$6 DIY Shelf

I’m the kind of person that would much rather put a ton of work into something and save a TON of money instead of buying it already made from the store. That being said, I decided to make my own shelf for Quilted Bear. I also want to express a sincere THANK you to all of my wonderful friends that helped with this!! Brett, Chelsea, Kevin, Patricia, Andrew. THANK YOU!! I love you all. Now that credit has been given, let me walk you through how we did this!

I found a ton of FREE wood on ksl.com. It just had these black things and some thick, AWFUL nails in it. I used my 2 door hatchback as a workbench on my lunch breaks. I got all of them off in 2.5 lunch breaks. 🙂



When we started, we brain stormed. This is what we came up with. Each board is 2×3. We put down 5 boards for the base of the shelf, and surrounded them with one each on the sides.


My sweet husband measured and cut all the boards to size. Short ones are 16″ Long ones are 3′ 6″.



Then we drilled the sides together and assembled the boards. (Thank you to Kevin for hanging out with Chelae during this time!)




Then we sanded it down and painted it. I just got the $2.98 sample paints from Home Depot.


We had our Friends Thanksgiving dinner while the paint was drying. After dinner EVERYONE came out to help! It was so fun to see all of my friends coming together to help me with this project. I REALLY FELT LOVED.

The boys assembled the rest of the boards, the girls painted.



After the paint dried, we sanded everything down to get that rustic, shabby chic look.

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By this point, my daughter was getting grumpy. Patricia went inside to watch her, and my friends helped get her to sleep.
After she was asleep, we went back out to assemble the shelf.

After I broke, two of Kevin’s drill bits, I very gladly let him take over. He finished assembling the shelf and this is our final project.


I wanted a scattered type look to it, so the middle support beams are purposely off center. So this whole project cost $6. ($2.98 for two different sample paints from Home Depot) I’m very grateful for all of the love and support (and free labor) I have from my friends. They are so so wonderful!

The shelf will be displayed in my booth at Quilted Bear. Here are some things that will be displayed on it.


(I picked up some wrapping paper and corrugated magazine boxes. I wrapped them up to give them a face lift)

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I’m excited to see the how everything comes together! Only 4 More days until I move into my booth!! 🙂

Thanks for visiting! See you tomorrow and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!



10 activities that will help your toddler learn

My one year old, Chelae (pronounced sha-lay), and I went on a walk a few weeks ago. Since she is really good at walking now, I decided to let her walk instead of taking the stroller. It was so fun to see the world through a child’s eye! She was so enamored by the sprinklers, the grass, the bushes. She had never really seen or felt any of those things. It was so fun to watch. The best part is, we never felt rushed. I just walked around and let her explore. SHE LOVE IT! I feel like she learned so much that day! I think everyone needs to slow down and play with their kids more. Let them learn. Let them get dirty. Let them live. Take time to focus on letting your kids learn new things.

When she is getting into all the cupboards, its hard not to think ‘Hey, get out of there!” She’s just learning. She doesn’t know what a curling iron is. So it looks like fun to play with. I need to remember that more. She’s learning.

According to Albert Einstein, play is the highest form of research.

So if you are like me (and almost any other mom) you are probably always feeling like you don’t get out and do much. Here is a list of 10 activities you can do with your toddlers to help them learn new things. All of these are so simple, and you probably have the stuff lying around your house. I’m cheap. So are these ideas.

1. Let them play in a bucket of water. Put toys in the water that they don’t play with in the bathtub already. Like spoons and cups. This is best for out side when it is warm. It’s starting to get cold here, so I did this activity in my kitchen. It was messy. But it was just water! Easy clean up and she had a blast!

2. Let them put balls in a tissue box. They love it! And it enhances fine motor skills.

3. Cut up paper towel rolls or toilet paper rolls into smaller circular rolls. let them put it in the spaces in a muffin tin.

4. Find several different textures around your house or out side. Walk around and show them how cool each item is.

5. Put together a “learning basket” you can put ribbons, magnets, brushes, little hoops, pom poms and pipe cleaners. Let them dig right into this basket. They will learn new textures and shapes.

6. Put rice or uncooked beans in a Tupperware or mason jar. Let them shake it around.

7. Let them play with your pots/pans or bowls.

8. edible finger paints. Some people just use baby foods for these. My mom used whipped cream and food coloring.

9. Marble painting. Put a piece of card stock at the bottom of a Tupperware. Add marbles and a couple drops of different colored paint. Put a lid on it and let them go to town on their own art piece!

10. Show them how they can put golf tees in a foam square.

I’ve tried a few of these, but I found a lot of these ideas by searching pinterest. I’m going to try some new ones!

What ones have you tried? Do you have any other ideas? I’d love to hear them! 🙂

Thanks for joining me for Thinkin’ Tuesdays. Come back tomorrow for Workin’ Wednesdays!