The weather’s heating up here in Southern California. We’re fortunate to live just a mere 20-minute drive above the valley below because temperatures easily pass 100 degrees daily in the summer. As you climb the mountain, you literally watch the temperature gauge in the car drop degree by degree, till you arrive at home. A decent 15-20 degrees cooler simply because we’re at 5,000 feet.
But it still gets hot up here in the mountains.
And the hot weather… Continue
Added by Jeanine Ertl on June 28, 2010 at 6:30pm —
Red, white and blue ~ The stars and stripes: Continue
Those are the focus of these kid friendly, patriotic crafts.
If you are looking for fun crafts for the 4th of July,
check these out: Star Streamers; Patriotic Drum;
Uncle Sam Hat; Fourth of July…
Added by Lynda Ackert on June 28, 2010 at 12:30pm —
Added by Wendy Wiseman on June 22, 2010 at 9:13am —
I’ve made a few quilts now, and each one’s always a long endeavor. Much longer than I originally plan. I’m kind of a get-working-get-it-done mind, so quilts are a true test of my patience. You just can’t rush a quilt. And, to make a good one, you can’t just take a few pieces of material. It has to be made of many pieces, lots of stitches, and lots of love.
So, when the house was quiet this weekend, I laid out my Suriname quilt…a work in progress for this past year or so.… Continue
Added by Jeanine Ertl on June 7, 2010 at 5:00am —
If you are a parent of a preschooler, don't think it's too early to begin teaching a love for our Country. The resources I've put together in my article, Patriotic Fun for Preschoolers can be used at any time of year or around holidays such as the 4th of July, Flag Day or Memorial… Continue
Added by Lynda Ackert on June 4, 2010 at 4:47pm —
Buttons. Yes, a strange fascination, I admit. But I love them.
I’ve always loved buttons. Those colorful, textured little baubles from the past. And yes, I know, it doesn’t exactly match up with the whole de-clutter philosophy…but they do bring me such happiness. And… Continue
Added by Jeanine Ertl on May 31, 2010 at 3:30am —
I’ve been thinking about making soap for most of my life. It’s such a wholesome, enriching and fulfilling thing to do. Homemade soap is as appealing as fresh baked bread in my book.
Making your own soap…
…yields such lovely results. You get a quality product with simple ingredients you’ve hand selected.
…is fun and challenging. It’s a perfect… Continue
Added by Jeanine Ertl on May 3, 2010 at 8:00am —
This craft is so simple that even someone with no crafting skills [like me] can do it! It’s also perfect for little ones who can wield scissors. As you can tell from the photo, my scissor skills aren’t the greatest, [I can't cut a straight line to save my life] but Ava doesn’t care. She loves taking the pieces off and rearranging them. I also use it to tell her stories. Originally, I glued the widows and door onto the house, but she just pulled them off [she's 14 months] so I… Continue
Added by shannon on February 9, 2010 at 1:24pm —
This Winter season has been unusually cold and has caused many at home or snow days with the children. When you are parents of multiples, it can seem like a very long day that never ends--basically GroundHog Day on repeat. The first day seems wonderful--snuggling underneath the blankets and watching a favorite family movie. By the third day, you are totally sick of the hearing the Elmo's World theme song and you really don't care if the kids have drawn on all the walls in the house with… Continue
Added by Joscelyn Ramos Campbell on February 3, 2010 at 7:31pm —
Good evening, or early morning everyone! When you get a chance, will you please stop by my blog and let me know your opinion on my items? Especially my memory boards. My husband and I are working on pricing lists for the boards and I wanted to know if anyone makes these or buys them, what do you think a fair price would be? I have an idea in mind, just need some feedback.
Also, does anyone have web-hosting for their blog or just use free sites like Blogger? I am going to register my… Continue
Added by Jennifer Copeland on October 2, 2009 at 1:47am —
Having a Halloween party, or just want something fun to adorn your table this season? These friendly spiders are easy to make and fun to look at.
What you'll need:
Styrofoam ball, approximately 4” in diameter
Purple acrylic paint
2 large wiggle eyes
9 black chenille sticks
Colorful craft gems OR purple sequins and sequin… Continue
Added by Peg on September 23, 2009 at 10:00pm —
As a SAHM to a very creative toddler I'm always looking for new crafts to do with him. He loves craft time and I feel its so important. So I'm starting a meme called Project Monday. On Monday's I'm going to start sharing the craft of the week. I'll include the ingredient list, directions, and lots of cute pictures so you can do this craft with your little one! Also, I set up the link option to play along. If you have craft projects to share please do! I'm always looking for new ideas. Grab the… Continue
Added by Mommy-momo on September 22, 2009 at 10:02am —
Kate has some great tidbits for travelling with kids (hers are ages 1, 4, and 10) and I mope a lot. You won't want to miss it. Other than that you will find recipes (good food, bad pictures), fun youtube clips (that are family friendly), design ideas, parenting tips (and/or a homage to our dogs), and craft ideas for you or your kids. We are easily amused.
Added by Alison DeCamp, Kate Bassett on April 4, 2009 at 9:45am —
I want to share some tips with you on how I save money—and who doesn’t want to these days—while being kind to our environment.
1. Save cardboard, address stickers, and toilet rolls for art and craft projects
Growing up in Germany, I remember that my mother always collected little boxes and toilet rolls and would drop them off at our kindergarten when she had saved up a whole bag. We would use those materials for art and craft projects. Do people do that here as well?… Continue
Added by Dagmar Bleasdale on March 13, 2009 at 12:30am —
Over at Be The Heart Of Your Home
we have two posts for you:
How Interested Are You In Goat's Milk Products? I'd like as many people to answer this as possible! Please answer the quick poll at the top, right hand side of page.
Also, we have TWO cookbook samplers to offer to two different winners! These samples contain the same recipes, but the book designs are different. They are the kind of cookbooks you'd get at a school,… Continue
Added by Plowlady on February 21, 2009 at 8:26pm —
Here it is! I'm going to show you how to make a bookmark with the Creative Memories Tag Maker. I hope the steps are clear enough for you. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!
First, assemble… Continue
Added by Elizabeth on January 26, 2009 at 10:08pm —
Buy By Mom
recently launched, and the response has been HUGE!
The goal behind Buy By Mom
is to feature mom-run businesses that offer products made by Moms. We offer free listings on our Mom Shops page
and very reasonable advertising rates
. We're also happy to list your blog on our… Continue
Added by Angie @5VinezMonkeys on January 16, 2009 at 4:12pm —
So I've been a little busy lately. You may not believe this, but I actually turned off my computer and starting creating projects with my bare hands. No email, no text, no programs. Just me and my ten fingers. I enjoy crafty things. I appreciate them and I often envy other people's… Continue
Added by BabyFriendlyLA on November 17, 2008 at 6:26pm —
1: Print out your favorite pumpkin carving pattern
s at Kids Craft Zone
2: Remove the shaded areas of your pumpkin carving pattern
3: Remove the stem of the pumpkin with adults help
4: Take out all the seeds (before you throw out those seeds try toasting pumpkin seeds
5: Put the pumpkin pattern onto the pumpkin with tape
Added by KidsCraftZone on October 20, 2008 at 1:43pm —
With autumn all around us, this is the perfect time for a hodgepodge of great and fun things all about leaves, colors and the essence of autumn. Enjoy!
Hand print and finger print crafts always make wonderful keepsakes. Here’s a fun way to celebrate the coming of Autumn while preserving your child’s size and age at the same time.
What you’ll need:
• White construction paper or card stock
• Orange construction paper
Added by THE BIG AGOO on October 17, 2008 at 12:44pm —