We have quite a few Halloween crafting traditions around here and I think these semi-spooky glamour-witch hands are at the very top of Kinley's fave list. I love them too! It's hard to go wrong with any project that involves both washi tape AND warts, amirite?!

I saw this old monster hands post on The Happy Hooligans' blog a couple of years ago and, after adding a couple of twists to make it more us, it was an instant every year must.

Instead of wallpaper sample skin and band-aids, our fancy witchies are more into nail polish and sparkly rhinestone bling. Less cold and clammy, more haute and glammy 😉😎


My instabuddy, Trixi from colouredbuttons, invited Kinley and I to join her and a whole bunch of other creative rock stars for her annual Sew-A-Softie Month this time around and we couldn't be more excited to show you what we came up with. The whole idea is to help a kiddo dream up and sew a brand-new stuffed buddy and then share the pattern and instructions so other kiddos might see and get excited to try sewing for themselves. Stuffie sewing for EVERYONE!


Say hello to Carly, the rainbowiest (and most fun to make) crafty chameleon you ever did see!

Kinley and I were hosting a super fun art challenge called Craft The Zoo on Instagram last week, and our theme was reptiles. I don't know about you, but when I think of reptiles I think of brown and desert and lizard mouths , so I wanted to cook up some really fun vibrant inspiration to get everyone's creative juices flowing and these little clothespin clippy chameleons were definitely the biggest hit with our instahomies of all of the inspo we made.


The birdies are chirping, the windows are open and the magnolias are blooming...spring is officially here, y'all! You know what that means, right? Yep, time to switch the sensory bin filler, and great news: Kinley and I have dreamed up not one, not two, but THREE super fun bunny themed ones for you.

One might even say they were unBUNNYlievably fun...if one were a giant me. 邏


Kinley is such a sucker for all things bird. She's got a purse shaped like a cardinal and a whole nest of stuffed birdies sitting on her dresser that get hugs and smooches every single day. You can find her at least once a day staring dreamily out the window at the little birdies in our backyard or hollering excitedly when she recognizes one of her fave species on the bird feeder she built and decorated with her daddy, so this project was born out of that intense feathered friend love...and also the impending artvalanche that threatens to fall on our heads every time we open a closet or cabinet around here.

Do you suffer from being too sentimental to throw kiddo art away, too? It's just all so sweet and teeny-tiny and amazingly creative chubby hands made it. I've tried the take-a-picture-and-toss-the-art method but I end up with a picture AND an art project cause I just cannnn't 😢😜 So, in order to get a handle on all things art chaos, we sometimes try to repurpose those masterpieces into new masterpieces.


** This post is sponsored by the folks behind the new TV show, Gigantosaurus.

Good news, my fellow dinosaur-loving friends: Gigantosaurus, that hilarious/super cute must-read-aloud picture book we all know by heart and adore, is coming to the Disney Channel in the form of a brand-new must-watch preschool kiddo TV show! Kinley and I had the privilege of a sneak peek at the first episode and we both loved it. The dino buddies are charming, the colors are super bright and happy, the story lines are smart and engaging, Gigantosaurus is just the right mix of goofball and ferocious, and the theme song is so dang catchy you will probably find yourself humming it even after the kiddos are in bed (not speaking from personal experience or anything 😉).

Because I am both amped about the premiere and in full on egg-carton-critter-making mode, I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate that big fierce wild bookish dinosaur getting his own show than to make a cute little slightly-less-fierce egg carton version of him. Wanna make one (or 12) too? 😁


I don't know which I love more about that project: the rainbow doily remnants or the finished art itself! Doesn't it all just make your eyeballs so happy?! I've got some good news for ya, too -- if you've got a teeny tiny person at your house, you might just be able to make this one happen! I used to do it every year with my daycare babies -- if you can sit up, you can make a pretty heart doily painting.