Wednesday, January 07, 2015

It's a New Year!

2014 has come and gone and it's been 3 months since the kids started school full time. Mistakenly, I thought I'd have a lot more free time but as it turns out, I'm still doing the same stuff I always did but now I don't have 2 kiddies by my side.

Every year we make resolutions but some we keep and some we let slide. I almost didn't bother with making any resolutions but I'm a goal oriented person and without something to strive for, I predict my 6 hours alone on weekdays will mean a lot of DIY projects get started but not necessarily finished.

So here's what I have so far in no particular order:

  1. Post on the blog with some more regularity.  I initially started this as a way to highlight my crafty adventures but when I read back over the years, it's not the pictures that bring back my memories.  It's my words.  So I am going to go back into the summer picture folder and pull out the pictures of the memorable or fun things we made. 
  2. Go to bed by 12am.  Yup.  Forget striving for a healthy 10pm, I need to start small.  Some nights, I'm up until 1am or even 2am.  It also doesn't help that hubby is a night owl so we both agreed this was a good one.
  3. Create a short term career plan for 2015.  I love being a stay at home mom.  By staying at home, I've created a less hectic environment for my kids and husband.  I love being there for my kids because I know they will only be little for so long.  However, it's time for me to figure out what the next steps are going to be in the short term.  This means a couple of things:  jumpstarting my ETSY shop, a part time job, a volunteer gig, or furthering my education.   To get me moving, I worked on my resume and I have a pretty good working copy.  Even if I don't end up sending it out, it feels good to have one.
  4. Healthy Stuff.  We're pretty good over here for eating but exercise?  Unless I'm running with the kids, I have fallen flat on the exercise front.  A lot of it has to do with all of our home improvement projects.  I don't even want to think about what we ended up doing in 2014 (when will it ever end?????) let alone the list for 2015.  So I'm starting off again small...  15 min in the morning of whatever activity I want to do that gets my heart rate up. 
  5. Purge!  Fabric closet - you know I'm talking about you...  When we moved, we just hid all of our old stuff in closets but as we are moving from room to room, the need for some of this stuff goes away.   So step one is to build a wall to wall library to put all of our books.  That will solve at least 9-10 boxes. 
I hope this year brings you lots of happiness and adventure.  Happy New Year!
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Friday, October 31, 2014

Tutorial: Printing on Paper Lunch Bags - an Update

It's officially going to be raining for the rest of today.  The kids are going to a party at 5pm and then we're trick or treating around the block.  I've packed up treat bags for the kids at the party just in case it's too rainy.

A while back, I did a tutorial on Printing on Paper Lunch Bags and I've been printing lots since then.  However this Halloween, I made a slight change to how I do this.

In the original tutorial, I showed you a picture where the bag bottom is taped up to the side that I printed on.  If you look at the picture below, you are limited in how far down the bag you can print if you fold the bag bottom upwards.

So the alternative is to tape the bottom to the back like this.   Remember that the "back of the bag" is where the the bag seam is.  Now I can fill the bag and have some space to roll up the top.

In case you were wondering, the Halloween Font is from dafont under the category "fancy" and "horror" and it's called Scary Halloween. 

Friends, there's always room for improvement and I'm liking this small change.  Happy trick or treating!

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

DIY: Play-doh Halloween Loot Bags for Times when you can't Give away Candy...

Our school has a policy of "no food sharing".  So when it comes time for special events like Halloween and Birthdays, it's a little more challenging than bringing in a birthday cake or buying mini chocolates.  We, like other parents, have been giving out pencils and erasers.  By now, we have given and received enough pencils to last for years.

The other day, hubby and I were at the store and we saw the perfect little non-food treat. Play-doh!

While it should be enough to just hand it out at school, hubby and I like to go the extra mile.  Or as some might say, "we've got too much time on our hands".   Hence, we did a little extra work to try to make the play-doh a little more "halloweeny".

  • Play-doh
  • Small clear plastic bags 
  • A hubby with photoshop knowledge

Here's what we did:

Measure the width of your plastic bags and design a graphic that will fit the width.  The height is up to you.  We wanted ours printed as a 4" x 6" photo so our graphic was approx 2" tall.  This allowed us to squeeze 2 graphics onto the 4" x 6".

Once the graphic is done, have it printed at a photo lab.  At $0.15 a photo, it's affordable and nice!    This is is what it looked like before it was folded.

Here's what it looks like when folded.  The words are the front and the graveyard is the back.  Make sure you orient the back properly when you design the bag label so that it is right side up when folded.

Line up your supplies.  Then place the play-doh into the plastic bag and seal it.

Staple on your label and you're done!

Make sure you have enough for all the kids. 

Ta da!  Put them in a bag to take to school.  Done and done!  No candy and no pencils!

Happy Halloween!

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