Tutorial — Apple Printed Lunch Sack from Old Jeans

We are still finding new uses for that box of old jeans from my dad. They make great drawstring lunch sacks! My sewing machine is by no means heavy-duty, but it didn’t have any problems sewing through two layers of denim. To make your own lunch sack from an old pair of jeans, cut off […]

Marbled Sunset Painting

While the sun was setting behind us, I thought Emily would like to paint a picture of a sunset. I wanted to use a technique that would be easy for her, but give great results. This one was a hit! To make your own marbled sunset painting, you will need: shaving cream (very inexpensive, make […]

Finger Painting Fun in the Sun, Sun, Sun

Just a quick reminder, today is the last day to sign up for our free online sewing workshop Sewing in Baby Steps. Today, we celebrated one of the last few days of Summer by finger painting Sun pictures! This was a particularly messy project, but a really fun one that both my girls really enjoyed! […]

Sunday Snapshot — Fueling Emily’s Obsession with China

Pillowcase Pajama Pants

Emily loves that her new pajama pants are so soft and comfy, since I made them from an old pillowcase. I used a technique very similar to the one found in The Creative Family by Amanda Blake Soule. These were made in just a few minutes! By using the existing hem on the pillowcase, I […]

Light-Up Fireflies

This was a fun before-bedtime craft that Emily enjoyed. It’s easy, and mess-free too! She loved seeing all the fireflies light up in the picture! To make your own light-up fireflies, you will need: black construction paper, yellow tissue paper, scissors, chalk, and tape. Cut holes out of the black construction paper for the bodies, […]

DIY Reusable 2-in-1 Sandwich Wrap and Placemat

Here’s a quick eco-friendly weekend project, just in time for back-to-school! These reusable sandwich wraps/placemats are made from cereal box liner bags and a little fabric. Mark made fun of me for saving these cereal bags, but I just knew I could find a way to reuse them. I made these sandwich wraps using some […]

Crafting with Recyclables – Napkin Rings

Here’s a craft that is sure to make meal time just a bit more fun! Emily fell in love with this cherry-printed ribbon the minute she first saw it. The red napkins were a clearance bargain from Target during their after-Christmas sale. To make your own napkin rings, you will need a paper towel roll, […]

Laundry Day Fun!

While I was tackling the laundry this afternoon, Emily did some of her own. Somehow her laundry was a lot more fun than mine! Special thanks to Elise of Inspiration Surrounds… Creativity Abounds for reminding me of this fabulous activity. When I was a little girl, our family gave my cousin a play laundry set […]

Modern Art

This was a fun painting project Emily and I worked on together while Clara took a nap this afternoon. We were thrilled with how this turned out! Mark said he wants to hang this painting up in Emily’s room once it is completely dried, and I couldn’t agree more. This painting was done on a […]

10! Show Nature Craft Round Up

What a fun day at The 10! Show in Philadelphia! Turns out their site is being completely re-done, so no clip is available online — Boo hoo!! But here’s the recap of the crafts that were featured: Strawberry Necklaces Leaf Prints Garden Stones Clover Collage Three Little Pigs Playset I love nature crafts because they […]

Important Info and Frugal Fun with Cardboard

First, some important announcements: I won’t keep you waiting any longer! Click here to register and for more information on our Sewing in Baby Steps online workshop — it’s FREE. I’m so excited about this, and it’s going to be so much fun! I’m scheduled to appear on tomorrow’s 10! Show on NBC for a […]

Sunday Snapshot — She’s Baaacck!!

After spending a week with Grandma and Papock (and having TONS of fun), Emily is back home! Hooray! I am blown away by the comments on yesterday’s post. I’ll be posting more info about registering for the free online sewing workshop tomorrow. YES! We are going to do this! If you always wanted to learn […]

Dear Emily

Dear Emily, While you are away having ALL SORTS OF FUN at Grandma and Papock’s house all this week, my days are spent getting in touch with my inner child and doing silly things like jumping up and down on the bed…. ….eating pink waffles with marshmallows and chocolate syrup for breakfast….. … doing funny […]

Giveaways Won

Last week, we were super-fortunate to win TWO giveaways! First to arrive was this cute Preserve, Jr. toothbrush from Christy at Superheros and Princesses. Emily’s favorite color is orange, so this was an instant hit! I love that it is made completely from recycled materials and it is BPA-free. A few days later, Emily received […]

Picking Peaches

We were blessed with beautiful weather here today, so Mark and I took the girls to go pick peaches this afternoon. It was so much fun and the peaches were delicious! I can’t wait to make some yummy peach cobbler with them… Mmmmm…. It doesn’t get any fresher than this, and at $1.35/lb. it was […]

Free Flowers and Hugs

One of Emily’s favorite things to do is “make deliveries”. This morning was spent preparing to make a special delivery to some of the residents at our local assisted living facility. We gathered up all the tissue paper and pipe cleaners we could find, and got to work making lots and lots of tissue paper […]

Wanna Beat the Heat?? Build an Ice Castle!

Think it’s too hot to craft? Think again! To build your own ice castle, you will need empty milk cartons, some paper, a couple of rubber bands, and some ice pops. Fill the milk cartons with water (and food coloring, if desired) and freeze the night before. Keeping the ice pops in their wrappers, roll […]