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Giant Paper Snowflakes

Giant Paper SnowflakesHow is the holiday season treating you?  For me, I’ve been busy with: parties, shopping, gift wrapping, baking, post office visits, sewing, etc. One thing I didn’t do this year was put up Christmas lights outside. Since we have a new house, I haven’t figured out the logistics for that. So to make up for the absence of outside lights, I decided to add some oversized paper snowflakes to the windows.

You can’t really tell in the picture but that snowflake is about 2 1/2 feet wide.  I used the snowflake tutorial from KroKoTak which is pretty detailed (click here for link).  Here are few tips for making oversized snowflakes:

1.  I used white wrapping paper to make these.  You’ll need a paper that is thick enough that it can carry the weight of the oversized snowflake.

2.  The paper has a tendency to move around when you cut it so I recommend using paperclips to hold the paper together while cutting.

3.  To get out all the fold lines, iron it on your iron’s lowest setting.  You can’t just move the iron around because it will get caught on the cut outs.  Instead, pick it up and set it down on each place you iron.

For the next couple of weeks I’ll be taking a break from this blog.  If you want to see what I’m up to, you can follow me on Instagram.  I’ve been trying to post more photos over there lately.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Let the Decorating Begin

antique brass bedI’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this before but our old house only had two bedrooms.  This meant that my children had to share a bedroom. Since I have one boy and one girl, it complicated things. When they were little, the room was easy to decorate. I kept it simple with no theme and tied the room together with color. But when they got older, Skylander posters began appearing on the walls and American Doll accessories began taking over the dresser. For years I longed for the day when my children could each have their own room.  And finally, that day has come!

Now that we’ve settled in, I’ve been able to focus on my daughter’s room.  Yesterday we received this antique brass bed (pictured above) for her room.  There’s still a lot to be done but I’m headed in the right direction.  Hopefully in a month or two I will have a fully decorated room to share.

Do any of you have siblings sharing a room?  How do you make it work?  I’d love to hear all your creative ideas.

DIY Book Cover with Wrapping Paper

DIY Book Cover 2Like many of my projects, this one came about out of necessity. My son brought home a few books that needed to be covered. My first thought was to use the tried and true brown paper bag method. That’s what I used for my books in middle school and high school. There was just one problem, we didn’t have any brown paper bags. It’s a funny thing, ever since stores started charging for bags, I’ve become really good at remembering to bring my own. So, I went rummaging through our garage and came out armed with wrapping paper and a roll of laminate.  Problem solved.


Wrapping Paper – I purchased mine at Paper Source



Clear Laminate – or clear contact paper

Tape – optional

DIY Book Cover1.  Place your book opened flat in the center of the wrapping paper. The paper should be four inches longer on each side of the book and two inches taller on the top and bottom of the book. Refer to fig.1

2.  Place a piece of clear laminate across the length of the paper in the center (on top of the decorative side).  The laminate doesn’t have to cover the entire paper.  You just want the laminate’s height to be taller than your book.  Refer to fig. 2  The laminate will protect the book from liquids and make the wrapping paper more sturdy.

3.  Turn paper over so the wrong side is facing up. Fold paper on top and bottom so it’s the same height as the book.  Refer to fig. 3

4.  Place your book opened flat in the center of the wrapping paper and lightly fold the left and right flaps over the hard book cover.  Unfold.  Refer to fig 4

5.  Place book closed on the right side of paper.  Pull left side of paper over the top of the book.  Refer to fig 5

6.  Tuck the book front cover of the book into the left paper flap. Tuck the the book back cover into the right flap.  Done.  Refer to fig 6

*You can reinforce the flaps with tape if you want.

DIY Book Cover 3This book cover has received the seal of approval from a tween boy.

Back to School Bento Boxes

kawaii bento boxesIt’s that time again where I have to start thinking about packed lunches. We’ve gone back and forth between bento boxes and standard lunch boxes. In the end, I like the bento boxes the best. They eliminate the need for plastic bags. Plus, my children aren’t into sandwiches so a variety of compartments filled with food appeals to them.

We already have our bento boxes for the school year and they’re not nearly as cool as the ones pictured above.  But if you’re in the market for a bento box, here are some of my favorites.

1. Retro Fridge Bento Box – This gives new meaning to “mini fridge”.

2. Kokeshi Girl Bento – If you’re looking for something a little more traditional.

3. Book Bento Box – The perfect bento for your little book-worm.

4. Bento Doll house – Kawaii!

5. Pokemon Ball – For the Pokemon fan.

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