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Move Over Green! Embrace the Rainbow This St. Patty’s Day!

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

I love me some green. In fact, I think green is my favorite of all colors—emerald, chartreuse, apple—you can’t go wrong in my eyes. But on St. Patty’s day, I want nothing to do with the color. The sea of green before my eyes blurs my love for the hue. So this year, I’ve decided to embrace another symbol of the day…the rainbow. Here are a few creative ways to embrace the rainbow on St. Patrick’s Day 2014!

 

 

I really don’t need a holiday to make and wear this adorable rainbow necklace. Visit Oh Happy Day for the how-to!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We all love the rainbow layer cake, but I’m also crushing on this M&M rainbow variation to make (and eat) on St. Patty’s Day. Found via Pinterest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love the pencil eraser as a print-making stamp tool. Teach your kids about ROYGBIV with this fun little rainbow craft. Crafted by MerMag, found via Minted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m thinking if you combine this rainbow heart garland with this shamrock garland, you have the ultimate St. Patty’s Day decoration! Both can be found at Studio DIY

 

 

These fun and crafts projects will nurture their imaginations and keep them entertained.

Swinging Shamrocks
Swinging Shamrocks
Swinging Shamrocks

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The Mayhem Over Mayhem: 4-Year-Old Models Homemade Paper Dresses

Friday, February 28th, 2014

It’s a rare thing when craftiness hits the main-stream media, but this week, Fashion by Mayhem has hit it big time (if Kathie Lee and Hoda are talking about it on the Today Show, then it’s NEWS). Here, fashion refers to homemade paper dresses and Mayhem refers to the 4-year-old cutie making and modeling them on her mom’s Instagram feed

In an interview in the Huff Post, mom Angie says that the ideas are 50/50 and Mayhem (not her real name) has learned over time how many sheets of paper are needed for a top, a bottom, a long dress, a short dress. When asked if there is a dress that Mayhem created on her own, Angie pointed to the green, yellow, and blue number below. Totally believable in it’s ripped construction and pencil-like shape. The yellow crown headpiece is like the icing on the cake for me!

Not only do Angie and Mayhem create original designs, they also recreate red-carpet gowns from award shows like these two below.

I’m certainly no fashion critic, but here’s my craft/mom take. I’m obsessed with the abstract dresses—I even like the ones inspired by Minnie Mouse and a shark that was based on a trip the aquarium. They are inventive, original, collaborative, and just generally amazing. I completely believe that a child of this age can become so focused on an on-going project like this, and can only hope and pray that at least one of mine will do me this honor. 

When it comes to the celeb copies, personally, I’m not so interested. I don’t want to get into the whole childhood-is-so-short-don’t-let-our-daughters-grow-up-too-fast argument, but I’m just way more interested in how Mayhem’s personality changes with her own creations over the parroted poses of the celebs she’s copy-catting. She’s obviously a precocious 4-year-old, one who feels a black stocking cap and harmonica are necessary accessories for a dress made of wrapping paper, and it’s fun to imagine how each dress and pose came to be. As a mom who saves everything from a Pringles can (no I swear I don’t eat Pringles…someone left them here. Really.) to every paper towel tube, I am inspired to see a mom and daughter using what they have around the house and spending time together creatively.

Sure, maybe Mayhem will one day be the next Diane Von Furstenberg. Or Tavi Gevinson (a high school senior fashion critic and founder of Rookie Mag) Or maybe she’ll be the next Frank Gerhy. She’s definitely got some mad construction skills!

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Best Rainbow Loom Projects Ever!

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

I’ve definitely borne witness to many wearable craft trends over the years—from the original friendship bracelets to Silly Bandz and now Rainbow Loom. To not know what a Rainbow Loom is, you must be living under a snow drift. I’ve never seen such a craze sweep the nation of minis like these woven/crocheted/knitted rubber-band bracelets have. And they aren’t just for bracelet making…Loomers are making all sorts of nifty trinkets from charms to hair bows. Here are my top 10.

Rainbow Loom pencil sleeves? Sure, why not? Watch the video!

I think a Rainbow Loom phone case is actually a very good idea! Quite bouncy and protective! Found via Pinterest.

Love how chic and simple this Rainbow Loom hair bow looks! You can buy it from BC’s Bracelets on Etsy or learn to make it here.

I simply can’t get over the Rainbow Loom animals! Who has the brain to invent the how-to for these? This dog, bunny, cat, and penguin are my faves.

And naturally, every doll needs it’s own Rainbow Loom purse!

Let’s not forget people…my niece Hannah is obsessed with her Rainbow Loom gymnast! Here’s a good tutorial.

And not for the beginner, I love how this Rainbow Loom gumball machine has beads woven in!

And there are also all sorts of organizers for your rubber bands and looms like this over-the-seat car pocket or this Rainbow Loom storage case so you can keep everything need and tidy (says the crafty mom who could use some organization herself).

The craze is only growing…so get a Rainbow Loom and start looming!

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Put a Heart on It for Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

It’s a fun holiday, this Valentine’s Day, but some years are busier than others (perhaps, for example, maybe 2014). It’s fun to surprise your kids (and other peeps that live in your house) throughout the day with small, rather effortless gestures with a practice I like to call Put a Heart on It. Yep, just put a heart on anything, folks. It immediately makes everything look cute and festive. A red Sharpie or paint pen can go a long way on February 14th! Here I drew red hearts on bamboo forks, a paper cup, a snack bag, and I happened to have these little wooden cubes laying around so I made heart dice (which I think I’ll start using on my backgammon board).

In the morning, squeeze a few drops of red food coloring into heart-shaped ice trays for a sweet little surprise when it’s time for milk and cookies. Found via Project Kid, by A Subtle Revelry.

Inspired by this idea I spotted on Pinterest by the one and only FamilyFun Magazine, I thought it could be so much fun to attach pipe cleaner hearts to things around the house. Think clothing hanger, doorknob, backpack, scooter handle, house plants. It’s endless really.

Personally, I think a whole day of little Valentine heart surprises is better than one cookie.

 

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The Art of the Valentine’s Day Cookie

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Some baker somewhere in the world decided one day that Valentine’s Day would be the holiday of the decorated cookie. And I’m not talking about a smear of icing with some sprinkles. No, no. I’m talking about full-on edible artwork. Artwork so good, it’s almost a shame to eat it. This post could have gone on forever, but these 4 stood out as being particularly spectacular!
 I love the retro style of these cookies by Hayley Cakes and Cookies. I’m amazed at how perfectly they piped on those words and the mix of patterns is so fun.

 

 

 

 

 

Seriously? I’m supposed to eat this cute little Valentine’s cookie? Have fun browsing Cookie Connections for tons of other amazing creations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Literally, I think I would shellac and frame this heart cookie by Sugar Rush Custom Cookies if it were handed to me on a napkin. Or I’d try to turn it into a needlepointed pillow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wham! These pop art Valentine’s cookies by SemiSweet Designs look like they might jump off the plate right into my mouth. Sound effects and all!

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