Category Archives: Crafts

Easter ALREADY??!!

OK, with all my room painting and cleaning, I neglected any Easter projects I wanted to do. After all, EASTER IS TOMORROW! Really, is it just me that it sneaked up on?? So yesterday, I sat at the table and tackled the one I wanted to do most:

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Egg Holding Buns!

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I found this project over here on the Sculpey website.

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They were fairly easy to make, and awfully fun. AND since I haven’t really done anything to prepare yet (and we are hosting) it felt good to get started with something so cute.

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*Seriously: we haven’t even dyed eggs yet (that is today’s project- we are using the natural dyes we have used in the past). The eggs shown in this post were made by Falafel when she went to a friend’s house, and they were kind enough to let her take some home.

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I ran out of white Sculpey (affiliate link) pretty quickly, so I just used two other light colors that we had.

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Not perfect, but they work. And they are sweet.

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Have you made anything for Easter or are you a big ol’ procrastinator like me?

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Spring Break and two more dolls

The girls are on Spring Break this week, so I have decided to gut their rooms. steam clean the rugs, and paint the walls! Jim has been tending to things like the first Spring mow and outdoor tidying! Not exactly relaxing, but really productive.

Anyhow, I have two more dolls to share with you today.

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I have to say that blondes are tricky because of the eyebrows. I think I have it down now, but I have to do layers of colors. Darker on the bottom and then lighter on top.

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Sorry for the blurry photo on this one. I must have been rushing. I don’t know why. Heh.

I have to say that Falafel is loving these new dolls. She is building playground equipment for them to play on. Tricky since she is sticking skewers together with tape, but I love that it is inspiring her to be creative.

What are your plans this week?

Not as easy as I thought

Have you heard of Tree Change Dolls?

Here is a video in case you haven’t:

OK…now that you have, I saw this video in my Facebook feed (as I am sure a lot of you have), and I got very excited and inspired by what Sonia has started. I love that she is not only upcycling these dolls, but she is turning them into dolls that I wouldn’t mind my own daughters playing with.

I had to give it a try for myself!

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I got a bag of Barbie-type dolls from my good ol’ BNP. Cleaned them up and brushed out their hair.

I will share one with you today.

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I stripped off all of the original paint, and then repainted her face!

I have to say that I thought this would be much easier than it actually was. I was an art major in college, I lived and breathed art for most of my life, and actually painted for a living for a few years. THIS WAS HARD. I learned that there is a fine line between cute and creepy. Seriously. Each feature really can go from adorable to YIKES in one small tilt of your brush.

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I think for my first finished doll, it isn’t bad. I did go through a few before her, and actually ended up stripping their paint again. I am sure with practice it will get easier. Both my girls tried their hand at painting one, and they also wanted me to strip theirs down again.

I have a great respect for Sonia’s ability and her vision. She is really incredible (and seems like a very kind human being) and is handling her new found fame with such grace!

She has a few DIY video tutorials on her YouTube channel that I highly recommend if you want to try this too!

What have YOU made today?

Making More Tiny things

Remember the food we made in yesterday’s post?

Well, those critters needed something to put their food on, right?

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I bought some Sculpey after we ran out of the clay that came with the kit. It was so much easier to work with. Soft and pliable much quicker.

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I also whipped up some spoons (under the direction of my 9 year old), along with a teeny tiny mouse.

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She made most of these pots and pans. Can you tell which ones?

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I should have photographed these with something to show how small  they are! The plates are about the size of a nickel.

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These were put to use right away. The critters are very grateful.

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Lastly, I just had to make one of these. It is so stinkin’ cute!

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I know there will be many more times we break out the oven bake clay. It is an incredible boredom buster as well as a great way to connect with older kids. There is something so nourishing about playing with clay.

What activities do you and your kids enjoy doing together?

Mini clay food because even Critters need to eat

Falafel received this set  for her birthday in December,  and it has taken us this long to actually sit down and use it.

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So we made some mini food for her Calico Critters (which she plays with all the time).

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‘Cause even critters gotta eat. 

AND there is something so cute about miniature clay food, right?

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Falafel, The Bee and I made these. We had a blast doing it. It was actually nice to sit with my girls and create. It always makes them quite chatty.

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The book has step-by-step instructions (that we all could understand) to make so many different types of food. We also improvised a bit too.

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I thought about painting little sesame seeds on the bagels. For now, I decided they will be plain.

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The kit also comes with little eye screws to turn them into jewelery, but we only did this for a few since Falafel really just wanted to play with them.

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We all loved it so much that I went to the store a few days later and bought some Sculpey to make more!

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You’ll have to stop by tomorrow to check out what else we made with that clay.

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Have you played with oven bake clay before? What have you made?

**This post contains affiliate links, so when you click on them and buy something from that link, I get a little something too. No one actually asked me to write it, though. I am just sharing something fun we did, with you.

Punny Valentines

I wanted to keep the Valentines for school this year simple. Not candy. Nothing fussy or expensive. I usually tend to go a bit overboard, but this year I ran out of steam.

I looked around at what we had in the house, and landed on oranges. Yup. We have 25 of those!

I then went to my good ol’ friend, the internet  and found these adorable printable tags from Crafting in the Rain, and that was it.

I ran it by Falafel for her approval even though I knew she would because that girl appreciates a good pun.

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Absurdly simple.

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We always have cello bags in the house.

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Perfect!

What are you giving out for school Valentines?

Rounding up the hearts

I thought it might be helpful to do a Valentine round-up of my past projects as inspiration for you!

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Here are a few posts (you can tell we really liked these) about making Gluten-Free salt-dough Valentines

here , here and here.

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Heart bags

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Pocket Hearts

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Need something to keep your love notes in? Here is one of the first tutorials I wrote for a messenger bag!

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Felt chains

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This is one from 2010 using watercolors and salt.

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This is one of my favorites!

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Special skirt? YES.

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Special outfit? Emphatic YES!

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soft heart necklaces

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And last, but SO not least….the food.

conversation hearts,

candycane hearts

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Meringue kisses

So, how about you? Are you making anything special this Valentine’s Day? Food, clothing, decor, or gifts?

Felt Valentine Chain and an impromptu Link party

I finally got around to making something Valentine-y for our home that didn’t require any sewing!

My girls LOVE making paper chains. I can’t stand that we always have to get rid of them because the paper rips, and out here, the paper would get wet and it would inevitably become a moldy mess.

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That is when you make…. FELT chains!

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I started with cutting different colored 2″x8″ strips of felt. A whole bunch of them.

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Then came some hot glue to glue them paperchain-style, and you get….

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A felt chain that you can keep year after year! Make it as short or long as you’d like!

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It doesn’t even need to be perfect. Just hold the glue in place long enough for it to stick (a few seconds). Falafel wanted to help, but last time she handled the hot glue gun she was burned, and even at 9 years old didn’t feel comfortable giving it another go. And that is OK. *So make sure if you have kids helping, they are old enough (capable and comfortable) of handling the hot glue gun.

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Super simple project and it totally makes our house seem festive again (I actually missed having the Christmas decor up!).

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Now it is YOUR turn! Show me what you made! It can be anything related to Valentine’s Day.

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Last Day for me to bug you about the Bundle

OK, let me start by saying I AM THE WORST SALESPERSON EVER.

I think this comes from me not liking the hard sell from other people. I cannot stand feeling pressure to buy anything. Seriously. If a salesperson in a store comes up to me to talk about a product, I am more apt to walk out than actually buy it. I have to really really think about each and every purchase I make for me and my family and I love the quiet to do it in. I appreciate the back-off approach. And I am frugal, so it has to be a good price for me to even consider it.

With that said, I also like to make money. And to share when I think something is a good deal with my readers. This Ultimate DIY Bundle is a whole library of do it yourself resources for one price. The PDF patterns alone are worth it. For $34.95 you get 76 different ebooks and ecourses and 5 bonuses too. If you order it using my link, I get a portion of the sale too.

Today is the last day you can get it. So if you have been taking your time to think about it (like I would), now is the time to act.

That is it. The last you will hear it from me. If you choose to get it or not is up to you!

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We will still be friends tomorrow.

Life update and still chance to get the bundle

Well, Falafel was up vomiting yesterday in the wee hours of the morning, and then in her bed the entire day with a fever. I spent the day doing the laundry that comes with that, wiping down all surfaces, and keeping her hydrated…and really hoping that no one else gets it!

I am also in the middle (literally) of a few sewing projects that I cannot wait to share with you, but alas, my trusty sewing machine of 20 years, my right hand, if you will, is not behaving itself. Jim and I pulled it apart and cleaned what we could, but ultimately, I think it needs to be tuned up by a professional. It has been 10 years since it has been serviced, so I guess it was just a matter of time. Ugh. I have never depended so heavily on a machine before in my life. It is a strange thing to realize that I am in love with an inanimate object.

AND….

There are only a few days to get the Ultimate DIY Bundle before it goes away!

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I hope you all are healthy and doing what you love with those you love this weekend!