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Conker (Chestnut) Crafts

It’s officially autumn. No turning back. If you’re anything like me, you’ve got at least one kiddo who’s crazy for conkers. The pocket on PZ’s lunch box is always full of the little guys. Maybe it’s because they are so smooth and shiny, or maybe it’s like sea shells, just a pretty thing to find as you wander around, but whatever the reason; (da da dum!) it’s conker season!

Q’s teacher and I were talking about them today. She has a daughter also obsessed who has squirreled away an impressive stash of conkers. What’s a mother to do? That’s right. Get crafty! Check out these great ideas!

 

First of all, did you know conkers, otherwise known as horse chestnuts, will keep both spiders AND moths away? Store them in little bowls around the house to ward off those 8 legged critters, or string them together with a pretty lace bow like Wildcraft Vita did and hang the strand in your closet to keep the moths from getting at your sweaters and wool coats.

Wildcraft Vita also has a recipe for making conker Viking Soap. Very cool!

How about taking a tip from Rhoda, the editor at Country Homes and Interiors, and use conkers in a lovely flower display. Such pretty hydrangea.

O Matko! shows some great examples of conker animals. These might be a bit tough for the kids, but I like the use of playdough.

Get into the Halloween season with a conker spider web. The Imagination Tree will show you how!

These awesome conker chairs as my favorites.

Of course, if all else fails, you can always just play conkers. Let Tea and Sympathy show you how.

And if you don’t have a 6 year old picking up every conker they spy, but you still want to get in on the conker fun, how about this fiber arts craft diy from  oddknit.

Awesome! For more ideas, check out Here We Are Together‘s Ten Things To Do With Conkers list. Happy crafting everyone!

xoxo Emily

A Semi-Staycation

Hubs and family friend Ollie took big sisters PZ and S on their First Annual Daddy/Daughter Camping Trip this weekend! (I don’t sound TOO excited, Right?) And while they were away, Anne and I took the littles berry picking on Sauvie Island. Hot, slightly stingy and very fun!

Q and I had a lovely dinner over at our friends Yancey, Robert, and K’s house. Ribs! And wonderfully flavorful roasted green beans, kale salad with toasted sunflower seeds, grilled peaches, and a tasty sangria. So good, guys!

Then, this morning my family returned home and we had a simple, stay-at-home afternoon and evening. Lots of family time,  comfort food (made by Hubs!), Olympics watching, (Go USA!), and even some time for crafting.

I got to teach PZ how to crochet a chain stitch and Q spent time making a book with pictures AND words. She also made a necklace for a little friend’s upcoming birthday. Her first handmade gift!! So proud. (smiles)

Sure, there will be some cleaning tomorrow, but to have such a relaxing, pleasant weekend was well worth it. A perfect end to such a wonderful birthday week.

Knits and Necklaces

Phew! I finally made it through all the blogs on the SMS May Giveaway Day. If you have some time, or actually a LOT of time, and you’re feeling lucky you should definitely check it out! If you’re looking for MY giveaway, its right here.

Now I can get back to sewing and blogging and heck!, even parenting. When the SMS Giveaway Days happen, I kind of shut down. Anyway! I’ve been trying some new stuff around here. I’ve got the new serger now, and finally sat down and pulled out some of my vintage knits to play around with. Here is what I made in approximately 15 minutes.

"cute" pose

"crazy" pose

If you look closely, you can see the necklace that PZ made all by herself. I actually think its pretty awesome and a really cool way to get your kiddos thinking in patterns.

PZ's necklace

We worked for about 2 hours on necklaces on Sunday. I pulled out all my old beads and jewelry making supplies. It was kind of neat to see all the old stuff. This was something new for the girls. We’ve made felt jewelry, but this is the first bead work we’ve done. We all got frustrated many times, beads rolling off the elastic string, Quinby choosing to toss more than floss. But we got through it and both girls are very proud of their work and so am I.

Here’s a last picture of the knit dress. I wanted to show a close up of it so you could see the cute vintage fabric. It’s blue alligators at the beach! This was another Knittn’ Kitten find from awhile ago.

Love Notes (If You’re Family, Don’t Look!)

These are the love notes the girls and I made for Valentine’s Day. I have a little template here (SFCHearts) if you want to make one too! First thing you’ll want to do is print out the template or just draw a heart on a fold of paper with just a bit of the heart’s side touching the fold. You want two connected hearts like this…

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Scrapy Dolls

While Hubs was doing dishes (that’s right) this afternoon and Q was pretending to nap, PZ was doing a bit of “there’s nothing to do,” moping. I pulled out one of my bags of small scraps (yes, I have a scrap hierarchy) and she and I made some scrapy dolls. She made a bride (apparently there is a veil under there somewhere!)

and we made a fish and some best friends.

PZ liked making these so much she asked if we could send some scraps to school with her tomorrow so all of the kids at preschool could make a scrapy doll. I’ll post them if I get some pictures.

If I had time I’d be making this right now…

If I had time I’d be making this right now…

Bolt *neighborhood‘s (go Portland!) fabric covered buttons look simple and like a lot of fun. I’ve bought the button making kits. I hope to get to it some time this weekend.

These fish bowls from indietutes are SO cute. BTW this blog is one of my MUST READS!

Giver’s Log felt flower rings are something PZ and I could work on during Q’s naptime.

At Second Street’s suitcase dino playscape is totally awesome. I might have to do this with the kiddos this summer.

Lavender and Limes colorful yarn jars are very cute, something my 4 year old could do during “quiet time” and a breeze on my supply list since I’ve given up trying to learn how to knit and we only drink out of jars around my house. Hubs is a breaker.

eatmakeread‘s pretzel nuggets look so darn yummy and would satisfy the salt lovers in my house.

Brassy Apple‘s ruffly spring top looks comfy and cute and not too hard to make.

Dollar Store Crafts‘ eight dollar playhouse would be just the thing for my girls this summer. I’m totally making one of these!

The 2×4 xylophone posted on Instructables will go great with the banging wall I want to build in my backyard.

Smitten Kitchen‘s classic cobb salad looks delicious and just perfect for outdoor dinners.

Dollar Store Craft‘s bicycle frame lunch bag would be a great gift to make for kid’s and adults both. I know a lot of people who would love one of these.

Who wouldn’t love a ruffly steampunk parasol and what a simple restyle. I found this one on Dollar Store Crafts.

Perhaps these lemon rolls with lemon cream cheese from eatmakeread could do double duty. They could make me feel like the happiest most loved mama around on this upcoming mama’s day AND fulfill PZ”s repeated request for lemon meringue pie after reading Amelia Bedelia every night for the last few weeks.

Inspiration Wednesday – Two Father’s Day Ideas

Inside: To the greatest Dad I ever SAW!

Inside: To the greatest Dad I ever SAW!

Father’s Day is almost here. If you are still looking for a way to help the kids show Dad some love, try one of these sweet cards. Gail Bartel, that artist woman, shows us how to make the great saw card above. It is sure to be fun for the kids to make and a guaranteed smile from any tool toting Dad.

Ship Ahoy! Father's Day Card

Ship Ahoy! Father's Day Card

Aarr! Me Matey! Joan Gorman shows us how to make these sail worthy cards on her blog, Nina Makes. Made out of cereal box and fabric scraps, seeing Dad’s smile and your children’s pride at making such a cool gift will be a true pirates treasure. Happy Father’s Day!