marbled ornaments.

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I have so much nail polish and I rarely ever use it – So when I saw that I can put some of that nail polish to use in a craft I was all game. All I had to do was pick up some glass ornaments – I got 8 of them for $5 and went to town. I love how these turned out. The possibilities are endless.

Heres what you need:

Ornaments
nail polish
water
bucket or bowl
dowel rod or long stick for stirring
gloves (optional)
empty egg carton

Fill a container with enough water that you can easily submerge the ornament in. Also choose a container you can throw away when you are done.

Drizzle some nail polish in the water, then use a stick of some sort to marble it if youd like.

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Holding the top of the ornament (wear gloves for this step if you dont want to get too messy) and directly submerge the ornament in the water. the paint adheres immediately. You sort of only get one dip, so make it a good one!

Set on top of egg cartons, or the ornament tray in my case, so they can dry.

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magazine collage.

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I went to a friend’s house for some collage-crafting one evening and this was the result. Ive never done a collage before, so I was a bit overwhelmed with the possibilities. We cut up alot of magazines, postcards, flyers, etc. and had some found objects (I used some string and a feather) – and just went to town. I was mostly drawn to colors with mine, so i was looking fof different colors and textures that pleased me. And I added some animal elements. Was hoping to add some type, but just didnt find anything that jumped at me. So this is the finished piece. When i showed it to milo he said “oh. thats wierd.” haha.  Hoping there is some more collaging in my future! This was really fun.  I think it would even be fun to do with the kids and see what they come up with!

granny square update 5.

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So I thought I was in the home stretch as I approach what I THOUGHT would be the last row of the blanket. The more I look at it, and the more I think about it, I’m going to just go for it and make it bigger.  I’m planning one more row across down, and three more across.  Which means I have about 50 more squares to make and a few more skeins of yarn to buy, since Im ran out of quite a few colors.  I figure, if I’m going to do this, might as well DO this, am I right?! So I definitely have my work cut out for me, but this is such a fun project, I’m ok with it.  Hopefully a few more weeks of work cut out for me, but photo sessions are starting to pick up, and we have some travel in our future, so we shall see….

geometric valentine poster.

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Milo and I didn’t make his valentines this year because he found some star wars ones he HAD to have for his classmates – but we worked on this valentine poster for the house, since he LOVES having decorations. (we are seriously slacking on the valentines decor this year as well…i blame the cold weather).

This was a fun little project that we originally found here.

We used some rogue paint chips I had laying around, and that seemed to work perfectly, and was a great way to upcycle!
Milo had fun figuring out the pattern – it was almost like a big heart puzzle.

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You will need:
Cardstock, colored paper, or paint chips
exacto knife or rotary cutter
cutting mat
Gluestick
Large sheet of white paper

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Measure the colored paper and cut into squares. Ours were 5 inch squares, because we were working with the paint chips but you can do any size really!

Cut the squares in half, into two triangles.

Layout the heart design on the large sheet of white paper. Using a glue stick, glue each triangle onto the white paper.

Previous valentines here, here and here!

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granny square update #3

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Another update!

I hadn’t really touched the granny square blanket this weekend – but I got some work done to it last weekend, so I thought I would show its progress! Still a long way to go….

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A few weeks into the year and I’ve been making some progress on the granny square blanket. Here’s to keeping the momentum going!

minecraft perler beads.

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Milo loves following patterns, puzzles, and building legos. So perler beads are a great activity for him! After seeing how much he enjoyed a few of the $1 kits from Micheals, I bought him a giant tub of them.  So we have been busy looking at what people have created with them and then getting inspired to make our own creations. Milo has recently been playing minecraft, so we thought these little characters would translate well into the beads.  He loved how these turned out – I especially love the sword. He took these to school the next day to show his friends, so that declares these an absolute success! HA!

granny stripe blanket….complete!

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the granny stripe blanket is complete! (see progress, here, here and here). I’m so happy; this is my biggest yarn project to date. The pattern I used is found here. Although it looks like its an intimidating project, it really is super easy. Any beginner can do this. I ended up buying 15 skeins of yarn total (three skeins of each color) and used about 2 1/2 of each skein. I used black for the edging, and just did 2 rows of single crochet around. I’m so so happy with how it turned out. Special thanks to milo, who pushed the button on the timer to help make the photo about possible; training them young 🙂

So what are you waiting for? Get started on making yours and show me your progress!

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granny stripe: update.

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I head to china in the morning, so I wanted to share the progress I have made on the granny stripe blanket. I just about used up one skein of each color, so I’m thinking its going to take three skeins of each yarn, not two, like I originally thought. So it looks like I’m a third of the way there. Hopefully after 26 hours of travel tomorrow I will make some nice progress…Have a great week!

valentine sun catcher.

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I saw this project on the land of nod blog and thought it would be an easy, fun project to do with milo. And I had just enough contact paper left over to do it. I had a ton of scrap paper already cut up from my card making days, but milo had fun using the hole punch and making little confetti circles to add to the contact paper.
Here’s what we did:

First, cut out scraps of paper – use different sizes, shapes, colors.

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Next, cut out a big heart out of contact paper.

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Peel the back off the contact paper and affix the shapes you just cut on the sticky part. If you use letters, remember to make them read backwards.

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Then you can take the sun catcher and stick it directly on the window, like they did in the original post. I was paranoid if I did this, it wouldn’t come off my windows for some strange reason, so I cut out another heart, the same size, out of contact paper and put it on top of the other one, sealing everything in place. Then I used a hole punch to make a hole and add string to hang it.