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Too Small Knit Hat

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

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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

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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!

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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

A Year of WEAVE

Written on January 6, 2016 at 11:47 am, by

Getting Literal with my One Little Word Weave | The Nerd Nest

I love Ali Edwards’s yearly workshop One Little Word.

2016 will be my fourth year joining in on the workshop, and it’s been wonderful for me. The concept of choosing a word to guide you and meditate on throughout the year is a great way to focus on self-improvement … Continue

Getting More Organized with Hallway Hooks

Written on December 15, 2015 at 7:00 am, by

Hallway hooks DIY | The Nerd Nest

We don’t have an entryway closet. We use a set of lockers to help corral coats and shoes, but bulky items like book bags end up cluttering the bench we keep next to the lockers. And now that we’re a family of five, the three lockers don’t really have enough … Continue

Simple Twin Sized Striped Knit Blanket

Written on November 16, 2015 at 12:50 pm, by

Huge Knit Blanket for Eliza | The Nerd Nest

Twin Sized Knit Blanket | The Nerd Nest

Knit Blanket a Year in the Making | The Nerd Nest

I knitted a giant blanket for Eliza and it took me a year to complete! I started last November with a bunch of yarn and a very vague plan.

Yarn Colors for Knit Blanket Project | The Nerd Nest

I chose the colors based on the nesting doll curtains and dark teal furniture in Eliza’s room.

Giant Striped Garter Stitch Knit Blanket | The Nerd Nest

I didn’t plan out … Continue

Stamp your own Fabric Pattern | Handmade Holidays Blog Hop

Written on November 6, 2015 at 8:55 am, by

Wizard pillow - stamp your own fabric pattern! | The Nerd Nest

Today I’m sharing a handmade gift tutorial (and a bonus idea) using rukristin stamps to make your own fabric patterns.

Fan art fabric pattern using stamps! | The Nerd Nest

I use rukristin stamps in my paper crafting all of the time, so I thought it would be fun to show you a gift that steps away from the paper! … Continue

Summer Gardening

Written on September 4, 2015 at 9:19 am, by

Pumpkin Flower | The Nerd Nest

In Spring, when I was excited to get the garden going, I thought I’d be sharing monthly updates as I went along. It turns out that I couldn’t keep up with gardening for the most part this summer. A combination of weird weather, lots of mosquitos (we had to ditch … Continue

Fish Bowl Succulent Terrarium

Written on August 28, 2015 at 10:01 am, by

DIY Fish Bowl Succulent Terrarium | The Nerd Nest

Lately all of my projects are involved and time consuming, so I really wanted something I could do in an afternoon with the kids. The hardware store in our neighborhood has a fun collection of succulents and the kids love them.

Even though it’s just about the most stereotypical blogger … Continue