Crochet Hearts for Loved Ones

by Marie April 16, 2013
Crochet Hearts Sending Love

In light of yesterday’s events surrounding the Boston Marathon, I thought it appropriate to share a little love. I’ve been making a set of crochet hearts to send to my sister-in-law, who recently lost her mother. I’m planning to package these up and send some “love” her way, letting her know I’m thinking of her. I […]

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Silly Shape Dice Drawing Game

by Amy April 15, 2013
Shape Dice Drawing Game

Here’s a fun and quick drawing game to play as a family after dinner, or bring outside on a nice day. With just two dice and some drawing supplies, you can create some silly shape drawings. We had fun hiding our drawings from each other, then having a big reveal at the end. Let’s play! […]

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Earth Day Washi Tape Flower Vase

by Marie April 12, 2013
Washi Tape Vases for Earth Day DIY

I’m so happy to share today’s post with you! I’ve teamed up with a few A+ bloggers and Consumer Crafts, an M&T sponsor, to bring you a fabulous Earth Day DIY Celebration! With Earth Day coming up in just a couple weeks, April 22nd, we’re here to help you get your crafty DIY on as […]

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Make Your Own Sourdough Start

by Marie April 11, 2013
sourdough starter

Did you know you can make your own sourdough starter? I guess I always thought it had to be inherited from like 150 year old starts or something crazy like that. Turns out that’s totally not true! Thanks to this sourdough starter guide and tutorial from Food Fanatic I found at the Make and Takes […]

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Paper Tube Stamped Flower Power

by Marie April 11, 2013
Paper Towel Tube Stamping for Spring

More paper tube stamping coming your way just in time for spring! These spring flower shapes are just what we need to help get through these April showers, of which I’ve been seeing plenty of up here in the Pacific NorthWET! These flowers are brightening up the place and reminding me May flowers are on […]

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Homemade Pretzels Straight From The Kitchen

by Marie April 10, 2013
homemade german pretzals

I’ve heard tell of homemade pretzels before and now proof, it can be done! When I spotted this homemade pretzel recipe from Amanda’s Cookin’ at the Make and Take’s Spotlight, I knew it was a sign. I’m off to fire up my oven! Can’t live without your carbs? Check out these links below: Open face […]

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Reinventing Education with Khan Academy

by Marie April 10, 2013
Khan Academy

Have you heard of Khan Academy? If not, you’re in for a treat. I’ve just come across it in the last few weeks and I think it’s the greatest thing that has come around for education in a long time. I think there are a lot of you out there, myself included, who have searched […]

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Building with Marshmallows and Toothpicks

by Marie April 9, 2013
simply designing

I can always use a good boredom buster for the kids and was reminded how great marshmallows and toothpicks are thanks to this post from Simply Designing I found at the Make and Takes Spotlight. Kids can create shapes and even build 3-D models if they want, the sky’s the limit! More boredom buster links […]

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Create Springtime Art with Simple Origami Tulips

by Amy April 8, 2013
Origami tulip art project

Every spring, I love seeing tulips pop up in my yard. It seems like I always forget about them – such a colorful surprise! We made a little ode-to-tulips art project with some super-simple origami paper tulips. With only a few folds, this is a great origami project for young kids and origami novices (like […]

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Yarn Wrapped Paper Tube Owls + Video

by Marie April 5, 2013
Yarn Wrapped Paper Tube Owl makeandtakes.com

We’re back with another video for our Kids in the Craft Room series. My daughter is sharing her idea for a Yarn Paper Tube Owl. It’s a perfect activity for a children’s craft room, helping to celebrate spring! Supplies for Yarn Paper Tube Owl: paper tube yarn – any color glue dots or tape crayons […]

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Photoshop Free DIY Silhouettes

by Marie April 4, 2013
DIY silhouettes nap time novels

Silhouettes are such fun mementos of childhood, I swear my mom still has ours from when we were kids done at Disneyland years ago! This DIY silhouette tutorial I found at the M&T Spotlight from Naptime Novels looks super simple and no Photoshop necessary, bonus!  More DIY home decor links below: DIY jewelry organization DIY chalkboard wreath […]

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Easy Dish Towel Wrapped Housewarming Gift

by Danyelle April 4, 2013
Dish towel wrapping for gifts

Giving gifts to friends and neighbors is one of my very favorite things to do. What can I say, it’s one of my love languages. Can you think of a better gift to give or receive than a nice warm fresh loaf of homemade bread? Me either. That’s why I came up with this simple […]

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Our Favorite Kids’ Cookbook: Honest Pretzels

by Amy April 3, 2013
Honest Pretzels Kids' Cookbook

My girls love to help prepare meals for the family. From mixing batter to tearing lettuce to scrambling eggs, they are always eager to learn a new skill or master a new recipe. We have a number of kids’ cookbooks, but our favorite by far is the adorable (and delicious) Honest Pretzels by Mollie Katzen. […]

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Making Marbled Paper With the Kids

by Marie April 2, 2013
marbled paper

Easy and fun always get my vote when it comes to projects with the kids. I saw this tutorial from MJB for marbled paper at the Make and Takes Spotlight and thought it would definitely fit the criteria. Looks a little messy but what kid doesn’t love that?! More fun with paper here: Paint chip […]

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Simple Fabric Mosaic Artwork for Kids

by Caroline Urdaneta April 1, 2013
step 2 toddler boy

I am constantly looking for great artwork for my home so it’s no wonder that I love it when my kids make awesome things! Children’s artwork doesn’t just have to be restricted to the refrigerator for display. In fact, some of the best artwork in my home was created by my children. The trick to […]

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The Artful Parent Resource Book

by Marie March 30, 2013
Artful Parent Book review

I love a good kids craft book and I’m so excited about this one from Jean of The Artful Parent. I’ve been following her blog since I started blogging and her site is filled with so many fabulous ideas. It’s all about being creative and bringing art back into our kids lives. So I was […]

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Crocheting a Chain Stitch Snake

by Marie March 29, 2013
Chain Ssssstitching a Crochet Snake makeandtakes.com.jpg

One of the easiest projects for crochet has got to be my cute little chain stitch snake. You can’t mess it up. And it’s a great way to practice your chain stitching, helping you feel confident in your crocheting, producing something that resembles a real thing! Follow along with my pattern below. Sssssss…

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Organizing Art Projects and School Papers

by Marie March 28, 2013
Decorating Better Binders

I love office products. They scream organization, and as a mother of 3, I need one of everything to keep my life in order. So I’m happy to partner with Staples, an M&T sponsor, on a few projects for this year and they are all about organization. First up are these fabulous new Better Binders. […]

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Dyed And Speckled Eggs For Easter

by Marie March 27, 2013
dyed and speckled easter eggs

Easter is in a few short days, can you believe it? Expand your egg dying skills with this cool tutorial from Homework for dyed and speckled eggs I spotted at the Make and Takes Spotlight. More Easter excitement below: Little Q-Tip bunny Easter chalkboard cards Neon puffy paint Easter eggs *Submit your projects to the […]

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Organize the Holiday Chaos with Easter Crafts

by Marie March 27, 2013
Easter Crafts makeandtakes.com

This weekend, you’ll want to load up on a few activities for the kids. Between the Easter Bunny and decorating eggs, you might have a few kids bouncing off the walls. Give a few of these Easter crafts and activities a try to organize the chaos! Click on the image below to take you to […]

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