Kids Crafting

This week as part of our State Studies Unit, our art project was to recreate the salt glazed pottery, commonly found in the New England and Mid-Atlantic states. More on that in a moment. When I was little, my mom could be uber-organized in the big things. She was greatRead More →

  This is a relatively easy project to complete with your kids. While reading Going Lobstering, my girls made sort of a game out of finding the right buoy in the pictures. The idea that every fisherman paints his buoys will a special pattern was fascinating to them and theyRead More →

Recently, I’ve been thinking about button bracelets. My Grandma Pearl use to make them back when I was a child. They were these big, bulky things, crocheted with gold buttons. Although I learned much of my crafting from Grandma Pearl, I did not share her enthusiasm for button bracelets. JumpRead More →

The other day on Facebook I shared a link to a posting for handmade Christmas cards on Back to the Drawing Board. The designer made a landscape using tissue paper trees, had them reduced and photo coped, then used them to make some awesome Christmas cards. Do check out her project. I thought theRead More →

Yes… we realize these are rather simplistic gnomes, but that’s the point. These Simple Little Gnomes are a wonderful project for beginning sewers be they six or 60! By using a running stitch to attach the face to the gnomes, and an overcast stitch to sew it all together, evenRead More →

“Once there was a peddler who sold caps. But he was not like an ordinary peddler, carrying his wares on his back. He carried them on top of his head.” So begins the tale of Caps for Sale, the lovely story of an unorthodox peddler and a tree full of peskyRead More →

EDIT: Oops… I forgot to add flour to the ingredients' list. A lovely reader caught my mistake, and the recipe my includes 2 cups of flour. Thank you, Laura 🙂 I have a confession to make. Actually, not really a confession because that would imply that I am apologizing, and I'm not 🙂 I guess this is more of an admission. Sometimes,Read More →

  Using just PaperClay and paint, you can create an autumn scene that will last for years! The clay has a natural white color, air dries, can be painted, and is non-toxic and acid free. Something that the wee ones can use with supervision. Before beginning, collect some leaves. You need toRead More →

Anyone who knows me well, knows I NEVER make “just enough” food for dinner. When I make chicken soup, you would think I planned to feed the villagers… and, in fact, sometimes I do 🙂 But here is my philosophy… it really doesn’t take that much more time to makeRead More →

All the Waldorf art talk on the blog recently has inspired me to pull out the art supplies a bit more this week. My older two kiddos have been enrolled in an art program at our co-op this year and I will admit that we haven’t done as many familyRead More →

Fairy got the coolest sewing machine from Santa this year. I’m a tad jealous myself and have been borrowing it for all my little projects recently. 😉 Unlike the toy or children’s sewing machines we have tried in the past this Sewing Pretty with Hello Kitty by Janome is aRead More →

A couple of days ago, when the crew was over for Sunday dinner, Pixie asked for a copy of our Primitive Angel Coloring Page to paint. I ran off a copy on water color paper, and she used the water color pencils to color it in. When she was done,Read More →

For a long time now I’ve been meaning to turn some of our applique blocks into coloring pages. Well, today when Michelle and the wee ones were over, Pixie was looking for something “crafty” to do, as Pixie often does, and I thought this week’s Primitive Angel Block would beRead More →

Materials Needed: Water Color Paper Oil Pastels or Crayons Water Color Paints Last week we completed a little mini-unit on weather.This is a topic we covered in much more detail last year… this year it was more of a review BUT the kids were interested in specifically learning about lightning.Read More →