Under the Sea Quiet Book: Part I

Under the sea themed felt quiet book for a toddler named Brielle. Includes free templates! | 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. When Brielle turned one, I realized many of the toys she had enjoyed were no longer entertaining when we were out or in the car. I wanted to find something that was easy to take on the go and keep her busy so I decided to make her a quiet book! A quiet book is typically a sewn felt or fabric based book that includes interactive elements on the different pages. Printable templates can easily be found but with a graphic design background, I decided to make my own! I focused on an “Under the Sea” theme creating pages to encourage counting, color recognition, and spelling. ... Continue Reading...

Baby Shower Gift: Year of Holiday Outfits {FREE PRINTABLE}

Baby Shower Gift Idea: One year of outfits to wear each holiday. Free #printable #babyshower #gift | spotofteadesigns.com

I'm a big fan of giving a themed gift that lasts longer than the one time use. You may remember that along with 8 other bridesmaids, we gave Allie a Year of Date Nights gift for her bridal shower. And I gave Melanie 12 months of onesies for my nephew Logan (which we then borrowed for Brielle as you can see above). This past weekend I gifted another friend a very special year long gift. Jamie, a SOTD Contributor, has shared fun ideas with you, like her mom’s 75th birthday collaboration she designed or her Pet Photography Tips featuring her adorable little pup Pippa. She and her husband are expecting an adorable pink bundle this May! Since getting the news that she was expecting, I’ve been keeping my eye out for cute outfits after each holiday season that should fit ... Continue Reading...

Handmade with Love XXI

Handmade gifts for toddlers: crayon wallet featured on spotofteadesigns.com

As a crafter, I know how long it takes to make some handmade gifts. Items I receive need more than the few minutes of love I can give it, so I’m happy to post these Handmade with Love posts that showcase great handmade cards or gifts I have received. Brielle really is a lucky girl since her mommy knows so many creative people who share their creativity with her! This adorable crayon wallet came courtesy of Nicole, whom you may remember from a past Handmade with Love post for her beautiful quilt and elephant character pillow made to match Brielle's room. I was planning to attempt one of these for our plane ride to Disney but once Nicole mentioned she had an extra in this cute kitty print, I was all about that! Brielle did use it on the plane, making her famous "tracing my hand" ... Continue Reading...

Disney Contact Paper Play

Toddler Craft Activity: #Disney Contact paper play | 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. Since Brielle had so much fun with her St. Patrick's Day themed contact paper art, I decided to put together another little creative crafting session with an exciting theme: Disney! This time I wanted to involve her cousin, Brinley, since these two girls were going to experience a fun Disney event only two weeks after the crafting session.  Yes, as you read this post, we are down in (hopefully) sunny Florida introducing Brielle to the magic of Disney! Supplies: Con-Tact Brand Self-Adhesive Shelf Liner Painting Tape Red, Yellow, Black and WhiteTissue ... Continue Reading...

A Minnie Mouse First Birthday Party

Minnie Mouse First Birthday Party: One High Chair Banner | spotofteadesigns.com

You may remember that my sister-in-law Lauren and I were due just two weeks apart but her little one came early and mine came late. These two girls, who live only 15 minutes from one another, may grow up more like sisters than first cousins. Just two weeks before Brielle's Pinwheel First Birthday Party, we celebrated my niece Brinley's milestone first birthday with a Minnie Mouse themed event! Lauren and Frank did a great job including little special touches and bigger efforts to accommodate their big celebration for their little girl. This party happened over 7 months ago but it's very appropriate to share today since its the first day that we are down in Disney with them! Decorations: Upon entering Frank's mom's backyard, guests saw a fun pink pinwheel display going up the ... Continue Reading...

Custom Baby Onesies: Third Time’s A Charm

Baby welcome gift: create a custom onesie using iron on letters | spotofteadesigns.com

You know I'm a fan of quick and easy crafts for kids to wear. When my sister was expecting her second, my nephew Logan, I made her a set of monthly onesies for her monthly photo shoots.  She let us borrow them when I was expecting Brielle where I got the below fun photos: But.... at Brielle's first birthday, I had to give the set BACK to Melanie as she was expecting another baby! Since it is a third baby (another boy - Jared) and he will already be wearing lots of hand me downs, I thought he needed some of his own specially crafted gifts from his Aunt Tara. First, let me introduce this little guy.  Here's sweet little Jared on his birth day! Yes, just like when my niece Brinley was born, I made cupcakes to celebrate his arrival at the hospital! Isn't he cute? With the ... Continue Reading...

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...