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Creative Monthly Chalkboard Baby Photographs

May 23, 2017

I wanted to do something creative for Teddy’s monthly baby pictures. I have a background in art, and I wanted pictures that combined drawing and photography. I’ve seen sidewalk chalk drawings with kids done before, but I wanted to put a new spin on it! I love thinking of new and funny ideas every month, and until about 10 months Teddy loved posing for them. Taking these monthly chalkboard photographs are easier than you might think, and won’t cost you much…

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EXTRA YARN REVIEW + ACTIVITIES

May 10, 2017
EXTRA YARN + CROCHET TOY FLATLAY

EXTRA YARN BY MAC BARNETT This book is by Mac Barnett and one of my favorite illustrators Jon Klassen. A little girl named Anabelle finds a magical box of colorful yarn. She knits herself a sweater but she has leftover yarn. She knits more and more and more and eventually transforms her dull gray town with her colorful knitting. BEYOND THE BOOK ACTIVITIES: YARN BOMBING- look at examples of yarn bombing like the work of Philadelphia street artist Ishknits .…

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FELT BALL NURSERY MOBILE

May 10, 2017

For Teddy’s nursery we wanted something light and airy, but with pops of bright colors. I found mobiles similar to this one, and I thought this style would be great for pulling in all of the random bright colors I chose. I couldn’t justify spending $70+ on something I figured I could make pretty easily. If you are super crafty you could even make your own felt balls, but I bought mine.    Side note: I was a tiny bit…

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ARTIST-INSPIRED VALENTINES

May 9, 2017

  ARTIST INSPIRATION   Introducing American Pop Artist Jim Dine. Your kids will love this artist’s bright colors, childlike paint quality and fun textures.   This artist’s colorful hearts are a great inspiration for a variety of different Valentine’s Art Projects. Kids of all ages can paint on a piece of paper, blending pinks, reds and purples together and then cut them out into heart shapes or if they are too little to use scissors they can help you cut them with a heart-shaped…

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WOODEN ARROW DECOR

May 9, 2017

We were looking for something not-rectangular to add to Teddy’s little gallery wall in his nursery. We also wanted something to tie in our nursery colors since I had picked like 7 different colors in my color palette like a crazy person….I saw some similar arrows and decided to stay true to my personal cheapskate motto: “Don’t buy it if you can make it yourself” Editors note: I am sticking to this motto less and less since the baby never naps…

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