4/03/2019

The Greatest Show on Earth!

 Hi friends!

I can't take much credit for the project that I'm going to share with you today!  It's actually pretty bittersweet...my kids can put together a blog worthy post all on their own!  You all know that I've made my kids tons of puppets in the past.  We also made a puppet theater/pretend shop  a LONG time ago. 



The kids started begging me to make them some more, but I suggested that I thought they could do the project all by themselves.  They grumbled at first, but then they totally owned it.  They used my old puppet templates as guides, and made a whole bunch circus themed puppets.  I think it turned out so cute!!!  They used our old shop/theater and put a box behind it for scenery.  The kits could control the puppets through a slit in the box on the bottom.

 They made acrobats, lion tamers, and more!
 They even made a girl that flies out of a cannon!  So creative!

The girls had so much fun making these, that they wanted to make sure that I posted about their project on the blog here, and provided the templates so that you can make your own to color in!  All you'll need are some skewer and some brads to put the puppets together. 

You can download the templates with this link.


I think it's such a fun spring break project, and I hope your kids love it as much as mine did!  Have a great week everyone!

XOXO,
Jill


2/17/2019

An easy DIY bakery kit for kids or dolls!

 Hi friends~

Happy belated Valentine's day!  When my kids were little I often tried to put together some sort of kit for them on Valentine's day...a flower shop for example, or a flower making kit.  I thought it would be fun to continue the tradition this year, and I love what I came up with!  We make a bakery kit for my kids' dolls! And since they are older now, I let them help too!  We put this together over several weekends and the kids really seemed to enjoy making them together. 



The basis for the kids are cardboard boxes, which we painted.  Then we made lots of embellishments that could be easily switched out and removed!  The ribbons have velcro circles on the ends, so that they can be removed and switched out.
 What I really like is that each of my kids kind of put their own unique spin on the cakes to match the personalities of their dolls.  They turned out so fun!


We made frosting covers to go on the boxes, fake fruit, and even candles!
 And the best part is that when they are done playing they can just put all the little accessories inside of the "cakes" for storage!
 Would you care to see how some of these accessories came together?

1/14/2019

A doll-sized garden and doll quilt


 Hi friends!

There's a new doll at our house, which someone in my family is super excited about.  We've had a really fun couple of weeks making things for Ellie's new doll.  We've made a cute little garden and a doll quilt!



This project was so fun guys!  Ellie helped me sew little fleece tubes which we stuffed and put in a little crate that we found at the craft store.  We loved making garden sticks out of Popsicle sticks.

We decoupaged some scrapbook paper to the outside, and I used a razor to cut out the slats.

 We used an assortment of fake flower pieces and crafting foam to make the vegetables and flowers to put in the garden.



Ellie also wanted to make a new blanket for her doll, so we made a little quilt for her.  We recycled an old vintage pillowcase to be the rim of the blanket, and I love that it is a little lamb!  It seems like the perfect little quilt doll for a doll whose story is that she lives on a farm!  It seemed like such a great way to recycle such a pretty piece of embroidery.

I hope you liked this little sneak peak into the crafting going on at our house!

Have you started crafting in 2019? I'd love to hear what projects are on your "to do" list this year! Have a great week everyone!

XOXO,

Jill

12/25/2018

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

 Dear friends,

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas, from my family to yours.  I didn't make anything for the kids this year...except for this photo book from highlights from this blog!  It was so fun to read through it with the girls!! 
 So many great memories, many of which they don't even remember.



Thank you all for letting me share our creative journey with you!  It's been such a great journey, and I love having all these happy memories to look back upon.

Merry Christmas friends!

XOXO,

Jill

12/16/2018

How do you remember your trips?


Hi friends!

About a month ago we took a family vacation to Virginia/Washington DC/Maryland and it was super special.  When I used to live on the east coast Fall was my absolute favorite time, so I absolutely loved being able to take in all of the beautiful fall color!  The kids got to really "live" history in Monticello, Jamestown and Williamsburg. Williamsburg was especially fun because we rented period costumes for the girls and the girls just totally LOVED it.  At $25/kid it wasn't exactly cheap, but the kids became so much more interested in learning about the history of the time, so I totally think it was worth it! 


Eventually we headed north to DC where we checked out the monuments, museums, and the treasury!  My kids loved the treasury tour--especially when one of the workers pretended to make a paper airplane out of one of the money sheets! DC provided such a fabulous background for lots of history lessons for the kids.  They asked the best questions as we covered everything from the ideals our country was founded on, the challenges our democracy has faced, to civil rights and equality.   Good, good, stuff. 


On this trip-just like when we went to Europe earlier this year--we only took carry on luggage.  It requires a bit of planning to make traveling light possible (like making sure we had access to washers/dryers!!) The only downside to traveling light is that it doesn't always leave room for souvenirs.  Even not considering the space issue, I've found myself buying fewer things on vacations lately and I'm not quite sure why.   

A few weeks ago though I started feeling a bit nostalgic of our trip, and when the kids and I were painting ornaments on clear glass globes, I decided to paint one from our trip.  I really love this idea because all of these "trip ornaments" all kind have the same "look" even though they are different.  My kids loved it because it was just such a nice bit of quality time spent painting with them.


 In fact, we had so much fun that when Lu had to go to a ceramic painting shop to earn a girl scout badge, I decided to paint a ceramic trinket tray based off of our European trip earlier this year!  I love it! It was kind of inspired by an old anthropologie product that isn't available for sale anymore.


 I'm totally digging my new way to remember trips with handmade things.  Making these things, alongside my girls, feels like remembering great memories and forming new ones at the exact same time!  So special! 

So that brings me to ask, how do you remember your vacations?  Do you have a crafty way to document your favorite trips, or do you pick up an ornament or other memento everywhere you go?  I'd love to hear!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season.  I have to say that life feels so busy these days, but I'm trying to step back and remember that my kids won't be young forever, and the Christmas excitement won't always be there. 

Have a wonderful week everyone!

XOXO,

Jill





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