Hi! I'm Rachel from the blog At The Butterfly Ball. I am so excited to join Aimee in her Summer Soiree! What a fun idea, a full month of easy to do ideas for entertaining kids over the summer! Thanks for having me!
Margaret from over at We Bloom Here is sharing with us her Flower Lanterns for our Summer Soiree. Please stop by her blog and share with her how awesome you think this project is.
With a little modpodge and tissue paper you and your little ones can make these amazing little lanterns.
Hello, HomeSpun Threads Readers! I am so thrilled to be with you today sharing a bit of summer fun. I am Tammy and I blog at She Wears Flowers. I am a mom to sweet twin 10-year-old girls and a sassy three-year-old girl, too. It's all about girls in our home, with the occasional concession for the one boy--my great husband. I like to share my projects on my blog and they aren't even all girl projects!
Here’s something really simple you can do to improve your child’s chance of future health and success: make sure he spends plenty of time playing outside.
There are many ways in which this generation’s childhood is different from that of the last generation, but one of the most abrupt contrasts is the degree to which it is being spent indoors. There are lots of reasons, including the marked increase in time spent interacting with electronic devices, the emphasis on scheduled activities and achievements, concerns about sun exposure — and, for many families, the lack of safe outdoor places to play. It’s not just children; adults are spending less time outdoors as well.
Here are six crucial ways playing outside helps children:
Do you ever see amazing Pinterest crafts that moms do with their kids and wish it was easy and actually doable? I kept pinning these beautiful seed filled ornament ideas on Pinterest but just could not figure out the best way to do them. First of all, I have the worlds smallest kitchen at the moment (or so it feels). Since downsizing to a camper while we are building our home, I am more interested in less mess, than anything else when it comes to crafts that I can do with my littles.
I bought all 4 picture blocks which were meant to make up a flower when they were hung together in the right order. Instead, I spread mod podge over the old flower print and printed the photos I wanted on them directly off my printer. I enlarged the images so that they'd print at least 8.5 wide and then i trimmed off any extra so that they fit perfectly onto the blocks. I then spread mod podge over the top (you can see the lines of it before it dries in the picture).
The blocks are hollow so they have pre-drilled holes for hanging. The mod podge dries clear, I used a matte finish but it also comes in glossy. For now, they are sitting on on my palette shelves in the living room. This is a super easy way to get your favorite photos on the wall. I am also thinking that you could use high quality plywood, have it cut to the size you want at your hardware store, have your images printed at your local drug store with printing services in poster size and do your own larger images.
Have fun with this. Remember too that if you print them yourself, it's easy to undo or redo after a mistake.
Regular at home printer
White Card Stock
Oh, and an old palette for the display.
I just finished this chair for the kids. It was an old rocking chair, I couldn't even guess the age. It could be from the 70's or it could be older. It was hideous but it had a great rocker underneath that allowed the chair to be stationary but rock on springs underneath. I wanted it to match our bonus room which I'm in the process of redoing for our new classroom. How awesome is this chair going to be to encourage my little ones to "read", with a red basket of books next to it, it will at least be tempting. Here's the scary before picture and read how I made the changes.
A few weeks ago I was struck by my friend Dawn's little glass container full of faux robins eggs. I complimented her on it... and her newly painted buffet... and her really awesome mantle and her new paint color in her dining room and...
well, you get the picture. She's awesome! She has my taste!
A few days later my friend Jenny calls me and says of course, "What are you doing?" and I say, "Painting Easter eggs." and she says..."OOOKAAAAY." And moved on...I think my friends may be afraid to tell me I'm crazy.
One of my favorite activities with my children this time of year is slowing down for a minute and making something together. I have a list of things on our Advent calendar that make us sit down and do something special that requires team work and patience.
This little project is so fun for creative little ones who have a love for decorating. With a little help and some simple supplies...
I've been trying to add more light to my house with lots more white and I was highly curious how shiplap would make me feel. I love the idea of it but is it something I would want lots of? I decided that my laundry room was the place to go for it. I did my best to document the process.
For years I would buy whatever detergent was on sale not thinking a thing about the safety of the product or that it was still costly. I totally trusted manufactures to keep my family safe. Then I learned...
All this sneezing and watery eye allergy and sinus stuff has me stocked up on tissues now. These little holders are much more...
I love to craft, cook and create, and find ways to be frugal and make things myself. Today, I am going to show you how to make your own bubbles, wands and blowers at home, for a fraction of the price you pay at the store! And it's fun, I promise. My kids had a blast helping me make the bubbles and wands, and had even more of a blast playing with them! Okay, let's get started!
Broken wicker baskets leave me so sad. I use them for so many things. I story stuffed animals in them, use them for toting toys back upstairs, and they serve a mighty purpose with laundry around our house. Sometimes they get tired and worn out like this one...
Advent Calendars are one of our families favorite past times. My children love when I bring out our little nutcracker because they know behind every door is a little adventure for the evening. I wrote out 25 little cards that they have loved opening each year. They're free for you to download as well. I hope you enjoy...
This little game is appropriate for babies ages 14-24 months. It will help develop fine motor skills and perceptual motor abilities as she uses her eyes and fingers to accomplish the task. Allowing her to explore the can and figure out how to insert the sticks is good for developing problem solving skills.
Recently, I shared a tutorial on how to make a fabric eye spy bag, but I wanted too how you how to make an eye spy container from something you may already have available and talk about what these have to offer little ones and especially little ones who have had trauma in their lives
As a foster mom with little ones and an educator at heart, I'm always reading into ways to help my babies deal with the trauma they go through. I used these in my classroom years ago and they help children extend their focus, give them a sense of calm, and they enjoy finding these treasures among their toys.
Years ago my boys and I would spend a lot of time playing with play dough. It's recommended for ages 2 and over and really good for their fine motor skills. They are growing up and almost out of elementary school now but they still love it.
Christmas is nearing and I have way to much to do in the way of making gifts and I spent some mullah today buying trinkets and plastic charms and all kinds of tiny goodies and found a new store that I LOOOOOVEE! It's called...Tiny Things Are Cute. I'm seriously in love and I feel an addiction coming on. So, I'm getting prepared to make about 20 of these little suckers.
This little baby shoe is so comfy and easy to slip on. The Pattern comes in 3 infant sizes. It is free but purchasing any of my patterns that are available helps my family. So, I thank you for sharing.
My boys have plastic crates to store their toys. They are just the right size and I can stack them, I love that. Recently I finished making covers for these crates and it was super easy. Here's how...
These little beauties are made from a simple ballerina slip baby shoe pattern. What a fun way to make matching baby shoes with homemade outfits as well. It only takes a bit of fabric and there are several different ways to style your creation. The link to the free pattern is below.
Oh how I love some vinyl wall lettering. I remember when I first discovered a beautiful company a couple of years ago that held parties at home. I scheduled a party and my consultant canceled and never rescheduled. BOOO! Since I only wanted some basic signs in my home I thought I would use an old skill I've used since high school.
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