Delicate Ballerina Cutouts are Surprisingly Simple and Fun

by Marie February 26, 2013
snowflake ballerinas

Looking for a new spin on paper snowflakes? I found these pretty paper ballerinas from Krokotak at the Make and Take Spotlight and am thinking my girls would love to give these a try, a free template makes this little project a home run! Check out more fun projects with paper below! DIY paper dolls from […]

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Easy Color Block Frame

by Melissa February 26, 2013
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I’m loving finding new ways to color block things. I feel like it’s the minimalist’s approach to jazzing things up without creating a whole lot of visual clutter. I’m excited to share with you a simple, fast and temporary way to color block your photo frames without using paint. I love paint, but sometimes it’s […]

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Personalize Your Mail Post With These DIY Envelope Liners

by Marie February 25, 2013
envelope liners

I’m all about the little details which is why I am kind of going bonkers over this idea for DIY envelope liners from MJB I found at the M&T Spotlight. Snail mail holds a special place in my heart and I can’t wait to give this idea a go! *Submit your project to the M&T […]

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Felt Monsters Are “Sew” Much Fun!

by Marie February 25, 2013
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I spotted these scary cute felt monsters from Just Short of Crazy at the Make and Takes Spotlight and think they’d make the perfect project for your budding sewer! More fun with sewing: Simple fabric bookmark Toddler approved stuffed football Bed sheet into shower curtain! *want to be featured on Make and Takes? Submit your […]

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7 Simple Crochet Tips for Beginners

by Marie February 22, 2013
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Since starting up crochet over the last few months, I’ve learned a thing or two. Things that come up as you’re learning and crocheting. And I’ve been crocheting a lot. In all my “spare” time I’ve got a crochet hook and yarn nearby. Watching TV, in the car, even when I just need some time […]

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Instagram Giveaway for One of 3 M&T Books!

by Marie February 21, 2013
Make and Takes Book Giveaway on Instagram @makeandtakes

Yes, you wanna win one of these!! I’ve got 3 Make and Takes for Kids books up for grabs over on Instagram! To Enter to WIN one of 3 MT books: follow @makeandtakes on Instagram upload any fun crafty photo of your own to your Instagram use the tag #mtkidsbook in the text of your photo […]

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Yoga A-Go-Go

by Sabrena February 21, 2013
Yoga

Namaste friends! I’ve been basking in post-yoga sweet-savasana-bliss since the weekend. Hubs and I celebrated a belated Valentines “date” Saturday night with an AcroYoga and Thai Massage Couples Workshop: talk about a perfect heart-opening experience! For our family, February is a blissful and busy time. Besides the festivities that accompany the 14th, both my son […]

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Repurposed Sweater Makes A Great Crayon Cozy

by Marie February 20, 2013
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Don’t throw away those old sweaters just yet! Why not turn them into something cool like this crayon can cozy from Homework that I came across at the Make and Takes Spotlight? All of our crayons are currently hanging out in a plastic bag, I need to remedy that stat! More great recycled projects: Jelly Jar votives […]

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Chicken Black Bean Enchilada Pie

by Lindsey February 20, 2013
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When I was a kid there were more than a few meals my mom made that I absolutely hated. One that I absolutely loved was her enchilada pie. So, I’m going old school and bringing back Mom’s Enchilada Pie.  Only this time I’m changing it up a bit. Instead of ground beef, I’m being resourceful […]

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Finishing Your Crochet Project

by Marie February 19, 2013
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Hopefully some of you have tried your hand at crochet over the last few days, picking yarn, choosing a hook, and learning some stitches. If so, you’re almost ready to finish up your project. There are a few things to know as you finish it up and make it look all pretty and perfect. Because […]

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Colored Sand and Glue Drawings

by Amy February 18, 2013
Colored sand drawings

Here is a fun and tactile project for your little artists – colorful drawings made with glue and sand. Drawing with a glue bottle takes patience and control, then you get to go a little crazy and cover your design with brightly colored sand. Supplies for Colored Sand & Glue Drawings: bottle of white glue […]

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Mastering the Basic Stitches of Crochet

by Marie February 17, 2013
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You’ve bought your yarn, maybe something turquoise and soft. And you chose the hook for a basic scarf or wash cloth project. Now it’s time to master these most basic stitches of crochet. Read on. The first set of stitches you’ll need to learn are a Slip Knot, Chain stitch (ch), and the Single Crochet stitch […]

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Learning to Finger Crochet with Kids + Video

by Marie February 15, 2013
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My daughter has been just as interested in yarn arts as I have. It’s been so fun to have her sitting by my side watching what I do, keeping a close eye on my crochet projects. She’s so eager to learn that we’ve tried a couple of different times to put a crochet hook in […]

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Getting “Hooked” on Crochet

by Marie February 14, 2013
Choosing the Right Crochet Hook makeandtakes.com

Now that you’ve chosen your yarn, it’s time to get a crochet hook. This can be a big deal. This hook is going to stay with you for a while. You’ll need to stick with the same hook throughout your whole project, so depending on the size of your project, it could be with you […]

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Choosing the Right Yarn for Crochet

by Marie February 13, 2013
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Since starting my crochet journey, I honestly had NO idea there was so much yarn to choose from. And I’ve learned no two yarns are the same. Here’s a few things I’ve picked up about choosing the right yarn for your crochet projects. 1. Just staring out: First off, know that a skein is a […]

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I’ve Caught the Crochet Bug

by Marie February 12, 2013
Crochet Madness

I’m obsessed with crochet. I’ve caught the bug. If you’ve already been following my instagram feed, you know I’ve been posting all about my crochet journey! I first learned to crochet when I was young. But I could never get my edges even. I would try and try to make a simple scarf, but it […]

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Chalk Pastel Hearts

by Amy February 11, 2013
Chalk pastel hearts

I recently picked up a box of chalk pastels at the craft store, and we finally decided it was time to break them in with some Valentine-inspired art. Using a simple stencil and chalk pastels, we created these fun pictures with a random design of positive and negative heart shapes. All the coloring and smudging […]

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Quick Valentine Craft Ideas

by Marie February 8, 2013
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Whether you’re planning a Valentine classroom party or if you’re looking for some quick Valentine crafts, I’ve gathered all our ideas in one handy spot. Check them out here! What fun crafts are you planning for your Valentine’s parties? Share your ideas in the comments.

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Cuddle Up On The Couch With Your Valentine

by Marie February 8, 2013
love pillow

I came across these Valentine throw pillows from Crazy Little Projects at the Make and Takes Spotlight and thought they’d make a simple and easy addition to your day of love decor! More Valentine’s Day love for you: New Valentine’s Day traditions Valentine’s Day knock knock jokes 14 Acts of love + free printables! *Submit […]

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Despicable Me 2 Valentine Printable

by Marie February 7, 2013
Despicable Me 2 Valentines Printables

I’m so happy to be back crafting with the cute and lovable minions from Despicable Me, an M&T sponsor. These minions are all about LOVE for Valentine’s Day. We’ve got an exclusive free Despicable Me 2 Valentine’s printable, just for you!! My kids are already crazy for these minions, so this will be a fun Valentine […]

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