I like to display all the cool things the kids create, but we run out of room on the bulletin board and it becomes a crazy mess on which you can never find anything important ever again...like that very important prescription or chinese takeout menu.
So I hung some yarn up in a zig zag pattern with push pins and have been hanging the kid's artwork up with clothes pins and chip clips. They love seeing their art on display and I think it's cute and whimsical.
So we've had this up for a while...it's starting to get a little crowded, but the boys love it and request to have their work displayed.
I am preparing to host a Christmas Cookie Decorating Play-date and have been trying to decorate and organize a little more. Today I decided I would make a Christmas Card holder out of ribbon over one of the door frames. Usually our cards are lined up on the piano and fall down and eventually become a big mess.
This was so easy to do. It might have taken 10-15 minutes tops.
Supplies needed: A lot of ribbon, I am guessing 15-20 yards depending on the size of your door frame and if you make bows or not. I have a 50 yard roll of brown ribbon with Christmas trees printed on it that I bought at Sam's Club on clearance years ago. You will also need clear thumbtacks to hang the ribbon and paperclips or clothespins to clip the cards onto the ribbon. I have some nice clear clips that worked perfectly for attaching the cards.
This was super easy to do, but I did have the help of my husband who is a pretty good bow maker from his years of teaching floral design in his horticulture program. I simply tacked the ribbon to the molding, then tacked up the bows. Then I clipped the cards onto the ribbon. I think it looks so pretty and now we can really enjoy our Christmas cards. It was such a bonus too that I didn't have to trek out in our deep snow and fight the Christmas shopping crowds to find the supplies. I had everything on hand.
We made these family hand turkey crafts at my Catholic Moms group last week and I thought they were so cute I had to share. This is a really easy craft that you can make as a family. Just cut out everyone's handprints on different colored construction paper and layer the handprints to look like the turkey's feathers. Cut out the turkey's body, head, beak, waddle, and draw on the eyes. We mounted them on 12 X 12 scrapbook paper with Elmer's glue, but you could use whatever you have on hand. Thanks for sharing this fun and festive craft Joslyn.
I love simple, pretty things like these pop bottle vases with fresh cut flowers. We gave a pop bottle vase with fresh flowers to each of my older sons' preschool teachers this Spring. Frugal and Repurposed gifts from the home are the best and you can never go wrong with fresh flowers.
Pretty enough for a wedding too. My parents 1974 wedding featured daisies in coke bottles.
My husband's grandmother planted these bulbs years ago and they still come up year after year. I wish they lasted longer. They are always so beautiful.
I've been working on the Clutter-busting challenge all month and it has been a challenge. We are still going to be clutter-busting in June because we have a lot of cluttered areas in our home that need some TLC. It has been a lot of work, but the results are worth the effort.
I am so excited to share before and after pictures of my cookbook/art supplies shelves.
I donated a whole shelf of cookbooks to make more space and made room for the crock-pot in the kitchen. My bread machine went out to the garage since it is no longer working:( I miss my bread machine.
We love the new un-cluttered space. It is amazing the difference it makes when you remove the clutter. Here are some snap shots of stuff we got rid of since my last clutter-busting post.
Half a truck (we don't seem to have the cab anymore), an old trash can, a two piece bathing suit (from before 3 kids), kids place-mats, magic hat baby toy, odd shaped fabric scrap
An old laundry bag, worn out kids shoes, worn out kids clothes
Halloween pail, stamper (the baby chews on stampers), window cling shade, old kids clothes, old lip gloss, random puzzle piece
Bag of trash cleared out of my desk, happy meal toy, breast milk bottle, broken hanger, half a plastic egg, broken army man, wooden stick from toy we no longer have
Stuff from my desk that I don't need
I will keep you posted on our clutter-busting progress since we will still be clutter-busting in June.
I love decorating with gourds. They are so easy to place in a bowl or dish and presto - I have a pretty fall decoration. I bought this stainless steel tray for $1 at a garage sale and the gourds for around 50 cents at a Church Festival. Total price for this lovely fall decoration = $1.50.
I bought these for $2 (50 cents each) at my local Farmer's Market and arranged them in a serving bowl I already had. You can decorate with squash, mini pumpkins, and gourds for just a few dollars and enjoy the natural beauty of fall in your home. My 3 year old thinks these are so cool and was really excited to help decorate.