Winter Pinterest Challenge: DIY Paper Tulips

This last week I was surfing craft blogs when I saw a tutorial for gorgeous paper tulips.  I added the tulips to my ever expanding list of projects I would like to make.  I am inspired by so many of the beautiful projects I see online, but recently have not had time to craft.  The winter Pinterest challenge hosted by Sherry of Young House Love gave me the motivation I needed to take a hour to craft.

DIY Paper Tulips

While I haven’t seen any tulips yet this year, tulips are one of my favorite flowers because they are one of the first flowers of spring.  Here is a photo that I took last spring when I visited the Tulip Library on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Aren’t the tulips cheerful?

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DIY Christmas: A Chirstmas Craft Page & Reindeer Ornaments

This year I decided to start early on my Christmas decorations and crafts.  I know that a few people will protest and say that Halloween is barely over and it is much too early to start on Christmas crafts.  For those of you who are not ready to start thinking about Christmas crafts, I hope that you’ll follow my Pinterest Christmas Crafts board, bookmark this page, and come back when you are ready to start thinking about holiday crafts.  For everyone else please do all of the above and keep reading!

DIY Reindeer Christmas OrnamentI am starting on my holiday crafts early this year because I think handmade crafts and decorations are a nice way to show love for family and friends, but I also like to actually spend time with family and friends doing things other than crafting and I simply don’t have enough time between Thanksgiving and Christmas to do all of the crafts that I would like.  The lovely green velvet fabric that has been sitting in my craft closet for almost a year waiting to be made into stockings is testament to that.  By starting early, I hope to craft at a more leisurely pace and also give you time to make any projects on the blog that strike your fancy.

I have started a Christmas Craft page that I will add to as I blog about my crafts.  Please consider subscribing to my blog to make sure that you don’t miss out on any of my fun holiday and winter crafts. To subscribe, please click on the envelope icon to the right, enter your email address, and verify your subscription. Continue reading

DIY Play-Dough

Today, I am excited to have my mom as a guest to share how to make homemade play-dough.  All the pictures of play-dough making in this post are courtesy of my dad.
Making Play-DoughMy mom has made this play-dough many, many times.  I made this recipe with her when I was a kid.  I haven’t played with play-dough in years so my mom recruited two adorable helpers.  This recipe requires adult participation as it involves boiling water.  This is a fun craft to help teach children to follow directions and to measure.
First, my mom and her helpers measured 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 2 packages of unsweetened Kool-Aid, and 3 tablespoons oil into a large bowl.

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