Baby gifts

I love this tutorial from Balancing Beauty and Bedlam!  When I had my daughter almost 2 years ago I was trying to figure out how to make one of these and gave pregnant with my 3rd and will have to give this a try for this one.  But really—are you ever too old for one of these???  Maybe I’ll still make one for her—they’re gorgeous!  Thank you Balancing Beauty and Bedlam!

Pottery Barn Inspired Bedroom Decor November 30, 2009 Hearing that a post has inspired both creativity and frugality in one of my readers delights me to no end. When Cara emailed me that she had some Pottery Barn inspired bedroom decor and had conquered a Pottery Barn chandelier for under $10, I was delighted that she shared the pictures. Her ideas can be fitted to any number of varying decorating tastes. I am in the process (yes, the process has been stalled on quite a few occasions) of finishing my girls’ room with a PB inspired butterfly theme. I can’t wait to show you how an entire room makeover can happen for under $100 (with furniture). This butterfly chandelier is a wonderful start. Here is the original inspiration from the Pottery Barn, which is no longer sold. Considering that this gorgeous Chapiz Chandelier is selling for $129 right now, I am guessing, the butterfly one would not have fit into my frugal bedroom decor category. But Cara’s sure does!! Let’s see how you can make one of these Pottery Barn inspired chandeliers for less than ten dollars. Your daughters will love you for it. Supplies: Embroidery Hoop (only the solid hoop is needed; the hoop I used is about 14in in diameter) Twine / String Ribbon (1/2 inch or so width) Ribbon (thin) Beads Card stock Paper (I used 3 colors) Butterfly Template or punch (I wanted my butterflies to be about 3 inches wide – larger than any of my punches – so I used this template from Martha Stewart. Hot Glue Gun Ribbon Punch (optional – this is a tool I use for scrapbooking that punches out two slits for ribbons to feed through) (1) Take the embroidery hoop and tie a grid across it with the strings. I chose to do three strings in each direction. (You can see the grid in image directly below). Make sure to tie the strings tights. (2) Using the hot glue gun, wrap the ribbon around the hoop until it is completely covered, periodically gluing it so that the ribbon stays put. Once the hoop is covered, add two ribbons criss-crossing for hanging. (3) Cut out your butterflies. I opted for 36 butterflies in dark pink, pale pink, and white. Cut slits in the middle of the butterflies just wide enough for the thin ribbon to feed through. You want a tight fit so that the butterflies stay put on the ribbon. I used a ribbon punch, but you cut also just use scissors. You could also try using an adhesive if you have trouble getting the butterflies to stay, though you might want to wait until the end and the butterflies are exactly where you want them (4) Start assembling the butterflies on the thin ribbon, threading a few beads on the bottom to help weight each strand. You can add as many butterflies on each strand as you like for your design. For the chandelier effect, have a longer string in the middle and gradually have shorter strand toward the outside. Based on the size of my butterflies, I opted for four butterflies on my center strand (tied to the middle point of the grid). Then I had 4 strands of three butterflies, 4 strands of two butterflies, and 12 strands of one butterfly. I then used to three beads at the end of each strand. As a hint, find someplace to balance the hoop so you can look at the strands as you attach them to the grid. That way, you can play with the length you want. Since I tend to do crafts on my living room floor while watching TV, I brought in two of my kitchen chairs and balanced the hoop between the seats. That let me keep shifting things until I achieved the look I wanted. (5) After you have attached all the strands to the grid and have everything set, clip any excess ribbon from where you tied the strands and go hang your chandelier I hope you have enjoyed this beautifully frugal way to decorate your girl’s room. I know I sure did.



My friend who is currently going through the adoption processes let me in on this gal who is also going through the process to adopt a little girl. Here’s what she said:

“Hi Friends,

As part of our adoption journey we’ve been able to connect with some amazing people who are also going through this process.  One of these family’s is the Deckers (Shelley and Robert).  They are just a few numbers behind us on the girl’s waiting list!  In an effort to raise funds for their adoption she started making hair accessories for girls.  Her website is below and is full of adorable, affordable cute accessories.  Some of you may not have girls yet, but I figure we all go to baby showers and need fun gift ideas.
For those of you who already have a barrette maker in your life, feel no pressure to switch- this is just a great way to help a family through the process of adoption!”

Also feel free to check out their blog for more information at http://asisterforthebean.blogspot.comHer website is full of cute, CUTE barrettes (some crocheted!) for GREAT prices.  BUT, on top of that (and helping a GREAT cause), through tomorrow, March 27, 2009 she is offering a buy 3 get the 4th free—-with no limit!!!  She also takes off the tax for shipping for that item.  What a great deal!!!  Go check her out!!!


I get Snapfish’s email deals and when I saw this one I had to share it!!  What kid of yours wouldn’t LOVE to read a book about THEM!?!  PLUS, not only is their name in the book, but their PICTURE too!!!  Great idea!!!

Create your book now (perfect for those Easter baskets!) at for $16.99.

So, so cute!

Won't your child love this?!

Won't your child love this?!

Don’t you just LOVE these?!  What a special baby gift.  When I saw these on I knew I HAD to bookmark them.  So precious—definitely a keepsake and something to pass down for generations to come.  My mom has my great-grandmother’s baby spoon with a “C” marked on it for her name “Cecil”, I have always thought that was so special, and now YOU can have one too!  So sweet!!!

Love 'em!

Love 'em!