Plaid approached us with a dreamy proposal–create a line of stencils that would be sold in all of our favorite craft supply stores. We jumped at the chance, and with the help of craft supply powerhouse Plaid Enterprises, our dream became a reality.
The stencils go on sale this week in Jo-Ann Stores and Jo-Ann Stores online. The sets are super affordable and cost only $6.99 for the more than 40 stencil designs included in each set.
“I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date”, said one very famous white rabbit, and indeed I am. Easter is almost upon us, and this year it coincides with my youngest son’s 8th birthday and April Fools’, not to mention the traditional village egg hunt. My to-do list is long and once again the clock is ticking fast. Hmmm! I guess the only way I’m going to deal with all the last minute preparations is to simplify, and that suits me fine.
I’ve bookmarked a few easy egg craft projects that I’d love to try with my family this weekend, so if you’re short on time and inspiration, perhaps there’s something for you as well? Enjoy!
Spring is here and we’re throwing an epic outdoor party with Keep.com! The first thing we did was load up our Keep.com collections with invites, supplies, party decor and everything else to make the soiree a memorable affair.
What is Keep.com? Keep.com is a visually inspiring marketplace. You’re wowed by hand picked fashion, food, and craft supplies, then you are one click away from the purchase. Whether your planning a party or looking for your warm weather wardrobe, Keep.com lets you collect your finds and then invite friends and family to check it out. It’s like owning your own specialty boutique.
Now let’s talk about this spring bash that i’m trying to pull off. I thought it would be cool to ask you guys to help me with the planning by sharing with me your fav party supplies and web shops that carry them. You’ll need to sign up for Keep.com and basically start keeping your super fab finds. You follow me on Keep.com and I’ll follow you. Let’s start sharing!
A great event starts with a fantastic invitation. We found ten that will get the party goers running to their calendars to save the date. DIY projects and pre-made cards by indie makers all made the list. Where do you buy your invites? Let us know by Keeping them!
Join me as we take a look at some of the best party invitations of the season…
We’re super thrilled to announce that we’ll be guest pinning on the Martha Stewart Living Pinterest boards. Head over to Pinterest for the follow to stay up-to-date with all of the latest pins!
My good friend Jean Van’t Hul from The Artful Parent has a fabulous new book filled with creative activities for families that you simply must check out. Who couldn’t use a new trick or two for getting creative with their little ones?
The book includes over 60 art projects for children ages 1 to 8, so you’re bound to find something new that you’ve never tried before. Here’s a peek at one of my favorites from the book, making your own “stickers” using styrofoam prints…
Pre-order The Artful Parent: Simply Ways to Fill Your Family’s Life with Art and Creativity on Amazon.com to make sure you get a copy when it’s released on April 9th, you’re kids will love you for it!
Thanks to David Torrents, I’ve finally realized that wall stickers can be fun! I’ve never really been a huge fan of decals, despite my love of art, but even I would love to play around with this set of stickers inspired by the work of Dutch graphic designer and teacher Karel Martens (pictured above).
As you can see, the Karel Kit is made up of numerous, colorful meccano-like parts that children can stick together to create their own shapes, scenes and stories. The decals are semi-transparent so they’re particularly effective on glass, as shown above, but will adhere to almost any surface.
I’m smitten, and my enthusiasm has prompted me to share a small selection of original decal finds – enjoy!
Easter is a treasured holiday in our household. Some of our favorite crafting memories are the many happy times spent decorating and preparing the house for the big day. Every year, we love to kick things off by coloring eggs to decorate the breakfast table on Easter morning.
Here’s a fun technique for coloring Easter eggs that’s simple enough for the whole family to enjoy. Let’s jump right in…
St. Patricks Day is a big to-do around our house. Not that we’re Irish or anything, though my third child’s name is Murphy (named after my brother, who was named after a great Aunt’s husband that was indeed Irish).
I’ve always told my little Murphy that he was half leprechaun and that St. Patrick’s Day is when everyone celebrates the tiny keepers of gold like himself. So every year, we leave gifts for his leprechaun half-brothers. They’re very tiny, so the gifts have to be tiny, too!
I have two special birthdays coming up in April (Miles turns 8, and Dylan turns 17), so I’ve done a lot of virtual window shopping lately. It’s no secret I love one-off vintage finds, and I always enjoy looking for the perfect gift, but this year I’m finding myself short on inspiration. I guess these guys really do want for nothing!
However, the other day I was browsing Present & Correct (a personal fave), and it struck me that you simply can’t go wrong with basic letters and numbers at any age. Modern or old school, colorful or black and white, there’s no shortage of cool kids’ alphabet and number-themed products, and many will appeal to their design-loving parents as well.
Here are some of the things I found…
Hands down, this has to be the coolest wrapping paper ever. The only hard part would be finding a gift to top the package!
You can order the animal gift wrap pack for $6.75 from the super fab Le Petit Pot shop on Etsy. Happy wrapping!