creating PRIMAL FURS for Indoor Percussion

Last week I introduced y'all to Indoor Drumlines, or Indoor Percussion Ensembles. My son is in high school and had the cool opportunity to be a part of his high school's Indoor Drumline. They preformed a cool show called Primal, which included awesome costumes created on the cheap by the parents of the group. Here's the final costume: In this post I showed you guys how I created the loin cloth (skirt) and belt for the costume. Today I'm here to wrap up this Indoor Drumline PRIMAL series with a play-by-play on all the furs the kids wore. The pit kids (the ones in the front who … [Read more...]

Appreciating Art – tweens paint famous works

I am so excited about today's post. If you know me at all, you know I LOVE art! So when I walked into my daughter's school and saw dozens of HUGE recreations of famous pieces of art painted by the students, I was so giddy. I only took photos of a few of the pieces of art, but there were literally dozens and dozens lining the walls. They were huge too - like, floor to ceiling huge. I should have taken a picture with my daughter next to one. I think they projected the images onto the paper and then each group got to paint theirs. Without further adieu, today is art appreciation day at … [Read more...]

Easy craft project for Tweens – Crafty Monograms!

Here's a really fun craft project for tweens! My daughter wanted to have a sleepover with a bunch of her friends. We planned a few activities to keep them occupied, including movie time and craft time. Craft time for a bunch of tween girls can be tough. We had to come up with a craft for all skill levels. After walking up and down the craft isles at Target, we finally came up with a cute, easy project that everyone could work on together. We purchased a wooden letter for each girl (the first letter of their first name). Then we loaded the table with all the craft supplies we could dig … [Read more...]

35 uses for IKEA’s VARIERA plastic bag dispenser

As you probably know, IKEA is one of my favorite stores. They have so many great products and many of their products are perfect for altering or "hacking". IKEA's VARIERA plastic bag holder is no exception. This versatile product can be used in literally dozens of different ways. Here's the basic VARIERA plastic bag holder from IKEA. It's purpose is to hold plastic grocery bags. This item is great as-is, hung in a kitchen, mud room, or laundry room. BUT! There are also so many other really cool uses for the VARIERA plastic bag holder. This item gets pretty darn creative when you … [Read more...]

Mini Ornament Wreath {holiday}

As promised, I'm back with a 2nd wreath. This is pretty much the same as the last wreath, but in mini form. Because honestly, what's cuter than a mini wreath? My daughter wanted to make a wreath, and how can I say no to a) this adorable face, and b) a daughter who wants to craft with me?! So we made a mini wreath. We started with a bunch of mini ornaments from Target, a wreath form, and some fabric. We wrapped the form in fabric first. Now we have a good surface for the hot glue to stick to. Next, she wrapped the wreath in some silver tinsel. And from … [Read more...]

Huge Nutcrackers for your porch

Happy Holidays my friends! As you've probably figured out already, I love nutcrackers, especially brightly painted ones! I found some pretty ugly huge plaster nutcrackers at Home Depot on sale for black friday and just had to pounce on them. Of course, I couldn't display them as-is; I had to paint them first. Check out this post for a step-by-step of the process. Here's the original nutcrackers I bought. I actually bought one at first, but then I ran back to Home Depot and picked up a 2nd one. They were only $19.98! Seriously. They are HEAVY and are plaster. These guys aren't … [Read more...]

mini NUTCRACKERS get a mini makeover!

You guys. I am such a sucker for nutcrackers. I don't know what it is, I just love them! I especially love really inexpensive super ugly ones because when I blast them with spray paint I have no remorse about it! This year I found all these little nutcracker ornaments at Michaels, and I thought they would be so so so cute in rainbow colors. What's cuter than a bunch of little nutcrackers? Rainbow nutcrackers. That's what.       Aren't they the CUTEST ever?! Gah, I love them! So, here's how to make some of your very own. They are easy … [Read more...]