Luciana’s 1st Valentines!

Luciana’s made some beautiful Valentines for her friends with a little help from Mommy and Daddy! We used a foam brush to coat her hand with red, non-toxic, acrylic paint. We kept a tight grip on her hand so it didn’t find its way into her mouth. We let her smear the paint on the heart-shaped cards and let them dry. We added fun little hearts (punched with a small heart punch) with an Elmer’s glue pen and wrote a short note to each of her friends on them.

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It’s not too late!! Go out, grab the supplies, and make some of your own!

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Infant Infinity Scarf

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I made this scarf for my daughter last night and am so excited about how it came out! I take so much pride in what I do and I love to share it! I would be thrilled to make one for your child!

I usually use Merino yarn that is hand-dyed by an organization called Manos Del Uraguay. This organization not only provides financial opportunity for woman who would otherwise struggle finding work but they also turn out a quality product. The yarn is incredibly soft, warm, and no skein is exactly the same as another. Read more about the organization here.

I can ship anywhere in the USA. Leave me a comment on this post, contact me via my Etsy page, Heart of Gold by Torro (click this link and then click the button that says “Contact shop owner”), or message me via facebook if you are interested in having one of these made for you!

Hanging Paper Stars

I have a tall window in my living room with a sill which I love to decorate. For our first year in our home we went “all out” and put garlands and lights and our nativity on the sill but there was some negative space that I wanted to fill. I came of with the idea of floating 3D stars made from Christmas scrapbook paper!

I made 4 and they came out so pretty; they are perfect!

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They are hanging from yarn tied onto command hooks:

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I cut out 16 stars, 4 for each ornament (each about 2 inch). I folded them all in half, good side of paper on the inside of the fold. I put 4 together with scotch tape adhesive dot roller. I left one part detached so I could glue the yarn into it.

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They came out so great! Could use any shape! Gonna try larger hearts for Valentine’s Day too!

Emergency Cheat Sheet

With a new little baby joining our family in the very near future, I have been thinking about keeping her safe in our home.

I was reading an article in Parenting magazine which inspired me to create this Emergency Cheat Sheet.

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It is a great reference for most of the basic emergencies you could see in your home:

  • Severe allergic reaction
  • Nosebleed
  • Head injury
  • Chipped tooth
  • Choking
  • Bleeding wound
  • Eye injury
  • Potential broken bone
  • Poisoning
  • Burn
  • Seizure

Download your free PDF below:

Emergency Cheat Sheet

The kitchen is usually the center of the home and likely the site of most of these emergencies so I will  be hanging this list in a sheet protector inside one of my kitchen cabinets.

Let your family members know it is there! I hope you never need to use this but that it’s existence makes you feel a little bit more prepared.

*Please use your judgement. This is meant to save you a little “googling” in an emergency. I am not a doctor. Trust this cheat sheet at your own risk; it is summarized directly from parenting magazine’s article. If you are unsure, call 9-1-1.

Idea Box

If I have 30 minutes of quiet time, it must not be wasted…

When I use these 30 minutes to flip through a magazine, I want to remember the thoughts, ideas, recipes, etc. that I like. In order to do so and keep ripped out pages from being scattered all over the house, I organized a concept I call an Idea Box.

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I always keep a sheet of labels and some scrap paper pieces in the box, paper-clipped together.

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I use the labels when I want to write down a thought or idea and stick it onto a torn out page.

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I use the scrap papers if I think of something while reading that I want to jot down but don’t feel the need to keep the page.

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I put all the pages and ideas into the box and store it neatly in the closet. Fun to sift through it on a rainy day!

If you are reading the magazine on the beach or at a friends house (and they will let you rip the page out) tear the page out right there, put it in your purse, and when you get home, place it in your box. Simple.

This saves me from the I-don’t-want-to-throw-away-the-magazine-because-I-saw-something-in-it-I-liked dilemma which causes lots of clutter!! With this process I can recycle the magazine right away, no hanging around for 3 months and then throwing it away anyway because you have forgotten why you kept it (you know you do this)….

*Also, use scrap paper instead of post-its when you can, for any project…saves trees 🙂

Simple Organization for Small Objects

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While working on any project, especially a very specific project, I like to have all of my supplies laid out in front of me. I recently accomplished ribbon visualization and accessibility with my ribbon organization project so I moved on to organize the small pieces that I attach to the centers of some of the hair bows I make!

There is nothing proprietary about this project. This post is probably not going to change your life. BUT this project is fun, pretty, and functional, so why not share?

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I went to Wal-Mart and picked up a few small plastic containers. I got 2 larger (17 compartment) containers and 2 smaller (7 compartment) containers. I also found a few packages of adorable stickers (12 per pack for $1, wahoo!) to label the containers.

I created categories, sorted the pieces, stuck the stickers to the tops of the containers, and labeled them with my label maker!

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If I find the perfect, rectangular basket to fit these into, I will purchase that basket… in the meantime, I am okay with these bins sitting stacked on a shelf in my craft closet!

*If you want to get really fancy, you could measure, cut, and glue pieces of scrapbook paper into the bottoms of these compartments!

 Thanks for reading!

Photo Editing Tutorial plus an awesome deal I found…

Until 4/26/13, Canvas People are running a deal and it’s awesome!!

Free 8×10 Canvas! Click HERE.

All you pay is $14.95 for shipping. I just ordered mine!

*Make sure you opt out of all special effects on the site to get the deal

Here is a really fun idea for editing your image before you import it…

Step 1: Go to Picmonkey.com

Step 2: Click the “edit a photo” button

Step 3: Select the photo you want to edit (make sure it’s a good quality photo)

Step 4: Once you get to the photo editor screen, select the “effects tab”, it looks like a chemistry flask.

Step 5: Scroll down and select the effect called “Warhol”

Step 5: Select one darker color and one lighter color that would look great in the room in which you will hang your canvas…I chose a gray/blue and pink because those two colors will be in my baby’s nursery…

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Step 6: Click “Apply” when you have decided. Feel free to play with other effects or continue to step 7

Step 7: Click the “save” button and save your image in a place where you can quickly retrieve it.

*If you want to use the photo you just created for your free 8×10 (before 4/26/13) continue to Step 8..

Step 8: Click this link (if before 4/26/13 you will get the deal; if after 4/26/13, go to canvaspeople.com and order a canvas for their regular price)

Step 9: Click “create my canvas”

Step 10: Click “upload my photo”

Step 11: Find and select the photo you just edited!

Step 12: Select free 8×10

Step 13: Select “no frame” and “no effects”

Step 14: Add to Cart and order your canvas!! That was fun!!

Here is my completed canvas:

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Get Organized: File Box Project, Part 2

Here she is, the completed file box!!

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I feel like I need to name her; she is so beautiful! I love filing paper now!

See Get Organized: File Box Project, Part 1 for tutorial!

I hope you are inspired by this project; I have inspired myself to take on many more organization projects.

Come back soon 🙂

Get Organized: File Box Project, Part 1

My husband and I bought our first home (as mentioned in previous posts) and ever since we signed the papers I have been researching some organization techniques. I can’t wait for every single item in my new house to have “a home”, a place where it belongs. I have been very inspired by many different projects but need to prioritize and make moves to actually do some of the projects I have been reading about.

I decided the first thing I NEEDED to do was to create a filing system for all of our paperwork. Piles of papers give me agita (Italian slang for stress or aggravation) so with all these new documents making their way into my life (home insurance policy paperwork, medical bills, utility bills, etc.) I needed to get organized.

I first decided that I would be purchasing a file box instead of a filing cabinet because we do not need anything too big at this point. I purchased a blue filing tote from office max for $10.40. (The exact one I purchased is not on the website to tag for you but this one would work just fine as well).

The next step was to write out all the categories for which I would need folders and then lump them into groups. I ended up with 10 groups.

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Once I had the groups all labeled I researched some file folders. I found these (Smead Hanging Folders) which made perfect sense for me! I purchased 2 boxes of the “brights” variety ($11.78 for each 25 folder box) and 2 boxes of the “jewel tones” variety($12.97 for each 25 folder box) to total 10 colors for 10 groups. I bought these from Amazon and got FREE Super Saver Shipping!

Next, I created a key to tape to the front of my box with all the names of the groups and their folder color. I did this in Microsoft Word by inserting a 10×2 table into a document, putting the colors in one column and their group name in the other, see below.IMG_0338

The next step was to use a label maker and actually create the files. I used the Brother P-touch H100 labeling system, which I got on sale at OfficeMax for $24.99, regular $34.99! The link I attached is actually cheaper, from Amazon for $22.93.  I had to buy 6 AAA batteries for this little guy but I really like it and will be using it very often! So worth it!

I attached the labels to the inside of the file tabs and inserted the tabs into the folders.

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Finally, I filed my paperwork into the folders and then I cried because I was so excited!! Just kidding, of course, but I feel so good about how this came out!

I am still waiting for the boxes of the jewel tone folders to come in the mail so I still have a little more work to do and will post a picture when the entire project is completed!

I put the folders I am not currently using behind the labeled folders and I put the unused tabs into a baggy for safe keeping. I put the baggy into the tote with the files for now but when I move into the house I will put them into their own “home”. I cut the rectangular pieces of cardboard from the boxes in which the folders came, to use in the future; they are good for other projects. I like to be resourceful!

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Total cost for this project, excluding printer paper & printer ink for the key and batteries for the label maker: $84.89!

*Tip: I am planning on attaching a list of brands and some notes about this project to the inside of the box in case I need to order more folders or makeover this bin in the future.

This was so fun! I will be storing this bin in my office closet next to a safe with all the very important documents (birth certificates, SS card, passports, etc.)

Check back in for the photo of the completed project!