Monday, December 27, 2010

Storage Solution Odyssey: Part 2


Here is my latest storage solution for my boys' room. As you can read in this post, I've had a hard time finding cheap and sturdy storage for the Closetmaid shelves I purchased at Target. I had a bunch of diaper boxes about the same size and decided they'd fit the shelves. I began by cutting the flaps off the top of the boxes. I wrapped them with gift wrap like a present, leaving enough paper (about 2'') to fold inside the boxes. I used double sided tape on the outside for a cleaner finish. I then cut and wrapped clear contact paper around the boxes for extra durability, wrapping the bottom and a few inches inside the box. They have held up really well. This is also a great way to incorporate their interests without a big investment. As their preferences change, so can the boxes. And if/when they do get destroyed, I'm only out a couple of dollars.

Merry Christmas!

So, I was not as dedicated to craft-making this year as I was last year. I did manage to make a few things. But a nasty cold and the usual demands of the holiday season delayed my posting of holiday crafts. So, here they are... a few days late.

I was suddenly inspired one late night while watching The Wrestler to make a fabric Christmas tree using a styrofoam cone I had. Not entirely sure what those two things have to do with each other, but this was the result. I'm not blown-over by it, but it is something I can put out and not worry if it gets destroyed.


We moved our tree to the den/family room this year. Usually, we put it in front of the big picture window in the living room, so you can see the lit tree from the street. But we figured it would be easier to corral toys if we had them in the den. The fireplace is in there too, so we can do stockings and presents all in one room. It worked out relatively well. Some ornaments broke, some were rearranged. I don't think any ornament higher than 4 feet stayed put. My little elves love to rearrange them. Oh well, it was worth it to have both boys get the Santa Claus thing this year. These are the magic years, and I know they'll go faster than I'd like.

Anyway, back to the crafts. I hung this green wreath in front of the window. I used a bunch of green ribbon I had on hand.

I hung some snowflake garland and green ornament balls from the chandelier for a festive touch.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Puppets


I'm blessed to have friends that completely overestimate my crafting skills. However, it does encourage me to stretch myself a bit. My newest challenge is creating puppets for a puppet ministry at church. I found this very helpful series of videos online. What I love about this guy is that he thinks and explains things the very same way I would. I know it drives left-brainers crazy, but he provides just enough foundational information to let you experiment.

So, I decided to give it a try and made one from stuff I had around the house. And, yes, it does concern me a bit that I already had the supplies I needed to make a puppet. My husband's reply when I told him? "Not surprised." I'm a bit of a pack-rat.

I did use regular fleece, but I'd recommend (as do the pros) anti-pill fleece. The boys christened him "Nicky." I have no idea why. I'm working on the actual puppets I need to make, now that I have some idea what I'm doing. Note I said some idea.