Thursday, October 15, 2009

Back To Basics

I'm sooo excited! Remember this? I've been looking for this thing (for my daughter) for about a year now. I just remember playing with it for hours when I was a kid (okay maybe I really want to play with it again). You pick a skirt or pants and pick a top and rub a crayon over the paper sideways so the image is drawn on the page.

I didn't remember the name of it, but as it turns out, there is no actual name for it (they call it "Fashion Designer").

Once I stumbled on this site, I decided, that from now on, I'm only going to Back To Basics Toys when I want nostalgic toys. They really do have it all. It's the perfect site to shop for birthday gifts, especially for kids who have it "all" already. (No they didn't pay me to say that.) After all, sleigh bells are ringing in the distance.

Anyway, I just thought I'd share, in case any of you moms couldn't think of the name of this thing either. LOL.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

DIY Explosion!

by Amy Platon

Well folks, it's done! Hubby and I (mostly Hubby) just converted our stairs. Here's the "before." As you can see behind me, we had traditional carpet covered steps.

Now see the finished product.

We had this project priced by several professionals and the lowest figure was $1500 (and that was just labor). We completed this project ourselves for right around $400.

Can you see the fear in his eyes? Yes, he totally ice skates down the stairs. He's only slipped on the bottom two steps. Now he's much more careful!

We're so happy with the result! it only took 3 weekends! We did the landing first then took it 3 steps per day from there! Ahhhh I love the sound of DIY success under my feet!