Screaming spring greens

knit the hell out

I’m so happy to finally blog about Marin. I finished this almost a month ago and should have taken pictures with it when we went on vacation in St. Louis, but I guess I was distracted by being on vacation. marinThe yarn is Hazel Knits Artisan sock in Euphorbia and I used all but a yard of the skein. For those that wish to knit Marin, do heed the numerous Ravelry project pages that speak about running out of yarn. On this post I wrote about how I ran out of yarn about 1.5″ from the end of the tip. I unravelled one of the full chart repeats and reknit with a size smaller needle because I didn’t want to wait for a new skein of yarn, and this was purchased so long ago that I would have to stripe in a second skein to blend skeins of different…

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Toy Stories: Toys Series By Emily Jenkins

Thrive After Three

The Toys series by Emily Jenkins is one of my newer favorite read-alouds for the school age. The short stories follow the adventures of three toys: a buffalo named Lumphy, a plush Stingray, and a ball named Plastic.

Lumphy PuppetStingray Puppet

Here’s a craft to make Lumphy and Stingray puppets so the children can create their own adventures.

For Lumphy:

Brown lunch paper bag

Lumphy (you can copy on brown paper, or have children color)




Cut out the pieces and glue to paper bag.

For Stingray:

blue square dessert plate

goggly eyes

blue craft stick (you can purchase colored sticks, or paint the sticks blue)




Position the paper plate like a diamond.

Glue two goggly eyes in the upper corner.

Glue a craft stick to the bottom corner as the “stingray.”

For more Toy Story ideas, click here. For more school age programming, check out Jennifer’s Jean Little…

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Diy Monogram Canvas

Simply DIY

Recently, I’ve been trying to find decorations for my bathroom since I just repainted it last spring.  But even the tiniest knickknacks are so expensive!  So I decided to make my own decorations.  A while back, I spray painted some mason jars blue and white, the colors of my bathroom, and this week I am making a monogrammed canvas to hang on my wall.  This craft is one that you can personalize and add your own touch to.  I found all my supplies at Walmart.  This project is very simple, like most of my projects, and it’s expensive!

The Supplies 

  • Twine canvas (I got mine at Walmart and this can be any size you want)
  • A wooden circle
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Wooden initials
  • Hot glue
  • Cardboard
  • TwineCanvas 1
  1. The first step is to lay out all your supplies and decide how you want your monogrammed canvas to look.  Do this so…

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Decoupage Easter Eggs

mommy mannegren

As a child, the first signal of an approaching Easter was always the night that we’d get to dye eggs. The table would be set with glasses of brightly coloured water and a dozen, gleaming, hard boiled eggs would await each of us. We’d begin to dip and dunk the little white ovals, excitedly watching them transform before our very eyes. Our baskets would soon be filled with rainbow splashed, multi-hued masterpieces. Every year there was an egg we were proud of, an ugly egg that we hid behind the others, and at least one egg with a crack. Nestled in little woven baskets around the house, we would proudly leave our creations on display for the duration of the Easter season.

It’s been several years since I last decorated an egg, but now that I’ve got a little one of my own, it’s time to revive this time-honoured tradition. (Even if this year our baby Ali-gator doesn’t get to touch them.)

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