We begin our Crochet-A-Day series with something quick and easy, wanting you to dive in and get your hands wet. This project couldn’t be simpler to start with… Chain Stitch Wrapping Ribbon! Give your gift a little extra handmade love! handmade + gift giving = LOVE Chain Stitch Wrapping Ribbon Supplies: yarn – any color or […]

By now you probably know I’m a little addicted to crochet! Since learning to crochet, just over a year ago, I just. can’t. stop. I love making all kinds of things, but I especially like the projects you can “make and take” in just a day. So I’m starting this Crochet -A- Day series, sharing […]

Hey all you Mod Podge fans! Ready for something to blow your mind?! How about this new line of fantastic peel and stick stencils from the ever amazing Amy of Mod Podge Rocks?! I’m happy to call Amy my friend and so thrilled about her new line of stencils she’s created with Plaid. It’s one […]

Creating Heart Yarn Art

by Marie on January 30, 2014

We’re back with another fun Craftspiration video for a Valentine’s Day Heart Yarn Art. Get out the glue, wind up the yarn, and you’ll be able to whip up this simple and crafty piece of art. Perfect for your loved ones! We’re sharing how to outline our heart with more and more hearts to fill […]

The big football weekend is here and we’ll be hosting a party, being a big football family and cheering on our Seattle SEAHAWKS!! Wahoo! And I’ve partnered with Marzetti® on a recipe for our guests to munch on. These are delicious Endive and Bacon Lettuce Wraps, drizzled with Marzetti® Chunky Blue Cheese dressing. I’ve just been […]

Whether you’re off on a winter ski trip or just making snowmen in the backyard, I’ve got a few tips to help make your experience a little easier on everyone. Being a big snow sport family, we’ve learned a trick or two for keeping kids happy throughout the snow day. Here are 4 tips to […]

This Valentine’s we’re crafting cute little love bug magnets for my children’s classmates. Yep… 75 of these will be made between my 3 kids. Lots of pipe cleaners and googly eyes!! For a little added fun, my son is turning his bugs into aliens and monsters by gluing on only one big googly eye in the […]

Are your kids buzzin’ like bees this winter, spending a lot of time indoors? If so, keep those little bees busy by making their own Snowflake Tic Tac Toe board game. They can craft small snowflakes to add to the board and have fun getting 3 in a row! Here are Lucy and I crafting […]

It’s just a few weeks away for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games and we’re crocheting the Olympic rings to celebrate. Whip up a few of these as you watch the your favorite winter sport. What’s your favorite? I love the bobsled! I’ve always wanted to try crocheting with pipe cleaners and these Olympic rings seemed like […]

Outdoor Family Fun Gift Guide

by Marie on January 12, 2014

I’ve gathered a few fabulous ideas for outdoor family fun over at Ebay and sharing some of them today. If you’re heading outdoors to the beach, camping in the woods, or some snow day fun, be sure to check these out and follow my collection. Winter Snowman on the Go Kit: The Kids’ Outdoor Adventure Book: Paracord Survival […]

Hi friends! As the new year is upon us, I’m looking to make 2014 the best yet for Make and Takes, providing quality ideas for home, family, and fun. I’d love if you would take a minute and answer this simple survey of 7 questions below. It’s completely anonymous, so please be honest and share […]

Is it just me or did 2013 go by too fast?! Maybe it was all the fun we had with DIY during the year. Here are just a few things we whipped up this past year with crafts, food, family and fun! January: Tortilla Snowflakes – perfect for an after school snack February: Despicable Me […]

Celebrate the winter weather by making a crafty wonderland. We’re using recycled magazines to cut and tear out, adding to our wintery scene. You can get really creative by adding a snowman, winter animals, and some evergreen trees. Here are Lucy and I crafting a Wintery Wonderland. We will be showcasing our Craftspiration videos all year long to […]

Have you seen the movie Frozen yet? It’s our favorite. Josh Gad could not be more perfect for this roll as the goofy lovable snowman.  “The hot and the cold are both so intense, put ‘em together it just makes sense!“ I think we watched this clip below for the song In Summer about 100 times […]

Make a few kid-friendly sparklers to help ring in the new year! My darling daughter Lucy is all by herself in this next video, teaching you how to make these super simple and kid-friendly sparklers! Watch Lucy’s solo debut for a tutorial making Pipe Cleaner Sparklers for New Year’s: We will be showcasing our Craftspiration videos all year […]

Wishing you and yours Happy Holidays from the Make and Takes team!

With the holidays upon us, a season of giving, I was happy to have partnered up with a local organization, Wellspring Family Services, for their annual Giving Together concert. Wellspring provides all kinds of help, supplies, and education for families in need. They recently held a celebration event for all the children who were involved […]

Toys, Books, and Spies, oh my!

by Marie on December 18, 2013

Through blogging, I’ve been so fortunate to meet some fabulously creative people. Whether it’s crafts, food, design, art, or writing, this world is full of so many great people with so many great ideas. I’ve recently received a few goodies in my mail from said creative blogging friends. I’m happy to share their amazing talents […]

Decorate your tree with a little handmade love. This felt green ornament is a great project to start out with some simple sewing as you embroider around the edge of this triangle tree. Then hang it on the tree for everyone to see! Here are Lucy and I crafting a Felt Tree Ornament: We will be […]

Like I’ve mentioned before, we love hiking. We try to get outdoors at least once a month to explore some new part of our pretty Washington State! It’s such a great way to discover new things, have great conversations, and get some exercise to boot! Because it’s something very important for our family, I hope […]

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