Kid Craft: Watercolor Popsicle Garland

Kids Craft: Summer Popsicle Garland #kidscraft | spotofteadesigns.com

Since we took down our Easter Egg garland after the holiday, my bright entry way mirror has been sad without a craft decorating it. (Especially since my entry way table must remain bare with curious toddler hands in reach of its top!) With summer here, it needed something bright and colorful so I turned to my trusty crafting assistant and asked if she wanted to paint. Her response: “YAH!!!!!!!!!!!” The girl loves to craft, what can I say? I set her up in her familiar high chair and black smock and grabbed our watercolor supplies. She loves to "dip dip dip" the brush in the paint and spread it all around, even grabbing two brushes for some extra fun! Before long, blank sheets of paper were covered in beautiful strokes of watercolor goodness from a cheap set bought at ... Continue Reading...

Nursery Dresser Makeover

#Nursery Furniture Makeover with Before and After #tutorial @Valspar_Paint #DIY | 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, which you can see used in the tutorial below. To learn more about my affiliates, please review my disclosure policy here. With baby #2 was on its way, it was time to focus on the nursery situation. Since Brielle was due to outgrow the crib within due time, we didn't want to spend money on another crib/changing table set. Instead I proposed we redo Derek's old dresser set he grew up using that were currently sitting collecting dust at his dad's house and put them in Brielle's room. These dressers were made of real wood and still in great condition. Just, in my opinion, a little outdated for the look of her current grey, pink and white ... Continue Reading...

DIY Engagement Basket {GUEST POST}

#DIY Engagement Basket Gift idea for a bride to be. #wedding | 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. SOTD readers are already familiar with the creative talents of today's guest poster. Cherylin's beautifully handmade cookies have been featured several times on my blog, including ones she made for my bridal shower, work baby shower, Baby's First Christmas and Brielle's first birthday party favors! Today she's here to share another fun gift she put together for a fellow past coworker Britlyn, who recently got engaged! Cherylin's story: I have been waiting for Brittlyn to get engaged and like everyone else I was waiting for them to come back from some trip with ... Continue Reading...

Handmade With Love XXII: More Baby Gifts

Handmade baby burp cloths as demonstrated by toddler baby doll play | 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. A few months back I did some graphic design work for a long time friend, Elizabeth. When receiving her payment for my work, a few bonuses were found in the package. She must know how many tissues we go through in our family with a toddler who always seems to have a runny nose and a hubby who has bad allergies in the summer. She made this pretty little tissue pack holder that I can now carry in my diaper bag for quick access to our tissue supply! And since she's a SOTD blog follower (Hey Elizabeth!) she knows about my newest ... Continue Reading...

Patriotic Contact Paper Play

Cheap and easy Patriotic toddler activity: Contact Paper Play @ConTactBrand | 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 the weather has been so nice and we're always outside, it’s been a while since we’ve broken out our contact paper for a fun interactive craft play session. With July 4th right around the corner, an indoor patriotic craft activity was in order! This one came together quickly with just a few minutes spent digging through my stash of paper scraps. While she was napping, I set up an "invitation to play" station using red and white paper strips, punched out blue stars, the left over scraps from the star punch outs and a sticky wall made of Con-Tact Paper and ... Continue Reading...

Under the Sea Quiet Book: Part 3

Under the Sea Quiet book with free templates. #toddler #quietbook #handmade #ocean | 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. I recently shared the beginning pages to the Under the Sea themed quiet book I made Brielle followed by some additional page designs. I used silver grommets and book rings to hold the pages together, making it easy to add more pages later on. For now, I think this book is complete so please enjoy the last few pages of my first hand sewn Under the Sea Quiet Book. Treasure Chest Pocket: Brielle loves putting things in and out of pockets so I made sure to include one big pocket page for her. Adding the little French knots for the nails was the most time consuming part ... Continue Reading...

Handmade Pirate Birthday Card

Handmade Pirate Birthday Card | spotofteadesigns.com

Just dropping in for a quick little post to show off this handmade birthday card I made for my nephew Blake. We're celebrating his fourth birthday today with a Jake and the Neverland Pirates theme. I dug in my stash to make him a custom pirate themed card for his big day! Happy Birthday Blake! (or "Bake" as Brielle calls him) Supplies: Stickers: Martha Stewart Crafts, Chipboard Letters: Heidi Swapp ... Continue Reading...

Use Your Stash Challenge: Embrace the Sticker Sneeze

Use your paper stash challenge: sticker collages for handmade cards | spotofteadesigns.com

There was a term used back in the day of early scrapbooking: sticker sneeze. It resulted when someone would put their photos on a page (usually cropped with those decorative scissors and matted with neon colored paper). Once the photos were glued down, they would grab the sticker pack which matched the theme of the page and then splatter stickers randomly all over the page. It wasn’t necessarily a pretty sight but something very common to this early scrapbooking trend and later considered a scrapbooking “no no.”   Since I’ve been low in my stock of birthday cards, I used Brielle’s bath session one night (aka Derek was bathing her and I had a few minutes to myself) to embrace the sticker sneeze and create a few birthday cards. I went through my stash and pulled out this kid series ... Continue Reading...