Thursday, June 24, 2010

Stool Redo

I'm a shortie. Just a few inches over five feet and so when needing things in the high cupboards a kitchen chair has always come to the rescue. Well a few months ago (yes I've really been slacking on projects lately - warm weather hits and I want to be outside all day!) I found this cute stool at a local church's rummage sale for only $2! It was the perfect height for myself and my little ones ~ it just needed a little sprucing up!

No cleaning, no sanding, no priming. Out came the black spray paint and - TA DA! A new little stool that matches my kitchen - I love it. It's amazing what a little bit of paint will do - try it out :)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Letter Sort

Got a lot of these???

I saw this idea over here at No Time For Flashcards. She used alphabet beads and muffin tins. I decided to use old plastic containers and some beads I had.

Things you need:

- 26 spots (containers, muffin tins, bowls, etc.)
- ABC's (magnetic letters, beads, etc.)


1. Use a permanent marker to write a letter on each container.

2. Write the alphabet several time on beads.

3. Let kiddos have at the beads and sort them into the correct containers.


Sunday, June 20, 2010

ABC Letters

Lately I have been concentrating on recognizing all the letters and their sounds with my 3 year old. My friend Kristyn introduced me to this site called No Time For Flash Cards - I love it! GO check it out!

It has so many easy cute learning ideas for kiddos! We've used several ideas in our home and my toddler loves it! Here's the first one we tried out - we've been learning and concentrating on a letter a week. We start each week making an animal out of our letter and hanging it on the fridge to work on and learn to recognize and identify the sound as well. Each week we've been adding our next letter, here's what we've got so far...

Go check out this great site for lots of fun and easy ideas to keep your kiddos learning all summer long!


Friday, June 18, 2010

Brag Book

For Mother's Day I made my Momma and Grandma these cute little brag books. My best buddy Kierste over at Brown Paper Packages made me one for Christmas and I have been in love with it ever since! Go check here to see it - the one she gave me is actually the first one pictured on her blog post :)

Things you'll need:

- ID tag holders (I bought mine at Walmart in the office supply section for around $2 bucks)

- Metal clip (Walmart as well)

- Pictures

- Scrapbook paper

- Ribbon


1. I made a front and back cover with scrapbook paper.

2. Printed and cut pictures to fit.

3. Hooked them on the ring and added some ribbon!

I have loved mine and keep it in my purse for when others ask me about my family. They are the cutest gifts and hopefully my family is putting theirs to good use as well! Thanks Kierste for the darling idea!


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Washer Necklaces

I decided to venture out and try this project I have seen all over the internet lately - washer necklaces.

Things you'll need:

- any size washers

- metal stamping kit (can be bought at a hardware place (I borrowed mine from a friend) for around $10 bucks for the entire alphabet and numbers)

- ribbon/chain

- permanent marker

-baby wipe


1. All I did was go outside on our cement and use the stamping kit. You just pick out your letter, place it on the washer and then hold it REALLY steady and pound down with the hammer 2-3 times. (Try it out on some practice washers beforehand).

2. After all the stamping is finished color the indents in with permanent marker and then wipe clean with a baby wipe. This leaves the actual letters black (or whatever color marker you choose) and better able to see.

3. Place them on a ribbon, necklace, chain, etc.

I made this for my momma for Mother's Day. It has all her girl's names on it. These can make such cute necklaces, bracelets, key chains, etc! Try it out :)