Decorating Easter Eggs – Blown Out

Blow out Easter EggsStart with fresh eggs – I used a round file (actually meant for jewelry) to poke holes in the top and the bottom of the eggs.  The larger the hole in the bottom of the egg the easier it is to get the yoke out.   Then you simply blow from the top and watch the whites and yoke come out.  Blow until you hear air coming out. Then rinse the inside of the egg with tap water.    After the egg dries then paint away!

Below is a picture of the eggs we painted today.  Have fun and Happy Easter!


Painted Blown Out Easter Eggs

Chalkboard Fabric Project Ideas


Chalkboard Fabric

Months ago I bought a few yards of chalkboard fabric that was on sale;  I am finally getting around to using it!   This chalkboard fabric project couldn’t get any easier.   Simply cut the fabric and tack it to the wall.


Here are some other ideas that I am going to get around to trying soon:

Chalkboard Pillows – From Apartment Therapy

 Chalkboard fabric pennant banners! (I wonder what is used for the fabric. Faux leather?)
Chalkboard Fabric Banner Etsy Shop – Pamwares

Chalkboards Table Runner –  Image from Here – Originally for sale in Napa Style Magazine.


DIY Advent Calendar

I really wanted to make an advent calendar for Easton this year so this is what I came up with.  (This one is for a friend with little girls, Easton’s will be filled with boy things )

Easy to make DIY advent calendar,  and I have included a pdf to print out if you want one just like this.

Advent_Calendar-1Advent Calendar Treats




-30 Pack of wilton party favor tins (I got them at Michaels – used a 40% off coupon cost was $12)
-Printed Images to cut out  (PDF of my artwork)
-2 inch Circle cutter  (you could cut them by hand but I just happened to have the right size cutter on hand)
-Magnets,  I used some magnetic XYRON tape I had on hand but you could just any kind of magnet that has adhesive on it.
-Cookie sheet from dollar store to hold the magnetic tins.

The tins have plastic circles for lids that pop out, just pop in the images and pop back in the plastic to hold the images up.

I found most of my fillers at the Dollar Store, and some of the stickers on clearance at Michaels.


Train Table – Rolls under the Bed

I love that Easton is so entertained by his train set, but it was such a mess left out in his room and such a pain to put away and take out everyday.  Now we just roll out to play and push it back in when we are done.  Easy!



Home Depot Supplies:
-Plywood from the miss-cut discount bin for $2
-castor wheels $12 (I used 8 wheels, two separate sections)
-Misc wood pieces to frame from discount bin  – I used 1×1 boards $2
-paint  samples from clearance pant bin .50 each.
Home depot will cut the plywood for you if you don’t have the tools and the other pieces if you come with the correct measurements in hand.
-small screws for the castor wheels (unless they come with)
-Screws or Nails to hold pieces of wood to the plywood.  (You could just attach the wheels directly to the plywood but it wouldn’t be as sturdy.)

To get the painting and design right we set up the trains the way we wanted them then I traced where they went and drew in colored pencil where I wanted water and roads etc.


Construction Party Planning – Two Years Old!

One month away from Easton’s big day and I am trying to get organized.  Today I set out the containers I have been collecting and the projects I have been working on so I could get a visual on what I still need to buy and do.

Most of these items are from the dollar store, and the aprons I am sewing are all from scrap material.  So besides my time the financial investment is pretty small so far.    Still waiting on the hard hats to come in the mail.

Contruction Party Planning

Construction Party Favors

Homemade aprons for the kids, will have hammers to go in the hammer loop and hard hats are in the mail.

Recoloring Grout – Made Easy!

I find that no matter what season it is Living here in Portland Oregon there is bound to be some rain.   And rain means mud and mud means dirty floors.   A shoe free rule would be nice but that doesn’t really help when you have a four legged 70lb dog running in and out.   Hence mopping and sweeping daily is just part of the routine; the part that I cannot keep up with it the consistently dirty grout in my kitchen and bathroom.  Although a good grout sealant may have helped with the task the grout was stained in spots and just didn’t look good enough to leave.

Mapei Grout Refresh

I found this great product at Lowe’s called Mapei Grout Refresh  – what is amazing about this product is how easy it is use. Steps:

  1. Clean your grout well – I used a peroxide and baking soda paste.
  2. Apply Grout Refresh with a toothbrush to the grout, and don’t worry about the excess getting on the tiles (unlike many other products I researched).
  3. Let Dry for 30 to 60 minutes.
  4. Mist the Tiles with water let stand for 5 minutes.
  5. Get a sponge and whip of the excess (the bottle said scrub off the excess but I found that it wiped off with hardly any elbow grease).
  6. Don’t mop the floor with water for I think 12 hours.

So now I will have to see how it holds up over traffic and time, but even if I have to touch up spots it was such an easy application process I won’t mind.

Lowes didn’t have that many colors in stock but there are lots available online.  The Mapei website has lots of cool looking products I am going to have to keep in mind if I ever find myself in the middle of a remodel.kat


Eastons Room Redo

I have been in the process of redecorating Easton’s room.  He is transitioning to a toddler bed and I want his room to be a little more timeless and not so baby cutsy.  Here are pictures of some of my latest projects.   I will post pictures of his room with the new paint job,  but for now it looks pretty crowded with a crib and his toddler bed in it.  You can see the yellow stripes which I love!

Eastons Room

pillows from thriftstore shirts and dresses, hand painted Letter canvases, scrap quilt from fabric remnants, deer measuring growth chart, drawers painted put on caster wheels, leftover fabric streched on hoop.


Menu Planning and Calendar Creation

DIY dry erase menu planner and calendar using picture frames -I have been looking for a dry erase menu planner to put on my fridge.  But I didn’t find one that I love,  I got this idea to make one out of a picture frame.  JoAnns had the frame on sale for 60% off so I also made a calendar to go with it.

Using my printed Google Calendar – I just print one for the month which already has most of my appointments listed – then all we have to do is add-on the last-minute events.