Monday, April 27, 2015

Makin' Yarn

I constantly need to have my hands busy.  Especially when I'm watching a show.  I can't just sit and watch.  No.  I'd feel like I'm wasting time.  If I'm not folding clothes or crocheting I turn to this soothing project during TV time:  Making yarn.

I've made yarn from clothes before. But here I am making it out of sheets or old duvet covers.  I keep this project in a bin and accessible so when the opportunity strikes I'm ready.

 Just look at those beautiful balls.

We're planning on ripping out our carpet and putting in a laminate floor which means we're going to need some sort of area rug.  That is what this will be for.  I plan on making a rug but for that I'm gonna need lots of yarn.  I've seen many methods but this is the one I use.  The only difference is I cut them into 1" strips instead of 2".

My neighbour mention she has some old sheets that she's going to give me and I got so giddy when she mentioned it.  They're Micky Mouse sheets, so you know those balls will be colourful.  Umm, that didn't sound so good, but I think you know what I mean.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Menu Chalkboard

I'm going to start this off by saying, I hate cooking.  Don't mind baking, love eating, but HATE cooking.  Especially when I don't know what to make and it's 5:15pm when everyone's belly is grumbling.  I then get panicky and grouchy.

I knew I needed a solution and I've tried planning before.  It worked for a little but I would just put my plan on a little piece of paper on the side of the fridge.  Little white piece of paper on a white fridge?  So uninspiring.

Self discovery: I guess I really do need things to be, not only functional but also pretty to keep me inspired to keep up with an organizing system. 

I decided to make a chalkboard menu board in the kitchen.  I had a picture frame that wasn't being used.

I then took out the glass and picture and was happy to find a smooth surface underneath.


From there I painted the board with some chalkboard paint like I did in the Craft Show Price Sign Post. I jazzed up the border with some washi tape and tried my best to do some fancy lettering.

I used a command hook for the top and a couple dollar-store cheapy ones to take some weight off on the bottom.  The bottom ones also keep the board from banging every time we open the pantry.  Also to keep things from banging I added some second skin on the bottom part of the frame where the hooks touch and a piece of plastic wrap on the top hook.

And that's it! My kids love it, as do I.  Now they don't ask me what we're having for breakfast or snack anymore.  It's a sanity saver in more ways than one.  I still can't say I love cooking but it is much more bearable at least.

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