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Spray Painting My Way to a Fancier Porch | 19/52 Projects

Written on September 8, 2014 at 10:54 am, by

Copper and mosaic table | The Nerd Nest

The weather is cooling down here in Kansas City, which means I’ll be spending a lot more time on my front porch. It’s not very pretty out there, so it’s a good time to improve things a bit.

Spray Painting Makes a Huge Difference - The Before

I’m planning a few low cost projects, but I decided to start … Continue

Doctor Who Guess Who | 18\52 Projects

Written on August 27, 2014 at 5:00 am, by

Homemade Doctor Who Guess Who | The Nerd Nest

My family is obsessed with Doctor Who. Jake and I have been looking for Whovian activities to do with the kids, but we’ve been coming up short. I mean, sure, we do play “Don’t Blink” tag while pretending to be Weeping Angels…which for some reason Jonas and Eliza find fun … Continue

Watercolor Crayon Resisting | 17/52 Projects

Written on August 14, 2014 at 10:17 am, by

Watercolor Crayon Resisting  | The Nerd Nest

This week I’ve been playing around with watercolor crayon resisting. In one of my elementary school art classes, we did this project: you color on white paper with neon or white crayons, watercolor over it, and the wax from the crayon works as a resistor so the colored parts remain … Continue

Water Marbling | 16/52 Projects

Written on June 25, 2014 at 10:41 am, by

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Water Marbling | The Nerd Nest #megandoes52projects

After our fun with shaving cream marbling a few weeks ago, I wanted to try to do another fun effect on a terra cotta planter. Though I’m sure I could figure out how to make the shaving cream method work in 3D, I decided to try a different technique: I … Continue

Shaving Cream Marbling | 15/52 Projects

Written on June 13, 2014 at 8:39 am, by

Shaving Cream Marbling | 15/52 Projects at the Nerd Nest

I’ve been working on some big, time consuming projects, so I’ve been looking for something simple for a cheap, quick artistic release. Eliza came to the rescue with something I’ve never heard of before: shaving cream marbling.

Shaving Cream Marbling | 15/52 Projects at the Nerd Nest

Her school has an awesome summer program, and she came home from art … Continue

Picking Up the Violin Again | 14/52 Projects

Written on June 2, 2014 at 5:00 am, by

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Each month, my friend Kristin hosts the Awesome Ladies Project on her blog. It 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 a do-it-when-it-works-for-you … Continue

DIY Cleaning Supplies | 13/52 Projects

Written on May 22, 2014 at 10:45 am, by

DIY Cleaning Supplies

It’s not quite as exciting as my other projects, but right now I’m on a deep cleaning kick. I’ve been working on ditching the chemical cleaning products, and so I thought I’d try a few DIY cleaning product recipes. It’s pretty amazing what you can do with water, vinegar, baking … Continue

Eliza Does Take Your Child to Work Day

Written on April 30, 2014 at 8:21 am, by

Eliza Does Take Your Kid to Work Day

Last week Eliza went to work with Jake for Take Your Child to Work Day. She absolutely looks forward to this day each year and is still talking about this year’s round constantly. Jake’s company makes a big deal of it: she did some group activities with other kids, got … Continue

Le Petite Prince Painting | 12/52 Projects

Written on April 28, 2014 at 5:00 am, by

Le Petite Prince Painting | 12/52 Projects at The Nerd Nest

My favorite book of all time is Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry (The Little Prince in English). We have a history, this book and I. I first read it in my very early teens. My aunt (more like my sister) Beth read it because it was James … Continue

Getting the Garden Going | 11/52 Projects

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

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

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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