Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pinterest Tuesday-Chore Chart

Happy Tuesday!

I wanted to show you all an idea I got from Pinterest for a great editable chore chart that I customized for both of my children.  My oldest has been begging to start helping out with chores, I have no idea why but I am truly grateful, so I did some research for an easy to follow chore chart.

I found this Visual Chore Chart on Pinterest a few weeks ago and it is perfect.  I was able to download and open it through Microsoft Word and edit it just how I wanted.  This mom has hers customized with each child's photo and clip art of each chore required of them.  This added bit of character can make even the most tedious chore a little more fun.

I made mine just a little bit different.  Under the column with the child's photo, I listed daily "to do's" like brushing our teeth, brushing our hair, reading a book and cleaning up our rooms.  These simple tasks have felt more like "chore's" lately, so they fit nicely.  Next, under each day's column there are 2 or 3 tasks listed.  I used some of the clip art already on the form and then searched online clip art through MS Word for the rest.  Of course my 4 year old wanted his own chart, and the pictures make it so much easier for him since he cannot read yet.

At the end of each day, they each get to put little stickers on the chores they completed.  Amazingly these little stickers are a great motivation tool and they are sometimes so eager that they jump ahead to other chores.




If you do not have a color printer (like us), then you could always color the photos or have your little ones color them.  Also add things on the list each day if you have soccer, dance, church, ect.  This is a good way to help them remember what comes each day of the week instead of "Mom, when are we going so in so again??".  Another option, if you have a color printer to print these on, then have them laminated and let your  kiddo use dry erase markers to check off the chores as the complete them.

These are just a few suggestions and what works for us.  Do you have a chore system for your children?  What age did you start implementing chores in your home?  (Mine are 4 and 7).  I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Check back tomorrow for Pattern Review Wednesday where I will give you the lowdown on another one of my favorite pattern designers.  Until then...

G'nite!

Amy~The Dixie Diva

Monday, April 23, 2012

Manic Monday-The Double Birthday Party Weekend

So did everyone make it through Monday?  I dislike Monday's very much, and my crazy cat agrees with me.  He didn't want me to work either today, so he politely took over my desk.



Last week was a great week.  I had so much fun with the Ultimate Blog Party, and met a lot of great people.  If I'm not following your blog yet, please make sure to comment with the link and I will!

This weekend I had to get ready for my son's 4th birthday party we were having at home, and my dear friend's daughter turned 1 yesterday and I helped with it as well.  6 dozen plus cupcakes, 2 cakes, full decor and cleaning at my home.  I didn't get much sleep, but that's always the big joke everyone says about me.  "How does she do it all?"  "She never sleeps."  Not quite a lie, but I know my limits.  I had a blast though and love having "home made" birthday parties.

Bubba had a Cars themed birthday party.  I ordered bottle cap images from a seller on Etsy, had them printed, punched them out with a 1" scrapbooking punch, ran them through my Xyron sticker maker and sandwiched a toothpick in between 2 of them.  Perfect cupcake toppers!




Ignore the photo of that double sided tape up there in yellow.  Don't ever buy the double sided "removable" tape.  It wouldn't hold a light weight crepe paper streamer to the wall.   Yea, I wasn't a happy camper.

Here's the final set up of Bubba's party.

Wrap water bottles in duck tape for a great effect.  (Pinterest find)  I did this same thing with my daughter's birthday party.


Cupcakes, cake, fruit, chips, pizza rolls and pigs-n-a-blanket.   Plastic table cloth is held in place with some more of that great duck tape, another table cloth hung on the wall with crepe paper accents, and the flamming flower pots.


Close up of the cupcakes.


This is a tapestry piece I bought to make wall decor in my son's room but haven't been able to yet.  I wrapped and pinned it around our big mirror!

Next up was a pink and black zebra themed Princess Party for a precious 1 year old.  I made her this tutu and bow, and bought a Tullip iron on decal for her onsie.



While at Joann's, I found the perfect candy molds by chance.  They are actually cupcake topper candy molds!  I found the cupcake liners at Hobby Lobby, and even found matching balloons and candles (sorry, no picture of those).





Then I made her a very simple baby cake with light color icing.  No stains!



All in all it was a great weekend.  Both parties went very smoothly with 2 very tired momma's at the end.  It was all worth it.  Out of pocket, I spent less than $50 on my son's party!  You just can't beat that!

If you or anyone you know might be interested in a tutu/onsie/tee combo, please send me a message and I will be happy to custom make one for any occasion.  I hope to have these up on my Etsy page soon.

What do you think of our little parties?  And most importantly, how did you spend you weekend?  Did you attend a birthday party, craft up a Pinterest find, or do the sensible thing and rest??  I'd love to hear from you!

G'nite!

Amy~The Dixie Diva


Friday, April 20, 2012

Stash Bash Pinterest Style

Hi again to everyone from the UPB12!

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All this week I have been working up to my son's 4th Birthday Party and a very good friend of mine is having her daughter's 1st Birthday party the very next day.  I am planning BOTH of them.  I have to make 3 dozen cupcakes and two small birthday cakes.  Yikes!  But I am loving every minute of it.  Thanks to Pinterest, the ideas are coming together quite nicely.

I'm linking up again to Project Pinterest, sharing great ideas we try out from Pinterest with some really great ladies.




Today is Stash Bash day, and I'm using some Pinterest ideas to get me going.  The idea of Stash Bash came from fellow blogger Crunchy Catholic Momma.  The goal is to use up supplies/excess/had-to-buy-it items before buying new things to craft with.

My son's party theme is Disney Cars.  Through my searching pin boards, I found this really cute set up.  I really like the flower pots that were turned in to decorations.  I had some extra flower pots laying around that I actually started to paint last summer.  Here's a picture showing one spray painted (right) and the other with acrylic paint (left).



I used a real cheap spray paint so that could be the reason for the runs in it, but I just really prefer acrylic paint.  Plus I always have it on hand.

There were no directions with this link that I found, so I came up with my own version.  I started with a coat of red paint on each of them, 2 coats, letting it dry in between.  Next I painted the rims in black (2 coats as well).  Once they were dry I took them outside and coated them down with Alleene's Acrylic Sealer Spray.



Now for the next part I did purchase something new, but it wasn't absolutely necessary.  I just chose the easy way out.  I purchased a 6 pack of small cardboard cake bases at Hobby Lobby for $1.99.  I took one and laid it on some scrapbook paper (stash bash!) and traced the circle.  I cut out 4 of these.




I took the cardboard cake bases and painted the outside edges black, just in case they were able to be seen when everything was done.  I don't really think it was needed after all, but I would have been sick had I finished everything and wished I would have.

Next I coated one side of each circle with Mod Podge and affixed the scrapbook paper to one side of each. (you should have 4 circles covered on one side only with scrapbook paper.)




I flipped them over and hot glued a wooden dowel rod (yes from my stash :) ) to the middle of 2 of these circles.


Here is where it gets interesting.  I burnt my finger not long after this, so if you are using a glue gun make sure you have a pair of tweezers handy to help you with this next part.  Or use super glue/e6000.  I'm impatient and didn't want to wait on the glue to dry.

I took some red tissue paper I had laying around, folded it in half and then half again.  I cut it apart on each of the folds.




I took these small pieces of tissue, stuck a pencil (eraser end) in the center of it and squished it into a cone like shape.


I started hot gluing these pieces to the back of each circle, around the wooden dowel.  This is also how I burnt my finger.  Hot glue tends to seep right through tissue paper.  Nasty little burn.





Continue this process until it is full, and you will do this to both circles that have a dowel rod.



Add some glue all around the center of your "flower", then affix the circle without a dowel rod to the center. Now you have a double sided "flower".



I used up some green floral block I had leftover from my daughter's birthday party for the center of the flower pots.  Now when I stick the "flower" in the flower pot, the dowel rod will stand up straight.  To cover the inside I just crinkled up extra pieces of tissue and stuffed it in each one.


I looked and looked for Cars stickers but had no luck.  Then I finally remembered I had purchased some wall clings from Avon about 2 years ago to put up on my son's wall after we painted the room.  Unfortunately the room never got painted and I forgot about them.  Perfect timing to remember!




Ta Da!

Whew, that was a long post!  What do you think of the flowers?  Are they boyish enough?  Did you find this post helpful or too lengthy?

Remember to stop by the Project Pinterest and link up your own creations and see what everyone else is up to as well.  Thank you to Sandee and Sarah for co-hosting Project Pinterest!  Stop by their blogs and visit a while, they are both very nice and very helpful!


Stop back by tomorrow for a fun tutorial!

Amy~The Dixie Diva


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Pattern Review-The Lily Bird Studio

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Hi Everyone!

If you are stopping by from the Ultimate Blog Party 2012 through 5 Minutes For Mom, THANK YOU!  Make sure you comment with your blog link so I can follow along with you as well.

Pattern Review Wednesdays are going to be where I talk about and review one of my favorite pattern makers and the outfits made from their patterns.  These patterns are my preferred method of dress making.  The directions are always clear and have photos of most all the steps.  Stress free sewing!  The best part about these patterns and what makes them stand out from store bought ones, is that you can use the same pattern OVER AND OVER again for MULTIPLE sizes.  No more worrying about cutting (or tearing) a tissue thin pattern and not being able to use it for the other sizes listed.

This week I have chosen to start with Cecilia at The Lily Bird Studio.  All her patterns are in PDF format and you can save them right to your computer.  I have purchased and made dresses with 3 of her patterns and they are so easy to follow.  Her templates are spot on and color coded for easy cutting.  Here are the 3 I have made:

Tianna Dress

I had a custom order for a size 6 month dress to commemorate a retiring police officer.  I took the pattern and figured in adding a custom band to the middle, and the side buttons make this so easy to take on and off.  The templates show you right where to add the buttons and button holes precisely.  There is an optional ruffle strip for the center that you can customize any way you like.  Size ranges from 0-24mth.



Adorable!

A-Line Dress

Super simple and super cute.  I think this took me a half an hour at the most to make.  This A-Line dress has  one button on the back that has a loop closure.  I thought this kind of closure would be tricky but Cecilia makes the explanation and details very clear.  This pattern is great for a beginner to an expert.  The style is timeless and can be made to wear in so many different ways.  Pattern ranges in sizes from 12mth-8yr.


The Pink Dress

I believe this is my favorite of all the patterns I have.  It is definitely the most requested dress patterns from my clients.  It has a circle neck that ties on one side, and it is great to use the neck line and hem line with contrasting fabric.  The very first time I made this dress, it took me about 5 hours. It was also Sunday afternoon and I had 2 wild children running through the house demanding my attention.  Now, I can usually make this one from start to finish (cutting included) in about an hour.  I have the pattern pieces already cut and ready for each size and almost have the directions memorized.  I LOVE THIS DRESS.  The really great thing about this dress (and the ones above), is they can be worn all year round with the adding of tights and a turtleneck or long sleeve shirt.  Sizes 12mth-8yr.  Here are a few I have made:





If you are looking to make your own dresses or tops, please stop by The Lily Bird Studio to view all her patterns.  You will not be disappointed!

Visit my website to view more of the dresses I make or my Facebook page.  Custom orders are always welcome!  If you would like to order a dress for your little girl, I will be happy to make you one (and my prices are very reasonable :-)  Please send me a message on Facebook or comment below.

What do you think of The Lily Bird Studio patterns?  Have you tried any as well?  Let me know, I would love to hear from you!

Next up-Stash Bash!

Amy~The Dixie Diva

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Pinterest Copycat DIY Magnetic Board

Hi everyone!  First of all I would like to say thank you to everyone stopping by from the Ultimate Blog Party 2012 hosted by 5 Minutes For Mom.  I am so excited to have you all here, following me on Facebook and Pinterest.  I am trying to make sure I visit all of your blogs and follow along, so make sure to leave a comment with your link so I can stop by as well!  It is really great to meet so many of you and I am truly enjoying the experience.

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This week for my Pinterest Copycat I wanted to make our own magnetic board to display my daughter's artwork.  I found the idea on Pinterest a while back and have been in search of a Dollar Store cookie sheet ever since.  Any other time I would have found one immediately, but they've been scarce lately.  Finally we found one and couldn't wait to get started.

What you need:

  1. Metal cookie sheet
  2. Paint
  3. Sealer (optional)
  4. Magnets
  5. Picture frame hook
  6. Paint brush (not required if using spray paint)
  7. Magnets
  8. Hot glue gun (optional)
  9. E6000 or another strong glue



We used acrylic paint on our board, but you can use spray paint as well.  I don't feel like I have enough control with spray paint and it tends to run, so I use my trusty bottle paints instead.



With the acrylic paint, I did 3 coats, letting it dry completely between each coat to insure accurate coverage.  Once it was dry, I took it outside and sprayed Aleene's Spray Acrylic Sealer with a Gloss Finish over it.



While I was in between coats of paint and sealer, I gave my daughter a handful of clothes pins to paint any way she wanted.  I took the clothes pins a part so she wouldn't paint over the metal spring.



Next I took some magnets we had on hand and hot glued them to the back of the clothespins.  I also took some bottle caps and buttons we had and made some decorative magnets for her as well.



Finally for the mounting hardware.  I took a picture frame hook and tried to hot glue it to the back. FAIL.  As soon as it had set and I tried to pick it up, it fell right off.  I took out my trusty tube of E6000 glue and that did the trick.  It takes a little longer to dry but is completely worth it for its strength.



Now we're all set!  My daughter loved it and loved that she got to help.  Now she has a special place to hang her most recent artwork for everyone to see.



I hope you found my version of this helpful! I'm joining in Project Pinterest with Sandee over at: in the hills of North Carolina.  If you have a Pinterest version of you own, please stop by Sandee's blog and share your link!  It's so much fun to see what everyone creates!




Check back for this week's Stash Bash which will include another Pinterest Copycat version.

What are your most inspiring Pinterest ideas so far?

~Amy~The Dixie Diva