When you have a newborn baby in your home it makes for a lot of sleep interrupted nights. You can change their diaper, feed them, burp them sometimes nothing seems to work. When baby can’t sleep neither can mommy or daddy. I remember putting our oldest in the car and driving around the block again and again until he fell asleep. Our other kiddos responded well to being rocked.
If your baby, like ours, sleeps well in a rocking chair or a rocking crib, why not try both. Take a look at this set of plans brought to you by Instructables. This will be a beautiful compliment to your nursery once you pick a matching wood or paint color. It also will take up less room than having both in the room. They suggest finding a mattress first and build the crib portion around it. The blueprints are not for a standard size mattress. Here is another DIY crib tutorial. It never hurts to have options. Lol
Whether your hair is straight or curly, the grass is always greener. No matter what condition our locks are in, we all have straighteners. Some for curling, others for taming, and other still for ironing our clothes. Lol. Yup. You can use your iron for all sorts of things and not just your hair! This roundup from Diply has 15 straightener tips and tricks that everyone who owns one needs to know. I’m so excited to feature this here today!
Did you know that a straightener can be used straighten thing like ribbon and fabric? It’s true. Not only does this roundup have fun things you can do with straighteners, it also has information about their and hair care. Such good info to know.
You can’t do any of these tricks if you don’t have a straight iron. Top Ten Reviews has the 411 on the irons of 2015. It lists the top ten, prices, and reviews. Sweet! Maybe it’s time I get a new one. Thoughts? Maybe the Conair Infiniti Pro?
What is your favorite dessert? Pie? Cookies? Ice cream? Cake? All good choices. If you picked cake, you’re not alone. There are so many tasty recipes out there and this one is one of the better ones! Prepare to tantalize your taste buds with this homemade pound cake recipe featured at Little Things. This is a ‘butter cake’ and anything with the word butter in the title has to be amazing.
The secret to this cake is how you mix the ingredients. A bit on the more time consuming side but the end result will be so tasty. I think I can spare the extra time. Can’t you? Country Living has a list of 56 homemade cake recipes that are to die for. Your waistband will be begging for mercy. The lemon-coconut with mascarpone frosting looks like a sure fire winner. I have my eye on the crepe cake too. Lol.
Do you have a glue gun? Most likely. Most of us do. And crayons? Yes, anyone with children has those and many people without have them too. I have boxes and boxes! This craft, featured at Little Things, uses those two things and a blank canvas to make something pretty nifty.
This is an easy DIY. Grab your favorite crayon color and insert it into the glue gun. Make drops all over the canvas and there you have it. Gorgeous art. A little modern but nice. (p.s. You’re going to need a new glue gun after this. Good thing they are affordable.) Hands On As We Grow has a list of 35 crafts you can do with crayons. Hooray! I like the picture frame! Adorable. I also like the stained glass leaves. Beautiful and I’m sure the kids will love it.
Are you a big fan of Halloween? Trick or treating, cute costumes, caramel apples, crisp fall air. It’s not my favorite holiday but I do enjoy it. Especially all of the yummy treats. I love food! This video from Jumble Joy has three DIY treats that are quite freaky to look at but delightful to eat! I hope I get the chance to make them this year.
The best thing about these snacks is that they can be eaten all year long. What kid wouldn’t want a scary apple creature after school? True, the pumpkins and spider snacks are more Halloween specific but that doesn’t mean these treats should only be made once a year. Lol. The apple animals are my favorite. Which is yours?
Here are some more fun/gross things you should think about making this year. Ewwww. Parenting has a whole roundup of foods that will make your kids jump for joy.
Are you one of those people who just can’t throw anything away? Ever? You can admit that you are, but I hope you have more closet space than I do. Or maybe a craft room you can shut the door on when your in-laws or neighbors are at your home. Ah yes, the craft room filled with half completed projects is heaven to you, but some people will never understand the controlled chaos that appears when you open the door. So keep the door closed and make certain only those who understand your obsession are allowed into your inner sanctum. Here are some repurposing gems that you will be able to add to your chaos.
Here are some projects that can turn any hoarder into a super crafty artist. Even if you don’t have these things laying around the house, you will eventually. So, put them aside and you too can make treasures out of what many would call landfill fodder. Any of these stand out as favorites?! Here are some more ideas to stash away for a rainy day.
Have you decided on your Halloween costume yet this year? Are you going trendy with Donald Trump or old school with a sheet ghost? My husband wants us to be a Star Wars family. That would be a fun theme but I’m not decided yet. I was thinking that the Wizard Of Oz could be fun too. This video from Dope2111 has yet another idea. Go crazy with the makeup this year with this Trippy Double Vision Makeup
I seriously got a headache from this! I had to concentrate so hard at first to see where her real eyes were. There is no way that I could ever pull something like this off! Some days I have trouble with normal makeup! This is just a whole skill set above mine. Her second eyes look so realistic. The false lashes? Nice touch! She is definitely an artist. In case you’re like me and still on the fence when it comes to your October costume, this roundup from Popsugar should give you all the inspiration that you need.
Repurpose, repurpose, repurpose. That’s all you hear about these days. There are so many fun projects that you can make out of other things. It’s great to give things a new and second chance at life. What’s your favorite thing to make (re-make)? Birdbaths, chandeliers, bookshelves, ottomans, headboards, jewelry? Today it’s jewelry! This video from Innova Crafts shows how to make bracelets out of recycled bottles. Amazing! And so easy.
You need a plastic bottle, tape, scissors, iron, and nail polish or acrylic paint. Watch the video to learn how to make your own! The finished product doesn’t look anything like a plastic bottle. I love it when that happens. I would want to use paint and not polish to decorate my bangles. I would hate to waste it! Honestly WTF has a bunch of other fun DIY bracelet tutorials. There is the fishtail loom, braided cuff, rhinestone sliding knot, and 5 other pages worth of amazing wrist jewelry that you MUST try.
This is amazing! Jesse Rockwell, a blogger and photographer, took a breathtaking picture of the night sky over Santa Barbara and turned into the most awe-inspiring thing. The evening was clear and the stars were out in all their splendor. His photo captured the full glory of our galaxy. He took his pic and blew it up to 72”x32”. Why? So he could frame it, put lights behind it, and have the night sky at his fingertips whenever he wanted. He poked holes in the photo (for light to shine through) and got LED lights that were on a remote. This is such an awesome idea. It looks so lovely!
Do you know your stars? Do you have a favorite constellation? Most of us are pretty bad when it comes to picking out and naming those heavenly lights. I know a few; Orion, the Big and Little Dippers, Polaris, and Cassiopeia. Not many compared with how many stars are visible on a clear night. Here is a guide to finding some of the most popular constellations. It’s good info to know.
Here’s how it was done – step by step… See Here. Then watch this video below to see the whole canvas up close. Enjoy!
Do you have a tattoo? One random web search said that 14% of all Americans have tattoos now. Another search said one in five (that’s higher than 20% of the population with ink). I don’t have one and don’t think I will get one. For the longest time I was on the fence but I think I’ll just let the younger generation carry the torch. Lol. This video from Nibbles Official is for those of you who do have amazing body art. Pay attention!
Tattoos are art and should be displayed, right? For the most part but every once in awhile there might be a time when you need to cover yours up and this video tells you how to do that with simple drugstore makeup. I am amazed by the end result and how natural it looks. It’s definitely important to get makeup that matches your skin tone though.
For more light reading on tattoos. Here are 75 radical facts on them. Because why not? Also, here is a site you should make a habit of visiting. Fails are bad. Tattoo fails? Is there anything worse?