it’s like winning the toy lottery

With the holidays fast approaching, finding gifts for kids that are not plastic, loud, and electronic can be difficult. I try hard to buy things that will encourage creativity and self play, but those blinking lights...

materially crafted – the book cover!

Ahhh… EEK… you guys, it’s so close! The book I’ve been working on for the past year-ish is finally off to print. Here is the cover!!! There is so much about writing a book that I...

large bloom paper flower

A wilting flower bouquet holds no competition to this gigantic paper floral bloom! It’s a showstopping display to center a meal this season. From Halloween through Thanksgiving, these Kraft paper petals will set a graphic homespun backdrop...

hard candy caramel apples

Candied apples are a favorite sweet fall tradition. For a long time I made basic caramel apples, until I realized how simple it is to make a hard candy shell on top. The mixture gives all...

colorful candies & cocktails

With all the candy and sweets going around this season, I’ve found our aisles filled with yummy treats that are covered in not so awesome packaging. Whether it’s for a party, bringing treats to school, or sweetening...

cookie flavored cinnamon bat rolls

I love this season – such treats and goodies! Since having kids, from Halloween until Easter there has been a non-stop treat train happening in our lives. So if I am going to make something to...

color dyed wheat wreath

This fall we are warming up our mantel with a bright, festive wreath made with color dyed wheat. It’s a little bit fraggle rock, a little bit country, loads of fun, and a festive way to welcome...

angel food eyeball cake

With Halloween coming up we are having a blast playing around with a few spooky treats. It is the one time of year that eyeballs, spiders, and other spooky items are found popping up at our house. These...

cleaning up our #HappiMess

Participating in the #HappiMess fun with Delta this fall has helped me to really enjoy our daily messes. Whether we are pouring glitter filled drinks, playing with confetti, or busting out the paints we tend to...

birthday present halloween costume

Last year we did a festive Halloween costume series that was really fun. A birthday cake, a party lantern, a bunch of balloons, a baby bouquet of flowers, and real life honeycombs! Festive and bright costumes...

share a meal

The problem of hunger in our country affects 16 million people, mostly children, and many of them go unnoticed. With the economic upheaval of the recent years, the face of hunger has drastically changed. There could be...

two crafty halloween costumes for kids

My rule for kid’s costumes is that they must be cute (not too spooky), crafty, and able to brighten someone’s day. A tall order? Here are two simple ideas for costumes that can be crafted in...

monster favor bags

To go along with the monster donuts we all loved so much, these monster favor bags are a fun way to hand out candy (or a more healthy trail mix;) this year. They are just creepy enough...

bright cat garland

Nothing says Halloween like a strand of spooky cats. Since I much prefer bright and fun to spooky and creepy, this cat garland is a whole new take on the spooky black feral idea. It adds a...

swan costume headband + swan cake toppers

With Halloween coming in just a couple weeks, the need for cute dress-up ideas is high. We will have a couple more traditional costumes coming soon, but today I am happy to share this swan headband!...

why don’t we – carve a pineapple?

We are headed out to the pumpkin patch for round one of pumpkin picking this weekend. We do an early pumpkin carving and another one just a couple days before Halloween. This year I am incredibly...

apple chip bourbon cider

Apple cider is one of my favorite drinks. I’m so excited the chill has finally set in enough to enjoy it. To add a fancy grown-up twist to the homemade gallon we recently purchased, we added...

glitter ice cubes

After yesterday’s glitter crafting party, I have one more sparkly thing to share – glitter ice cubes! They might be my favorite new party element for always and forever! We served sparkling champagne and sparkling water...

glitter crafting party

There’s always time for a glitter party! In the midst of our crazy fall, Delta Faucet asked me to participate in their #HappiMess campaign and throw a party. When I combine the words happy and mess,...

octopus dinner party

Fall is the season for dinner parties! We love the daily revelry that comes from inviting friends in from the chill to enjoy dinner together. There is something about sharing a meal that always leaves me...

the building of a scene

In this last post about the new Boxtrolls movie, I am excited to show a behind the scenes clip of the design and process of creating the movie. All animated movies take an incredible amount of...