#HappyMail

I’ve recently become mildly obsessed with the idea of sending mail. Maybe it’s because I’m a feeling nostalgic for the days of my childhood when I would see the mailman come to the door and get super excited hoping there was mail for me? Maybe I think people deserve more than bills and ads in their mailbox? Maybe I’m itching for a new creative outlet? Possibly all three of these reasons.  Continue reading

DIY Instagram Magnets

11Even though it is still February, Summer Reading will be here at the library before you know it.  I’ve recently began perusing the interwebz, looking for cool, teen friendly crafts that won’t break the budget.  Imagine my joy when I came across instructions for turning your Instagram pictures into magnets.  Instagram is all the rage with my teens {I have been told on more than one occasion that Facebook is for adults}, so I love the idea of showing them how they can take their pictures off the internet and put them on their fridge or locker.  Continue reading

DIY Sharpie Tile Coasters {aka Holiday Presents for the Grandparents}

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This will be my son’s third Christmas. While he is pretty positive the holiday revolves around him, I’m trying to also teach him the joy one gets from giving. I’m lucky enough to be mildly creative AND have a toddler who loves to craft. Because of this, I have Dax “make” his presents for his grandparents. (Last year he painted.) Since he’s only two, it’s important for me to find something that is both easy to make, but fun enough to capture his attention. After much internet searching, I decided I loved the idea of DIY tile coasters the best. The supplies are relatively inexpensive (except for the darn Sharpies, but luckily I have my own set) and what two year old doesn’t love coloring with permanent marker?! 🙂 Continue reading

Paper Countdown Chain to Christmas

5I spend a lot of time on Pinterest. I love looking for new recipes, sewing patterns, craft ideas, etc. Of course, everything I find on Pinterest is beautiful. Beautiful food. Beautiful sewing. Beautiful people. And in the interest of keeping it real, most of the stuff I create is not beautiful. Oh. Em. Gee. My food presentation always looks like a hot mess (tastes good though!), my home looks like a war zone, and for every awesome craft I do, there are several sitting at the bottom of the trash can, waiting to be chucked in a fit of rage.

Now that my son is two and a half (and is starting to understand presents and Santa and Christmas), I really wanted to embrace the holidays and find ways to get him super excited! I looked on Pinterest for countdown ideas, and most were just too fancy for us. I wanted something that I could create with my son. Something that was uniquely us. That is why I decided to kick it old school and have him help me make a paper countdown chain. Will this craft be wowing the multitudes of crafty moms out there? Nope. But it was really easy to do, fun to make, and will bring us joy for the next 26 days of chain ripping! Continue reading

Duct Tape Bookmarks

photo 8Every summer, my library holds a six week summer reading program where kids read to earn prizes. One of my Grand Prizes for my teens is a “Create Your Own Library Program” package. The teen picks a theme, the food, and his or her friends, and I buy, plan, and create. This year’s winner asked for a Book Themed party with both a hot chocolate and ice cream bar. Dude! Yes, yes, and yes! Continue reading

My Huntress Vest

photo 1Okay. Before we even begin talking about my new homemade Katniss Everdeen Huntress Vest, can we just clear the air by saying that sometimes there isn’t a single filter on the planet that can make you look good in a picture. I think the little heart bokeh adds something magical though, wouldn’t you agree? I spend way too much some time on Pinterest and sewing blogs every day and am always really impressed with the pictures bloggers post showing off their finished projects. Obviously this is a skill I need to work on in the future. Continue reading

Paint Sample Notebooks {Self Directed Programs}

I have posted before that I am the Queen of Self Directed Programs at my library. It’s hard to get teens to participate in a library program… but leave out a little craft to do and they are all on it! This past September I decided to bring back the DIY To Go, this time with Paint Sample Notebooks. They were fun and easy to make and all 30 of my kits were made in three weeks. SCORE!

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  • Paint chip sample
  • Paper scraps
  • Stapler
  • Stickers (for embellishments)

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Crafternoons {Duck Tape Key Chains}

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Crafting with my teens at the library is kind of hit or miss.  Earlier this year I decided to make my monthly craft program, Crafternoons, drop in, meaning all the supplies are out and open for several hours to any teens that drop by our teen space. The only tricky part to anything “drop in” is that you never know how many kids to expect so I need to guesstimate my supplies. Oh. And the craft has to be boy/girl friendly. This month I decided to tackle Duck Tape key chains after coming across several pins on Pinterest. The project is fun, easy, and practical. I compiled a list of step by step instructions, but if I’m too hard to understand, check this video out here. (I would like to add, I am not as professional as this video. I don’t use Duck tape sheets and I don’t have a paper cutter.)  Continue reading