Organize To-Do list

It’s all well and good to make a to-do list, but where do you put the list until you do the to-do? I have a little laptop stand right beside the office door and all I want (or have room for) on the narrow shelf are my chocolate covered almonds and my coffee coaster. No space for a to-do list.

Since I’m by the door I simply stuck a 3M Command hook in arms’ reach and used a hole punch on the to-do list to hang it up. Voilà, to do list off the laptop table but still visible.

organize to do list (and jewellery made by children)

organize to do list (and jewellery made by children)

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Childhood jewellery

My grandmother gave my sister and I some gorgeous pieces of jewellery to play dress up with. In my unpacking, I found them all. I wanted to have them out again since I had loved them so much, pretending to be a queen and such, but my kids are too young to be trusted with such things.

I reassembled any necklaces that had broken then bought two glass vases at the dollar store. I asked my daughter, who has taste in such matters, to help me divide the pieces between the 2 vases that we were going to display. This is the result and they’re in my kitchen window. I always look at them fondly.

reuse childhood jewellery

reuse childhood jewellery

Restyle Bobby Pins

My daughter accidentally gave herself bangs one day at school when she got something sticky in her hair and cut it out. I have short hair by choice so now both of us need bobby pins. I’m fine with plain, hair coloured pins that fade into the background but my daughter likes bling.

I tied these transparent beads to the bobby pin then secured them in place with hot glue.

restyle bobby pins

restyle bobby pins

Decorate with a garland of plastic prism beads

I found these garlands at Michael’s and bought a purple and pink one for decorating. The beads are plastic but they act like a muted prism, catching and throwing the light softly. And they’re pretty.plastic prism coil (6)

wrapped the garland around a twig and the vase to incorporate the "gems" into the bouquet

wrapped the garland around a twig and the vase to incorporate the “gems” into the bouquet

living room candle

living room candle

plastic prism coil (2)

the mantel piece

the mantel piece

in the washroom, $1 vase, twigs and rocks from backyard, plate from Target

in the washroom, $1 vase, twigs and rocks from backyard, plate from Target

another washroom

another washroom

daughter's bedroom

daughter’s bedroom

Dollar store vase and flowers

Dollar store vase and flowers

Knit Barbie ballgown free pattern

Evening gown, princess dress, whatever your little darling wants to call it.

Evening gown, princess dress, whatever your little darling wants to call it.

…because necessity is the mother of invention.

Once again the internet did not contain any free patterns for Barbie princess dresses, so I made one up. It’s copyrighted by me but I give you permission to use it as long as you give me credit for it and don’t use it to sell Barbie dresses.

Barbie Evening Gown
Start at bottom. Using fuzzy yarn (purple in this case) cast on 80 sts on 3.25 mm needles. K 2 rows.

Change to main colour (teal in this case) and beginning with a K row, st st 8 rows.

(K8, K2tog) to end – 72 sts. St st 7 rows.

(K7, K2tog) to end – 64 sts. St st 7 rows.

(K6, K2tog) to end – 56 sts. St st 7 rows.

(K5, K2tog) to end – 48 sts. St st 7 rows.

(K4, K2tog) to end – 40 sts. St st 7 rows.

(K3, K2tog) to end – 32 sts. St st 5 rows.

(K4, K2tog) to last 2 sts. K last 2 sts. – 27 sts. St st 5 rows.

To make the waist:
(K5 K2tog) to last 6 sts, K4 K2tog. P 1 row.

(K4 K2tog) to last 5 sts, K3 K2tog. P 1 row.

(K3, inc in next st) to last 3 sts, K3. P 1 row.

(K4, inc in next st) to last 3 sts, K3. This makes the waist.

Continue in st st for 8 rows (end P row). Cast off.

Note: I made this gown sleeveless so my daughter can put it on and off L’allowee (the Barbie) all by herself.
2nd Note: I made a second dress but sewed beads along the bottom rather than use fuzzy yarn.

Decorate headband for little girl

I got really fed up of trying to keep my daughter’s long hair out of her food, made especially difficult because she is fussy about what kind of clip and/or hairdo you put in her hair.  It must be just so.  Phase 1 – we go for a haircut.  She loved it, the beauty salon is her castle and she sat STILL for the entire haircut.  The hairdresser was bewildered and impressed.  Phase 2 – a headband.  But not just any headband of course, it must be pink and have a certain je ne sais quoi that sparkles.

You will need, one unused pink headband and one packet of saved glass beads from the bracelet the kids broke a few months ago.

The finished product.

I found the side exactly opposite the join in the headband and sewed on 4 rows of beads.  You could make a star or flower pattern, or cover more surface area with beads, use a bunch of different colours, etc.  The crucial effect is that it blings.

How to knit a sturdy girl’s bead necklace for young girl

knit I cord with beads

knit I cord with beads

This is actually the third prototype of a homemade bead necklace for my daughter. #1 was beads on thread. That snapped in less than 20 minutes. #2 was beads on a string. It didn’t snap but it tangled irretrievably after 3 hours. #3 is a pink knitted I-cord with the beads sewn onto it.

This is the pink version and today I made a purple one. It was “ah-ma-zing”! Her whole body lifted and face beamed as she snatched it right out of my hands, “is beautiful, is perfect and is MINE”. So Mommy finally got it right for her fashionista daughter.