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5 Ways to Teach Primary and Secondary Colors

5 Ways to Teach Primary Colors | The Nerd Nest 1

Ava is three and a half right now and stays home with me during the day, so this year we started on a preschool routine. Most of our day is spent playing, but we always try to get some direct learning activities in there. She likes to do “homework” (filling … Read the rest

Now the Kitchen is my Favorite Color–and Not Beige!

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When we moved into our house seven years ago, all of the walls were painted a light matte beige. This was not ideal (especially for cleaning up after tiny humans–matte is not my friend), but paint is expensive and a bit tricky to do with toddler charges. I also thought … Read the rest

Kids’ Artwork Scanned for DIY Valentines

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 … Read the rest

Fix-it Blitz | Sewing Edition

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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 … Read the rest

Knit Hat Take Two

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 … Read the rest

Too Small Knit Hat

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 … Read the rest

52 Projects 2017

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 … Read the rest

Giant Knit Nebula Blanket

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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 … Read the rest

Papier-mâché Death Star Piñata

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 … Read the rest

Getting More Organized with Hallway Hooks

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 … Read the rest