March 31, 2011

What are little boys made of? #53

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March 30, 2011

Sugar & Spice #52

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March 29, 2011

Friendly Tuesday :: Kitchen Memo Board

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So I've been on this kitchen "communication center" kick recently.  I was trying to come up with THE perfect corkboard, memoboard, letter holder combo.  I actually ended up with something TOTALLY different (you can see it here) because I found a magnetic letter holder that worked for the fridge, and then came across some other cool items at a local craft store that transformed my communication center into a calendar/corkboard duo. 

ANYWAY, when Hani sent me her center idea I asked her if she would be willing to share with you all of you, and she said YES!  So check out what Hani did:


Hello! dear readers at seven thirty three

I am Hani from Craftionary
I am a new blogger who has started blogging for the love of crafts and sharing ideas. But of all the things I do I love to make new friends the most. 

Craftionary works by targeting a craft line and works to create projects linked to that specific line for about 2 months. So, you get more ideas about using a specific technique.You can find a whole lot of variety categorized from nylon flowers to origamiInstant last minute recipes to home remedies and blog designs to paintings. I am so excited to bring embroidery crafts in April to welcome spring this year. 

Today I am going to share my tutorial about Multi Task Message Board
I am thrilled to show you my organizing and scheduling space. 
I have divided my hobby room into working and crafting spaces. I keep all my craft supplies in the closet near the room for child safety. What I did for the message board is utilized the corner near my working table. The working space has a brown and green, neutral tones theme and this bulletin board and holders match perfectly with it. While the craft space as I have planned is going to be very bright and vibrant.
I am still working on my ideas to complete my hobby room. I am so going to share 
it with all of you once it's complete. 
Any cool ideas you would like to share? I would love to hear from you :)
I bought this bulletin board which came with a rope and hooks for easy fixing at Fiesta for a really good price of $3.00. For a 18"x24" board I think it's a really good price. If you are looking for a good deal, you better check this one out

Next you will need some basic stationery and papers of your choice

Cut the paper to the size of the board. I bought this patterned wrapping paper from a dollar store. Place double-sided tape on the board's sides and in-between and place the paper sheet over it. Now using a cuter remove the excess of paper from the sides for perfection. I used tape so that I can change the paper if I like later. 
Here's how it looks so far

I wanted to keep a track on my weekly errands, programs and have reminders because I have a very small attention spam. I made 6 columns counting Saturday and Sunday as weekend and glued them at the bottom of the board
Now I can schedule and remember my weekly things

My craft room is where I spend most of my time. Now here's the cute part. I got this promotional key chain by keepeez at Sam's club. I cut out a piece just the size of it's head with the cutter and sticked it on. It has a sticky back which is sticky enough to hold the weight of 5-6 keys with key chains and may be more.
I used sticky letters to complete the look.

I wanted custom holders to match with the board and made these using cardboard that was about to be thrown into the trash. 
This post was getting too long so I moved the holder's tutorial to another post. Also I have shared some cool sites for free calendar and scheduling notebooks printables over here.

Now I like to make wall arts and projects that can go on the walls without holes so that I can keep changing the setting if I like without any permanent damage to the walls.
I used sticky back from Velcro. I bought mine from Walmart
Stick both the parts on the holder's back and press it against the wall with good pressure and your done

A final look at the supplies holders. 
If you like, use the third one which holds receipts and business cards
or anything else that you like

Now some last touches to the bulletin board. I bought these stickers, it also has small letters and symbols on the back for $1.99 from Michaels.
I used them to label my holders and days of the week
Sometimes we have important papers we don't want to punch holes in. So, I bought these office clips and sticked my pattern paper to the front and sides to match. Finally I glued it on the bulletin board. Initially I added only one clip, but when the board was put to practical use I glued 2 more
Here's what the clips look like
Finally the finished bulletin board and holders in use


A few of my favorite projects that I am loving right now



Thanks Kim. I enjoyed being here
I hope you will stop by and see me at Craftionary
Love
Hani



March 28, 2011

My Kitchen Command Center

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I have had a corkboard in my kitchen since we moved in... actually the old owners left it and we just kept it.  I don't necessarily like it, but my daughter got into the habit of putting her star homework up there and then the stamps got pinned up, and some business cards, and some pictures and then it just seemed like I couldn't take it down - even though it looked messy and bothered me.


I started thinking a while back that I should try to find something that combined a memo board, corkboard and a place for my mail (which my husband leaves all over my counter, junk mail and all - SO ANNOYING).  I started looking but came up empty handed.  Although I did find a nifty magnetic bin that I put on the side of the fridge for the mail.  So now my center had less requirements and when I hit a local craft store and found plain wood 12x12 craft frames, corkboard, magnetic and calendar tiles I knew I wanted THAT in my kitchen!



I painted the frames a mauve - it was suppose to be a dark cranberry, but I didn't have the right paint and just started mixing and ended up with this color, which turns out to match AND I like it!  I dry brushed on some green, added some twine embellishments and ended up with this:



The corkboard had a sticky back so that was just placed inside the frame.  I glued the magnetic sheet, scrapbook paper and calendar tile with hotglue.  Added some picture hooks and popped them on my wall.
 
TOTAL COST: $21 - not too shabby!
 
And a view from the hall:



(see those awful tan light switches and plate - might not look awful to you, but we hate them!  I am glad to say THEY ARE GONE!  We are slowly switching them all over to white and my husband has finished the entire kitchen outlets!)
 
I like the end result and now my old corkboard can go in the trash... It had to  be moved anyway since we are adding a couple of pass-through windows into our living room.
 
What do you use for a kitchen command center? 
 

March 27, 2011

HOW TO: Choose a link party service

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Since both big link party services just recently went to paid subscriptions I have had a lot of people asking me my opinion on who to use.
 
To start, you will see that I use Linky Tools, but to be honest, the only reason I went with them was because I have two years of link lists that would have been erased (unless I took the time to download each invidual list)!  I did not have the time to go through and download the lists plus get the html back into each post - it would have been a nightmare, so I stuck with Linky Tools.  Linky Tools does not offer any free options, but you can sign-up for a free month trial. (NOTE: If you have used Linky Tools in the past and did not pay for a subscription once they switched to a paid service, your list is GONE, never to be recovered again).
 
Inlinkz on the other hand gave me the option of keeping my old lists EVEN if I didn't pay.  Doesn't seem fair that the good guy gets ousted, but I really just didn't have the time!  Inlinkz also offers statistics on the party -such as how many clicks each link received.  I asked Linky Tools if they could provide this service but apparently the way they are set-up would not allow it unless each person linking had an account and signed in prior to linking.  Inlinkz does offer FREE list parties (no images) so that is a great option as well.  They are also only $19.99 per year (or $1.99/month) and they also offer a referral service - once you receive 3 referrals you can trade them in towards payment of your service.
 
Both services provide the traditional thumbnail service, and both work pretty well.
 
So in short, I think it is obvious that I would recommend using Inlinkz, and if anyone has lots of time on their hands to download all my Linky Tools parties, I would switch over myself! HA HA.
 
This is my opinion.  I understand some people may disagree with me.  If you have thoughts to add to this discussion, feel free to leave a comment!

March 26, 2011

Every house must have a...

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CHALKBOARD! 
Mine is a fun green number I picked up at TJ Maxx about 4 years ago.  It resides on the wall of my eat-in dining room amidst some barnyard friends.
 
I change the message on a monthly basis, as you can see this months message is in celebration of spring!
I love when I come downstairs in the morning and find a new message written on it - like this one my daughter wrote for my husband when he returned from a trip to AZ.
 
Special occassions are also marked by this little chalkboard - birthdays, adoption anniversarys, etc.
 
What do you have in your house that you feel everyone should have?

March 25, 2011

FFF: No Sew Princess Wand & Crown

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I Am Momma Hear Me Roar
Quick announcement - I wasn't able to participate (been too busy working on my kitchen) but wanted to let you all know that Cheri over at I am Momma Hear Me Roar is hosting a fun contest for boys!  If you have a boy shirt that you designed, head over and link it up and maybe you'll win!  There are some rules, such as the shirt can not have been posted before February 28th, but even if you can't enter - head over, there are some amazing shirts linked up already!




I am SOOO excited that I found Lu Bird Baby via Tip Junkie!
 
She had exactly what I had been dreaming of making... and she saved me all the planning and gave me a tutorial.  I feel like it was made just for ME!
 
Check these out:

Sweet, no?

I am going to customize mine to fit the Pinkalicious theme for my daughters 2nd birthday in May (LOADS more on that later!).  You know, yellow star wand with pink ribbons, and a gold crown.  My little girl will definitely be the Pinkerella of the party (especially with the custom outfit that Willow Bean Studio is currently working on for her)!

Head over to Lu Bird Baby to find out how to make these for yourself {or maybe your daughter... yea, probably your daughter}.



March 24, 2011

What are little boys made of? #52

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As I mentioned yesterday I am in the mist of redecorating my mantle and entryway.  I did some browsing during a work break yesterday and found an old shutter at TJ Maxx for $25 (there were two) and this really cool hand held bell - an old looking one with a wood handle - for $10.  I really liked both pieces, but did I buy them?  No! I couldn't commit... I've been looking for shutters for some time, but I feel like I can get a better deal than $25 for one... and the bell I really love, but can't picture because I don't have anything else purchased yet... so I've come to the conclusion that it is really just a commitment-phobia I have and I should go buy the darn bell because it is really cute and will look very good with whatever else I eventually purchase.  Anyone want to tell me to go buy the bell?

Enough of my ranting... can you tell this is driving me crazy and I just want the instant gratification of having these to spaced done?!?  ON WITH THE PARTY!

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March 23, 2011

Sugar & Spice #51

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If you like seven thirty three on Facebook (you should), then you know I am going nutso making changes to my house - like looking for new mantle decor, a new entryway storage option and stenciling and wanting to stencil an accent wall.  This becomes a problem when you live in Vermont.  There are no thrifting stores in my area, the big box stores are 40 minutes away (no Target in Vermont at all!), so my options are limited.  And I've exhausted them all trying to find these items so I can get the ideas out of my head!  I think my problem is I get an idea of what I want in my head and then I look for those specific pieces - most likely bypassing even better pieces because I'm looking for that one item (like I want a really cute, small iron bike for my mantle, or even a small, old wire birdcage - I'm very eclectic in my tastes).  Do you guys come up with an idea PRIOR to decorating, or are you able to just go through and browse and piece it all together?  I guess I'm just no good at this!

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March 22, 2011

Friendly Tuesday :: Looking for Dinner Ideas?

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Are you a fan of seven thirty three on Facebook?  I'm looking to update my mantle decor so we are all sharing our mantle photos over there right now - stop on by and post yours! 

We're a meal planning family (hence my free meal planner download!) and I always struggle with mixing things up as well as introducing new foods to my kids.




When I saw this, I thought it looked yummy, so if you are like me and are looking for some new ideas, check out Will Cook for Smiles Chicken Stroganoff!

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