Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Homemade baby wipes!

At one of my baby showers a couple of weeks ago, one of the gals gave me a Domino Sugar container and bottle of water.....no really, that is what it was, kinda.

So of course it peaked my curiosity and I opened it up first, and lo and behold....homemade baby wipes!!!!!

Super cool idea, do you know how many of those are consumed in our home! Well hopefully this will help out some and help with some diaper rash when it comes.

Cut a roll of Bounty paper towels in half and place into a tub. (Don't buy generic.)

Recipe for solution:
1 oz. baby oil
1 oz. baby wash ( any brand)
1 oz. witch hazel
1 3/4 c. water

Mix all ingredients, add to tub, let it absorb and then remove towel inner tube and use within 2 weeks.

Great idea Jesse!

Junkie handmade projects

Making Boo Boo Bags

My little boy is constantly showing me the power of boys and getting into his little scrapes and scuffles. But when he has a boo-boo he hates to put ice on it to make it better because it is too cold.

So I found these "grow" bubbles in the plant decorating section at Michaels, made a little baggie and filled it with the beads. When you run it under water the beads expand and are soft and squishy in the bag which allows me to put it in the fridge to cool without getting frozen. Super easy fix to his boo-boo situation.

Want to make your own....super easy way to do it!

Supplies: Two 3x4 pieces of fabric and water beads

Stitch the fabric with right sides together and leave an opening on one side. Snip corners and turn right side out.
Add 1/2 tsp. of water beads into the bag. Top stitch around the bag to close the seam opening and provide reinforcement. Add to water so beads expand and put in fridge for next boo-boo situation.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Personalized Tumblers

So if you have followed my projects for a while, you know by now how much I adore all things personalized!!!! When my crafty mama friend Emily showed me her tumbler, I knew I had to make one. While she used acrylic paint to decorate hers I turned to my trusty Cricut and used some vinyl for mine. And with some girls throwing me and my little bean a baby shower, I decided to make some for thank you/appreciation presents for them. 

Process and Supplies:
  • Vinyl sheets for the Cricut (got mine online super cheap)
  • Double walled tumblers from Wal Mart  (These are not dishwasher safe)
  • Clear paint sealant for acrylic from Michaels  (This is dishwasher safe) 
  • Small foam paint brush to apply sealant

I cut out the vinyl with my Cricut in a 4" letter and 2.5" burst shapes using the Lyrical Letters cartridge. Attached the letters to the tumblers and then sealed the outside of the tumblers with the sealant. (Memo: You can't wash the tumblers for 10 days with the sealant because it takes that long for it to permanently seal into the plastic. The actual dry time is about 3 minutes, but it will permanently alter the cup so it can be washed over and over without coming off or spoiling.)

Finished project....Love me some reusable and personalized cups!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Potato Bags and Casserole Covers

I came across a few tutorials online that I really loved. For some Christmas presents this year I made some potato bags. (Tutorial here.) Love these little suckers, great for taking to work and eating a nice warm potato or when you are in a pinch and don't want to wait around to bake them.

Then for a recent wedding I went to, I decided to pair up a potato bag with a casserole cover. My girlfriend made me one a year ago for a birthday present and I've loved it and used it a ton. (Tutorial here.)

Definitely a great gift set idea and super great gift for a new wife starting out her kitchen.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Nursery renovation

So remember that elephant fabric I bought to use....well I was really scared to use it. You know that feeling when you get fabric you love and don't know what to use it for? Afraid to cut it and screw up the material? Well maybe you don't get that, but I do. 

I finally decided to make a toy basket for my little bean. I used the green elephants for the basket, and then I made a curtain with the brown fabric. I tried to take a picture of the curtain, but I couldn't get a good shot. With the scrap fabric I had from the curtain, I used a the elephants to put onto some baskets my girlfriend gave me that she got from the dollar store. Just a nice little way to add more color and elephants to the room. 
Yeah, we've already filled the basket with toys and baby items :)

Think the brown adds a nice little touch.

Thursday, March 3, 2011


I have SERGER envy....all of a sudden I desperately want to buy a serger machine to work on tons of projects. Let's see how long I can hold out!

There are at least 3 or 4 projects on my table that are finished and waiting for photos so I can post them. I really need to get to that, but to be honest, I don't want to get out of bed enough to go do it now....darn pregnancy.

I have been crafting...sorry crafty followers, I can't post it all yet since it is mostly nursery decorations. But pictures will come soon.

Will go to sleep now, hopefully I will feel well enough this weekend to do some crafty things for you!