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valentine necklaces

We're making Valentine necklaces at Honest to Nod today.  I'll be sharing more ideas for Valentine's Day in the next couple of weeks.  Stay tuned!  

Thanks to The Land of Nod for providing us with garlands and the elephant friend for our Valentine-crafting session!


diy stocking stuffers

I'm at Honest to Nod today, sharing a couple of stocking stuffer ideas.  Thanks to The Land of Nod for sending these festive reindeer cups!


hello hanna

Avery absolutely loved this Hello Paper Dolls set that we received some years ago in a giveaway from Hello Hanna.  It is the epitome of cute!  There is also a set of stencils that you can use to design your own clothes with your favorite paper or prints.  You can still find some of their book kits and placemat sets on Amazon—just do a search for “Hello Hanna."


art to your heart's content

If you missed my post about the Artist's Surplus Art Jar at Honest to Nod a couple of months ago, you can read it here: Art to Your Heart's Content.  Thanks to The Land of Nod for sending us their Artist's Surplus Art Jar!


extra yarn and knitting adventures

We've been wanting to learn how to finger knit (or maybe it’s technically finger crocheting?) since the summer, but it wasn't until recently that we actually got around to doing it.  A reading of Extra Yarn paired perfectly with some knitting to make a cozy afternoon.  Extra Yarn, written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen, is a heartfelt yet clever and humorous story about how a little girl turns her gray town upside down with a special gift.  I personally was taken with the book's intriguing ending and masterful use of color, which played a key role in bringing the story to life.

One of the first things Avery wanted to knit was a scarf for her little stuffed giraffe, and from there, has gone on to make necklaces, bracelets and rings.  I'm hoping to teach her some other knitting/crocheting techniques (which I need to try to learn first).  Knitting time with Avery has been nice and relaxing, with snippets of conversation woven into our time together.  I love how she gets really focused when she knits and how she knows it's a calming activity.  Some of the websites we used for knitting references are: Flax and Twine, Classic Play, Frontier Dreams and Adventures of a Rainbow Mama.  I found HeyJenRenee’s video to have the clearest instructions on how to finger knit.  Happy knitting, everyone!