I needed a storage option for some toys that are out in the girls' playhouse in the backyard - including some plastic food and dishes. They like to play house/store out there and so after I bought this cheap 3-drawer plastic storage container, I decided to use a sharpie to turn the top of it into a stove so that they could play cook outside. Voila! And there is convenient storage for all the little foods and dishes underneath.
This would be great inside too for toddlers while mom is working in the kitchen and could easily be pushed into a pantry or wherever when wanted out of sight.
I've been in a crafty mood lately, but with little time. So, I've resorted to quick and simple. Stitching has such a relaxing effect on me that I've picked up needles again - knitting needles, sewing needles - anything to draw a thread hypnotically.
In trying to pull together a few decorations for the girls, I cut some felt hearts, doubled them, and quickly blanket-stitched them with some yarn. This simple stitch is one of the very first ones I'll teach to the girls - it is really not complicated and they can make a ton of really cute things from basic felt and yarn. Maybe by Christmas next year, Hope will be well on her way to making some lovely homemade ornaments.
I found these great little black, black and white striped, and black with white polka dots headbands in the dollar section at Target! The girls had been asking me to make some headbands for them, so I quickly whipped up something from what felt scraps I had. They have been enjoying them and have amusingly also been including their baby sister.
We had to miss the fairy tea-party birthday celebration of my best friend's 3 year old daughter - but made up for it when they came into our town and hung out at our house. We threw our own little tea party and I decided to get a little crafty and make some fun headbands for the girls to wear with some brightly colored bands from goody, felt, and my bedazzler. Yup - I own a bedazzler! You remember those from the infomercials, right? I had one handed down to me and they actually are quite fun for some things (like adding rhinestones to the center of flowers for little girl headbands, not like adding large rhinestone patterns to the back and front of a denim jacket.) Anyway, I thought they turned out pretty cute for a quick little craft - and the girls really like them! We sent them all home with Megan, but my girls are asking me to make some more, so I might have to pull out the bedazzler again soon!
I decided to do a craft with the girls to make something decorative for our table for Easter. So, I looked through the materials we had and came up with a project to make paper mache eggs. We just used balloons, white glue, and water to make the egg shape. Then we cut strips of colorful tissue paper and after the eggs were dry we used brushes to "paint" the tissue onto the eggs using the same glue/water mix. When they dried again, I popped and pulled out the balloons, punched a hole in the bottom and pulled some ribbon through knotting it underneath. We chose a branch from our yard and filled a vase with paper grass to create our centerpiece. The eggs aren't perfectly egg shaped, but the color is great and it was a lot of fun to make.
Our nursery is nearly finally pulled back together and I love it. It a tiny, peaceful room with great sunlight - but most of all, I feel like it expresses something unique about us. Think more Anthropologie than Pottery Barn, more eclectic than catalog. Our personal touches make it feel more like the home we've made together and less like the "home" we've brought home from the store. I can't wait to bring Ami home and share it with her.
This is my favorite recipe for homemade playdough. The dough is so soft and smooth and put in an airtight container will last a long time. Even I like to play with it, especially the kneading it while it is still warm feels so good on my hands!
With a touch of creativity, plastic Easter eggs can become great inspiration and starter material for fun crafts with your kids. Here are just a few ideas: