Monday, March 10, 2014
1. Rose Gold Pebble Ring by The Angry Weather // $125
2. Man in the Moon Bangle by Luxe Divine // $90
3. The Dear Ones Bear by Oh Albatross // $55
4. Himmeli Geometric Drop by Spazz Happy Line Design //$15
5. Convertible Wool Mittens by Mitreva // $30
Monday, February 24, 2014
We did a little blow painting exercise last week. The kids got to blow into straws and they didn't get any paint on their hands or clothes. In my book that's a successful stress-free project for mama! Plus it's fun to see where the paint goes, and how force changes the direction and flow of the paint.
For this project all you need is some painting paper (purchased at a local craft store or the stationery department of Target), paint (I used Crayola finger paint), water, straws, and paper cups (to mix the paint in).
Mix each color of paint separately with enough water to make it runny, so that it will be easy to blow across the paper with a straw. Putting two or three different colors onto the paper will provide extra fun and also interesting contrast. We started with the paint overlapping a bit.
To finish off their pieces of art my kids used a Sharpie to add detail to their little monsters. Be sure to wait for the paint to thoroughly dry before diving in with the marker.
This project is also really cool with simple (thinned) black paint or ink. Make sure to monitor little ones so they don't suck on their straw, or lick paint off the end of it. If your children are a little older and don't need as much direction, consider joining in yourself!
Monday, February 3, 2014
A mommy friend of mine recently shared this fun craft with me- edible kid necklaces that the kiddos can make themselves! (They remind me of those fun candy necklaces we got as kids.) This is a super easy and non-stressful project. All you need is some yarn, masking tape, and 'o' shaped cereal.
Measure how much yarn you will need by holding it around your child's neck or wrist (be sure to leave a little extra to tie it on). Tape your piece of yarn to a table or flat surface to keep it from moving around; put a piece of masking tape around the other end of the yarn to make it easier for your child to put the cereal onto the yarn.
Feel free to sneak in a little educational time by having your son or daughter make patterns with the colors. Be sure you are on hand to help out by eating any broken pieces of cereal that are no good for jewelry making. (If you're really lucky they may make a bracelet for you too!)
Have fun making and eating these colorful, wearable works of art!
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Since the new year rolled over, I've been busy pulling all the stuff out of my brain that had been festering there while I was busy getting Christmas orders out the door. Boy, has it felt good! I still have a few new things up my sleeve, but for now I've gotten the above things into the shop. Hope you are feeling happy and productive too!
Monday, December 30, 2013
This Christmas season seemed full to bursting with sewing for the shop, cleaning, cooking/baking, and the general busyness of homeschooling. I really wanted to make an effort to spend some quality time with the kids; even though I work from home and homeschool, finding time for quality time can still be ridiculously tricky this time of year. Thankfully we managed to squeeze in some gingerbread-men-decorating time on Christmas Eve. I wasn't sure I could make it happen, but I'm so glad I did! I didn't want to buy one of those terrible tasting houses, so I opted for homemade gingerbread and icing (thanks, Jill, for the easy recipe!), and purchased some candy from the bulk section of our local Wegman's.
It really was a sweet time of slowing down and having fun together (plus it was tasty!). I do believe we'll be making this a Christmas-time tradition. I hope you all had some extra-special moments during your Christmas celebrations!
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Hi there! Just popping in to let y'all know that I've put together a round-up of stylish DIY gift wrapping ideas over on the Hand and Seek blog. Hop on over and get wrapping!
Thursday, December 12, 2013
I put this tutorial together last year for Gathered by Mollie Makes. It was actually my first foray into the world of sequins, and it was a lot of fun to play around with something sparkly. Sequins are perfect for catching and playing around with light. As a result, they work well with Christmas lights! You're guaranteed a white Christmas with a couple of these shimmery felt snowflakes floating around on your tree. (Please forgive the dark photos.)
YOU WILL NEED:
-1 sheet, or 4x6 inches, of white felt
-5mm clear AB sequins
-775 DMC embroidery floss
-8 inches of jute twine (or thin ribbon)
-snowflake template (below)
Cut out two snowflakes from the felt using the template; one for the top and one for the backing.
Attach a sequin to the center of the top snowflake piece using one strand of embroidery floss. (Fold snowflake in half to help locate the exact center- see inset.) Work out from the center to make an “x” shape, alternating sequins with a small straight stitch.
Fill in the rest of the snowflake. Start from the center sequin and work outward, alternating stitches and sequins in a pleasing pattern.
Layer the snowflake pieces (sequins facing up) and stitch them together using two strands of embroidery floss. Be sure to securely attach the jute twine loop at the top of the snowflake (see inset).
Merry Christmas and happy crafting!
Merry Christmas and happy crafting!