Category Archives: Crafts

Pinterest Successes

I’m not a Facebook person.  I don’t Tweet.  A young man asked me if my kids use Snapchat, indicating, clearly, that I am too old for Snapchat.  Some of these things I’ve passed on because I find it creepy to follow near strangers daily activities.  Others just haven’t captured my imagination.  Pinterest, however, has truly changed my life.  I’m not one of those mothers who feels inept if I don’t do every amazing idea I come across.  I’ve found, well, thousands of fun ideas, recipes, outfits and weird pictures of things that make me laugh.  I also love that Pinterest has brought me to some really amazing blogs written mostly by women who are wives and mothers just like me.

My only issue with Pinterest is that I pin obsessively (the only thing I hoard are Pins).  I pin and pin and pin and then I forget to go back and look at what I’ve pinned and maybe try some of those fabulous ideas.  So, I’ve started reviewing my pins regularly.  And, I’ve started actually doing some of the things I pinned, too!  Here are some of the things that I’ve tried and that have worked:

Ice Cubes in the Dryer

Wrinkly shirt? Throw it in the dryer for a few minutes with some ice cubes for a quick steam press.

People, if I could shout this from the rooftops, I would.  THIS ACTUALLY WORKS!  I am horrible at laundry.  My family’s clothing is NEVER ironed.  Ever.  Even if I do try to iron, it usually ends up looking worse than when I started.  I knew I had nothing to lose when I saw this pin that said to toss a wrinkled shirt (or pants) into the dryer with a couple ice cubes for five minutes.  It worked.  Nothing shrunk.  It is in my top three for all time favorite pins.

Clean your Glass Top Stove

from previous Pinner says "Ok, I just tried this and it seriously did work. I did it twice on a burner that's had scorch marks for a year or more and they're gone! For anyone as OCD about cleaning as I am, this is a must! I would be prepared to do it at least twice, more if you've got bad burns. This really works!!!"

If you have a glass top stove and you have ever had your water boil over, you need to try this method to remove those bizarre stains that somehow are caused by water boiling over.  What happens when boiled water hits glass that it becomes the most unremoveable stain ever?  I may never know the answer to that, but click the pic to see how to get rid of those stains.

How to Highlight Your Face

How I Contour & Highlight Using DRUG STORE Products! Here is a lady that is good to watch also for this with drug store products for this.

I like makeup, but I’ve never really known much about how to apply it.  This Youtube video will show you the right places to highlight.   I love how the highlighting plays down the dark rings under my eyes and plays up cheekbones.

This Outfit

blazer. white blouse. nude pump.

I can’t add a link to this, but outfit posts like this are everywhere on Pinterest.  And they often lead to great blogs. I’ve never been great at putting outfits together but these pins and the women who create them, have helped me make new outfits from the clothes I already have.

Travel Tips

Travelling with young kids made easy:  Put an entire outfit (including undies and hair accessories) in a ziploc bag.  One bag per day.  When you get to the hotel, put the bags in a drawer and they can pick one per day.  Huge time saver!

When our family traveled to Disney World, I packed the kids clothes like this.  It was great.  It made unpacking very easy and it allowed the kids to easily figure out what to wear each day.  I will do this for every trip we take in the future.

I’m linking this up to the party at Tater Tots & Jello!

As I try out pins, I’ll keep sharing!

My Funny Valentine Monster

I am a Girl Scout Troop Leader. It’s so against my character. I’m introverted and it’s a challenge for me to engage a dozen nine year olds. I’m not organized, at all, so it’s a challenge to keep track of when meetings are, what activities should be done and who needs to be contacted. But, I love it. I like being yanked out of my shell and being forced to have at least one area of my life under control. And I love the girls and I hate to let them down, so I usually rise to the occasion and have some sort of fun event well planned for them. This month’s meeting was a Valentine’s Day craft. The girls loved it and I think it’s just adorable. It’s also super easy.


The first step to creating this fluffy little guy is to collect your materials. You’ll need some yarn, googly eyes, a pipe cleaner, glue and scissors.


To get started, you’re going to take your yarn and wrap it around your fingers about 100 times. This takes a little longer and little more yarn than you expect. Or at least more than I expected. Maybe you have excellent yarn estimation skills. For a small puff ball, wrap the yarn around one finger, slightly bigger, two fingers and even a little bigger, three fingers. I did these with three fingers. Special tip, don’t wrap too tight. Try to keep your fingers separated a little to avoid cutting off circulation. Also, take off your rings.


Next, cut the end of the yarn and remove the yarn from your fingers so that you have a little ring of yarn. Cut a piece of yarn (from the skein, not from the ring of yarn you just created) about 10-12 inches long. Tightly tie that piece around the center of your yarn ring. Repeat if you really don’t want your fluff ball to fall apart.


Now, you’re going to snip the loops that were created when you tied that string around your yarn loop. Fluff out the cut loops and trim any long pieces so that you have a nice symmetrical fluff ball.


To finish it off, add your googly eyes with glue. I used Elmer’s Craft Glue, but you could use a glue gun if you felt like hauling out the power tools. Then the antenna. I folded a pipe cleaner in half and twisted the bottom a little, then formed squigglies with my fingers for one monster and heart shaped antenna for the other. I add some glue to the end of the pipe cleaner and then shoved it in the middle of the monster (sorry, monster for shoving a pipe cleaner into your brain). And that’s it! It took me about 10 minutes including the time it took me to take pics of the process. With the 9 year old Girl Scouts, they needed some guidance on the first one, but in our hour long meeting, they each banged out 2-3 of them in between eating Valentine’s cookies.


Have fun!