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Rorschach Test-esque Paint Technique | 24/52 Projects

Written on December 2, 2014 at 5:00 am, by

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I love when Eliza comes home from art class at school armed with a new technique she can’t wait to teach me. Last week, she showed me how to make Rorschach Test / inkblot looking things with paint.

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All you do is fold a piece of paper (we used heavy … Continue

The Great Lego Reorganization Project | 21/52 Projects

Written on October 9, 2014 at 11:16 am, by

The Great Lego Reorganization Project

Building Legos is a favorite family activity. They’ve been slowly taking over my house, what with the number of grandparents contributing to the collection during holidays and all. Jake is a fan of the storage method from his childhood: dump everything all together in a big tub and you’ll never … Continue

Le Petite Prince Painting | 12/52 Projects

Written on April 28, 2014 at 5:00 am, by

Le Petite Prince Painting | 12/52 Projects at The Nerd Nest

My favorite book of all time is Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry (The Little Prince in English). We have a history, this book and I. I first read it in my very early teens. My aunt (more like my sister) Beth read it because it was James … Continue

Crystal Nail String Art | 8/52 Projects

Written on March 14, 2014 at 9:04 am, by

Crystal Nail String Art | The Nerd Nest

There haven’t been many changes to Eliza’s room since we shuffled things around in 2012 (except that you haven’t been able to see 100% of the floor since the day I took those pictures–hah!). This Spring, I want to bring the age level up a bit in there for her … Continue

DIY Periodic Table Mirrors | 5/52 Projects

Written on February 21, 2014 at 1:51 pm, by

DIY Periodic Table Mirrors: a little bathroom humor from The Nerd Nest

Our downstairs bathroom happens to be science themed–The Nerd Nest isn’t just a blog name. It’s also a pretty accurate description of our house. I had an idea awhile back to use periodic table tiles to spell out a little bathroom humor, but I wasn’t sure how I should work … Continue

Eliza’s Doctor Who Valentines | 4/52 Projects

Written on February 13, 2014 at 4:31 pm, by


DIY Valentines from Kid Art

Eliza’s gearing for her Valentine’s Day party at school and is so excited to swap valentines with her friends. She really wanted Doctor Who valentines (of course–she’s the coolest 8 year old ever!). There are some cute printable versions online, but we decided that it would be more fun if … Continue

A Very Nerdy Halloween

Written on November 1, 2013 at 10:19 am, by

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Our DIY nerdy Halloween was a success! We were a little worried about getting the perfect costumes together on a budget, but we made it happen with what we had on hand + a trip to a thrift store.

Jonas and I went as Star Wars characters. Jonas’s Anakin … Continue

How a Nerd Dad Makes Spelling Homework Fun

Written on August 27, 2013 at 9:06 pm, by


I received an email from Eliza’s teacher today, and it included a list of her spelling words for the week (in French, of course). Knowing that she’s had trouble with this in the past (least favorite subject of hers), I decided to make a web application for Eliza to make … Continue

ROYGBIV Pipe Bookshelves

Written on July 13, 2013 at 6:49 pm, by

ROYGBIV Pipe Bookshelves by the Nerd Nest

Now that we’ve shared how we built the pipe bookshelves, I’m going to show you how we filled ’em up!

These bookshelves really are the focal point of our whole house, so we were very intentional about how they look. We’ve long organized at least some of our books … Continue

Building the Pipe Bookshelves

Written on July 12, 2013 at 8:31 am, by

Building the Pipe Bookshelves at the Nerd Nest

Pipe bookshelves!!! Watch the video below to see us put them together and then read all about how we made them.

It was a long time from idea to execution for our full wall bookshelves: we’ve wanted our own personal library for years (and Megan has the books to prove … Continue