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Rainy Day Spider Crafts for Halloween

For most people fall is all about festivals and hay rides and craft fairs. I'm all about that, too! In fact, October is my favorite month because it's like my annual kick off to happy. Sometimes we get rained out here in Florida, so I like to stay prepared with a box of craft supplies from the Dollar Tree. Today we laid out everything and just went to town. With Halloween on the agenda later this month, we decided some spooky spiders were necessary to decorate the windows. My daughter, Gaia, loves little spiders and they were really simple for her to use a number of skills during our little activity time. For the spider bodies we each … [Read more...]

My Neighbor Totoro Themed Cosplay for Tampa Bay Comic Con 2014

Last week I spent a lot of time on creating the perfect outfits to wear to this year's fall convention. We're lucky because we get two... so if we can't make it to Tampa Bay Comic Con in April (which we didn't) we can plan to try again in August. Because of my work schedule we could only go on Sunday, but that's when we got the best deals on merchandise anyway so I'm not sad. Anyhow, now that I have two children I'm dabbling in these family themes for dressing up. (Hutch will get on board eventually. He's already voiced his regret over not playing along last weekend.) So we started out basic with "My Neighbor Totoro." I used inspiration … [Read more...]

Summertime Sun Catcher Craft (inspired by The Dollar Tree)

Summer is out, and for me it's quite the adjustment having both kids all day long. My daughter is under some impression that every single day has to have either a field trip of huge, messy science experiment. She is so crazy! Luckily Florida summers have tons do rain so I can force her to sit inside and do arts and crafts instead. We had a big storm come through central Florida earlier this week, so we needed something to keep us busy most of the day. Luckily The Dollar Tree has tons of neat things to choose from. After just one inexpensive outing we were all set for our Summertime Sun Catcher craft. For this activity you will need the … [Read more...]

I Like to Paint

I like to paint. I used to paint when I was in elementary school art class. It was my favorite thing to do and I was lucky enough to have teachers that supported my desire to use different mediums and experiment with different techniques. I won a contest to see a local artist for my painting of a Florida panther in the 5th grade. Shortly after that someone close to me told me about all the hidden costs associated with pursuing such a hobby. Because we didn't grow up with extra money in our family I got sad and stopped altogether. Aside from elective classes throughout grade school, I never pursued any artistic talents. After Gaia was born I … [Read more...]

Putting My Memories to Work {Review & Giveaway}

Time flies when you're having fun. So true! May has been filled with so much fun and excitement it's hard to believe it is almost over. Where is 2014 going?! It's running away and I can't keep up! I'm trying my best to stay organized among my studies, this blog, and normal family stuff like playdates and weekend adventures. I have some exciting things planned for the summer like concerts, theme parks, and road trips. I'm also gearing up for next year. I'll be completing my student teaching and homeschooling at the same time! Yes, I do believe I am a tad bit insane... It is very important that I stay organized. I do have a blog planner and … [Read more...]

DIY Ring Sling Baby Carrier

I have a confession. I gave away my Hava Ring Sling. I know, how could I give away a carrier? Well, truth is I just have so many women having babies around me that I needed to spread the babywearing love! But I missed it. I love the ring sling because it's easy to adjust and comfortable. When I found osnaburg fabric for super cheap a few months ago, I grabbed a few yards and dyed them a beautiful rainbow color and got some sling rings to prepare for the awesomeness that is this project. I then let it sit around for a few months until I had so many fellow bloggers like "um where's that tutorial, girl?!" that I had no choice but to just do … [Read more...]

DIY Stripwork Skirt {feat. Marie Madeline Studio}

One of the many reasons I love having a daughter is because I get to experiment and make her fancy outfits. Mama has huge hips which make it a bit difficult to fit into otherwise adorable clothing. But with a 6-year-old frolicking about I can just make everything for her and feel satisfied. I've been slacking on the family traditions department, so for Easter this year I decided we would all dress up and head to a rather large egg hunt at our local church. I have been wanting to make Miss Gaia a patchwork skirt for quite some time, so when I stumbled on the perfect fabrics for such a task I knew it was meant to be. You guys voted, so a … [Read more...]

How to Dye Yarn At Home Using Koolaid

I like to participate in swaps. It makes me happy to give gifts (I've been known to over-stress during the holidays) and I feel like doing internet swaps gives me an excuse to craft at home. It is also really fun to get gifts in the mail too. My most frequented swaps are from Reddit Gifts, but I do sign up for Cara Box Exchanges and other similar bloggy exchanges as well. My most recent successful exchange was the Yarn Swap through Reddit. The reason this was so exciting for me is because I had already stocked the necessary supplies to dye my own yarn at home before the yarn exchange was even announced. I had the perfect excuse now to just … [Read more...]

At-Home Screen Printing (Close, But Not Really)

When I first started planning the details of my trip to Kentucky for Spring Break earlier in March, one of the first things I had to think about was how to keep my little clan bundled from the bipolar weather conditions. (Is anyone else sick of the Winter - Spring - Winter thing? Give Mother Nature some dark chocolate and a glass of wine, jeez!) I have tons of hoodies left over from my brief entrepreneurship of making dinosaur hoodies for kids, so I grabbed one of those and dyed it blue. Blue is for boys, after all. (Just kidding... I happened to have some blue dye on hand is all.) So that wasn't enough for me, so I decided to try my hand … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day Craft: Window Rainbow

We've been getting the weirdest weather here in Central Florida. I forget that other places are all in the middle of some crazy-long winter without an end in sight. I am lucky that the second hand stores are already purging their winter stock with $1 sales and $5 grab bags, or I'd be S.O.L. for my trip next week. It did rain today, which I assumed would bring in some cooler weather for sure. We do have a light breeze, but for the most part everything is still a bit muggy. That's Florida for you. Good thing The Dollar Tree carries such a huge selection of craft supplies and inspiration for every holiday. This year I decided to skip the door … [Read more...]