Doll Carrier

It’s been a while since I got my DIY on, so I thought I’d whip this up one afternoon.  My daughter, at the moment, is really in to playing with dollhouses, and baby dolls.  Especially baby dolls (which she calls her babies).  I think she’s trying to hint for a little brother or sister, but whatever.  We never go anywhere without one.  She has even started bringing them on our errands with us…in the baby doll stroller she has.  You can imagine how quick an errand is with a 3 year old, and it’s even “quicker” when there is a doll stroller involved…or not at all.  So, I thought maybe she could carry her.  I had bought an Ergobaby carrier for dolls a few years ago for a friend, and when I went to trusty Amazon, it said they were discontinued.  So, I looked on Pinterest right quick and saw THIS ONE.  Easy Peasy…and cheap!

She loves it, can take it off by herself and uses it to carry her baby dolls, baby Shrek doll, and even her Spider-Man.  SUCCESS.


Oh, and apparently, my Amazon search wasn’t thorough enough.  They still have Ergobaby doll carriers.  Womp Womp. 

DIY Dollhouse

This past week, my mini and I went to San Diego to visit my brother and my new baby nephew.  Lucky for us, we have lots of friends and family in San Diego.  We got to stay at my in-laws house and that’s where she discovered it…the dollhouse.  There are few things that my mini will play with for hours at a time (or at least an hour straight…which in 3 year old time is forever)–her kitchen and her slime currently top the list.  But this, this was a game changer.  She’s at that fun stage where her imagination runs wild.  She was full dialogue with her dolls (the few she has).  She takes them all over the house in the stroller on errands, to the doctor, etc.  When I saw her playing with this dollhouse every single day for hours at a time I immediately knew we had to get one for her.  So, I did what I normally do…hopped on Amazon to see what the options were.  That’s when I was in for a big shock!

I was just going to buy her the same one that my in-laws had.  It was a good size, folded up when not in use but when folded out had extra rooms.  I think it had something like 6 rooms, a family, furniture for the bathroom, kitchen, and dining room.  Little did I know that each of those things would be separate purchases, that specific dollhouse is no longer made, and something similar with all that stuff would cost me at least $200.  What?!  How?  Why?  I kept up my search…everything that looked good (and not cheap) was so expensive.  So, to Pinterest I went.   There were so many options there, some that probably would have cost more than purchasing something from Amazon/Toys R Us, etc, but man they were pretty.  I fell in love with THIS ONE and especially loved it’s dual purpose for later when dollhouses aren’t so cool.  But, let’s face it, I’m not about to tackle this big project.  So, I came up with the idea to just use those cubby shelves.  And with that a new Pinterest search started, and inspiration hit!

Materials: This cubby shelf, 12 pieces of scrapbook paper (which was on sale for 25 cents each), double stick tape or mod Podge, assorted doll furniture and dolls.

I build the shelves, then started to Mod Podge the paper to the back and “floor”.  Similarly, you could just use double stick tape and get a nicer, smoother finish.  Add in the furniture and voila.  Done!  My mini had lots of fun picking out the paper for the kid bedroom and bathroom.  I picked the rest.  The result…


It still needs some work (more furniture, maybe some rugs), but for under $100, my mini is in LOVE with the results.   She played with it for 3 hours straight…so that is a big success in my book!

Boy variation: each room could be a superhero’s lair, or each room a different place (firehouse, police station, car garage).  The options are endless.  

Bohemian Diamonds

It’s been a while since I picked up my hook and made a baby blanket.  A friend’s baby girl’s arrival in October is the perfect reason to create something new.  I’ve had my eye on this pattern for unite some time.  I mean, come on…just look at the fridge detail.  I just adjusted the colors to go with the theme/colors of the nursery and got to work.  This took me a few weeks to make…mind you I work on it about 45 minutes at a time.  The individual pieces always take no time at all (there are 7 here), but it’s the stitching it together and tucking in all the loose ends that takes the most time.  After all is said and done, I am in LOVE with how this came out.  Hope baby girl and mommy and daddy like it too.

Upcycled Leftovers

This past weekend we had friends from San Diego come to visit us.  Wish the weather was as beautiful as it has been since the day they left, but that’s not what the weekend was for.  It was for catching up, “relaxing” (well, as much as you can with two 3 year olds, a 1 year old and a dog running around), and enjoying some time together.  That also meant easy meals at home, eating out, and LOTS of wine and beer.  

The first night, I made things easy and did a little BBQ action.  Hamburgers and grilled veggies for the kids, and hot-dogs and fruit for the kiddos.  The following night was easy mac & cheese for the kiddos, and then after the kid went to sleep an awesome meat & cheese board was created to go with some delicious wine.  The last and final night was take-out pizza.  That means there are leftovers in my fridge…and a need in my mind to get back to our mindful and healthy eating.  But, I don’t want to waste any food.  So, I try to get creative and upcycle leftovers into side dishes, or whatever else I can think of.  And, for dinner last night that’s exactly what I did.  

On last night’s menu was baked salmon in a lemon and white wine sauce, grilled artichokes (had a few leftover from last week), and upcycled grilled veggie orzo salad.  The orzo salad was a hit with the hubby, as he isn’t one for leftovers.  It was actually a variation of one that we do often, but with the items we have on hand.  And it came out beautiful and delicious!  The ingredients were simple…orzo, chopped grilled veggies (leftover from burger night), tomatoes, roasted garlic and goat cheese (both leftover from cheese board), lemon juice and olive oil.  Not a bit left, and a little of the leftovers from my fridge have disappeared.  

 

 

How do you deal with leftovers?  Eat them as they are (which I am more than fine with doing), upcycle them, or put them in the fridge and forget about it them until it’s too late? 

Sunglasses Storage

Is it just me or am I doing a freakin’ DIY project every single week.  Last week, it was revamping my fruit basket situation in the kitchen.  The week before it was staining our new trash can cabinet (which came out amazing).  This weekend, I had to get this one done…my DIY sunglasses storage.

I have been looking on Etsy for a while now for a great way to hold ALL my sunglasses.  It just isn’t practical to keep them in the ginormous cases that they come with, and I have different glasses for different occasions (too much?).  I found some really great ideas on Etsy and was more than willing to support a small business owner, but then I decided to just do it myself.  

So, about $12 later, this little creation lives on the wall of my “command center” inside my pantry.  Perfect!

  
How’d I do it?  Easy Peasy and it took me about 10 minutes.  

* Rectangle Canvas (thought about wood, but ended up with this for the ease of hanging it on the wall).

* Washi Tape in a fun color that coordinates with my kitchen

* Mod Podge

* White craft rope

I had most of this on hand, which is why it was $12.  If you have to go out and buy it, it may cost you up to $20-$25 depending on if you have those coupons from Hobby Lobby or Michaels.  I just spaced out my washi tape how I liked it.  No measuring for me, just eyeballed it.  I covered the whole thing with Mod Podge to set it.  Once it was done I stapled my craft rope in place.  I threw some 3M picture hanging strips on the back and stuck it up on the wall.  Done and done!  Fun and functional.

Do you have an abundance of sunglasses?  Where do you keep them? 

PS.  Is it scary that I have another pair on my wish list?  

Recipe of the Week

I missed “Meatless Monday”.  I also missed “Taco Tuesday”.  There is no fun alliterative food phrase for Wednesday, so this was our recipe of the week.  Or, I really wanted to use all caps and ‘scream’ RECIPE OF THE WEEK because it was that good!  

Last night I made Salsa Verde Lentil Tacos with Mango-Pomegrante Pico.  These flavors together were amazing and the whole thing was so easy to make, including the from scratch salsa verde.  The only shortcut I took was to use the already cooked lentils from Trader Joes (found in their produce department).  Note: I always use the pre-cooked lentils from Trader Joe’s when I make them for dinner, BUT when I make my dog’s food, I cook the lentils myself.  Weird?  Kind of.  

Anyway, back to the tacos.  The salsa verde had the perfect amount of spice, and the sweet/tart Pico was so delicious.  I added a little bit of feta to my tacos because, let’s face it, feta is delicious.  It was a winner in our house…except with my 3 year old.  She had a quesadilla.  

Quick, run to the store to get the ingredients and get this meal on your menu/dinner table ASAP!

  
Please pardon my shadowy picture…it was taken with my iPhone and at 6:30.  While it’s still super bright outside, it doesn’t make for the best picture taking.