Unravelling Your Yarn Stash With Evernote

Any fiber arts lover knows the call of the yarn aisle.  Given that it’s nearly impossible to pass up those beautiful skeins, it’s important to find a way to know just what you have in your stash! In this class you will learn how to quickly inventory your yarn stash with photos and details in Evernote.. for free!

Your yarn stash will be searchable and available to you, no matter where you are thanks to the magic of their mobile app. Never again will you be questioning just what shade and dye lot you needed to complete the project you have on your needles. Not only will you save time (to spend on your next project!), you’ll also save money (to spend growing your stash!). Join this class today and we’ll have your yarn stash organized in no time!  

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Unravelling Your Yarn Stash with Evernote

Crochet Towel Ring

CroWe almost always keep a towel of some kind on our stove handle. Since our kitchen is on the smaller side (that is  – about an arm-span wide) it’s handy to have a towel directly behind you to dry your hands on after washing them. I love my knit hanging towels and my crochet topped hanging towels, but we also have a drawer full of kitchen towels begging to be used as well. I decided to give a crochet towel ring a try to make use of these towels too.
 
I tried a couple of different patterns before landing on the one I eventually used. Some people include a shower ring, which I understand but was not something I wanted for my towel ring.  Fabi’s pattern was easy to follow and created just what I needed, a small ring for my stove. I’m very happy with the results!

Pinspired: Ikea Bookshelves

Pinspired Ikea BookshelvesI’ve always been a huge reader (thanks Dad and Mom for reading to me so much as kid and supplying my book habit!) and I feel like my love of reading helped me in so many ways throughout my life. It’s important to me that books an essential part of Little One’s upbringing and I want to make sure she always has books at her fingertips (or at Mommy and Daddy’s fingertips until she’s old enough to enjoy them on her own).  Our small rooms don’t accommodate large bookshelves easily, so when I saw this pin, I thought it was a brilliant idea!
 
Project Time: 1 hour or so
Project Cost: approx $5/shelf
Pin it or forget it? Pin it!
 
One of Little One’s aunties (who also purchased the spice racks for us on an Ikea trip) redid my former dresser and chest as her baby shower gift, so we didn’t want to mount the bookshelves directly to the beautiful piece. We decided to make a corner of her room for her books, near the glider where we will likely sit and read to her.
 
We found some great little paint samples at Lowe’s and picked one up in a bright green to compliment her room colors. I can’t take an credit for the implementation of this project, Hubby did it all from painting, putting them together, and mounting them to the wall. We did have issues mounting them to the wall due to the type of hanging areas on the back of the spice rack, but otherwise I’m really happy with how they turned out! The hold her books well and add a nice little pop of color to the corner area. There’s no way we would have had room for a bookcase right now, so this was a wonderful solution.

How to Get Free Gift Cards (Legitimately!)

How I Get Free Gift Cards
I’m always a bit suspicious when people say they get things free on the internet. It’s a good caution to have, as most “get things free” offers online aren’t legit. However, I’ve personally earned over $100 worth of gift cards since starting these programs in November. I know $100 in 6 months isn’t going to get anyone rich, but it’s great to have a little extra spending money now that I stay at home. You can earn free gift cards too by participating in the programs below. 
 
Swagbucks – Swagbucks was the first program like this that I started in November. It only took me a week to gain my first gift card (which was a $5 gift card for Facebook that was set aside as a Christmas gift for a family member). You earn points on Swagbucks through a variety of activities like watching videos, participating in surveys, printing and using coupons, playing games, and visiting websites. Companies pay Swagbucks to get their advertisements in front of you and get your opinions. Swagbucks in turn pays you for participating. It’s a win win win situation if you ask me! Since earning that original Facebook gift card, the majority of other gift cards I’ve ordered have been Amazon gift cards. I love that Amazon’s an option since I do at least 50 percent of my shopping there now that we have a little one. 
 
Bing Rewards – I found out about Bing rewards through an ad on Swagbucks. Originally I used Bing rewards to gain Swagbuck gift cards, but they recently changed the redemption values and you can get an equivalent Amazon gift card for fewer points so I’ve switched to those. You get Bing rewards primarily from doing searches through the Bing search engine. You can gain up to 15 points per day (1 point for every 2 searches) for every search done on your browser and up to 10 points per day (1 point for every 2 searches) for every search done on your mobile device. At 25 points a day, you can get a $5 Amazon gift card in just 19 days with Bing Rewards. 
 
What would you do with free gift cards from Swagbucks or Bing Rewards? Share in the comments below!
 
 
 

Pinspired: Baby Blanket Ladder


Pinspired Blanket Ladder

Little One was blessed to receive many blankets in preparation for her arrival, including some beautiful handmade pieces. My mom mentioned an idea like this and I said that I knew I had seen it somewhere before. Funny enough, a few weeks later I was perusing my boards (what, you don’t browse your boards for fun?) and found that I had pinned it at least a year earlier! I explained my idea to the Hubby and thankfully he agreed to make it for Little One’s room.
 
Project Time: 2-3 hours
Project Cost: approx $20
Pin it or forget it? Pin it*
 
*I will say the Hubby handled this project completely from start to finish and at the end, he wasn’t thrilled how it came out (although I was). So please consider that when deciding to take on the project.
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The Hubby made this with two pieces of wood (I’m not sure on the specifics of sizes) and dowel rods. We decided on a nice cream color to paint the sides, since we thought that a color might draw attention away from the beautiful blankets. The rods didn’t need painted since they would be covered. 
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I love how her blanket ladder turned out! It is one of my favorite pieces in our house. It’s a great display for some of her blankets, adds decoration to her room, and doesn’t take a lot of space. If we had more room, I’d ask the Hubby for another for our blankets… but even 6+ months later I’m not sure he has recovered from making it. 

Book Bites – Minimize the Mess (with Giveaway!)

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I am so very excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for the book Minimize The Mess! I wish you could see my copy of this book. Nearly every page has a highlight and notes in the margin. There is so much great information tucked away for simplifying your home in this lovely book. 

Since I became a work-at-home mom, my sensitivity to clutter and mess in our home has increased. While I was already on a quest to find the best way to optimize our smallish home and declutter our lives, being at home more is definitely pushing me to work on this more. Reading this book could not have come at a better time! 

While not all of the information in this book is new to me, I found the information that Rachel shared wonderfully packaged to help me think through application for my home. There is prodding to really examine your home and life and the motivation behind the mess, but it is done with the spirit of a trusted and understanding friend.  Not only will you be encouraged to work on the current state of your home, you’ll find ways to change the way you think about what comes into your home in the future – the true key to keeping your home the way you want. 

Want to join me in minimizing the mess in your home? You can get your own copy of Minimize the Mess for only $2.99 (what a deal!) from Rachel’s site or from Amazon. If you’re purchasing from Rachel’s site she is offering a 25% discount with the coupon code launch.

Rachel has been so kind as to offer a free copy of Minimize the Mess to one Aforementioned Thoughts reader! You can enter through the Rafflecopter below. 

 
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I received a copy of Minimize the Mess for free to review for you. My thoughts and opinions are all my own. 

DIY No Mess Easter Grass


DIY No Mess Easter Grass

Do you ever finish a craft project and get super excited because it turned out great? That’s how I felt with my Easter grass project. When I started making Mudpie’s Easter basket I thought “wouldn’t it be cute if I sewed in some yarn ‘grass’?” I contemplated this for awhile and since I’m trying to go with the “let’s not overly complicate something that has already been done” technique I decided to look around and found this post from Lady Behind The Curtain (http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com/making-grass-from-yarn/) that I based my Easter grass on. I didn’t use the plan exactly but it helped having that idea to go off of. It wasn’t difficult but took much longer than I expected. I kept reminding myself that this is a project that will hopefully last through her young years at least since I get frustrated when projects take longer than expected. When I got all the grass poofs done and in the basket I was so excited. They were the last touch I needed to really love the basket it seems. I’m so happy with how it turned out!

 

Here’s how to make your own DIY No Mess Easter Grass: 

Pick your favorite color acrylic yarn. I used neon green, but I also think hot pink would be super cute. You’ll also need scissors and something to wrap the yarn around. I used a small container of labels I had but an old gift card would be perfect as well.

Hold one end of the yarn and wrap the yarn several times. I found 45 times worked great for me. Cut the end of your yarn.

DIY No Mess Easter Grass

Slide a piece of yarn under your yarn wraps and tie a very tight knot in the middle of your yarn. Do not cut yarn.

DIY No Mess Easter Grass

Carefully slide wraps off onto your hand. Slide your scissors in the middle of the wraps and cut the loops across from your knot. Hold on to the knot area while doing this if you can.

DIY No Mess Easter Grass
At your knot hold the yarn strands together and wrap the tail of the knot around the bundle around 5 times. Use the other end of the knot tail to tightly knot these threads. 
DIY No Mess Easter GrassCongrats you’ve made your first Easter grass poof! Now keep going until you have enough Easter grass to cover the bottom of your basket. 
DIY No Mess Easter Grass
I thought that I might try to connect the grass to the bottom of the basket or connect the grass poofs together, but I ultimately opted not to. Since this Easter grass is no mess, I don’t mind if baby girl decides to throw the poofs all about when she gets older. Plus this way I can take out the grass if I need to later for any reason. 
 
What do you think of this DIY Easter grass? Does traditional Easter grass end up in odd places in your house or just mine? Let me know in the comments below!