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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

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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