May 17, 2013
We spent a little bit of time last Sunday visiting the botanical gardens at UNC Charlotte. It was so special being surrounded by flora and fauna, accompanied by my most favorite people in the world. I had been sick most of that weekend and was getting especially sick of being cooped up indoors while the weather was beach-like and California-like. My bug let up just enough to get out and view some orchids, exotic succulents and peculiar plants. The boys loved the responsive ferns which are kind of like the plant version of fainting goats.
May 13, 2013
Our cardboard robots may be a little funny-looking but the boys had a blast putting them together! I cut out some strips and squares from cardboard boxes, then stacked the pieces together to drill holes through, added some duct-tape robot features (I used Mer’s method to easily cut out duct-tape shapes), and let the kids go at it with some metal brad fasteners (make sure you get the long kind, about 1/2″).
May 9, 2013
Chronicle Books recently published So Pretty! Felt, a DIY book by author Amy Palanjian and contributing crafters. I was sent a copy of this beautiful book to review and Chronicle kindly wants to offer a copy to one of my readers too!
If you love working with felt and are comfortable with sewing (or hand-stitching at a minimum) you would be excited to thumb through these fabulous projects with step-by-step instructions. Just last night, I put together an easy geometric felt bunting for the boys’ room and will be tackling the modern table runner above next!
You can purchase So Pretty! Felt from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, or Chronicle Books. To win a copy, leave a comment below. Giveaway ends next Thursday, May 16, after which I’ll contact the winner via email. Below are more reviews and book giveaways:
Monday, May 13 – Handmade Charlotte & Fabric Paper Glue
Tuesday, May 14 – MINT & A Spoonful of Sugar
Wednesday, May 15 – Positively Splendid & Hart and Sew
Thursday, May 16 – Rouge and Whimsy & So You Think You’re Crafty
Friday, May 17 – Aesthetic Nest & Dollar Store Crafts
April 24, 2013
A little after the fact, but Happy Earth Day! We’ve been enjoying our cooler-than-usual spring and feeling the sun our skin as we’ve finally retired our winter coats and are spending more and more time outdoors.
During spring break a couple weeks ago, we did a fun little exercise on the layers of the Earth using play dough, and on Earth Day, I let the kids have a run on my cardboard and container stash — or trash, as Dax put it!
This Mother Earth of ours has been sustaining life for millennia but we’re learning more and more of its vulnerabilities. Being just a cog in an impossibly complex system of consumerism, capitalism and unsustainable practices, I wonder if the small (and rather passive) “eco-conscious” habits we’ve employed (bringing bags to stores, unplugging unused electronics, limiting beef consumption, etc.) really even matter. Especially when I live in a region where a car is a must and I *ahem* shop at Walmart occasionally. But collectively, we’ve made this planet what it is presently and perhaps collectively we can reverse, or in the very least, slow down the negative trend and damage done to our home. Awareness is a good start, and I hope I’m successfully passing that on to my children so they can pass it on to theirs!
April 15, 2013
I recently shared this quick kid’s DIY at Less Than Perfect Parents!