Monday, January 31, 2011

Perfecting my Paper Routine with IHeart Organizing

Inspired by one of my favorite blogs, IHeart Organizing, I decided to perfect my paper routine and take part in Jen's January Paper Challenge.  Here is my progress report. :)

I had a head start by having my important papers already filed and labeled. Yay me! To make things more user friendly, I consolidated my most frequently used files in a smaller box. Voila!

To created a place for my incoming mail and papers I purchased this handy expandable file and planner at Target. My cute planner has a nifty little pocket that holds my incoming bills and invitations perfectly.

  This expandable file folder is used to organize the "flow" of the incoming paper. To do this, I labeled each section like so...

I already had a system for my coupons in place as well. I organize them by product and so far this has been working out very well. I keep up with expiring coupons by checking the batch each week.

I did want to beautify my coupon book though, so inspired by Jen's adorable labels I created my own. :) Since then she has so generously provided the template for these labels here.

 Finally, I set up a little command center to keep all of my organized goodness accessible. :)

Thanks for the inspiration Jen! Ready to get your papers under control? Visit IHeart Organizing Project Paper. Enjoy!
Laura H

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Treasures for your kids

Now that I have spoiled myself with some goodies. It is once again time to make some fun stuff for the kiddos. Here are some great projects that would make any child smile.

My daughter is only 7 months old but you can never be too young to sport a rockin' tutu. Or too old. Kidding. Sort of. ;)  I wanted something quick and easy so I found a great tutorial here. I do recommend going ahead and buying a spool of tulle because the whole "quickness" of the project flies right out the window when you have to cut up YARDS of tulle in perfect strips. I am so crazy about this ribbon. I found it at Joann's recently and I want to use it everywhere!

My little man is starting a collecting phase. Which I assume most toddlers go through one time or another. Enter, the backpack. It's so cute manly and fits his little back and all of his treasures perfectly. I managed to whip this up in about an hour. 

Who can resists those cute felt cookies? The kids and adults get a big kick out of them at our house. Our little chef loves passing these out to the family all day long.  You can make them yourself with this tutorial here. (Caution: When staging these cookies for pictures, resists the strong urge to think they are real and warn others of the same. Just sayin'.)


Bow tie pasta anyone? These are so simple and quick to make. They are great to whip up in a big batch for your little one or as a gift for another lucky child. There are so many variants of these.  I really liked the method used here. I also went the lazy way and found some matching embroidery thread to tie these together. Enjoy!

Laura H

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Projects for a Modern Mama

 Sewing for the kids is such a blast but sometimes it's fun to make goodies for Mama too. From my earlier post I mentioned my newest family member, "The Dream Camera." This thing is perfect but I did have a desire to beautify it after reading this great tutorial here. So pretty. :)

The beauty of this little baby is not only in it's looks but in it's function.  Check out the snazzy little pocket for the lens cover. This feature had me at yes please!

 I am a devout coupon clipper and this coupon caddy fits me to a T.

 I was inspired by this tutorial and assembled this gift to myself with an adorable retro fabric from Joann's.  This coupon caddy holds my shopping list, pen and coupon book perfectly. If I choose not to bring the coupon book with me it becomes a comfy home for my iPhone. It also fits perfectly on my double stroller handle for trips out with the kiddos. Thumbs up.

I hope you leave this post inspired to indulge in a little crafting for yourself, the oh so fabulous Modern Mama.  :)

Laura H

Monday, January 17, 2011

Back to the bobbin with Prudent Baby {Sewing projects from 2010}

 Happy New Year! It's been a while since my last post but I have been a really busy. Promise! I had a bit of a sewing marathon at the end of 2010 and had made a list of projects from my favorite blogs that I was desperate determined to get done. To get started, this snuggly blanket was inspired by a easy peasy tutorial I found here. I just loved this fabric so much and wanted to use it for something I would use all the time.

 I added my own little twist by making a "quilting" effect on the fabric like so.

My son also needed a snuggly blanket but is a bit of a living furnace so I chose a lighter minky fabric. I'm not gonna lie. It's a hard fabric to manage, especially when making something so big.

I am now introducing our new Graco Tot Block Playard in black.  Our current solution to protecting an exploring baby and from a very active little boy. It has been great! The downside WAS that sheets were hard to find a pretty penny at that. So I found a fabulous tutorial and tweaked it to the size I needed and now my daughter has a beautiful unique sheet. This fabric is so whimsical and fun. I purchased it not long ago at JoAnn's.

My daughter makes lovely drool bombs all day long so I found some cute fabric in "the stash" and made her these practical and cute bibs from this tutorial here.

I had a blast checking lots of projects off my list and I have to give all of my props to Prudent Baby.  If you are interested in sewing but still waiting for that perfect time to take the plunge, just dive in now and you will see just how not scary it is. Then you will find tons of fabulous blogs with great ideas and soon enough your family won't even be able to pry your busy hands off of your wonderful sewing machine. Just sayin.

 Laura H