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Simple DIY Bunny Baskets for Easter

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It’s that time of year again, Easter basket time!  For a while, to be honest, I was a little against Easter baskets.  It felt almost like Valentine’s day to me.  Easter is a time of rejoicing and celebrating our risen savior, not bunnies and baskets and eggs filled with sugar.  But, eventually, the excitement got to me and I figured it was all in fun, we definitely teach our kids about the meaning of Easter (well, right now, the 5 year old), and I decided I was being an Easter scrooge.  Today I’m getting in the spirit with some cute and easy DIY bunny baskets. 

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I’ve been making over the boys’ creative corner in our basement for a little while now.  I revamped the art supply stash with some pallet storage and I rehung some of the art that was already there.  But it was definitely still bare.  It needed some color and character.  What better way to add some character than with the two characters I gave birth to?!  I got some paints and let my little Picassos go to town.

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It’s been way too long since my last DIY post and I’m here to remedy that!  I’ve been in one of those moods lately where everything in my house needs an upgrade.  This is a relatively common occurrence (annoyance, if you ask my husband) once I’ve finished an area.  I’ll finish a space, love it for a few weeks and then want to change it.  Maybe it’s the perfectionist in me but I prefer to think of it as the “perpetual need to be creative-ist” in me.  That’s totally a thing… One of these spaces that has incurred my creative wrath is Gav’s art table/creative learning corner.  I decided that I wanted to reorganize his art supplies in a way that didn’t put a million tiny holes in the wall.  I tried using those little plastic drawers but Ro quickly showed me that those made it much easier for him to eat crayons.  That’s when I came up with this super simple, inexpensive and minimal wall damage project.

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Ready, Set, Craft Challenge // Family Photos

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If you’re anything like me, you love having pictures of your family all over your house.  We have so many wonderful photos around our house but they are, mainly, in frames.  Maybe one or two aren’t but, for the most part, what else do you do with them to display them?  This is exactly what made this craft item so challenging for me.  And I loved it! When I started just thinking about things we might need around the house, our dry erase board came to mind.  It was getting pretty dingy, it was small, and our little family was starting to get pretty busy with Gav going to Pre-K, all his actives, and my husband and I wanting to volunteer more at church.  My husband and I are always trying to keep up with the important dates and schedules and sometimes we just forget to tell the other or forget what the other told us.  (That happens ALOT!)  Then there is Roman’s little feeding schedule which is pretty open, but when my parents or in-laws babysit, it’s nice to have something for them to look at so they know what exactly he needs.  That’s when I decided to chuck…

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Playing in the “Sand”

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It’s screen free week here and we’re not doing to bad.  Gav has asked a few times if he can watch this or that but it hasn’t been met with much whining at all.  So the other day, while Gav was begrudgingly doing his rest time, I whipped up a new sandbox for him. What You’ll Need:  Large Bin, Flour, Baby Oil, Small Toys/Rocks/Digging Tools Following THIS recipe, I made some homemade moon sand in a deep storage bin I happened to already have. Then all you have to do is bury some of the toys, place some on top to play with and you’re ready to go!  Just make sure this is strictly an outdoor activity.  It gets messy! Our old dino Jello mold, which really was terrible for Jello, worked great with the moon sand.  Other items that are fun to use are measuring cups, silicone baking molds, and sifters. Also, note to self, don’t wear black while playing in the “sand” box. XO, Kelly

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Ready, Set, Craft Challenge // Chalkboard Paint

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We’ve been working on a our budget lately and have decided to really hone in on a few things.  A lot of what we would like to do has to do with home improvements and those can cost quite a bit of dough!  This doesn’t really leave much room to save for much else.  However, we have budgeted a little weekly personal money for my hubby and I to do whatever we’d like.  We each get $20 week for whatever. If that gets spent by Tuesday, then that’s it for the week.  With this, I’ve decided to start saving for a new camera.  My current one has been oh so good to me and was a Christmas gift about seven years ago.  She’s on her way out though since technology updates itself just about every 5 seconds.  Each week I’ll save some of my weekly spending money and, eventually, it’ll add up to what I need.  The more diligent (read: self disciplined) I am, the quicker I can get it! So I thought, with this month’s challenge, I’d make myself something to collect it all and see the saving progress. What You’ll Need: Old Plastic Container, Tape, Chalkboard Paint, Exacto…

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Ready, Set, Craft Challenge // Fabric

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It’s that time again!  Time for our monthly craft challenge!  This month, the craft item up for DIYing was fabric.  I’ll admit that some items have had me scratching my head for a good while and then sometimes, like this one, an idea will just pop right up.  Our basement bathroom is nothing short of plain.  I mean, pllllaaaaiiinnnn.  There’s nothing in there but the toilet, sink, and the old mirror from the previous owners.  We just haven’t really gotten around to saucing that one up yet so I thought up a fun way to add some much needed color and boldness. What You’ll Need: Large Canvas, Fabric, Wooden Letters, Paint, Hot Glue Lay the canvas on the fabric, pattern side down, and glue the edges to the back and trim any excess.  When you get to the corners, it’s easiest if you fold the fabric up as you would if you were wrapping a present.  My canvas is 16×14 and 1/2 a yard covered it easily. Paint the letters and once they’re dry, glue them to the canvas. Simple yet bold and colorful!  It may be the only piece of art in there, but it’s a step in the…

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Our basement serves as more of a family room than any other space in our home.  The built in bookshelves/desk is down there, the TV, Gav’s playroom and so on.  I’ve enjoyed transforming the space from wide open and empty, to sectioned off and purposeful.  Once I had divided the basement up, I was left with this spare corner.  That’s when Gav’s (and eventually Ro’s too) creative corner was born! His Ikea table and chairs was probably the best $20 bucks I’ve ever spent there!  It’s the same one that you see in all of the awesome hack DIYs on Pinterest.  The Hanging cups and organizer are also Ikea purchases.  The rest is pretty much all thrift and yard sale finds. A lot of fun, child/boyish art and plenty of supplies.  The Angry Bird tin holds a plethora of stickers and the posters are from Scholastic book orders from Gav’s preschool. I love this little arts and learning center and eventually it can evolve as the boys get older and need more of a homework station. XO, Kelly

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DIY Peg Person Keychain

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Peg people are so fun!  There are so many handmade shops that make incredible custom orders and popular characters.  They are also great for little hands to play with but this is a different sort of project.  It’s no surprise that I love my boys and I love to have something on my just about all the time that represents them.  I have pictures on my phone, they are my lock screen, and my favorite is my bracelet that has both of their names on it.  Then, one day, this idea popped in my head and I had to go for it! What You’ll Need: Unfinished Wooden Peg Figure, Screw Eye, Paint, Sealant (i.e. Modge Podge, etc.), Super Glue, Key Ring Start by screwing in the screw eye (found mine in the hardware section of Walmart) into the top of the peg figure and take it back out. Paint your figure any way you like.  You can be as detailed or simple as your artistic abilities allow.  Since I wanted one for Gav and one for Ro, I opted to tape off half of the peg and paint one boy on each side.  Once it’s dry, paint or spray on…

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Little Happy Corners // DIY Pantry

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When we moved into our home over two years ago, we loved everything about it.  It’s our first house!  Awesome space, room to grow, MUCH bigger kitchen than either of our apartments, and a good amount of front and back yard.  There was, however, one small detail that was missing.  There was no pantry.  Plenty of cabinet space, yes.  Actually pantry, nope.  It was an odd thing to be missing but it really wasn’t that big of a deal.  Until we decided that it was and we needed more room.  This probably had a lot to do with us starting to shop at Costco. So we measured out the small space on the end of our support wall where the kitchen cabinets and the living room wall meet and made a plan to make a pantry.  Here she is! We found this cabinet piece from Target.  It’s meant for the bathroom but it fit the dimensions to a tee! The glass jars are from Hobby Lobby.  (If you’re going to be doing this, be sure to wait for glass decor to be half off!) The drawer works perfect for keeping all of Ro’s stuff. Other details: Plate – Kohl’s Cookie…

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