Lego Table

I really wanted to give my son some Legos for Christmas, but I felt like the little legos were not enough.  So I wanted to find a Lego table. The Lego brand table at Toys R Us on sale was $159.99. Crazy! I wasn't going to pay that much.  So I went to IKEA. I bought a $9.99 side table which was PERFECT! Then I bought a Lego base plate for $18.99. All I had to do was put the table together and use gorilla glue to put the Lego base plate on top. That easy. You could do it.


R.A.C.K.'ed for Chrismtas

Have you heard of R.A.C.K.ed?  

Random Acts of Christmas Kindness.

This year instead of a normal Advent we are doing an act of service each day.  With each act of Service we we will leave a little Christmas note (picture above). I have made a list of acts of service and put them in my advent calendar.  I am excited to see the affect that this tradition has on each family member in my home. 

Here are the things that we are going to do each day:
1. Take Gymnastics teacher a thank you card and treat.
2. Rack neighbors leaves
3. Tap quarters to a vending maching
4. Take Primary teachers Thank You Notes and a treat
5. Take some change to the Salvation Arm Bell Ringers
6. Take treats to the post office workers
7. Take Ms. Chesnek a Thank You Note and treat
8. Take treats to the front office at school
9. Tape. quarters to a toy machine
10. Hand Out flowers to random people at the mall.
11. Take Hot Chocolate to the Salvation Army Bell Ringers or other outside worker.
12. Take Preschool teachers a gift.
13. Take Neighbors Trash cans back in after they have been emptied.
14. Take Breakfast in to everyone at Eric's work
15. Put some $ in bag and tape onto machines at laundromat. 
16. Tape candy on cars at temple and thank them for their service. 
17. Go visit Great Grandpa Jim at the VA.
18. Write a Letter to all Grandparents and Thank them for their examples.
19. Take doughnuts to constrction site
20. Tape money up in random places at the dollar store. 
21. Take a treat to a neighbor.
22. Hand out gloves at an outdoor holiday event. 
23. Take Wendys dinner to Homeless.
24. Make Cookies for Santa.

So, if you would like to join the bandwagon, you should.  What a great way to celebrate the holiday season.


Christmas Door Hanging

I wanted to make a Christmas Wreath for my door, but I didn't want anything expected or traditional. Since I am on a budget, I went on a scavenger hunt in my craft closet.
I found some moss scraps, some red leaves, an old frame, ribbon and a merry chrstmas gift tag from last year.
Here is what I came up with:

Desk Update

I forgot to take a before picture, so there is not as dramatic of an effect, but here is Emma's new homework desk.  It was an old dingy dark stain with lots of scratches and  I even found '4:20' carved into the edge.   I'm glad that I got that out.  

I was going for the weathered look. Emma got to pick out the color.  My favorite part is that the drawers are lined with an old newspaper.  

Christmas Snowflake

 Okay, I had a few requests on how to make these beautiful Christmas Snowflakes.  You can make them any size that you want.  All you need is:

6 square pieces of double sided decorative paper
A stapler

That's IT!

Okay, here is a step by step picture instruction sequence:

Start with your Square pieces of paper

Fold each of them into a triangle

Start by making two cuts parallel with the edges up until they almost form a triangle, but don't cut it all the way up.  Leave a 1 inch gap in between the cuts.

Repeat two more times until you have a total of three cuts parallel to each side of the triangle.

Open up your square piece of paper.  Grad the open edges of the smallest triangle and pull together.  Staple them so that they stay.  

Flip your paper over and do the same thing with the next triangle and staple. 

Continue alternating sides and stapling. 

Until it looks like this when it is laid on its side.   Repeat until you have 6 of these pieces of paper.

To assemble, start by stapling two together by starting at the bottom and then stapling the middle as well.   

 Once you have 2 halves (with 3 leaves each), then attach the halves together and walla!, you are done!

 You can make these in so many different sizes and colors.  They are great to hang or put as a center piece. Good Luck!


Beautiful Spices

I have been saving up baby jars, for this project. I think spices can be beautiful. But I hate all the bazaar packaging. I will post a picture when I am done, but here is part of it.


Cheap personalized schedule board

What you need:
Scrap wood
Scrapbook paper
Metal shingles ( $.98 each, I used 3 cut in half)
Gorilla glue
Spray paint

The project is pretty self explanatory. Paint wood, glue metal on, let it set, use scrapbook paper to label days and personalize how you would like.