Monday, September 12, 2011

Is your house a house of order?

 Not my sink (though I wish it was)
I love it when my house is clean, although I do not like cleaning it.  Perhaps the reason could be that I have five extra bodies in the house messing it up as they go.  They come home from school, leave their back packs, shoes, lunch boxes, etc.  where ever they feel like it and I feel like I'm constantly telling telling them to pick stuff up and "put that away" or "throw that away".  Does any of this sound familiar at your house.  I mean, are you always trying to get the house clean just to find out that your "little angel" just messed up what you just cleaned or do you try to organize things and it seems like a never ending task sometimes?
Well, I'm starting a program with my sister to help me AND MY FAMILY to keep the house looking spotless just by doing little things.  Today is the first day of this program so if anyone wants to join in, then we can all do it together and give each other support, encouragement, advice, etc. 
So if you are interested go HERE
I've already done the first "baby step" and already I feel great! And my kitchen sink shines!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

How to: Make pinwheels

Hello everyone!  Today I'm going to show you how to make these cute little pinwheels.  My sister-in-law asked me if I could do a tutorial on how to do them, so that she can teach her Activity day girls how to do them.  If anyone doesn't know, Activity days  is a group of girls ages 8-11 years old in the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints (or Mormons).  They get together about twice a month and do little activities where they learn different skills, make lasting friendships, and just have fun.  My oldest girl just turned 8 this year and loves Activity days (or Achievement days, as it's also called).  Well, I also learned that one of the Activity day leaders in my congregation wants my daughter and I too teach some fun little craft to our girls.  So I thought of this one as well.  It's super easy and super fun!  So let's get started shall we?

First we will need;   -4-3" squares of fabric (2 of one fabric and 2 of a coordinating fabric)
                              -Heat n' bond
                              -Hot glue gun 

So, now that we have everything we need, first thing you want to do is;
 Take your 3" squares and place them carefully on the the Heat n' Bond, so that your iron does NOT touch the Heat n' Bond only the fabric.  Press the fabric to the Heat n' Bond for about 30 seconds or until all of it is adhered together.  Let it cool.  (It only takes a couple of minutes)
 Next, cut out the squares and flip them over.  Then peel the backing off and put the other two pieces of fabric on it and iron it down to it.  Again, press for about 30 seconds or so. 

 Then, of course, let it cool. (The fabric will get stiffer as it cools).  Then, trim the edges.
 So they look nice and this.
 Next, cut from each corner to the center a little but not all the way to the center.  Like so...
 Then take the right corner of each section you just cut and bring it to the center and glue just the corner down. (You can also sew it if you want to)  I found both ways make it just as durable.
 Do this all the way around, gluing each corner down.
 ...and soon... end up with....
 Then do the other one.  You can flip it over to get the opposite effect...or not and have them be identical. (Your choice)  I decided to sew mine because I couldn't find my glue sticks.

 This is what they look like when you flip the other one over.  Cute enough don't you think?
 Once you're done with that, you can put anything on them.  I liked this triple ribbon tie.  You can also put cute buttons on, or anything.  Be creative!  That's the fun of it, right?!
 I put some on headbands for my girls.
 This one I made 2" pinwheels by cutting the squares 2 inches.
 So now you know how to make pinwheels.  Now go and make some and have fun with it!
 I'd love to see your creations!

 Have a great day!