Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Travel Tip

Here's a great tip which I have adopted. When traveling take along a pop up hamper. They fold flat and don't take up room in the suitcase, but will help keep the hotel room tidy and all the dirty clothes in one place.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Snip and snap containers

I bought this little set of magnetic containers on clearance several months ago for my sewing and office dittys. I thought it was kind of handy for small items like safety pins and buttons. You could do something similar with those handy little plastic baby food containers and some magnets on a metal board. It might not be as cute but it would be great in the garage for screws, nails, bolts, washers, etc. We have a metal tool bench so I wouldn't even need the metal board to hang them up.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

School artwork displayed

My sister made this board for hanging up artwork or school work. She painted a MDF board black, applied the vinyl letters and used screws to attach the big clips. This way you don't have to have a million magnets on your refrigerator with artwork all over. You can also rotate the projects and as new ones come in the old ones can be thrown away or saved in a box.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Easy Hooded Towel Instructions

Those hooded baby towels are very cute but almost worthless because they are so thin and not absorbent. I've made hooded towels for my kids and they work great. They are also great baby shower gifts. It is also a project you can do with beach towels for the summer pool outings. This project really only takes 10 minutes or less.

You will need:

1 bath towel

1 hand towel

Cut the hand towel to a length of 11 inches. One hand towel is usually long enough that you can use the other end on another bath towel.

Fold the hand towel right sides together. Trim the corner to make it rounded off. Pin and sew the raw edges with a straight stitch. Zigzag the edges to prevent fraying (or if you have a serger just use that instead).

Find the middle of the bath towel and mark it with a pin. Find the middle of the hood and pin the middle of the hood to the middle of the bath towel, matching up the finished edges. Pin the rest of the hood onto the bath towel. Straight stitch the hood onto the towel. Voila! Finished.

Monday, March 8, 2010


Another fun use for the sandwich maker is to cook eggs with it. The kids love the portable triangle eggs and call them eggies. One egg with a spash of milk usually makes two triangles. They take about 4-5 minutes to cook and are a very easy clean up.