repurposed halloween baby dolls…


so i now have 2 bins full of baby dolls that we used to decorate our yard a couple years in a row.  they were dirtied up, painted, mutilated, etc. to create creepy dolls.

well, we didn’t want to do that again but certainly couldn’t just leave them lifeless in their bins.

so as always, i took to pinterest and gathered up ideas to repurpose them into wall art to hang inside the house.

first a took a quick trip to our local thrift shop on their 1/2 off day and purchased a number of picture frames in different sizes.  i also used old cardboard to create frames as well as some of the ones I purchased wound up to be too small.

FullSizeRenderusing spray paint, wire, nails, paint, trim,   and a needle and embroidery thread, I went to work and mutilated the dolls even more and adhered them to the frames using a combination of glue and wire.

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more were made and then they were all hung in clusters around the house…made for great creepy decor for our halloween party!


chinese new year crafts…


my crafty girl getting festive…

chinese new year is January 31, 2014 this year…first day of the new moon.  there are many simple crafts that kids can do to help decorate for this big holiday.  colored paper, glue, string, is all you need.  make paper lanterns in many different sizes, string them up, and your home will immediately be transformed into a colorful festive space.

photo 4super easy to make:

1. start with a piece of colored paper.  recycle old magazines with graphic images or even use scrapbook paper with a print.

2. fold paper lengthwise in half. *tip: the longer the paper, the fatter the lantern.

3. cut from the fold up leaving at least an inch from the top of the paper.

4.  unfold the cut paper.


1. bring both ends together creating the lantern body.

2. secure the top of each end with glue, tape, or even staples.

3. push down a few times gently to create the lantern shape.


create clusters of varying sized lanterns as a centerpiece, or punch holes and string them up as a garland across the doorway.

here are some more fun crafts you can do at home:

chinese new year couplet cookie

chinese new year paper crafts and food ideas

chinese new year envelope, plus felt crafts

more chinese new year crafts for kids


toy ornaments…


what on earth do you do with all the little toys your kids accumulate? goodie bag toys, treasure chest toys, happy meal toys, all of it.  they are everywhere.

as my son got older, many of his smaller toys graduated into bath time toys.  then they were left to hang in a bath net for toys neglected for years.

some were used for a class auction project where they were glued and painted into a cute one-of-a-kind lamp, here.

now that it’s christmas, i decided to graduate some of them into ornaments.

many moons ago when i was pregnant with our first child, i was addicted to sponge bob.  i couldn’t go a day without watching an episode of sponge bob square pants on nickelodeon.  so for our first christmas before her birth, i made sponge bob ornaments.  i have made a tradition since to purchase ornaments of their favorite tv/movie characters since.  well, ornaments are not cheap and they have gotten ridiculously expensive.  this is why i decided to just make their toys into ornaments and save the haste of shopping.



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