Creative Kids : Learning About Insects with Paint

 

Today we are having fun learning about bugs! Sydney has been very interested in insects lately, so I picked up a bunch of little critters at the store. I thought the toys could help cure her fear of bugs, and teach her how to identify some different kinds insects. Drawing pictures of each insect is a little advanced for her age, so I created a bug painting activity instead!

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Make It Gold

 

Good morning! This weekend went by way too fast! I spent some time working on new handmade items for my Etsy store. They’re almost done, and I can’t wait to share them with you! While I was working, I had the urge to break out the gold spray paint and give some of my tools a new look. Now my tape measure, seam ripper, scissors, tweezers, and xacto feel more like a pretty set. A few coats of clear enamel will keep them protected from scratching and flaking.

While I was working on my tools, Sydney wanted to transform something of hers as well. So, we gave a few of her hair clips a shiny new look.

Sometimes I wish companies would make household products simple with standard black, white, silver, and gold finishes. Like, why can’t tissue boxes just come in a solid black box? Oh, well… I guess that’s why I go through so much spray paint!

Jewelry DIY with Paint Dipped Coral and Gold Shells

 

I’ve had this DIY on my mind for quite awhile now, and finally got around to it last week. It all started when I saw, and fell in love with, these necklaces from Anthropologie. I immediately thought “I can make that!” I have had my shell collection stored away ever since we moved, and this was the perfect reason to sort through it. My collection is entirely made up of shells and coral my dad and I found over the years. So in the end all the necklaces I made have a special memory behind them!

Supplies:

I used nail polish to give the coral the paint dipped look of the inspiration necklace.

I was also inspired to transform the shells with a shiny coat of gold spray paint.

Then I used gold and other colored string to create necklaces.

Sydney even joined in on the fun! I assemble her necklace first, then let her paint away.

To finish off the necklaces you can either add a clasp to your string, or attach the coral or shell to a finished chain.

And that’s all there is to it!

Dollarstore Craft : Decorating Birdhouses

 

This afternoon we are breaking out our paints and other goodies from the craft cabinet, and decorating birdhouses! This is a fun activity for kids of all ages, and can help with dexterity, learning colors, and promoting creativity. Plus, these cute little wooden houses can be found for just a buck each at either the dollar store or local craft store. Continue reading

Planting Succulents

 

Our house needed some greenery, so yesterday Sydney and I spent the afternoon planting. Syd loves flowers and gardens, but unfortunately all we can fit on our balcony is a small herb garden in a flower box. So she was so excited when I broke out the dirt and an assortment of containers from our china cabinet! Planting indoors is still lots of fun, actually more fun than outdoors when temps are inching close to 100! I also took her to the store and let her pick out the plants. Of course she was immediately drawn to all the cute little succulents!

I think she liked planting in the tea cup the best, especially since she decided her favorite plant would go in there.

The succulents in assorted containers are perfect grouped together as a centerpiece on a table….

Or separated and placed in different rooms around the house. And the best part is, they are easy to keep alive!

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Origami Bookmark Tutorial

 

For the past week we’ve kept quite busy with family in town. It’s been a really fun week playing tourist, but today I took a much needed lazy day. I wanted to make something that didn’t require much thinking, so I spent the afternoon making origami bookmarks. They are super cute, easy to make, and a good way to use up some leftover scrap paper! Now, if I could just find some time to get a little reading done…

All you need is a ruler, something to cut with, and paper.

 

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Design Trends : Seeing Blue

 

There’s no doubt that when it comes to recent design trends, blue is in. I first fell in love with the color and brought it home when we moved to our current apartment last spring. We coated our 12 foot bedroom walls in the perfect shade of navy blue. The color has actually become one of my all time favorite paint colors, and I can’t wait to use it in another room!

The blue hue is the perfect color scheme if you’re looking to achieve a unique and globally inspired design. Earlier this summer Ikea launched their limited edition True Blue Collection. It’s an Indian-inspired collection, and, in my opinion, it’s to die for. I want to own it all, and have been eagerly awaiting a release of the collection in our local stores. Sadly, I have finally come to the realization that it probably won’t happen. Sigh.

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Playing with Moon Sand

 

Sticking with the BabbaBox theme from earlier this week (Sun, Moon, & Stars), we decided to explore and play with moon sand. I found several recipes for cloud dough online which include mixing  flour with baby oil. Our moon sand is actually just a slight modification to cloud dough. Instead of baby oil we used Continue reading

Fourth of July Ribbon Dancers

 

As promised this morning, here are our ribbon dancers along with a tutorial! They are quick and easy to make, and a fun, safe alternative to sparklers. I’m hoping the ribbon dancers and dollar store glow sticks I picked up will keep Syd busy Continue reading

Eye Spy Some Play-Doh Fun!

 

For the last week Sydney and I have been eager to receive our first box from BabbaCo…. and it finally came in yesterday! BabbaCo is a monthly subscription activity box, and we are excited to dig in and give our first craft a try today. While we get busy I want to share some play-doh fun we had last week. It’s amazing how entertaining a little doh and a few googly eyes can be! Continue reading

DIY Anthropologie Inspired Floral Lamp Shade

 

Good afternoon! I am a little late posting today because I was having so much fun making this lamp shade for Sydney’s room. When we moved, some of our shades were damaged, and I have been meaning to revamp and fix them for the past year. Well, when I saw this adorable lampshade from Anthropologie, I was immediately inspired to create a similar look and finally fix one of the shades!  The flowers perfectly covered up cracks in the shade, and now it looks as good as new. Continue reading

Mini Grilled Cheese and Kale Sandwiches for Kids

 

We have an entire loaf of cocktail pumpernickel bread leftover from the birthday party this past weekend, and I didn’t know what to do with it. Then I realized, the cute little slices are perfect for fun kid sized sandwiches! Continue reading

Sydney’s Alice in Wonderland Birthday Party

 

Happy Monday! I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. We had a blast celebrating Sydney’s third birthday with  friends and family in Wonderland! Sydney and I worked on decorations all last week, and everything came together nicely. To set up the party we brought an old dining set out onto the patio. Surrounded by paper lanterns and tons of flowers, this became the perfect setting for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. And, she is super lucky her daddy braved the heat and dressed up so she could have Mad Hatter himself at her party! Continue reading

Imaginative Play with Stick People

 

There is so much to do these next couple days, I wish my sister could be here again. She helped us out with Sydney this past weekend, and my husband and I were able to get caught up on a bunch of work. Syd had lots of fun playing with her auntie, and when they broke into the craft cabinet, these cute craft stick people were the outcome. Continue reading

DIY Make Your Own Telescope, Kids Craft

 

Good Morning! I hope everyone had a great Father’s Day weekend and enjoyed some sunshine.

Today I am sharing a fun project Sydney and I worked on together. I am always trying to come with new ideas for toilet paper and paper towel rolls. Recently we made a fun telescope with removable slides! It’s actually quite easy to make. Continue reading

Things I Loved This Week

 

Oh man, that two day room makeover really took it out of me. I am soooo glad it’s the weekend! It has been such a busy week, that I haven’t had my usual browsing time… but I did see a couple cool ideas this week that I would like to share with you. Enjoy and have a fabulous weekend!

I love pretty much everything from the gals over at A Beautiful Mess, and this week I’m really digging their diy frosted glass jars. Super cute easy way to update a reused jar, and they’re even dishwasher safe! I have gotta try this one. Continue reading

Making Glow Jars

 

Yesterday Sydney and I had a major art and craft day, and also experimented with making glow jars. They have been floating around Pinterest for awhile now and look like so much fun! However, there is one tutorial that frustrates me. The image is clearly Photoshopped, and I think it’s very misleading. So, I decided to make a couple of our own jars so we can share our experience and method with you. I must admit, frustration aside, I was intrigued with the photoshopped glow jar image, it’s actually called fairies in a jar, and I wanted to try and replicate the glowing ‘fairies’ that appear to be suspended in mid-air. To do this, Continue reading

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