Thrifty Thursday: Fun with Shrinky Dinks

Jan 22, 2015 by

I have a new crafting obsession. I have discovered Shrinky Dinks! Never heard of it? Well, let me just tell you how awesome it is. You see, when you buy it, it’s merely a sheet of thin plastic “paper.” However, when you put it in the oven, it magically shrinks and thickens. It’s great for all sorts of crafts, including jewelry. It’s something you can easily use for crafting with your kids too! My daughter and I made charms for either a bracelet or necklace and I also made myself a bracelet.

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What I Used:

*Shrinky Dinks (I picked mine up at Michael’s with my 40% off coupon, but you can find it at any craft store. There’s also a variety of colors to choose from. I chose bright white.)
*Hole Punch
*Scissors
*Permanent Markers

The Age of Exploration

Apr 11, 2013 by

When Jake was first born, one of my dear friends, a mother of two grown college boys, told me that the hardest stage to contend with as a parent is always the birth-6 months.  Your baby is essentially a “blob.”  They eat, sleep, poop, and repeat.  Eat, sleep, poop, repeat.  I remember some very early weekend mornings that I would look at Jake and say, “When will you be old enough to be able to play a game with!?” or, “Let’s play legos!  Please!”  Instead, he would look up at me with his big glassy eyes and squirm a little.  Leave him to his own devices for too long and he would get restless and bored with me and demand immediate attention.  How I longed for the “blob” stage to fly by.  And sure enough, it did.

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Thrifty Thursday: Colorful Coasters

Apr 11, 2013 by

Well folks, it’s that time of year again. April showers bring… time for crafts! Last week my three-year-old and I had a great time creating our very own coasters. I am by no means a neat freak but one thing I CANNOT stand are water rings left under glasses and when I came across an idea for making my own coasters I was a little (okay, a lot) excited. It’s the little things people!

Caroline is ready to get started! (Photo Credit: C. Corrigan)

Caroline is ready to get started! (Photo Credit: C. Corrigan)

Here’s what you will need:

  • white tiles – you can get these at any home improvement store and they are super cheap
  • rubbing alcohol
  • alcohol ink dye – you can find this at craft stores. I found mine at Michaels craft store and they usually come in sets of three different colors (I chose red, green, and blue).
  • sealer (to protect it from chipping, etc.)

Thrifty Thursday: With Love

Feb 7, 2013 by

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and although it may not be a major holiday, it’s very special to me none-the-less. My husband and I started dating on Valentine’s Day a whopping 13 years ago! Now that we have two little girls to share it with, I love it even more. It’s not about the flowers or  candy and I certainly don’t like the commercialism of it all. I simply think of it as a day to celebrate LOVE so I’m going to share with you some creative ways to do just that (without breaking the bank of course)!

I find so many incredible projects over on Skip to my Lou and there’s no shortage of great Valentine’s Day ideas either. I’m planning to make my own version of these DIY Scratch-off Lottery Tickets for my sweetheart <wink wink>. Think about how much fun your kids would have making these for friends, or scratching ones you make for them!

Thrifty Thursday: Waterless Snow Globes

Dec 13, 2012 by

Although I am not a huge fan of the cold weather, I do enjoy a beautiful snow fall from time to time. To me, there is nothing more tranquil and serene than the sight of a fresh blanket of snow covering the ground. I love those days even more when I have no place I need to be except home; possibly venturing outdoors to build a snowman (or woman!) with my daughter.

Today’s Thrifty Thursday craft idea combines my love of what I just described, paired with my fondness for snow globes! I used to have quite a colletion of snow globes as a child. Most of them were gifts that were given to me by friends and family upon returning from their travels. My favorite was one that had a penguin in it. I just loved flipping that thing over and making it snow! Today I’m going to show you how you can make your very own waterless snow globe. It’s so easy, looks so pretty, and is something you might even want to involve the kiddos with making!

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