Weekend Rewind — Paint the Snow!

Hope everyone is having a fun Sunday! Here’s a post from last year’s archives, and an activity we would love to do again while there is still snow on the ground — snow painting! Enjoy! This afternoon, Emily and I took some spray bottles filled with a few drops of food coloring and some water […]

Fun Autumn Treasure Hunt

We went on an Autumn treasure hunt at our local nature conservancy! It was so much fun! Emily used a clipboard with the list of treasures we were looking for. In mind were these playground scavenger hunt cards. We used our own non-illustrated version, since Emily’s working on her reading skills. Here are just some […]

Sunday Snapshot — Pumpkin Patch!

I took Clara to the pumpkin patch! (Emily was visiting with my parents for a few days.) It was so much fun!

Fall Treasure Bag

Emily’s garden goody bag has now evolved into a Fall Treasure Bag! She loves to collect colorful leaves, acorns or interesting seed pods while we go on nature walks, and I love that she has such a special bag for all her Fall treasures. We have lots of crafty plans for these pretty leaves! Now […]

Sunday Snapshot — Puddle Jumper

Jumping in puddles is so much fun… …even more so when Mom jumps in too!

Pumpkin Ring Toss Game

If you have a couple of pumpkins and some canning rings, you can put together your own pumpkin ring toss game! Emily enjoyed playing this, and it is challenging. When we played, each canning ring that hit a pumpkin was 1 point, but if we got a ringer around the pumpkin stem, it was worth […]

Sunday Snapshot — Facial Expressions

Clara is growing up to be quite the expressive toddler, as evidenced by these photos: “Who farted?“ “Was it you?” “Nahhh…. It was me!” Hope you are enjoying your weekend. More crafty frugal goodness coming up!

Happy Birthday to Me!

Elements for the perfect birthday. 1. Gorgeous weather making it perfect for picking our own organic apples at Rodale Farm. 2. An afternoon game of tennis with my dad. 3. Back home to enjoy Chinese food, open presents, and eat cake. 4. The celebration continued the next day with a completely spontaneous and FUN road […]

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! […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Strawberry Necklaces at the Park

We were blessed with gorgeous weather here, so the girls and I spent as much time as possible outside. A few weeks ago, we found this craft idea in the book Crafts to Make in the Summer. Sure, we could just go out and buy a bag of walnuts, but I used it as an […]

Focus on the Family

This is the memory I am trying to focus on today — an impromptu picnic dinner at the garden. We were enjoying our cold fried chicken, garden salad, cornbread, and slices of watermelon. It was a completely spur-of-the-moment decision, one made out of simply a lack of time to get both dinner and work at […]

Cheap Thrills

Armed with a roll of pennies, I took Emily to a local outdoor shopping mall to make 50 wishes in the fountain. Among her many wishes, these were my favorites: “I wish Daddy had a new car.” “I wish… I wish……. I had a fountain…. in my ROOM!!” “I wish I could be five years […]

Clover Collage

Here’s a great nature project that even the littlest crafters can participate in! Emily enjoyed finding different patches of clover, picking them and sticking the leaves and stems to the lint brush. She could easily carry the lint brush with her, and spent a lot of time finding small leaves, blades of grass, and tiny […]