Filed under: Do-ables / Tutorials
Everyone loves buying, gifting and crafting things for a new baby – it’s natural. But much like everyone buys stuff for the bride at weddings, why not think about the new mom? She actually gave life to a new and very cute little human.
So…weirdly enough I stumbled upon this tutorial as if it was fate. I asked a friend of ours how her “peanut was roasting” since she has been full term for a number of days. 4 hours later? Her water started breaking!
So anyhoo – onto the crafting! A Hospital Survival Kit for the mom? Love it!
I took a “money shot” before I put it all together to show how easy, fun and cheap this is to do. I did this all in one stop to a Family Dollar.
Filed under: Product Reviews
Belkin, makers of some fun electronics for your home, ipod, laptop, whatever you need has now come up with another fun gadget we all need. Their new “Conserve” line of products includes a socket, a valet pad, monitor and surge protector. All of these items are energy and money saving products that are designed to help you track, monitor and control energy use in your home. Use less, save more!
Save energy with timed power. Timed power, you say? Let’s just think about your morning activities: curling iron, coffee maker and phone charger. Let’s say you use these for 30 mins or so every morning. It’s a pain to keep them unplugged (yes, appliances use energy when they’re not in use!) and re-plug in every freakin’ morning. What if we had Conserve Socket? There are three settings, 30 minutes, 3 hours and 6 hours. Plug the curling iron in, choose the 30 minute setting, and the socket automatically shuts off after 30 minutes. This also reduces the fire hazard! Same as with anything we use on a casual basis. Want to charge a phone overnight? Set it on the 3 or 6 hour timer, and boom. Use it to shut off standby power after your electronic devices are fully charged. Shut off lights, fans and heaters to avoid leaving them on indefinitely.
Try to resist buying about 100 of these!
I had 3 orange paint chips sheets left. Can’t let those go to waste right? They have this odd circle that punches/falls out. I’m guessing to peek at the wall color to compare or something. They’re big swatches of just one color – I got them at Wal-Mart if you’re looking to repeat this tutorial.
Punch out the circle near the bottom, turn and slice a cut towards the corner of the sheet. Making a doorhanger! Pfew, wasn’t that difficult?
What I did, so she could switch up the messages, was slice some white post-it notes (so it didnt have the logo on it) to fit the little paint swatch. So she can write on it, take off the post it note, and switch it for another use.
Clever, no? Teeheehee
To continue my “orange” themed 2-person soire party planning – I decided I wanted to have a small flower bouquet. I had office supplies around, some paper towel rolls and some leftover paint chips. Well, why not combine all of these?
If anyone has tried, cutting out big flower shapes are a PAIN. How do I make flowers without killing my hand? Ah-ha! I have a circle cutter (previously mentioned in prior posts as the circle cutter of death) and I have a small 1″ circle punch (one of my 3 punches I own). I used the circle cutter and made 4 varying sizes from about 4″ – 2″. I then cut a TON of circles out. All from 1 sheet of fluorescent orange paper I had around from another office project. Slice the circle and make it 3D, then glue 1″ circles around the edge of the circle – bam – you have a flower.
Next was the “vase” – take part of a paper towel holder, cover with pretty paper. Easy-peasy. I used some strips of the paint chips.
Making them stick in the vase? Paper clips. Yup. Straighten those boogers out (or opt for the super nice floral/jewelry wire) and bend just 1/2″ inch at the end to stick through the middle of the flower. Tape that 1/2″ to the flower. How to hide the tape and wire? A 1″ punch of yellow paper (of if you’re hard up, use a color pencil or highlighter to color some white paper) and Elmer’s the circle over the tape/wire. Then, just tape or glue the wires to the inside of the tube.
Done! Practically done for free with resources around an office desk!