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I recently came across a leather artisan who was selling leather scraps and scooped up a bunch for crafting. I couldn’t wait to use some in a project, and what better medium to use for gifts for dads? With Father’s Day in a couple weeks, now is the time to get crafting some handmade gifts. These […]

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Over the years we’ve tried our best to teach our children about money, the good and the bad. Saving money is something we really try to help instill in our kids. To keep the momentum with our kids and saving, I’m sharing our mason jar bank craft my kids created for saving their allowance and birthday money! I’m […]

Crochet-A-Day: Crochet Bookmark

by Marie on February 12, 2014

We have a book-tastic pattern for our Crochet-A-Day series. We’re stitching up a few Crochet Bookmarks to help save our spots in our favorite books. We’re partnering with Consumer Crafts for a week’s worth of crochet projects. Head over to ConsumerCrafts.com to buy all your yarn supplies for our Crochet-A-Day projects. They make it super […]

I’ve recently signed up with Ebay to start gathering super cool items for a gift guide collection. Today I’m featuring some of the books I’ve collected in one handy place for your little bookworm. Be sure to check it out and follow my collection. So many are my favorites. Classics, must-haves, and books for kid-friendly fun! […]

My daughter and I are at it again with a Halloween craft over at Craftspiration. These Mummy Ghost Bookmarks are a perfect craft to make and take for a Halloween party with family, friends, or classmates. It’s also a great way for kids to practice hand-eye coordination and small motor skills as they thread yarn […]

We are big fans of stickers. But sometimes they are over and done with too quickly. So we’re making Sticker Storybook Starters to get creative and help them last a little longer. These little story book starters are a perfect activity for traveling with kids. We recently used them in our road trip grab bags! […]

I’m thrilled to be guest posting over at the Reading Rainbow blog, yes, that Reading Rainbow! Did you grow up watching LeVar Burton on PBS showcasing all kinds of new and exciting books to read? I loved it. I had the whole intro memorized. In fact, I think I can still sing it all today… “butterfly […]

What better gift for dad than something homemade from the heart. Kids will love to craft up a silly snake tie, a monster bookmark, or even some family fridge magnets! Here are 9 fabulous Father’s Day crafts to make this weekend, just in time for Sunday! Make a Snake Tie Sock Puppet Golf Covers Father’s […]

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 […]

There is nothing that makes me happier than seeing my children enjoying a good book! Well, almost nothing. A simple craft project that has a great purpose is also one of my favorite things! Today’s craft project (which can be for your kids and you) is just that: simple and totally functional. Plus, anything is adorable with a pom-pom attached to […]

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 […]

It’s time for another episode of Make and Takes Reading Corner for the month of November. Be sure to pick these up at the library and keep them at the kids table while the turkey dinner is cookin’! Watch our video to see what are 4 of our favorite stories to read for Thanksgiving: What are […]

How cool is this project from Morena of Morena’s Corner? I can’t get over it, I want to make these now! Found over at the M&T Spotlight, this project is on our weekend to-do list. I love that these are made with recycled books. There are some board books that my kids don’t read, so […]

I love this idea for a series I found over at the M&T Spotlight. It’s a Virtual Book Club for Kids from The Educators’ Spin On it, Toddler Approved and Mommy and Me Book Club. Each month they will have a new author to talk about and all the fun books they’ve written to go with. […]

Storybook Summer post by Jen of Kitchen Counter Chronicles At the beginning of the summer my girls and I selected a few books that we would read as a group. Most afternoons we gather around, inside or out, and I read a few chapters from our book. We have already finish “The Lion the Witch and […]

Here’s a few things I’ve been up to over at my Babble column, Take it From Marie, as well as the New Home Ec channel where I contribute. Happy Saturday! Summer Olympic Games for Kids: The Olympics are upon us. Time for the world to gather, compete, and enjoy in the athletic awesomeness! If you plan […]

I’m not sure if I should be disappointed or proud of myself.  A couple weeks ago, I gave up.  After years and years of trying to keep my playroom buckets organized, I called it quits.  There used to be a place for the LEGOS, a bucket for Geo Trax, baby toys, Barbies, play food, toy […]

My children think I’m so mean.  I make them READ in the summer.  I know.  30 minutes a day, minimum.  Between Spongebob and neighborhood kids calling their name, it can be an uphill battle.  But, if I can just get their rear-ends sitting down with that book in their hand, I’ll often find them completely […]

I’ve got a lot to share with you today, a round up of sorts for some of the things I have going on outside of Make and Takes. First off, I’m so excited to have my own brand new blog over at Babble Voices called Take it From Marie. Get it, “Take” it? I love […]

I’ve got a few fun posts to share that I’ve been writing around the blogosphere. Here’s a little of what I’ve been up to for Spring! Tissue Paper Blossom Art: make some Spring art with tissue paper for blossoms over at Babble. I can’t help all the pretty colors on the trees right now, I […]

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