Laptop Sleeve

I made this laptop case for my husband around the same time as the Mattress Pad. He was using the laptop when I went to take these pictures, and I forgot to get one with his laptop in it before he left.

It has a few layers of batting quilted into it, and a pocket to hold the cord, mouse and other small items. The pocket is crooked, but that’s what happens when you are rushing to make something. I used the same pouch idea that I used for my envelopes in my envelope system wallet.

Some Cool Things I've Been Making These Last 100 Posts

I have been blogging for a few years now, I’ve taken long breaks and have been slow going at times, but this is my 100th post! I thought I would highlight some of my favorite topics.

I love making stuff to add style to my home, I use acrylic paints a lot for this!

Wanted Poster, Meal Planner, Painted Wall Quote, Nursery, Baseball Bat Display, Love Wall Hanging

I also love Halloween, it’s my favorite holiday!

Pumpkin Candy Holder, Incredibles Costume, Halloween Garland

I like to alter my clothes or use them for something new.

How to Cut-up Jeans, Strapless to Strapped Dress, Cuter T-Shirt, T-shirt to Romper

I love to make new bags, I have a new one that I will be posting soon, I really love it!

My Bags, New Purse, Envelope System Wallet

I love making stuff for my baby but he’s getting pretty spoiled!

Car Seat Strap Covers, Cloth Height Chart, Car Seat Tent, Cloth High Chair

Toy Laptop

My son always wants to play with my laptop- and if he gets to it before I do he inevitably does something that I never knew how to do. Did you know sticky notes change color?

I saved a keyboard from my old laptop that was thrown out because I knew the keys could atleast be used as scrapbooking letters. Instead, I wanted to make my son his own laptop. I still keep it up and only let him play with it occasionally, so I think that he still thinks that it’s the real deal! He at least knows that it’s special! Also, it probably isn’t a very safe toy, so that is another reason it is only played with on occasion, I want him to be supervised! This could be embellished tons more, be creative! This was all I felt like doing, maybe I will add more later, like icons.

Materials:
Old Laptop Keyboard
Cardboard
Acrylic Paint
Buttons
Hot Glue
Super Glue
Picture
Mod Podge

Directions:
1. Cut out your cardboard, paint so that it doesn’t look like cardboard. Fold cardboard in half.
2. Mod podge your picture to where the screen would be.
3. Super glue keyboard to cardboard, hot glue or super glue buttons on as power buttons.
Let dry, then enjoy playing!

Free Dog Brush

This may cost a bit more than free to some of you, especially if you don’t buy ammo very often and find a random ammo holder lying around your room. For me, I was cleaning up and found the plastic piece from a box of ammo and noticed it looked just like a dog brush that I haven’t let myself buy. I bought the stupid glove thing, and I don’t like it very much. Anyway, because I’m a nerd, I tried out the ammo holder to brush the dog, and he seemed to love it. For good measure I also tried brushing my hair with it too, and it worked just fine.

I would like to thank *cough* someone for leaving trash around the room so that I have a new dog brush, it saved us about seven bucks. Thanks, honey!

Also, don’t mind the awkward picture of me trying to show it being used, he wasn’t being cooperative, just like the drooling headless baby in the background.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Party Round-Up

My son’s first birthday was last week, and we had a theme from the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. I showed off some of the stuff long before the party, and then finished up showing off everything this week. Here is the collection of everything. You can click on the link or the pictures to get to the tutorial or post about each thing.

We decided on the party theme by starting a new Valentine’s tradition.

I made two types of invitations. The first were a bit involved, and I didn’t want to take the time to make more. I was about to just do Facebook invites, but I decided against it because it was so cheesy. I made the second ones and tried to hand out all of the invitations. I did end up putting the invitation on Facebook, so that everyone I wasn’t able to hand them out to were able to see it.

I created a party hat, but in the end I decided not to subject my hat-hating son to wear it for the actual party.

We had some decorations. I was able to get some help and paint cardboard props for around the house.

I planned out the food based on the book. We also made signs to go with the food.

We made a cake, and my husband frosted it for me!

My son received a gift that went along with the theme- a very hungry caterpillar plush. Each piece is has Velcro and comes apart.

The guests took home these lollipops as the favors. Even the adults!

We had a great party, especially because my husband was able to be there!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Party Food

I used food from the book to plan what we would eat at the party, but only the foods I liked. I had the artist I have been using for the posters and lollipops paint some of these other foods, and I cut them out and glued them onto the cards. The cards had the text from that page of the book. I realized half-way through gluing them on the cards that I didn’t punch holes in them. My sister was here helping that day so we just punched holes in the ones we could, and forgot about the rest until after the party. Whoops! I don’t think anyone noticed!

The fruits I chose were:
Apples
Strawberries
Oranges
Watermelon

For our main food, I put together the pickle, Swiss cheese and salami to make a sandwich bar. I had other meats, cheeses and veggies to go with it, as well as the sub rolls. I thought it was a cute idea!

We also had some other random stuff that was brought, as well as soda and the cake.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cake

A week before the party I was baking cornbread, so I baked the cake and cupcakes as well, and froze them until the morning of the party. It helped me have less to do. Also, when I worked near a bakery, they would freeze them purposely because it made them easier to frost.

My husband used to work near a bakery as well, and learned some of their tricks too. He was home and did most of the frosting for me.

I added the eyes, and the antenna tooth picks I made.

It was really simple, especially since I didn’t have to do most of it! I never knew that you kept all the cupcakes together to frost them for something like this, versus frosting each individually.

I had one extra cupcake, so I made a fat, round caterpillar. I know it looks terrible, but it tasted good, and gave my sister a chance to eat a cupcake before the party!

My son was so cute when eating the cake, seeing that was what the party was all about! He picked it up and ate it like a cookie!

Decorations for the Very Hungry Caterpillar Party

I found inspiration on Pinterest to paint cardboard to make party props. My idea was to have a huge caterpillar hanging on the wall, but I went a little smaller scale this time.

My first price of art I was too excited about and I showed it off before it was finished, see it here.

This big fat caterpillar was done by my sister. She drew it out and painted it all herself. She tried to make each color match the book by mixing them.

These ones I did myself. I really liked the way they turned out, I’m stalling at throwing them out.
Another sister of mine came over the day of the party to help decorate. She put streamers up everywhere for me. Everything looked great around the house!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Invitations- Take Two

This week is going to be a recap of the first birthday party, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Style. I have done a few things so far, you can see them here.

Take One Invitations are over at Arizona Mama. Click here to see them. I didn’t make enough of the salt dough caterpillars and I have been too lazy busy doing other stuff (for the party, of course!) to make more. So I made these.

I made them in paint, because I currently don’t have Photoshop. That means that they are easy enough for anyone to make them.

The caterpillar picture was found on a Google image search, I honestly couldn’t tell you exactly where it was found. I made it smaller and put it in the corner, and then found a cute font, called Aubrey, for the text. With paint you can only change where you want your text to be once, so make sure it’s perfect the first time. I used multiple text boxes. Also, I had my address on there, but for Facebook and here, I took it off. I did it by using a white box to cover up the old text and put in the new.

It took a little bit more time than Photoshop would, but it’s nice to use something that already comes with the computer.

I made it a JPEG and cropped it in Picasa, so that it was a 4×6 so I could have them printed as pictures.