DEC
10
2014

DIY Christmas Pillow Buddies!

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Good morning everyone! I always love to create handmade gifts this time of year. I think they’re not only fun, but they’re unique and make special gifts for those you love! Today’s tutorial is for a cute handmade pillow complete with a sweet little buddy! They’re super soft and cuddly, making them a perfect gift for Christmas!   So let’s get started! You will need: 1 yard of flannel fabric per pillow Coordinating thread Sewing machine (You can hand sew too if you’re feeling ambitious!) Iron and ironing board Scissors or rotary cutter Pins Ruler Stuffing for your pillow (You can get cotton or polyester your choice)     This project is a little complicated to try and explain in a blog post, so make sure to check out the video tutorial on how to create these cute little DIY Pillow Buddies below!   And that’s it!   For those of you wondering where I found the cute little stuffed animals with the … [Read more...]

DEC
09
2014

The Foto Finch Photography Curriculum Review

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Hi everyone! I’m all about the giving spirit right now, and so I have another giveaway for you this week! I’ve had a lot of questions on our photography curriculum that we’ve started this year with my 6th grader, and so I’m going to do a review and giveaway of it for you today! The Photo Finch was created by a good friend of mine, Ernie Treu, a fellow homeschooler, and an amazing photographer! And not only is she a photographer, but she has created two different and awesome homeschool curriculum! (You can read more about Ernie in her bio here.) Both curriculum are geared towards Junior High and High School students, but my 6th grader is going through it and she’s doing great! The lessons are easy to understand, and each lesson has accompanying assignments for your student to complete. As they progress through the lessons they’ll be creating a photography portfolio of their work!   Composition & Photojournalism ($79 Download, $84 CD) This course is divided into two … [Read more...]

OCT
28
2014

DIY Bandana Quilt Tutorial

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Looking for a fun DIY project for your kids this fall? Look no further, this DIY bandana quilt is perfect for your young crafter. These were super easy to make and I loved the way they turned out! I will say that Strawberry Shortcake (11) was able to do pretty much everything on her own. I helped Tinker Bell (8), though she did most of her own sewing. And then I sat with the Teeny Tot on my lap and helped her sew everything. So I would say it is a great DIY project for kiddos 8 and up. Ready to get your craft on? Let’s get started! Supplies: 4 bandanas or 4 pieces of fabric approx. 20”x20”  (You can get bandanas for $1 at Walmart or the Dollar Store) 1 1/2 yds. of fabric for back side (We picked a pattern, but you can do whatever you like.) 1 1/2 yds. batting (We used the thinnest one we could find, see picture below. And I prefer the natural material to the synthetic.) Coordinating Thread Scissors Coordinating Embroidery floss (We just used some from … [Read more...]

OCT
15
2014

Sashay Scarf for kids

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Hi all! I don’t know what it is about fall, but it definitely brings out the inner crafter in me! And today I tried one of these super cute, and might I add extremely EASY, sashay scarves!   Supplies are simple: 1 ball Sashay Yarn: I used Red Heart Boutique Sashay mini since it was for my daughter. The regular sashay yarn is wider than the mini. 1 – 6mm or “J” crochet hook   This would be a great project to take with you while you’re sitting at soccer practice, swim lessons, or even watching TV in the evenings. And since it’s sooooo easy, I also highly recommend it for a beginner student!   Pattern: The Yarn: If you pull the netting apart you’ll see one edge that looks finished and one that is plain with large hoops on it. That’s the side you’ll be working on. Begin at the first loop on the plain side of the yarn. **Place your hook through the first loop coming from the backside to the front side. Skip one loop, then pick up the next loop … [Read more...]

OCT
14
2014

Paper Pumpkin Fall Craft Idea

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Hi everyone! Fall is here, and I absolutely L.O.V.E. the beautiful colors, crisp air, cozy sweaters, and all of the fun crafts that go along with this time of year! Now I know this isn’t a new idea, but honestly we haven’t made the paper pumpkins before. I know, crazy right? Anyhoo, the Teeny Tot has been asking for crafts nearly everyday, and so I’ve had to come up with some ideas and since fall is upon us, I thought some fun pumpkin crafts would be the way to go! This craft is not only fun and easy, but it’s great for improving fine-motor control, scissor skills, and creativity! So all you need are: Orange construction paper Green construction paper Scissors Ruler Pencil Metal Brads Hole punch (optional)   Step 1: Using your ruler draw vertical lines along the short side of your construction paper to create 8 1” strips. (I know my pic has 7 strips, we used more than one sheet of paper.) We just used the width of our ruler so it was easy. If … [Read more...]

OCT
08
2014

Crochet Penguin Hat

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Hi everyone! I have a super cute crochet penguin hat to share with you all today! Since I’ve made so many fun things for the girls, Turbo has been asking for something as well. And since he loves penguins I thought this might be right up his alley!   You Will Need: 1 5mm crochet hook 1 Skein black yarn (We used Red Heart medium worsted weight yarn.  1 Skein accent color (We used some left over orange that I had from a previous project.) 1 Skein white (Vanna’s Choice® Lion Brand medium in white.) 1 Skein blue for the eyes (Red Heart medium weight in Turquoise. The picture below is navy, I changed to the lighter blue because it stood out more.) Two 3/4” black buttons for eyes   Some abbreviations you’ll need to know to follow the pattern: ch – chain sl st- slip stitch SC – Single Crochet DC – Double Crochet HDC – Half Double Crochet HDC Decrease – Half Double Crochet Decrease TC – Triple Crochet If you … [Read more...]

OCT
01
2014

Crochet Pig Hat Tutorial

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Okay, so I have a pig lover in our midst. It’s Tinker Bell. She loves all things pig. And when I saw this super adorable pig hat tutorial from Repeat Crafter Me, I couldn’t pass it up! Oh my word, this is so cute!   This pattern was actually fairly simple to follow once you learn the stitches. So I think it is definitely do-able for beginners like me. And it makes me look like I might have a clue about what I’m doing. Which makes me seem all ‘crafty’ and like I’m a cool mom. And I like anything that makes me seem like a cool mom. Word.   Here are our supplies: 1 size H (5mm) crochet hook 1 Skein pink yarn: We used Vanna’s Choice® Lion Brand medium worsted weight yarn in Pink. 1 Skein dark pink color We used the Vanna’s Choice® Lion Brand medium in Pink Poodle A tiny amount of black yarn for the nostrils.Like literally a couple inches. So we just used whatever we had in our stash. A teeny amount of white yarn to stitch on the eyes. … [Read more...]

SEP
02
2014

Market Bag Crochet Tutorial

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Hi everyone! I recently saw the cutest bag ever, and knew right away I wanted to try it. It’s the Market Bag Tutorial from Redheart and it’s super cute! Keeping in line with my usual demeanor, I didn’t follow the directions exactly. I wanted to make something a little smaller for the kids, and it turned out to be a great library bag for the Teeny Tot! I also made one for Strawberry Shortcake, and am in the process of making one for Tinker Bell, but she’s requested some modifications so I’ll have to post that one separately. I’m a brand new crocheter. Crochetee? Crochet person? Whatever. The point is I’m new, I don’t know what I’m doing, and I still managed to pull this off! I’d also like to note that I’m horrible at reading actual printed crochet patterns, so I watched the below video tutorial to help me out. Seriously, have you seen a crochet pattern? They look like a sports play book or something. No clue how to read them. It’s like a foreign language. And I’m still in … [Read more...]

JUL
08
2014

Summer Boredom Busters for Kids Part 2

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Hi everyone! I’m back with another day of Summer Boredom buster ideas for kids! This is a great series for anyone looking for some fun ideas to fill those long afternoons and rainy days this summer! Click on the images below to see each idea!         This post is part of my Summer Boredom Buster Series, click below to see more ideas!   Stick around tomorrow for more fun Summer Boredom Busters! … [Read more...]

APR
15
2014

Hands on Easter Activities for Kids

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Bunnies, chicks, eggs…oh my! All of those things are fun, but I really want my kiddos to get the real meaning of Easter as well! So here are a few of my favorite ideas to help make this Easter special! Since Easter is quickly approaching I’m in the mood for Easter Activities! Yesterday I shared the mini resurrection Easter garden you, but today I wanted to share a few more fun hands on Easter ideas with you!   Easter Garden If you missed yesterday’s post, creating a mini resurrection Easter Garden is a wonderful idea to remind your family of Jesus this season! Click here for detailed instructions on creating your own mini resurrection Easter garden.   “Life of Jesus” Bracelet This is a great Easter craft for kids as well as a wonderful gift! Here is the story: One night there was a bright start, which guided three wise men. They carried three gifts to give to the King of the earth upon His birth. He grew up to become a carpenter, and a fisher of … [Read more...]