Good Things Made in Our House This Week…

This week we made some good things around the house, first of all is Henry’s new stove/oven. He loves to cook, but we don’t have a kid kitchen, so we improvised. A shoe box painted silver with permant marker burners and stove handles, fits just right in the food basket to put away when done. photo (32)


Next is our search and find sight words. The first day I made just a bunch of rocks with R written on them to find in the yard, but we had so much fun we decided to put those sight words on them . I hide them in the front flower bed every day  before we go to the bus stop. On his way into the house, we find the words he tells me what he found, presto, sight words done before we even walk into the door!

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And last but not least, I got a head start on Halloween, and made up these for my nieces and nephews for in their treat bags instead of candy. I pick up unfinished building blocks at garage sale and use Ed Emberly as inspiration!

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And now something (old) new…

Finally, its up. I wrote this article about six months ago and its just been sitting, waiting for some images and some pdf finesse.  We are a t-shirt house, which means we go through a lot of t-shirts. There are lots of ways to recycle t-shirts but seriously besides rags what do you do with your husbands ratty old white t-shirts. Well I came up with these rugs, as you can see its shades of white and uhmm, even some pink thanks to a wash load gone wrong. Basically its a super-sized potholder loom that produce a very usable item. I only have the one made but there are more in the future I can feel it. I would love to see some in color! I created a pdf tutorial for you HERE. Please I would love to see your interpretations ….


I have been playing…



Paper chain…

I have always loved making paper chains, still do. This year I got to share that with Aidan, it seems to actually be the perfect craft for a two year old. It doesn’t take long you get instant results, and he got to use the STAPLER. (With help.) And yes he is wearing his monster costume as he put it up on the tree. He asked last night if he could wear his warm Monster costume last night when I put him to bed. I was so suprised he remembered it and more so that it was warm that I promised it would be sitting on the table for him this morning and it was… In all honesty I am a little jealous of his outfit today.

Christmas Ornaments…

Last year I wrote a post about making Christmas ornaments for the kids grandmas, grandpas, aunts and uncles and how important I felt that it was for the kids to do that for the people that love and care for them on a daily basis. This year to be honest, it almost didn’t happen. But thanks to some simple wooden ornaments that I found at Oriental Trading and tempera paint we have them all done and ready to go.

Aidan refused to do anything christmas, they were monsters, all of them. Monsters.

They are better than anything I could have planned!

Henry the red-nosed reindeer made his contributions the back side.

Holiday messes are the best, especially when they are made with little hands!

What I have been keeping my hands busy with…

So I have to keep my hands busy, other wise at the end of the day, i am horribly horribly upset with MYSELF. I don’t know what it is, don’t get me wrong I do consider reading a book keeping my hands busy.  I need to feel that feeling of accomplishment, something to mark the day by.  So here is what I have been busy with…

Making up a whole pile of this shirts, Tee for Two,  from Figgy Patterns . Thanks mom for the truck fabric, blue strip is refashioned from one of my sister’s old shirts.

And than I have been looking over my new swatches from Spoonflower.


Elephants Go Marching

And than finally, I finished up two things I am planning on putting in my Etsy shop. What do they look like? Well I haven’t taken pictures of them yet, but I do have my paint plate maybe that will give you a clue…

My First Print Gocco Prints and Giveaway!

My First Print Gocco Prints, originally uploaded by hannahlaura.

So I finally got the nerve to use my Valentines Day present today. Honestly, the possibilities that the Print Gocco offered were a little nerve-racking. So telling myself to start simply, I found a sketch I had started when I was pregnant with A and decided it was time to finish it with Baby #2 D-Day(Due Day) looming 18 days away.

So sitting down during A’s naptime today, I went at it and realized why everyone gets hooked, 10 minutes later and 14 perfect prints I am in love. So on that euphoric note I am decideing to do a giveaway of at least 3 prints. These are nothing special just a periwinkle blue on white cardstock 4×6. But if you want to get a piece of fun mail, just leave a comment and your email address so I can email you to tell you, you’re a winner! Winners will be chosen by random number generator, comments will be closed April 23 @ 1PM. Good Luck!

Well two of the winners were already going to get one so we did a redo for two more, hope no one minds!

So the winners are:

# 5   Lyz
Um, this would be perfect with my belly photos of each of my babies. It’s lovely!

ps – captcha is “wife coaching”. If only! Although, maybe mom coaching would be more in demand?

#8 ruth stine
whooo hoooo! so cute! have you seen kate nydam’s goco prints? it’s a ink grandfather clock. nydampress on etsy!

#9 Ashlie
Such a simple and true sentiment. Love it.


Easy Enough Stenciled Cup

Stenciled Mug Side View B, originally uploaded by hannahlaura.

So lately I have been dabbling in painting dishware. Its easy enough to find at the thrift store, the whole process takes about two days and it is the perfect thing to do while little ones sleep since you don’t have to drag out a lot of supplies. I had done one cup already freehand… but had another cup laying around that I wanted to try this idea I had to get crisper lines .

Here is what you need:
A piece of dishware
Glass paint ( I used this brand )
A paint brush
Contact paper (white or clear)
Some images/sillhouttes
A printer
A scissors or X-acto Knife

What to do:

Using whatever imaging software you prefer layout out your sillhouttes/ images using the finest outline and not filled.
Cut your contact paper to 8.5X11 and put it into the printer. Print out the images onto the contact paper ( The reason for using the finest outline is that your ink will smear, since you are printing on a plastic. However I found using the thinnest outline, and being careful what your touch while you cut, ad you will get good results.)

Next , cut out all your shapes. Than the fun part, just start sticking on your shapes on to the cup in whatever design you like being careful to press down all the edges.

With the Glass paint, paint over all the shapes and area of cup that you want covered.

According to the paint I used I had to let it sit for 24 hours.

Remove all the contact paper from the cup, to reveal your design.
I than went through and cleaned up any uneven lines and smudges that might have happened. ( An X-acto knife or your fingernail work good for this!)

If you see any spots that need to be repainted do so and let dry for recommended amount of time again.

Bake according to manufacture’s instructions.

*My only regret with this project is that I layered the paint on heavy to try and hide some of the brushstrokes and I wish I would have just been more patient and tried to brush the strokes out…So beware the brushstokes and if anyone has a great idea on how to avoid them, please let me know!*

Stencil Mug Side View A

Valentines Day Present for Hubby

So here is what I came up with for the homemade present for Arty for V-day from his family. Lately he has been obsessed with finding a plant for his desk, and I thought that this would be great since it was also a little reminder what exactly he spends so many hours at the desk slaving awy for. Us, his little family that loves him more than anything.

Close up of Planter goodies

This project cost me nothing, I had the sedum already grwoing, the container was an old container we had around from when Arty tried keeping a cactus and the modeling clay was from college.  I got the idea from an Etsy store from a long time ago, it sold all these tiny houses for terrariums and I always thought it wouldn’t be to hard to duplicate.  All in all a relatively fast project with a nice outcome. The little white house  is just swoon worthy to me. Can’t you see a whole windowsill lined with these tiny houses?