"Sometimes adventure calls and we ignore it. We miss the opportunity for a lifetime of memories. Go ahead, be adventurous" ~Maria Villanueva

January 22, 2012

Backpack Makeover

Hello my dear friends in Blogland!!!! Thanks for dashing by.  Oh, how I missed you all.  I'm back after a very long hiatus.  Partly because I've been busy (I got lazy) and partly by no control of my own when my computer crashed.  But mainly because I've been spending more time with my 80+ year old parents.  I'm part of the "sandwich" generation.  I'll have to say though, it's easier to take care of my parents than it is to take care of my kids.  While my parents require a lot of quiet relaxation and conversations over cookies and tea with soft music in the background, my kids, on the other hand, require a lot of running, heart pounding rock climbing, thrilling roller coaster riding, sweating, screaming...etc., etc.     

I've been gone so long and I have missed so much from your posts, I have a lot of catching up to do. 

For my first post back I have a very simple and inexpensive but fun project.  It only took me a few minutes and made a world of difference to my little one.  I purchased a backpack for my son but I miscalculated what's cool and not so cool in his little world.  Last week he liked Winnie the Pooh....today?.....not so much!

I bought this backpack for my little one but as soon as he saw it he said, "mom, you must be kidding! I'm too old for Winnie the Pooh".....oooookay........never mind that just last week he begged me to read him a Winnie the Pooh book. 

With my busy life, I was not about to return it and spend another eight hours looking for another one.  I'm a cool mom, not a crazy one.

After a trip to Joann's, he picked out some fabric he liked.  I also picked up some contact paper and some hot glue sticks. 
I placed the contact paper over the image I wanted to cover and drew around it with a Sharpie pen.
I used this as my template to cut the fabric
Once I cut the fabric, I removed the contact paper and I had the perfect shape and size I needed to cover Pooh's image.  I then used the hot glue gun to glue the fabric in place going all around the fabric and sealing it at the same time.  He loved it!

Thanks for visiting.  I cannot wait to come over and look at what you've been working on while I've been gone.  Although I will not be posting as often as I used to, I have a ton of projects lined up and cannot wait to show them to you.  


  1. Welcome back! It sounds like you've been busy doing very important and worthwhile things, but it is good to see you again.

  2. Hello Maria! I missed you! Hope your holliday season has been great!
    I think your son isn't prepare to show to the world that he still loves winnie! ;)
    I think you handle it great!
    Are your parents more easy to take care than your children, really? Well, that is not my experience! My parents are much more complicate!!!!

  3. Hi Maria, it's so nice to see you back! I was so happy to see your post in my email this morning. I hope your holidays were good. So sorry to hear about your computer. I've had that happen, and I know how frustrating it is. I'm glad you are spending time with your parents, I'm sure it means the world to them. My Nan is 92, and I wish I could be with her more often. She lives about 2000 miles away, but luckily we are able to talk on the phone every day. She still lives by herself and is very active. She puts me to shame, lol. Have a lovely day, and I'm looking forward to more posts! Anne

  4. Maria, I like what you did with the backpack! Very creative! I am glad you are spending time with your parents; I know it is hard to be that sandwich generation. I just wanted to say I'm not really blogging these days; I closed my corgi one and just started another one in case I want to write, but haven't really written much in it. Both my inlaws died within a month of each other so now we are involved with disposing of things, etc so no time to blog, but did want you to know what is up in case you come looking for me :)

    take care of yourself!


  5. I have been wondering about you. I understand everything you said.

    Now what a good idea to just cover it up!


  6. Happy to see you posting again!
    The backpack looks awesome.... It's a great idea.



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