Toys

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 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 →

  There are many celebrations in The Thicket, and Britta wanted a new dress for those special occasions. Here, Britta is wearing her Festival Dress, in red and aqua, with pretty flowers everywhere.   You can make your own Festival Gnome. Directions are in 2 parts. Here is Part 1.Read More →

  Here is the tutorial, as promised, for our Gnome Bunk Beds. To read the story “Britta’s Dilemma :: A Gnome Thicket Adventure”, just click HERE! Materials: 1″ x 6″ x 12″ wood – I used pine two branches – 1″ x 8″ 2 pieces 3/8″ x 1″ dowel rodRead More →

Several weeks ago we shared a tutorial for a SQUARE WOODEN STACKER. If you have never worked with wood before, the Square Wooden Stacker was a great project to cut your teeth on. I have to be honest, this Wooden Flower Stacker is a bit more challenging. There are lotsRead More →

The only thing better than giving a child a wooden toy that can last for generations, is giving them a wooden toy that you made yourself. If you are new to woodworking, and the thought is rather intimidating, this is a wonderful project to start with. Simple sawing, sanding andRead More →

The Little Lady has a kitchen set, but didn’t have “company” dishes and placemats, so that’s what I made her for Christmas! I bought her 2 sets of the beautiful wooden dishes, which includes a plate, bowl, fork, knife and spoon, and made her 4 napkins and placemats. They were quick toRead More →

“With an oink, oink, here and an oink, oink there”… sing along… you know the rest! What could be more fun for a new walker than a little piggy to take for a walk? This year, for the Little Guy’s first birthday, we wanted to make him a wooden pull toy. When weRead More →

Just about ready to post the pattern for our Knights and Squires, BUT, how successful can a knight be without a mighty steed? With the help of The Red Knight and his Squire, I designed a horse, to be cut out of wood this weekend. Starting next week, I will shareRead More →

  EDIT: One of our readers just contacted Casey’s Wood Products where I put the wood parts for the products. They suggested buy the pot #7 which is Premium Wood Bean Pot Candle Cup – 1-9/16″ , (not #7C) . Just should fit nicer than the one I used and you shouldn’tRead More →

Preschoolers will love sorting and matching colors with our Wooden¬†Sorting Bowls and Wooden Acorns Craft.¬†These¬†pretty little¬†acorns will help¬†young children in¬†color recognition, counting and sorting abilities. It also encourages agility and dexterity in wee hands. And, because they are beautiful, they add to the warmth and charm to any room! WoodenRead More →