Category: family_crafts

Supermarket flower upgrades

I absolutely love fresh flowers in my home. Love.  Just one simple vase full can make a positive and dramatic impact.  They are a luxury I rarely afford myself, and that my darling B used to indulge. (Sweetie, hint hint). As part of my New Year’s Resolutions, I recently grabbed a bunch of hot-pink alstroemeria at the supermarket and I’ve been so happy with them!  Particularly for the gloom of winter blues, fresh flowers are the perfect tonic. And with…
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how to: start knitting.

Now that the holidays are over and life is slowing down, it is time to sit and relax and learn something new. First let me introduce myself. I’m Lori Van Wagoner. I’ve been asked to share a few basic knitting techniques and patterns with you Petit Elefant readers and I am very excited to do so. I’ve been knitting for about four years. I am by no means an expert, but I know enough to teach you the basics and…
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american girl doll patterns.

Miss Madeline Peasant Dress Pattern. $9.95 {via You Can Make This} In an effort to save money, be environmentally responsible, and put more meaning into Christmas this year I’m making at least half of my gifts. Not just neighbor gifts but gifts to my kids, my husband, and my siblings. I think most of us are feeling the financial crunch, and I’m especially feeling the need to create memories instead of buying them. One of our family traditions {as I’m…
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how to make fake snot.

With all of the sobbing that has been going on it’s up to me to break the silence and share with you an important Halloween recipe: Snot. It’s simple, fun, and with a bit of research and curiosity, it can be educational as well. Not really. I’m thinking of putting this snot into the pillowcases of the ones that I feel are too old to trick or treat this year. How old is too old though? Help me out here….
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homemade teacher gifts.

My daughter is out of school for the summer, and before I get to the fun summer stuff I have a great find for those of you with children still in school. When it came time to give teacher gifts to Precocious’ teachers a couple of weeks ago, I froze with performance anxiety and chickened out completely. I wish I’d seen these bags first, I could have wowed her teachers with my sewing skills. Craft Daisies is a really fun…
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how to: recycle old crayons into new ones

When P was a toddler {and we were in our college poor days} we used to make these for birthday gifts. We always have a vast supply of stubby crayon odds and ends in our craft containers and this is a really fun project to use them all up. IKEA has some great ice trays that come in different shapes and sizes that are perfect for this craft. Wrap them up in a pretty package with a coloring book and…
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umbrella shaped sugar cookies

{feel free to insert humming of “umbrella, ella, ella” here}. It’s been a while since I’ve done anything crafty with P. She’s got waaaay too many extracurriculars going on in her life and hardly seems to be at home anymore. {sigh} But this craft is definitely up her alley, and I’m going to make sure there’s time to make these with her this weekend. Get the recipe and instructions for these great umbrella cookies here. {And here’s to hoping for…
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