Spring Origami Frame

A tutorial on how to transform a craft frame into a decorative door piece featuring origami.

In an effort to clean out my craft drawers and use everything I have before I dare buy more, I’ve been up-cycling craft frames that were originally used as table numbers at my wedding from 5 years ago. I’ve been trying to transform each of them into something completely different.

This week, I had a eureka moment with the inspiration of cherry blossoms blooming outside and the long bland walk to my apartment door in the dull hallway. This hallway needs more color! So I crafted a bright springy kawaii “welcome” sign for our door using Hello Kitty origami paper!

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DIY “Letters From Grandma” Frame

This post features a DIY tutorial on how to display hand written letters as an up-cycled art form to memorialize loved ones.

I haven’t been able to nail down the best way to begin this post. It’s hard, because a flood of memories are making it impossible to nail down just a couple paragraphs on why I created a frame fit for my beautiful Grandma Barbara. She was my favorite. She kept in touch with me by phone and letters my entire life because we never lived remotely near each other. She was someone I had been sharing secrets with for 30+ years.

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DIY Googly Eye Frame

Turn a basic craft frame into a fun “look at what I made” display frame, full of googly eyes!

Has your kid been scribbling up some dope pop art pieces? Has your fridge become the latest art gallery, overtaken with a collection curated under alphabet magnets? Then you may need a fun new way to show off your kids latest “look what I made” masterpiece. Presenting, the googly eye frame!

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DIY “Up” Balloon Frame

This post features an easy way to decorate a frame inspired by the animated movie “Up.”

Confession. I’ve been holding onto a set of 10 craft store frames I decorated for my wedding as table numbers. Each one held an image of one of our favorite albums, and I had used chalkboard paint and chalk to decorate each frame. (Note, chalkboard paint doesn’t work as designed on wood frames.) That was over 5 years ago, and I had every intention of reusing them to display new images.

So this is the year that happens! And I’m going to track that in posts throughout 2019 on how to transform bare craft store frames into something fun, cool, unique, and giftable. My resolution for the year is to use all my craft supplies before buying any more. After all “make it work with what you got!”

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DIY Decor: Paper Flower Wreath

This post is a quick tutorial on how to create a wreath base out of toilet paper rolls and simple paper flowers. 

The hallways in our apartment complex may be windowless, but we are very aware of what season is upon us by simply walking past all our neighbors doors. Wreaths, flowers, holiday signage, what have you, the doors are always cleverly decorated. My toddler likes to stand and point at each one saying “ooo, pretty!” So, of course I had to make one for our door! And her reaction; “Oh wooow! I love it Mom!” <3

To make our autumn wreath, I crafted several dozen paper flowers and hot glued them onto a makeshift wreath base created with toilet paper rolls! Yes sure, you can get a wreath base for $1 at the dollar store. But with little miss having been toilet trained recently, she loves to breeze through that TP, so I had an abundance of rolls to work with.

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DIY Decor: Sprinkle Themed Bathroom

How I transformed our small apartment bathroom into a bright candy sprinkle themed space to encourage potty training.

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So long diapers, it’s potty time! Is your kid ready to be potty trained? When our tot started to show interest, I researched the 3-day method, hit up my FB mom group for insider tips, bought gallons of carpet cleaner, and prepped a candy reward system to distribute after pees & poos. Before all that went down, I revamped the bathroom to encourage her to come running to the potty all the live long day.

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Create Your Own Art Themed Nursery

This post about how I transformed a 

This post features several little projects I did to help transform a bedroom into an art gallery themed nursery.

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Once upon a time, my husband and I were ready to move out of our small apartment into a shockingly rent affordable townhouse down the street in our fave neighborhood. There would be enough space to set-up an art studio in a spare bedroom that had the best natural light. A day after we signed the rental contract, we found out I was pregnant. The timing was universally perfect. Without hesitation, instead of planning out a dream in home art studio, I began envisioning a fun nursery. Continue reading “Create Your Own Art Themed Nursery”

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DIY Wiggles Themed Birthday Cake and Balloon Wall

This post is about how I put together a small Wiggles themed party, and features quick photo editing tutorial.

Come on down to Wiggle Town, do the propeller, I can stand like a statue, wake up Lachy, it’s Emma’s yellow bow. These random lyrics have been stuck in my head for the past year as my kid regularly watches, sings, and dances along to the Wiggles.

The Wiggles are an Australian based children’s rock band that originated in 1991 with a few line-up changes over the years, and they are still going strong as one of the top children entertainment groups in the world.  I had heard of them in my pre-baby days, but I think the first time I heard one of their songs was on an episode of Arrested Development when Charlize “Mr F” Theron sang “Hot Potato” in a car ride with George Michael. Classic.

Since my little peanut has been a fan for nearly half her life, I decided to go “all out” with a Wiggles themed 2nd birthday party. Some factors went into planning this though. A) we don’t have space for a home party, and she doesn’t have a lot of friends her age yet anyway, and B) most official Wiggles decor and toys must be shipped from Australia, and unfortunately that is not in my budget. So I opted to make a fun pull apart cake adorned in Wiggles colors, and a colorful balloon backdrop to take pictures of her opening a gift and eating cake. For a Wiggles inspired gift, I made her a “Dressing Up in Style” dress-up trunk (click here to see how I did that.)

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How to Make a Dress-Up Trunk

This post shares how to DIY a fun dress up trunk that can inspire years of imaginative play!

Morning routines in our home consist of waking up, drinking milk, brushing teeth, and looking for the best set of heels to wear in my closet. Actually, that’s my toddler’s routine, and she’s been doing it since about age one. Not even two yet, this girl has mastered a runway strut! After regularly watching The Wiggles, she’s also a fan of their song “Dressing Up in Style” where they sing “dressing up is so much fun, you can dress like anyone, you can use any clothes you find!” So for her birthday this year, I crafted a dress-up trunk that should get her through the next decade of imaginative costuming.

Dressing up let’s a kid live out their imagination by creating a costume to go along with a story they’ve created. I also love the art appeal of a dress-up trunk as it can be a catalyst for performance art, where the artist uses them-self in a live performance instead of traditional art mediums like painting or sculpture. Example, I’ve witnessed my kid put on a cool hat and flower lei, then proceed to play her toy piano with her feet and quietly scream with her eyes closed.  It was an amazing moment.

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How to Create Your Own Cake Smash Photoshoot

This post features tips on how I DIY’ed my own cake smash photoshoot. 

Your baby is about to become a one-year-old toddler. Commence crying, freaking out, or rejoicing that you’ve nailed down year one of parenthood. In that year, you’ve captured their first moments from their first day at home, their first steps, and even their first lemon slice.  Now it’s time to capture their first taste of birthday cake! (i.e. the cake smash)

You most likely caught those other moments on a whim with your smart phone (because, let’s be real, you take at least 100 pics a day of them with that thing.) To capture this particular moment, you can do a full on production, be your own creative director, even build a set in a make-shift home studio. And you can do it all for less than $20, saving you hundreds compared to what professionals can charge. Continue reading “How to Create Your Own Cake Smash Photoshoot”

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