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create an art gallery for your child

i’m sure the very last thing on your child’s Christmas list is art. in fact, it’s not there at all. i know, i know. but beau chic print shop has some pretty cool prints that i think would fit nicely in any child’s room.

this lion is my favorite of them all!

lionnamedparkerlimited edition “lion named parker” print, $19

dreambigdream big little one, $11

thinkandwonderthink and wonder, $11

tothemooni love  you to the moon, $11

youaremysunshineyou are my sunshine, $11.¬† i think this one is pretty special too! i remember singing this song to dutch in the hospital after he was born. awwwwwww!!! haha…




love never fails by kent youngstrom

i have to admit that there have been times where i have spent a ridiculous amount of time on pinterest. now don’t get me wrong, i’m not on it daily or even once a week most weeks, but when i’m on it, i’m ON IT, ya heard? like a freakin’ pin binge.

it’s sick really. i’m finding recipes i’ll never cook and craft-y stuff i’ll probably never make, but there’s just something about collecting those pictures. strangely addictive.

but if it were not for one of those pin binges i would have probably never run across kent youngstrom and his awesome artwork. and by the way, kent pins too.

this is the first piece i stumbled across…

loveneverfailsfabso simple, right?? but so wonderfully fabulous all at the same time. i neeeeeeed this now. a bit dramatic, but i’d like to have it a whole, whole lot. the thing is it was selling on fab.com and as of this post is all sold out. bummer.

but alas, kent is an artist and offers a whole array of work. here are a few of my faves. if you’re stumped on Christmas gifts, give the gift of art!

kent4kent1 kent2 kent3kent5i can’t lie. his work has more than inspired me to pick up a brush and some paint and get busy again. painting is definitely one of my favorite things to do.

let your creative side fly

the thing about letting your creativity fly is that all you need is an idea, a few materials and a little space to make it happen.

bowl of glass beadsi’m a maker. i dig making things. i love painting, crafting, doodling, making jewelry…creating stuff. if i could sing i’d make a record, but that ain’t my talent.

but anyway, it’s sooooo important for me to go off of my own creative vibes. it’s so easy to look at something that someone else has created and say, “hey, i can do that!!” but why would you want to? just grab your tool of choice (paintbrush, pen, pencil, camera, sewing machine, needle, etc.) and get busy doing the best to creatively express…you!

my process usually works like this: good music + a glass of wine + table space = creative zone awesomeness. just ask my little family. i zonessssss out!!

and i.need.that. like air, for real.

i’m sure you creatives dig where i’m coming from.

glass charmsometimes my ideas come out great. sometimes not so much. but it’s not always about the end product (and i say “product” loosely, it’s rare that i sell a thing), a lot of times for me it’s the process. seeing what works and what doesn’t. what i enjoy putting together and what i don’t.

and a lot of times your creation is really only a fail because it doesn’t come out the way you had envisioned. and you know, there aren’t really a lot of wrongs in being creative (unless you’re trinidad james, but that’s another story) and that’s what’s so fly about it.

so when a piece doesn’t come out the way i dreamed it up in mind, i usually take off in another direction to create something else. or trash it.

whatever works.

spottedi have tons of ideas. an overwhelming amount of them. sometimes i think/dream up so many things that i can do that i get exhausted. for real!! then i end up doing nothing.

painted thingsbut i’m learning to do what i can, when i can and not pressure myself to do everything at once. i jot down my thoughts then take my time creating them.

let the creativity flow naturally.

more painted thingsand every once in a while, i’ll create a thing that i absolutely love.

73 ideas to get your craft-y Christmas crack-a-lackin’!

it’s that time of year again when my hands get itchy and my head starts swirling with ideas of stuff to make for folks in my family for Christmas. i’ve handcrafted gifts for years (typically ’cause i’m broke) and every year it’s something new. last year i made jewelry and bath scrubs. one year i made cookies (tons and tons of daggone cookies that i called “dutch’s dozen”), one year it was painted goods and paper mache things, then there was the year i handmade books and another when i made soaps. it’s something i enjoy doing, although i’m not always sure how well my handmade goods will go over on the receiving end. haha!!

throughout the years i’ve always come up with my own ideas, but geesh, who needs to do that anymore with the internet?? and with pinterest? geez louise, i never need to come up with an idea of my own again!

i jest.

but listen, if you’re interested in handmaking a few gifts this Christmas season, i’ve found some really cool and mostly pretty easy diy tutorials to get you rockin’ & rollin’. these are the ones that have piqued my curiosity. a lot of them, as i mentioned before, i’ve done before but there’s always a different way to do a thing so i’m always open for new ideas!

{goodies for the bod}

pumpkin spice lipgloss
pumpkin spice lipgloss via henry happened

1. brown sugar and almond sugar scrub by crosbie crew.

2. sweet orange scrub by deliciously organized

3. coconut and rose scrub by the beauty department

4. sugar scrub cubes by craft gossip

5. coconut lotion bars by coconut oil

6. citrus honey scotch ale soap by offbeat and inspired

7. black raspberry soap by these moments of mine

8. pumpkin spice lipgloss by henry happened

9. mint chocolate lip gloss by food plus words

10. vintage image transfer soaps by ruffled blog

{for those who love sweet treats}

soft caramels via intimate weddings

everyone loves sweets, right? so get in the kitchen and get ‘er done! my plan this year is to make caramels. i sure hope they come out tasty! if you’re ready to jump in the kitchen too, check out these recipes.

11. salted whiskey caramels by so how’s it taste

12. demerara caramels by hungry girl porvida

13. soft caramels by intimate weddings

14. english toffee by daydream kitchen

15. caramel apples by serious eats

{take note. for the writers & jotters & doodlers in your life}

stab bound journal
stab bound journal via how did you make this

16. embroidered journal by the plumed nest

17. stab bound journal by how did you make this

18. mini notebook by creme de la craft

19. chalkboard journals by number 2 pencil

20. mini coloring books with washi tape by little monster baby

{help them keep their place with these bookmarks}

geometric felt bookmarks via how about orange

21. lacing bookmarks by handmade charlotte

22. toddler art bookmarks by small friendly

23. instagram photo strip bookmark by blush and jelly

24. geometric felt bookmarks by how about orange

25. pom pom bookmark by design mom

{for the little ones}

stick horse diy
stick horse diy via light blue grey

26. superhero matching game by these moments of mine

27. felt fishing game by real purdy

28. wooden latch board by domesticesq

29. handmade paper dolls by handmade charlotte

30. portable canvas checkerboard by martha stewart

31. felted finger puppets by martha stewart

32. felt cookies with frosting by the mother huddle

33. stick horse tutorial by light blue grey

34. fabric fridge letters by spearmint baby

35. crayon organizer roll by taking time to create

36. shark hoodie towel by just crafty enough

37. kids patchwork messenger bag by sew mama sew

38. sparkle pencils by ay handcraft

39. lego terrarium by canadian family

40. felted rock monsters by creativity in pieces

{for the ladies…}

wooden color block bangles
wooden color block bangles via warm hot chocolate

41. geometric beaded bracelets by lines across

42. wooden colorblock bangles by warm hot chocolate

43. studded leather clutch by elemental carbon

44. patchwork clutch by pippa patchwork

45. easy envelope clutch by craftsy

46. geometric tile statement necklace by confetti pop

47. wooden bead necklace by real purdy

48. bohemian beaded headpiece by shine trim ny

49. patterned denim headbands by the first lime

50. geo hairpins by oh crafts

{for their cup o’ joe – or tea!}

hand painted teacups
hand painted teacups via curious and catcat

51. latte gift set by kelli murray

52. handpainted teacups by drawings under the table

53. foxy painted teacups by the poopers

54. painted mugs using porcelain pens by curious and catcat

55. sharpie decorated mugs by craft pond

{fun home stuff}

painted baskets diy
painted baskets via the marion house book

56. cork planters for the fridge by upcycle that

57. marbleized drink coasters by lacquer and linen

58. laced cement votives by say yes to hoboken

59. vibrant painted baskets by the marion house book

60. rope vases by style me pretty

61. opaque striped vases by ruffled blog

62. gold leaf paper mache bowls by kelli murray

63. porcelain pen plates by twigg studios

64. gum drop pillows by amy butler design

65. tea tin container magnets by martha stewart

{he probably would prefer something store bought, but oh well…}

bowtie diy
bowtie diy via a beautiful mess

66. clip on bowtie by a beautiful mess

67. monogrammed metal collar stays by shrimp salad circus

68. his very own popcorn tin by martha stewart

69. travel collage by martha stewart

70. amaretto-soaked white chocolate cherries by formal fringe

71. wooden beer caddy by man made daily

72. caramel rolls by a good appetite

73. tripod camping stool by design sponge

alexandria king street arts festival

i miss it every daggone year, but this year i am determined to make it out to the 10th annual alexandria king street arts festival in alexandria, virginia. september 8th-9th king street is transformed into a huge outdoor art gallery. although i haven’t had the opportunity to stop through yet, i did ride by it one year and it was brimming with goodies…that i spotted as i drove by.

festival scene by alexandria daily photo.

the festival is six blocks of awesomeness featuring over 200 artists from all around the country and abroad.

saturday, september 8th from 10am to 7pm

sunday, september 9th from 10am to 5pm