making school supplies

30 07 2012

Sometimes you just can’t find what you’re looking for while school supply shopping, other times you want to try a fun pin using duct tape. So we made a few supplies outside of the cart full of crap stuff we purchased.  First I made some pencil pouches for T1 & T2.  They wanted them big enough to hold A LOT of pencils but small enough to fit in the backpack with lots of books.

sorry for the blurry pic.T2 gave me free reign on the fabric so I used some Lucy’s Crab Shack scraps.  I still need to show you guys all the stuff I’ve made with Lucy!

Using the Pinterest inspiration, T3 and I made some duct tape pencil bags.  They were quick and fun!

Using this same idea, I made an Art folio for T4. He was supposed to have an art box and fit all this stuff in that little box.Needless to say, it didn’t fit.  So I had some extra zip lock bags left over and decided to use some fabric, duct tape and bags to make an art folio.He approved and I was happy because he now has an opinion about clothes and school supplies and frequently rejects mom’s ideas.

Last but not least is a cover for my school issued iPad.  It’s not the best iPad holder but it came with the iPad.  I just made it a little better.  I also used the inspiration for the pin floating around on Pinterest to make a stylus pouch.  It works for now but I may need to invest in a better cover eventually.Yep, you should recognize some more Lucy scraps.  I love Lucy 🙂





loft bed and an orange notebook

21 07 2012

T4 has been asking for a loft bed for about a year now, darn Pottery Barn catalogs.  Ana White to the rescue.  Using her plan, the Mr. T and I built it.  It always amazes me that it works, yet it always works!  It was a nice distraction from the flooding disaster in our basement that has kept me from sewing.  Here are the plans from Ana White.  If you haven’t made anything from her site, it’s super easy.  She gives you a purchase list and a cut list.  Pottery Barn sells their loft bed for over $1000 and with the expensive paint I bought (one coat action!) we spent $250.  Not too shabby.

And here is T4 in his loft bed. I added a frame to the side of the bookcase to put cork, just like in the Pottery Barn catalog, and as you can see the last bit of cork isn’t on yet. He LOVES the bed and spends all day in there.  Not sure what he’s going to do when school starts.

We took our family for the back-to-school, school supply shopping expedition yesterday.  When you have 2 teachers and 4 children, this is what your cart looks like.Out of control, right!  Here’s what’s sad, not an orange notebook in the cart and T4 needed an orange notebook per the school supply list.  So after Wal-Mart, Target and Office Depot and mom refusing to pay $2.00 for a notebook that should be $0.17 like the rest, we headed home.  On the way, the Mr. T jokingly says, I’m surprised you didn’t spray paint one.  GENIUS!That’s right boys and girls, I spray painted a notebook and of course had to add some vinyl action with my Silhouette.  Nothing is safe from paint and vinyl in my house.

Next time – baby shower goodies

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