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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Finding beauty in the everyday

Heart shaped candy canes 

(bent using this tutorial)
Bend a candycane to look like a heart

Our current car collection

toy cars arranged in a nice way

Christmas tree toys 

plastic animals arranged like a christmas tree

Red and white rice krispy treats

make red and white rice krispy treats

White play dough on our black table

white play dough winter scene

Happy Thursday friends!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Make a felt and cardboard gingerbread house

Today's craft was inspired by gingerbread houses.  It's a little cardboard and felt "gingerbread" house with felt "candy" decorations. Pretty neat, right? All the decorations can be easily placed on and taken of, so you can decorate and re-decorate to your heart's content.

DIY Felt and Cardboard Gingerbread House Toy

DIY Felt and Gingerbread House Toys



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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Homemade gift: DIY Felt Board

Do you remember playing with felt boards as a kid?  (Is that too old school?  Maybe kids nowadays play with fancy touch screens instead ... hrmm....)  Anyway, I remember using a felt board in school and LOVING it.   So I thought I'd try making a homemade felt board for Chuck. After consulting a couple of tutorials online, here's what I came up with:

Let's make a DIY Felt Board

how to make a DIY Felt Board


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Now, in full disclosure, I wish I could say that Chuck loved it and played hours and hours with it while I took a nap on the couch.  Errrm.....  It didn't quite turn out that way.  He played with the car parts for a bit, but then seemed much more interested in rolling around real cars.

But I won't call this a craft fail just yet.  I'm hoping (cross your fingers!) that he'll grow to love the felt board as much as I did.  But if not, no big deal.  The entire thing only cost about 4 dollars to make because I already had most of the materials lying around the apartment.  Score!

Now if you have a felt-loving child in your life, you can try making your own felt board too!  (I bet it would make a great Christmas gift.)  Here's how I made mine:

Materials to make a DIY Felt Board:


Directions to make a DIY Felt Board:

1.  Clean your work area.  Felt attracts stuff.  (I worked on the floor, so I swept it first.)

how to make a DIY Felt Board
2.  Take out the back of your photo frame.  Discard the glass.  Place the back on your piece of felt and trace it.  Cut the rectangle out.

3.  Optional:  If your felt is a bit wrinkly, carefully iron it.  (I turned my iron to a lower setting and placed one of those protective ironing pressing pads over my felt before ironing it so I wouldn't melt or burn the felt.)

Glue on your felt
4.  Place your piece of felt directly over the photo frame back.  Make sure the sides all line up.  To help with the gluing, fold one side of the felt over the other.  Then, use your sponge brush and brush a bit of Mod Podge right next to the fold.   Press the fabric down over the glue.  Then, spread a little more Mod Podge next to your new fold and press the felt down again.  Keep repeating this procedure until one side is fully glued down.  Then, repeat the procedure with the other side.  

5.  Once the Mod Podge dries, put your board back into the frame.  That's it!

Now comes the fun part- making your felt pieces.  Doodle your designs onto paper.  Then, trace them onto felt and cut them out.  I chose to make a set of Christmas tree felt pieces and a set of car part pieces.
Homemade Felt Board Tutorial
Happy crafting!

DIY Felt Board Tutorial

Thursday, October 24, 2013

DIY Sugar Skull (Day of the Dead) Milk Jug Luminaries


Currently my college friend Kim is visiting us for the week.  It's been really nice having someone else here while hubby is away.  Time just passes by much quicker when you're having fun with a friend.

And just how have we been having fun?  Well, we've been playing with Chuck... and eating... and watching tv... and crafting... a lot... a whole lot...  Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos are right around the corner, so all of our crafts have been centered around those two holidays. 

I'm currently on a sugar skull kick.  I just love the way they look.  So when I was staring at an old milk jug the other day, an idea dawned on me.  Ding!  Why not use them to make some sugar skull luminaries?  So tada, here's what I came up with:



I'd seen tons of posts for ghost milk jug luminaries for awhile, so I figured this was a nice twist on that craft.  It uses skulls and colorful lights instead of ghost faces and white lights.   I just love how this little guy turned out.  He's so cute and smiley... and gosh darn it, I've just got a big ol' soft soft for any craft that involves twinkly, colorful lights.


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A 2012 review

So much happened in the past twelve months.
Here are some of the nicest things, toughest things, and favorite projects of 2012.

January
 
Nicest thing:  Introducing Baby Chuck to my sister
Toughest things:  Taking Baby Chuck to get tested for allergies, Saying goodbye to grandparents


February
 
Nicest thing:  Finding this lovely yellow second hand couch
Toughest thing:  Struggling with Baby Chuck's eczema and getting him retested for allergies


March

Nicest thing:  Baby Chuck getting his first two teeth
Toughest thing:  Adjusting to our new dietary restrictions
Favorite DIY:  Trying out a DIY chocolate face mask


April
 
Nicest things:  Baby Chuck and I ride a bicycle,  Enjoying our new (old) couch
Favorite craft:  Making a salt dough necklace

May

Nicest thing:  Tulip Time
Toughest thing:  Mysterious fussiness
Favorite DIY: Hubby transforms our table into a chalkboard table


June

Nicest things:   Seeing family visit, Holding our first garage sale at Beth's
Toughest things:  Having to say goodbye to friends (x2)


July

Nicest thing:  Drawing a small Tulip Time book
Toughest things:  Putting Charlie down, Trying to recover from a disastrous move


August

Nicest things:  Having Katie and Kim visit, Meeing up with old friends, Celebrating our anniversary
Favorite craft:  Making multicolor crayons

September

Nicest things:  Celebrating Baby Chuck's 1st birthday party, Seeing guests enjoy my craftsVisiting the NY Renaissance fair and Bronx Zoo
Favorite craft: Felt Lapel pins


October

Nice things:  Celebrating HalloweenVisiting the Queens Farm Museum
Toughest things:  Parenting strugglesHurricane Sandy
Favorite craft:  Faux Stained glass


November

Nice things:  Making new friendsSeeing old friends, Illustrating my Poem
Toughest thing:  Baby Chuck begins transitioning to one nap
Favorite craft:  Cardboard trophy head

December


Nicest thing:  Christmas, Hanging out with old friends
Toughest thing: Sharing that I quit my PhD programSandy Hook Elementary

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