$1 Bin Dr. Seuss Wall Art & READ letters

 I completed two small projects for the reading nook/play house I’m creating in our closet underneath the stairs. My kids just love it down there! Here’s them on move in day 🙂
 I found these bags in Target’s dollar bin a few months ago and decided these would be perfect for this space! We love anything Dr. Seuss around here…
 I picked up these blank canvas 8×8 squares today at Joann’s for 40% off.

 All I did was cut up the bags and adhere them to the back tightly with thumb tacks.

I’ve seen so many of these cute reusable bags lately and they make great wall art!
 I also painted some letters to go along with it for this space.
Stay tuned to see it all come together 🙂 Thanks so much for all your sweet comments about moving! I am loving our new space and town.
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I’m back! We moved & I was Featured in Studios Magazine

Hi friends! I packed, moved, unpacked, and while this was all happening my article in the Fall 2012 Studios Magazine hit the news stands!!  

Hooray… I am so proud and happy my interview about my craft closet was published. How cool that a year ago I decided to start a little blog and now I wrote an article for an international magazine…

I’m so excited and I thank each and everyone of you for reading, commenting, and encouraging me along this journey! If you are interested this magazine can be found at Barnes & Noble as well as the digital version here. It’s full of beautiful photos of creative work spaces. I’m so honored they asked me and my tiny closet to be in it…. And by the way even though I will no longer have a craft closet, I am busy putting together a new space!

We were sad to leave my home town of Phoenix, but I have to say we are settling in great in Fresno! The weather is not as hot and it’s definitely more of a small town feel here. The neighbors have all come over to introduce themselves and are really sweet. (That has never happened before.)

We are loving our new space to call home. It has beautiful hardwood floors and something we haven’t experienced much of…Grass in the front and back yard!! My kids are very happy!
It also has a great upstairs loft we just made into a play room. I spent 8 hours on Sat unpacking and organizing each and every toy, game, and book we own…Ugh…That was a big job and those toys with a zillion pieces are the worst! But it looks great and stay tuned for a tour of that room.
We arrived just in time for my son to start first grade!
He loves his new school and teacher! I’m so relieved 🙂
I’ve been crazy busy unpacking and organizing. I’ve also realized we have way too much stuff!! Between all the kid stuff and my love of holiday decor we still can’t park in the garage 🙂  I hope we can soon though.
Of course the one thing that was damaged in the move was the one thing I noted to the movers that was fragile…my daughter’s tea cup chandelier got all bent. I’m wondering if a lighting specialist can fix it?

This house has a cool  tiny closet under the stairs that I am turning into a reading nook/play house for the kids. They have already claimed it as theirs 🙂
Well back to cleaning and organizing…..Here we are literally swimming in packing paper!

Have a great week!

Moving to CA

If I’m MIA this week or for a while this is why. Our stuff is almost packed and we will be moving for the 3rd time out of state as a family!… And in two years we will be doing it all over again! Ha 
While we are extremely grateful for my husband’s job in construction management, moving for his projects is part of our lives for now….. and I’m not the biggest fan of moving. With that said…
I am thankful for packers & movers when its 115 degrees outside!
But guess what? A different house also means new decorating opportunities! Yeah for that part!
Here’s to a new beginning and adventure for us.
I can’t believe we pulled this off in one month notice, and moving in the weekend before school starts! Whew!! 🙂

Fabric Flower Headband & Matching Applique Tank

I get super excited if we happen to get invited to a birthday party for a little girl! Last month I made this fabric flower headband and embellished tank for a lucky birthday girl! 🙂 These were all items I already owned, so it worked out to be a fancy & frugal gift! 

Thanks to “Thinking Out Loud” for inspiring this flower. 
I made mine from six 3 inch circles and used an Ikea kids cup for the template.
Fold a circle in half, then in half again. Do all six peddles and then sew them all along the curved edged size. Tighten up the thread and form the flower shape. Hot glue a button in the middle.


I glued a felt circle to the back of the flower and a hair clippie. She can then wear just the clip or put it in the headband.

I also made a matching applique tank top by cutting out these dress fabric shapes and ironing on Wonder Under fusible web. People ask me where I get the shapes to use for applique and I usually just search google images for shapes I need and print them out on cardstock.
I love the little flower button.
These flowers are so simple to make and super cute! I think it’s a fun gift don’t you?
I hope you are having a fantastic week!


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Cute Kid Lunch Ideas

Hi Friends! I’ve been practicing my lunch making skills today for back to school. My kids are pretty picky, but lately I’ve found that if it’s served in a fun way they might eat the fruit & veggies. 🙂
And lets be real and just say not every lunch needs to look cute for school. I could never do that, but my goal this year is to maybe try a little harder. 🙂
I saw these items in the dollar Target bin area and started to think about what sort of lunches I could come up with.

These little cheese faces are so cute and pretty easy. Mine have raisin eyes and carrot mouth. I tried to make a tiny mustache with the wax.
Here’s my first bento box lunch. Have you seen these lunch boxes with compartments? I’m going to try these this year. And guess what? Look for my giveaway tomorrow to win one of these awesome laptop lunchboxes!
 I used a house shaped cookie cutter on the sandwich, pretzels for windows, Pirate Booty for a smoke stack, and an orange for the sun.
 He was thrilled! I actually impressed I think…

My daughter is a huge fan of baby elephants. It’s her thing. 
I cut a watermelon balloon with celery for the string, and cantaloupe hearts. 
I found the elephant, balloon, and heart cookie cutters at Sur La Table. They have a bunch for $1 each.
With all these new lunch tools I wanted a cute container to keep it all together,
I had this box from the dollar store and liked its shape. but it wasn’t pretty.
I gave it a little make over using Mod Podge and scrapbook paper. Plus I made a little chalkboard adhesive label. I like to keep a roll of it from Hobby lobby and cut labels when I need them.
 Oh and it matches the pantry….
Thanks for stopping by! Are you into making bento box lunches? What’s your favorite tool?

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A+ Classroom Organization (Tour of Mrs. G’s Class)

Remember the other day when I visited my aunt at her school Gilbert and we gave her a crayon monogram wreath?
My kids sure had fun playing around in her classroom.
While I was there we met an lovely teacher name Mrs. Guarneri.
She gave us a tour of her Kindergarten classroom and I was amazed and thankful I had my camera!
She is definitely the most ORGANIZED teacher I have ever seen. (And super sweet and friendly too!) Here are some highlights. 
The first thing I noticed was this beautiful board with their mascot. Under that is a row of colored bins. Mrs G said she keeps all the lesson plans for each day in a different bin (including the books they will be reading). She likes this method in case she has a sub or has to leave. They will always know what she is doing….Smart right?
I’m always so curious to know how teachers keep these things straight

OK are you ready for these bins? They have a picture of what goes inside each of them on the bin AND on the shelf so the kids know what goes where!! Genius…I need to do this for my kids toys!! And notice the color coded dots on the shelf!

The next thing I noticed were these super cute crate benches…How awesome would these be in a playroom?!
She said the crates were from Target. She took wood scraps and stapled fabric & padding to the back. Plus she stapled looped ribbon to take them on and off easier. What a great no sew project… I love how they turned out!!
Mrs. G’s mom made her this sweet rocking chair pad with matching fabric.

Her talented mom also made an oil cloth chair cover for every chair in the class. Each has a pocket for their papers. My kids need these ASAP for their little table 🙂 The fabric is from Joann’s.

I also noticed this crinkled paper border. I love the ruffle look!

I love how she made this fun file organizer and used upside down buckets as chairs at this table.
The last picture is how she displays birthdays. She puts the names and dates of each birthday child on the bags and little dollar store treats in the bag. The kids get really excited about it! 🙂 They are lined up above one of the whiteboards.
The last image I wanted to share was the Dr. Seuss reading garden at Gilbert Elementary. I love anything Lorax and Dr. Seuss 🙂

Thanks Mrs. G for showing us around!! You definitely get an A+ in organization & classroom ideas!!
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