March 26, 2013
Via Pinterest, I stumbled on a new favorite craft blog, Pysselbolaget, which has a tutorial on these fabulous cardboard shelves. After Kai made his mountain shelf from an old shoebox, I thought the boys might like some planet ones too.
After tracing a plate onto the flat backside (or bottom) of a box, I cut out the “planet” shape with a pair of scissors, keeping part of the sides attached for stability. Dax pointed out how it resembles a couch!
We then blended a bit of black and white acrylic paint together, but didn’t mix too thoroughly so that we’d have a marbled, textured gray to paint our moon with. Then I let Dax go to town with the paint. Finally, we added in some dark spots and craters to make it a little more realistic and familiar for our lunar astronaut (we had extras from Danyelle’s brilliant astronaut Valentines we put together for classmates this year).
When unused, the shelves nest together nicely for storage.
March 13, 2013
I have a fun giveaway for you! Harper Collins recently sent me a set of five Easter books and would like to offer a set to two of my readers as well! The range of titles has been perfect for us; Mara snuggles (per usual) with the little bunny that accompanies Goodnight Moon, Dax enjoys the pictures books, and The Velveteen Rabbit is a quick little chapter book for my oldest (all hardcovers except for Velveteen Rabbit).
Two simple ways to enter: leave a comment for one entry and for a second entry, pin a book from Harper Collins’ Easter books Pinterest page (make sure to leave a second comment if you choose to do this!)
Giveaway closes Friday, March 22 at midnight EST.
And speaking of Easter, how excited are your kids? I know mine are looking forward to yet another scavenger hunt left by the easter bunny!
March 5, 2013
I’ve been looking forward to sharing this project and it’s finally live! The gilding process was a lot of fun and the eggs turned out beautifully despite the project seeming to go awry (and get incredibly messy) at one point.
Visit SheKnows.com for my full tutorial.
February 20, 2013
The blog has been super quiet lately, but I’ve been crafting and making as usual! Above are a couple of projects I recently finished.
And one of the most surprising emails landed in my inbox this morning: I’ve made Babble’s Top 50 Mom Craft Blogs of 2013 and named #1 DIY Blog! I’m still processing this and my face MAY be on fire (from delight? excitement? disbelief? All of the above.) Even more awesome, I’m sandwiched between two blog crushes on the overall list, Mer Mag and Hellobee. So excited I just can’t even. I’m going to sign off now to squee quietly behind my hands (baby sleeping), do a few jumps and eat some celebratory frozen Thin Mints. Thank you SO much for reading this blog and following over the years!
February 19, 2013
I recently made a couple of Instagram puzzles for my little tornado of a daughter recently. Speaking of puzzles, Mara had mixed up five different sets while I was working on dinner last night. I don’t even think you have to be a neat freak to feel sick over a mess like that. My saving grace: kid puzzles are made up of giant pieces. Can you imagine if it were some 2,000 piece puzzle set of Monet’s water lilies tossed together with a bit of Dogs Playing Cards? Can you imagine?
The square puzzle pieces also double as pretty fridge magnets. You can find my full tutorial at Hellobee.