Little Fishies Valentines


I found a cute printable a couple years ago on Pinterest and finally dug it up for this year’s preschool valentines. Super easy and fast. I had the kids sign their names on the back (I wrote the bulk of the messages):



My older son decided to write in a font of some sort (arial narrow?)



They had cute sayings like “Glad we’re in the same school!” or “You’re the only fish in the sea for me!” or “I saw you and I was hooked!”

I put them in a little cellophane bag with varying kinds of goldfish crackers. The boys were super excited to give them to their classmates.



I might have overfilled the little baggies, oh well! :)


Picture Ornament Frames


I’ve got a little fun ornament project for you! This one requires basic crochet skills, and it’s a quick project.

Picture Ornament Frames


Materials needed:
- A worsted kitchen cotton yarn (I used Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream in Hot Green, Robin’s Egg, and Tangerine)
- Hook: E/4 (3.5 mm)
- 3 inch rings (I found mine at Hobby Lobby)
- a yarn needle
- Circle nesting dies (Mine are from Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Circles Die Set)
- Big Shot or Cuttlebug, or any die cutting machine
- Adhesive backed foam sheets (I got mine at Michaels; you can easily use regular foam sheets and just tape/glue your pictures onto the foam instead)
- Adhesive backed magnets (I got mine at Walmart)


Crochet Pattern:
(adapted from “Pretty as a Picture” Frames pattern)
1st Round: Join yarn with sl st to ring. Working around ring, work 75 sc. Join with sl st to first sc.
2nd Round: *Skip next 2 sc. 7 dc in next sc. Skip next 2 sc, sl st into next sc. Rep from * around, ending with skip 2 sc. Sl st in first sc.
Loop: Chain 15. Sl st in same sc to close the loop. Fasten off, and weave in loose end with yarn needle.


Video Tutorial:


Enjoy! And Merry Christmas! =)


Memory Box’s Cottage In The Woods, 2 Ways


One of my crafting challenges I’ve set forth for myself is to aim for clean and simple. For some reason, it is really hard for me to do this style, probably because I am still a newbie and still working on my editing eye and knowing when to just stop. And not add yet that one more thing and going too far. I had a hard time holding myself back, but I think I did OK with the self-restraint. Trying to get used to the more minimalist look.

So here’s my attempt, both times, with a single die:


First Card:

Cottage In the Woods, in black & white


A close-up:

Cottage In the Woods, in black & white


Second Card:

Cottage In the Woods, in color


A close-up:

Cottage In the Woods, in color


I am really liking the black and white one, somehow the minimalist look makes me a tad uncomfortable, but I’m forcing myself to go with it and it is growing on me. I like the color one too, and I thought perhaps I could add a bling or two but then held myself back and made myself stop. ¬†Thoughts?






Penny Black’s The Manger

Trying to get back into the swing of things. I had a lot of plans for a Christmas card series again this year, and was poised to get started this past September, but a few life events happened and I lost my mojo. I’m trying to get my mojo back.

So here’s a fairly straight forward card. I needed something to watercolor, to relax me. =)


Penny Black's The Manger Card


A close-up:

The manger - close-up










A card from one 4 year old to another 4 year old. =)


The card is 140 lb. watercolor paper, and my son drew the outlines of the 4 and the exclaimation point. I went over the outlines in a permanent marker so it wouldn’t bleed once we watercolored over it. We colored everything by scribbling gelatos and the spreading the color around with fingers dipped in water.

Here is the interior, done similarly but watercolored with a brush instead (and insisted no help from mom – I need to work on not hovering above him all the time, lol):


And of course, his “signature” on the back of the card.