A New Way to Display Art – Old Window Screens

As I mentioned in a recent post, I like to use what we have around our house before going out and buying something. Early on in summer, I was tired of seeing the old window screens stacked behind our garage, so I searched Pinterest and found this pin.  I knew we could figure something out for a bulletin board for my daughter’s room.

I picked the two best looking screens and cleaned them off with a our garden hose, which actually pulled off some of the old paint for further “distressing” of the wood.  Between some hardware stores and Hobby Lobby, I manged to find mini clothespins, eye-hooks, and D-hooks for hanging the screens on the wall. With a little help from Daddy O. at the end of summer, we managed to create and hang up these two screens.

The Finished Product

full view of window screen art boards

Two window screen bulletin boards proudly display my daughter’s art.

close up of window screen art boards

Close up of the screens, so you can see the vintage, distressed wood. It actually matches nicely with our older home!

Now our only issue with the screens is that we didn’t make one for my son! A larger window screen is waiting by Daddy O’s tool bench to make it happen.

What “junk” have you re-purposed into something functional for your home?

Oh yeah…I also did some crafting with big cardboard boxes too! See the train and kitchen I made out of carseat boxes.

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Social Media, You Confound Me!

Is anyone else a little frustrated by social media?

In the age of social media, we’re supposed to be more connected to acquaintances, friends, family, and other virtual friends, not to mention projects, recipes, brands, and companies.  A simple LIKE, PIN, or TWEET can easily be shared across your network and bring people together, right?

My most frequent social media notification on my phone is from Pinterest.  More often than not, I am notified that someone has repinned my pin pictured below:

Most re-pinned pin of mine

Most re-pinned pin of mine

It’s from a site I found when I first joined Pinterest (see my boards here).  I pinned it to my board called: Cool, but not sure when I will do this.  Based on this board, it’s no surprise that I HAVEN’T DONE THIS PROJECT.  I have not taken the time to save tin cans, cover them in cute scrapbook paper, and build a game for ANY party or just a rainy day.  Sorry pinners, I cannot attest to the ease or functionality of this project.

As for other social media networks, the Facebook newsfeed changes have affected what we see and how businesses are seen.  I came across the April 10th article Facebook Frustration by Katie McKissick shared by a friend on Facebook.  She writes:

“Facebook will start to roll out a new algorithm that will stifle Pages’ organic reach to a mere 1-2% of its established audience unless, of course, you pay to reach the rest of them.”

Since I also have responsibility for social media at my part-time job, I also notice limited engagement from our business posts.  We currently do not “pay to play,” thus limiting our reach to only a small percentage of our followers.  As a result, with such small numbers, it’s difficult to tell with any confidence what content is more effective than others. Certainly pictures perform better than just text only updates; this much I know is true. However, it brings me back to my original image of tin cans. HOW is that so popular? Was I just an early adopter of Pinterest who originated that pin? What makes one post so popular and others just so-so?

Whether professionally or personally, you want SOME response from the content you share. It is a form of validation. I don’t want to feel like I’m shouting to followers or having a one-way conversation.

Like, comment if you so desire…anything…Bueller? Bueller?  Anyone?

Hello Kitty Party and Many Superheros!

We had a Hello Kitty Birthday Party to celebrate my daughter turning FOUR!  I knew to expect that much, having created and decorated a lot of the festivities in advance.  What I did NOT expect was to have MANY Superheros on hand the day of the party.

So how do superheros and Hello Kitty go together, you may ask?  Easy. Superheros magically appear when the main event planner, chef, and all around head-honcho (aka Mom) gets the stomach flu the morning of the party. Immediately after getting up, to be exact, I realized I could not make it to the kitchen to feed our begging Sumo Kitty breakfast and detoured to the bathroom.  Ugh. This was the WORST that I thought possible for the day of a party.

SURPRISE! Enter superhero Daddy O. to save the day.  He placed me in quarantine and did what all superheros do when they face a daunting task, call for back-up!  Super aunts and grandparents answered the call, and helped save the day! Daddy O. conquered two new recipes – Baked Ziti IV (All Recipes.com) and marshmallow cream frosting. According to all party goers, the ziti was awesome.  When my stomach was up to it, I also enjoyed some leftovers a few days later.  My sister suggested making two smaller pans, so you can freeze some for another meal, a great idea for the next time we make it.  The frosting SOUNDED good and looked so tasty (thanks Pinterest), but didn’t quite live up to expectations. It was just okay.  I’m so glad we had some store-bought frosting on hand, since Daddy O. had to frost cupcakes & a small cake that morning as well!  My hero!

While I laid in bed, I was forced to let go and be “saved” by the wonderful helpers to make my daughter’s party come together.  Even though things didn’t go according to my initial plan, it all worked out beautifully.  I couldn’t have been happier (though it pained me to be apart from my kiddos and family for most of the party).  I did make an appearance for opening presents and singing “Happy Birthday.”  Big sister LOVED it all – as you can see in her glowing eyes and oh-so-wide smile!

Here are a few shots of our day:

Hello Kitty Birthday Party for my big 4 year old girl

Hello Kitty Birthday Party for my big 4 year old girl

A few notes on the decor – Hello Kitty stuff is EVERYWHERE!  I found so much at Target (the “planter” is really a Trick-or-Treat bag), tablecloth, napkins, etc.  If you search Google Images or Pinterest for Hello Kitty Party, you’ll see so many ideas!  I had drawn the pin-the-bow on Hello Kitty picture after I realized there are many free printables online.  The tissue paper flowers were very easy to make, though I think I’ll follow these instructions next time. The adorable shirt was made (and personalized under the design) by an extremely talented family member. She also owns her own business, though I’ll save promoting it for another blog post!

All in all my daughter’s 4th birthday was quite lovely…until later that night, right after swimming lessons, when the birthday girl threw-up in the locker room and on her brother. Oh joy! Even Super Hero Daddy O. was affected by the same bug two days after the party.

Note to future self – when anyone in your house pukes the day of the party, just call it off, as more puking is bound to follow! Ugh.

Have you been sick the day of your kid’s birthday party?  How did you make it work?

 

Quick and Easy Easter Bunny Craft

I felt inspired by Crafts by Amanda – Cardboard Tube Bunny Rabit on Pinterest yesterday, so with an eager 3 year old helper, we made our own version yesterday.  Instead of paint we used colored construction paper and double sided tape and glue.

After cutting the cardboard rolls (and covering an old container in purple to make a big bunny), I adhered the paper, glued on the pom pom noses and tails, and used some marker for the eyes, whiskers, mouth and ears.  I had some scraps of felt and fabric that I cut into shapes for the cute bow and clothes. Pretty cute, huh?!

I’m all about quick and easy crafts – especially with little kiddos with short attention spans!  I also like using whatever we have around the house to create little projects. As we wait for more spring-like weather, crafting has been a good boredom buster in our home.

board Tube Easter Bunnies

Cardboard Tube Easter Bunnies – paper, pom poms, markers

For more craft ideas, check out my craft and kiddos boards on Pinterest, or see these related articles below.  Happy Crafting!

Cardboard Kitchen – only $6

Mama O's Cardboard Kitchen

Cardboard kitchen that took only a few hours to make

I was inspired by this post on Pinterest that has a lot of cool ideas for things to do with cardboard.  We had HUGE boxes from ordering bigger car seats for our cars, and I didn’t want to just clog up our recycling bin with them.  I also liked the Family Fun site that has a VERY cute cardboard kitchen.  I ended up using mostly what we had around the house – and like most kitchens, it could use some updated fixtures. My daughter has requested pink liner in the cabinet (which I know should TECHNICALLY be a range hood instead, but hey, let’s go with it), so that’s on my to-do list.  The $6 came in for buying a few kitchen items at a local thrift store: the toaster, cookie tray, bowl for kitchen sink, pot and lid.  All in all it was fun to make and has been a hit with both of my children….not bad way to spend $6 compared to $60 for the big plastic deal.

Cardboard Kitchen front view

Cardboard Kitchen front view