Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Goop! A Toddler and Pre-school Activity

I wanted to share this, because it was so darn easy and just as fun for me as it was my son.

I have mentioned on here that I am disabled, and basically home bound. So I don't get to go to the park or do "normal" out of house activities with my kids. So I am always looking for new fun stuff we can do at home.

My daughter (20 months old) brought some artwork home from daycare one day, and her school had created "goop" and the kids painted with it. I tried to re-create it with my 5 year old son, who had a blast getting his hands dirty and making goopy pictures. It has since become a hit in our house and is a great rainy (or not feeling well) day activity.


Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Dude Scarf pattern is in a new E-book!

I'm very excited and honored that All Free Crochet featured my pattern for the Dude Scarf in their latest E-Book:

Man Crafts: 10 Free Patterns to Crochet for Men

The scarf is even on the cover :)

This book has great gifts to make for Father's Day or next Christmas, I'll be using a few myself. I'm vowing to not wait until November to start hookin for my family and friends! 

Enjoy!

-Claire

Friday, May 17, 2013

How To Build A Container Fairy Garden

Not sure where to start? Here is a step by step tutorial with a few extra tips for creating a unique, beautiful, and affordable miniature garden!


Step 1: Find A Location

Choose where you want to display your fairy garden. In a container, directly in your garden, or against a tree? Inside or outside location? Make sure you have enough room for the plants, miniatures, and room to grow if you want expand. Some examples:
  • Wine Barrels, or any other unique rustic planter
  • Low dish style planters that are wide, around 12"-16". You can even use the base of a tall planter only, and they only cost between $5-$10!
  • The base of a tree
  • An area up against a shed or fence
  • A spot in your garden near a stream or water feature
  • A rock garden area
  • Really though, any container will do - as long as you choose the right plants and miniatures to decorate with!

For this tutorial we will focus on container planting. For making little landscapes to display our newer products, I chose a 14" terra cotta planting dish.