Blog Archives for category Craftiness

fall blocks

Happy Fall Blocks with a Winter Twist

Wow, summer decided it was not going quietly this weekend as we posted temps in the 90s here in the Midwest. My son got out of school three hours early on the first day of fall last Friday, so we headed to the zoo. . . let me just say I’m awfully thankful for the indoor penguin exhibit!! Tonight promises rain and much cooler temps, so it should finally start feeling like autumn, at least for several days. Okay, so I just had to share a fun penguin pic with you from our summer-feeling fall day at the zoo. We pretty… Continue reading »

tooth fairy pillow

Missing Tooth Monster is a Tooth Fairy Pillow

My little guy lost his first tooth Sunday afternoon after a couple of weeks of some serious wiggling. He was so excited about his first visit from the Tooth Fairy and asked all sorts of important questions like, “How big is she?” “How does she get in the house?” and “What does she do with the teeth?” Sorry Dwayne Johnson, my son assumes the Tooth Fairy is a she. Anyway, I wanted to make this event special for our son, so I decided to whip up a Tooth Fairy pillow before bedtime, which required some serious Pinterest inspiration and a quick trip to… Continue reading »

apple for the teacher

Apple for the Teacher

My little guy started school this week and amid all the hurry and scurry that comes along with adjusting out of summer mode and into full-on “my child is growing up way too quickly” mama mode, I managed to create a cute little something for our son’s first grade teacher. Thanks to Oriental Trading, I had some great wood slices on hand that were intended for a fun fall project (coming soon), but when I saw one of the oddly shaped pieces my brain translated it into an apple instead. In my opinion, one should always keep the teacher happy (and yes,… Continue reading »

kid craft

Love Hands Kid Craft With Free Printable

I whipped up a cute little template for the young kids at church last week and thought the craft turned out so cute that I wanted to share the free printable here at Small Talk Mama. I thought the little ones did such a good job with this kid craft that I asked my son to create one for me, and he kindly humored me one morning before school. I just never know if he will or he won’t from one minute to the next these days. He is so on the verge of being a “big boy,” but I… Continue reading »

kid craft

Pinecones and Pompons Make Easy Kid Craft

Here’s one of the cutest little Christmas crafts my son and his cousin, Norah, put together last year; and if I remember correctly, I believe even the big kids got in on the action. I mean, who can resist those tiny little pompons? To make this super easy Christmas kid craft all you need are some medium-sized pinecones, small colorful pompons and some basic craft or school glue. We also used some small red Christmas bells because I picked them up for cheap at the craft store. For little ones, an adult can simply put a few dollops of glue randomly around the… Continue reading »

autumn swag

Mother and Son Autumn Swag

My son and I enjoyed yesterday’s wonderful fall afternoon walking in the woods, gathering leaves and creating a beautiful autumn swag with our bounty. This was just a little project I dreamed up that I knew my little guy would enjoy and it was a good excuse to tromp through the woods together on a beautiful day. If you have a hole punch and a little patience, this is a perfect family craft project. We simply picked up lots of colorful, and some not so much, leaves throughout our walk and then used a hole punch to poke holes near the stem of… Continue reading »

door letter

The Letter “B” as Cute Door Decor

One of my nieces just moved into her new college apartment near the KU campus and she sent me a text out of the blue asking if I could make her a cute little something for her bedroom door. After discovering she wanted a letter B with peacock colors, I went in search of a few items to create her new door decor. Since I didn’t really have much to go on, I decided to keep the project pretty simple and when I ran across this cute little picture frame in the wedding section of Hobby Lobby I thought it… Continue reading »

trash bag jellyfish

Trash Bag Jellyfish

In a quest to create something cheap and easy for this year’s “Submerged” Vacation Bible School theme,  I found this wonderful trash bag jellyfish project on, where else, Pinterest. These cute little sea creatures have been taking over my home for a week now and I simply love their ethereal presence all around our decorated church. Along the way I discovered that these fun little sea creatures have been assembled in many different ways by several different folks, but I wanted to share with you exactly what worked for me. Start with two trash bags. I used opaque ones, translucent ones, pink… Continue reading »

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