Things We Love To Do

This one’s a doozy. Enjoy! If you’d like a nice neat pile of all the lists I’ve made so far … come and see where I keep them. As I make these lists and publish them, they get added to this Master List Run Down newest to oldest. Have something fabulous you want me to see? Try? Link to? Email me with details and I’d be happy to check it out!

Printables

Have an artist to celebrate? This party download, complete with invitations, instructions on how to pull it off and all kinds of ideas can be used in so many ways. Even a wedding, bridal shower or yes … the birthday that it was intended for. I love this idea. Pretty sure January just got more colorful around here (my daughters birth month).

Evil Queen Mask!! So your kid is more of a free thinker? Nice. Put them in the middle of the sea of Princesses this Halloween and smile.

Bones are very scary and very fun to look at. I might tuck this away for those years of middle school where you have to take exams on your nervous system, bones and veins.

A festive take on the very popular phrase Eat Drink and Be …

Tooth Brushes! This is fun. I might have to put this in one of the new bathrooms in the new house. (Getting so close!)

Owl Mobile there’s something very calming about these owl mobiles. Being watched without being watched. I like it.

Another great take on a very popular poster Keep Calm and Carry On. I love that one!

ABC I love how many different ABC printables there are online. You could do a whole wall of colorful education and it’d be so cute. Might have to try that in a playroom some day.

Creepy Subway Art this is adorable.

Paper skull anyone? I’d rather play with this one than a real one any day.

Branch out and print these awesome mailing labels.

Make Stuff

For starters, let’s make a pumpkin vase together. I love your company.

Make a mermaid enthusiast very happy by sewing them a little tail for their collection.

Ghost! These baby food jar ghosts and pumpkins are seriously pinch your cheeks adorable. Can’t wait to get my hands on some jars so we can do this at our house!!

No sew Cupcake! This actually came as a request from my girl, so when I found this tutorial and the “no-sew” part about it I kind of squealed.

Feather Duster? Nope! FELT. Oddly enough, my kids actually like doing this stuff. The toys don’t hurt either.

Bat placemat Now all you need to do is paint your lightbulb above the table with a bat call and you’re all set.

Fabric clutch one of these days after we move and I relearn how to use my sewing machine. I will make so many things. Like this clutch.

Burlap wreath! The texture of this one is very playful. You could do different colors for different occasions or seasons. An “all weather” wreath, really. I love it.

Linocut how to’s I’m a little bit obsessed with these right now.

Sweater purse scroll down to see the yellow love. Eeeee!

Instructables gives us step by step Linocut instructions Again, obsessed.

Flap those wings for Halloween!

Last one, I think but I don’t promise. A Swedish horse linocut. My heart is beating so fast.

Balloon animals, bat style we have a friend who does balloon animals and is so good at it. This would be fun to learn to do for Halloween, no?

Make a tu-tu I know I will.

Quilt these are so time intensive some times. Most of the time. But the feeling of laying someone under one that you love – the fact that your hands put all of those pieces together and quilted with conversation and fellowship or just peace, makes me want to make a quilt for everyone I know. Food does this to me too. Feeding your soul.

Lunch sacks reusable and homemade. Double whammy.

Have a cowboy on your hands? Outfit him with some style.

Dollhouse out of an old drawer GENIUS. We see old dressers on the side of the road all the time – now I know what to do with them šŸ™‚

{DIY} Pumpkin vase

DIY Pumpkin vase (less than $5!)

These flowers are gorgeous, no? You would think that flowers of this kind of beauty are going to set you back at least $10, maybe more. Maybe $7 from your grocer … ?

I got these beautiful roses and the greenery for all of $3.99 from Aldi’s. They have a little flower market (pseudo set up) by the check out and I am always in awe of their flowers. They don’t vary too much. You can always count on roses and a few other things but they’re budget friendly and just so breath taking. In my opinion.

DIY Pumpkin vase (less than $5!)

We had this pumpkin laying around from a couple weeks ago after stopping at a road side stand that promised HUGE PUMPKINS … and then my children chose the smallest ones they could find. For one dollar.

I love them.

They had their fun painting the pumpkins and setting it around the house in varies rooms and on different shelves. It was their little decorating game.

DIY Pumpkin vase (less than $5!)

So … you need:

# Pumpkin, any size
# Knife, sharp and big
# Spoon
# Flowers or greenery

You start by cutting the top off the pumpkin, gutting it as best you can and then filling it 3/4 full of water (make sure it doesn’t leak). Snip your blooms to your desired height – arrange – and you’re done.

DIY Pumpkin vase (less than $5!)

All for just $4.99 – stick that in your pipe and smoke it. Well done, friends!

Things We Love To Do

Printables

Candy pouch throwing a halloween bash this year and want something cuter than the orginial packaging? IDEA! Or birthday treats for school. A little pick me up for a loved one.

Halloween Masks BOO!

Printable art I’ve already printed this one and it’s proudly hanging on our wall as one of the first Halloween decorations in the Apartment. FUN!

Modern Farm Invitations This just screams adorable yet low key which are my two favorite prerequisites when it comes to children’s parties.

Super fun vintage digital images I can think of all sorts of ways to use these. A fun arrangement in a frame would be a fun way to spruce up a wall space without spending hardly anything (ink to print) – using them as luggage tags, notes in school lunches etc.

Make a paper owl mobile I would make atleast 5 of these to hang above our buffet in the dining room. I love them. They can watch over us as we eat for ever and ever and ever.

Swatch keeper for the fabric hoarder, I mean sewer. WARNING – there is an advertisement pop up (even for MAC users) when you click on this link. I sold all my extra fabric at our garage sale before we moved, but this would have been SO helpful to have to keep track of my inventory.

Get well soon Everyone needs some cheering up when not feeling well – these’ll do the trick just perfectly!

Nurture print a soft and lovely reminder to love and nurture – free print!

Make Stuff

Oh my word this BAG!! I want one. Like a child standing on the outside of a toy store window whining about the doll castle on display. I WANT ONE.

Learn how to make your own Pop Art canvases LOVE this idea. Not sure if I would do a face or an object. I’d be interested in seeing what an object in this kind of art turns out to be.

Make a skirt and then curtsy. You’re fabulous.

DIY your own drawer organizers and then you can save your 20% Bed Bath and Beyond coupon for something else. Like chocolate.

Coffee Filters have never been so amazing Make a centerpiece for $3 in 5 minutes. You had me at the photos.

FOOD! Whoopie Pies a fall flavor, even. I love the tutorial on these. So many great ideas for making whoopie pies and great photos.

Table runner from an old book Here’s what I love: that a non-traditional table runner uses the traditional method of making one. Something about this just gets me. And I like that.

We all know I love wreaths This is yet another one I need to make. I should have a wall of JUST wreaths.

Painted rug I’m a little bit smitten with this.

This awning is whimsical and precious and I’d like 3 in my house.

Make another skirt and twirl. You are amazing.

A haunted house for the littles! Ok, this one I have been day dreaming about since I stumbled on the link. Not only would this be an amazing way to hand out candy on Halloween from your driveway to the trick or treaters – I’m thinking of making a couple of these as a “village” for my kids to play house in. A “store”, a “bakery”, a “house” … the ideas are endless and so adaptable. 1, 2, 3 … GO!

Enlarge a photo into a poster, by hand the image alone made me want to try this but when I read through it and noticed that enlarging this meant drawing a diagram and doing it by hand I was a little scared – which means I must try it now. Learning is good. I’m excited to learn this.

How to ice a cake very informative.

Things We Love To Do

Printables

For those of us who love to date our spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend … or even a good friend. Have a little fun with it.

It’s a zoo in there! Numbers have never been so messy. Or smelly. Or really, really cute.

A little message a little blessing. Print and remind yourself that you can.

Back to School routine cards for the organized child. Or the mother. Either way … this back to school stuff takes organizing and I’ll take all the help I can get.

Days of the week! I remember being very confused about the days of the week and there’s no telling if something like this would have helped me … but since our daughter likes to talk about days in advance – this might be a fun exercise for her to learn the days in accordance with the “how many more sleeps?” question we constantly get.

Paper Chains are such a fun way for my kids to figure out the motor skills it takes to use a scissors. Plus they’re cute when all finished and even worth hanging some place other than your fridge – which needs to be cleaned off any way.

Make Stuff

Basket Pendant light – I’ve linked to this before and am currently on the hunt to find the right basket so I can make this for the new place. Have I mentioned lately that I love the Internet?

Wizard of Oz party ideas. The shoe, people! The SHOE! We love a good party in our house and are very excited to be planning the very first we’ll host at the new apartment in a week or so. Eeeee! Invites and everything!

Ribbon bunting small, cute and very whimsical.

Spruce up a wall with this how-to on painting a lovely dimensional pattern upon one.

Shell chandelier or is it? YOU GUYS!!!! THE INTERNET!!! Um, I’m pretty sure I know a bedroom that will be wanting this light in a few months … MINE.

How’s that recycling thing going for you? Yeah, we’re on and off the bandwagon too. It’s HARD to keep everything neat and tidy when there are so many papers and boxes and packages. It’s ridiculous. So, instead of wasting it or using this as wrap (which is a great idea) you can also make gift bags out of newspaper … or any paper I’m assuming. FUN!

How to make a ladder game. Outdoor games are so this season. Play one.

I’m still addicted to mustaches, let’s not be mistaken … however, these airplanes are calling my name – a centerpiece!

Make a headband that looks like you spent $35 on it from a craft fair or that trendy boutique. You’re so on top of this.

Keep a color journal. Wow. This is so inspirational for me. I love it. I can’t wait to make my own.

An easy and budget friendly photo booth maybe for a wedding or grad party? Someone in your life just turned 80? Yes, that. Definitely remember ALL of that.

Cold Press Coffee: A How To (Day 2)

Hey there! If you’re just starting this How To with us – check out Day 1 for the beginning. It’s nice to have you, by the way.

Your coffee should have spent the night in the fridge. Maybe it spent 2 or 3. Which is fine. Mine spent 2 nights in the fridge the first time I did this.

Which means you should be starting with: A mason jar (or your French Press) full of dark, murky water and coffee beans … and your French Press if you went the mason jar route.

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Here’s what my coffee looked like after 2 days in the fridge.

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And the coffee grounds went from the top (from Day 1) to the bottom (now Day 2).

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Pour the whole shebang into the French Press.

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I tried to knock as many of the grounds into the French Press that I could.

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I wanted all the available flavors and caffeine. ::wicked smile::

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Your French Press is almost ready for the working magic of SQUEEZING the life out of the grounds for your coffee.

Grab the thinger. I don’t know the technical names. The top … with the mesh and the filter thing. Yeah, that one.

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And push down, squeezing all the grounds to the bottom, leaving you with the filtered cold press coffee. It’s a beautiful thing.

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Now grab a glass or mug. I chose something I could see through because I wanted to check out the color and I was taking photos so I thought it was appropriate to show you as well.

And then pour.

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And ENJOY! You all already know how much I love coffee, I love to visit coffee shops very often, one of my favorite ones is the Just Love Coffee Cafe!

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