Monday, January 14, 2013

New Years Resolution-Get Baby to Sleep In Crib

I have two New Years resolutions this year. One is to cut my fast food habit. The other, much more difficult resolution is to get Lizzie to sleep in her own bed. Don't get me wrong, I love co-sleeping and it is especially nice to cuddle with baby when Andrew has to work the overnight shift, but it is hard to have both Daddy and baby in the bed. One of them always wakes up the other one. Plus, she is now so active that I'm not totally in love with getting kicked in the face. So begins Operation Baby Crib Sleep.

I must admit, I'm a little disappointed by the options out there to help get babies to sleep through the night. What's wrong with babies? Why can't they make it easy on parents? 

I'm not a fan of the cry-it-out approach. I'm sure it works for some families, but I can't handle hours of crying and a clingy, tired baby the day after.  So I picked up this popular book by Elizabeth Pantley called "The No-Cry Sleep Solution" and have decided to give it a shot. I should mention that the real Phase One was going Cold Turkey on the pacifier to break the sucking to sleep association. This book has a method of doing that involves no tears but that is not the one I used.

The book covers sleep safety and how babies sleep before asking you to fill out a night's log before beginning things.  Here's my first log...

Not as grim as many families have it, but not ideal.  Following this plan, I'm supposed to check up again every 10 days so I'll keep updating as we go. It's time to use that pricey crib for more than !

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Ugly Christmas Tin Redo

Every year I receive a few Christmas tins from friends and family filled with baked goodies. And every year I end up saving those Christmas tins, certain that I will find a use for them...but they are just so ugly. So this year I decided to actually do something about it.  Here's my ugly Christmas tin redo.

First, I cleaned the tin. Then I used some Zissner Oil Based Primer I had from another project I was working on--I didn't want scratches. Then I painted over with some old white glossy paint I had from a furniture project. I taped the edges but wasn't very careful so I still had to scrape some of the paint from the lip of the tin.  

Once dry, I grabbed some of my old scrapbooking paper. My mom is a Stampin' Up! demonstrator so I have lots and lots of nice stuff to choose from. I wanted this to be a re-gift box for the Christmas season so I chose some old Christmas designer series paper. For the borders, I used a 1" punch and cut a small strip for around for the lid.  At first I thought snail adhesive would cut it. I can't tell you how many things I've needed to redo because I foolishly used snail adhesive on glossy paint.  Save some time and just use your heavy-duty adhesive. 

Because I planned on giving this to a grandparent, I used an image of Lizzie and scrapbooked the majority of the top. I used some stickers from an old Simply Scrappin' kit to give it some pizazz.

I'm very happy with how it worked out...this might be an easy project for a birthday theme or another holiday.  I'm not sure how I would feel about putting unwrapped food in here, but as I didn't paint the inside I'm sure it would be okay. The best part is that I had all the materials all ready. Nothing beats free!  Plus, now I know what to do with those ugly Christmas tins next year!