Looking for some special gift ideas for the holidays? I’ve come up with a few ways to turn your child’s artwork into amazing gifts this year. Boo has a new “how to draw cats” book that she’s so excited about. I asked her to draw me a cat that we could make into some handmade gifts:
So impressed by her cute little cat:
Here’s what we made with that one simple drawing:
1. Printed Paper
2. Printed Pillow
3. A Rustic Piece of Artwork
4. T-shirts with Matching Packaging
Materials Needed: (click for source info)
Adhesive Shelf Paper or Contact Paper
Double Sided Tape or Glue Stick
Razor blade or Exacto Knife
Speedball Screen (reusable)
Screen Printing Ink for Fabric and Paper
Small Squeegee or use an old credit card
I had a Pinterest party recently for a few close friends I hadn’t seen in a while. 4 projects from Pinterest….in 2.5 hours.
I thought it would be fun to carve out a morning for them to try something new:
Here’s what we made, along with four PDF downloads if you want to have your own party:
Here’s the Sharpie station:
Ceramic ornament from Michaels Craft Store ready to decorate:
A snowflake ornament:
Download the PDF:
1. Materials: Industrial Sharpie, Ceramic ornaments
2. Hand write lettering.
3. Use initial stencils as a guide for calligraphy.
4. Let dry.
5. Hang from tree!
6. Not a step really. Just admire my nice “H”.
I love this decor from my sister’s house, probably because of my love for a muted palette:
The books were purchased from the thrift store:
The dust jackets were removed, and the outsides carefully painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint:
I love the matte, sueded look of them:
These will go great with almost any type of decor too: CONTINUE READING
Boo has been asking for a skateboard so I thought I’d make one for her using a blank board. I just finished it up and took it out for a test run today. My skateboarding skills are a little rusty…I think it’s been 25 years since I was on one:
It rides pretty well! A custom skateboard would be a great Christmas gift or even an auction donation….or just hanging on the wall for a shelf or custom decor.
I bought this pair of shoes at a consignment sale for Boo last year and her shoelaces kept coming untied so often that I decided to replace the laces with elastic. The colorful elastic below is just fold-over elastic (FOE) used for hairbands and other crafts:
Foldover Elastic comes in a wide array of colors:
You can also use lingerie elastic for a cute, girly look:
I love leaving a little note in Boo’s lunch each morning. I picked up a few packs of those album journaling cards (the kind you put into photo albums) at Michaels. I even found 2 packs in the clearance section! They are perfect for writing a quick little note on the back.
Sometimes I write a note….sometimes a quick joke….or even draw a little picture. Boo told me she saves them all in her desk so I’m pretty sure they will all be coming home at the end of the year.
The packs are usually have a large variety and about 5 per variety……so you could even buy a few different variety packs and split them up with a friend. CONTINUE READING
Boo is constantly making forts…laying blankets over chairs and couches…stacking boxes and toys. For a while she was using tape to try and keep all of her blankets in place. I didn’t realize this until:
1. I needed tape and there was no more tape available.
2. I found tape on the furniture, floors, dog etc.
Finally I had Mr. LBB pick up a bunch of industrial clamps at the hardware store. The fort making has gone to another level:
I like that I can easily pack it all up and put it away too. I don’t need any permanent tents set up in my living room…..
*Sorry for the lack of posting the last two weeks! I moved to a new server and that took a few days to get all the glitches out. Then I was locked out of WordPress and couldn’t update anything. Finally back on track! Hopefully you find the website a little faster now. -Ashley
I usually buy pumpkins that we can use year after year. Sometimes we end up with a fresh one too. Here is a selection from Michaels this year:
To carve the foam pumpkin it’s helpful to have a heated craft knife. It cuts it like a knife through butter:
First I cut the lid off:
For this pumpkin I decided to go with our house numbers since we don’t have an illuminated sign at night. I printed out some numbers onto regular paper (just using Powerpoint). CONTINUE READING