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Paper Hearts, We Like Um!

January 30th, 2012 by zoe No Comments

Okay it’s almost February. Which brings one of my favorite holidays, Valentines Day.

I love Valentines Day.

Not for its chocolates, high pressure romanticism, or gifts and such.. (and definitely not for its overpriced long stem red roses that always go limp necked and die before ever opening!).

I love it because I have forever loved to make cards, and Valentines Day is the ONE day in which EVERYONE is encouraged to give handmade cards. Now don’t let me down and buy the Star Wars and My Little Pony ones propped temptingly on the isle ends at the grocery store — DON’T DO IT.

Get out your construction paper, doilies, glue and glitter and get to work folks.

GET TO WORK!

Oh and make sure to replenish the craft supplies, you can never have enough hot pink glitter!

Making Custom Spoons for Grandma

December 21st, 2011 by zoe 2 Comments

I originally saw this project here and knew it was perfect handmade gift idea for the boys Momo. I ran out and got some nice wooden spoons at the cookshop the next day!

I got the boys to draw on their spoons with pencil and we traced it with a wood burner tool.

The boys have a Grandmother who lives and breaths kitchen gadgets, I once counted four waffle irons in her kitchen.

I hope she loves her custom spoons as much as I do!

Kids Making Teacher Gifts

December 19th, 2011 by zoe 3 Comments

Some last-minute gifts for the teachers.

The boys hand painted terra-cotta pots for Amaryllis bulbs.

I am pretty excited to share with my children the joy of giving, which after all is kinda sorta the whole dig dang point of the holiday season.

I have a memory that on the Little House on the Prairie the children were pretty excited to simply get one of these for Christmas….

Making Woodsy Wreaths

December 6th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

On Sunday we went for a family walk. We gathered a big bag of Princess Pine from the forest floor. The children ran here and there excited to find a new patch, plucking it up and adding it to their bags.

Yesterday I used the metal hoops salvaged from a broken old lampshade and some thin wire to make a hand wrapped holiday wreath.

We bathed some pinecones in glitter too but they are still drying!

I think it came out swell and I love that we were able to gather it from our back yard!

Making Masks

October 24th, 2011 by zoe 6 Comments

Halloween is just a week away!

I spent a morning at preschool making and decorating animal masks with 20 plus children. I cut the shapes below from recycled cardboard the night before and the kids painted, glued and glittered to their heart’s content. I somehow got a teensy bit busy and didn’t manage to snap any pictures of the wee artist mayhem. The theme was animal masks and I had several different shapes for the children to choose from. Secretly I am hoping the masks will inspire homemade Halloween costumes that aren’t princess and super hero based… doubtful, I know.  We make and decorate cardboard masks a lot around here and I am sometimes shocked by their popularity and longevity. I’d call it good clean fun but as you can see from the glitterfest below we didn’t quite hit the clean mark on this latest decorating project!!

Here are the patterns I made for 3D masks.

With these four templates you can make owls, cats, tigers, bears, dogs and butterflies.

Print pattern pieces and cut desired shapes out of cardboard.

Tape the nose  V shape together to get your masks to pop out.

Punch out holes and thread with elastic.

Decorate and have lots of FUN!!!

Click mask templates and save to file, print and use as a guide to make your own animal masks from cardboard.

 

 

Story Blocks & Stones

October 13th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

These past weeks have been hectic and exhausting but now …. with some rest and relaxation I am feeling the happy groove of fall. My craft fair was a sparkly success, thanks to all those who came out and bought ALL my wares.

Ah… now I can relax by the fire, enjoy the fall colors and party under the big full moon.

Now I can get back to fun little projects with my boys!  We cut down a few small trees to make some natural log blocks. All I did is cut slices of wood and sand the edges. I have read here and there that a bit of bee’s wax makes for a nice finishing touch.

With all our gathered stones and the fabric scraps on the studio floor we made some story stones following the tutorial over at Red Bird Crafts.Then, we mixed it all up and made story blocks too.

With a handful of stones or wood slices you can easily make these too!

Simply cut little fabric or paper scraps into shapes.
With a brush coat your rock or wood slice in a layer of goop. Lay your story inspiration image,on and brush with another layer of goop.  You can use the real deal Mod Podge or make your own goop by mixing one part Elmers glue to one part water.After your story blocks and stones dry gather some folks together and tell  tales of the fox and snake on their way to get ice cream cones.

With the cozy indoor days ahead we are planning to make lots of story blocks and stones – nothing is quite as fun as building stories.