Tuesday, January 18, 2011

DIYDish.com Valentine Sewing and Paper Crafts

Here are some ideas for you for V-Day. (I am just sharing)

Kids and Chores

So this past week has been a little bit crazy in the household.  I am trying to figure out my 5 week old's schedule.  Seems he still likes the eat every two hours, with little sleep in between and a lot of crying schedule best.  So as I start pulling my hair out because I can not seem to get to do much of anything I realized that we are a family and a family needs to work together.  So I made this.... a chore chart for my family.
First I read this really cool article, here. (The big thing I got out of it was the structure part.)  We can all use a little bit of that right now.  Then I made a chore chart from this website, here. 
What I did was print out two of the toddler (My First Chore Chart) ones for my two girls.  My 5 year old loves it.  Even though they each need help with a chore or two it is nice to see them understand that they each have a job.
Second I printed the pre-teen chart for my two boys.  Then I went and made a table in MS Word and modified it to say more things such as, see Family Chore Chart.  You think that you would not need the basic stuff on there for a pre-teen, but you do.  In my experience if it is not spelled out for them then don't expect them to do it.  Think of the Cosby episode where Theo test his parents with "exact words".  That is how my kids play the system too.  
Third, I then took the idea of the Family Chore Chart, again modified it some in a table in MS Word.  I then put the names of the people whose job it was to do that chore that day.   Then highlighted each person with their own color.  Below is a picture of what I did. (it is unfinished because I need a pink highlighter for my girls.  On this chart is even chores that me and my husband have to do.  It was nice to show the kids what all we do, do.  As you can see I even left some blanks on the bottom to add things in later.  

All the charts were places in a sheet protector.  That way on the boys charts they can mark off with a dry erase marker.

So what is my "and That Too"?  Well as a family this morning we made breakfast and even got the girls to help.


Well I hope you all had a great extended weekend.
Signing off.
Chaun V.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Excited about these new ribbons.....

I am so excited to show you the new ribbon prints that I found for shoe laces.   The cupcake one has to be my favorite.  It will match so many clothing lines out there, and with Valentines Day coming up they will be nice to sweeten up any outfit. Comment on your favorite print and you could win a pair.  Please leave your e-mail address so you can be contacted.

NOW time to announce this weeks winner of our opening week contest .  The winner is....................
Ritz.  Thank you Ritz for choosing to follow the blog.  You won a pair of white w/ black dots 5/8" shoe laces.  Please e-mail me your info at plainandfancybowtique@gmail.com.

That is all for today.  Post again soon.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Twinkle Toes

Happy Tuesday everyone.  We are now 4 days into 2011.  Today was a craft day with the girls.  First they spent the morning with Daddy making Shrinky Dinks.  They had a blast.  They showed me how they "made magic".  I love seeing them so happy making stuff.  You would not believe the amounts of paper we go through with them drawing, cutting, folding and "making" thing for Mommy and Daddy.  The second part of the day was me making them their shoes.  I don't know how many of you have daughters but my daughter has been begging me to buy her a pair of shoes called "Twinkle Toes" by Sketchers.  Well I am very sorry to say, but I am not paying $30 for a pair of shoes that she is going to out grow in about 5 months with the rate she is growing.  Also, my daughter is very hard on shoes.  So today I made her a pair.

I made this.....  
All I did was go to Wal-Mart that had the black canvas shoes on sale for $3.  Then with a 40% off coupon went to Hobby Lobby and bought a bucket of acrylic rhinestones (0rignal price 15.99).  I used the 7mm size rhinestones. I already had the fabric glue from a previous project, but you can also use some E600 (allow to dry for at least 24 hrs before letting them wear them).  I let her pick out what colors.  I then made the pattern the best I could.  I feel that something is missing and might go over the area with some glitter glue.  I don't know.  The shoelaces are from Plain & Fancy Bowtique Christmas Collection.  She is happy with her new shoes.  I got to save money and spend  time with my daughter.

and that too.
These are for my younger daughter, who is not so girly.  Also, I could not find girl canvas shoes in her size when shopping so I got the boys. Well with a little "BLING" and some satin ribbon shoe laces in light pink, that I offer on my website Plain & Fancy Bowtique, she now has a pair of girly shoes.   

It took me a total of an hour to make the shoes.
 Thanks for letting me share. 

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