12/01/2019

Christmas Around the World Advent Calendar

Hi friends!

I can't believe that it is already December!  I wanted to hop on there and share a free printable that I made for my daughter's girl scout troop.  We're studying holidays around the world, and this advent calendar brings you through some interesting facts about how people celebrate Christmas around the world!



7/30/2019

A Very Harry Potter July!

 Hi friends!
It has been quite a while, hasn't it?  Life is busy, but a good kind of busy.  I thought about not sharing this post because it's just so incomplete...My pictures aren't great, and I don't have any great step by step pictures to share. That's the reality of life though isn't it?  Life isn't perfect, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth documenting or sharing.  There's some really fun, good stuff here...I hope you'll agree with me!

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

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