Creative Pay-It-Forward

My friends have recently been posting the same Facebook status below:

“2013 Creative Pay-It-Forward: The first 5 people to comment on this will receive, from me sometime within this calendar year, a gift – perhaps a book, baked good, music, hand-made goodie, or other surprise! There will likely be no warning. It’ll happen when the mood strikes. The catch? Those 5 people must make the same offer. Happy New Year!”

So after a few days, I finally commented on a friend’s status. I think it is a really cute idea! Can’t wait to see what kind of “gift” I receive. The person I responded to is very crafty, so I’m very excited. Stay tuned…

My Pantry Makeover

I love cooking and I love being in the kitchen. I dream of the day I can design my own kitchen, but for now my small apartment kitchen will have to do. That is why I am always trying to organize (which drives my hubby crazy!) my cabinets, drawers, shelves, spice rack, etc. A while back I went to The Container Store (so much fun for an organized person) and picked up a bunch of containers in different sizes. After a quick wash and filling them with my frequently used items, I sat back and looked at the finished product. Let’s just say I wasn’t impressed! But didn’t have any more time or money to spent on it, so I let it go.

Lately I’ve been Pinning a lot of kitchen pantry ideas. Some are DIY and some are very expensive pantry options. I came across a few glorious pantries I’d like to share.

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I was convinced my pantry should look the same!

After a visit to Michale’s to pick some things for Sarah’s room, I came across “Make + Print Your Own Custom Stickers” from stickeryou.com. It came with 3 sheets and custom kitchen designs already made. So for under $5 I was on my way to create my updated pantry.

After a misprint/printer issue I was down to 2 sheets. Each sheet contained 8 stickers. I had well over 8 containers therefore the packet was now useless.

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I like them, but I don’t love them. Plus I really don’t have a pantry, instead I just use my shelf.

Still dreaming of a kitchen I can design on my own one day. Until then here are some of my favorite Pinterest kitchens.

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Are you on Pinterest? I’d love to follow you, just leave me your name on the comments below! And if you’re not already following me, I’m @mamachitchat.

Halloween Costume Update

I recently blogged about planning to make a Native American costume for my 19 month old toddler. I was nervous and scared I would mess up, but I’m happy to report I actually was successful! It wasn’t difficult to make; much easier than I thought.

I started by pinning my favorite DIY tutu tutorials on Pinterest. Then I made my shopping list and headed to Jo-Ann’s for tulle, fringe, and beads.

I left the bag in my room for a couple of weeks before tackling the project. I was so worried I would mess up!

Here are the steps:

  1. I cut all three spools of tulle into strips.

  1. I sewed together the waistband.
  2. I looped each strip of tulle onto the waistband.

  1. I placed beads on random pieces of tulle.

Here is how it started to look:

I left the tutu sitting out untouched for a few days because I really didn’t like it 😦 It wasn’t my work that I didn’t like. I just thought it didn’t look Native American enough. I finally figured out what I didn’t like about it. It had too much yellow.

Back to Jo-Ann’s and I bought another spool of brown tulle.

I took out the yellow strips and replaced them with brown. It finally had the look I wanted.

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After I had finished the skirt, I measured Sarah’s arms and cut fringe armbands. I hot glued beads to make it look more Native American.

Hubby removed the wrapper off of our oatmeal container and taped the lid shut. I hot glued ribbon and beads and made a fun accessory/drum! Lately, Sarah loves to bang on things so this was a fun toy for her.

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Top View

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Side View

I purchased a long sleeve cream-colored t-shirt (from Children’s Place), brown fringe boots and colorful tights (from Old Navy).

I bought feathers to make Sarah a headpiece but just trying to measure her head was difficult so I asked my friend Jessica if she would please make a hair clip (she makes and sells beautiful pieces!). Her daughter also dressed up as a Native American. It was cute to see each of our take on the costume.

Here is my version of a homemade Native American costume:

For handmade, I think it came out very cute! I am the most proud that I actually made it myself!

The costume got plenty of use. Sarah wore it 4x! Here is a picture the first time she wore it during my mommy group’s Halloween event.

Halloween Costume

I’m not a crafty person. I don’t draw, paint, or make artistic things. Nor would I be the kind of mom to make my child’s Halloween costume. I’m just not that kind of mama, until I saw the costume below on Pinterest!

The Inspiration

It just looked so easy! It consists of a simple tutu tutorial, some already cut fringe, a white shirt to purchase, and, tada! So I went to my local craft store and bought the necessary items. Now I just need to stop blogging (nahh) and put it together.

My mommy group is hosting another Halloween photo shoot this coming Wednesday! Wish me luck that I make something decent and on time!

Trying to get the babies together for a group picture.

Sarah and I last year at the play date.