One bench entryway makeover

There wasn’t much wrong with our entry way, wide enough to bring all the groceries in at once, wall space for art and hooks and a light. But it turns out that there was just a little too much in too little a space so I bought a bench with shelving under it to scoop up the excess.target bench
I had wanted a deacon’s bench like my stepmother had, it was beautiful. But no store here sells such a thing so you have to get it custom built for $900. I bought the $70 bench from Target instead.

big blue box with Closetmaid bench from Target

big blue box with Closetmaid bench from Target

entryway after
The bench is all I bought. Everything else was already in the entry way, just in the wrong spot. Or extra clothing and shoes on the floor which are now in the bench.

Crochet water bottle carrier free pattern

With spring approaching outdoor activities approach too. This year, I’M NOT CARRYING EVERYTHING IN MY PURSE. The heaviest items are the water bottles so I bought 2 kid sized bottles and now I’m crocheting little bottle purses for the kids.

Here’s the pattern I based my project on: http://vallieskids.blogspot.ca/2009/05/16oz.html

There were a few glitches in the pattern so I re-wrote parts of it and added a strap of my own invention.

She used a G hook, but I used a K {6.50 mm} to get the right size for my bottle. I used Bernat handicrafter yarn and one bottle carrier will use one ball of yarn. The water bottle is 6 in tall and 2.5 in in diameter.

Rnd 1) Ch 2. 10 double crochet in 2nd ch from hook, slip st to first double crochet.
Rnd 2) Ch 2 (this did not count as my first double crochet). 2 double crochet in next st and each st around, sl to first double crochet
Rnd 3) Ch 2, double crochet in same st, *2 double crochet in next st, double crochet in next st* rep *to* around, sl st to first dc

Rnd 4) Ch1, sc in same st. *sc in each back loop* rep *to* around, sl to first sc

Rnd 5) Ch 1, sc in same st, *ch2, skip next st, sc in next st*, rep *to* around.
Rnd 6-22 or however tall you need to make your bottle carrier. It’s best to measure this with a full water bottle since the crochet will stretch a bit.) You may want to put a row marker here. I didn’t. * ch2, sc in next ch2 space, repeat from * around.
Rnd 23) Ch1, *sc in each sc and ea ch2 space* rep *to* around,
Rnd 24-25) Ch1, *sc in ea sc* around. End with sl st but do not fasten off.

Strap
Row 1: Ch 1, turn. Sc in next 6 sc.
Row 2: Ch 4, turn. Trc in 2nd sc from hook, ch 1, trc in 2nd sc fr hook, ch 1, trc in 2nd ch fr hook.
Row 3: Ch 4, turn. Trc in ch-1 space, ch1, trc in ch-1 sp, ch 1, trc in ch-1 sp.

Repeat Row 3 until strap measures desired length.

Finish
Sc strap end to bottle holder. Weave in ends.

crochet water bottle carrier

crochet water bottle carrier

The water bottle is full so you can see the full effect of the stretch.

I chose to make a netting like strap because I didn’t want a solid one that my kids would sweat under.

Dark grey smokey eye

I found a makeup artist on youtube who is very precise in explaining how to do complicated eye makeup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4fur_12EEc

She uses mostly MAC products and I use mostly mark. by Avon. It all worked out. This is the mark. eye dream of glam palette.

white-ish, mocha-ish and grey-black

white-ish, mocha-ish and grey-black

I got, then edited, this picture from http://boldnbeautifulmakeup.blogspot.ca/2014/11/mark-eye-dream-of-glam-ultimate-eye.html if you are interested in seeing swatches and the lip palette as well.

So when the makeup artist uses a primer, I used the mark Please Hold eye primer and yes, it’s a very necessary step.

Then she applies an almost skin coloured shadow all over her lid, I used the white marked by the red arrow.

For the going back and forth with black and brown, I used the grey (green arrow) and mocha shade (blue arrow).

Yes you’ll need the same or very similar brushes that she uses.

I didn’t do the full cat eye because that was too dramatic for my ballet lesson so I kept the shadow rounded around the corner of my eye.

I didn’t use a gel liner, just one pencil.

grey-black cat eye

grey-black cat eye

grey-black cat eye

grey-black cat eye

Easy paper fish

You will need:

2 different sized circle hole punches
scraps of paper

Punch 2 circles with the largest circle punch. Take a “bite” out of the top circle with the smaller hole punch.

To make the fins and tail punch 3 of the smaller circles. Fold them in half and cut out a heart shape. Glue to the large circle that will go in the back, then glue the circle with the bite on top.

Voilà, fish.

2 circle hole punch sizes

2 circle hole punch sizes

cut smaller circle, fold in half and cut heart shape to make fins and tail

cut smaller circle, fold in half and cut heart shape to make fins and tail

fins and tail, make 3

fins and tail, make 3

easy paper fish

easy paper fish

Felt flower bobby pin easy diy

At my daughter’s request I keep looking for ways to get flowers in her hair. I’ve already crocheted one for her headband, now I’m moving on to bobby pins. I googled “felt flower diy” and found this website.

http://www.creativejewishmom.com/2010/10/how-to-make-felt-flowers-for-a-mixed-bouquet-tutorial.html

Here’s what I did. I cut out the wavy pattern with 7 crests and slid the bobby pin through the 4th and 5th wave. felt flower diyThen I rolled it up, using hot glue to hold it together. When done, flatted out the top, pulling the petals as needed to get it to look right.

felt flower bobby pin diy

felt flower bobby pin diy

My photo didn’t turn out all that well, so here’s the one that inspired me.felt flower

Lego Squirtle, Pikachu, Ivysaur and Marill free instructions

We here have reached the Pokemon psycho-motor stage of our children’s development. That means I have hundreds of new names to learn. Since Lego also remains a staple of the toy diet, I put the two together so that my kids would think I had magical powers of awesome.

Lego Pikachu

Lego Pikachu

Lego Marill, back

Lego Marill, back

Lego Marill

Lego Marill

Lego Ivysaur

Lego Ivysaur

Lego Charmander

Lego Charmander

Lego Charmander, back

Lego Charmander, back

The nice thing about these Lego creatures is that they are open to vast interpretation. I made the Marill mouse thing once I’d run out of everything else and all I had were the bigger, block-y pieces. Good luck.

How to make a very easy paper fish

My kids were a little … irked that I hadn’t made them any blue paper fish yesterday like they asked me to (probably because Hubby and I were busy preparing Valentine’s Day cards/chocolates/I don’t remember who else is in his class I’ll ask him in the morning).

Here’s the first batch of fish. After all that fuss last night I certainly wasn’t going to make anything complicated.Easy paper fishI cut a piece of blue construction paper into 6 1.5 inch strips.

At one end, where I judged the tail length to be “fishy” enough, I cut a slit almost to the bottom the slid the other end of the strip in there and taped it in place.

I drew a face on after I’d taped the tail because I am horrible at estimating where the middle is when it’s flat.

You can’t see them but I drew fins on each side too.

I cut the tails into fans or triangles or left them as is.

Crochet flower free pattern

I thought that if I put a pretty pink flower on my daughter’s headband she might be persuaded to wear the headband more often and keep her hair out of her face. Luckily the internet has lots of free patterns for crochet flowers. It seems that the internet believes that everyone should know how to make one. This is the one I chose.

http://mylittlecitygirl.com/2012/02/dewdrop-crocheted-flower-pin-free-pattern-for-kids-and-adult/

You’ll have to download the pattern.

crochet flower on headband

crochet flower on headband

I only made the “flower motif” part of the pattern and at Row 2 I made 4 dc, not 5, because I could only fit 4 on the ring. So here’s what I did.

DEWDROP FLOWER PIN CROCHET

© 2012 Copyright Alla Koval Designs, Inc. http://mylittlecitygirl.com/

FLOWER MOTIF

begin in yellow

• Ch 5, sl st in 5thfrom hook to form ring.

Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 1, (sc, ch 3) 5 times in ring, join with sl st to beg ch = 5 ch-3 sps and 5 sc.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, (sc, hdc, 4 dc, hdc, sc) in each ch-3 sp around, join with sl st to beg ch = 5 petals.

switch to pink

Rnd 3: Ch 1, working behind petals of Rnd 2, (sc in next sc of Rnd 1, ch 5) around, join with sl st to beg ch.

Rnd 4: Ch 1, (sc, hdc, 9 dc, hdc, sc) in each ch-5 sp around, join with sl st to beg ch. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

DIY craft table for kids

More specifically, an end of the table for my daughter to use her enormous nail polish collection. Or paint. So I sewed a ratty old towel to the end of the table.

We recently bought a new dining room set for dining, so the old table went to the basement for the kids’ crafts. And my sewing machine from time to time.

raggety table complete with messy basement behind

raggety table complete with messy basement behind

ratty towel laid over one end of the table

ratty towel laid over one end of the table

I was going to use these sheet-holder-in-placers-over-the-corner-of-the-mattress thingies, but the towel was too thick so I had to sew it in place instead.

I used knitting yarn and tied a nice bow around the two front table legs, then a less nice bow through the back of the towel and the posts for the leaf insert.

sew towel around table leg

sew towel around table leg

sew towel through posts in leaf insert

sew towel through posts in leaf insert

How to organize headphones

So you’ve managed to squash all 7 pairs into a ziploc bag where they have tangled themselves up beyond belief. You’re actually halfway there, they’re all in one place, although not the best way. Here’s what you do to each of them.

Untangle each one while swearing profusely. Pinch the headphone ends in a clothespin, wrap the cord around the pin, pinch the plug in end into the clothespin next to the earbuds.

non knotted headphones

non knotted headphones