DIY: Crib Rail Cover

I recently learned that I am raising a gerbil: I’m open-minded and an animal lover so this would have been fine, until I read one comment on a forum where someone said her kid chipped his tooth gnawing a crib rail. That and I don’t like my young boy eating paint. I needed a cover! I decided to use fleece (it’s cushy on the chompers) but wasn’t sure on just tying it on. Could he pull it up with his little bunny teeth (switching rodents), … Continue reading

DIY: Turn any old box into pretty storage with craft paper!

Upcycle an empty box into cute storage with craft paper!

Baby boy is getting some (supervised) independent play time lately. I love watching him figure things out lately. He is learning so much, it’s no wonder his head is getting so adorably big. That and he needs his 5th haircut… I finished sorting through teeny tiny baby clothing in his dressers and closet, so today I decided to upcycle an empty box while I watched the kid do his thing. We needed a place to keep a few diapers in the open of the nursery. Normally I’d use … Continue reading

DIY: Muddy Mutt Mitts

DIY Muddy Mutt Mitts

This Share Saturday is inspired by a great tutorial for Mud Puppy Mittens — I found it last night and made my own muddy mutt mitts today and I am so glad I did! I’m always looking for ways to keep our house in order. With animal family members, this can be a task — though the cats are pretty OK until 3AM when they either meow at the walls or lick our heads. Otherwise, we have two large dogs. When it’s rainy, we have a big, gross dog paw towel by the back door. Ew. So upon discovering … Continue reading

DIY: Upcycle an old nightstand to bathroom storage for free!

nightstand to bathroom table upcycle

Remember 2 years ago (sure you do!) before I was a wife or mom when we found a bunch of old junk on the side of the road? I finally got frustrated enough at the ugliness of the nightstand we got in that haul to turn it into a pretty one to use as bathroom storage. You can do the same, or simply refresh an old nightstand for a bedroom — and all for the low, low price of $0!   What do you think? OK, … Continue reading

Wow! Old Dresser to DIY Vintage Bench Pinned 2000 times!

DIY vintage bench from old dresser

Awoke to see that our old beat-up dresser to pretty vintage bench post has reached 2000 pins on Pinterest! UPDATE: 3000+ a week and a half later! :O Thank you thank you thank you! That makes me very happy! And to think we found it for free on the side of the road. Best! Soon I want to make a simple upholstered bench out of an old coffee table we have for the foot of the bed or even for our small entryway. More on that after… And … Continue reading

How to fix a broken makeup compact

broken makeup compact

Ever have this happen? I did about two weeks ago. Whoops. Luckily this mattifying powder was on its way out and I already have a new one in the cabinet waiting… but since I found a quick fix on Pinterest a while ago for this, I decided to test it out. Leave it open to air dry overnight. Did it work? While it didn’t work out exactly as planned, I did get a lot more use out of this compact — in fact, I’m still … Continue reading

DIY: Easy upcycled knotted baby hats!

DIY knotted baby hats

What to do when a baby isn’t out yet? I decided to make use of our remaining free time — a lunch date here, a sewn diaper there… a plush toy or two. When it comes to materials, I’m a huge fan of using what you’ve got, so I was thrilled to find a sewing project for the bub that I could make using old graphic tees that didn’t fit anymore. Newborn babies have to have soft, adorable hats, right? I first saw these hipster … Continue reading

Important tips to learn before you make DIY cloth diapers

So I’m on this everything-baby kick (I guess that would make sense since my life is about to go from everything us and dogs to most-everything baby) as you might have seen yesterday or the day before. After I posted my cloth diaper result yesterday, a couple of people asked me some important questions which made me realize I should explain a few things I’ve learned.   On buying materials: You won’t find PUL, polyfleece, microfleece, organic cotton velour or hemp at Fabricland or a … Continue reading

DIY: Make a cloth diaper!

Yesterday in the burp cloth tutorial, you may have noticed someone cute in the background wearing a prototype sewn earlier this week. Who was this dashing gentleman? No, not our child. He hasn’t arrived just yet. He’s our tester monkey! This time he was testing…   If you’re someone who tries to be as green as they can, and you haven’t read about how much waste one child produces in terms of wipes and diapers, here are a few interesting stats. Of course, there are environmental … Continue reading

DIY: How to make your own burp cloths — fast & very easy!

DIY burp cloths

Staying true to the baby theme today, I decided to throw up (heh) this quick and simple tutorial. It uses upcycled materials and becomes something you’ll definitely use for your little one. Got old shirts or towels? Great! Got a sewing machine? Good. If not, you can always hand sew. I used old tea towels which tend to fray, so hand-sewing would’ve taken a century, plus I suck at hand-sewing so I like the finishing better with a machine. Here’s how you can make your … Continue reading