Art School | Native American Cave Painting

December 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Art School

Native American Cave Painting art project for kids

Depending on where your children attend school, they probably learn about Native Americans that are indigenous to their region. Usually here in America fourth grade is the year they learn all about these important tribes and cultures, but that might vary from school to school.

For my Southern Californian kids, the Chumash Native Americans are a large part of their social studies. For today’s lesson we explore the cave paintings of the Chumash, but you can easily adapt this to the local Native Americans where you live, or if you are in another country, you can adapt this to indigenous people locally. Continue Reading...

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12 Days of Handmade Christmas

December 1st, 2014 | Posted in Features

diy-rustic-chalboard by living on love

Continuing with the handmade theme, I’m teaming up with 11 fellow bloggers to present 12 Days of Handmade Christmas. Today Lacy from Living on Love is kicking it off with a rustic wooden chalkboard. I love it because it’s dead easy to make and it turned out looking like something I’d buy in a store.

So go check it out. It’s a simple enough project that those of you who are dabbling in handmade this year will feel super confident tackling. Before you know it you’ll have that “yeah, I made that” swagger.

Here’s a run down of the crew and projects… Continue Reading...

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Go Handmade with Handmade Winter

December 1st, 2014 | Posted in Features

Handmade Winter eBook

It’s the “most wonderful time of the year” and boy am I excited. It’s not for the hustle bustle, but for the re-release of Handmade Winter. Cue the cheering! Also, the oohing and ahhing. This digital book is utterly gorgeous and full of handmade gift ideas, soul-warming comfort food (and bevvies), and seasonal party ideas.

Plus, it now has bonus content – 15 new projects including printables and a kickin’ wintry cinnamon sugar body scrub. Click here to get your copy today! Oh and here are some reviews, so you don’t just have to take my word for it. ;)

ps. use the code MAKEITHANDMADE to receive 25% off your order!

pps. If purchased a copy last winter, you’ll receive the bonus content for free! Keep an eye out for an email.

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The Official Classic Play Thanksgiving Guide

November 25th, 2014 | Posted in Fall, Thanksgiving

recipe for light and fluffy pumpkin pancakes

Thanksgiving is nearly here. Are you ready? If not, don’t stress, I’ve put together a handy dandy guide to not only keeping things simple on turkey day, but also festive and lighthearted too. And this list is official so, you know, it’s legit. Continue Reading...

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10 Winter Art Projects For Kids

November 24th, 2014 | Posted in Art School, Arts & Crafts, Creativity

10 Amazing winter art projects for kids

Brr! It’s getting chilly out there. While I’m not a huge fan of the cold (read: no fan at all) I must admit that I love a season dedicated to all things cozy and bright. Plus, it’s a season full of artistic inspiration! Here are 10 amazing art projects for your kids that celebrate all things winter.

(Pictured Above) Continue Reading...

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Happy Friday!

November 21st, 2014 | Posted in Features

friday tea time

How was your week? Ours was fr-r-r-eezing! Whenever the temperature drops like this, I dream of moving somewhere with better weather, like LA or Anguilla. Oh Anguilla

This year, I’m trying a winter garden for the first time. I spent most of last weekend watching youtube videos on how to accomplish it. We ended up constructing plastic domes over our raised beds. We’ll see how it goes! My fingers are crossed.

Any big plans for the weekend? Dave and I are seeing a movie. I’m excited! What should we see?There are so many that look good right now—Foxcatcher, St. Vincent, Rosewater.  

While I go and research movie times, here are some things that recently caught my eye

Living on Love is giving away a $100 gift card to Minted. You should enter!

Cute Thanksgiving kids’ craft alert

This is a great idea

A creative assignment for you

This looks deeeeelicious!

And this queen of typos rejoiced! It’s about time instagram

Slow family travel

Do you dress like your son? Love this

Creative gift guide for teens

These bright and cheery turkeys are adorable

Thanksgiving in a pot

12 Handmade Gift Ideas

Have a wonderful weekend!

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The “Perfection” Problem

November 20th, 2014 | Posted in Parenting

the perfection problem

When I tally up the years, I realize I’ve been at parenting thing for some time now. Not long enough to have any true sage advice, because I can’t tell you how my kids turn out yet. In a few years, it could turn out I’ve done everything wrong.

But I have been parenting long enough to see some of the same conversations, topics, and tropes come up again and again, as if they’re stuck on a loop. There’s the this type of parent is ruining future generations articles, the this type of parent is the best for future generations pieces, the pro vs anti vaccination horror stories, the pink stinks/pink is empowering debate, and on and on.  But there is one parenting opinion piece that makes me clench my butt the tightest—the story of “perfection” mom.  Continue Reading...

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Gifts for Awesome Tween Girls

November 18th, 2014 | Posted in 2014 Classic Play Gift Guide, Features

For the Creative Tween


She’s growing up. She has her own style, her own dreams and she’s not afraid to speak her mind. You love her moxie! She reminds you of a younger you, but better. This holiday season, celebrate her new found independence and creativity with a gift from makers who share her indie spirit.

Awesome stuff pouch to hold her favorite sharpies | Pineapple notebook to jot down all her big ideas | Bow Tote Bag because it’s cute but not cutesy | this Black Bow Tie Ring says she loves her geek chic look | And these pillows because she spends a lot of  time in her room, she wants it to look good

Ellie and I had a ton of fun stocking the shop. She curated the collection for girls like her who love art and are transitioning from little kid to teen. You can catch all of her favorites here. Shop indie! Support a maker.

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