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Well it has been an eternity since I have posted. Life has gotten crazy. Those adorable little kids from years ago are all grown up, I have 2 in high school this year. That is right 2, a freshman and a sophomore. But this post is actually about my 3rd grader. I, for some odd reason put together a little gift for his teacher. We have back to school night in 2 days and I wanted to bring something to his new teacher. So while at the good old Walmart buying all the school supplies for my older kids I picked up a few things that I thought she could use. Clorox wipes, Germ x and tissues. Then I got thinking how in the hell am I going to put these together to be a cute gift.  I had some ribbon and cellophane laying around so I wrapped it up. Then I spent the last hour trying make words rhyme and coming up with a cute poem. Below is the result.



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Back to school Teacher Gift


The result was pretty cute If you were not in a hurry this would be really cute you could add tissue paper, more ribbon and really deck out the poem with cuter font and designs. I am however not usually that crafty. Here is a copy of the poem for you to copy and past for personal use only.

The first day of school is almost here

And I’m excited you’re my teacher this year.

I know I’m really going to learn a lot,

Science and math are thing I love to be taught.

Before we know it, it will be cold and wet,

Kids will be coughing and sneezing I bet.

And there will be germs all over the place.

Here’s a few things to keep our class a clean space.

I’m so excited it’s will be hard to sleep.

But I’ll see you tomorrow with new shoes on my feet.


  • Kimmy (The sticks)



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My mom recently asked me to come up with an idea to help her re-organize her jewelry and still make it “attractive” looking because there is no door between her bathroom and bedroom and she did not want the jewelry to be unsightly.  After some Pinterest research and innovative thinking, I came up with a solution that seemed to work very well.

We started with this.  The necklaces were piled on hooks on the wall which truthfully did not look bad I guess but it wasn’t very functional and they were so close to the shower that they were starting to get weather worn.


The earrings were on a small rack on a table, along with many other things 🙂

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Now, for the end result!


First of course, we went through the pile of stuff on the table.  It is one of those areas that just accumulate things and most often, when you go through those places in your house, you find that more than half can be tossed in the garbage or re-organized to a new (more fitting) place in your home.  Next, handled the necklaces.  We installed a curtain rod on the wall and hung shower curtain hooks on it to hold the necklaces.  Make sure you get an S hook or some style that you can just hang the necklace on.  It may be a pain in the buns to have to undo the hooks every time you want a necklace off of it (we wanted look AND function here).  The brilliance here:  Double hang shower hooks!  These are designed with TWO hooks on each one.


Next, we tackled earrings.  This took a little more prep and craft.  I purchased two 8 x10 frames from Hobby Lobby (on sale so it is price conscious) and removed the glass and used pliers to remove the little metal prongs that hold the back in.  For the dangled earring with the hook on the back, I simply used hanging wire (from Joanns but you can find it almost anywhere that sells frames), just be careful not to put kinks in it because you can see them in the end if there are some.  I picked where I wanted the wires to sit and measured on both sides so that they were straight.  If they are not, the earrings may slip down to one side.  I glued one end of the wire to the inside of the frame on the back (with a hot glue gun), cut to fit, and then glued to the other side using pliers to hold the wire tight while the glue dries.  Finally, attach something to the back that you can use to hang the frame.


Now for the stud type earrings.  I removed the glass and prongs again and hot glued window screen into it.  I used an aluminum screen.  To make this easy to access the earrings, rather than hanging in on the wall in a normal fashion, add small hinges to one side and attach it that way.  It will then swing open so that you can easily get to both sides.

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That’s it.  It is pretty and functional.  It is pricey compared to a simple earring holder but not super pricey I guess.  The frames were $6 each, the wire was $3 I think, the screen I already had on hand but probably cost about $6 (although you will only use a SMALL amount), and I don’t remember the cost of the hinges.  For the necklace arrangement, the hooks cost about $7 for 12 of them and the rod cost about $10.  It is a more expensive arrangement of jewelry but it holds a lot, keeping it all out so you can see it and still looks organized.

Erin, The Burbs

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My mom made a great little trick or treat bag for me when I was little and I always remembered it fondly.  I made one for each of my kids and finally decided to make a pattern for it.  I am happy to say that the pattern is now available on Etsy.  It holds more than 3.5 lbs of candy so it is large enough to hold the candy your kids will collect but my toddler is able to carry it around (until it gets to heavy of course).



If you are interested, check it out!  Click on this link.

Erin, The Burbs

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I never make gifts for my teachers because I am not crafty, and I just am so inconsiderate that I don’t think of it. I also think it’s dumb to give them something like candy or  something like that so I saw this on pinterest and I thought that is a great idea.

What you need….

Dollar store picture frame

Subway art printables from http://eighteen25.blogspot.com/2011/05/coachdance-teacher-week.html

(eighteen25 has so many cute subway art printables.)

Spray paint

20 min of spare time

The whole project is cheap easy and fast that is why I love it.

I used two of the smaller cans of spray paint made for small projects I got these at my local hardware store so I am sure you can find them anywhere.

paint cansI laid out my cardboard and took the glass out of my frames and sprayed away.

It only took one coat of paint on each side super super easy

It only took one coat of paint on each side

I then brought this inside to dry over night. While they were drying I printed my subway art and trimmed it to the correct size I did an 8×10 frame and of course my paper was 8.5×11 so there was a little trimming involved. I did not design the printable I got them from a great website that has tons a beautiful artwork available for download. Please click here to see the subway art collection at eighteen 25, and get your own printable.

In the morning I just put it all together, and Voila. A simple cheap teacher gift.

One for my kids teacher and one for my daughter's dance teacher

One for my kids teacher and one for my daughter’s dance teacher

I know the photograph is terrible but you get the idea. I think they turned out wonderfully.

Happy Crafting

kimmy (the sticks)


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I have TONS of fabric scraps in my house.  I actually have an entire bin of “extra” fabric for rainy days but I also have such a hard time throwing out even the small scraps.  I hate to waste craft and sewing materials.  Anyway, I found a good use for some of them.

I am pretty plain jane when it comes to hair, makeup, and clothing.  Our fellow friend Kim (the sticks) says I have gone “hippy” the last couple years.  Lately however, I am trying to do small things to “dress up” my appearance without adding permanent change or lots of extra time (kids take up enough already).

Today I made bobby pins that my daughter and I could both use in our hair.  And they were pretty easy!

Start with this array of materials: pliers, wire cutters, scissors, glue gun, fabric scraps, button cover kit (mine were 5/8″), and hair pin with pad (mine were 10mm).


Cut your fabric according to the package directions or pattern given on package (on mine it was a simple half circle printed directly on the package).


Now, lay that on the given “mold” (wrong side up) and then place the button top or “shell” on top of that.


Carefully press the button top into the mold so that the fabric is wrapped around the top.


Make sure to tuck the fabric in as best you can.  Now you need to cut the loop off the button bottom.  Take the wire cutters and put as much of a dent in the metal loop as you can.  Depending on how sharp your cutters are, you may be able to cut the loop right off but since mine are old, rusty, and generally in bad season, I had to follow that up by using the pliers to bend the loop back and forth until it broke and I could remove the loop.



Now go back to your button in the mold and place the button back on top of the button front (still in the mold).


Now take the pusher that is included in the kit and push the back into the front.


At this point it should look like this:



Now glue the bobby pin pad into the back of the button.  I used a glue gun but if you are worried that it might break back off, you can use any sort of glue you would like just give it proper time to dry.


And now the final products.  As you can see you can make a good variety.  I have some that match exactly, some that are different but still match, and some that are entirely different from any of the others.


Good luck crafting!

Erin, The Burbs

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I just made one of these for both my kids to hang in their bedrooms.  I thought they were pretty cute and could be made in a TON of different ways and varieties so that they are all unique and “your own”.

Start with a shadow box of any size, sort, color, etc.  Whatever you think is best for your situation.  The ones I bought were just under 1 in thick and about 8 inches square.

Pick a background paper.  I picked a generic color pattern that would match each kids’ bedroom.  It could be fun to find some movie themed paper or something too.  Place that inside the frame so that it serves as the background.

Next, get a vinyl cutout that says something that fits.  I have seen “Admit One”, “Tickets”, “Movies”, etc.  I found a cutout from the store on my Silhouette.  Stick that vinyl piece to the front of the glass and you are done.  Just insert your tickets stubs inside the box and they will start to pile up over time.


If you don’t have a die cutter you could always draw or print on the background paper yourself or just get creative with it.  I wanted to start one for the kids while they were young so they could look back and remember all of them.

Good Luck Creating Memories!  Erin, The Burbs

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Wine Glass Charms

My dad is always in need of something that people can use to “label” their wine glass when there are get-togethers at his house.  I have seen charms for wine glasses and even saw a few made out of old wine corks.  I decided rather than buy them for him for Christmas, I was going to make them.  It was quite easy!

Start with a cork and cut it into about 5 pieces (that gives you a good size for the charm).  I do not have a picture of this but if you look at the end result it will be obvious how to cut it.  I used a sharp kitchen knife (not serated)  and cut slowly.  If you cut too fast or push down too hard, you will end up with a rough edge on one side.

Next, grab some stamps and an ink pad.  You can use any color, I used black.  I also made sure to grab one that said that the ink was water resistant and permanent.  The stamps can be letters, numbers, whatever you want but make sure they are small enough to fit on the end of the cork.


Carefully stamp whatever image you want on each charm.  Obviously for this to work each charm will need a different image.  Next, take a doohicky that looks like this (I think it is called a screw eye):


Screw that into the top of the charm.  It is not hard and as long as you are semi-careful it will work every time without mistakes.  Again, I am sorry, there is no picture but you will see how this works when you look at the end result.

Finally, add a ring with a simple closure like this one:


That is it!  All done.  Here is the result:



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