Ugly Christmas Sweaters – or rather t-shirts

December 18th, 2016|GAMES / FUN, HOLIDAYS, KID'S CRAFTS, KIDS|

We had fun last weekend.  We were laughing and giggling away because of the task our advent calendar had us scheduled to complete:  ugly Christmas sweaters.

When I first put the idea into the girls’ calendar, I had thought we would buy some ugly sweaters from the thrift store, but when last weekend rolled around, I decided we didn’t need to spend any more money to still have the same fun… so I brought out some old t-shirts and let the […]

How to Make a Duct Tape Wallet

July 17th, 2016|CRAFTS, KID'S CRAFTS, KIDS|

My friend Georgia stopped by the other day to show me a really cool duct tape wallet she’d purchased.  Okay, Georgia’s Mom is a closer friend (Georgia is 10), but I don’t want to discount any awesome friendships that lead to a knock on the door to show me an awesome craft.

You know I had to try for myself.

You will need:

  • 2 – 3 rolls of coordinating duck tape (one for the exterior, one for the interior and a third […]

Mother’s Day String Art

April 29th, 2016|GIFT IDEAS, KID'S CRAFTS, KIDS|

Just a quickie post today to give you something you (or Hubby) can work on with the kids this weekend;

Mother’s Day String Art!

I have a million-and-one scrap pieces of wood in the garage.  Too small to do much with, but too big to just throw away, so I thought I’d get the girls to create some string art for their Grandma/Nana for Mother’s Day.

This is a small 3″x4″ piece of mdf that I gave a light sanding to and added […]

Easter Bunny Candy Jars

March 1st, 2016|CRAFTS, HOLIDAYS, KID'S CRAFTS|

Today I have an easy and sweet Easter treat for you to make;  Easter Bunny Candy Jars!

You can use mason jars if you want, but an even better option (because they are smoother) are recycled glass containers from jams or spaghetti sauces.

Easter bunny candy jars. Easter gift. Easter treat jar.

I made a few mistakes in making these, so this post is going to be a “Do as I say, not as […]

Chocolate Houses – Making Memories with Kids

December 10th, 2015|HOLIDAYS, KID'S CRAFTS, KIDS|

Every year my Aunt comes over and the girls and I attempt to make a gingerbread house – nothing fancy, store bought gingerbread kit with about 10 extra pounds of candy to go on it.

But, the girls don’t like gingerbread, and I don’t like stale cookies, so after picking the candy off of the roof, we usually throw the house out…  which seems like such a waste (of food and money).

This year I decided we were going to go smaller – […]

Bird Feeder Ornaments

December 2nd, 2015|CRAFTS, KID'S CRAFTS|

Good Morning!

Good evening Europe and get some rest Australia.

I’m so excited to share this;  I was interviewed by an Ezine called Thread M.B.  They feature “Top Bloggers and Celebrities” and how we are working together to do good in the world.

My interview was posted yesterday, and I have to tell you – I like interviewed me even better than the real me.  Laura was so kind and flattering – and now I’m really going to have […]

Magazine Trees

November 19th, 2015|CRAFTS, DECOR, HOLIDAYS, KID'S CRAFTS|

I’ve been itching to try these magazine trees since I first saw them on Pinterest a couple of years ago.  I have oodles of Christmas decorations stockpiled away, so I’ve never needed to add anything to my pile… I do, but I don’t NEED to.

This year I decided that instead of trying to make my house one theme, I’d go with a theme or colour palette per room.  Sure it will be a mishmash, but it will be a mishmash […]

Jack-O-Lantern – Crafts for Kids

October 21st, 2015|KID'S CRAFTS|

The girls and I had fun last night – I came across these glass vases at a thrift store yesterday and I had planned to add a black vinyl face and then fill them with orange candies (which I still think would be totally cute), but who needs more candy at Hallowe’en right?

Not me, particularly when my girls asked if they could paint them.

ANYTIME my girls want to join in and craft with me, I’m game!

These little beauties were a […]

Crafting with Kids – Leaf Creatures

October 4th, 2015|KID'S CRAFTS, KIDS|

(This is a repost from last year)

 

Fall is far and away my favourite season.
The weather is a bit cooler, the air crisper – the smells of leaves and mowed grass just delectable.  You can sleep with your window open – no air conditioner, no furnace.

Plus, there’s so many fun things […]

Creating String Art

August 12th, 2015|CRAFTS, HOLIDAYS, KID'S CRAFTS|

Between Naps on the PorchI have another cottage craft for you today – actually, it could be an anywhere, any season, any reason craft – and the best part is it’s a tad time-consuming, so it will keep little hands busy for a fair amount of time…

String art!

One component of my cottage-care-packs was the tools to make string art.  I packaged up little nails (with heads so the string doesn’t/didn’t fall off), a wood board, embroidery thread, a […]