Spring Card Craft Using Melted Beads

by Marie March 25, 2013
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Perler beads can be used for lots of fun activities with the kids. Try melting them into fun shapes using pipe cleaners as molds like this tutorial from Club Chica I came across at the Make and Takes Spotlight. You could even glue them onto cards and send to your favorite friends for a fun […]

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Use Up Your Scraps To Make This DIY Fabric Tape

by Marie March 24, 2013
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I saw this DIY fabric tape from Bee-Inspired at the Make and Takes Spotlight and think it would be such a genius way to use up all those awesome bits of fabric too big to throw away and too small to do anything else with. What do you think? More fun with fabric scraps: Embroidery […]

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For the Love of the Granny Square

by Marie March 22, 2013
Granny Square Colors and Patterns

I have finally mastered the ever popular crochet pattern, The Granny Square! But these days, there are so many fabulous patterns, colors, and tutorials… these are not your granny’s squares! This style of crochet is my new obsession. It’s addicting to keep crocheting in a round. Your edges always come out straight, or circle if […]

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Yarn Egg Wreath is Pretty Perfect for Easter

by Marie March 21, 2013
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Easter is around the corner, and spring too hopefully! Get in the spirit by making this pretty adorable yarn egg wreath from the Sweet Survival I found over at the Make and Takes Spotlight.   More great Easter links below: Q-tip bunny for Easter Neon puffy paint Easter eggs Easter bunting with plastic eggs Plastic […]

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An Ecological Easter Basket?!?

by Sabrena March 21, 2013
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This is not a joke.  I double-chocolate-bunny-dare you to think beyond plastic pastel eggs coupled with yellow and pink Peeps this year and incorporate a little more green into your celebration of Spring. Let’s give our Easter baskets a makeover! The Grass is Always Greener It’s unfortunate that so many of us associate that creepy […]

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Healthy Potato Salad with Creamy Pesto Dressing

by Lindsey March 20, 2013
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I don’t care much for mayo-based potato salads. While I like a creamy dressing, the mayo feels a bit too heavy to me. So usually I opt for a salad more along the lines of a German potato salad made with an herb vinaigrette. Think of this as a healthified potato salad–but one that doesn’t […]

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Easter Egg Yarn Art

by Marie March 19, 2013
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As you may already know, we’re big fans of yarn! Today we’re sharing something fun for Easter and making some art to display. We’ve done this style of art before for a Christmas yarn art piece, now we’re crafting with eggs for Easter. You can get really creative with your colors and shapes for your […]

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Teeny Tiny Pipe Cleaner Bunnies

by Amy March 18, 2013
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My girls love both crafts and teeny tiny things, so these sweet little pipe cleaner bunnies are the perfect spring project for our house. I think they are taking over the dollhouse as we speak, turning it into an Easter wonderland. So fun! Once you get the hang of making these little bunnies, you can […]

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DIY Ruffled Party Streamers For The Win

by Marie March 14, 2013
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Streamers make a party right? So take that business up a notch by making them ruffled, yeah, RUFFLED STREAMERS. I found this tutorial from Pizzazzerie at the Make and Takes Spotlight and I’m feeling like I ought to give this a try! More party decor links below: Rainbow birthday party ideas Milestone birthday countdown Butterfly […]

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3 Ways to Wear a Crocheted Scarf

by Marie March 14, 2013
Wrapping a Crochet Scarf

You’ve crocheted a new scarf and now you need to wear it with pride. There are loads of ways to wear a scarf, but here are a few simple ways I’m sharing below. You’re going to look fabulous in your fancy new scarf! 1. Pull Through: fold your scarf in half, place it around your […]

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Crafting a Family Album, “The Croods” Style

by Marie March 13, 2013
Craft a Family Photo Album

I am happy to be partnering up with The Croods, the upcoming family movie from DreamWorks Animation, an M&T sponsor, for today’s post. I’m sharing how to put together a fun and crafty family photo album. We take so many family pictures and this was a great way to organize some of them together into a […]

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Rainbow Threaded Embroidery Hoop

by Marie March 12, 2013
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We’re having fun with rainbow crafts this month to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. My kids go gaga for all things rainbow, anything that will lead them to a leprechaun. So here’s a fun rainbow wheel of awesome as we threaded an embroidery hoop to hang! Supplies for Rainbow Thread Embroidery Hoop: embroidery thread in rainbow […]

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Colorful Stained Glass Kites

by Amy March 11, 2013
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How’s the weather in your part of the world right now? We are definitely seeing some signs of spring here in California (including sniffly noses and itchy eyes). My girls are on watch for a windy day perfect for kite-flying. Until then, we have some colorful tissue paper stained glass kites decorating our windows. This […]

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St. Patrick’s Day Paper Tube Stamping

by Marie March 8, 2013
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I bet you can guess what we’re stamping for St. Patrick’s Day! Yep, rainbows and shamrocks. We’ve got our paper tube stamp supplies out once again and we’re ready to go. Let’s get stamping! Supplies for Rainbow and Shamrock Paper Tube Stamps: paint in rainbow colors paper towel tube scissors paper paper plate To Make […]

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Make Your Own Bath Bombs For a Little At-Home Luxury

by Marie March 7, 2013
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Have you ever made your own bath bombs? I’m dying to give it a go. I think I’ll give this tutorial from Idlewife I found at the Make and Take Spotlight a try, looks pretty easy to me! Pamper yourself with more of these DIY bath time goodies: Fizzy bath bomb cupcakes Homemade bath salts, […]

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What I’ve Been Crocheting + Pattern Link Love

by Marie March 7, 2013
Crochet an Orange Scarf

Now that I’ve mastered the simple crochet scarf, I’m trying a few new things, broadening my yarn horizons! It’s so fun to have a ball of yarn and a hook, whip a few stitches together, and you have something completely new. The possibilities are endless, there’s so much great stuff to crochet! First, for a simple way […]

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Luscious Lemon Bars Worth Making

by Marie March 6, 2013
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Citrus is in season so I guess that means lemon bars, right? This recipe from Pip & Ebby jumped out at me over at the Make and Takes Spotlight and I can’t wait to give it a try! More fun with citrus below: Meyer Lemon Curd How to create a really great green salad Citrus […]

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Kids in the Kitchen: Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

by Amy March 6, 2013
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Smoothie-making is a great way for kids to experiment with creating their own recipes. Adding ingredients and tasting as we go is the part my kids like the most. We almost always end up with a delicious smoothie! My 10-year-old is excited to share her favorite smoothie recipe with you – a rich and filling […]

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Lego Friendship Bracelets Have All The Fun

by Marie March 5, 2013
Lego friendship bracelets

Are your kids going super for bonkers for friendship bracelets, because mine are! Mix it up a little by making these cool DIY lego ones! I spotted this tutorial from The Centsible Life at the Make and Takes Spotlight, give it a go!  More fun with friendship bracelets below: Heart shaped friendship bracelets Friendship bracelet […]

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Washi Tape Push Pins

by Danyelle March 5, 2013
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There’s only a few more weeks until Spring officially arrives and I’m already getting the itch to clean and organize everything. First up was my bulletin board. It feels nice to pull everything off it every now and then and start fresh. To make this task a little more fun I created these cute and […]

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