Creative Family Advent, 25 Days of Ideas for Savoring the Season

I love Christmas.  I loved it as a child, and I love it even more as a mother of children.  It is so beautiful to see their little faces come alive at the first sight of Christmas lights or trees.  Hearing them practicing their Christmas carols, thinking of the transformation that is about to come…

Double-The-Puzzles: Family Art Project

Simple, sweet, easy-as-pie art project for kids…  Make a puzzle on the back side of your existing puzzle!  You can literally have double-the-puzzles, not to mention hours of fun for you little ones designing, drawing, and coloring your own one-of-a-kind puzzle. The how-to’s are very simple. 1. Put your puzzle together. 2. Flip it over….

The Princess and The Pea and Beauty and the Beast

Hello from The Paper Doll Club.  We are having some technical difficulties around here.  Our internet has been down off and on for two weeks, which has made uploading impossible, and last week our scanner died.  (See the weird marks on the bottom of Paloma’s drawing)  : ( So, I am going to take the pressure…

Janie, Rosie, Heidi, and Mae

This week the girls named their paper dolls after themselves.  Not sure why.  Rosie named the cat after her baby sister, Heidi. I love Rosie’s color palette this week.  She drew her pictures on white card stock and painted them with watercolors, then cut them and pasted them onto a piece of brown kraft paper…

Best Friends, Girls, and a Bunny from The Paper Doll Club

Some sweet girls by Rosie and Paloma this week.  I think you will love all of the detail to color in Paloma’s girls.  She made a doll named Rosie that is very Valentine-y, complete with a heart sweater, box of chocolates, heart crown, and special bouquet of flowers.  Rosie has made a beautiful girl with…

Rearranging

I have a recurring dream that I am walking through my house and suddenly, I open up a door, and there is a room that I had forgotten was there.  Just a great big, empty room.  I am flooded with this giddy excitement, and I realize that I can make that room into anything that…

6 Quick Kid-Friendly Crafts Made from Recycled Materials

I recently finished my miniseries called How-To Tuesdays.  To make it easier to find these in my blog, I am just putting them all together here in one post.  Hope you can find something to make with your kiddos using things you have laying around the house.  These are quick, easy, inexpensive playthings that can…

How To Tuesdays #5: Glass Bottle Xylophone

This is the easiest project yet, and it has been the one that Rosie loves the most.  Here is a clip of her playing a song on the xylophone we made… I borrowed this idea from a really great book called Eco-Friendly Crafting with Kids by Kate Lilley.  She has tons of amazing ideas in…

How-To Tuesdays #4: Paint Sample Storytelling Cards

I love telling stories with my children. Last year, my sister gave Rosie some beautiful fairy tale storytelling cards. Each has a different picture on it, and you use them to help you tell a story. These paint sample storytelling cards were inspired by that gift.  There are lots of way to play with the…