Salt Dough Ornaments: Part 1

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Raise your hand if you've made or plan to make salt dough ornaments this season! Yep, I see a lot of you out there. It seems we're not the only ones, but in case you haven't committed to this yet, I have one piece of advice for you: While the recipe is simple, give yourself some time! This is a 2-part post. In the first part I'll share a salt dough recipe with baking … [Read more...]

Add a Little Learning to Playtime

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Today I'm celebrating the one year blogiversary of my friend Jillian over at A Mom with a Lesson Plan. One year! When you stop to think of about it, it's amazing what can be accomplished in just one year. A preschooler travels into their first year in Kindergarten, a high school senior becomes a college student, and a mom can start a blog that inspires other parents (and have … [Read more...]

It’s Snowing! Contact Paper Collage

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This 2-D activity is fantastic for children of all ages, and it doesn't require any drawing at all. You'll see how we did this two different ways, making it suitable for children with various drawing abilities and fine motor skills. {Bonus: Nine more contact paper project ideas at the end of this post!} Materials Contact Paper (links to Discount School … [Read more...]

Acrylic Painted Pumpkins

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I'll keep this short since I'm gearing up for the holiday and I know most of you are busy yourselves, making travel plans (perhaps with small kids...no small feat!), shopping for basters (don't wait too long -- they will run out!), and making Thanksgiving crafts. Speaking of which, I just spotted these nifty pumpkin place cards, and have visions that a simpler cardboard version … [Read more...]

What The Guilty Crafter Can Teach You About Crafting Without Guilt

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An Interview with Angela Daniels, The Guilty Crafter and Lead Fiskateer Angela Daniels has got to have one of the funnest jobs in the world! A mom of two, Angela left the corporate world and turned her DIY craftines into a job with Fiskars -- the scissor company -- as a Lead Fiskateer. Cool, right? Well, actually, the title that follows her emails is: Aspiring Domestic … [Read more...]