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Posted by on Nov 16, 2012 | 0 comments

DIY Kids: Creating a Paint-by-Number Art Wall

DIY Kids: Creating a Paint-by-Number Art Wall

I couldn’t help but imagine a painting within the perfect frame on the girls’ bedroom door. So, I decided to make a paint-by-number design that they would enjoy doing themselves. Since their shared room has a lot of bird accents, I looked for some bird illustrations as inspiration, settling on the amazing artwork of Charley Harper. I’m pretty good at free-hand copying and his images are often made up of simple shapes, so I drew two birds on plain paper in pencil to start. I made them the exact size I would end up drawing on the door. Then, I decided on the colors and wrote a key with numbers for each color. I wrote the numbers in each section of the design, and voila, I had two paint-by-number pictures ready to go. I then painted the background of the door with white mixed with a blue sample paint I still had – the famous Benjamin Moore Laguna Blue that Katie used in her living room (to much acclaim,...

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Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 | 0 comments

An Autumn and Halloween-Themed Baby Shower

An Autumn and Halloween-Themed Baby Shower

Leave it to Danielle Romanetti, owner of fibre space yarn shop, to think up the clever idea of knitting monsters for the baby shower she hosted in her home. She piled the irresistibly cute monsters in a big bin labeled “Adopt a Baby Monster,” so every one could take one home as a party favor. Monsters at a baby shower couldn’t be more perfect for a Halloween weekend event. What’s more, the guest of honor loves Halloween. Danielle writes on her blog about the “spooky” invitations she made by hand using glue, paper, and embossing powder and the phrase, “A ‘lil pumpkin is on its way.” Danielle kept up the seasonal theme for all of the baby shower decor and food, even going so far as to having the live Steelers versus Redskins muted on the TV in the background. A rabid Steelers fan, she admitted that she couldn’t miss a play. To tell the truth, the game fit in perfectly with the cozy, autumnal vibe of the party. The festive...

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Posted by on Oct 23, 2012 | 0 comments

Spooky DIY Halloween Party Decor

Spooky DIY Halloween Party Decor

We’re throwing a small Halloween cocktail party this weekend for some neighbors and friends. So, I’m making some spooky DIY decor with my kids ahead of time. I’ll show all of the final party decor, including the tablescape, spooky appetizers and ghoulish cocktails when it’s ready for showtime. But these crafts I made with the kids needed to happen days in advance. Paper Mache Crows and Spiders We started out by looking at photos of crows on the Web. I also used this paper mache bird-making tutorial as inspiration. We crumpled up newspaper to make the main body shape and used masking tape to secure the sides. When I realized the complexity of making the crow, I suggested that we also make spiders. Those were infinitely easier for Nadja (age 4) to accomplish. We ended up with assortment of both crow and spider bodies. We mixed glue with water to make the paper mache paste. And then layered strips of newspaper around the bodies. We let the bodies dry...

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Posted by on Sep 27, 2012 | 0 comments

DIY Kids: A Tree and Neighborhood Walk Journal

DIY Kids: A Tree and Neighborhood Walk Journal

When Ana was about four, I let her use my digital camera on a walk around the neighborhood with me and with her sister in the carrier. I loved seeing Ana’s perspective on the world through photography, and it was fun strolling together and talking about things like the trees, the houses, and our neighbor’s pets. This fall, I decided to do the same activity with Nadja, also age 4, and also make a journal to go along. We moseyed around the block while she paused and took photos of things she saw on the ground, on the sides of trees, in gardens, and the neighbor’s driveways. Another morning, she brought along a container and collected all kinds of objects along the way to school, including tree bark and ginkgo leaves. She drew some of the trees we saw after we identified them in a tree guide. She’ll paste those in her journal. We have a lot of sycamore trees in the neighborhood, so she was able to collect...

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Posted by on Sep 14, 2012 | 3 comments

A Dining Table’s Repurposed Life

A Dining Table’s Repurposed Life

Ever since Leslie turned her daughter Ana’s closet into a work space, I’ve wanted to do the same with my son’s closet. But the thought of shopping for wood, measuring, realizing the walls are crooked and the boards don’t fit, re-measuring, re-cutting, drilling and finally installing was not something I wanted to do again. But then something heppened — a random curb alert cell phone pic from Leslie prompted me to change my mind. Who could refuse this free table in a brilliant kelly green color? I sure couldn’t. Leslie was nice enough to pick it up in her station wagon and deliver it to my house. Since I don’t need a dining table, I figured the wood could be used for some sort of project and that’s when I remembered Jack had been asking for a desk in his closet. The table was made with leaves, so by removing the sliders underneath, I could separate it into the perfect size for a desk. My original plan was to attach the table...

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