Nature Nature Everywhere

naturediscoverybox©c.stoufflet My kids are nature collectors. Rocks, sticks, fossils, acorns, and anything else that finds it’s way onto our walking path. I love this about them, they get it from me after all, but I don’t actually like nature bits scattered all over the house. Some of what we find is really just mess and I secretly toss it into our backyard. Other things are truly awesome wonders. What to do? I want to encourage my nature explorers but maybe not find a load of acorns under someone’s bed. I want something neat, tidy, kid friendly, easy to access but not out in the way all the time.   naturebox5©c.stoufflet Inspiration came while wondering around in Hobby Lobby. While looking at Christmas decorations and such, I ran across this craft paper box thing (nice description). It is advertised as a base for an advent calendar. But what I see are 25 drawers of nature storage! naturebox6©c.stoufflet You could get crafty with the outside or you can keep it plain. Since this sits on a hutch in my dinning area I chose to keep it blank. I like the clean look of it. That, and if I labeled the drawers, I would have to look at my sloppy handwriting every time I sit to eat at the table. Not good for my OCD. naturebox©c.stoufflet1   I love how clean it looks. You can find instructions for the handprint owl HERE. naturebox3©c.stoufflet My kids love to bring it down and look through all the boxes. It also provides a much needed space for all their little nature wonders. I will still probably find pockets full of acorn and rocks, but now we have a special spot for the really great stuff we find.

So there you have it. A nature discovery box. Simple and clean. I can not wait until the weather warms up so we can get back into nature and find some more cool stuff! I have dreams of a curiosity cabinet full of wonders from our family hikes.

Now get out into nature and find some stuff!

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DIY Reading Tent

Two Christmases ago, I found this great cardboard castle for my daughter on black Friday for $8. She LOVED it. (OMG! When I googled for this picture, the price is $38. Geez!) It gave her a great place to hide out in her room. She would also “camp out” in it every now and again. Like I said, she loves it.

After 2 years of being in her room and two sneaky brothers, it had started to reach its last leg. Not to mention that it is pretty big. I was willing to over look its massiveness until it started to look worn out. I think I asked every time I deep cleaned her room if I could take it out.  No way was the answer.

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I had been looking a different tents for months and months. Nothing was floating my boat. Until I saw this one.

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This is from David and Caroline Parker. I love it. They used the plans from Anna White, but its the front closure that did it for me. We are very familiar with Anna White building plans in this house. Her building plans are awesome. I already had my fabric, paint and bolts. I purchased the 4 foot long pre-cut pieces of wood from HomeDepot.

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My Studio- Part Two

The new floor is in and it feels so GOOD! I finally have my room back. The lingering cat urine smell is totally GONE, the room has the wonderful smell of NOTHING. The scent seems to be gone for Peter Poundstone as well. Once a cat has marked a spot they keep doing it until the smell is 100% gone. Two weeks and no problems. WOOHOOO! There have been some major improvements in the functionality of the room as well. Its all around awesome.

First a look at what it was like before:

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There are still small projects to be done but I am to excited to continue decorating. I want to get to work! So with out further ado here is my new and improved studio!!!

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My Studio- Part One

So this weekend we have been hard at work in the Stoufflet house. What have we been doing? Replacing the carpet in my studio. Our house is only 2 years old, and we built it. So why are we pulling out the floor? Well it started with this guy.

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Peter Poundstone. To make a long story short, he has a habit of peeing on the studio carpet. I have cleaned and cleaned. No matter what I do, he sneaks up there and does it again. I will say that I never wanted carpet in that room. Why in the world would we have carpet in a room where I paint and let my kids paint? I blame it on the lame lady at our builder’s flooring supplier.  The standard for that room was carpet and all she would show me was hardwood and strange rubber type flooring that would all completely blow our our budget. Lesson learned- you do not have to buy all your flooring from the builder’s chosen supplier. Continue reading

Easy Easter Centerpiece

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Welcome Spring! How we have longed to see your face. Spring is hopping into town, and soon the bunny will be here. This Easter tablescape is super easy and cute.

I bought this bunny for my daughter’s very first Easter. Every year for 6 years she has graced our table. I always remember the excitement of seeing our boxes of Christmas decorations coming down out of the attic. The happy feelings of seeing my Mom’s key pieces come out of storage. This little bunny and her chicks are one of my key pieces for Easter. When she makes her way out of storage it means the end of Winter. I love that I get to see my 6 year old’s same excitement as the familiar decorations are unpacked.

So saying all that. Our little bunny is just a cute stuffed bunny in a basket with paper grass. Surrounded by her six little chick friends. All atop a simple table runner I made years ago. Easy easy. It makes me and all my little pumpkins happy.

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Peter Rabbit- A Pom Pom Bunny

 

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So after making our first little pom pom bunny I dreamed all night of making a Peter Rabbit. That is how you know you are crazy. You dream about making things and can not do anything else until it has been made. For instructions for making Pom Pom Bunnies look HERE. Continue reading

Spring Wreath

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Today while my little pumpkins are at school I am getting all our Spring/Easter decorations in place. I recently made a large nest as part of my indoor decorations and decided I would make one for my Spring wreath as well. For instructions look HERE.

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There is something so lovely about a nest.

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For instructions for easy bow making look HERE. The burlap is 4 inch wide ribbon and I overlaid the lace.  Simple, natural and fresh.

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HELPFUL HINT- When ever I make a wreath I always start with a simple form. The burlap form or in this case grapevine. My decorations are always detachable. It do this I tend to use tan color pipe cleaners. As shown above. For the nest I simply bent the pipe cleaner into a wide u shape and threaded it through the center of the nest and out the back. When Spring is over I can take my nest off, store away, and use my grapevine for another project.

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For example, my wreath looked like this yesterday. Makes for much easier storage.

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And after some easy nest and bow making to this. I love it!

Happy Spring!

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