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Getting the Garden Going | 11/52 Projects

Written on April 8, 2014 at 5:00 am, by


I’ve been spending the past few weeks welcoming Spring with a lot of gardening. Here’s what’s been in the works:



There were sad little weedy spots at the bottom of the stairs leading from the sidewalk to our house. Jonas and I decided to beautify, so he picked out a … Continue

Awesome Lady Poems | 10/52 Projects

Written on April 3, 2014 at 5:00 am, by


Last week my friend Kristin hosted the first Awesome Ladies Project on her blog. The project is all about dedicating two hours a month creating a project that makes you feel like an awesome lady. Kristin is doing her two hours the last Friday night of every month, but it’s … Continue

Adventures in Dye | 9/52 Projects

Written on March 19, 2014 at 10:14 am, by

Adventures in Dye | The Nerd Nest

I’ve tie dyed before (I even did my instructional speech on it my Freshman year of high school), but I’ve never tried other dyeing techniques or mixing dye colors. I decided it’s time to give it a go.

Adventures in Dye | The Nerd Nest

I’m not big on big box stores, but I’m excited to hit … 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

Spring Break Planning

Written on March 12, 2014 at 11:33 pm, by

Planet Comicon Kansas City

Last year we were cooped up all Spring Break, but it was still a blast, mostly because I had the foresight to plan awesome activities ahead of time. So hopefully it’ll work again this year.

Here are some of my plans / ideas for this year:

French Monuments with Eliza’s Class | 7/52 Projects

Written on March 7, 2014 at 9:52 am, by

Post-Impressionist Kid Thumb Print French Monument Corn Hole Toss Project | The Nerd Nest

Every year, each class in Eliza’s school creates an art project that is then sold for auction at the school’s biggest fundraiser for the year. I’m on the team of parents organizing the project this year, and it’s been so fun to have so many people collaborating on a single … Continue

Band Pin Display | 6/52 Projects

Written on February 27, 2014 at 6:03 pm, by

Band Pin Display  | The Nerd Nest

I love collecting concert memorabilia. As a teenager, I sewed patches on a jacket and I had pins that covered my bag. After my favorite pins kept popping off of my bag, I shelved that idea and they’ve been stowed away ever since. I’m gearing up to do a gallery … 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

Pillow Covers | 3/52 Projects

Written on February 1, 2014 at 5:00 am, by


Some projects take me FOREVER to complete from idea to execution. I’m totally okay with that: it gives me the time to save up for projects or change my mind for the better. But sometimes, the waiting is just silly. These pillow covers were a little on the ridiculous side … Continue

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