conference room. Awkward! Attached is the note and the culprit who did it.....

Love/Hate relationship with Cheeseballs

Dinner! Nothing but the best for me......

It was all good until I at half the container and had to lay down from the cheeseball overload. If I could write a letter to the cheeseballs, this is what it would say....

Dear Cheeseballs,

I love you, but I also hate you!



Cleaning Goal - Epic Fail

I have a huge cleaning list of what I need to do tonight. I came home from work, put on my cleaning sweats and....... it all went down from there. 

 1. Opened the fridge and ate a big bowl of leftover noodles and company pasta (this was left over from yesterday when both my kids decided they hated pasta .....After I had ordered).
*Thought...I will clean once I get finished with my 3 portions of pasta.

2. Read articles on ksl. Some may say I was avoiding cleaning but I really felt compelled to read about hobo spiders vs wolf spiders, the teacher who slept with the student, things that are Gephart approved, etc. I even read the pop-up ad about acai berry helping people lose weight for the millionth time.

* I thought...I will clean when I am done with reading.

 3. I then clicked on vacation discounts from an ad I saw on ksl. I don’t have a vacation coming up but thought I needed to check prices in case I ever go.
*Kind of feeling like I am not going to clean at this point...but maybe. 

 4. I decided to see what kelly blue book said my car is worth. Not planning to sell it but once again felt I should find out the value. Maybe the value went down and I needed to find out.
*Almost positive I am not going to clean at this point.
 5. Just turned on electric blanket so I can be warm while watching Dr Phil. I like to watch and see how he still manages to get guests on his show.
*Almost 100% sure I won't get off this couch the rest of the evening.

Oh well. ...there is always tomorrow.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

White Tiger Makeover.....with a Sharpie

What are you looking at tiger? Or more accurately.....where are you looking?
I ordered a big snow tiger for my son off amazon for Christmas. I unwrapped the tiger tonight and wasn't sure what to think. He has one eye veering up and one eye... veering down (pictures below).
At first I thought I would return him but then I realized he is a special tiger. He has the ability to look two places at once. I have walked around him a half dozen times and am pretty sure he can see me no matter where I am.
Some may find this creepy but over the last hour, the tiger and I have bonded. And, although I feel safer knowing the tiger can keep a watch out in all directions, I am not sure my son will feel the same. Sorry to the person who glued his eyes on, but I had to do a Sharpie Makeover.
I took a sharpie marker colored in his eyes, added some tiger eyeliner, and filled in the nose. It's like a tiger makeover. I don't want to brag, but man I am good. Check out the before and after pics.....


Monday, October 7, 2013

Letter to the Tooth Fairy..........

My daughter had a loose tooth for several weeks (it is her first… so of course it's a big deal). Not to mention, everyone she meets, she feels the need to tell them about her loose tooth. So, it must have meant a lot to her.
I finally couldn’t take it anymore and pulled it out last night (without her approval). I couldn't help it. It was hanging on by a tiny piece of skin. It looked like a diving board. Every time she ate, it would bend down. I actually think I did a service by pulling it when she least expected it. A mom's gotta do what a mom's gotta do.
Once we got the tooth out, she was really excited. I thought everything was good until I saw the note she wrote to the tooth fairy. You can see the note below. She let the Tooth Fairy know that I hurt her while pulling her tooth out.
 Can you believe she sold me out like that? You know she was trying to get more money from the Tooth Fairy with sympathy points. I want to say it didn't work but then "the Tooth Fairy" ended up giving her $10 and leaving a note under her pillow about how beautiful her tooth was.



Tuesday, October 1, 2013

DIY - Inexpensive Halloween Decorations

(Example Pictures below)

I went to go buy some indoor Halloween decorations. I must be out of touch because the wreaths alone were about $75 and very generic. I decided I was going to do my own project. This way I could do it cheaper and it would have some personality.

 I found a large 20x30 frame at Walmart for about $12. I then removed everything so I just had the frame. I found foam boards at my local dollar store. I bought about 10 boards as you can’t pass up foam boards for $1 each. They come in 20x30 size so this is the reason I got the frame in that size. I didn't want to do any cutting (I can't cut a straight line to save my life).

 I bought all my decorations at the dollar store. You can make a nice board for about $8. The dollar store has a lot of little things that are fun for this project and the point of this is the keep it inexpensive. But, you can always go to Hobby Lobby, Walmart, or other craft stores.

  I then took my supplies, foam board, and hot glue gun. It helps to lay things out before you start to glue. Once I positioned the Halloween items on the foam board, I began to glue until I had all my items glued on. Once I got it all glued, I put it in my frame. The foam board popped right in and the latches on the back of the frame held it tight.

 I did several Halloween boards to show how easy it is. You can have scary, fun, cute, etc. as everyone prefers to decorate for Halloween differently. I tried to show examples of each kind. This project is also fun for kids. They can help pick items out at the dollar store then help lay out the decorations. If you don’t want to use a hot glue gun (if kids are helping), you can always use double sided foam tape or cut pieces of Velcro.

My kids made smaller versions for their rooms. It was a fun kid craft project. I got them an 8x10 foam board and let them use Elmer’s glue to put it together. They were able to hang it in their room for Halloween.

You can do this for every holiday. You literally use the same frame and just swap out the Holiday. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, 4th of July, etc. I have a spot on my wall where that picture hangs year round and I change out the theme.

The foam boards are so cheap and you can store them year after year and use your same frame to showcase the Holiday in your own way.

And, the best part about it, I didn’t spend $75 for one wreath. I was able to make 5 foam Halloween boards for $30 (not including the frame). That is my kind of decorating!

*I don't have these in the frame, but it really makes them look expensive once you put them in the frame.