Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wordless Wednesday 4/30/14 w/ Linky



If you follow me on Instagram (which you should) you probably already saw these ones from last week. We have about 3 months left on island and are spending as much time on the beach as possible! 

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Friday, April 25, 2014

New Project - Felt Toy House For Kids

I have a new love and hobby I've developed over the past few weeks and its name is FELT! I looove felt. Except it's not just felt, it's felt and embroidery. Wow. What a combination!

I've been pinning away on my new felt and embroidery boards on Pinterest


So far I've completed two projects, the most recent one being this chubby little felt house for my kids. Miss M claimed it long before it was done. I envision a whole little village of houses and buildings for the kids to arrange and rearrange around Mr. C's train tracks. The train tracks and table are usually the center of all pretend play in my house, (for trains and ponies alike). 


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This felt house is completely handmade. Hand sewn and stuffed, hence the roundness. Miss M refers to it as the little fat house. Next time I'd like to try using cardboard or something to reinforce the walls. 


The roof is a little funky as I was experimenting on each side how best to sew it on. The roof was the biggest PITA!

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Check out that little tree!


Next on the list is a train station! I've already picked out the colors and drawn up a design :) 

I'm thinking of starting a new Etsy shop to offer these in. Let me know what you think! 

Be sure to follow me on Instagram to get the behind the scenes look!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Inspiration Corner #4 Share Your DIY, Tutorials, and Recipes!


Every Friday Homespun Aesthetic & Eight Days A Week are giving YOU the chance to show off the craft creations and how-to projects you've been doing. So not only will you have your link featured on my site, but it'll appear on BOTH sites and you only have to link up once. Then, the following week we will each feature our favorite project from the previous week's link-up.

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Party Rules:
  1. Link to a specific post, not your home page.
  2. Grab our party button or link back with a text link.
  3. Your link MUST be a project you made, a how-to or a recipe.
  4. Visit & comment on at least 2 other links in the party.
  5. By entering a link, you're giving us permission to feature an image on our blogs & other websites we write for. Proper credit & links will always be given.
Let's make this a sharing place! Find a new blog, follow them on at least one platform, then share their post! Share the love!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter Salt Dough Ornaments - Toddler/Preschool Craft

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Just in time for Easter! These ornaments are easy enough for a toddler to help, but fun for all ages! (I admit I quite enjoyed painting a couple of these myself.) 

You can find a recipe for the salt dough in my Salt Dough Footprints -Father's Day Gift post. Mother's and Father's Days are coming up, so keep this recipe handy! It's so versatile and great for any holiday. Just use a seasonal cookie cutter to change the shape! 

Set out some paper and let your child go to town painting! My kids always end up painting naked, hence no action pictures here ;) 

I first saw these salt dough eggs on Design Mom. She made some beautiful spray painted eggs and hung them on a cute egg tree. So be sure to check it out! 


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I made little coin shaped ones and we tried butterfly thumbprints. This one turned out the best :) 


I'll update with a another photo after we've hung them up. I have some twine that will go perfect with these colors. Plus the kids always love looking at their own artwork :) 

Did you do this? Show it off and let me know! 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wordless Wednesday 4/16/14 w/ LINKY

Feels good to be doing WW again. Nearly wordless anyway. Link up below!

Petting the baby corn. 

Always skirts and boots. No matter the weather!

Homemade Lemon & Honey Sugar Scrub (4 Ingredients!)

Dilemma: It's 10AM on a Saturday and I want to take a long, hot shower. My face is feeling oily and I started breaking out yesterday (hello, Aunt Flo). What I need is a good exfoliant. Something to scrub off the dead skin and give me a healthy glow, but lo and behold, the cupboards are bare :(

Now, I can a.) get dressed and drive to the store to spend $10 on a mediocre product full of crap that may or may not give me cancer. Or, b.) step into the kitchen (no bra necessary) and whip up a quick concoction using items from my pantry.

Let me just say, on Saturday, I try to put off changing out of jam jams as long as possible. Don't pretend I'm the only one.



Ingredients

  • 1 tblsp olive oil
  • 1 tblsp honey
  • Juice of 1/2 fresh lemon
  • 1/2 c. Sugar


Mix first 3 ingredients well, then add the sugar. It may seem super thick at first but will quickly thin. Feel free to add more sugar for more exfoliation.



My skin feels amazing! Super soft and clean. Especially around the edges of my nose which seem to be my problem area. No joke, I can't stop touching my face, feels amazing.

Don't you think this would make a great gift? Mother's Day perhaps? Hint, hint.

Did you try this? Let me know what you thought!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bunny Eggs - An Easy Easter Breakfast Treat

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Easter is coming! That means everyone is looking for sweet new recipes for Easter. For my family, Easter is all about breakfast, or brunch rather. We don't normally do much for dinner (we don't live near any family and the kids are too young to appreciate it). 

I have a new hobby which will be showing itself come Easter morning. Kids Bento! I've always loved looking at pictures of intricate bento boxes, but never considered how fun (and easy!) it would be to serve food creations to the kids. 

A lot of it depends on some simple and inexpensive tools readily available on Amazon. The first few things I purchased were Add-On Items, so I was able to add them to a different $25 purchase and get free shipping. 

My kids love eating hard boiled eggs, so the first thing I bought were egg molds. I can't believe how easy it is to use these.


1. Hard boil eggs.
2. While the eggs are still hot, as hot as you can handle, carefully peel however many you are molding.
3. Gently rinse the peeled egg, then place in egg mold. 
4. Carefully close the mold and snap shut.
5. Place in a bowl of cold water, let set for 10-15 minutes.


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6. After 10 or 15 minutes has passed, take the mold out of the water. Unclip the mold and open slowly. Carefully pry the egg out of the mold. 
7. That's it!
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Follow my Bento for Kids and Easter boards on Pinterest for more fun ideas! You can also follow along on Instagram and Twitter for a behind the blog post look at what's going on!