Ten Beginner Sewing Projects – Perfect for Tweens

    With winter approaching I find myself wanting to gather some sewing project ideas for my tween. She loves the idea of sewing and asks to do it often but, I’ll be honest here, I don’t let her do it very much. Part of the reason behind this is because she will often lose interest before she has completed the project and I don’t feel like I have extra time to help her start projects that aren’t going to get finished. So, I’ve specifically been hunting for super simple sewing projects that don’t take too long to complete. In this post I’ve tried to start with the easiest projects and as…

  • Customized Composition Notebooks for our homeschool work.

    Customized Composition Notebooks

    A few weeks ago I bought a couple of new composition notebooks and decided to personalize them a bit. Raeca had a couple of primary composition notebooks and wanted to join me so I thought we’d video our process and share it here with you! The primary composition notebooks are nice because they have lines for writing on the bottom but the top half of the page is blank, the perfect space to draw a picture.   Materials used: composition notebook primary composition notebook acrylic paints How do you like to customize your homeschool supplies?

  • Art Supply Hack - Use This Instead of Paint Brushes

    Art Supply Hack: Use This Instead of Paint Brushes

    Call me weird but I’m not a big fan of paint brushes. I enjoy abstract art and using paint brushes often makes everything feel too intentional and uniform. Years ago I came across this idea to use these simple objects instead. I love the effect it gives and I often find myself choosing to use these over the traditional paint brush. Check out the video to see what I like to use! Other materials used: sketchbook acrylic paints What are some of your favorite art supply hacks?

  • A quick and easy horse mixed media canvas with video.

    Horse Mixed Media Canvas

    I am so excited for 2017! 2016 held a lot of health woes for myself and I’m hoping this year I can get a handle on this thing. Anywho, I made this canvas a few weeks ago and recorded the process thinking I would add it to an online course on mixed media canvases but I decided to hold off on that course for now but still wanted to share the video. The supplies I used on this canvas include: 8 x 10 canvas acrylic paints cling wrap scrapbook paper (similar colors) Mod Podge gold Sharpie marker fine tip Sharpie lace hot glue gun & glue chevron stamp black stamp pad

  • Coloring with Baby Oil and Crayons - use these simple supplies to create a great watercolor effect.

    Coloring with Crayons and Baby Oil

    I love collecting art supplies. I mean, I love minimalism but books and craft supplies are my weaknesses. Big time. But, I don’t like spending a lot of money on art supplies. So, when I came across a way to use regular ol’ Crayola crayons in a more refined way, I was intrigued. Because, let’s face it, crayons make look any coloring look like you are three years old. But not with this method. It gives such a cool watercolor effect. This hack is so simple it seems like it shouldn’t work, but it totally does. All you need to do is color with crayons (pressing quite hard), dip a…

  • DIY

    Faux Marbled Nightstand

    A few months ago Jared picked up two identical nightstands. Rae needed one for her room and I figured it wouldn’t be long before Ephraim would need one too. They were in good shape but obviously needed some sprucing up. I found myself a little over loaded with projects so it took me a while to get going on Raeca’s nightstand. I finally started it a few weeks ago and painted it the same Coral Flower color as the cradle I painted a few months ago, and I knew that I wanted to do something about that top. I had seen people use marbled contact paper in some fun ways…