• Art,  Crafts

    Kid’s Watercolor Art Project – Tree Monsters

    When I walk the neighborhood, I can’t help but notice the faces that appear on trees where limbs have been removed. Observing the many and varied tree faces inspired me to create this kid’s watercolor art project. Hey mom and dad, take the kids out for a walk to snap pictures of trees that have faces, and then at home use those pictures as inspiration for painting and drawing monsters. “Of all the trees we could’ve hit, we had to get one that hits back.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Painting and Drawing Monsters This kid’s watercolor art project accomplishes three things: (1) it gets kids and parents…

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  • Crafts,  Knitting

    Beginner Knitting Blanket Pattern for Baby

    To gain knitting mastery, it’s important to repeat basic knitting stitches over and over. This beginner knitting blanket pattern will help new knitters increase their dexterity with needles, and the repetition of foundation stitches will make the next project so much easier. Other good things about this pattern is gauge isn’t important and almost any yarn can be used. This is perfect for mothers who want to learn to knit for their first baby or want to give a hand-made gift to a friend who will be a new mother. Knitting Stitches for Knitting Baby Blanket Long Tail Cast-On (note: all links direct to video instructions) Knit Stitch (k1) Yarn Over (yo) – yarn…

  • Crafts

    Michaels Blogger Event – Preview before Grand Opening

    I was fortunate to be asked to the preview before the Grand Opening of the new Michaels store in Frisco. It was an event for local area crafts bloggers. About twelve of us got to enjoy the preview and learn how to use the new Cricut Explore Air, an electronic cutting machine with wireless capability. Additionally, we participated in a scavenger hunt to learn the new store layout. The winner received a Cricut Explore Air. The new store has several innovative features, including a Checkout Queue which saves time in the checkout line; updated lighting in the Bead Aisle which allows customers to see bead details and colors; larger signage…

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