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Ornate Frame with Clipped Photos

Written on June 3, 2015 at 8:03 am, by

Ornate frame with cliped photos | The Nerd Nest

In 2012, I painted this frame aqua and made it into a necklace holder for Eliza. She recently decided she was over it–she thought it would be better for our foster baby’s room. So I painted it black, to better go with the room’s color scheme, and switched up … Continue

Refinishing Our Hardwood Floor

Written on March 10, 2015 at 8:44 am, by

Refinishing Hardwood Floors | The Nerd Nest 1

We’re finally done refinishing the spare room! Jake and I have been working on it in our spare time for months, and it is finally livable! If you need a refresher, here’s the before.

Refinishing Hardwood Floors | The Nerd Nest 2

The most time consuming part of fixing up this room was paint removal. I’ve already … Continue

Spring Break Project Ideas

Written on March 6, 2015 at 9:43 am, by

Spring Break Projects | The Nerd Nest

Spring Break is coming up, so we’re planning a week of awesomeness to keep the kids engaged. We’ll do plenty: our friends are coming from out of town to stay with us for Planet Comicon, Jake took Saint Patrick’s Day off so we can walk to the big parade, … Continue

Crabitat

Written on March 4, 2015 at 5:00 am, by

Crabitat | The Nerd Nest 1

My grandpa came back from Florida this weekend with three hermit crabs for us. He was thinking the hermies would be a bit easier than they happen to be, but after a day of obsessive research, I got them out of their sad teeny plastic carrying cases and into an … Continue

Class Quilt

Written on February 18, 2015 at 5:00 am, by

Class Auction Quilt | The Nerd Nest 1

Every year, each class in Eliza’s school creates a craft project to sell at an auction as part of the school’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Last year, I did my part making a French Monument Bean Bag Toss game. This year, I was in charge of the whole class … Continue

Projects in the Works

Written on February 6, 2015 at 5:00 am, by

DIY Valentines from Kid Art

I generally have tons of craft projects going on at one time, and right now is no exception. I feel like I didn’t finish much in January outside of the work / memory keeping realm (which is no small feat), but if I keep to my guns, February is going … Continue

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.

Spare Room Before | The Nerd Nest 3

Spare Room Before | The Nerd Nest 1

Spare Room Before | The Nerd Nest 2

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

Homemade Pikachu Costume | The Nerd Nest 4

Homemade Pikachu Costume | The Nerd Nest 6

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