I admire knitters…so much so that I want to teach my daughter, and maybe even teach myself someday. Annabelle showed some interest so I engaged my mother (who is the master yoda of knitting) to give Annabelle a good start. It took about fourteen tries, including finger knitting, the klutz book of easy knitting for kids, ect. ect. I finally told my crafty yet fluctuating daughter that if she wanted an ipod touch she would need to hand knit herself, from start to FINISH, an ipod case to put it in. She is halfway through right now, and she is even developing some of her own unique methods.
Have someone around that knows what they are doing ( a.k.a. Grandma )
Pick a simple project, thick yarn and short knitting needles.
Give them a reason to complete…a prize!
Creativity comes in all forms, and some people never cease to amaze:)
>Dharma Trading Co.
( for supplies)
>Knitting: Learn to Knit Six Great Projects
(Klutz Knitting Book..a great place to start)
I love this cheap tabletop idea. I found these candle holders and plates at a local thrift store and decided to take inspiration from the Life as A Thrifter post. She used wooden candlesticks and pie tins which also look adorable. The candlesticks I found were ceramic with an earthy stain. I thought the white plates created some good contrast ( and they were all &1 each!). When I put this on my table and filled it with tangerines and apples, the kids were naturally drawn to it for snacks. They also make cute cookie/cupcake plates for a party..
All you need are some candlesticks, three plates (or a platter and two smaller plates), and a hot glue gun. Have fun thrifting!
Here are some other ideas to inspire ( the bluebird one is adorable! )
An undisputed classic. I recently saw this great post on The Artful Parent containing the best roundup of playdough ideas I have ever seen. She covers ways to use playdough as nature art, kitchen projects, gifts, science and much more.
This Valentine’s Day, Annabelle scoured pinterest and decided to try and replicate this cute idea.
(We decided to do pink candies of course)
We then decided to make some heart sunglasses to share with her class. It took a while to make all thirty two of them, but sitting across the table together each night making two or three of them at a time was really fun for me. This morning she marched off with a huge bag of handmade goodies for her friends – so worth the effort!
Those Celtic fisherman were so cute:) I saw this tutorial on how to make the celtic heart shaped knot and decided to give it a try. Valentines day is next week, so get practicing. Your sweetheart will be so impressed..
“The Heart Shaped Knot is really cool because it’s a heart AND it’s a knot.”
Here is the video: