Easy Toddler Easter Craft

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Ever since I started taking ceramic wheel throwing class this past year, my creative side has awakened. When Penelope was a baby, my primary outlet was sewing, but I have always loved painting and making art. I love using art as therapy; I find it so therapeutic. Penelope is such a little artist, too. Unlike… [read more]

DIY Kids Christmas Craft Ideas

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Last year I did a couple of Christmas crafts with Penelope that were really fun.  She got such a kick out them, and they were all great fine motor skill practicing opportunities.  For this Christmas tree button one, I bought a big bag of buttons and some pipe cleaners.  You tie a little knot at… [read more]

DIY Transition Boards


In my opinion, everybody has some struggle with transitions, even adults. But for kids, it is usually even harder. Add to that a special need like some sensory issues or separation anxiety and transitions may become a constant battle. These children may not understand the flow of a day, may become frustrated at the thought… [read more]

How to: Burlap Easter Egg Wreath

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Penelope is very artistic and loves to paint and do anything crafty.  I really lucked out that she is into all the things that I am into.  I imagine it’s difficult for parents to connect to their children if they don’t have things in common.  I wonder and hope that she stays into cooking, gardening,… [read more]

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A Seasonal Habit


A tattered, faded, pinkish chair looking orange in harsh winter sunlight coming through the window.  Ugly but with a “sink into it” comfort. I’ll be sitting here later.  A glass topped end table. With wheels.  A small metal tub sits next it. Repurposed. It used to house geraniums on a tiny porch in a bygone… [read more]

Valentine’s Day DIY Burlap Heart Wreath

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Holy Moly. This is the easiest wreath I have ever made. No sewing at all.  Took me 15 minutes from set up to clean up. It’s not the fanciest wreath I have made, but I like it. First, I bought a yard of red burlap fabric from Hobby Lobby.  You could buy regular burlap and then… [read more]

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Handmade Children’s Gifts

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Last year I decided that every year I would make a handmade gift for the boy. A special gift from me to him, I hope he will save and enjoy and someday (very far from now) pass on to his own children. I know, I know, I am a sentimental NUT, I can’t help I… [read more]

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Ombre “ish” Lampshade Makeover

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Crafty home decor projects are oftentimes my happy place. I like crafts that my mind can find some stillness, and that can help me decompress. This one fits in the middle somewhere, the majority of it is very soothing, while the type A part of me struggled with the graduations (is that the right word?)… [read more]

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Coffee Filter Halloween Wreath DIY

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My friend Bethany had a baby about two months ago and she somehow managed to whip up a little Halloween DIY with a newborn.  She is one of the craftiest people I know (she actually handmade my homecoming dress my senior year of high school), so I could totally see her nursing a baby and… [read more]

DIY Stencil Monogram Pillows

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I will so have to try this soon!  I don’t have a fancy silhouette and paying someone to monogram is very expensive, so this is the perfect alternative. -Stephanie  Ok, bear with me, tutorials aren’t really my thing – and actually this is my first tutorial with step-by-step pictures . Onto the goods! I was shopping with my Mommy… [read more]

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Toddler Tutu Tutorial

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I made my Sweet Pea and her friends some tutus recently.  She is a dancing fool and obsessed with all things tutus. I had heard these tutus were very easy to make and I thought I would give them a whirl.  And, by golly, they are easy.  I love crafts that don’t require a lot of mental… [read more]

Beginner Crochet Video Tutorial Series: Finishing Your Stitch


Have you guys been working on your chain scarf?  Were you stuck on how to finish it off? Well, I have made a video showing you how to do the slip stitch.  The slip stitch is a connecting stitch.  It is typically used to connect items worked in rounds (think hats) as opposed to things… [read more]

How to Choose the Right Yarn and Crochet Hook


The next post in our Beginning Crochet Video Tutorials, begins at the VERY beginning, how to find the right yarn and crochet hook, thanks again Ayana! I planned on posting the single crochet stitch next, but some readers posted an excellent question.  I realized when I read their questions that I hadn’t started from the BEGINNING.  Like,… [read more]

Beginner Crochet Tutorial: The Chain Stich


I am so excited about this guest post Ayana over from her blog AyanaREd.  She has lots of great stuff, so be sure to check her out. A friend of mine taught me how to knit last year, and it was highly addicting and fun for about a week, then I got pissed off from… [read more]

Apple Party, Hooray!


Finally, the apple party pictures!  I know some of you have been chomping at the bit for these, so I apologize.  It has taken some time to get back into a routine and groove after her party and traveling for Thanksgiving. I had so much fun planning this party.  The apple theme was a good… [read more]

Easiest Halloween Decoration Ever


Like I mentioned in this post, I had some left over chalkboard paint from when I did Penelope’s playroom makeover.  And now I wander around my house, mentally referring to my chalkboard pin board on Pinterest,  trying to find things I can paint with chalkboard paint. One Fall, several years ago, I thought it would… [read more]