A DIY Advent and Shrink Film Ornaments

November 26, 2013

Geo Ornaments

Tree Advent

And…here are my final two projects for iVillage’s 30 Days of HoliDIY!

It’s no secret that I love most things modern and geometric so I came up with an easy way to make unique ornaments out of shrink film. If rustic simplicity is more your thing, check out my tutorial for a simple, wooden advent tree.

Sponsored Post: Happy Thanksgiving from Crayola!

November 24, 2013

Like many of you, we have a big week ahead of us as we get ready to receive family and host Thanksgiving at our home here in NC. This will be our first time hosting and prepping a big dinner, which makes me excited (place settings!) and nervous (brining?!) all at once. But already having a giant turkey all snug in the freezer and plans to mix cream cheese into our T-day mashed potatoes gives me some peace of mind.

It’s been a while since I’ve made anything with kids not having to do with a Rainbow Loom, but Thanksgiving break will give us time for fun, seasonal hands-on crafts and activities. Crayola has put together an inspirational slide show of some easy projects. Check it out below!

This post was sponsored by Crayola.

DIY Holiday Card Display

November 21, 2013

DIY Holiday Card Display

My second project for iVillage’s 30 Days of HoliDIY is up today! Visit here for full instructions on making your own holiday card display. This DIY is much less intense than the dollhouse, but still in keeping with a simple, modern aesthetic!

DIY Modern Dollhouse IKEA Hack

November 19, 2013

DIY Modern Dollhouse IKEA Hack

I’ve had to keep this project under wraps for a bit, but I’m excited to finally share! iVillage had asked me to contribute a few tutorials for their 30 Days of HoliDIY series where a new project is revealed each day. First up is an IKEA nightstand-turned-dollhouse. An alternative to the pricier modern dollhouses on the market, this DIY version would be an affordable gift for the kids this Christmas (just be prepared to bust out the powertools!).

Click here to view the full tutorial at iVillage. I’ll be posting more projects over the next couple of weeks!

Happy Halloween!

November 1, 2013




Among other happenings this month, we celebrated both boys’ birthdays (a combined Minecraft and Lego Chima party with 10+ boys), I began a new part-time design job that I just love (which also means our first foray into daycare/school — slightly nerve-racking and heartbreaking), and started watching some show called Breaking Bad. Have you heard of it?

We finished off October with an Alice-in-Zombieland-with-Wolverine-to-the-rescue family theme for Halloween. My very large Hat with a capital ‘H’ will knock out anyone within a 5-mile radius, but it is the maddest and raddest. As for loot, the kids made out good as usual, but are still detoxing 24 hours later from candy overload (as usual). And doesn’t Mara make the cutest little Alice? I’m still dying over her Olivia costume from last year.

Now on to things crafty; I have some big projects I’ll be sharing soon! Here are some purposefully-cryptic images as a teaser.