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Painting with Water

Painting with Water

One of my earliest memories occurred in the summer of 1980 when my family and I visited my great-grandparents in upstate New York. I was two years old at the time. My great-grandpa took me in their backyard and put me to work “painting” the lilypond (which, in my memory, was a big tire. Turns out [...]

Simple DIY Valentine’s Day Craft

Simple DIY Valentine’s Day Craft

For Valentine’s Day this year, I wanted to do some type of craft with my daughter that she could give to our loved ones. We came up with this project because we could easily give it to people we see on a regular basis or mail it to people we don’t see as often. The [...]

DIY Tile Coasters

DIY Tile Coasters

While browsing Pinterest, I found many tutorials to make these adorable DIY coasters using only a few materials. I’ve played around with making a few different kinds with scrapbook paper and photographs. They make sweet gifts for teachers, neighbors, birthdays and on any other gift giving occasion. They’re easy, but a little time consuming. Materials: [...]

DIY Cardboard Box Oven

DIY Cardboard Box Oven

When I was a kid, family vacations were almost always camping. With four kids in a single-income household, we couldn’t really afford flying somewhere for a vacation. Living in northern California meant we were a decent driving distance to some really wonderful places to camp. I have great memories of waking up early, packing the [...]

DIY Shape Sorter

DIY Shape Sorter

At about 15 months old, Danica started to get bored with her ‘baby’ toys. I went on the search for new activities that she would enjoy. We had a play date with a friend and she had made her daughter a DIY shape sorter— Danica absolutely loved it. It is very simple to make, and [...]

DIY Hand Print Mold

DIY Hand Print Mold

This DIY hand print mold is something I wish I would have thought of sooner. It’s something that would be so neat to do once a year, starting at birth. I find it so fun to be able to physically see just how much your child grows each year. I didn’t think of doing this when my [...]

Homemade Bubble Recipes – Part 1

Homemade Bubble Recipes – Part 1

My son loves playing with bubbles. I do too, so this is an activity that we enjoy almost any time of the year. Over a decade ago I worked as the arts and crafts director at a Girl Scout Camp. I would make a couple gallons of bubble solution to have on hand as an [...]

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