Crafts and DIY

SUMMER CRAFTS
Watercolour flowers
July 18, 2016
Last week Ava and I created invites for her birthday party -- a last minute plan, so we had to work with the materials we had in the house. Since we had come up with a flower theme, we watercolored little flowers on white cards, and it was such a sweet activity with such cute results that ...
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Splotch animal Pop-up Cards
July 8, 2016
Ella recently celebrated her birthday which means this week her thank you cards are on our family to-do list (don't for a second think that I actually get around to mailing out thank yous a week after a gift is given, but the best of intentions is always there immediately!). Nathan's mom gave us a ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
DIY Baby Bunting
July 4, 2016
A beautiful bunting is a great way to celebrate the birth of a newborn and a fun project for the older sibling(s) to do too! I received a beautiful fabric bunting during my first pregnancy that my thoughtful and creative friends made as a gift for me. But when I took the bunting out to use ...
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BOOKS
The Crafting Bible
June 17, 2016
If you know who I am and have seen my posts here you will know I love crafting! I really, truly do, and I could do it all the time. And I’m always curious and love learning new techniques from sewing, stamping, felting, dying, making jewelry, home décor, you name it – I want to learn ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Symmetry sculptures
June 9, 2016
While I'm not a control freak, I have grown accustomed to having a lot of kids under my control at one time. And, I think I'm good at it. I run a fairly tight ship in terms of schedules and expectations, but am pretty relaxed when it comes to general raucousness and chaos. There are always ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Super sun catchers
May 13, 2016
We've been trapped.... ...inside for the past week as a wave of fevers swept the household. Luckily, they were pretty much symptom free, but the fact that they struck all six of us at once made parenting pretty much a lost cause. The silver lining is that it was less of relay race - lasting ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Scrape painting
April 6, 2016
When we moved to California, we down-sized SIGNIFICANTLY. But, what we lost in square footage, we made up for in weather. I was absolutely gutted not to have room for my super-amazing-ikea-hack-of-a-craft-table in our house here, but have started to look on the bright side, now that it's warming up and we can take ourselves ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Easter DIY: Salt Dough Egg Ornaments
March 22, 2016
Spring is finally here and it is the perfect time for some Easter crafts! I just love salt dough because it’s made fast and doesn’t cost a lot – all you need it flour, salt and water! We already made Christmas ornaments and they turned out great so we decided to make Easter ones as ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
The Little Things: making traditional Orthodox easter eggs
March 18, 2016
Last year, we were kindly invited to celebrate Orthodox Easter with our friends Vicky and Jeremy here in Amsterdam. Vicky and Jeremy are from Australia and are spending a few years in the Netherlands, but Vicky is originally from Macedonia. She grew up celebrating the traditional Orthodox Easter with her Macedonian family -- the most significant celebration of the ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Paper Beads
February 29, 2016
Now that Indiana (who just turned one!) is totally mobile and eating everything in sight, the rest of my kids have taken a keen interest in beading. Of course they have. It's tough to find beads that have a big enough hole for them to string without a needle and aren't awful and ugly (instead ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Cute mini party crafts from Cotton Twist
February 15, 2016
I have recently made a fun new discovery: Cotton Twist mini craft kits. These cleverly designed, all-prepared mini craft projects are such fun entertainment! Making things easy for busy parents, Cotton Twist has put everything that's needed for one cute craft project into one little kit. There are cool superhero masks, dinosaurs, princess crowns, pirate catapults, ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Heartcatcher DIY
February 5, 2016
As soon as the new year has come and gone, I start to get really excited for Valentine’s Day. It’s funny: I appreciate V-Day much more now that I’m married with four kids than I ever did when it was all about romance. Hot dates and jewelry be damned, I’ll take a good excuse to ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Sweet and easy snowmen on our window
January 28, 2016
Our children don't have school on Wednesday afternoons, so I had all four of them at home last week. It was rainy and stormy outside, so we lit a fire and engaged ourselves with a little craft project. While my children were cutting out snowflakes, I took a quick look at Pinterest for inspiration and thought it would be fun to make ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Last-Minute Holiday DIY: Christmas Tree Ornament
December 30, 2015
December hasn’t been on my side too much this year. I came down with a really bad cold and my immune system has crashed completely. But I’m finally feeling better after a few long weeks and even though Christmas is behind us already (can you believe it?!) we just started with our December crafts. Holidays ...
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AUTUMN CRAFTS
Bringing Autumn into the home
November 27, 2015
Having lived overseas in places where the sun shines warmly every day (sigh) and there are only two seasons to live in, there were times when I really missed seeing the four seasons. Here in Scotland the seasonal changes seem so beautifully apparent. Perhaps it's because the countryside is so breathtakingly stunning here or maybe it's because we're living ...
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AUTUMN CRAFTS
The Little Things: Making Fall Leaf Lanterns
November 23, 2015
It's autumn and the streets are lined with the most beautiful leaves. They're just too pretty not to be picked up! So for this The Little Things post, we decided to make use of what is so readily available in nature: we're making beautiful leaf lanterns with Casper and his friend Mees. Look how excited ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
An 'Invitation to Play'
November 6, 2015
Natalie, the wonderfully creative founder of Starting With Art, has come up with all sorts of fun ways to keep your little ones busy during our London ShopUp this December! Trained both as an artist and educator, Natalie is uniquely qualified to nurture your budding artists. We can't wait to for you to see what ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
New video: How to make a superhero costume (a quick and easy DIY!)
October 29, 2015
On our road trip up the coast of California last month, we stopped for a few days in sunny San Luis Obispo to visit my friend Mo from Pipsticks who recently moved from London with her husband and their four kids. It was so fun to get all our kids together and to explore this charming little ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
DIY: Weaving Loom Made from a Shoe Box!
October 27, 2015
I wanted to get Tila a weaving kit for a while now but anytime I asked her she never seemed too interested. And then a Sunday came when she wanted to do nothing else but weave! And this is how this idea to make a loom from a shoe box lighted up in my head! ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Multiplication flowers
October 26, 2015
While it has certainly not been as easy as we had imagined, we are gradually finding our way with homeschooling the kids. Every day the kids test our patience, get distracted and, in turn, can make a simple morning of learning be an extremely frustrating experience... but, there are both good days and bad days and the ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
DIY: Road Desk Decal
October 5, 2015
I always thought that boys love cars because the society thinks that boys should play with cars and girls can play with dolls... and so the parents buy them cars and then they play with them (I’m simplifying but you understand what I’m trying to say here, right?). But I changed my opinion and here'a ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Counting and adding Sticks, Montessori Style
September 15, 2015
Tila just loves to count and learn new numbers and since she’s not the sit-and-learn type of kid I decided to try something that would help her learn simple math like adding through a play. So I made this simple counting/adding tool and I was so amazed at how quickly she learned to add numbers ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Stick loom weaving
August 26, 2015
This has been a project I've been meaning to do for the past few summers on the beach, but have just never got around to doing. But then this year my year my friend, Kate, from Little Big House Tales made these with her kids (and put up a really great tutorial on her blog), and ever since we've ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
The Perfect Summer Craft: Paper Windmill!
August 21, 2015
Did you ever make paper windmills when you were a kid? We made them in kindergarten and it was one of my favorite crafts. I can still vividly remember how much fun I had running around with them and blowing at them later. I passed a store that sells them the other day and instead ...
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