Monday, September 29, 2014

DIY Hand Lettered Chalkboard Pegboard Display

My latest IsaJay display

To satisfy my need to make things, I have a craft business on the side, called IsaJay, where I make and sell headbands, bows, etc. I started it in the summer of 2010 and I initially sold online before I tried my hand at the local craft shows. From the beginning, I've always stressed out about my displays. Everyone here seems to have the cutest displays so I'm always on the lookout for the best ways to display my products. For my last show, I decided to go for a complete revamp with a hand lettered chalkboard pegboard and a fabric garland. Both were easy to complete and I loved the end result. Here you can find how I made my pegboard. The fabric garland tutorial is HERE.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Disneyland 2014: Our Family Vacation

Storybook Land Canal

We've been really into road trips lately because they're so much more economical than flying for a family of four. Andrew and I usually don't mind driving the long distances, but this trip may have exceeded our driving limits. Racking up roughly 1500 miles from Utah to California, making several stops along the way, and staying in a total of 4 different hotels, we were pretty much done with all the driving by the time we were on our way home.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Minnie Mouse Inspired Dress Tutorial

If you didn't already know, I love, love, LOVE planning for trips. My mind is never too far from planning our next getaway which may account for all the trips we go on. Not only do I enjoy the process of pinning down logistics, I also love planning outfits accordingly. For this year's Disneyland trip, I decided to make a dress for Isabelle. With Minnie Mouse in mind, my goal was to make something with lots of ruffle in the back and this is what I came up with. Keep in mind that this tutorial is going to be more about eyeballing things rather than a detailed tutorial. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Disneyland 2014: Preparations and Must-Haves

it's a small world is a family favorite

Andrew and I took the kids to Disneyland for the first time in 2010. Isabelle was only a baby at the time and Jadon was scared of most rides, so we spent a lot of time just wandering around and taking in the atmosphere. We were there for a few days, stayed in a Disneyland hotel, and only left Disney property once for dinner. The next year, we headed to Disney World for a full week. We've been dreaming of another Disney vacation ever since. Since we were already making plans to take the kids to San Diego Comic-Con, we decided to throw Disneyland in as well.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Disney Pin Trading Lanyard Tutorial

Disney pin trading is something we learned about after our first family trips to Disneyland and Disney World and I really wanted to try it out with our most recent trip to Disneyland. For pin trading, you can buy individual pins or you can buy the starter sets from Disney that include a lanyard and several pins. Since we were on a budget and we had a lot of time to plan, we ended up buying authentic pins off of Ebay (there are a lot of fake pins out there which I wouldn't recommend buying) and making our own lanyards which ended up being really easy and a whole lot cheaper. Each lanyard was roughly $1 each.