crafts

  • October 14, 2017 - hiya, everyone! it’s been a while since i’ve been here. almost a year. i’ve been in a weird of dark place. a place that’s been hard to navigate.  a confusing place with lots of dark corners and dead ends.  in the spring my life slowly started to turn around. well, not quite turn around as […]
  • snowflake window garland. November 21, 2016 - last week was super warm here in SW ontario. it was even, what some might call HOT, on some days reaching +20c!!! on the weekend the boys and i decided to help mother nature along by enticing her with our very own snowflakes! we folded our square papers, and cut, cut, cut. we made different sizes […]
  • how to make your own felted balls. December 11, 2015 - i love, LOVE working with felt. i’m not really sure why, but there is something about the way the material feels. last year i bought a bunch of roving wool and made felt bowls. they were a bit time consuming to make, but they turned out great! you can check-out the pictures and tutorial HERE. […]
  • felt envelopes for santa claus! November 17, 2015 - oh my goodness! look at what i found! i was researching other christmas crafts when i saw these lovely, adorable felt envelopes to santa claus! of course i pinned the ideas and decided to make a round-up post for inspiration. first i’ll share what i made. i used felt, thread, hot glue gun and my sewing […]
  • santa claus christmas crafts! November 6, 2015 - the holidays are such a great time to get crafty with the kids. my boys enjoy making gifts for their family, whether it’s painting ornaments, decorating pine cones or creating sculptures out of pipe cleaners. as the boys get older they want less help from me, but i still like to have a few ideas […]
  • cute halloween felt decorations! October 26, 2015 - last week i pulled out my box of felt and got busy with several different projects! today i am sharing a halloween craft, which seems fitting as halloween is coming quickly this coming weekend! do you have all of your costumes organized and ready for trick-or-treating? aren’t these googly-eyed halloween characters adorable? i made these […]
  • BAT craft round-up! September 30, 2015 - this BATTY round-up of bat crafts is intended for slightly older school aged kids. my kids, 5 and 7 love to get crafty and are often looking for slightly more challenging projects to get involved in. the brooch is actually an adult craft, but i thought with some adult assistance a kid could absolutely sew […]
  • back-to-school : sew your own pencil roll-up case! September 7, 2015 - school for my boys starts tomorrow!!! it’s hard to believe summer is over, even though at times i was feeling quite burnt out and tired. my boys are ready to go back to school, see their friends and meet their teachers. i am ready for them to return, as well. i don’t really do much […]
  • birthday cake toppers! July 2, 2015 -       we are hosting a birthday party for my lion on saturday. we will be making an awesome ice cream cake as the weather is going to be hot and sunny (recipe for that coming soon). i cannot believe he is going to be 5 years old! that’s one whole hand, people! i only […]
  • DIY macrame plant hangers June 9, 2015 - with the warmer weather has come the urge to plant and grow things.  we have a lovely little covered porch where i hang a big basket of petunia’s each season. there are other hooks that need plants hung from them and i’ve been trying to think of ways to HANG plants without actually spending money. […]
  • mother’s day flower crafts. April 16, 2015 -   mother’s day is less than a month away, so it’s time to get crafty! all mother’s LOVE flowers of any kind, especially something made with love and heart. my kids love to make gifts for their grandma and mummo, for mother’s day. look at these lovely flower crafts i found. some are harder than […]
  • earth day craft round-up! April 8, 2015 -   earth day is coming up…. april 22 to be exact. easy to remember, because at our house that also happens to be DH’s birthday! i gathered some fun, creative, inspiring and beautiful crafts to help everyone get in the spirit of earth day. i think these crafts are a great way to talk to […]
  • spring time grass heads! March 22, 2015 -   spring has arrived. the snow piles in our front yard have almost melted entirely and the sun shines warmly almost daily. there have been robin sightings, a change in bedtimes and a general excitement for warmer months can be felt in the air.   source: sandy toes and popsicles blog   to get our […]
  • washi tape FUN! March 2, 2015 -   it’s my turn to share a washi tape round-up!   if you don’t have any washi tape, you best run out to a craft supply store and load up. this stuff is fun and addictive! there is so much you can do with it, and the best art is that it’s easy n’ fast […]
  • kids felt christmas tree crafts! December 13, 2014 -   the other day i pulled out my colourful felt scraps to get crafty on a snowy afternoon. my wee lion was sick from school so it was the perfect time to get creative! i cut out some very asymmetrical christmas trees, which my lion then decorated. he cut out various shapes from the felt […]
  • DIY gift tags! December 7, 2014 - i loooooooooooooooove a good gift tag! i always often make my own, especially at x-mas time. the fun thing about gift tags is you can personalize them if you want, make them in any shape or colour, use a myriad of materials… or not… i prefer to keep them simple, but that’s just me! i […]
  • white christmas ideas! December 2, 2014 - white is one of my favourite colours for the home.  white holiday decorations are fresh, bright and work well with all other colours! at christmas time white is festive with all the connections to snow and ice, and looks so great with the traditional colours like all the deep reds and rich greens. here are […]
  • DIY felted bowls! November 24, 2014 - i’ve always loved felt products, the texture and colours they hold are beautiful. this holiday season i’ve decided to make lovely felt bowls from roving wool. last year i made felted soaps, which were my first efforts working with roving wool. i immediately fell in love. there is something so simple about felt, but the […]
  • homemade stocking stuffers! November 22, 2014 -   tis the season for getting crafty and creative! making little stocking stuffers for the people you adore is a wonderful way to share some homemade goodness in a time of intense spending!   ok, so drum roll please…. here we go with my top 10 stocking stuffer ideas (in no particular order) for this […]
  • dried orange slices for christmas. November 12, 2014 -   are you looking for a easy christmas project? these dried orange and lime slices are easy, although theu do take a while to bake.but, once they are done they make for lovely decorations, gifts, wreath accents, or whatever! first i sliced my oranges and limes. then i placed them on a cookie sheet and […]
  • green christmas inspiration. November 9, 2014 - i realize it’s only november, but let’s be real here, everyone is already thinking about the holidays.   here is a visual aid to help when shopping for various green branches this holiday season. it’s helpful to know the names of the different varieties nurseries use. my favourites include pine branches and cedar.   flores […]
  • day of the dead felt craft. October 26, 2014 -     i just love the look of the day of the dead sugar skulls. if you google or go on pinterest for images, there a zillions of colourful ideas and projects!  if you’re not feeling crafty and want to buy some fantastic sugar skulls, etsy is full of creative people selling their projectslikeflower pots, […]
  • DIY halloween lights! October 22, 2014 -   check out what we made! i got the idea from landeelu. during our current reno it’s hard to get too involved in crafty-goodness as everything is packed away in boxes or hidden in a corner under a pile of stuff. so this project was perfect, few materials and nothing to clean up. my boys loved, […]
  • DIY halloween garlands! September 25, 2014 - it’s time to think of halloween and get crafty! i am going through a bit of a day of the dead phase; googling images and projects with the theme. i think this fall i will try to make a felt skull garland. i just love the bright colours, patterns and the combination of flowers and […]
  • make your own bead keychains! June 24, 2014 -   for father’s day the kids made these awesome keychains for their grandfather’s. aren’t they amazing?   all they used were various sized beads, pipe cleaner and a metal ring. we have purchased beads from all kinds of sources like thrift stores and garage sales, which tend to have wonderfully strange beads in the mix […]
  • painting flower pots! June 17, 2014 - now that the growing season is here i want to share a favourite project that my boys love to do… paint terracotta flower pots! it’s a wonderful way to be creative, while also learning about how things grow. my kids made each of their grandmother’s a painted pot for mother’s day and planted a geranium […]
  • make your own backyard teepee! June 3, 2014 -   we have been spending an enormous amount of time outside. the weather is warm and inviting, so we’ve tried to take advantage of the summer weather! i’ve wanted to build a teepee for the kids in the backyard for a while, but just never got around to it, but when a friend of mine […]
  • stamping with food & natural treasures! May 27, 2014 - my kids love to paint and be creative. so, when we headed up to the cottage for the may long weekend i decided to plan a fun activity for the boys to try out. there are so many posts and pins about painting and stamping with food. i was a little weary at first, as […]
  • DIY birthday applique shirt! April 13, 2014 -   my bear turned 6 in february, so i made him this fun applique shirt. i bought a plain t-shirt for $5, found some fabric i thought he would like and then the night before his birthdy quickly sewed up the shirt. MATERIALS: plain t-shirt fun fabric for your number hem fuser thread scissors iron […]
  • naturally decorated easter eggs March 13, 2014 - easter feels like it’s late this year, but with this epic winter i think it’s kinda fitting. although, i do love all of the pastels associated with easter, i wanted to collect a few crafts that were more natural. i just love all of the crafts below. they are all simple in colour, concept and […]
  • easter sewing projects! March 9, 2014 - i love all of these easter sewing project ideas! they vary from quick n’ easy to more time consuming ones, but regardless of how much effort they require they are all super cute! i hope you are inspired by this mini round-up, and get your sewing machine loaded for action! so, here we go… egg […]
  • birthday party name tags! February 6, 2014 - bear has asked for a dinosaur themed birthday! for this craft i couldn’t actually find any wee dinosaurs, but i found these cute lizards for 99 cents a pack and i thought they were close enough! here’s what i did… first, i painted the clothes pegs with acrylic paint. i had to do a couple […]
  • cute pom pom crafts! January 30, 2014 -   before christmas i shared a tutorial on how to make basic pom poms a few different ways; check it out HERE.   recently i’ve been trying to think projects that are slightly out of (my) box and then it hit me pom poms! these soft, plushy, cute things can be made of any funky […]
  • 10 fun kids birthday ideas! January 26, 2014 - we are in full birthday fever over here! my bear is turning the BIG 6 and i am in full b-day crafts mode! i am up to my eyeballs in glue, green paint, dinosaur stickers and scraps of paper! haha! we like to make a lot of our own decorations, cakes, treats and invitations, but […]
  • valentine’s day sewing crafts! January 14, 2014 - there are so many wonderful sewing projects out there for valentine’s day. i chose ones that i thought my kids, family or friends would enjoy. and, one’s that i thought i would and could actually sew! someone asked me which project was my favourite, but i couldn’t decide, as they are so delightful and lovely […]
  • valentine’s day crafts January 11, 2014 - valentine’s day will be coming up quickly, so it’s good to have some crafts ready for the kids to get busy with. i’ve incuded some really sweet crafts here; a wreath, some fancy jewelry and even a wonderful heart shaped birdseed treat for our outdoor friends! at our house valentine’s also happens to be bear’ […]
  • DIY bird feeder round-up! January 7, 2014 - we here in SW ontario have been having some wild, winter weather. to help out the birds, we have put out all sorts of yummy things for the birds to eat. i know some people are against bird seed and bird feeders, but i think they are wonderful. our whole family enjoys watching the variety […]
  • winter branches. January 4, 2014 - i know many of you might be slightly crafted out from all of the holiday projects, but this is a super easy craft with big effect. my mum taught me how to make these gorgeous winter branches. MATERIALS: tissue paper scissors green branches (pine, balsam, spruce, cedar…) white glue glitter INSTRUCTIONS: 1. cut the tissue […]
  • christmas orange pomanders! December 14, 2013 - christmas pomanders are something i make every year. they are a wonderful gift for others and beautiful decorations in your own home. they smell like christmas! all you need to make these are oranges (or clementines)  and cloves. i have made pomanders with different patterns; spirals or hearts, so pretty! adding a ribbon is a […]
  • felted soaps! December 8, 2013 - felting soap is a fun way to be creative and make something plain, beautiful. most people don’t use bars of soap anymore, because of the icky mess they leave behind. a felted bar of soap is a wonderful way to avoid that mess, and they are so fun for kids to make and then use, […]
  • make your own pom poms! December 3, 2013 - look at these adorable pom poms i made. i will be using them as part of my gift wrapping this year, that’s why there are strings coming out  of them. i bought cheap, acrylic yarn, deciding lovely wool wasn’t worth it in the long run. then i picked through pinterest and discovered several different ways […]
  • DIY rubber stamps! November 28, 2013 - i purchased some erasers on sale and decided to make some simple, festive stamps out of them. i’m hoping to make gift tags with them eventually. aren’t they cute? this is what i did… with a pen i drew my design on the eraser. once i was satisfied, i used a small knife to cut […]
  • paper bag puppets! November 21, 2013 - this was a HIT as an after-school craft last week. i was watching a friends lovely ladies, so i had to come up with a craft that would interest kids from 3yrs to 7yrs. this was it! before i picked up the big kids from school, lion and i got all the supplies ready. * […]
  • fancy festive bow ties! November 19, 2013 -   my boys have their own sense of style and love to look fancy. they love to look handsome for birthday parties, weddings and christmas festivities are no different. so, this season i am again sewing new bow ties for my wee trend setters, which they will discover one december morning in their advent calender! see previous […]
  • festive felt crafts! November 16, 2013 -   felt is such a wonderful material to work with. here is a festive felt collection of crafts, which will add a colourful touch of colour and warmth to any holiday home.   felt ornaments from fantastic toys     christmas trees from natural suburbia     twisted felt garland from purl bee     […]
  • christmas crafts for kids! November 12, 2013 -     tis the season again to make all sorts of adorable christmas crafts with the kids. i know my kids are ready to get their x-mas craft ON!!! they have both chosen their favourite crafts from this collection!     paper christmas trees from ikat bag     christmas tree craft from our crafts […]
  • holiday garlands! November 10, 2013 - i  {LOVE}  garlands. i love how you can make them out of everything and anything. you can decorate a plain wall, a festive table, a banister or a window. i love the combinations of textures, colours and patterns garlands can hold, and i love the simplicity of the garlands included in this collection.     […]
  • halloween fun! November 4, 2013 - we had a fantastic halloween this year! the kids were so psyched and everything seemed to fall into place perfectly! lion decided he wanted to be a robot. so, he and i made him a simple costume out of a some vent-tube stuff from home depot, a cardboard box, a cereal box, spray paint, and […]
  • thanksgiving & fall crafts! November 2, 2013 - i thought i would put together another thanksgiving/ fall craft round-up. thanksgiving is coming up, the colours are changing in the trees, so clearly fall has arrived!   check out these great projects!   recycled paper acorn banner from crafting a green world     felt acorn napkin rings from tikkido       leaf […]
  • dinosaur galore kit : a product review! October 25, 2013 - my boys have been obsessed with dinosaurs since the beginning of summer. they have devoured over books at the library, learning all about the different kinds of reptiles that once roamed our planet millions of years ago. they have drawn their own dinosaurs, built dinosaurs out of lego, and played a variety of imaginary dinosaur […]
  • toilet paper roll spiders for halloween! October 21, 2013 - it is almost halloween, which means we are in full spider, witch, pumpkin’ craft mode! last week i splurged and bought some silly supplies from the craft store… things like more googly eyes, tons of pipe cleaners, black felt and orange glitter! definitely a halloween theme going on here! so, here is what lion and i made… […]
  • make your own sparkly cobwebs! October 19, 2013 - we made these fun cobwebs last year, check them out HERE, and are back at it again for this halloween! the kids love this craft! SUPPLIES: wax paper white glue sprinkles in your choice of colour a fridge DIRECTIONS: tear off a piece of wax paper. it has to be bigger than your cobweb. hold […]
  • not your average burlap round up! October 17, 2013 - when dear hubby and i were married, we gave our guests little live spruce trees as favours, because we me at tree planting and it was so fitting! the trees had root pods, which we wrapped in burlap with a simple ribbon! they were perfect. but, when i purchased the burlap i bought WAY too […]
  • quick halloween ghost project! October 9, 2013 -  i found some old white sheets in the basement and decided to get crafty just in time for halloween. this is a super simple, super quick project, but super spooky too! SUPPLIES: old sheets or fabric of your choosing thread, needle scissors   INSTRUCTIONS: to give the fabric a rougher, spookier look i tore the […]
  • thanksgiving crafts (gobble, gobble) October 7, 2013 - canadian thanksgiving is right around the corner! here are some wonderful kid-friendly crafts to help get ready for the festivities.  pine cone turkeys from a pumpkin and a princess thanksgiving thankful tree from preschool crafts for kids groovy gobblers from let’s explore napkin rings from easy crafts for kids stained glass leaves from mom vs. the […]
  • DIY stamps! October 2, 2013 - about 10 years ago i made some simple potato stamps and decorated tissue paper with hearts and x-mas trees. every christmas my mum and i still use the few sheets that are left for each others gifts. there is something sweet about the personal, creative touch, don’t you think? so, now that my 5yo bear […]
  • spooky halloween decorations! September 25, 2013 - the leaves are changing colour, the nights are getting cooler and that means… halloween is almost here! here are a few super fun, super easy and super spooky DIY craft projects to scare the pants off of everyone! snake wreath from apartment therapy     voodoo dolls from felici events     lace ghost from […]
  • wind tubes craft! August 19, 2013 - here is a fun, simple and creative craft project for kids. my 5 YO was happy to do most of the work himself, which was great! materials: tube like containers like toilet paper rolls, yoghurt containers, etc various colours of tissue paper duct tape & string scissors, glue, markers, stickers, paper, sparkles instructions: glue toilet […]
  • teach kids how to sew! August 11, 2013 - sewing is an important skill to have. we don’t all have to be experts, but some basic knowledge of how make things is valuable and helpful. i realize in today’s culture where everything is so cheap and easily replaced, rather than fixed, it might feel strange teaching kids how to darn socks! but c’mon, from […]
  • pressing flowers with kids. August 1, 2013 - i remember as a little girl collecting all sorts of flowers and leaves and stuffing our old school, massive phone books with them. those old phone books were ideal for pressing flowers, as you could fill them with quite a collection and the paper was perfect. plus, at our house anyway we had a huge […]
  • rock painting crafts! July 18, 2013 - i love using items from the natural world for our craft projects. it’s a wonderful opportunity to get out for a hike or explore some hidden corner in our backyard, but mostly it’s a great way to connect my boys with their outside environment.   i have always collected rocks and now i watch my kids stuff […]
  • make a paper mache pinata! July 9, 2013 - my lion turned 3 and i decided it would be fun to have a lion head pinata at his birthday party. i did some research on pinterest on how to make the perfect pinata, but decided that we would just do our own thing… i mean, how difficult could a paper mache lion head really […]
  • themed thursday: road trip activities & games! (part 3) June 20, 2013 - keeping kids content, quite and busy is an important part of the SANITY piece for parents road tripping with kids. it is super important to plan ahead a bit and to know what kinds of activities will keep your kids happy, especially for those long hauls!we don’t have DVD players in our car (by choice) and don’t […]
  • CANADA DAY crafts! June 19, 2013 - [ sources: moose and mounties & mountie skating ] school is almost out for our kids here in the land of the moose, beaver and bear, which means it’s almost july 1st, which means it’s almost time to PARTY!!!! us canadians have a reserved, conservative reputation, but we should also be known for throwing a great party and bringing people together. […]
  • father’s day craft ideas! May 23, 2013 - mother’s day has come and gone, and now it’s time to celebrate the DAD’s! i know dear hubby is a tricky guy to get gifts for, but i’m sure the kids and i will come up with a great plan! last year we bough him a baseball hat and had it embroiderer with ” #1 DAD”. […]
  • how to build fairy houses! May 16, 2013 - fairies are wonderful, magical creatures that live in the corners of gardens, under the roots of trees and through-out the woods. they rarely come out when us humans are around, but many children have shared stories of sightings. there is no right way to build a fairy house.it’s all about exploring the land and environment […]
  • wind catcher craft! May 13, 2013 - look at this fantastic wind catcher dear hubby received from lion for his earth day birthday back in april! here’s how we made it! i found the idea HERE at inspiration laboratories. first, the kids and i went on a nature hike by the river in search of natural treasure we could use on the catchers. i […]
  • 10 mother’s day craft ideas! April 23, 2013 -   my boys love to get crafty for special occasions and mother’s day isn’t any different. i don’t actually sit with them to make me something (cuz that would be weird, right?), but i do help them get creative for gifts for their mummo and grandma. i will not be revealing our plans for may 12th, […]
  • ~ earth day ~ April 14, 2013 - earth day around the corner. how will you discuss this important day with your kids?below, i have compiled 10 fun projects you can do with the kids. projects that will hopefully initiate some kind of dialogue about planet earth, how we must care for and why. some of the links i included are from adult […]
  • recovering my dining chairs, again! April 2, 2013 - i did this project before (check out the details HERE), and i decided that i didn’t like the yellow vinyl, so i chose a slightly more neutral colour/ pattern. this dining table set is one that we use everyday, so it gets a lot of wear and tear. the kids are messy and having cloth […]
  • salt cookies for all occasions! March 31, 2013 - a few years ago the kids were hooked on baking and painting salt cookies. after the millionth batch, i kinda went on a salt cookie strike, and we discovered lots of other projects to get excited about.  the other day i decided to quickly whip up some salt cookies and re-introduce the fun of them […]
  • this moment. March 29, 2013 - as inspired by souleMama; one photo from our week, no words, only an image to sum up our time as a family. one that captures a moment in time and is a visual reminder of where we were at this time in our lives.  i would love it if you left a link to your { […]
  • march break is done and we survived! March 16, 2013 - this week was march break in our neck of the woods. we had play dates and activities planned, but i will admit to feeling very overwhelmed through-out the week. the weather has been quite cold and the snow is basically mounds and sheets of ice, which is not fun for playing on. the kids were at […]
  • easter garland. March 12, 2013 - well, easter is around the corner, so it’s time to get some pastel decorations going! my kids had a small window of time in the day, so i pulled out some card stock, some cookie cutters, scissors, markers and some string and we got to work on our easter garland. this is so easy and […]
  • bear’s 5th birthday :: the loot bags. February 13, 2013 - BIRTHDAY WEEK! truth be told, i kinda loath the whole loot bag idea, but it is what it is and i have to work with the system. in years passed, we have made some kind of non-edible gift for our friends to take home. we’ve sent our friends and family home with magnets, bow ties, […]
  • lovely valentine’s day card crafts! February 6, 2013 - kids love to hand-out valentine’s day cards to each other at school. we were even sent home a list of all of the student’s in bear’s class to ensure that no kid is left out, i suppose. here are eight super cute, super easy cards you can make with the kids for valentine’s day. i find my kids […]
  • birthday invitations :: a DIY craft January 26, 2013 -   bear is turning the big five-o-roonie in a few weeks!!! valentine’s day to be exact. and what almost-five-year-old doesn’t want to have a birthday party with their friends?! of course i went on pinterest looking for birthday invitation ideas, but nothing sprang out at me. so, bear and i designed our own little invitations. […]
  • nine fabulous valentine’s wreath ideas. January 23, 2013 - valentine’s day  is only a few short weeks away, so i’ve compiled 9 awesome wreath idea’s for any DIY craft lover. some are more complicated than others and will take more time, but there’s something here to suit everyone’s taste! ENJOY! 1. valentine’s wreath with pipe cleaner rosette’s:: shaken together 2. valentine’s willow heart wreath […]
  • silly spoons :: a craft January 21, 2013 - bear, my older guy, gets a magazine in the mail once a month, CHIRP. it’s totally cute, age appropriate and makes his day when he receives in the mail.one of the activities in the january edition, is something called, SILLY SPOONS. it’s a super fun and super creative activity, that both the boys enjoyed doing. the spoon […]
  • hearts and cupids arrows :: a valentine’s crafts. January 13, 2013 - valentine’s day is almost upon us. the stores are already filling their shelves with heart shaped boxes filled with chocolates to suit everyone’s flavour preferences. there are cardboard cut outs of cupids hanging in windows and  there are lots faux red roses around town.   here are some cute and simple craft projects i’ve gathered from pinterest. i especially love the […]
  • discover the fun of discovery bottles! January 8, 2013 - my bear got some homework for this past holiday season. he was to make a “discovery bottle” and then was to share his bottle with the class during their “show & share” time. it was an assignment that he completed with the help of dear hubby and lion, too. lion actually made his own little […]
  • buy nothing x-mas? October 23, 2012 - Welcome to the October 2012 Simplicity Parenting Carnival: HolidaysThis post was written as part of the monthly Simplicity Parenting Carnival hosted by The Lone Home Ranger and S.A.H.M. i AM. This month we are discussing how we simplify the holiday season. Be sure to read to the end to see a list of the rest […]
  • creepy cobwebs :: a halloween craft! October 7, 2012 - we LOVE this easy and quick craft, which we found HERE.supplies:wax paperglitter* (whatever colour you desire)white gluea fridge directions: cut a piece of wax paper to desired size. take white glue container and gently squeeze out the glue, creating the cob web, i started with a + , adding diagonal lines and then the curved webby pieces. […]
  • halloween fun! September 30, 2012 - this is the first time our kids will really  be enjoying halloween. i have explained trick or treating to bear and he is thrilled to be getting lotsa candy! we have missed halloween in passed years due to illness or business trips and last year we were in new york surviving the nor’easter that tried to […]
  • fall wreaths. September 25, 2012 - i love wreaths on front doors. here are four of my faves that i found on pinterest. aesthetically, the cob one is not the best, but i love the idea. things to consider: the gourds are probably quite heavy on a wreath, so when using them it’s important to attach them well.  think about how much traffic […]
  • simple and fun road trip activities for kids! July 25, 2012 - here are some of the funny and crafty activities i made or purchased for the boys for our upcoming road trip out east to the maritimes. the ideas are universal and not at all unique, but as usual i was inspired by pinterest. here’s a pretty extravagant activity board by one mama, which is beautiful, but way too […]
  • lion’s birthday par-teh! July 9, 2012 - we had a small and simple birthday party for lion’s second birthday. we invited everyone to join us at a local park, next to the river and a playground. it was perfect. we found a picnic table next some big ol’ shady trees and set up our party.there were carrot cake and chocolate lion cupcakes. rainbow fruit […]
  • a how to :: birthday bunting flags. July 9, 2012 - for my sweet lion’s second birthday party, i decided to whip up some bunting flags last minute. i have some old sheets i have purchasednand collected over the years for just such a quick project. i cut the flags with my pinking sheers, not worrying too much about size or symmetry, as the flags will be […]
  • mother’s day bookmarks. May 15, 2012 - i have to admit this great idea is not mine, but i found it HERE. i was looking for something pretty straightforward to make, but something that would also melt the hearts of the kids’ grandma and mummo.here’s what i did...i chose a few pictures of the kids that i thought were cute, heart melting […]
  • chair re*do. May 1, 2012 - welcome to the first of thirty one posts in may!we have a beautiful dining set that my grandmother shipped over from glasgow, scotland at least a decade before the second world war started, when she immigrated to canada with my grandfather. it’s a small simple table with built in leafs that can be extended when […]
  • bow tie tutorial: how to make your own! February 16, 2012 - the first bow tie i made for bear was a few years ago for my sister-law’s wedding.since then i’ve made a few more for various special occasions. materials:fabricthreadscissorspinselasticbasic instructions:choose your fabric. synthetics and silks tend to fray and be much more slippery when sewing, so more patience may be necessary as well!1. fold fabric in half […]
  • tea towel tutorial May 15, 2011 - this project is as easy or as difficult as you want to make it. embellishing tea towels is something people have been doing for a long time, but it’s what and how you do it that makes it fun. the window for creativity is huge on this project.i started off by buying a pack of […]
  • mother’s day. May 9, 2011 - i have asked for silence in the past, but that’s a tricky gift to give with two kiddies. and with a nursing baby it’s not like i can be gone all day doing my own thing. so instead, dear hubby and the boys let me sleep in, which is pretty typical for any weekend morning. and when […]
  • magnets for kids BIRTHDAY loot bags April 9, 2011 - check-out these great magnets we made for the loot bags for bear’s third birthday in february. they were easy and fun to do. we got the idea from this site and followed her instructions for the most part.  all you need are clear glass stones that are flat on one side, we bought ours from micheal’s, round […]
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