Crib Mattress Ottoman Tutorial

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I’ve always wanted to make my own ottoman, but the price of foam is absurd! So when my little girl grew out of her crib I stashed her crib mattress in my home studio and saved it for a ridiculously long time until I finally had time to do something with it. But my kids didn’t mind. They liked to pull it out and use it as a trampoline.

My goal was to make this thing using as little money as possible, but I did have to buy some lumber to make the base. Luckily Lowes cuts it for you there so I could fit it all in my car. I had measured the mattress at home and just had them cut me out a piece of plywood that was the same size. I was able to cut the 2×4 with my miter saw at home. Continue reading

Preschool Snack: Goldfishes and Pretzles

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My kids love it when I put this simple mix of Goldfish crackers and stick pretzels together. We usually do it for an after school snack, but it would also be cute for a ocean themed party or if you are in charge of the preschool snack.

You can also give your kids a spoonful of peanut butter to dip their pretzels in so they can “catch” the goldfish on the end of their fishing rod. Or if you are worried about peanut allergies you could also do almond butter or cream cheese. Continue reading

Furniture Facelift Friday: Rustic Side Table

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This side table by Marilyn is one of my favorites. It has so much character! Plus I like pieces that are so roughed up that I won’t notice the difference if my kids accidentally damage it ;-)

Furniture Facelift Friday:
Every Friday I post before and after pics of a furniture restoration or repurpose. If you have any before and after photos you would like to submit, just post them to my Facebook wall at www.facebook.com/Jonesing2Create and you might be featured on my blog!

Entertainment Center Play Kitchen

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I know these entertainment center play kitchens have been done like crazy, but I had to throw my own in too. Plus it is fun to get ideas from other people. I have included the Silhouette files for the stove, oven, sink drain and sign here in case you want to use them. They could also be used to make a smaller play stove.
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When I first saw these entertainment center play kitchens I was in love. I could also kick myself. Just a few months before I had gotten rid of our old entertainment center (which would have worked perfectly) by unceremoniously leaving it on the curb with a free sign on it. It was gone in a few hours, obviously by a mom who had seen the play kitchens on Pinterest before me. Continue reading

Furniture Facelift Friday: Entry Bench

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I love the arm rests on this bench! Marilyn did a wonderful job bringing this unique piece back to life.

Furniture Facelift Friday:
Every Friday I post before and after pics of a furniture restoration or repurpose. If you have any before and after photos you would like to submit, just post them to my Facebook wall at www.facebook.com/Jonesing2Create and you might be featured on my blog!

Sister Missionary Gift: Preach My Gospel Charm Bracelet

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I am totally addicted to making charm bracelets right now. My friends tease me because I am always walking around with jewelry pliers and supplies in my purse. I just can’t help it! I love them! They are a perfect combination of sentiment and style. I am hooked!

I have a cousin in the mission field and wanted to spend her something special. So I have been doing a lot of research; trying to figure out the perfect message to put on a charm bracelet. And then I finally read “Becoming a Preach My Gospel Missionary” by Elder David A. Bednar. It’s PERFECT! It’s a talk he gave in the MTC and is of course amazing like all his talks. We have a special love for Elder Bednar in our house; my husband used to attend one of his classes at Rick’s and learned a lot from him.

The first charm on the bracelet is a bee. For me the bee is a wonderful symbol for missionary work. Missions involve so much hard work and a willingness to sacrifice for others. Elder Ballard’s talk “Be Anxiously Engaged” is also a wonderful talk about the honey bee and the power of our small and daily efforts. So to highlight the “bee” amount of work involved in “bee-coming” I decided to use the symbol of the bee for this talk. Continue reading

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IKEA Hack Pizza Pan Chalkboard

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I think IKEA furniture is an abomination, but have to hand it to them with their nifty little GRUNDTAL organization stuff (Side note: Why does IKEA have to capitalize everything? It makes me feel like I am being yelled at.)

One of my favorite things in the GRUNDTAL series are their cool little stainless steel containers. I have them on my fridge holding my spices, on the sides of my washing machine, and of course all over my office studio. I like that they are stainless steel so that I don’t have to worry about them rusting and they are safe for food. I don’t use them for my powdery spices though because it gets too messy. Continue reading