Cardboard Zoo!

Due to the recent addition in our household (and mommy needing some quiet time) N has been on quite a few trips to the zoo. What toddler doesn’t love the zoo? It is such a change from the normal everyday activities they participate in at home, they get to be outside, and they get to see ANIMALS! N’s favorites (at least when she has gone with me) were the lemurs & the ducks. Ducks! The Toledo Zoo has this awesome area called Nature’s Neighborhood that is super interactive & she loves to (literally) get her feet wet!

I have so many fond memories of the Zoo (although that was back in the day when you had to travel UNDER the Anthony Wayne Trail in the damp, creepily-lit TUNNEL & the Carnivore Cafe actually housed real feline carnivores! Can’t wait to tell the kids those stories!) and I could gush about our Zoo for a while, so instead I will get on to the craft…

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We have had such an amazing week…and even though I’m definitely feeling like I am 38 weeks pregnant, our house is sparkling & my to-do list is nearly complete! Sam took it upon himself to demolish our housing projects list this past weekend & he was a serious champ – broken siding re-affixed, weeds pulled & mulch spread, back deck stained & lattice hung, bathroom wallpaper removed & primer painted…my man was a machine!

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DIY: Felt Farm!

For being a person who enjoys “crafting” there are quite a few methods (medium?) that it took me a long time to try. I’ve only recently experimented with Mod Podge (and loved it), rag quilting, or felt – and each one of them was easy & addicting!

After seeing quite a few projects on pinterest that used felt (doll houses, bunting, quiet books, etc) I thought of making a small vegetable garden for N to play with her farm animals. The pin projects made it seem like an affordable and easy medium to use and I thought the material would work well for having removable fruits/veggies for the garden (Come on, who didn’t love “flannel boards” as a kid??) This project turned out so much cuter & easier than I thought that I went a little crazy and made her an entire felt FARM!

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DIY Terrarium

I love house plants. I love how they keep the house bright and welcoming, even in the dead of winter. I dream of having a sun room one day that I can just FILL with tropical plants and flowers. Sadly, when we bought our house I didn’t really consider space for house plants and I didn’t notice that we have very few sunny spots. Our south facing windows are under our front porch and everywhere else is either too gloomy or too cold (in the winter, anyway).

Over the past few years I’ve made do with a jade plant, hoya, two philodendron (I don’t think you can kill them), and the occasional vase of cut flowers from the grocery store. However, this year we got infested with gnats! I’ve never had this problem before…and I’m not even sure what they were (little black flies that resembled fruit flies) but they took over ALL my house plants. It was pretty depressing & I ended up moving everything down to the basement and decided that whatever could survive would be moved outside once it warmed up. Most everything made it except my jade…but I did a couple cuttings so hopefully I can re-grow the babies.

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Scrappy Quilt

Like I posted a few days ago, I am blessed to be surrounded by many creative women! Crafters, bakers, poets, musicians, mothers (making & raising beautiful babies), photographers, gardeners…It is pure joy to watch them do their thing(s). A few weekends ago a small group of us got together to sew – some of us for the first time! 😉 There was a creative energy in the room with ideas & inspiration bouncing between the tables. Two of the pro’s were working on sewing some new clothes (one a lovely tunic & the other recycling some old yoga pants into a comfy, stretchy top!) and the rest of us were trying our hand at a “rag quilt”. This was my first real sewing project and I’m already realizing that it’s going to be a challenging first go.

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Pin Project #8: Mod Podge Bird Feeder

Today is a beautiful day! Thankfully, I spent most of nap time outdoors. Our yard is slowly beginning to be plant-season-ready and one of the biggest tasks for this season was leveling & seeding our back lawn. After the previous owners took their pool away and we did a drive-way project last year, our back yard was basically a big circle of bare dirt & weeds (we affectionately called it the “crop circle”). So last week we raked everything flat, filled in holes with topsoil, and laid down fertilizer & seed. Now we just need lots of sun, water, & prayer! 🙂 One other potential problem is I’ve been noticing a family of robins hanging around the bare patches and I’m sure they’re enjoying seeds as well as exposed bugs. So today’s project was an attempt to distract our feathered friends from eating all our grass seed!

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Pin Project #7: Mod Podge Canvas

So you would think, being the lover of crafts that I am, that I would have LOADS of experience using Mod Podge (the all-purpose adhesive, sealant, epitome of all things crafty). But, no! Today was my FIRST EVER Mod Podge project…and I have to say, I’m sold! It was simple to use, easy to clean up, and had very fun results. In fact, my Pin Project for tomorrow also involves the Podge…but I’m getting ahead of myself. Today’s project was inspired but a couple different pins, but the original idea was a sort of painted over collage on canvas (which I still might try some day).

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