cookie tins

Creative Ways to Reuse a Holiday Cookie Tin

cookie tins

I was happily scrolling through Instagram, when my husband stuck a blue tin in my face and asked me if I wanted it.

“Nah, I don’t want any cookies, thanks.” I replied without looking.

He laughed, “Good! Because there aren’t any cookies in there!”

He earned that chuckle fair and square, I wasn’t paying attention. He had just finished off a tin of those Danish butter cookies that come out around Christmas time. Well, my grandma taught me that you never throw away cookie tins or popcorn tins or any other reuseable container (cigar boxes, butter tubs, etc.), so I told him I wanted the tin and promptly put it on my desk to be washed and recycled another day.

Cute Vintage Cookie Tin
See the birdie? There is a bunny on the other side!

I already have a really cool tin (from my Nana), that stores my circular knitting needles, so I wasn’t quite sure what I would do with this one. I set about Google and Pinterest to find some ideas.

I really, really like the clock idea. And I think the succulent/plant holder idea is cute, but what to do with the lid? Maybe use the base for the plants and the lid as a clock? I don’t know. #useeverypart right?

Here’s what I found on Google:

I pinned them to a special board on Pinterest, and then found more ideas there!

Do you reuse cookie tins? Do you alter them, or just keep them as is? I’d love to hear your ideas!

After a tear or two

I’m not the best house keeper. I love to organize but struggle at staying organized. Hubby has suffered through numerous do-overs in our home. We’ve even swapped entire rooms before (kids room and our room, school room and craft room and kitchen). So when I asked him this weekend to take me to Lowe’s for a little pegboard project I had in mind he didn’t respond very kindly.

What started out as me just being disappointed turned into me being mad as fire.

**quick explanation: He had told me 6 weeks ago while standing in Lowes that if I wanted a peg board I could have one. This weekend he said he never told me I could have one. So either I was a liar or I was hearing voices in my head, either way it’s not something you want to accuse me of.**

I sewed until I calmed down a bit and then we talked. I showed him pictures online of non manly garage style pegboard set ups. Then he took me to Lowes.

This is what I made:


Grocery bag holder, Four Dishtowels (Osnaburg), KitchenAid Mixer Cover, Curtains, Three Potholders in Green and Michael Miller’s Fifties Kitchen print!

This is what he made:


And the supervisor, George.


Math, engineering, home ec and Motrin.

And coffee. Lots of coffee.
Today I thought I’d be a “cool mom” and turn this toddler tent craft into our schoolwork for the day.
It seemed simple enough. Take a set of old sheets, make some rectangles, sew them together, and drape over a card table.
There would be measuring, math, home economics, engineering, design, graphic, learning to scale, and…
Motrin. Lots and lots of Motrin. And Coffee. Let us NOT forget the coffee.
Taderbug got to use my new machine since it has the ability to step along really really slowly.
Doodlebug was all work on my old machine. She impressed me today! She paid attention to measurements, did the math, and spent 20 minutes rethreading the machine when it jammed.
We also learned that hand me down measuring tapes that are SO old that they aren’t even plastic tend to shrink over time and will ruin your measurements by a lot. We’re talking 1/2 ” here! I hated to toss it but I didn’t want to accidently use it.
Even Lil Man got in on the action! It’s not child labor if it’s educational right?
Well, here’s our tent. Two doors, two windows and tons of fun. The girls put a couple books on the table to the top would stick up like a princess castle. I’m pretty sure there is a camp out planned for tonight.
Hubby thinks I should make them (without the child labor) and sell them. I think that means he likes it. I like it when he likes my stuff.
Blogging from my Android….probably from the bathroom.

Passing Down the Machine

14 years ago…
(I feel a little Abe Lincoln here…)
my very new hubby did a very stupid thing and took his Sears card for a drive, buying me fancy schmancy sewing machine. (The gift was nice… using the credit card was stooooopid)
Five years ago, he sprung for a serger.
This past Mother’s Day, he upgraded me to a Singer Futura Embroidery Machine.
Yea, he’s a keeper.
Since the new machine is also a sewing machine, a fancy schmancy one at that, my poor little Kenmore machine is wrapped in plastic on the shelf waiting for someone to love it again.
The someone is here, in the house, I have just been waiting for her to grow up enough to sit still and pay attention.
This week, I let her sit and practice (on my new machine! *gasp*) sewing straight lines.  She’s going to make me crazy asking to do it again.  I need to sit with her this time, because she got excited and started stitching all my scraps together willy nilly like and stopped paying attention to what she was doing.
I might be crazy, but she really wants to learn.  So for Christmas, in her stocking, she will be getting her first measuring tape, some pins, a pin cushion, and a seam ripper.  She will also get full on access to Momma’s Sewing Machine… the first one.
I think I might print her off some of these starter projects and put them in a binder for her.

Did you teach your kid to sew? How old were they? Do you know of a fun/easy sewing idea?

A mermaid's tail

My Taderbug wants to be the Little Mermaid for Halloween….
Here is the start of her costume…

Purple shell boobies…  still to come.  I’m running out of time.

The ever growing to do list.

Hey ya’ll.  I know, this is supposed to be a post of one of my great grandma’s recipes.
Unfortunately, I’ve been a bit depressed lately (there.isaidit.)  Nothing harsh like before.  I can just feel the spiral beneath me ready to suck me in and during a couple of real good cryfest-pittyparties it almost got me.
Hubby has been sent out of town for work almost every week for two months.  He goes again next week.  I have in laws visiting this weekend and my mom visiting next weekend because our oldest daughter turns 9 on Halloween.
My house is a wreck.  My toddler is a whirling dervish. My attitude is quite frankly just bad.
The good news is, my house can be cleaned, I’ve lost 5 lbs and started the couch to 5k, and I have a couple of orders to complete. Hubby will be home all day today and his parents will take the big kids out tomorrow to give me a little break (aka time to work).
We are supposed to go see a car salesman today about a bigger vehicle.  I’m praying hard that we will make the correct choice here.  Every time I ask for guidance I get an answer, conflicting answers.  I know this is because there is an outcome I want and things are being filtered through those desires. Right now I’m feeling like it might be a waste of our time.
I got in some new fabrics AND new PUL so I’m looking forward to getting some more bibs made!  I’m also considering making one of each of my items as a matching set to list together.  Guess I should probably finish the Halloween costumes first huh?

Taking my love to town…or to market…

Not like that. Get your mind out of the gutter.

I love crafts. I love all crafts. I love anything that lets me be creative.

For those who don’t know yet (read: all my non twitter readers), I have opened an etsy shop.  Thanks to a new artfire promotion, I have also opened up a shop on their site.

Chaotic Craftiness on Etsy  and Artfire!

One of my custom orders ended up so cute! Custom bib, wipes case, and card holder!
The card holders are great for business cards, id’s, debit/credit cards! Perfect for kids to hold school id’s , lunchroom cards, library cards!
So far I’ve had the most fun making ‘Lil Dribblers (with matching britches) for my drooly lil fat man…
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I have more to list and PLENTY of new ideas coming down the pipe.  Trying to get schoolwork done and still have time to sew with this crazy bunch is a bit of a challenge for this easily distracted mom.

I’d love it if you’d take a peek and leave me some feedback here on what you like or don’t like.  I’d love some honest opinions!

Where have I been hiding?

Why…. in the cleanest room in the house of course!
Does anyone remember this post? Where I proclaimed that I wanted my craft room back and shared that awful twitpic picture of the before?  That was only part of the way there.
I have not only finished (well, mostly) the room BUT I have used it several times and it still looks like this!
Here is my new space… and where I have been hiding.  Even now I’m up here, blogging off hubby’s laptop, just because when I look around I’m surrounded by pretty things that make me happy!

My craft room

My 3/4's of the room.

Scrap Basket

Scrap Basket my mommy made me.

Singer Futura

My Mommy's Day Present and Anniversary Present! WHOO HOO

My helper

My helper?


My thread, for now, there's more on the way! Doodlebug offered to buy me another rack for my birthday!

Some of my scraps are actually organized by fabric type...

Knits, laces, vinyls, PUL, and more!

Bubbagirl's stuff... she gets to play with this (till peanut arrives)


and for good little girls and mommies... CANDY!

To celebrate my organization, and to help me make some more room for the fabric I have on it’s way to me RIGHT NOW, I’m giving away some really awful wonderful heavy camo fabric!

You know you want some right?

This pic doesn't do it justice! You NEEED this!

First one to tell me they want it gets it!  There is at least four yards of it!  Not sure what my mom purchased it for, but it’s mine now and I have yet to find a use for it in a house full of princesses and divas.
Now, who wants to come play in my new hideout?

When all else fails, give them to the frog

Thanks to a little creative nudge from my friend Mika from Froggy Girl, I felt moved to sew something for my kids. (Ok, so it was to use up my stash so I’d be allowed to buy more, but they don’t need to know that)

I started out trying to make Bubbagirl some bloomers. (Luckily I cut out two)

**thank you Simplicity Patterns for making a size 18 mths too big for my five year old**

So we tightened up the elastic in the second pair so she could at least hold them up.

Then I took a night gown pattern, had my evil way with it, made up some sleeves and TRIED to make Taderbug something.

Only to find out that pattern was roughly 100 sizes off as well.  So Doodlebug ended up with the nightgown (still a bit big even for her), and Taderbug took possession of Bubbagirls original bloomers.

This was the scene at bedtime last night:


(can you tell I had a LOT of that particular stash to get rid of? )

This morning, I threw together another nightgown for Taderbug, this time starting at a size 4.  It is well past her feet, but she isn’t complaining and we’re just going to hope it shrinks in the wash.

I really wanted something for Bubbagirl though. Something that would fit and not cause her Daddy to laugh quite so hard.

I found a pair of training panties (too big for her) and used them to try and create a set of smaller bloomers.

I ended up with this:


Of course, this time they are way to small.

So who gets them? Since Bubbagirl is the smallest one of all right now?

The frog.

Yep, the frog.

Apparently he’s been needing new underwear.


Anyone else feel the urge to sing:

“I’m too sexy for my kitties, too sexy for kitties”

yea, me neither.

I want back in this room! TODAY!

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Do ya’ll remember this tweet? From about a month ago when I was going to TRY and find this room?


It was awful.  It took me all afternoon, but I did get it down to half a disaster area. 

Yesterday, I went in and almost finished the job!  Now I want to craft…. I want to take out my scraps and sew SOMETHING!




It’s not perfect, but I can see the machines and the floor! 


Now, who can link me up with some cool crafts to use up my scraps?