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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

Current Projects – DIY Play Dough, Beach Painting, Badge Magnets, and Friendship Bracelets

Written on July 10, 2015 at 1:03 pm, by

Current Projects

Lately I haven’t had a ton of extra time for projects, but I still sneak in small bits of crafting where I can. I’m always on the lookout for fun things I can do with supplies I already have or projects I can do with my kids. These four projects … Continue

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