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The Never-ending Room Makeover

Written on January 27, 2015 at 10:11 am, by

Light Purple and Medium Purple | The Nerd Nest

Fixing up our spare room has become the project that never ends, and I’m going to share a bit of the progress we made in 2014.

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This room has been home to a few family members and friends since we’ve moved in, and when we found ourselves without an extra … Continue

Glittered Pinecones | 26/52 Projects

Written on December 4, 2014 at 8:05 am, by

Glitter Pinecones | The Nerd Nest 1

I wanted a little holiday festivity around here, but I’m not ready to drag up the tubs of decorations from the basement until we buy a tree this weekend. So I went for a quick craft project instead: glittered pinecones!

This project, like many projects around here, was the answer … Continue

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

Pikachu Costume | 22/52 Projects

Written on November 3, 2014 at 6:04 pm, by

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As you saw in my Friday Week in the Life post, I was down to the wire with Halloween costumes this year. This was due in part to my propensity to procrastinate, part because my car is broken and that made buying all of that yellow felt tricky, and part … Continue

Project Life Stop Motion | 20/52 Projects

Written on September 24, 2014 at 8:00 am, by

I’ve had to keep one of the trickiest projects I’ve made lately under wraps until now: a stop motion video to promote Catch Up with Project Life! It isn’t perfect, but I think it’s pretty dang cute. Watch through (it is only 1 minute long) and then I’ll tell … Continue

Spray Painting My Way to a Fancier Porch | 19/52 Projects

Written on September 8, 2014 at 10:54 am, by

Copper and mosaic table | The Nerd Nest

The weather is cooling down here in Kansas City, which means I’ll be spending a lot more time on my front porch. It’s not very pretty out there, so it’s a good time to improve things a bit.

Spray Painting Makes a Huge Difference - The Before

I’m planning a few low cost projects, but I decided to start … Continue

Doctor Who Guess Who | 18\52 Projects

Written on August 27, 2014 at 5:00 am, by

Homemade Doctor Who Guess Who | The Nerd Nest

My family is obsessed with Doctor Who. Jake and I have been looking for Whovian activities to do with the kids, but we’ve been coming up short. I mean, sure, we do play “Don’t Blink” tag while pretending to be Weeping Angels…which for some reason Jonas and Eliza find fun … Continue

Watercolor Crayon Resisting | 17/52 Projects

Written on August 14, 2014 at 10:17 am, by

Watercolor Crayon Resisting  | The Nerd Nest

This week I’ve been playing around with watercolor crayon resisting. In one of my elementary school art classes, we did this project: you color on white paper with neon or white crayons, watercolor over it, and the wax from the crayon works as a resistor so the colored parts remain … Continue

Water Marbling | 16/52 Projects

Written on June 25, 2014 at 10:41 am, by

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Water Marbling | The Nerd Nest #megandoes52projects

After our fun with shaving cream marbling a few weeks ago, I wanted to try to do another fun effect on a terra cotta planter. Though I’m sure I could figure out how to make the shaving cream method work in 3D, I decided to try a different technique: I … Continue

Shaving Cream Marbling | 15/52 Projects

Written on June 13, 2014 at 8:39 am, by

Shaving Cream Marbling | 15/52 Projects at the Nerd Nest

I’ve been working on some big, time consuming projects, so I’ve been looking for something simple for a cheap, quick artistic release. Eliza came to the rescue with something I’ve never heard of before: shaving cream marbling.

Shaving Cream Marbling | 15/52 Projects at the Nerd Nest

Her school has an awesome summer program, and she came home from art … Continue