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To the Market: Survivor-Made Goods

Last month I was invited to attend a blogger summit for the One Campaign and their work with girls and women. We gathered in Washington DC to learn more about what is happening in other countries, especially the African continent, concerning… Continue Reading →

Paddington Bear Party Ideas

Paddington is a cute and cuddly, often times curious, little bear. Fans of the books will be excited to know that a new Paddington film is arriving in theaters everywhere this January 16th. The film comes from the producer of the… Continue Reading →

Washi Tape Christmas Book Review

Have you joined the washi tape train? It’s one of my favorite crafting supplies! It’s so easy to use and makes everything so festive and fun. Well, I’m so happy to share that my good friend and fellow craft blogger… Continue Reading →

10 Memory Making Ideas for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is upon us, which means hours spent on Pinterest searching for all things turkey and pumpkin! Search no more! We’ve teamed up with our most creative friends to give you a few unique ideas to make your holiday even… Continue Reading →

CraftFail Book Review

Oh, how I love this new crafty book, CraftFail: When Handmade Goes Horribly Wrong! It’s written by my good friend and fellow blogger Heather Mann of Dollar Store Crafts and it’s just what you need for your coffee table. Even my… Continue Reading →

Handcut Fall Leaf Wreath

I don’t own any kind of cutting machine, so when I want to do this kind of project, it means going old school – with a template and scissors! I actually find the process soothing and therapeutic once I get… Continue Reading →

Beautiful Floral Fall Planters

My mouth dropped when I saw these gorgeous floral fall planters from Joy of Oh Joy! Welcome guests to your house this fall with these beauties! These pumpkin planters will last about 2-3 weeks with regular watering. Round up some pretty fall… Continue Reading →

Halloween Crafts and Party Ideas at CreativeLive

Hey crafters! Head over to CreativeLive (right now) to watch us craft up a Halloween party storm! Today and tomorrow, October 3rd and 4th, I’ll be showcasing Halloween Crafts and Party Ideas in a 2 day workshop. I’d love to… Continue Reading →

Cool DIY Cross Hatch Stamps

Homemade stamps are so useful! Not only are they budget-friendly, but you can get really creative with different shapes and sizes! I love this DIY cross hatch stamp from Lines Across! The contrasting lines are playful and super cute. Here… Continue Reading →

Upcycle a Trinket Tray with Gold Paint

When I saw this wooden tray at the flea market I immediately snapped it up! I knew I could use it either in my scrap room or on my dresser. I believe it is actually the game tray for the… Continue Reading →

My First Origami Kit for Kids

My son loves origami, especially Star Wars Origami. So it was fun to help my girls learn origami with this darling kit. I was sent this kit to test out and it’s a big hit at my house. My First Origami… Continue Reading →

Arrr, Matey! Crochet a Pirate Patch

We love a good Arrrrrrrr around our house! Especially coming up on September 19th, as it’s National Talk Like a Pirate day! Yes, there’s a day for that, me hearty! I’ve come up with a super quick and easy crochet… Continue Reading →

DIY Chalkboard Paint and Canvas

It’s back-to-school season and I have chalkboard on my mind! I have long loved everything chalkboard and use it various ways around our home. But this time I wanted to do it with a twist, DIY chalkboard paint! I thought it… Continue Reading →

Origami Starburst Wreath

Do you like to decorate your home for each season? I enjoy sprucing things up and putting out a few special decorations, but I really love involving my kids in the decorating. Kid-made decor is my favorite! Here is a… Continue Reading →

Super Cute Back to School Girl Hairstyles

It’s that time of year again! Pencils, notebooks, backpacks, and new clothes for back to school. Get your little girls excited about those first few days and weeks with these cute back to school hairstyles from Allison of Petit Elefant!… Continue Reading →

Learning to Knit Like a Champ

I’ve been crocheting up a storm here on Make and Takes. But now it’s time to broaden my yarn horizons and start knitting. I’ve only tried it once, so after We Are Knitters contacted me to test out one of their beginner… Continue Reading →

Give Teacher a High-Five for a Great Year!

Let’s start the year off great by giving your child’s teacher a “high-five”! This is a fun craft to make together by stamping your child’s hand on paper, creating a “high-five” card for a great year! Stamp your child’s painted hand… Continue Reading →

Paper Bag Art Work Portfolios

We’ve got a great project to share with you today! Not only are these paper bag art work portfolios fun to make, they are going to help you be organized this school year. With a paper grocery bag and some… Continue Reading →

Make a Dreamcatcher with Baker’s Twine and Yarn

I’ve long been fascinated by dreamcatchers, and still have one that I bought in Arizona over 10 years ago. I even made one as an embellishment to use on a scrapbook page! I finally decided to try my hand at… Continue Reading →

Make a Giant Yarn Spider Web in the Woods

One of my favorite activities to set up for the kids while we’re camping is a Giant Yarn Spider Web! It’s super simple to do and lasts the whole weekend of our camping trip! All you need is a ball of… Continue Reading →

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