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the boo and the boy: Colourful kids' rooms
It’s time for a new-house update! And even though we’re now living in the home, I really want to document it all systematically. So today we’re talking about flooring and tile. If you’ve missed my other posts, our family is building a custom home in the Austin, TX area. We’re not physically building it ourselves—we’ve hired a custom builder to do the hard part and we’re along for the decision-making ride. Check out my previous posts documenting the whole process:We’re building a new home! MADE
Thanks to everyone who has voted for Vintage Revivals for the Best Home Project/ DIY Blog over at Apartment Therapy! Today is the last day to vote and while we are in 2nd place, we are about 300 votes down. We need a Hail Mary to pull this off. So if you are the praying type now is the time to start, and if you haven't voted yet (yes, I am looking at YOU!) We need you!! You can be our miracle maker! DIY Light Up Sign Tutorial
Dylan’s Dream Room Bedroom Reveal When I say that this is my favorite space that I have ever created, there is no exaggeration. I thought that I was ready to dust my hands off and walk away after my living room reveal , but I mean, how Mandilicious is that? Not Mandilicious at. all. folks.
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DIY Art Material: Chalk When I saw that making sidewalk chalk is literally mixing plaster with water and adding paint I almost flipped. Could it really be that easy? Well, the answer is, yes, it is that easy. I recently purchased the book Eco-Friendly Crafting With Kids by Kate Lilley of the visually stunning blog minieco.
Two cheap and ubiquitous materials seem to inspire endless improvisations and creativity: shipping pallets (our pallet posts are some of our most popular)…and duct tape. We are smitten with the colorful duct tape jewelry Michele Howarth makes and sells on her Etsy store Quiet Mischief and Company. She also thought has a pdf tutorial for sale so you can see how she does it, and use her plan as a jumping off point for your own brilliant creations. via Neatorama Related posts: curiously chic duct tape safety glasseszebra duct tape!! strangely gorgeous duct tape jewelry to d-i-y or buy
Upcycled T-shirt Dress I had so much fun working with all my old t-shirts when I did the Upcycled Boy Hats. This time around I thought I'd give girls a try. (Don't worry, I'll do a boy version of it later.) Let me introduce the Upcycled T-shirt Dress. Now right off the bat you might be thinking, "That's nice but I don't have any cute t-shirts or knits." Don't you fret or frown.
The Crafty Crow: Building/3 Dimensional The Artful Parent has a great post that includes photos and tips of all of their melted bead experiments. At the bottom of her post are links to basic instructions and more. These are made with melted pony-type beads, not melty (Perler, Hama) beads. I think the main concern is the odor and toxicity of the melted beads but this is addressed in her posts along with the recommendation to melt them in a toaster oven outside. I love them all but I think these free-form spirals are my favorite!
Glitzy Easter Placecards By Ashley Page Norton Easter is right around the around and these egg and nest placecards come together super fast. The supplies are easy to pick up or if you’re like me you probably have most of them on hand – I love pipe cleaners and always have some around! I’m also total sucker for good alphabet stickers so I pick them up whenever I see them, but you could always handwrite the names instead. These will look great at an Easter table setting! DIY projects
Build a Easy Kids' Tent / Reading Nook PDF version Only one cut and easy-to-follow instructions make for a kid-sized reading nook that you can build today! This is a simple project that comes together in an hour or less. You need recycled material for the panels and approximately $20 worth of supplies, assuming you own a drill, staple gun and wrench.
And we can still do that at Woodland Park, of course, but without the slides, swings and climbers that the term "playground" typically connotes. What makes our space more than a playground, I think, are the equal accommodations made for dramatic, artistic and fine motor play. That's why we call it the "outdoor classroom." One of the very simple, inexpensive ways we've done this is the inclusion of lots of these: They aren't necessarily obvious at first glance, but it you watch the ground, almost everywhere you go you'll spot these florist marbles peeking out from under the wood chips or glinting glassily from under plants. You'll find collections of them in baskets, buckets, or buried in the sand for safekeeping. Florist Marbles
I've just discovered fairy gardens. Slow, I know. What a delightful way to captivate the imaginations of young children! A fairy garden can be in a small patch of garden bed, or they are just as effective in a largish pot or planter, making them ideal for smaller spaces. fairy gardens
Old Bear Art Lesson While looking through the library one afternoon, I stumbled across Kevin Henkes’s picture book, “Old Bear”. The adorable illustrations inspired me to create a combination bear painting and leaf print art lesson for my fourth graders. We used one 50-minute period to draw and paint the bear and another period to print the leaves. This lesson was a huge hit with the kids. Old Bear Board Book
Fairy Gardens | Shabby Beach Nest
Miniature Accessories | Shabby Beach Nest I’m having so much fun creating mini, magical little furniture for our fairy gardens. And in case you get the “Fairy Garden Bug” like I have, I’ve listed all my mini accessory ideas in a central location for easy reference. Enjoy! The arbor was made from a single, fake pussywillow branch from Michael’s. I simply trimmed it to size and wired all the branch shoots together into a “U” shape. I think my favorite piece of furniture is this wire chair, created using this tutorial from Design Sponge.
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