2012: Year In Review

What a year it has been! What started out as a thought of not spending too much money for a $75.00 pc of jewelry that a-soon- to- be- 6- year- old- girl- wants- to- have, turned out to be my personal accomplishment of the year.

I named the blog DIY OF THE WEEK to push me into crafting something new and post on Sundays like clockwork. I guess craftiness, not to mention- TIME and BUDGET does not work that way, thanks in part with this life called single parenthood. I will admit that there were times that I could not get inspired or motivated to work on something even though I had planned it, and had the materials to do it. To this day, there’s a DIY Barbie couch sitting under one of my tables, waiting to be wrapped in decorative paper, photographed, and blogged about. My daughter has been using it the way it is on a regular basis, which is the whole point of the DIY project to begin with. Still, one of the many purposes this blog is to keep track of what I’ve done and to motivate me to do more.

I honestly thought that after the jewelry frenzy, and a couple of Barbie furniture, that this blog was done and over with. My head was stuck on just working with jewelry pieces that I lost sight of what the meaning of DIY stands for. With 3 followers, including me – it did kind of bogged me down a bit. If it wasn’t for my co-workers who decorated for Halloween and we all got a “little” carried away, I probably wouldn’t have been re-inspired to make DIY’s not to mention DIY decorations.

Thankfully, the ideas didn’t stop with the Halloween tree. Thankfully, my kids became interested and wanted to get down and dirty with the crafts I’m making. Thankfully, they didn’t want to stop doing DIY. If it wasn’t for budget issues, I most likely would’ve come up with some Thanksgiving décor too.

So, let’s take a trip down memory lane on how I just wanted to make a similar necklace, to realizing that my daughter has too many Barbie dolls but no furniture, to getting inspired with DIY Holiday décor.

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I would like to thank my children, Andy and Rinoa. If it wasn’t for both of you, my life would most definitely be boring. If it wasn’t for you guys asking for things I can’t afford this year, I probably wouldn’t have been inspired to try to make it myself. Thank you for finding what I do interesting, and want to be a part of it. Thank you for my co-workers who re-ignited my spark, and I was able to provide our department with a gift from my heart. Thank you for the 300+visitors that found this little blog, the bloggers who took the time to click on that like button. You guys [and gals] are also part of my motivation to keep crafting and blogging so that I have something to post on a regular basis.

Please keep checking in – there’s something always to DIY, ergo – it will be blogged!

Until then,

HAPPY DIY

Project: Christmas Decor – Part 4

…It’s my daughter’s turn.

This was the inspiration for the craft.
cupcake ornament
image credit: Oh, So Darling

As I was googling for new DIY decor ideas, my princess yelled: “I want to make that!!!!”  Trust me, I had a different vision in my mind on how I want it to look. Finally, I realized that this was something she wants to do for her classmates, and the steps I  needed to make this requires well – me to do it. So, I simplified everything, to where she can do it on her own, and I’ll watch from behind.

After weeks and weeks of procrastination, and last minute schedule changes…without further ado, this is my daughter’s very own cupcake ornaments. She did 95% of the work! She made 26 for her class, 3 for my co-workers, 3 for this side of the family, and 3 for her dad’s side of the family. 35 total!!!!
cupcake ornament diy

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Project Christmas Decor -Part 3

All the decor have been hung, except my living room wall….it’s BLANK. 2 years ago, I have Christmas boxes that I got from Big Lots. My daughter has been using hers to keep her dolls, and my son keeps his legos….there are a few that are empty and are just stacked up collecting dust, so I figured, my wall can use some sort of art….

box lids, wall art

Project Christmas Decor -Part 2

I have been looking forward to doing this craft. I knew this was what I wanted for Christmas right after I made the Halloween Tree.

Inspiration: Show Tell Share
Peppermint Topiary

I finally got motivated enough to make the first one. I sure learned a lot of lessons making this one. I still have to make three more.
christmas topiary

Will post the other 3 soon…..working on it weekend of 12/8.

UPDATE: 12/12/12

The final topiary to complete the decor at work.

topiary
UPDATE: 12/11/12
After a couple of days delay, I made another one. Final one should be posted tomorrow.

UPDATE: 12/7/12
Made #2, this time with green peppermint – this time, I bought a box for the styrofoam block to fit in, I poked the holes on both the round and square styrofoam, glued the block in the box, wrapped the dowel with crepe paper, glued in on the end where it stands on the base, all the while the crepe paper is drying on the round ball, then hot glued the peppermints, then added the finishing touches on the base and stem.
peppermint topiary