9/17/2018

DIY Modern Succulent outdoor coffee table

Hi friends!

I know it's been a while since I've written anything on the blog...but that's because there is so much going on!  We've been working on our backyard, and we just did a project which I absolutely LOVE!  I can't wait to share it with you today.  



We made a modern succulent coffee table for our new outdoor seating area!  I'm totally in love with how it turned out.  


The table is essentially a box with a plexi glass top, sitting on top of a base made out of redwood 2x2's. I'm going to show you how the whole thing came together!  It was such a simple project, and I'm totally looking forward to propagating some more succulents to put inside my new table!



Let's talk about how this table came together.  

8/22/2018

Free Space Inspired Wall Art!


Hi friends!

School has started here, and I'm still trying to wrap my head around that reality, but in the meantime I wanted to share with you some fun art that we did over the summer using space images in the public domain. 

Did you know that there are tons of images that you can print out!  It's so cool!  Here are a couple of examples, like this one or this one.  There are a whole bunch of them though, so I highly encourage you to go browsing!  (This post is in no way endorsed by NASA or any other space entity).  

We had fun adding text and illustrations to the images and making them into wall art for Lu's room.  Perfect for my space loving girl!  




I've uploaded them here for you if you'd like to print out my "modified" versions.

I hope you all enjoy the printables!  And for those just starting school, I hope that it is fabulous start for you all! 

XOXO,

Jill

8/06/2018

Make your own Space Patches (with a free printable!)



Hi friends!

I can't believe summer is almost over!  I've got one more craft project for you before the school year starts, and I think that this one would be totally awesome to do to personalize your child's backpack, or even a jacket!

For Lu's birthday I made her and her doll matching jackets.  And while I used NASA patches that I purchased from Amazon for the girl-sized jacket, I made my own patches for the doll sized version. 


The truth is that these patches would be really great though for anything--doll sized or otherwise!  In the free printable that I provide, you can make patches in two different sizes.  The small size is the size that I used for the doll-sized jacket.  


I provide the printable for these that I put together on my computer based off of the ones American Girl has for the Luciana doll...but you can really make them with any picture or log that you'd like...and I'm going to show you how!

So let's get started!

7/24/2018

Easy DIY Washi Tape Puppets plus More Adventures...


Hi friends!

I hope you all are having a fabulous summer.  We just got back from a vacation, and I wanted to share some of it with you.   More specifically, I want to share a fun project that we did while on vacation, that required ZERO!! of my help.  It was such a hit, and totally last minute.  

But before we get into craft zone, I want to talk a little bit about our trip north up the California coast!  We went along highway 1, which is a super scenic route along the California Coast.  It is breathtakingly beautiful, and we found the beaches to be isolated and full of wildlife to observe.  

 We stopped at the Point Arena lighthouse, where we were able to climb up to the top and get a beautiful 360 view of the area.  The sun even came out while we were there!


 We stayed in Sea Ranch in this lovely house which had an indoor window from the second story bedroom.  The kids were totally excited by the house, as it was the perfect place to hold a puppet show!! 


 Before leaving for Sea Ranch, I realized that I wanted some sort of craft project for the kids to do while we were there.  I threw some tongue depressor/Popsicle sticks, markers, and washi tape into my bag, thinking that the kids might be able to make something out of them.  The kids' imaginations totally went CRAZY with this project.  They spent HOURS making puppets and holding puppet shows out of the cool indoor windows in the house. 

 I love what they came up with, don't you?  There was this adorable lion, mermaids, fairies, and more!  I love that they made accessories for the puppets too, like guitars, and purses!

It was such a fun trip for these kiddos....filled with crafts, nature, extended family, and beautiful scenery.

Hope you all are having a wonderful summer, and that this simple summer project excites your kids as much as it did mine!  Sometimes the simple projects really are the best ones.

XOXO,

Jill

7/09/2018

Free pattern!! Make your own Galaxy Doll Slippers




Hi friends!

I hope you are having an absolutely fabulous summer.  I'm so enjoying the slower pace of things right now...and I loved getting some time to work on this crafting project with Lu the other day.  She LOVES her Luciana doll, and was eager to make some slippers to go with the PJ's we made (with the pattern for the old Molly doll!).  My grandmother helped me sew the same PJs for my Molly doll when I was a kid, and I have such fond memories of that Sunday afternoon. I'm so grateful when I get the chance to share a similar experience with my kiddos!

But let's talk about these slippers, because we love how they turned out! The silver fabric is a stretchy performance fabric, which makes the fit so much easier!  The base of the slipper is just flannel.  
 Because the fabric is stretchy, it works great for an "elastic" strap for the back of the slipper.  Easy peasy.

We used puff paint to paint on the stars.  So fun!  The pattern is simple, but it definitely requires the help of an adult, as it can be a bit frustrating to sew within the small spaces. But they come together fast, so it is a good quick and easy project!
 Alright, let's get started!

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