These were super easy to make. I bought some of the stretchy wire and some beads that looked like they might be pretty and went at it.
First I measured my daughter's wrist (4.25 inches) Then I measured down 6 inches on my wire but I didn't cut it, I just tied a knot at the 6 inch mark. This made it easier to hold the string of beads. I kept dropping it when I cut the wire before stringing the beads. Once you have the beads on in the pattern you like (I tried several before finally making a decision), loop the ends together and tie a knot over the one you already tied at the bottom. I tied a knot 3 times, just to make sure it would stay. Then, the lady I bought the beads from suggest using some kind of super glue to put over your knot for extra strength.
I bought my daughter a beautiful set of wooden blocks a few months back. I could have spent about 5 dollars more to get the cinch bag that came with them, but figured, hey...I can make one of those. Well, several months later I finally decided to do it. You can find the tutorial here. It is very easy and took me about an hour. Of course this is a modified version of the one in the tutorial because it is just a bag, rather than a back pack. I'm wishing I had made it a little bigger.
This is the first homemade card I've done since Father's Day 2 years ago! I thought it turned out okay. I think Lori really liked it. I stitched the word "baby" using 3 strands of embroidery/cross-stitching floss. First just write lightly in pencil the word you'd like to stitch. Then poke holes with your needle, erase pencil marks and stitch. I found the idea for stitching cards in a magazine called Paper Crafts.
Here's some proof that I really have been working on some projects. The first one is a crayon roll. You can find the tutorial at MakeItandLoveIt. I need to buy more Twistable Crayons to go in it. It can also fit skinny markers, colored pencils, regular crayons and even those little PipSqueak markers. The ones I have in the picture below are miniature Twistables by Crayola.
This advent calander was a panel I found at the fabric market. Each ornament is a pocket for a piece of candy and they are numbered 1-24. Each day leading up to Christmas you pull out a tasty treat. I haven't added the wooden dowel and rope to hang it yet.
Hi, I'm Katie...
When I got married and took on the role as homemaker on top of school and work, I realized how little I knew about the 'job'. I began paying close attention to friends and family members who have amazing talents and abilities. I began asking "how did you do that?", "how did you make that?", "will you teach me how?". I started this blog in hopes of sharing with you the things I learn from fellow homemakers. We can all learn so much from one another. And with help from each other we can do great things in our homes, our families, our communities, our jobs, and our churches.
It seems as though sometimes this world we live in snickers at women who chose to make their family and home responsibilties their first and foremost priority . However I think it is a position of honor that deserves respect. We should wear the title with confidence and dignity, never allowing anyone to make us feel like our role as homemaker in this world is insignificant! I hope this blog can be a resource to others and inspire you to take pride in your position as a homemaker.