How to make a mei tai carrier

  Did you wear your baby when she was small? I did. I had a ring sling and a front pack carrier that I wore her in all the time.  I wore her so much that I used my stroller twice. Really. Twice – the state fair and a local craft show, and both times, it acted more like a cart than a stroller. Eventually, my baby got too big to wear comfortably in my ring sling. She was a 27-pound, walking and running 10-month-old toddler, and we couldn’t figure out the logistics of the sling. Sadly, I gave up on baby wearing. Recently, however, my friend Heather told me how she wears her toddler all the time in a mei tai, and I was fascinated. Heather’s daughter and mine are about the same age and size, so I wondered if the mei tai could work for me. Not wanting to spend a lot of money on … [Read more...]

Make a Wire Cloche

The French developed the glass cloche, or bell jar, of solid glass shaped like a dome. It's purpose was to protect garden plants from cold and frost. So, what's the purpose of a wire cloche? Why, whatever you want it to be ! For this project you'll need: chicken wire 12" in height goggles gloves wire snippers needle nose pliers I found a whole roll of chicken wire at a yard sale for just 25 cents..... amazing what you find at yard sales...anyway....you need a piece approx. 22" long. When you cut the wire you'll end up with these ends that you just wrap around the other end to join. Start by making a tube shape & then work on shaping the top, which can be tricky. Some of the wire will have to be cut away to get that shape. Just keep working it & crimping the … [Read more...]

DIY Tutorial: Make Your Own Diaper Sprayer

After getting fed up with poopy cloth diapers (even with my awesome flushable liners I use), I decided it was time to look into a diaper sprayer, which is basically a kitchen sink sprayer on a hose which attaches to the toilet’s water line. I wasn’t interested in buying one for $40 from the diaper companies, so we started looking online on how to make one ourselves. Unfortunately I only found a couple of tutorials, with no pictures! So, my husband, Moondoggie, wrote up a step-by-step tutorial on making your own for about half the cost. These parts came out to around $20 at Home Depot and it took maybe 20 minutes to assemble. So without further ado, here’s Moondoggie. So Gidget told me one day that she was sick of sticking her hands in the toilet to get Chiquita’s poop off those cloth … [Read more...]

How to set up an Etsy shop (for dummies!) Part 1

Are you ready? Are you ready to take your craft to the next level? Are you ready to be excited and discouraged all in the same day? Do you love what you do? Does it give you a thrill when someone wants to purchase your handcrafted item? If you answered YES to any or all of these questions, you are ready to plunge into the wonderful world of Etsy! Etsy is an online marketplace for buying and selling all things handmade. Their mission and vision statement says, “to enable people to make a living making things, and to reconnect makers with buyers. Our vision is build a new economy and present a better choice: buy, sell, and live handmade.” There are a several very easy steps to begin selling your items on Etsy. 1. You need to sign up! This is the easiest part. Go to Etsy.com and click on … [Read more...]

Ribbon Valances- Sweet and Simple

Ribbons are so much fun to decorate with. They are inexpensive and can add a big punch for the cost. That is my kind of decorating! This is a project that is perfect for springtime, and so easy to make. With windows open for fresh air, the ribbons will be blowing in the breeze. The perfect effect for your princesses' room. You'll need a tension rod and about 10 yards each of five different ribbons (the amount will vary depending on window size). Cut the ribbons a few inches longer than you need in order to reach the sill, then tie each length onto the rod in a necktie knot. Alternate colors or patterns. Trim to fit. You could also do as I did when I made one when my daughter was little, and trim the ribbons in more of a valance length. Vary the lengths. This isn't about … [Read more...]