I’m a Be”weaver”!

Every summer my daughters and I usually try to tap into our creative selves in some shape or form. This usually ends in unfinished projects.

We tend to have lots of fervor and no end game!

One summer it was sewing. I don’t recall any finished sewing projects, but I can tell you where the bag of different fabrics we bought are. Some cut into pieces. Some left fully intact.

This summer we threw our hats into the weaving ring. My oldest recalled a exploration session she had in the 2nd grade I believe where they learned to weave with yarn and homemade looms of cardboard. So we got to work on this year’s creative project!

Give me all the yarn please.
Give me all the yarn please.

We were able to get a decently inexpensive yarn haul from AC Moore, 10 for $10. They were all small rolls, but we were thankful for the variety…especially since we are notorious for unifinished projects.

I’m happy to report I had some end game with this endeavor. I credit a coincidental discovery of a weaving class at my local West Elm. I spent $35 to attend the class which came with supplies for weaving (sturdy cardboard loom, warp yarn, plastic weaving needle, and lots of yarn!). The class was taught by Christine Dwyer of copper + fringe . It was fantastic! She taught us the basics and a few techniques.

My first weaving
My first weaving

For this first weaving I was basically concerned with just getting the basics down. I chose the colors of my alma mater (Wahoo Wa!). I definitely need to work on my cleanliness and technique!

For my second weaving I played with the yarn from my AC Moore haul. I tried to be more strategic with my technique and design.

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I think it looks a bit cleaner.

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My 3 year old son said he doesn’t really like this one though. He says it is too “hairy”.

I’m really enjoying weaving. It is definitely relaxing and it is quite meditative working with the yarn in simple ways. Weaving is VERY forgiving, so when you mess up it isn’t too devastating. I’m loving it because it is providing the perfect way to focus my attention on something else, destress, and hopefully stay balanced during this pregnancy. I don’t want my Graves to come back during the pregnancy and I want me and the baby to be as healthy as possible.

On to my next weaving…

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My First Attempt At Distressing

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I found this mirror at Goodwill for only a few bucks. I thought it would be perfect for my first try at distressing something and transforming it to look somewhat “shabby chic”. I’ve used chalk paint, but I’ve never tried sanding it to make edges look worn and rustic. After removing the hooks and cleaning it, I painted several layers of FolkArt Home Decor chalk paint in “sheepskin” (which I purchased from AC Moore). Then I took a sanding block I found at Dollar tree (fine and medium surfaces) to distress.

After a layer of FolkArt clear wax, here’s the finished product:

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Finishing this piece was like a complete psychological test in taking risk. I didn’t want to distress too much, but then I was finding I was holding myself back to doing much at all. I’m happy with the finished product. Yet, now I’m curious about my next distressing piece. Will I do more to make it look more tattered and used? Could I be so daring?

This will make a perfect replacement to our key holder, which we’ve had for 16 years!

~Lani

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Cereal Box Puzzles and other kid crafting goodness

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Today’s toddler fun is totally brought to you by Jamie Dorobek’s book C.R.A.F.T.(Creating Really Awesome Free Things). Jamie is the innovative force behind the blog of the same name.  Several months ago I received a copy of the book for review and with my dad’s passing and my own sickness, I haven’t been able to sit and enjoy this book until now. However, I’m super excited to have it in my arsenal of fun toddler activities for our upcoming summer.

The book is full of very inexpensive and creative arts and crafts projects to do with your children. It is definitely inexpensive because most if not all need materials that you can easily find in your own home. My 11 year old was stoked to get the book, but was a bit disappointed that many of the activities seemed geared towards really young children. However, there are few crafts in there that I think we can elevate for her older standards!

I sat down with my 3 year old and we perused the book together to find something to do. He immediately took to the cereal box puzzle! He kept yelling, “Pineapple Puzzle!!!”.  My son LOVES puzzles. We’ve never made our own before. All it took was part of a cereal box (which we definitely had some that were already on their way to the recycle bin). However, any thin cardboard will do!

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I drew the outline of the pineapple and my son colored it in.  I added background colors just to make the whole puzzle vibrant and to help provide even more clues for solving. This is a perfect activity for visual-spatial recognition, shapes geometry, sizing, and math.

I noticed my cuts for each puzzle piece were a bit of a challenge for my 3 year old. So we made another one with the help of my 1 year old daughter.

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For this one I added swirls and made the shapes basic rectangles. It’s a good “starter” puzzle!

What I love about the book is that each project has 4-color photographs to help provide great instruction. These activities are designed to help develop a child’s creativity, imagination, and fine motor skills. Therefore, it is perfect for toddlers, preschool-age children, and young homeschoolers. I intend on using the book from here on out to supplement my preschooling efforts at home!

~Lani

 

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