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5 Ways to Teach Primary and Secondary Colors

Written on April 11, 2018 at 1:04 pm, by

5 Ways to Teach Primary Colors | The Nerd Nest 1

Ava is three and a half right now and stays home with me during the day, so this year we started on a preschool routine. Most of our day is spent playing, but we always try to get some direct learning activities in there. She likes to do “homework” (filling … Continue

100 Days of Project Progress

Written on March 29, 2018 at 4:15 pm, by

100 Days of Project Progress

The official The 100 Day Project starts next week on April 3 and I’m playing along! If you don’t know about the 100 Day Project, click that link and see what the founders have to say.

There are also some great podcast episodes to get your wheels turning:

One Little Word Vision Board

Written on February 27, 2018 at 9:52 am, by

One Little Word Vision Board | The Nerd Nest 1

Today I’m sharing my take on the February prompt for Ali Edwards’s One Little Word, which is all about making a vision board / collage. You can read about why I chose my word for this year, Elastic, here.

One Little Word Vision Board | The Nerd Nest 2

I chose images that represent the things I’m struggling … Continue

Kids’ Artwork Scanned for DIY Valentines

Written on February 14, 2018 at 5:43 pm, by

Kids' Artwork Scanned for DIY Valentines | The Nerd Nest 1

In 2014, Eliza decided she’d rather have valentines with her art (and her fandoms) than store bought ones. Rather than hand-make 30 odd valentines (we’re way too procrastinatey for that), I scanned her art, added words, and printed them in school valentine sizes.

Jonas jumped in on the tradition last … Continue

Fix-it Blitz | Sewing Edition

Written on February 8, 2018 at 4:01 pm, by

Fix-it Blitz | Sewing Edition 1

Because I put off repairing things, I like to gather all of the toys and small objects that need fixing in one place so I can do them in a big batch when the mood strikes (or the basket is getting full).

Last time I did a lot of hot … Continue

Knit Hat Take Two

Written on January 30, 2018 at 6:02 pm, by

Knit Hat Take 2 | The Nerd Nest 1

My first project of the year was a knit hat, but it turned out much too small. I definitely should have made a gauge swatch, but I was having trouble getting into the groove after only knitting garter stitch (only knit, no purling) for so long so I just … Continue

Too Small Knit Hat

Written on January 16, 2018 at 11:20 am, by

Too Small Knit Hat | 52 Projects The Nerd Nest 1

I finished my first project of the year…and it didn’t turn out how I intended.

I’m a beginning knitter and have mostly made very easy projects like big all-garter stitch blankets and a few scarves. I tried making hats a few years ago, and I love them even though they’re … Continue

52 Projects 2017

Written on January 10, 2018 at 5:02 pm, by

52 Projects 2017 | The Nerd Nest

I started making it a goal to complete 52 projects in a year in 2014 as a way to inject more creativity into my life and to motivate myself to do projects that aren’t so fun. Projects can be art, crafts, home improvement, tech, gardening, or whatever else my brain … Continue

Giant Knit Nebula Blanket

Written on September 9, 2016 at 9:50 am, by


This week I finished a project I’ve been working on since April! The whole time I was making Eliza’s Twin Sized Blanket last year, Jonas was asking when his would be done. So after a bit of a break when I’d finished hers, I started on one for him!


For … Continue

Papier-mâché Death Star Piñata

Written on January 12, 2016 at 8:48 am, by

DIY Death Star Piñata | The Nerd Nest

Jonas’s only request for his fifth birthday party with his friends was a piñata.

I was all set to buy one, but then an artist friend inspired me–she told me about how easy and cheap it is to DIY (though she made a very involved Tie Fighter that sounded amazing … Continue