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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Crochet Play Food!

I have been working on this little project for (seriously) almost 2 years now! I started crocheting these little treats when I was pregnant with my first daughter and now she is about to have her 2nd birthday. THIS WEEKEND. It is amazing how quickly time flies.

I loved my play kitchen when I was a kid and I still have a soft spot for play food (its just so cute!) so I wanted my kiddos to have the same experience. I’ve been stalling actually giving her these little treats because I wanted her to be old enough to identify them (pb&j, pita, apple & pear are some of her favorites!) and not just use them as chew toys. Most of the patterns came from this book which I highly recommend – all the patterns were easy to follow and almost everything turned out exactly how it looked in the book (not always the case with patterns!). I also got the pattern for the cupcakes here.

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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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DIY Crochet Baby Rings

I attended a baby shower recently for a dear friend from high school. It was so fun to reconnect with old friends & acquaintances – and especially to meet their CHILDREN (or children-to-be)! There were at least 4 of us, including the lovely lady being “showered”, who were pregnant and many others that had their kids/grandkids with them (or at least pics to share). It was so strange being in the church I grew up in and seeing all of my childhood friends growing their own families. It was a beautiful thing & a reminder that time flies fast.

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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 #10: House Number Pots

Well, here it is, my final pin project for this challenge! I’m sure I will do this again soon – it definitely kept me motivated and inspired to actually USE the pin boards I’ve created. This project is a combination of two different ideas: creative house numbers & painted pots!

For this project I used: 4 pots (different sizes), stencils (cheapo from hobby lobby), painter’s tape, & leftover chalkboard paint!

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Pin Project #9: Toddler Crafts & “Busy Bag”

This post has been a few weeks in the making…and the project won’t really be entirely complete until my toddler’s second birthday in May! I have been working on crafting some little games/puzzles/flashcards to make her a “Busy Bag” as part of her gift this year. I found the original post on Pinterest and have seen MANY variations since – including a “Busy Bag” party where each mom/attendee makes a bunch of one game/activity & then everyone exchanges. Pretty neat. Here are the paper crafts I have been working on to add to my munchkin’s birthday bag: numeral flashcards, Sesame Street matching puzzle, and an easy Memory Game.

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