Halloween Gravestone Craft

diy gravestone halloween craft idea

Truth: I've had these stryrofoam gravestones sitting in my Halloween stash for a few years. Okay, maybe ten years. Each year, I plan on making them suitable for the outdoors. Then October 31st rolls around, and they return to their respective Halloween containers. Finally, I took the whole 5 minutes this craft took me, and now I have a … [Read more...]

Chicago Summer Bucket List 2013

Chicago summer bucket list 2013

With school supplies already showing up in stores, this summer seems like it's eternal, but before you know it, we will be cursing the back to school grind. In the spirit of my list obsession,  I want to make sure we are doing a lot here in Chicago this summer, because it's been NEVER since we've had a family vacation.  Therapy and food costs … [Read more...]

How to Freezer Paper Stencil

freezer paper stencil cape

I remember being incredibly intimidated by freezer paper stenciling, fearing that I would start the fabric on fire. Here's a simple tutorial on freezer paper stenciling. Never fear. It's so easy. You can use this method to pseudo-screen print tees, pillows, onesies, or dishtowels. Imagine the possibilities for holiday … [Read more...]

How to Make Cabochons

magneta rose cabochon on black filagree ring

  One thing I've learned from blogging in the past three years, is that you can DIY almost anything. I'm sure you've seen darling cabochons jewelry like this: Yes, I made her. And many of her sisters. These lil' rings can take an ordinary weekday outfit up a notch.   also *your hands *an oven preheated to 275F *a cheap … [Read more...]

DIY Weather Chart for Kids

weather chart for kids

Back when I was teaching, I ran a morning routine with my students.  Now, I do the same with my kids.  It's great way to anchor our morning, and this way, I know I start the day with some solid learning. Initially, I purchased materials from a teacher's store, but over the past few years, said materials for my charts with the boys have been … [Read more...]

Vintage Jeweled Clipboard Tutorial

final jeweled clipboard with to do list

Hello, everyone!  Winter is the time to declutter and tackle those to-do lists for me, not spring.  At the start of spring, the last thing I want to do is be indoors organizing. So, blogging about these projects will be coming to you all more in the next few weeks, as I've been doing more than writing. I've learned if my systems aren't pretty … [Read more...]

No-Sew Fabric Marigold Flower Tutorial

no sew fabric flower tutorial

As a mother of sons, I find myself pining for things unrelated to trains, dinosaurs, and boogers.  Namely, the fantasy of a perfectly behaved daughter who would twirl about in frilly dresses and wear flowers in her hair. Who would help me with all the housework, and craft with me all day long. So, much in fact, that I have a pinterest board … [Read more...]

Pearl Wreath Tutorial

winter wreath ideas, wedding wreath ideas, pearl wreath

In the early days of this blog, a little table top tree I made back in the winter of 2010 went "viral" on some new fangled site called Pinterest. That made this newbie blogger happy back then.  Since that time, my lovely 3 year old child mistook said tree for a "birthday hat", and the tree is no longer with us. That was a long time-out for the … [Read more...]

Book Page Chrysanthemum Wreath

book page wreath tutorial DIY

  Two books were harmed in the making of this project. Books destroyed either by time or children.  Note to self: replace Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon and Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. I have thousands of books, and love the romance of the written word.  On paper. I still mourn the loss of our only neighborhood bookstore. … [Read more...]

I’m a Craft Contributor now at…

no sew fabric flower tutorial

The Ivy Cottage Blog showing you how to make this: Stop by and say hi~ Happy Crafting, Nicolette … [Read more...]