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!!
It may sound cliche, but our home, especially around the holidays, has been the setting for my most treasured adult memories. In the spirit of love and gratitude, I partnered with Esurance for a little stroll down memory lane. When we first bought our home we knew that it was where we wanted to build a life together. It needed a lot of work and elbow grease, heck it still does, but it's ours and that makes it pretty great. Plus, she dresses up pretty nice for the holidays. Nine years ago Jason proposed to me beside our first Christmas tree. And two years later I went into labor with Jude under the twinkle of holiday lights. The following year we decided that we didn't want to leave home on Christmas so we started hosting it ourselves. Each Christmas our little home is packed to the brim with family and friends, cozy and joyous.
Need the perfect way to wrap that Mother's Day gift? Have your kids create these simple, yet stunning tote bags. We came up with two different styles, a scribble art tote that even the youngest artist can create and a batik inspired bleach pen tote that will let older children flex their creative muscles. Both designs result in beautiful bags any mom would love to use.
I love the idea of kid-made things we actually want to use! This is not to say that there isn't a special place in my heart for macaroni necklaces, but a chic little bag to carry to the market is really something any mom can use AND brag about! These totes use one of my favorite tricks: simplicity. Toddler scribbles are much more chic when confined to black and white and framed by interesting shapes. And kid art in a batik style reads more folksy and less elementary.
I love giving handmade gifts. I decided special free printable handmade gift tags were in order, lest someone thinks I simply bought them a present. Or worse still, dares to give a less than thrilled reaction.
These pretty tags have a great sense of humor. I think my favorite one is "Made especially for you - No returns." Click here to download and print: Free Printable Gift Tags for Handmades. The free printable gift tags come in many different color options including: black and white, red and green, earth tones, and brights. Why the big variety? I didn't know what style wrapping you were going with and I wanted them to work year round, plus Illustrator is fun!
But not as fun as arm knitting! How's that for a segue? I got the idea for these gift tags when I was creating this gorgeous squishy cowl for my sister. The pattern is from my dear friend Anne Weil's AMAZING book Knitting Without Needles.
I have never been more impressed with a craft book, I want to create every single project! After feeling how soft and snuggly this cowl is I plan to try my arm at the cable knit blanket next. And my next door mat with be made of rope for sure! Jude already loves to finger knit, know we've got tons of fun ideas for all that chain! Not only are the projects beautiful, they are also totally do able.
The instructions are extremely detailed and clear. And arm knitting is so so quick! There are so many great items from this book that you can create in less than an hour. It's a handmade gifters dream! And the perfect gift for every crafty person on your list. In fact, be sure you add Knitting Without Needles to your own wish list too! Want to win a copy of your own? Head over to Instagram for all the details.
Arm knit all your gifts this year and don't forget to top them with a special gift tag!
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I know we've all moved on to talk of turkey and handmade holiday gifts but I HAD to share the boy's Halloween costumes and this is the first chance I've had!
First a funny story. Did you ever have a movie you watched when you were little that you were both obsessed with and terrified of? For me it was The Never Ending Story. Well, I accidentally introduced Jude to his version, Spiderwick. We had enjoyed a Spiderwick book at the library and while I usually watch the movies before I share with him, I thought it would be okay. Holy smokes, that's an intense film! Anyway, fingers crossed he's not scarred for life, but he really enjoyed the movie even though I kept asking if he'd like to turn it off. All this to say Jude knows I'm kinda anti-Spiderwick, but there is a huge cool gryphon in the film. You need this back story for our costume conversation to make sense.
"Jude do you still want to be a polar bear for Halloween?"
"Okay cool, maybe brother could be a snowy owl."
"I want to be an owl."
"Or how about an eagle?"
"I don't know why you won't let me be a gryphon!"
After seeing how cute Ronan looked in the Viking hat I had made years ago his costume concept was a no brainer. And so this year we had a gryphon (griffin?) and a Viking. Want all the DIY details? Keep reading for the how-to's and lots more pictures!
Jude and I love decorating for Halloween. We count the days until we can hang our ghosts and mummy. This year we decided our door needed some new spooky flair. It all started with a giant bag of ping pong balls we've had for ages. We spent several afternoons drawing weird eyeballs on them with Sharpies. If you're looking for a great way to get your kiddo to open up, I highly recommend a project like this. As we doodled we had great conversations; I learned more about his life at school and got a peek at the inner workings of his highly imaginative 5 year old brain.
In fact, it was such a fun way spend our afternoons we ended up making a ton of eyeballs! So went I to the craft store and grabbed a big old wreath to festoon. A little white fabric and hot glue later we had this spooktacular wreath. I love how it's bright and modern from far away, it's only when you get close that you realize it's kinda creepy. Want to make your own? Read on for the complete DIY details.
1. First draw spooky eyeballs on your ping pong balls. I liked to make a basic eye and then add blood shoot red lines. Creepy cat and owl shaped eyes work well too. Let your kids get creative, Jude came up with really cool ones. You will need 72 eyes for a large 17" wreath but a smaller wreath would look great too!
2. Wrap your wreath in white fabric. I had felt on hand but torn strips of muslin would look great. Use a little hot glue to hold it tight.
3. Attach your eyeballs to your wreath with hot glue. Then hang and enjoy!
Sometimes the stars align and you have a glorious old fashioned pumpkin patch all to yourself on the first evening that actually feels a little fallish. The light is right and the kids are happy and you all just have so much fun. There was something magical about that family outing, something I wish to hold in my heart forever and ever.
Here's to simple pleasures and magic moments. Happy Fall!
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