DIY, House & Home, Pictures, Tutorials

The Kitchen: Part III

As you know we’ve been working on some small DIY projects around the house and our latest project, a kitchen transformation, turned out better than I thought it would…Our home is a standard split level and so our large kitchen also doubles as a dining area. For that reason, I wanted to figure out a way to separate the space but also tie everything together so I used the largest two walls in the kitchen for this portion of the project.

Our refrigerator has always been the “go to” spot for C’s latest artwork and pictures and so I knew I wanted to find a way to use the wall in the “dining area” to showcase C’s work.

I feel that it’s important to mention two things: 1. Yes, I am aware that we have a bulb out on our light and 2. The light isn’t centered on the wall so if it looks a little off balance to you, that’s probably why. We were lucky to find these adorable letters at Hobby Lobby for half off their retail price so we ended up paying $1.50 per letter. After I had the letters up on the wall, I went to work on the pieces to hang C’s art. I purchased some wooden balls (that are flat on one side) that I planned to paint white using acrylic craft paint:

Once they were dry, I used a hot glue gun to attach round magnets onto the back of each ball:

Using wall mounting strips, I attached the other half of the magnets directly to the wall.

I moved the large shelf that was against this wall to help divide the two areas of the kitchen. Once our basement remodel is complete, the toys that are now being stored in baskets on the shelf will relocate to their permanent homes downstairs and I’ll use the space to store small kitchen appliances and accessories that have been thrown into the depths of the cabinets since we moved in.

We used the word “Family” for that portion of the space:

The pegs that are on the wall are made from the same balls that I used for the first half of the room hot glued onto wooden squares that I painted tan. I plan to hang aprons on each of these (one for the husband and matching ones for C and I that I’m hoping we get from our Christmas wish list).

I’ll take some pictures of the entire kitchen and post them this week. Until then…

Daily Life, DIY, Parenting, Pictures, Tutorials

Rah Rah Rah! Pom Poms for Toddlers- A Tutorial

I had big dreams for what I planned to make for C’s second Halloween (last year we dressed her as the most adorable watermelon you’ve ever seen). Several months ago, I saw an Audrey Hepburn costume made from ribbon and tulle. I told myself that’s what I would make. As with many of the big craft ideas I have from time to time, I set my sights too high and I found myself re-evaluating my options a couple of weeks ago. By now you might be wondering what C is going to dress as this year…She’s going to be a Mizzou (Missouri) Cheerleader. Cop-out much!? I wanted to throw in a little creativity to this costume and so I decided I would make her some pom-poms to go with her outfit. We’ll be attending a “Trunk-Or-Treat” event tomorrow night and our car will be decorated with some great craft projects that I’ll blog about later. For now, I want to talk about the pom-poms.

In case you weren’t aware, toddlers and paper materials (like tissue paper) don’t mix. Truth. Fact. So my original idea was not going to work:

I planned to use a hot glue gun (lookout!) to attach a mixture of yellow, black, and white tissue paper strips onto the cardboard from a roll of paper towels. If you have older kids, I think that would work but for those of us with younger children here’s what I came up with:

You’ll need to purchase your desired colors in soft pipe cleaners (or as I like to call them “the bendy fabric things”). Our local Walmart carried every color but yellow (go figure) so I opted for white and black:

I wanted to make the pom-poms as toddler friendly as possible so I made them into little “bracelets” (that way C can be hands free while trunk-or-treating):

Next I took the remaining pipe cleaners and twisted them around a pen that I had handy:

Then I attached them to the wristlets to complete the “pom-pom”:

Even though they don’t look like traditional pom-poms, I think they’re pretty cute. Most importantly, they’re safe for my toddler and they’re something I don’t have to worry about her destroying before we head out the door.

Happy Halloween!