New Hobby | Hand Lettering

I have started a new hobby that I am so excited about! I have always loved writing and being creative, so I thought I would try out hand lettering. Hand lettering is basically just modern calligraphy. I love this style of writing and always wanted to learn how to do it.

I purchased some things from Amazon. Two tablets and a package of pens. After doing some research, I realized that you have to have the right pens to do this type of writing.

These pens come in a two-pack. They have bigger packs, but I figured two would be good enough to get started. These pens are bendy at the tip so you can push harder on your paper to make a thicker line, and less pressure for a thin line. Really cool!

I also wanted to purchase kind of like an adult handwriting tablet, you know like the kinds kids use when they’re learning their letters? Well, they had it! This one was the prettiest.

It takes a while to get used to putting pressure on the pen and then letting the pressure off, but I think I’m starting to get the hang of it! I can’t wait until I get good at it and create some projects!

I also purchased this book, Hand Lettering 101. It tells you everything you need to know, tips on how to hold your pen, and some special projects you can try. It also has spaces to practice your letters.

I find hand lettering to be calm and relaxing, kind of like adult doodling. It’s something that I can teach my girls, and gives us a new thing to do together.

It’s never too late to learn a new skill or hobby! I’ll take a good hobby over Netflix any day.

Have you tried out hand lettering?

Thanks for reading xx

DIY Personalized Beaded Bracelets

Hello! I absolutely love personalized jewelry. Anything with a monogram or a name I just have to have!!! Recently, I have spotted a trend of beaded bracelets that you can have personalized with a name. I have seen these on Etsy, Baublebar, even really expensive ones on NET-A-PORTER.

Photo from Baublebar

Photo from Etsy

Photo from NetAPorter

These range from $10- $85!

I thought, I can totally make these myself. AND, my girls will love to help me!

All you need are some beads and some string. We found ours from Michaels and Amazon.

Multicolor letter beads here

Black and white letter beads here

Metallic beads here

These were all fairly inexpensive, and they come with a ton- you can make bracelets for everyone!

The girls and I had so much fun making them, and I love how cute they are.

Do you like personalized jewelry?

Thanks for reading 🙂

xx

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Popsicle Stick Crafts

My girls love to make crafts with popsicle sticks.  I love them because they are cheap, they come in a big package, and the possibilities are endless!  We have made tons of things over the years with popsicle sticks, from holiday decorations to jewelry boxes! 

These crafts that I have for you today are easy to do – both of my girls enjoyed making these and they are 3 and 6. They all use items that you probably already have around your house, too.  Enjoy!

1.  Emoji Sun 

What you need:

  • Yellow paper
  • Yellow paint
  • Paintbrush
  • 3 popsicle sticks
  • Glue
  • Markers to decorate

First, paint the popsicle sticks yellow.


After they’re dry, glue them on top of the other to create the sun spikes.


Cut out a yellow circle and draw an emoji face on it.  Our favorite is the heart eyes one.  Glue that to the middle.


Decorate the spikes with markers or glitter.


Ashley wanted polka dots.


TA-DA!  A cute little sun.

2.  Popsicle Stick Popcorn

What you’ll need:

  • 9 popsicle sticks (we used the big ones)
  • Glue
  • Red, white, and yellow paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Cotton balls
  • Paper plate

First, line up seven popsicle sticks in a row vertically, and glue two popsicle sticks horizontally to hold them all together.  This is the back.


After the glue dries, flip it over and paint it alternating red and white.


After that dries, cut a paper plate in half and cut off the outside edge crinkles.


Glue the half circle shape to the back of your popsicle sticks.


Glue on your cotton balls.


Using yellow paint or a yellow marker, color in a little bit of yellow to make it look more like popcorn.


You can leave it like this, which is super cute on its own, but my 6 year old Allie wanted to make it look like Poppy Popcorn the Shopkin.  I think she did a great job!


3.  Popsicle Stick Picture Frame

What you’ll need:

  • Four Popsicle sticks
  • Glue
  • Any color paint of your choice
  • Paintbrush
  • Embellishments (jewels, buttons, etc)

Glue two popsicle sticks horizontally onto the back of two vertical popsicle sticks to form a square shape.


Paint them anyway you like.


After they dry, add your embellishments.


We added pictures and also glued a magnet to the back so we could put them on the fridge.


4.  American Flag

What you’ll need:

  • 8 popsicle sticks – we used 6 big and 2 little ones
  • Glue
  • Red, white, and blue paint 
  • Paintbrush

Line up 6 popsicle sticks horizontally and glue two sticks vertically.


After that dries, paint them alternating red and white, but on the top 3 make sure you only go halfway.


Paint the leftover square blue.


Add white dots of paint to make the “stars”. You can use glitter or actual little stars.  Ashley just wanted to make dots.


This would be really cute to do on the 4th of July.

I hope you guys liked these and will try them out!

Thanks for reading xx

90’s Throwback Craft | Shrinky Dinks

It’s the last day of summer for my daughter Allie, who starts FIRST GRADE tomorrow!!! To celebrate, here is one of her favorite crafts to make!

Tell me you remember SHRINKY DINKS from the 90’s!  Color on a piece of plastic, put it in the oven, and out comes a little shrunken charm?  Well, if you don’t, here is how you and your kids can make this simple (but really cool) craft.  Let’s get started!

What you’ll need:

  • Number 6 plastic (you can find this on the lids of to-go containers, or the aluminum containers at the grocery store.  Look for the triangle with the number 6 inside.

  • Sharpies (regular markers won’t work)

  • Scissors 
  • An oven preheated to 350 degrees

So go ahead and preheat your oven first, and then cut out your plastic sheets.


Using a white sheet of paper underneath, draw your object, and color it in with the sharpies.  We did a cupcake and a Shopkin.  If you have a coloring book or something like that with an image, you can trace it!

Cut out your image, and place it on a cookie sheet.


Place in the oven, and watch the magic happen!  The plastic with shrivel and curl up, and when it lays back down flat, it’s ready!


It’s kind of hard to see, but do you see it shriveling up? My kids LOVE to watch this happen.


Be careful when removing, they will be very hot!  The end result is about 1/6 of the original object.


You can also punch a hole through the plastic before you bake it, so you can make it into a keychain, necklace, or even a Christmas ornament!




I recommend sealing the marker side with  some clear nail polish.  This prevents the marker from scratching off.

I hope you liked this DIY and will try it!

xx amy 

DIY | Solar Eclipse Viewer

Hello!  We are so excited over here for the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21.  Since solar eclipse glasses are kind of hard to find, we decided to make our own viewers so we can safely watch the eclipse without hurting our eyes.  Everything that we used to make these we already had in our house.  Here’s how we made them!

What you need:

  • Any kind of box (cereal, snack box)
  • Foil
  • Tape
  • White paper
  • Paper clip/safety pin

Trace the bottom of your box onto a piece of white paper.


Cut out the rectangle and stick some tape on it.


Tape this onto the bottom of the inside of your box.


This next part is optional, but I wrapped the girls’ boxes with white wrapping paper so that they could decorate their boxes.  I’m always looking for a crafting opportunty. Haha 🙂


The next thing you want to do is to cut two holes in the top of your box.  Tape up the middle part so it’s secure.


Wrap a piece of aluminum foil around one of the holes, and tape into place.


Using your paperclip or safety pin, poke a small hole in the center of the foil.



Your viewer is complete!


Beautiful!


During the eclipse, you’re going to stand with your back to the sun, let the sun come through the aluminum foil, look through the open hole, and you will be able to view the eclipse on the piece of white paper inside the box.  Cool, huh? 🙂

Hope you try out this DIY!

Thanks for reading! xx