Summer is quickly coming to an end I realize that this summer has been packed full of nonstop fun with the kids! Thanks to our summer fun list and all of the fun summertime activities we were never really at a loss for something to keep us busy. One of my favorite summertime activities to do with the kids is make tie-dye shirts. This is a little project that we have done every summer since they were very little, and it has become a super fun tradition! They love to create the shirts, and then they have a fun play ans sleep shirt to wear all summer long too! We also find it is a great way to spruce up faded white shirts, dingy onesies, and even socks that cold use some TLC. Turn drab white kids clothes into stuff that is fun to wear.
We have been spending all kinds of time in the garden the last couple of weeks. This will be our 4th growing season, and things are getting serious, so I decided it was time to have a decent place to store our garden tools near the garden. In past years we hauled everything out from the barn each and every time we were going to do some gardening, and things often got left out, or misplaced. After noticing our old non-working grill was hanging out in the barn for two – too many year I decided to make it into a useful way to store, move, and organize our garden tools right out in the garden. It is the perfect moveable potting and planting cart – with lots of great places to hang and store tools. The old grill is now a new garden storage solution that works just right!
Summertime is just around the corner and now that the weather is getting nice we are spending a ton of time outdoors. Along with preparing the garden, doing some spring cleaning, and breaking out the summer decor we added a new welcome sign by the front door. I received this serving tray almost 9 years ago as a wedding gift, and I bet I used it twice over those 9 years. It was really neat and nice, so I didn’t really want to get rid of it, so I decided I would just re purpose it into something that I would use and love. A can of chalkboard paint and some painters tape took this unused serving tray and transformed it into the perfect welcome sign for the front porch.
If you have school aged kids in your home, you probably spend a huge amount of time reading with them. Our kids spend countless hours every week reading with us or reading by themselves, and we are now amazed that they are reading to US! Probably one of the most amazing parenting moments so far has been to have our baby reading US a bedtime story! Here is a way to re purpose that baby crib mattress, now that your kids don’t use it anymore! The combination of a simple mattress on the floor covered in a cute fabric, a row of rain gutter bookshelves, and stacks of cozy pillows makes for a kid friendly space that your kids will never want to leave! You can create a book nook for your little ones to enjoy for years to come!
Here is a super easy no sew project for any of you ladies who love to wearing tall boots as a part of your wardrobe. Pool noodles serve as the perfect little insert to support boots during storage to keep them from folding over, and creasing. With the addition of some pretty fabric and brightly colored ribbon the pool noodles transform from an outdoor water toy to a pretty way to store boots in your closet. This is an inexpensive and attractive way to keep those boots upright and in great shape. This is not only a great project to make and use in your own closet, but would make a great gift idea for any lady that you love who has a pair of boots in her own closet.
Ever catch your child running around in a way too tight shirt that you know they dug out of the “too small” bin in the basement? They promptly tell you that the shirt fits just fine even though their belly is sticking out, and they can bearly fit their arms into the sleeves. You know those favorite shirts that they just can’t seem to get enough of! Here is a way that I have discovered to make those favorite shirts last just a little bit longer. Instead of packing them away or donating the kid’s favorite outgrown clothes I love to make them into little pillows that they can use for play. They are perfect for dolly cribs or for their favorite stuffed animals to use in their beds. They get to see their favorite shirt everyday and play with it too.
I love simple holiday crafts that are quick, easy, and inexpensive. This wreath is all of those things and more! With a few simple supplies and a few minutes you can create this adorably silly googly eyed wreath to decorate your home this Halloween. This is the perfect – not so scary – wreath for your home if you have little ones! It will delight them and adults too.
Ever go through your closet and keep things because you like them, knowing full well you will never wear them again? Such was the case with a ruffled white tank top in my closet, and after a couple years of saving it for no reason I decided that if I liked it so much, why not make it into something I would really use and enjoy on a daily basis. Out came a matching pair of white ruffled pillows.