Kid Crafted Easter Tree Tradition {Guest Post}

Kid crafted #Easter tree: decorate an artificial tree all year long, not just Christmas! | spotofteadesigns.com

Shortly before Brielle's arrival I shared a few handmade gifts we received by fellow handmakers, one of which was a beautiful quilt and matching elephant plush animal from Nicole. She's my brother-in-law's sister and one I've watched turn from a newlywed to a now mom of three little ones. She's here today to share a cute holiday tradition she's started, a decorated tree of kids crafts around the upcoming holiday. In this case, it's Easter! Take it away, Nicole! Different colored artificial Christmas trees are out in our house for most of the year, but change with each season. For Halloween and winter we used our white artificial tree as the base and our pink tree has been useful for Valentine's Day and Easter. This tradition started with Grandma giving Violet (my oldest) the idea ... Continue Reading...

Kids Craft: Easter Egg Garland

Easter Egg Garland Kids Craft using crayon resist and watercolor paint technique | spotofteadesigns.com

As what seemed like a LONG winter due to all the snowstorms and being stuck in the house a few times, I got sick of looking at my cheery “hey come on and let it snow” 10 minute garland  hung on my newly made over front entrance mirror. I decided to update it for the next holiday with the help of my trusty crafting assistant, Brielle. Brielle is no stranger to the resist projects, having already finger painted a Father’s Day frame for Derek last year and a birthday card for him in November. It was time to try out the good old crayon resist with a watercoloring technique – a new medium for her! When I brought out her black smock, this girl got super happy. She must love crafting as much as her mommy! I took my white crayon and drew some decorative Easter egg shapes on ... Continue Reading...

Picture Frame Makeover with Krylon Spray Paint

Easy Picture Frame Makeover: Taking an old gold frame and making it crisp modern white! | spotofteadesigns.com

Disclosure: I was compensated with product by Krylon via Prime Publishing and FaveCrafts.com for these items, but the opinions expressed and project created are all mine. For more information on my disclosure policy, please visit this page. A while back, Derek's Gramma was in the process of trying to sell her house to officially become a full time snowbird in Florida. Upon cleaning out her place, she was eager to share stories about all the items inside including this framed image of the town in Germany where her father was from. He came to America and became a barber because... that's what his mom told him to do. I love black and white photos and family history so when she asked if we wanted it, I said YES! We took the frame and all. While the gold color of the frame itself ... Continue Reading...

Use Your Stash Challenge: Party Hats

Use your stash challenge: Add party hat stickers to any character stickers to turn them into #handmade #birthday #cards. | spotofteadesigns.com

  Does anyone remember the OLD line from YEARS ago – Jolee’s By You? It was a line that came out before I worked there so at least 2003 or earlier. It was an assortment of paper crafted embellishments, much like their well known Jolee’s Boutique stickers but they didn’t have adhesive on them. So you can’t really call them “stickers” as much as embellishments. Anyway I had a bunch of the party hat themed ones from a warehouse sale that were in need of being used in a cute way! I dug through my collection of licensed character stickers and pulled out this foursome from the Peanuts comic strip. Together they made four new birthday cards for my really low stash of birthday cards. Yay stash blasters! Supplies: patterned paper: October afternoon | embellishment: Jolee's by You | ... Continue Reading...

St. Patrick’s Day Toddler Fingerpaint Craft

St. Patrick's Day Toddler Fingerpaint Craft - #KidsCraft #StPatricksDay | spotofteadesigns.com

DISCLOSURE: Some of the links in this post contain affiliate links. Know that I only promote products I personally use and stand behind. To learn more about my affiliates, please review my disclosure policy here. This winter, just like Brielle's first, was full of TOO MUCH SNOW! We were stuck in the house a lot! It was up to this creative mommy to come up with a few entertaining ideas. Just like my 10 Ideas to Entertain A Toddler in Winter post said, arts and crafts are a popular activity in our home! It was time for a St. Patrick's Day themed fingerpaint activity! We grabbed our favorite Crayola Washable Fingerpaints, some paper, a green pipe cleaner (not shown above) and our beloved roll of Con-Tact Brand Clear Covering Self-Adhesive Liner and got to work. Miss ... Continue Reading...

Garage Cabinet Makeover with Deco Art

Garage Cabinet Makeover with @DecoArt_Inc Chalky Finish Paint | spotofteadesigns.com

DISCLOSURE: I am part of the DecoArt Blogger Program and was provided product samples. I only promote and share products I personally use and recommend! To learn more, please review my disclosure policy here. Derek’s been working on a big project the last few years: making over and organizing our garage! I’ve already shared part I in which we turned our dingy, cold and dirty garage into a bright, clean space when he added sheetrock and painted the floor. Since then he’s been putting together organization systems and shelves to make it a more functional space. I hope to share the completed garage makeover this spring once the overflow of the winter storage and our car is no longer in there. Here's a sneak peek on the theme that's currently going on in ... Continue Reading...

Pregnancy Reveal Announcement Cards with Tiny Prints

#Pregnancy Reveal Announcement Cards from @TinyPrints featuring a handmade onesie shirt | spotofteadesigns.com

Disclosure: I am a Tiny Prints affiliate and was compensated with product for this post. While this post contains affiliate links, the opinions expressed are all mine! Note: I only promote and share products I personally use and recommend! To learn more, please review my disclosure policy here. Back in January, something exciting happened. I took a pregnancy test in the morning and it came back positive! We were officially expecting number two! I knew I wanted to come up with a cute way to tell Derek so while he was at work, I made a little something to tell him the news. When he came home at lunch, I told him I wanted to show him the craft project I made today for Brielle and showed him my onesie stating "One of Two" in iron on letters. His reaction? “Two of what?" (pause) ... Continue Reading...

St. Patrick’s Day Contact Paper Play

St Patrick's Day Contact Paper Play for Toddlers | spotofteadesigns.com

DISCLOSURE: Some of the links in this post contain affiliate links. Know that I only promote products I personally use and stand behind. To learn more about my affiliates, please review my disclosure policy here. Brielle loved our first attempt at contact paper play back when we made fall leaf sun catchers with her cousins. But it’s been a while since we played with that fun material and it was time for a new activity! Supplies: Con-Tact Brand Self-Adhesive Shelf Liner Painting Tape Green and Yellow Tissue Paper Pieces of Green Ribbons (these were left over from our Pinwheel birthday party cookie favors!) I cut a large sheet of the contact paper, peeled the adhesive backing to expose the sticky side and used a decorative painter’s tape I had on hand to ... Continue Reading...