It's almost Halloween!!! There's still plenty of time to whip up these easy DIY's. I've got five new tutorials up on on the DIY network and I know you're going to love them! Dog costumes, epic beards, spooky scenes and more!!
Looking for a great way to make breakfast more fun? A low mess way to decorate eggs? Or maybe a super fun craft that doubles as the perfect springy napkin ring? With little more than a block of polymer clay and a marker, you and your kids can make these super fun spring animal egg cups.
This handmade tiny treehouse is my new favorite kid craft. It is simple yet sculptural, collaborative yet kid-led, and the best part? You're left with a stunning piece to decorate your space and encourage creative play.
This is a really great winter project. It may be too stormy to play outside, but you can bring the outdoors in with this sculpture that doubles as a play platform for your kiddo's favorite toys. We chose to keep our design fairly simple, but you could really go all out, the skies the limit! Your kids can create the treehouse of their dreams, no major construction required!
This is not and will never be a political blog. But it is a personal blog, and I personally care deeply about women's rights. I believe that we all deserve respect, equal pay for equal work, freedom from fear, access to healthcare, and autonomy in the choices we make about our bodies. Women's rights are human rights and I want them for everyone, including my republican sisters. I want my sons to grow up in a world where boys will NOT be boys, where "like a girl" is a compliment, where "manning up" means standing up for what is right. It is for all these reasons that my family and I will be marching locally on January 21st.
Want to make an adorable hat in less than two hours? I've got the perfect super simple pattern for you! With the help of super bulky yarn this hat comes together lickety-split! If you are new to knitting I've included links to helpful YouTube videos, if you can knit and purl, you can make this hat! And if you are an experienced knitter you can cast on and bind off in the time it takes to watch a couple episodes of your favorite show, might I recommend Stranger Things or Call the Midwife?
If the little bear ears aren't your thing you can simply opt for a single pom pom or leave them off all together. In the interest of simplicity this beanie has a very basic decrease and can be made smaller or larger with very little fuss. The pattern is written for a toddler/little kid but at the end of this post you will find tips for making baby or big kid sizes.
Knit 1, Purl 1 to create a simple rib until your work measures 8 inches
Knit 2 together (K2tog) for two rows until ten stitches remain (if not using magic loop you will need to pull your cable out at intervals and muscle it a bit, but I promise it will look good when you're done)
Cut the working yarn, leaving a long tail
Weave that tail through the remaining stitches as you remove them from the needle, pull tight and secure with one knot.
Make two pom poms by wrapping yarn around three fingers, tying it at the center with a piece of yarn, cutting the loops, and trimming.
Attach your pom poms to either side of the hat (about 3" measured from the center down along the curve of the hat with a flexible measuring tape).
Weave in all your ends and try not to be blinded by the cuteness!
For a baby sized hat try casting on less stitches in multiples of 2, I would go with 34 and start your decreases at 6 inches.
For a larger hat cast on more stitches in multiples of 2, 48 should do it, and don't decrease until 9-10 inches.
I have admired the cool effect of Kool Aid dyed yarn for ages, but what I was really after was a way to get that effect on cotton yarn. And as luck would have it inspiration came in a the form of a very good friends ice painted t-shirt post. Borrowing her same technique Jude and I dyed our own custom cotton yarn.
This is a super fun craft to do with the kids and the results are stunning. And the best part is that you just made your own craft supply! This colorful cotton yarn is perfect for beginner projects like finger knitting and simple knit or crochet washcloths and dish towels. Jude even had the great idea of creating free printable skein labels, which are of course, colorable. If you've got a crafty person in your life I bet they would covet a hank of hand dyed yarn!! Just think of all the knitting and crocheting grandmas that would get a huge kick out of kid customized yarn!
This project is great for any time of year, but it really shines in summer. The whole thing can be done outside and it requires no heat what so ever. No simmering caldrons of dye or complicated steps. Just a little bit of messy fun!
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