What I Forgot on Our Cruise

I usually am very prepared when I go on vacation. I have multiple lists to remind me of what I need to bring, and I use them almost every time. This time we went on a vacation during our vacation and apparently traveling without my toddler makes me forget a lot of stuff.

More Money- We spent tons more than I planned for. It was worth it though!

Stuff for Sea Sickness- We ended up buying Sea Bands and a small vial of tea tree oil, both of those totaled $30

Camera Cards- We had one, but forgot to transfer everything to the computer before we left

Laundry Soap, Quarters- I knew I needed to do laundry but forgot this stuff

Beach Bag/Purse- I haven’t been carrying a real purse, just a small clutch but I needed one while traveling. I ended up buying one at Bubba Gump’s.

Sun Screen & Aloe- Closer to the equator you burn easier.. we were in alot of pain for the last few days of the cruise!

Case of Water- We found out later that you could bring your own water to keep from buying their bottled water. I would have used the free water but it really didn’t taste that great.

Books/Magazines- I usually just read stuff online but without internet I was a little bored at times.

Walkie Talkies- We didn’t need these all that much but they would have been useful to use because I wasn’t paying to use my cell phone

Ballet Flats- I brought sneakers, flip flops and heels but I would have liked something to wear on formal night when my feet were done with heels.

Jacket- I would have really appreciated having a nice looking jacket with me, I was cold most of the time but didn’t want to dress down with my one long sleeve shirt

Watch- I needed mine because I wasn’t carrying around my phone. We always needed to know the time so we could get to dinner and shows and stuff on time.

Hair Ties/Clips- I took these with me but I needed the reminder to keep one on my wrist at all times, incase we wandered to an open deck

Swim Cover Up- I should have used this dress as one, but I just forgot it.

Goggles- It was so cool to see things in the ocean once we bought some goggles. I just wish I brought some from home instead of paying a ton at the beach

No Soda Card- We paid for the soda card for the week but found out it wasn’t worth it. It might be worth it daily but the days we spent at the different ports we didn’t order any soda or anything. The days we did order soda it was still kinda iffy about if we would have saved money on it or not.

Other Travel Tips:
Eating Out Of a Hotel Room: Vacation Money Saving Ideas
Airport Traveling Tips
DIY Personalized Suitcase
Motivational Credit Card Sleeves {Saving for Vacation Idea}

Halloweeen Headband

Materials:Lace (leftover from my trench coat)
Plastic Spider and Web (found at the dollar store-came with bats and rats as well)
Tulle
felt
LOW TEMP Hot Glue
Ribbon (optional, I didn’t use it)

Directions:
Cut out enough lace to go around the headband, and hot glue it to the underside of the headband.

This is where I would add the ribbon, is to the underside of the headband, to cover the hot glue.

Cut a larger piece of the lace, make sure it’s longer as well as wider. You can run it through the sewing machine to ruffle it if you want.

If not, just cut a circle of felt and ruffle the lace around it, and hot glue it. Add strips of tulle and then hot glue your spider web to the headband as well.

That’s it, unless you want to embellish it more. I really like mine, it’s a little big for me but not too overwhelming so I’ll probably be wearing it most of October!

If you check out my new facebook page I posted a picture I found of the dog modeling the headband for me. The baby thought it was hilarious, apparently my husband did not.

See Also: Other Halloween Ideas
Angry Birds Beanie
Incredibles T-shirt
Cowboy Woody Infant Costume

Save the Kitchen Towel! with Kitchen Towel Band

Everyone has a kitchen towel hanging on their oven door, right? There are lots of different ideas for how to get it to stay. Until lately, I would hang mine on and it would fall off. Or the baby would pull it off and it would be on the other side of the house by the time I needed it. I have seen lots of cute alterations I can do to my dish towels to fix the problem, but I like having a regular full size dish towel in reach for when I need it for something else. So in came the hair tie trick.

I just put an elastic band around the dish towel to keep it in place and it worked wonders. The baby hasn’t figured it out and just thinks it’s stuck. I decided it was a great idea and to share a cuter version with all of you. Don’t you hate when you think you’ve come up with something original and then after some research you see it somewhere else? (I totally did that with the nursing cover strap, they were called something else and everyone has thought of them already but they were on etsy under a different name. I didn’t find out until after I made a fool of myself! 🙂 That’s what happened to me today. I found some cute Dish Towel Belts over at Sassy Sanctuary. Lucky for me, she did them a little differently than I would so I am still going to show you my kitchen towel bands!

Materials:
Rubber Band (I still used a hair tie)
Big Silk or Fabric Flower (Three small ones would look cute too)
Scrap of felt
Hot glue
Button

Directions:
Hot glue the bottom of the flower to the rubber band. Glue on leaves as well but on the other side of the rubber band. Glue on the felt or fabric scrap to the back, just to hold everything in place a little bit better. Turn the flower over and add the smaller sections of petals by hot gluing them on. Finally, glue the button on top.

You might have noticed that this is the same idea as making a hair flower. It is, but it’s cooler because it’s for a towel now. Like the cheesy ad I made for it? We could make an infomercial and say, “But wait! if you call right now we’ll throw in two more free!” Because everyone needs 6 of these for all 6 ovens right?!

I thought it was cool, and it sure is useful. How would you embellish it differently?

For other crafty ideas check these posts out:
A Quick Trick to Protect Wood
Turkey Hair Clip (You could clip this to a hair tie to make a seasonal Towel Band!)
Mod Podged Coasters

Hair Bow Holder


The frame came from a yard sale. I think I paid 50 cents. I had the ribbon and fabric and paint on hand, so it was a really cheap project. And I will be using it to sell the hair bows at a craft fair next month so it will be useful to me to display them and to the luck person to end up with this holder.

Sand and paint the frame. I chose the color because it matched the princess crowns on the fabric. (Sorry for the lack of pictures, I forgot to take any until after I finished!)

Use the cardboard backing to measure your batting. I still have not bought batting, so I used 2-3 layers of fleece from another project. Cut out the batting to be the same size as the cardboard.

Use the cardboard to measure your fabric. Give it an extra 2-3 inches around the edges to make sure you have enough to glue to the back.

Layer your fabric first, then the batting and then the cardboard. Stretch the fabric tight and glue to the cardboard with hot glue.

Finish gluing all around. Measure your ribbon to be 4-5 inches longer than the cardboard. I like a lot of extra to make sure they are glued on tight.

Glue one side of the ribbon, make sure there is about 2-3 inches worth glued down. Pull very tight to the opposite side and glue down.

Do the same with the other ribbon and your done!

This is very close to the Ribbon Memo Board I did a few months ago, but I don’t want to use staples to poke little fingers, since I was only gluing to the cardboard, not the wood.

Hand Stitched Flower Idea


First you will need to make a circle stencil if you don’t already have one. Find a cup or bottle that would be a good size for the final flower. Trace the edge of the cup with a marker.

Next, cut out the circle.

Take your circle and pin it to the fabric you will be using. I used a very thin cotton, so I double the fabric over a few times. You will need eight total circles when you are finished.


Also cut a small square out from your scraps to sew the pieces of the flower on. Now you will fold your circles in half. And then in half again. Take the first four folded circles and arrange them into a circle on top of your small square. Stitch these to the square. I only hand stitched them, it was easier for me, but you can also use the sewing machine.



Next, place one of your folded circles over your flower. Layer it on top of where the bottom two circles meet. Stitch these next four on one at a time so that you can over lap the corners in the center a little bit. Do the opposite side next, and then the last two sides.


You’re almost done. Lastly, sew on a button for the center. Your flower is finished. What you do with it now is the fun part.

You can put it on a lampshade, or put it on a hair clip, or pin it to a purse or shirt. Make a pair to spice up some shoes. The options are overwhelming! I’m not sure where mine are going to live yet.




These are available on my esty store. CLick Here to view.

Hot Glued Fabric Flower


This fabric flower was made from some of my tablecloth scraps from when I reupholstered my chair. It was super quick and easy. All you have to do is cut a long strip of fabric, mine was about an inch and a half wide, and dab some hot glue at the very end and twist the fabric to make a roll and you glue it in a spiral to make it look like a rose. Glue your end to the back and cut a piece of felt and hot glue that on the back also. I added a leaf and a clip.