Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Hey, hey! I'm over at Playful Learning today talking about this new book I made for my kids inspired by Miller Goodman. It would make the perfect handmade gift or surprise for your next road trip!
Download the complete instructions here.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
This week I wrapped up 24 special books... In addition to our event based advent calendar, we are doing a picture book advent this year and I am a LITTLE excited! I have a huge love for children's literature and illustrations. Basically, my wishlist had grown so huge this year that I decided to purchase all of the books I've been wanting to add to our library, but wait until December to give them to my kids. This is not an inexpensive advent idea, but these books will count as a big part of their gifts from us this year. They have really taken a shine to reading recently and I could not be happier about it.
I chose books that are old, and some that are new. Some I've read before, but others I will be excited to read for the first time when we open them. In case you're looking for book ideas for Christmas, here's a small sampling of the books we chose...
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers
Friends by Eric Carle
God Gave Us You by Lisa Tawn Bergren
The Bear's Song by Benjamin Chaud
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
Matthew's Dream by Leo Lionni
People by Blexbolex
Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman
I can't wait to see their faces when they find out what's inside each one! Do you have any special plans up your sleeve for December?
Monday, November 25, 2013
I love this time of year! Things are starting to twinkle, children are dressed as adorable pilgrims, and everyone is bringing out the good food and china (yum!). Candy canes and mistletoe are just around the corner....
My girls celebrated Thanksgiving last week at school. I made a simple craft for my daughter's Kindergarten class and I thought I would share it with you. In case you need one more thing to keep them busy at turkey time...
You will need to gather:
Construction Paper in various colors
A large brad
Crayons or markers
Cut the feathers out from the template and set aside. Cut a feather shape in varying sizes out of construction paper (we cut five different ones). Layer the feathers on top of one another and poke the brad through near the bottom middle. Attach feathers to turkey by sticking it through near the middle of the turkey's body.
Fan the feathers out and write or draw what you're thankful for on each one!
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Recently a friend and I decided to host a little craft night. Although everything in me wanted to go overboard with the theme, we decided to keep it casual. Just a few gourmet snacks (cream puffs, cookies, artichoke dip, etc.), a small amount of decor, and a lot of creative space for people to do their thing.
We sent out a simple invitation via social media and had a great turn out. People brought all of the little projects they had been putting off and got to work. We provided a few craft starters for those who were interested. In honor of the upcoming holiday season, we had supplies on hand to make custom gift wrap and tags. Paint pens, pom poms, stamps, gold leaf, and more! We also had bundles of burlap, paint, twine, and stencils for those who wanted to make a custom banner. This project was a huge hit and easy to complete.
These simple, easy going parties are really starting to grow on me. What's next? I think a gift wrapping party would be fantastic! Raise your hand if you get tired of the wrapping you picked out halfway through the whole daunting process? I think it would be fun for everyone to bring their rolls and switch it up a bit. Not to mention sipping wine with friends while wrapping gifts sounds way better than the late night speed wrapping that usually happens around here...
What are your favorite gatherings this time of year?
Thursday, November 14, 2013
My oldest, Ellie, will be six in less than a month. This birthday is bittersweet because it seems as if we're letting go of every trace of baby and toddler that's left and entering a new little girl zone. While this is mostly a happy thing, every now and then I catch a glimpse of the baby-that-used-to-be, and I feel a little tug in my heart. She asked for a craft party this year (atta girl!), so we made these fun invites and passed them out to her friends.
To hint at the party theme, I wanted to add a handmade element to the invite. A hand lettered invite was what I really wanted, but alas, these had to be conceptualized and made in one day.
If real lettering is out of the question, why not use some fake-it lettering? I chose two hand lettered fonts for the invite design, and printed the larger words with faint outlines only. I then filled them in with a metallic gold pen by hand. It was hard to capture the effect in pictures, but I really liked how it turned out.
I had leftover pom-poms from a crafting party, and they decided that they needed to be a part of this too. I attached them to glassine envelopes with mini-glue dots. So fun, right?
Fall has been so good to us. My traveling heart has been feeling really good about being here long enough to celebrate two turns of this season. Having a consistent place to call home is comforting and warm. Here are a few highlights from this delightful season...
Loving the idea of a simple wreath on our door each season...Lumberjack Jack...Fabric goodies from a favorite local shop...Our front yard in all of its colorful glory...Pizza making lessons with Daddy...Cornstalks at the pumpkin farm...Hand lettered tags made for my Mom's Christmas Cookie Exchange...A certain big girl lost her first front tooth...Tag along...The fog in Seattle is quiet and beautiful right now...Setting off paper lanterns at my Niece's Rapunzel party...my two favorite girls.
all photos via instagram. Gramming as swoonstudio.
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