One of the most memorable events of our time away was an unexpected opportunity to participate in a timed, judged, and auctioned art event on Main Street in Ouray, Colorado. The “Quick Draw” was a part of the region’s annual art festival. Number 2 and I considered it for a bit, then took the plunge, and purchased materials at the only local art store for supplies. The challenge, the experience–that’s what we were going for. The Preacher ingeniously crafted an easel out of two trekking poles and a long stick. I’m married to MacGyver, you know. It was a mad rush to get all things together in time for the 10am start. Number 2 and I started off side by side, but in the end, the pressure to finish a framed work of art to be judged and sold by 11:30am was just too much for a seven year old. […]
The boys and I have finally gotten around to making our own set of salt dough mini-figs. Squishing salt dough between your fingers is quite an affordable alternative to therapy. Seriously…it is fun for all, moms included. The best part? It requires almost zero artistic ability…unless you are attempting to dress an entire army of salt dough mini-figs in camo. But who would attempt that?!? Whether you’d like to try these salt dough creations or you simply want icy casualties floating in your lemonade, you can purchase your mini-fig ice molds here. If you didn’t catch Ashley Ann’s fantastic tutorial the first time around, be sure to check it out here. Happy squishing!
Before we were 7… Prefers jazz and Chopin… Closeness… Daily bread… And, my favorite white/grey/black subject…introducing the newest member of our family: Pepper, our 6 week old miniature schnauzer… …because everyone with an infant and a potty-training toddler needs to have a new puppy…naturally!
I’m participating in Color Week over at Clarity and Grey. There is a different color to focus on while photographing each day of this week. I’ll be looking through my camera lens to see my surroundings in a different way. Won’t you join us? Leave me a comment with a link to your Color Week post if you participate!
As promised, I’ve put together a simple little tutorial for the hanging yarn ball mobile you saw in Cinco’s Nursery Reveal. There are several ways to go about this look, including simply hanging actual balls of yarn. The downside to this would be that the balls of yarn would be quite heavy, and it would require the use of more yarn… …You can also find tutorials on how to make hanging yarn balls that are light and airy, which I think are also pretty, but really capture a different feel than the ones I’ve made here. The light and airy version requires cotton yarn, which tends to be a bit more expensive than acrylic. I personally would go for light and airy if using decorating for a wedding or perhaps for use in a little girl’s room… …In my case, I wanted a very homespun, “chunky,” playfully childish look for the […]
I shared last week about our last-minute plan for a nursery redo, or should I say: decide-to-do. I got to work this past weekend while The Preacher was out, and put together a simple baby blanket and pillow for color and decor inspiration. You have to start with something inspiring, and with no bedding quite to my liking anywhere, I decided to make my own. When there’s a will, there is a way, I suppose, because I’ve all but called it quits on any more sewing and crafting projects! Because I allowed myself but one weekend to complete this project, I knew it needed to be done fast and efficiently. 6 hours, and $20 later, I now have a baby quilt and decorative pillow for Cinco. I employed the help of Heat’n Bond Ultra Hold Iron-On Adhesive. What.A.Lifesaver. Let me introduce you if you haven’t met already: All you need is an […]
The Preacher is attending a pastor’s conference this week near the residence of a dear college friend of almost 20 years. He’ll be attending with her husband. As this is the closest I will come to vicariously visiting her anytime soon, I’ve sent along some gifts for her little girls. Crocheted flower hairclips made of aqua colored cotton yarn with raspberry colored buttons for centers. Deliciously Spring, don’t you think? Here’s how to make one yourself: Step 1: Crochet a flower, any flower! Try this pattern for a single layer flower: Chain 4, sl st to make ring. *Chain 3 and sc in ring*, repeat from* four times more. Sl st to close round. (You’ll have 5 petals) Work in each chain loop of previous round: sc, hdc, 2 dc, hdc, sc. Cut yarn and weave in end. Or this one for a double layer flower: Chain 3, sl st […]
Today I have the privilege of introducing my guest Ashley Campbell, of Under The Sycamore. Ashley is a Christian, mother to 3 boys and 1 girl, a talented photographer, avid do-it-yourself-er, and a blogger extraordinaire! She was so gracious to agree to write a guest post for this week’s Raising Boys theme. I hope you are blessed by her creativity, and are inspired to spend time making and creating with your boys today. ********************************************* Guest Post by Ashley, of Under The Sycamore The title of the post Ruth gave me, “Raising Boys…who love to craft” made me laugh a little bit. I love to craft, but it is not on the top 5 list of things my boys love to do. Over the years I have attempted all kinds of crafts with them always hoping they will enjoy it as much as I do. Sometimes they do really get excited about […]