Thursday, September 22, 2011

Along Came a Spider Place Cards

I started pulling out Halloween decorations this week and stumbled upon a bag of spider rings that I bought on sale last year. I'm going to see how many crafts I can incorporate the rings into this Halloween. First up, place cards of course!

These are simple do-it-yourself place cards that can be made at the last minute. I started off by printing the name on a piece of cardstock.

Then I trimmed down the cardstock, folded it in half and cut a small slit next to the name. This slit will be used to hold the spider ring.

Simply slide the ring into the slit and the place card is done!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Pile of Pumpkins

I live in Georgia and it's still 90 degrees outside, so I'm having a hard time grasping the fact that Fall is just around the corner. My son tried to sneak a pumpkin into our cart at the grocery store yesterday, but I just couldn't bring myself to buy one this soon. I felt so bad about not letting him have it that I came up with another way to give him a "pumpkin".

I first dug up this pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter...

Then I cut pumpkin shapes out of different types of fruit...wait, this picture makes it look like I only used cantaloupe right?

However this angle reveals that I actually used cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon. I thinly cut the fruit and stacked them into a pile...

A pile of pumpkins - my son loved them!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

DIY School Envelope System

It has taken most of my adult life for me to figure out that the key to stress-free living is organization! I now realize that everything should have a place to live - car keys, cell phone chargers, whatever. When there is a place for things to return to every time, then my life becomes way easier to manage.

Case in point, every time I had to send money into school with my sons it was always a major production because none of the things I needed (envelopes, pen, paper clips, etc) were ever right where they should be. Here's one example of a super simple system I now use when sending notes/money to school with my guys.

I'm sure you are all well aware of my hoarding issue by now. However, unlike the hoarders on TV, I actually use my hoarded items. I have an old calendar holder that I kept long after the calendar had expired. Here's how I converted the leftover board into a school envelope system.

In addition to the calendar holder, I also reused an old folder to hold the envelopes.

I simply cut out the shape of the flaps...

And then hot glued them onto the board.

I also cut an additional piece of the folder and attached it to the board to hold paper clips and binder clips.

Here's the finished product...

And here's the envelope that I made for school...

My guys have been in school for three weeks now and the envelope system is working like a stress!

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