Category Archives: Crafts

Giant Ruler for our wall

When I painted our kitchen, I painted over the wall with the marks where we measure Falafel. I wanted something that we could remove and keep after we (eventually, and hopefully years from now) move from this house.


So I made a giant ruler!


I didn’t do a tutorial because it is pretty self-explanatory…but I will explain it anyway.


I started with a plain 1×5 board that was 8 feet long, and I cut it to fit the entire length of the wall. Then I marked (in pencil first) with a permanent marker, all the lines, and numbers, up to 7 feet.


I stained it and varnished it and nailed it up.


A simple project that makes a huge impact on the room, AND will make a great keepsake later on.


What have YOU made today?

Pinwheel barrettes

I found another gem of a craft out there on the interwebs, and whipped up some just in time for the girls going back to school.


Little Button Diaries has a tutorial for these, and of course, I did them slightly different. But only slightly, because these are really simple to make!


Firstly, I didn’t glue down the two layers of felt. I am lazy, what can I say? I did, however, hand sew all the points to the middle and the button on top.


Then I took some of that crazy strong E6000 and secured the clip onto the back.


Then repeated those steps a few hundred times.


And in no time, my girl has a few fancy hair thingies to wear.

Have you made these? What are you making this week?

Backpack ornaments

I am always looking for a good craft to help ease everyone into the transition of going back to school. I also like to find new things to distinguish the years from each other. Make each year a little more special than previous ones.


I actually found a similar idea over at Momtastic, only she made Name zipper pulls. I thought instead of putting our girls’ names on their backpacks or jackets (safety reasons), I would make some sweet words to inspire them, instead.


I used scrabble tiles and E6000 glue, too, but instead of popsicle sticks, I only had thinner craft sticks on hand, so I used those.


The longest part of this project was waiting for the glue to dry!


Luckily I had all supplies on hand, so the cost was $0. I made a bunch so we can gift them to friends.

This is a great project to use up those Scrabble tiles while making something that makes your kids feel extra special.

What have YOU made today?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

Remember yesterday’s cute little mushroom?



by Nelly Pailloux

Both girls were drawn to this book the other day. But it was Falafel that really took to hand sewing! And more so, embroidery. This book breaks it down in easy step-by-step diagrams, which made it very user friendly for our 8 year old first-time sewer. And even better, she did it all by herself! She was super proud of her little mushroom girl.

What is on YOUR shelves today?


School is officially out now, and we are easing into Summer. Falafel has been drawing a ton.


At any given time of day, we can find her drawings on our whiteboards, or on little slips of paper, like the one above.

This one is entitled “The Fairy Queen is Back!!”.

Not sure where she went, but it is lovely to see her, and it is good to have her back.

I love seeing my young girl’s style slowly emerge. My goal for the Summer is to surround our home with both kids’ art.

What have your kids drawn today?

A thousand things to do, so why not add a major project?

The end of the school year is coming, and we had the eighth grade banquet, and I have a few sewing deadlines, so it was the perfect time to take all the bathroom cabinets off their hinges and repaint them, right?

*insert rolling eyes at self here*


It really could have waited a few weeks, but that is just not how I work, apparently.


I do love how it looks, though, now that it is all shiny and new.


The funny things is, I have shown this to several of my friends and they all responded with “It wasn’t white before?“.


What projects have you tackled this week?

Paper plate weaving

In my hopping around these here internets, I found this tutorial for paper plate weaving over at Scribbit.

paperloomm We only had a paper bowl, but it worked just fine! Falafel is really enjoying this very portable project. Brilliantly simple. That is my favorite kind, too.

What have YOU made today?

To Infinity and Beyond

Well, I made something but it has nothing to do with Buzz Lightyear (get it? The title?) . Every time I hear the word “infinity” as in infinity scarf, I automatically go to Toy Story. What’s wrong with me?

Anyhow, I jumped on the recycled t-shirt infinity scarf bandwagon.

scarvesm I made a few.

scarveCollage These are so much fun. I took old t-shirts and threw them in with some bleach to see what would happen. Then cut and tied.

scarves3m Then we had ourselves a nice little photo session.

scarvesfal6m Falafel thought this one went well with her shirt.

scarvesfal5m I have to agree.

scarvesfal4m I wouldn’t recommend these for little kids, but my 8 year old loves it.

scarvesfal3m OK just one more of her…

scarvesfal2m I gave one to The Bee as well.

scarvesbeem Very snazzy, no?

scarvesbee3m Of course, she gave me some goofy ones.

scarvesbee2m Needless to say, goofy or sweet, both girls love their new scarves.

scarvesbee6m I love how easy it was to make them!

Have you made these yet? Do you wear scarves?

Back to Paint

In another life, I painted. For a living and for fun and on a whim.

I used to paint clothing for a job for two different people, and then for myself in my early 20’s. And I was a Fine Arts major in college, so I painted for fun and education too. I painted murals for people. I even painted my car.

Then the children came. Over this next part of my life, painting has taken on a much more practical application. Usually in the form of walls.

The other day I found a few chairs on freecycle, and an idea hit me. I have always wanted to paint an “art” chair. So what was stopping me?

chairwholem I have begun.

chairback2m My inspiration for this one is an old favorite board book (Bear in a Square) from when The Bee was small. It had made such an impression on me that I can still see in my mind the bright colors and patterns the illustrator used, a whole 14 years later.

chairclosem It is not done, yet. I still have places to touch up and things to add, and the whole thing to seal, but I am on my way.

chairm I forgot all the things that I love about painting. Like picking it up whenever I have a spare moment or two. It is a very forgiving craft and fairly easy to leave and come back to. Very portable too. I did some of this on our kitchen counter while drinking coffee and eating a brownie. I did have to use a fork to eat, though, to avoid painting my food. Ha!

Have you painted before? Do you paint now?


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Christmas Valentines

We have lovely thoughtful friends that send us beautiful photo Christmas cards every year, so I leave them hanging until the end of January. Sometimes I save them until the next year to see how everyone has changed, and sometimes I don’t. But I can’t get past how much thought has gone into them, so I wanted to find a way to appreciate them a while longer.

heartm I cut out some hearts (I used construction paper and some of the Christmas cards to mount onto) and got out the ol’ glue stick. Simple as that.

heart2m I wrote loving words around them and hung them over our wood stove (where the Christmas cards were hanging).

heart3m Now we have a beautiful Valentine’s display of our loved ones.

What do you do with left over Christmas cards?