Toys & Games

One of  our fall traditions is to visit the Michigan Renaissance Festival. The kids of course, love to dress up and are beginning to want more authentic looking costumes. They are slowly adding pieces to their wardrobe. A set of bracers from last year, a cape I made eons ago,Read More →

I have been fascinated with the Russian Rag Dolls for a long time now. I have been collecting information about them, pouring over You Tube videos and websites that give basic instructions for making the dolls. Like any other craft, you begin to see a great diversification. I am especiallyRead More →

Yesterday someone asked me a question about the Star Braiding Loom the was included in Pixie’s 4th birthday Rainbow Collection. At the time I had tutorials on how to make her rainbow doll (not pictured) the lavender bean bags, the rag coiled bowl and the gnomes. It was always myRead More →

If you want to make a special gift for a special wee person in your life, you still have time to knit one of these totally lovable and huggable dolls before the holidays. These dolls have been getting so many hits on our blog right now, I thought I’d showcaseRead More →

Sources for these projects plus many more can be found HERE. While raising my children, I did not distinguish between “boy” and “girl” activities. My sons learning to sew and cook along with their sister and my daughter learning to build and rewire switches along with her brothers. Over time they gravitatedRead More →

Sources for each of these photos plus many more can be found HERE. Store bought play kitchens for children can be very expensive. Often, they are large and it’s nearly impossible to find the right place to set them up. And, they are often bright colored plastics which, personally, doesn’tRead More →

FREE PATTERNS from Wee Folk Art Although there is a virtual cornucopia of free patterns on Wee Folk Art that would be perfect to make and tuck into baby’s Easter basket, we picked out a few of our favorites. Of course, these aren’t limited to just babies, but their size andRead More →

Last week the girls’ dance studio ran a coolest bun contest. We saw some truly crazy buns that looked like cupcakes, birds’ nests, and monster faces. Then there were some really pretty designs with fancy braids, hair twirled into flowers, and such. Every day before dance, the girls had meRead More →

Of course, everyone knows by now that I’m doing lots of crafting for grandbaby number 6! Here of 2 new Rainbow Felt Balls I’ve made for the little Peanut. Following the pattern for Felt Baby Balls which can be found HERE, I made one in bright, primary colors, and theRead More →

Is there anything more precious than a new born baby? I think not! And, have you ever wondered where baby gnomes come from? Well, here’s your chance to find out. When Pixie and Fairy saw the new Forest Gnome Family, the first thing they both said was, “Where’s the baby?”Read More →

The other day I was doing a workshop on making our Flower Fairies. While talking to one of the women, I mentioned that I was going to draw up a pattern for the very simple Wool Roving Forest Gnomes. She said, “You mean these?” And, she proceed to fold aRead More →

I am in the process of making my way through our entire blog. This summer we are celebrating our 6th Anniversary, and there are a LOT of old blog posts to go through. Because we are a crafting blog, with tutorials throughout, posts shared 6 years ago are just asRead More →

Every summer, Tim and I like to add something new to the yard for the wee ones. One year it was a dragon swing, another year log balance beams. There have been pools and play structures, fairy gardens and water fountains. This year we bought a Slackline from Bella LunaRead More →

This weekend we are excited to be working with Sarah’s Silks to offer our readers another awesome give-away. My children have “grown up” draped in Sarah’s Silks. They have been a part of their dramatic play, turning every day children into knights and fairies. They’ve added rivers to the gnomeRead More →

This is the second and final part of our Festival Gnome. Part 1 of our Festival Gnome can be found HERE. READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE YOU BEGIN TO PREVENT MISUSE OF MATERIALS. IMPORTANT: Do not cut out the hat until you have added the hair. Then, cut the hat out ofRead More →