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Making Boxes

Today I’m sharing a little side-project I’ve been working on. I recently started a new site with a different focus, free box templates and paper crafts. It’s mostly been a little experiment of mine as I’ve been learning about basic design and how to use Adobe Illustrator. I recently finished up an Illustrator course taught by Alma, from Ollibird, and offered through Nicole’s Classes.  I hope to share more about the course soon, but for now let’s just say that I would recommend to anyone to check out the classes offered there.

So, I’ve been making all kinds of boxes and it’s the weirdest thing how much I’ve been enjoying it!  I love sewing, but the space we’re in right now makes it more difficult for me to sew on a regular basis, so the boxes allow me to engage in some pretty inexpensive creativity. :)  Below you can see the Easter boxes I’ve made and a St. Patrick’s Day kiss box, but there are several more in the works.

I promise I’ll continue to share fun stuff with you here and will be back soon with more fun projects!

Spontaneous Crafting

making foam stick puppets

School breaks are my absolute favorite times of the year.

I’m not good with all of the rushing around and time constraints of school days, so I relish every second of our days off. What do we do? Not much really. Play games, explore, or just spend time working on our own projects.

I also like coming up with projects for us all to work on together, but I’ve found that those never turn out as well as those which emerge from the imaginations of my kids.

The other day, Annabelle noticed our craft sticks in the closet and asked if she could use them. I was hesitant at first – as we often are with the prospect of an unplanned mess – but I obliged.  She then carried the craft sticks to the table and thought for a moment, then asked if we had any foam. Well, it just so happens that we had a stack of sticky foam sheets in another closet.  At this point, I had no idea what she had in mind, but I was completely enthralled because she seemed to know quite clearly what she had in mind.

Her sister joined in as well, and you can see the results of their pursuits in the pictures above. By the time they were done they had about half a dozen craft stick puppets in various forms and colors.

I loved it all. I loved that they had enough stillness in the day to have an idea, develop the idea, and carryout the idea. I loved how intently focused they were while they carried out their work.  And, I loved that their first inclination was to wrap two of their puppets to give to their Grandma for Christmas.

I hope all of you have enjoyed some special moments during your time with family over the past couple of weeks. As sad as it is that our vacation is over, I’m excited about coming back to this space and sharing some of my own ideas, as well as seeing what my friends have been up to.  I can tell from my Reader that many of you actually remained productive over the holiday!

Here’s to a new year full of happiness, love, and pockets of spontaneity within the contrived busy-ness of our lives.  Cheers. :)

 

 

4 Perfect Uses for Pom Poms

pom pom wig lisa storms

Could this pom-pom clown wig from Lisa Storms be any more perfect? I love how vibrant the colors are!

And while you’re making all of those colorful pom poms, set some aside to use as bookmarks, as seen on Design Mom:

pom pom bookmarks designmom

pom pom ears llevoelinviernoThis pom pom headband looks like little bear ears when worn…so perfectly cute! (Tutorial from Llevos el Invierno)

 

pom pom gift topper craftaholics anonymous Check out the t-shirt pom poms from Craftaholics Anonymous as gift toppers in the first issue of Make it Yourself (from Better Homes and Gardens).

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I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! From what I gather, this is a busy time of year for everyone, with fall festivals, and Halloween, and school fundraisers, so I’m trying to to feel too bad about my absence this week.

How about you? Are you finding these days more hectic? Any tips on managing one’s time during the onslaught of the holidays?

Bias-Trimmed Skirt (KCWC Day2)

I managed to finish up the skirt I started yesterday! I cut some strips from a dainty floral print I’ve been wanting to use and turned them into bias tape for the edges. I’ve been sewing my skirts selvage to selvage and I just don’t think it’s cutting it anymore for me. I need more fullness!

 

I think this skirt could sort of be considered a cross between House on Hill Road’s Twirly Skirt and Oliver and S’s Lazy Day Skirt….both of which are great skirt tutorials. Plus I added some pockets to keep the girlies happy. Pockets on an outfit are like gold to them. :)

Another note for a potential future version of this skirt is to make the pockets bigger. Unfortunately I had only picked up a half-yard of the main skirt fabric, and I just didn’t have enough for anything bigger, but I think it would help keep the proportions right (plus better for collecting things).

Up next is a velveteen dress from my favorite Japanese pattern book. I’m still working on cutting out the pattern pieces, so hopefully I’ll finish the sewing tomorrow!

Do you sew for girls (or boys for that matter!)? What are your favorite patterns?

Peanut-Free Baking and Sweets

peanut-free-baking-and-sweetsI had such a positive response to my Peanut Free Lunches post and it is evident that parents are looking for some creative solutions when it comes to recipes without nuts (and other allergens for that matter).  Theresa recently asked specifically for some alternatives to regular old cake on our Facebook page, so I thought I would share what I found with everyone!