Pom Pom Garland

August 27, 2010 - Filed under How-to

It’s no secret that I love garlands and bunting, and will take any chance I can get to post about them (as evident here, here, here and here). So when I saw this fabulously fun pompom garland I just had to post about it!

Check out it out at Honestly…wtf and learn how to make pompoms quicker than you can blink, with the help of this handy pompom maker from Clover.

Posted by: kelly

Lunch Bags!

August 18, 2010 - Filed under Books

From sandwich wraps, and baggies, to bicycle bags, and totes, this book is full of 25 fun, functional and reusable projects to help you ‘brown-bag-it’ in style.

Buy the book from C&T Publishing here

Posted by: kelly

Handmade Book Covers

August 17, 2010 - Filed under Books

These beautiful linen book covers are a great way to add a little handmade love to your brand new school supplies. Visit Christina’s Etsy Shop to get your own.

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Chalkboard Love

August 13, 2010 - Filed under Inspiration, Painting

With the end of summer quickly approaching, and the start of a new school year almost almost upon us, thoughts turn to new pencils, recess bells, and empty chalkboards just begging to be written on. But chalkboards aren’t just for classrooms anymore. Blame it on the inner 8 year old in me but I love anything you can doodle on….

1. Wall Calendar by Martha Stewart
2. Dinning Room from House & Home
3. Chalkboard Fridge by Danny Seo
4. Animal Wall Stickers from Cocobohème
5. Children’s Room on OhDeeOh
6. Beach Side Retreat from Coastal Living
7. Chalkals by Modern Dose

Posted by: kelly

How to Build a Kite – an illustrated tutorial

August 9, 2010 - Filed under Children, How-to

Step 1: Gather materials

  • 2 wooden dowels (one about 1/4 smaller)
  • large piece of paper or fabric
  • tape
  • thread
  • lightweight string, twine, or fishing line
  • craft knife
  • ruler
  • pencil, pen, or marker
  • scissors
  • ribbon

Step 2: With the craft knife, carve a notch into both ends of each wooden dowel.

Step 3: Place the shorter stick crosswise over the longer stick, 1/4 of the way down. When the sticks are laying down, all the notches should run parallel to the ground. Take the string and wrap it tightly around the center of your sticks, making an “X” shape, binding them together. Double check that the notches remain parallel to the ground.

Step 4: Thread the string through the notches, creating a diamond shape. Wrap it around a couple times, making sure the string is taut. This is will be the frame of your kite. Tie the string back towards the center of your kite and tie it off with a knot.

Step 5: Cut your paper or fabric so that it is slightly larger than the kite frame.

Step 6: Fold the paper or fabric over the string frame, and either tape it down if using paper or sew it if using fabric.

Step 7: Reinforce the top and bottom ends of your kite with strong tape. Then, punch a hole through these reinforced ends.

Step 8: Cut a of string, and knot one end of the through the top hole and the other end through bottom hole. This will form the bridle of your kite. Take the remainder of your string, and tie one end of it to the bridle, about 1/3 of the way down. This will be your flying string.

Step 9: Using string and ribbon create a tail for your kite, about 2 meters long. This will help stabilize your kite when flying.

Step 10: Fly and have fun!

Posted by: kelly

Textured Wall Art

August 6, 2010 - Filed under How-to, Painting

Who says art has to be expensive? If you’ve got a blank wall in your house calling out for a large scale piece of art why not make it yourself. Jessica from happy together, shows you how to create inexpensive textured wall art with just a few supplies.

Check out the full tutorial here.

Posted by: kelly

Children’s Teepee Tent

August 4, 2010 - Filed under Children, How-to, Sewing

I know, I know… it’s August…. it’s hot… and no one wants to be inside anymore than they have to. But, here’s a fun summer project, for you and your kids, that’ll get you back outside enjoying the weather before you know it.

Check out the full tutorial here

Posted by: kelly