Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Texas Rangers Clipboard

I took a break from journal making to work on something for my school nurse (I'm an art teacher). She asked me to make this for her probably about 6 months ago....a clipboard decorated in honor of her favorite professional baseball team, the Texas Rangers. I'd been gathering the materials for a while but finally found the time to create summer break!
So here it is...front and back.



I found the clipboard at Hobby Lobby. It was $4 but less with a coupon.

They also had some cute baseball and rustic looking papers that I bought as well.

I found the Texas Rangers duct tape at Joann's.

This is one project where I just didn't know when to stop. It just didn't feel finished.

So I kept adding and adding.

The final step was to Modge Podge the front and back to make it more durable. I used a ring used for making my journals to hold the metal clip up so I could Modge Podge underneath it and allow it to dry without messing up the finish.

Now back to my journal making.

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Decorative Wine Glass Tutorial

I was watching the Today show the other morning and saw Tori Spelling promoting her new movie....something about mom and danger. But I was more interested in the craft that she demonstrated, "How to embellish wine glasses with finger nail polish".

So I had to give it a try.

I grabbed two stemless wine glasses in the cabinet, 2 glass bowls and some nail polish (and some toothpicks).

Fill the bowls with water. I used cold...not sure if it matters.

Drizzle on the nail polish. I used 3 colors.

Use the toothpick to swirl it and move the colors around.

Dip the wine glass in. All of this needs to be done quickly. And viola. Easy peasy. Or so I thought.

When it came time to clean the glass bowls from the nail polish, it was a pain. And not to mention the excess nail polish in the sink. I used nail polish remover to get rid of it, but it was still a pain.

So I got this brilliant idea of using Styrofoam, disposable bowls so I could just dump the mess in a trash bag.

BIG mistake. The nail polish sank to the bottom and ate through the bowl and the water started leaking everywhere, along with the nail polish.

So we got the glass bowls back out and finished the rest of the wine glasses.

They turned out pretty cute but a little clumpy. I'm wondering if it's because we used nail polish that we already had and who knows how old they are? If I were to do this again, I'd use new nail polish and try cheap metal baking trays (the disposable kind).
I also don't know how they are going to do when I wash them by hand...definitely not putting them in the dishwasher.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Keepsake Suitcase

This is one of my all time favorite projects. You'll need a suitcase, paint, paper, glue and a ton of memories! Here the link for the complete tutorial Keepsake Suitcase. If you're looking to find a creative way to use a suitcase or to just treasure your child, this is the perfect labor of love.
I refurbished this old suitcase for free into a keepsake suitcase that I can give my daughter when she walks out that door for college.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Father's Day Card Tutorial

Here's a tutorial I made from 2 years ago for a cute Father's Day Card.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Chore Buckets

This is something I've been meaning to address with my daughter for a while. But life gets busy, parents get tired and in the end taking the easy way out and doing it myself was just, well,  easier.
But then I ran across this article on Facebook. I asked for input from my friends on what they have their kids doing for chores. And to my surprise, kids that are younger than Sophia are doing way more than I could ever dream for Sophia to do.

A friend showed me this pic below
(website), and I knew that this summer would be the summer of Chores! Time for a change. No excuses. Time for this mom to be consistent.

I wanted to keep it simple. So I started with 2 black labels and 2 buckets. One bucket for daily chores (to be done everyday). One for weekly chores (to be done once a week). The weekly ones can be done at any time during the week.

Then I added the popsicle sticks with the chores. Our daily ones are: feed the cats, feed the dogs, scoop the cat litter, pick up your room, and pick out clothes for the next day (this last one is more for during the school year). Our weekly ones are: vacuum the living room, sweep the kitchen, mop the kitchen (I might take this one out of the jar...might be a little unrealistic), fold laundry, put away laundry, dust living room, and load dishwasher.

As she does them, she takes the stick out and sets it beside the bucket.

The only difference is that I didn't put screen time minutes on the sticks like my inspiration. I feel like these are things that should be expected to contribute to the family.
After talking to Sophia about it and explaining the concept, she asked if she could get paid to scoop the litter and feed the cats "because it's really gross". So I decided she could get $1 a week for doing 3 of the chores all week long, everyday: scooping the cat litter, feeding the cats and keeping her room clean (she is the messiest little girl). So that would a total of $3 a week if she does those all week.

Here are pics of the original Chore Chart I created for her when she was around 3. I had good intentions and a good plan. But the consistency wasn't there.

I updated the Chore Chart to make it look cuter. Cause that's really important. :)

So we'll see how this new system works. I think the biggest factor will be the consistency part. Wish me luck!

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

It's Summer Time!!!!

It's summer time!
And you know what that means....plenty of time to do the things I neglect to do during the school year.
The life of a teacher can be pretty hectic during the school year but the summer gives me time to create, read and spend time with my family.
This summer I'll be doing a lot of reading. Some for fun, some for information.

We recently got 2 puppies and I need to read up on how to train them.
My daughter,Sophia, and I joined the Hurst Summer Reading program and are logging our hours for book bucks. Here's their website.

Sophia and I visited the Girl Scout store in Southlake and picked up some books to help guide us independently to earn badges over the summer. It gives you activity choices, things to discuss and take action on. In each package, they come with 4-5 different badge activities and they were only $4 for the package. Here's their on-line store. Tomorrow we'll begin working on her painting badge by going to an art museum.

And I finally have time to print out all those recipes from Facebook and Pinterest that I've been dying to try but forgot all about. We tried this really good soup recipe. If you like Chili's Chicken Enchilada Soup, you'll love this recipe.

And of course, what would the summer be without planning Sophia's birthday in June. I can't believe she's turning 8!!!

And last but not least, I'll have time to add items to my Etsy Shop, Kaminski's Creations.
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Monday, February 8, 2016

Discount Codes For My Etsy Shop, Kaminski's Creations

I'm sorry I haven't been posting tutorials lately. I promise I have one in the works for journals. Until then, please check out my Etsy shop
I have 2 discounts going on right now! They expire on Feb. 29th, so don't delay.
Pick your discount! You can't use both!
For 20% off your order, use coupon code LOVE20.
For free shipping, use coupon code LOVEFREESHIP.
So buy that special someone a little something for Valentine's Day or treat yourself!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Bathroom Re-Do

We've been in our house since 2001. So we are currently in the process of re-doing and upgrading.
Our master bathroom was our first project in our home. I painted it this goldish, Dejon mustard color back in 2002 (I actually painted it twice. The first time I painted it, it was too yellow, so I repainted it the same weekend with a darker shade).
I paired rich cranberry towels and a gingham patterned curtain (from leftovers from the kitchen curtains). I had used jewel tones throughout the house.

There I am in my pj's....don't judge. If I'm home, I'm in comfy clothes.
I know people say the quickest and cheapest way to change a room is through paint but I disagree. And the reason being the amount of money and time I spend when I paint. I spend tons of money on rollers, brushes, drop cloths, Paint (I tend to repaint immediately if it's the wrong color). And then there's time.....I'm a slow methodical painter but a quick sewer). So choose a color theme and go with that. I already had a Dijon mustard wall....what goes with that? Gray and white! Bam!
Having said that, to me, to re-do a room....start with the accessories.
I started with the towels. I added a decorative trim that coordinates with my gray, mustard and white color scheme.
All I did was measure the distance on the towel that would fit a band of color, added the seam allowance. Sewed it on the front.

For the curtain, I just hemmed the edges on the 2 sides. Then did the same on the top and bottom. Then folded over the top to create a path for the curtain rod. Shoved the extension rod through it and hung it up.

Tips on sewing with bath towels...make sure you pre-wash and dry them. I didn't and wished I had. Because the big fluffy towel ate up fabric (once I started sewing I ended up short on one end because it was so fluffy and I didn't pre-wash). The thinner the bath towel or wash rag, the better. It sewed more evenly.

I kept the candle holders I had originally. I had bought the baskets to hold the bath supplies 2 weeks ago. So they are new but still coordinate. I may decide to spray paint the metal part black but for now, they stay rusty. I just didn't want a spray paint smell while soaking in the tub.

By day.......

And the art I already photos from my photog class from my Italian trip. I already had the frame. Free art!
As far as time, sewing was definitely the way to go. For me! I tend to take forever on painting (and spend way too much money on it).
So to re-do a bathroom...think towels, curtains, rugs. It might be cheaper than paint + all of those things.....