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    Tissue Puff Gluing Activity

    Running out of ideas of what your child can glue onto a piece of paper? This activity uses colourful puffs of tissue paper that can be prepped by the adult for small children, or older toddlers can help out with the puff-making. What You’ll Need one sheet of each colour tissue paper you’d like construction paper glue pots and sticks Take a sheet of tissue paper and rip it into squares, approximately 3×3″. This isn’t rocket science, so don’t be precise. Rip rip rip until you use the whole sheet. Crumple up the tissue into a ball and squeeze tight. Repeat for each sheet until you have enough for your…

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    Pascale from Creations de La Berge

    1. Let us know a bit about yourself I have a bachelor degree in Fashion Merchandising and I worked for a few years at chain store’s head offices as an assistant-buyer and distribution analyst. I’ve always been passionate about trends and fashion.  Over time, I realized I really wanted to have my own business, have the opportunity to design my jewelry line and make all the decisions from A to Z; from the buying process to photo editing pictures to show online. 2. What do you make? I make jewel using sterling silver, 14k gold-filled and vermeil, and I like to mix these material with colorful Swarovski crystals and genuine…

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    Review: IKEA wall storage rack BYGEL

    I hate when my craft desk’s tabletop gets too crowded, so I purchased the BYGEL rail from IKEA to attach small plastic containers to the wall that are easy to remove when using supplies. Isn’t this storage solution cute in addition to functional? I trusted my fiancé to surprise me with the bin colours for me on his way home from work, and they look cute in my craft room. I use mine to store my soft-tipped markers, ink pens, sharpies, staplers, tape, and scissors. The best part of this storage system is that the bins are easily detachable. The bottoms are flat so you can take the entire bin…

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    String Gluing Activity

    Using different types of yarn, string, and ribbons for gluing materials can expose your child to new textures and new sensory experiences. All you need is a few different types of string, a piece of construction paper, and white glue. Cut a small collection of a few types of yarn or string into short pieces, approximately four inches long. To keep the ends from fraying, tie knots at both ends of each string. I chose to coordinate the orange balls of yarn with the orange construction paper background. There’s not much to this activity: hand the child the glue and the strings and let their creativity guide them. Keep your…

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    Book Page Silhouettes

    I think most elementary classrooms have done silhouette crafts. Sitting infront of the projector having the teacher trace your silhouette to decorate as you please. Here I’ve taken this classic crafting staple and have given it a elegant twist.   What you’ll need: Profile shots of your subjects (I’ve printed and cut mine on regular printer paper). Don’t be afraid to get the pets involved! Scissors Cardstock Book pages pencil Stick glue 1. Trace your silhouettes onto the book pages     2. Cut out all silhouettes and arrange on cardstock   3. Glue into place and press using a large book until dry. Once dry your silhouettes will be…

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    Cheeseburger Macaroni

    This week’s Pinterest adventure is about pure comfort food: cheeseburger macaroni. I repinned this recipe from my friend Lea (who you should follow on Pinterest, by the way), and we made this together one night at her place to start off a long night of crafting. This recipe comes from Kevin & Amanda‘s yummy-looking food blog. (I just love the comments peppered through the recipes. So cute.) The common ingredients means there’s little chance that you’ll have to run to the store for an elusive ingredient. Yay! All you need is hamburger meat, taco seasoning, diced tomatoes, beef broth, elbow macaroni, and salt and pepper to taste for the base.…

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    Thread and Bobbin Storage Rack

    For years, I kept my wound bobbins in a clear plastic case and my thread spools in yet another case, and this was good enough. But when I began quilting, I started collecting both polyester and cotton threads. This was when the confusion started: Does this particular bobbin match my cotton spool or my polyester spool? Is this bobbin the exact shade of blue as the spool in my hand? It can be hard to tell at a glance! I purchased a thread rack earlier this year to store my threads on the wall instead of on a box on my desk. The pegs are meant just for threads, but…

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    Coffee Filter Watercolour Butterflies

    You can make these sweet little butterflies with your child easily with just a few supplies. This project is a little more advanced, so they will need some adult help for the later steps. They will love to see what happens to marker when you spray it with water. Supplies You’ll Need: coffee filter pipe cleaner washable coloured markers spray bottle with a little water Please note before beginning that this project is a two-parter. First, you need to make the water colour background. You can only turn it into a butterfly after it dries, so you may want to introduce the project as just water-colouring and “magically” turn the…

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    3D Canvas Art with Paint

    I’ve seen this Pinterest pin floating around a bit. How it goes is to use either Elmer’s glue or hot glue on a canvas and then simply paint over the whole thing in one colour. So I’ve tried it out and my first attempt with Elmer’s glue was unsuccessful, basically it does not really work as the glue tends to run and flatten while drying. I then went to take two in which I attempted the same process with hot glue, you’ll see below the results of this. However, I would suggest using a larger canvas than what I used. Simply because it is hard to control the consistancy of…

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    Fiona from BuxtonBears

    1. Let us know a bit about you BuxtonBears was inspired in 2004 from a trip to the UK to visit my Grandmother. She taught me the fine art of making a Teddy Bear, and later on, the Elephants and Birds. It’s taken a number of years to get to where I am now, but it was well worth it. Last summer, I decided to bring BuxtonBears; the idea, into the reality of a website, which is going through a major overhaul at the moment, and to make it more user friendly. Building a business, whether it is part time or full time, can still take time, and mine is…

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    Keeping Track of Inventory for Your Online Etsy Shop

    I love selling items on Etsy both for fun and for a little extra cash. My supply shop, Pange Supplies, which primarily consists of small-scale items that can be hard to keep track of, requires a dedicated space in my craft room so that I don’t lose the items amongst my personal craft supplies. I sell my scrapbooking scraps in small zip baggies, and to keep myself organized, I use four plastic bins with snap lids to indicate what stage of progress the item is in. The boxes pictured are Sterlite snap boxes; their small-sized boxes fit wonderfully inside the Closetmaid Cubeicals system. To Be Packaged: I throw all my…

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    Paper Roses

    I love working with scrap paper or old books and giving them new life. I’ve seen a few paper flower tutorials around have combine a few things I’ve seen in them to bring you my version. What you’ll need: Scrap paper (here I’m using some scrap book pages from “The Secret Garden” Scissors Hot Glue Ribbon Thick gauge wire or cut coat hangers 1. First cut the paper into 5 different sized petal shapes and than make 4 more again of each size. Shape and general size do not matter as this will depend on how large you want the flower. Here I’ve included in scissors for size comparison.  …

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    Dry Erase Weekly Calendar

    I’ve seen several dry erase calendars pop up on Pinterest that use glass frames as a dry erase surface instead of using a store-bought dry erase board. I salvaged two 8×10 frames that were headed for the trash at my work during renovations to make this easy, 30-minutes-or-less project. The original pin that inspired me came from Maple and Magnolia. Although that calendar is a full calendar and is made with paint chips, not scrapbook paper, the concept is the same: by sliding a calendar template beneath a sheet of glass, you can write your numbers and daily info and erase it easily when the time comes. Too fun! Let’s…

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    Sheep Cotton Ball Art

    Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool? Yes sir, yes sir, once you and your toddler make this quick little project together! Herd up your little ones and try this toddler-appropriate gluing activity. Supplies You Need: paper printer glue pots and sticks cotton balls (white cosmetic ones work for white sheep, or you can use craft-grade cotton balls in black, or even multicoloured ones for more glamourous, eccentric sheep) Download and print out the sheep template I made. It fits on an 8.5×11″ piece of paper. Give your toddler their glue and sticks and let them have at it! Glue, glue, everywhere. Give them the cotton balls so they…

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    Clothes Peg Art Display

    I love to display the artwork of children on the wall, but what do you do when you run out of wall space? Combining yarn, tape, and wooden clothes pegs, you can create an impromptu area to display easy-to-change artwork. This project is so easy you don’t even need a tutorial. I love to drape a piece of yarn across a window and attach it to the wall with tape. (If you already have nails up from Christmas decorations, use ’em!) Don’t make the yarn too loose else the artwork will droop. Attach some clothes pegs, and pin away! My favourite part of this type of display is that it…

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    Welcome to My Closet

    I’ve always dreamed of having a super organized yet gorgeously airy closet, the type that is featured in magazines. My closet is small yet utilitarian. Though my closet is ugly and will never win a style award, every item is in its place. This article is a brief overview of the organization techniques I used in my closet; hopefully some of my techniques will inspire you!   Managing Fabrics The bulk of my craft supplies is fabric. I just can’t get enough. Along the top shelf of my closet, I have stackable clear plastic bins. I sort my quilting fabrics by colour for the most part, but I have a…

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    DIY Shoe Hangers

    I always have a hard time organizing shoes so when I saw this tutorial on Pinterest I had to try it out. This originally comes from OH SO PRETTY the DIARIES blog  What you’ll need is a hanger, wire cutters, and plyers. The rest is pretty simple, simply follow the pictures.         And thats it! Super easy and will be a nice storage for my shoes when winter comes. Here is the finished hanger (I realized I hung my shoes opposite after I posted this haha):