Friday, November 21, 2014

Printable Thanksgiving Wrapping Paper

Happy Friday. Wrapping Thanksgiving Gifts?  If so, I thought this Thanksgiving Wrapping Paper might be just the wrap for you.

Jump below to find it in 3 sizes. All 3 templates are at the end of the post.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Simple Chalkboard Turkey Handprints Tags

As long as we have a hand that still fits on a standard card, let there be handprint art. Today's cards are hassle-free, simple making with lots of room to personalise. These can be enjoyed all month long and then, saved for next year. These can be used as Thanks Tags on a Thanksgiving Tree, decorations or gift cards. 

I suspect if you've celebrated Thanksgiving, then you've made a Turkey Handprint Cards in your life time or with your kids.  Last year, I brought Chalkboard Paper back from the ÚS which gave me an idea to make something just a little different: Chalkboard Handprint Turkey Cards that we could use on our branches to make a Thanksgiving Tree. Getting these one year later,  as been a lot of fun. All we had to do was erase + draw.  It was also fun to see that there's not one hand in the house that's still this size; making these treasures for me, too.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pencil Structures

What to do, after school? Make Pencil Structures. 

Projects that the kids come up with on their own are my absolute favorites. When I found our son making these, I, quickly jumped to: how high could we build if we were two? What's easier than reaching for supplies that you already have at home?

Pencil structures are an easy and relaxing creative exercise rich in imagination, experimentation, engineering and architecture. Have I forgotten anything from this list because it feels like it's all here?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Thankful for them!

I'm wondering if you are like me and have had the word thankful popping into your mind often this month. No, I am not a cartoon character with super powers assigned to me that keep me constantly thankful, but, I will admit that I have had many recent internal dialogues all built around this word.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

20 Handmade Projects to Wear

Hi friends.  A weekend hello to you in this month of thanks. Although I don't regularly share on the weekend, I want to tell you that I'm thankful for you.  How can I thank you? Let me start counting the ways: today, 20 willowday handmade wearable projects that we loved both making and wearing. We want you to, too. 

Jump with me below into 20 simple, fun and wearable willowday projects

Saturday, November 15, 2014


Come make Magic Horse Pendant Necklaces with me over at Hellowonderful today. It's such fun join the creative team.

Horses, ponies and kids make instant friends. Have your littles create simple and fun necklaces that are long-lasting jewelry. Colorful, wearable, creative, and fun! I have to attach a word of warning, we couldn't stop! As always, I'd love to see what you do with this tutorial. Have fun and I send you willowday wishes!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

5 Thanksgiving Day Crafts

Here are 5 easy handmade projects for the kid's table on Thanksgiving! Do you set up a kid's table for Thanksgiving or make decorations for this holiday? 

Although each of these 5 handmade projects could be made any time of the year. They all have tie-ins to Thanksgiving and work great for a Thanksgiving Kid's Table.

Describing Thanksgiving, while living abroad, can feel a little bit like explaining a "Turkduckin" to someone who's never heard of it before.  It is an exclusively American holiday based on an American
event, so I don't expect people to understand the day.  Born out of genuine curiosity and friendliness, every year,  I'm asked if Halloween is a day off from school or a National Holiday and witness

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Lollipop Cookies

Lollies.  Add Lollipop Cookies to your next party. Bake these with the kids. Bake these for a kid. Bake these and feel like a kid, but, bake: do bake these special Lollipop Cookies.

Bound together by candy, yesterday I shared the Ice Cream Sandwich Cake and now, today: Lollipop Cookies meet Ice Cream Sandwich Cake;   Ice Cream Sandwich Cake meet Lollipop Cookies.  I just know you're going to be BFF. 

Wrapped in cellophane, tied with a bow, I think that Lollipop Swirl Cookies make the perfect, make-ahead, birthday party cookie. Baked in colours that are coordinated with a party, a classic becomes something new.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Just say the word, cake: Cake. 
Doesn't that make you happy?

Now, what if I say: Ice Cream Sandwich and Cake?
Yes. That's right: you're already there. Just say it: Ice Cream Sandwich Cake. 

Come along with me today and I'll share with you exactly how to make one, too.  Bake cake and celebrate. Make Ice Cream Sandwich Cake.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

5 Family Hikes in Vemdalen

Hi Friends. Happy November. Our bags are unpacked. The laundry is folded. The kids are back in school after last week's little adventure to "Who Valley." Yes, Dr. Seuss, were these Swedish mountains your source of inspiration? "Who Valley" is the translation for a mountain village in Sweden called, Vemdalen.

While we didn't discover clover patches with talking "Who's" or elephants in "Who Valley," we did meet reindeer and traversed blueberry patches.

Follow us below for a look and 5 hikes that I would recommend for families visiting the area.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hand Painted Paper Party Goods

This is no trick. Make your own paper cups + plates for your Halloween Treats.
Jump below with us to learn how you can personalize (and have so much fun) making your own Halloween Party Goods! 

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Printable Halloween Doodles

Monday Morning (Mountain) Doodles.

There's nothing like a vacation to set creativity free.  Although we've gotten away from home and are up in the Swedish mountain, Halloween is still on our minds. Morning doodles are such a great way to start the day, where ever you are.

Jump below for Halloween Printables.