November 21, 2013
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!
November 19, 2013
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!
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.
September 26, 2013
To end the week, I have a fun giveaway for you. Hot Wheels recently sent us their car maker to try out and I can’t tell you how excited the boys were over creating and designing their own cars. It’s like the perfect collision (eh, accidental pun) of two worlds; cars and crafting!
The kit comes with enough supplies to make 10 car bodies. Only three chassis were included, but the kids enjoyed switching out the different bodies. Two types of molds output a car shape and a truck, all easily customizable with various decals.
The process was really simple; insert a plastic stick into the top of the car maker (a purple stick is already placed so the first car is inevitably purple), slide one of the molds into the car maker base, and (get this!) follow the voice instructions because the machine talks. And plays music, which only adds to the drama of the artistic process.
The car maker takes about 7-10 minutes to melt down the plastic stick (all done safely inside the car maker) after which you’re prompted by Mr. Hot Wheels himself to push down the lever. You’ll have to wait another 10 minutes for the plastic to cool down enough to handle, but everything is self-timed and the door at the base will pop open when ready.
A little tool helps you easily pop the car body off the mold. This part was a tiny bit messy, but overall it was a low-trash/debris project. Obviously the plastic isn’t as durable as its die-cast metal counterparts, BUT you get to add your own stickers — which the boys enjoyed.
This is definitely a favorite toy of ours. You can purchase directly from the Mattel website, but Mattel was generous enough to offer one lucky reader a kit of their own! To enter, simply leave a comment at the end of this post. Edited: Wanted to add that I just created a Facebook page for Ambrosia Creative. Feel free to leave a second comment/entry for yourself for liking my new Facebook page, thank you!
Giveaway closes October 7, 2013 and I will contact the winner by email. Good luck!
September 23, 2013
It’s a little too early for this stuff, right? But in case you’re one to get a jump-start on Halloween, here’s an easy craft to do with the kids! Instructions are at Hellobee.