Teaching Shadows

You’d think rule one of any teaching class would be never turn out the lights. But here I am, the newly minted art teacher, closing the blinds and flipping the switch. I mean how else do you really teach kids about shadow without a spotlight and some well placed puppets? So here I am with…

It’s Practice not a Mistake

My posts on Mondays have been delayed lately because I’ve received a new opportunity to teach art to kids. It’s sticky madness to be totally honest. I don’t mind though. Creativity is happening. Mistakes are termed as practice. Freedom of expression is running rampant, often literally. If you hear a voice within you say ‘you…

A Nontraditional Tradition

So my family discovered escape rooms a few years ago and let’s just say we are a bit addicted. When we take a vacation we check if there are escape rooms in the area before we go. It’s become a thing. Last Christmas I was thrown the challenge of, “Hey, you’re good at puzzles and…

A New Kind of DIY Wreath

I’ve used grapevines to make plenty of wreaths before. I’ve even made them into festive trees. But now I’ve found a new medium to make a wreath. Roots. On a recent beach walk I came across a pile of washed up tree roots. They were smooth, clean, and stripped of bark from the waves. They…

Watercolor Words Project

Most of you have seen my home library. What you don’t see is the boxes of books in storage waiting for space on those shelves. One of those boxes is full of mini sized book and the box behind that is full of broken books. Books too cool to throw out but too damaged to…

Wreath Wall DIY

I’ve made wreaths on this blog before so I won’t bore you with the details again. I’ve also made fun trees with grape vines that I love. But not this time… This time I’m making a wall! My girls want to grow climbing beans and I’ll be honest I prefer bush beans over pole beans…

DIY Veggie Bag

You pick out your veggies and put them in a bag. Which then goes into the grocery bag. When you get home you put that first bag into a garbage bag. At this point I’m feeling like I’m being punked. What’s the point of all the bags and can I change it? I know veggies…

3 ways to decorate Easter eggs with nail polish

I love decorating Easter eggs. I know it’s not a highly spiritual event, but I try to make time to do so, either alone, with my husband, or with my friends’ kids every year. It’s an annual art outlet for my creative side – one I don’t let out often because I don’t have the…

DIY Calendula Lotion Bars

Tis the season of dry skin and my hands are no exception. Taking care of our hands as writers is important.  I’ve had a jar of oil infused with calendula flowers sitting in my cupboard for about a year so it’s ready to use for this very purpose. What is calendula? It’s a flower, easy…

Pimp My Playset: Finished (nearly)

So it’s been a few years since I talked about upgrading our play set in the backyard. Let’s just say it’s been low on the priority totem pole. But this summer it finally happened. I didn’t follow my plans exactly from my last post but the effort has been valiant. Here’s how I transformed our…

Protein smoothie without protein powder

When I crush a workout first thing in the morning, I feel awesome. And sweaty. And famished. When I don’t have time to break out the eggs and make an omelette, I break out my blender. I love my morning post-workout smoothies. My favorite smoothie involves chocolate protein powder, cocoa powder, and peanut butter. YUM!…

Pinterest Win or Fail: Map Picture Frames

I love crafts, but I have little patience for them. I usually make a craft once to prove that I can and then I never think about it again. I also craft with a purpose. I either want to create a decoration for an event, or a card or gift to give to someone. My…

Scrabble Photo Panel DIY

I tend to hoard scrabble games. Peices go missing and I end up canabalizing them to make a complete set. I’ve already used the extra boards for a chalk board DIY but what about the tile trays? Combined with a favorite peice of fabric I constructed a photo panel. To replicate this DIY you will…

A coffee creamer lover’s dream

Fat is good for you. Read that again and internalize it. Fat is good for you. I’m not a nutritionist, but I’ve learned a lot from reading and listening to nutritionists’ work. After listening to Dishing Up Nutrition, a podcast by Nutritional Weight & Wellness, I’ve learned a lot about what is good for our…

DIY Valentines Day Cards

Is it just me or is it hard to find a Valentine’s Day card that says just the right thing? Maybe I’m too picky or weird. But there is no way I’m looking through dozens of cards to find the perfect one this year. So instead, I’ve decided to make my own card and words….

Speaking DIY: Introverts Revolt

  Deep breaths. Public speaking… breathe… isn’t… breathe… the end of all. Or maybe it is to you. And I’d challenge you to think a bit differently. You are an expert on your DIY project. It’s fun. It’s helpful. You’re knowledge is useful. Therefore people want to hear you talk about it. This is a…

From Scratch & Other Inconveniences

It’s so easy to buy product off the shelves. You can easily pick up anything you need at the local super center. But this shift in premade product is newer than you may realize. Not too far in the past, in some living memories even, people made, mixed, and stitched there own goods. In 1933…

Hunting Trees & Holiday DIYs

Our family went and cut our Christmas tree this past weekend. It was a blast and I recommend the tree “hunt” to anyone who hasn’t tried it. Not only do Christmas tree farmers provide trees, they are compostable, sustainable, and local. Picking our tree and dragging back to the car to be loaded made my…

DIY Car Fresheners

You can use essential oils to freshen your home using a diffuser. But how do you get those fantastic scents to the car where (at least for me) most my headaches seem to start. When the baby is crying, the toddler needs to use the bathroom, and the ice cream is melting in the trunk and you want…