During this time of COVID-19, there are few items I like to have on hand that I cannot get! Toilet Paper, Clorox Wipes, Hand Sanitizer and Antibacterial Hand Soap are all things that were not available at the beginning of March in 2020. While this…
Author: Kimmy Kline
Spring is officially here! I do not often decorate for spring, but after our cold snow filled winter, IM EXCITED about Spring! I saw this DIY Craft the other day and had some ideas to improve and so I took the time and made this adorable bunny garland for Spring! I had almost everything I needed on hand and it only took about two hours, with AnnaLynn inturptions! So glad I took the time to make this and I’m excited to have it in my Spring home wardrobe! Here are the supplies you need! (You do not have to use song sheets! I think an old newspaper or colored paper would be just as cute!)
Start by finding a bunny pattern you like! I just googled and did my best to copy it from my phone, nothing too special! I traced around the pattern on the song sheets and cut them out.
Once you have them all cut out, you can laminate them. I chose to laminate so they would last forever, but you do not have to do that step. If you laminate, you can poke holes in the ears after you laminate. (I do not have a hole punch, so I just poked holes with my scissors.) Glue cotton balls on them for their tails and let them dry before you string the garland. I did cut my cotton balls in half, because I felt like they were bigger than the bunny was! But if decide to do a larger bunny the full size cotton ball will work great!
Now it’s time to string the garland up! This will take the most time, if you did not use a hole punch! If I do this again, I will purchase a hole punch to make the stringing process quicker and easier! But it worked and still turned out super cute!! Here is the end result!
Happy Spring! Comment below with a picture if you venture out and try the bunny garland!
One thing I really enjoy is repurposing old furniture! I can remember as a teenager striping old furniture with my Gram and Pap at their house. My sister Natalie and I repurposed an old oil bench and turned it into a beautiful kitchen island. (Which my parents sold with our house in Mt. Union, PA! 🙁 I do not have any pictures of that island!) I have always enjoyed a good DIY project and these are a few of the projects I did before I got married.
I got this shelf at a place called G&R. If you like to look at old furniture and little “nick nacks,” or are looking for some odd and end pieces for a project, G&R is a great place to see if they have what you need! I bought this solid wood shelf for $10 and the pallet wood I got for free. I took the back off the shelf and sanded the shelf down to the original wood. Then I painted the shelf white leaving the top natural wood to match the pallet wood. I “distressed” the white, then cut the pallet wood and attached it to the back of the shelf! This shelf is now in my living room!
This church pew project is by far one of my favorites! We had someone give our family three solid wood OLD church pews! They are beautiful and I knew I wanted one! I also knew I was not going to get a 10ft church pew in by little apartment. I decided to take off one end of a pew, cut it down to the size I wanted and reattach the end of the pew! I will admit, my amazing carpenter of a father 😉 helped me with this project. It did take some hard work to put the end back on the pew, because of the original craftsmanship. Once we got it together, I had to remove all the gum (not a joke) and original stain from the pew. I stripped and sanded is down and restained the wood! I love the finished project and was worth every hour of the hassle! It sits in our entryway and my husband sits on it SEVERAL times a day!
This was also a G&R find. I don’t remember how much I paid for it, but I don’t spend a lot of money on used furniture, so I am guessing between $10-$15! This project was fairly easy. I just sanded it down to the original wood and painted the bottom white. I left the top the original wood (to match my shelf) and just put a clear coat on the top to protect the wood. After distressing the white, so some of the original wood could shine through, I called it a day!
Projects like these, are fun, rewarding to look at, and save lots of money! I would love to see some of your DIY furniture projects! Currently most of my projects are involving a baby nursery! That room has been full of sewing and wood projects! That post will be coming soon!
I’m now eight months pregnant, and I FINALLY feel pregnant! I was just telling my husband the other day, that I am just now starting to feel like I have limitations and my belly is getting “in the way.” (I promise I DO NOT mean that it is an inconvenience! I am thankful for a healthy, active baby and don’t look at her as an annoyance.) I guess I can’t really complain about being eight months in, and just now starting to feel pregnant! I do feel truly blessed. One thing I feel as though I can’t really stay ahead of is maternity close! My ever-growing belly is truly making it a challenge to find modest maternity clothes, without breaking the bank. I RARELY pay more than $10 for an item of clothing, unless I really LOVE IT, need it, or it’s a dress. So when it came time to start looking for maternity clothes, I realized quickly that I would be breaking that rule! My first and probably my best purchase was a jean skirt off of Amazon. Here is the link
When the skirt came, I could not have been more impressed with the fit, feel and quality! I wanted more, but didn’t want to pay for another and the shipping! So I called in some reinforcements and Danielle came over to help me make some maternity skirts!
I bought a pencil skirt pattern at JoAnn Fabrics for $.99! We took my hip measurements and made that size. (The waist doesn’t matter, because you only use the pattern for the hip down. After we cut the material and put the skirt together, we added a jersey knit 10″ band to the top of the skirt, with an elastic band (larger than what I needed, so I had some room to expand). The finished product was a success! I was so comfortable and pleased with what we had made, I wished I would have more material since we were in the sewing groove. I think we made all three skirt in three hours. It was a VERY profitable afternoon, and Danielle was a huge blessing! The last picture is a picture of the skirts that we made vs. the skirt that I purchased online. Although the skirt from Amazon hit my knee, I decided to add a few inches to the bottom of the pattern to bring them below my knee. These skirts are by far my favorite maternity item I have made/bought! If you are expecting, I highly encourage you to whip out that sewing machine!
Now obviously, I did not make my whole maternity wardrobe, so here are my favorite places to shop.
I know what your thinking, “They are so expensive! How can she have a $10 or less rule and shop there!?!” I completely agree, they are expensive…if you shop the front racks! Head straight to the back of the store and go right to the clearance racks! Every time I have gone, they have had 40% off the clearance racks, and I have found over a dozen shirts there for well under $10 bucks! Most of them ranged from $5-$7. You just have to swing in and check out what they have because you never know! (I will say, I have splurged and bought some t-shirts from there when they had there buy one get one 50% deal…I’m a jean skirt and t-shirt kinda girl. So plain colored or graphic t-shirts for everyday use are a necessity!) So I have bought the most from Motherhood, despite my fear of there prices at the beginning of my pregnancy.
Next up is definitely Ross! We have a decent Ross, but I have seen better Ross stores in other parts of the country. So even though I have found some shirts there, its normally a hit and miss/picked through experience. However, you can always count on most of there pieces being less than $10! So I am definitely keeping it on my favorites list!
My husband and I went to Kohl’s the other night, and I found a dress on their maternity clearance rack! Want to guess how much I paid? You guessed it! $10 It is very comfy and very easy to wear! Kohl’s has a maternity section right next to the baby/kids clothes. Definitely check that clearance rack out! I have always gotten great deals at Kohl’s!
4. My own closet!
I was very surprised at how many pieces I had prior to my pregnancy that I am still able to wear today at eight months pregnant! Many of my dresses are high waisted flowy bottom dresses, which are perfect for maternity. So I have been able to utilize my pre-maternity closet a little bit.
5. Thrift Stores
I will admit, I have not found too many things when I went into the thrift stores. Most of what I see has been picked through, not my size or style. However my mom and sisters have found a few pieces that have been able to work, and I’m grateful they thought of me while they were out and about!
I hope this post inspired my fellow/future pregnant ladies to be creative and not give some stores the cold shoulder! I feel truly blessed with the many great deals I have found. I now have a decent modest maternity wardrobe I can Lord willing use for more pregnancies to come! Happy Shopping!