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Mother’s Day Treats

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

ss_MUM86Mother’s Day is so early this year, it’s catching me off guard! I just logged onto Design Mom and found that she’s doing an awesome week of giveaways to celebrate all the fabulous mommies out there! A few of the gifts are already closed (bummer) but 2 are fair game today, and I imagine there will be at least 2 more this week. Click here to enter to win a $300 shopping spree at Cambria Cove, or here to win a $200 package which includes a digital camera, products from Safety First, and a Tasty Baby eco bag.

So run, don’t walk, over to this totally inspiring blog and enter to win some goodies!

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Earth Day Craft Extravaganza

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

The Crafty Crow is doing a great series of posts asking the question “What can you make with ______?”. These are the perfect eco-crafts for, you guessed it, Earth Day! (That’s tomorrow if you forgot!) Now go root through your recycling bin and get crafty!

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Beautiful bottle cap crafts.

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Egg-celent egg carton crafts.

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Precious plastic crafts.

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Whimsical wine cork crafts.

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Twine Arts

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

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Baker’s twine has become an irreplaceble craft supply for me. When in doubt, I say use the red and white string. I love that companies are breaking out with other colors, like these great ones from Divine Twine.

But what can you do with Divine Twine besides wrapping gift boxes? Make greeting cards! These precious designs were made by Suzonne from Urban Comfort. Check out her blog…it’s full of great crafts and yummy recipes!

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Little Leprechauns!

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

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Turn your tike into a Leprechaun with this easy-to-make mask, crafted from paper! If you are all St. Pattied out, bookmark this page for Halloween! Found on The Crafty Crow, made by No Time for Flashcards.

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Or, if you aren’t so crafty, you can buy this yarn one on Mahar Dry Goods!

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Listen to this Track…

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

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Check out this wonderful toy train slash music maker. Here’s how it works: The track, which is designed with small bumps that pluck the metal keys on the front of the train, is divided into sec­tions which chil­dren can rearrange to change the song. Amazing, right?

What an original sound track!

Found on the lovely blog, Handmade Charlotte.

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Geometry Lesson

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

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I love spotting an awesome product to then learn that it’s a DIY project from a crafty mom! Case in point, Mer Mag came up with this very easy to make puzzle for her son. Here’s how she did it…

I went to Home Depot and had them cut a large sheet of 1/4 inch hardboard into five inch squares. Just this week I finally managed to paint them into colorful triangular shapes. I used acrylic craft paint and a sponge brush (don’t use a bristle brush, it will just frustrate you). To get the sharp diagonal I took a ruler and made a pencil line from corner to corner before painting. From there I just eyed it (taking advantage of the clean line a sponge brush can give you) but if you are a perfectionist you might want to try taping it off.

My original plan was to apply Velcro to the back of each square and then mount them onto the wall as a movable art piece. However, once I saw the “out-of-the-box” designs that little A made, I knew these were better suited as a floor activity.

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Simple. Affordable. Genius.

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Smarty Pants

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

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There are many ways to gather little factual tidbits…watching Jeopardy, surfing Wikipedia, reading books (how old school!). Or, you could just buy this Know-It-All pencil set from Paper Pastries. With grammar rules, chemistry facts, and historical dates, anyone that can read can sound like a genius. Just slip these into your first grader’s pencil box and see how long it takes before he shoots to the head of the class!

Found via Junior Society.

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Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve (or Head)

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

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I started to write this post as a Valentine craft round-up, but when I saw these precious felt crafts from Katie Did, I decided this was as much cuteness in one post as I can handle.

The felt heart headband is so sweet and would look precious when crafted in any shape or color. And in lieu of candy valentines for friends at school, her daughter addressed these cards while Mom helped to make these sweet bracelets (hearts for the girls, arrows for the boys).

Sweet, simple, inexpensive, and surely, made with love.

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