Monday, January 26, 2015

Class Valentines

Class valentines this year are handmade, handsewn by me. Because I got a new sewing machine from my mom for Christmas.
And too much time on my hands, apparently. I made twenty-five of these.

Want to know what is in these sewn hearts?

I found tiny notebooks and mini colored gel pens from Target Dollar Spot to stuff inside. The kids simply rip them open to get the treats.
I had this cute red basket for my daughter to bring them to class in.
I would do a tutorial on how to make these, but if you have a sewing machine, you probably know how to use it much better than I do. My biggest tip is to remember to stuff the treats into the heart before sewing it all the way closed. I may or may not have forgotten once or twice.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Repurposed Organizer

 I was in a craft store awhile back and saw some organizer with feet thingys and thought they were super cute. And then I saw the price tag. 

Seventy-five dollars!!!

It didn't take long to figure out that it was basically a utensil organizer on steroids. For $75. Not gonna happen. 
So I kept my eyes open for one that I could repurpose myself. Because I need more DIY action around here. 


I found one at my sister's garage sale. I painted it light Aqua with leftover paint and added knobs for feet that I already had from my daughter's old curtains and some dresser hardware I found in Canton. Total for this refinish? $1.25!!!!
Not including all of my Valentine's goodies, of course. 
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Goodbye Christmas

Christmas has almost disappeared from my house. Putting all of the tree decorations away was a little bit easier this year. Because I am a genius.
I can't believe I've never thought of this idea. Probably because I have never bought new glasses before. We've only ever had plastic. We're grown-ups now. I was walking to the trashcan to throw away some boxes when it came to me.

Why not use these sturdy drinking glass boxes to store my collectible Christopher Radko and other oddly shaped very breakable Christmas ornaments? They are perfect. The search for a plastic container that will hold them is over! I actually purchased one this year. It didn't work. I've even tried the solo cups glued in a box. Some ornaments still didn't fit. This storage method is 100% better than all of the original individual boxes that I have been putting these back into every year.
Being that it is Christmas time, I happened to have some wrapping paper tubes that I hadn't thrown away because I thought the kids might play with them. So glad I hoarded those. I used them to roll my lights up to store them. By far, the easiest storage method for lights that I have ever tried. Even better than the piece of cardboard method.

And of course, it wouldn't be tradition if I didn't find ONE LAAAASSST ORNAMENT after boxing everything up and putting it in the attic.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas Tussie Mussie

My daughter calls me to come get her from school because her stomach hurts. When we get home I start to load the dishwasher and she says, "So this is what you do all day?" 
"Who did you think does the dishes?"
"I don't know I just figured you would be on Pinterest all day."

Nope. Today I made a Christmas Tussie Mussie with my Crate Paper stash. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Teacher Gifts


Teachers are getting these cuties for Christmas this year.
I found these clips and thought they would be perfect to hold a cute card.

I used Crate Paper Sleigh Ride Collection paper and chipboard embellishments to decorate library pockets.
Then, made a card with a gift card attached to slip inside.

I think they turned out pretty cute. I wish I could keep one for myself!


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Sparky has been very mischievous lately.

Sparky, our Elf on the Shelf, is taking a trip down memory lane, looking at the Christmas scrapbook.

We found our elf snuggled up in the American Girl Doll Bed. Marie Grace isn't too happy with him.  

So the next day we found him taped up with her washi tape. 

Sparky thinks he can win the sack race with stuffed animals. 

Uh-oh. Sparky came back from the North Pole with a warning message from Santa.  Someone has been cleaning up her Calico Critters. 

Sneaky elf is hiding behind the mini Christmas tree in the bathroom. 

One morning, little girl had to go on a hunt for Sparky and her Advent Calendar gift. You can see more details here. I have a set of these in my etsy store.


What has your Elf on the Shelf been up to?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Elf Hunt

Sometimes it is really hard to find teeny tiny stuff to fit in the advent calendar. In all of my infinite wisdom, I purchased the really cute advent calendar with the tiniest compartments ever because I thought it would be less expensive to buy miniature things. So not the case.

So, little girl had to go on a hunt for her gift as well as the Elf on the Shelf this morning because the gift wouldn't fit behind that miniature door.
I made clue cards in little envelopes because my daughter is a TSL like me. Tiny Sh@# Lover. Go to to find out more. This is part of why I convinced myself that tiny doors on advent calendars are awesome. But in all seriousness, what is cuter than tiny envelopes? With tiny notecards inside?

Nothing, that's what.

I wrote clues on the little cards. Micron pens came in handy for writing on these tiny spaces.

I used mini alpha stamps and red mini glitter numbers.
Let's face it. This was as much for me as her. I would've LOVED this! I put some snowflake "glitter" (basically confetti) inside each envelope and in front of the final hiding spot. Miniature snowflakes. Love it.

The last clue led to our elf and a reusable hand warmer-great for cold mornings at the bus stop.
*My daughter is old enough to be able to read the clues and figure them out. She is also old enough to know not to climb inside of the dryer. I am not recommending that you send a young child on a hunt to the inside of a dryer. I also followed my child around just to make sure. *
Are you a fellow TSL?

Crafty Allie