crafting :: easter themed felt board

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One thing that I’ve been appreciating more these days is the ability to use crafting supplies in multiple ways. Take for example, a stamp set and coordinating dies.  Manufacturers have made it much easier to create stamped images and then cut them out by using detailed dies (with the help of cutting tools and machines) for paper crafting.  But today, I decided to try them out on felt instead and managed to create a fun little playing board for our 5-year-old to play with.  In this particular example I used the “Basket Bunch” photopolymer stamps and coordinating dies from Stampin’ Up.

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toddler crafting :: headbands

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My 3-year-old daughter and I have two friends that we meet on a weekly basis for a crafting play date.  We each rotate taking turns by hosting at our homes, providing lunch, and a fun age-appropriate craft to do together.  Today was our sixth get together and after sharing some of the past projects on Facebook and receiving such positive feedback, I thought it might be nice to share the idea with all you in case it inspires some creativity.

Today’s craft activity was decorating headbands.  (In case you couldn’t guess, all three friends are girls.)  Our friend bought these 1″ wide headbands that are wrapped in grosgrain ribbon from Amazon and they are priced at $13 for a package of 12, so each girl got to decorate 4 headbands.  Part of the problem of having three toddlers is that they generally want the same things so we were a little nervous that there is only one of each color in the package.  But luckily we spread them out on the table and each girl picked a new color to decorate as we went along until each of them had completed four — all without any quarrels!

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crafting lately

I have two reasons to be crafting lately: an upcoming show + a need to dwindle down my stash.  And one reason why that’s easier said than done: an adventurous toddler that can reach very high onto my work space.  Sigh.

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But I’m happy to say that I have the opportunity to participate in this year’s Somerville Open Studios event taking place the weekend of May 4+5.  SOS has always been my most favorite show to do because *so* many people come out to support local artists that weekend.  I’ll be at the Armory building on Highland Avenue this year with a ton of other great artists.  It’s from 12 to 6 pm each day that weekend, and there’s a parking lot behind the building.  It’s location #62 on the map, and it’s also a trolley stop (how convenient!).

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funny, nice + awesome

I wasn’t sure how to name this post so I used the three adjectives that came to mind when I thought of the three photos I wanted to share.

Funny:

Someone put their sunglasses on my cluster of veggies on the counter this morning. And then someone said, “Anything is funny when you put sunglasses on them.” Someone. (Actually, the photo reminds me of this book.)

Nice:

I found this bag of fresh basil from my coworkers’ garden on my desk this morning after we had a conversation yesterday about how abundantly it grows for them. I told her that I think they have magical soil because they grow exquisite peonies, and one of our coworkers mentioned their basil plant. Wow, this was such a nice surprise to find this morning and it really made my day. I can’t wait to make a delicious pesto with it.

Awesome:

You know you’re a geek when you make your coworker pose for a headless shot of her sweater with big, funky and cool buttons. I couldn’t get over how cute Laura’s sweater is! She got it at Anthropologie and said that it was made by a designer in Denmark. It’s made out of felt and I just love the shape of the sleeves. So of course, I made her pose for this picture.

So that was my Thursday in three words.