Happy Friday! Do you have big plans for the weekend? We are off to my sister-in-law's house for the weekend to attend a fancy party celebrating their retirement, move, and wedding. I've been helping Michelle plan this event for a long time and now I'm ready to party!
If you need a little crafty-inspiration for your weekend making... here are 50 craft ideas that I put together for Spoonful...
And a few more...
See you next week! xoxo
When I was a kid, Mother’s Day meant breakfast in bed.
My sister spent a good part of our childhood planning and concocting breakfasts that included her favourite food - pineapple chunks. And my Dad would get up at the crack of dawn with us, pretending not to know what we were doing, to make sure we didn’t burn the house down.
It takes a very special mum to accept years of cold, stogy homemade breakfasts with pure delight and surprise. But my Mum did it every year.
Now, it is my turn to ‘sleep’ in while hearing crashes and giggles all in the name of breakfast in bed. It is my very favourite day of the year!
The girls (and I) made this tray cloth last year to use on Mother's Day. It is simple to make, yet will last forever and always be meaningful.
Have you heard of spine poems? In honor of National Poetry Month, my sister wrote one and I thought it was such an effortless way to write a poem. To write one... take a look at your books and stack them up so the titles form a poem.
Here is mine:
Watching the English.
Whisper and shout
Raising their Voices.
Imagine Childhood (with)
All year round.
Ain't I a woman,
I feel liberated! Writing poetry can be slightly intimidating, but this was 10 minutes of creative and inspired fun in the middle of my rainy day. I can't wait for the girls to get home and try it too.
And now I'm looking forward to re-reading some of these books that have been forgotten on the shelf for years. I'm a tad bit worried that Watching the English was my sister's book and I'm caught after borrowing it 6 years ago.
Send me your poem - I'd love to read it.
I made these necklaces last year for the girls and the tutorial was posted on The Twinery blog. It is an easy craft and a pretty addition to an Easter basket...
Twine – I used 20” of Pink Sorbet and 20" of Lilac
Wooden beads – I used ten 5/8” and three 3/4”
2 Coffee mugs
Step 2: Tie the twine between two coffee mugs so you can easily paint the beads without putting finger prints on them.
Step 3: Let the beads dry.
Note: Measure your twine to make sure it will fit over the lucky recipient’s head!
Paint red hearts on a piece of watercolor paper or card stock. While you are waiting for the hearts to dry, fill a linen tea bag with yummy berry tea. Punch a hole in the hearts and attach the hearts to the bag. You are ready for a tea party.
To make this craft even quicker and simpler: use pre-made berry tea bags.
(Pretty tea bags also make great gifts)
Now these hearts are sewed with pretty embroidery silk and lightly stuffed.
On Valentine's morning, I like to hide little hearts in unexpected places and left the girls find little lovin's as they get ready for school.
The girls and I have been working hard to finish up our holiday makings. Finally, we mailed all of our packages and yesterday the girls gave their teachers gifts. Phew!
I was a bit disappointed that I hadn't left myself enough time to have a photo book made for the girls' great-grandma. Instead, I printed pictures of the girls and stuck them into a photo album. The girls had so much fun drawing pictures and writing memories for their great-grandma. It is such a sweet little book of their drawings, carefully made words and memories. I much prefer it to a printed book!
And, in case you need more holiday making inspiration for these last 4 days before we give... Here are gifts we have made in previous years.
Flower Seed Packets (project for Design Mom)
On cold winter days like today I much prefer to make a nice, hot cup of tea and roll candles with my girls than brave the masses at a big box store.
How is your holiday making/shopping coming along?