Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Recycled Kaleidoscope Frisbees

What do you do, after school? 

I'd love it if you tagged along with us to make this week's after school project. It's both creative and one for kids with ants in their pants!  Grab your markers. Gather those recycled plastic container tops and come get colourful + creative with us! Let's make: Recycled Kaleidoscope Frisbees.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

DIY Vegetable Jenga

Happy Weekend! 

Veg­eta­bles can be so much more fun than you ever imag­ined! This is an amaz­ing, super fun, all-in-1, snack and game that I wish I had imag­ined up ear­lier! Grab your car­rots and radishes and let’s play Veg­etable Jenga! How high can you go?  Just continue below with me and I'll share how!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

25 Leaf and Foliage Projects

What do you do, after school?

25 project for everyone, but, in our house, since the kids are all active, school aged-kids, our time is preciously short and I find projects that connect us with one another through an activity and lead to simple making, have an extra luster. Here are 25 projects that we've made together.

Come along with us and make 25 leave + foliage willowday projects, too:

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Do you remem­ber how much fun it was as a kid, when a week­end treat was served as a sur­prise on a week day?

Last week, I asked my son if he would pre­fer a banana or an ice cream, after school. The ques­tion alone was such a sur­prise to him that I could see him try­ing to dis­guise his crazy luck, while simul­ta­ne­ously smil­ing and jump­ing to find the ice cream cones. Next, we shared three cheers and I added, “OK, so now grab that cone and that banana and I’d love your help with a lit­tle some­thing special.” 

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Popsicle Stick Magnetic Hangman

The boys and I recently rolled our sleeves up and built a ceiling-to-floor magnetic wall. We love it. It's fantastic to have such a large space to work with and it was much easier to build than I expected. I promise to share how we did that with you soon. Today, we'll share the dual purposed magnets we made: Use these as magnets or to play Hangman! 
Follow us below to learn how you can do this, too.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Rosendals Trädgård

Happy Friday. I hope you've had a wonderful week. We're getting into our school groove, but Summer's returned full force to Stockholm (here | here) and I unexpectedly chased the sun to Rosendalsträgård today. These gardens, greenhouses and cafes are in the center of the city but, make the city feel far, far away. 

Rosendals is one of my favorite places to take visitors (here) and I discovered today it's "Harvest Weekend."  There was a noticeable bustle on the grounds and I immediately found a few things I

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Pompom Finger Knit Belts

The things we do, after school....

Along with all of the excited feelings that accompany returning to school, there is something that amplifies shared moments when the kids come in the door at the end of the day. We talk. We walk. We cover books and re-write schedules. We imagine. A new routine is welcomed, as well as re-written.

And, we create.

Come create with us. Just click below...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

How to make Water Color Pencils

Day #2: Back to school with Water Color Pencils. 
These make me feel like I'm holding a small work of art. I hope that they make you feel the same.  Find out how below. Paint exquisite, bookish, kooky, vibrant, soft --- or what ever your style  --- make these water color pencils today.

We think they're just beautiful and so nice to hold in your hand., too. If you make these I hope they make you feel a little more creative, funny, unique, smart, quick, bold, and wonderfully special! Wouldn't that be a great feeling to spread which is why I love these, tied in a bow as great gifts, too. 

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Make Apple and Pear Pompom Pencils

... and grown ups, too.

We think these treats pair perfectly for kids and adults, too!

Happy Monday! Happy Monday Making. School started for us last week and we're moving at a roll.  In addition to checking things off school lists this time of the year, I always try to sit down with the kids to make something special for school --  even if we just take a couple of minutes, I think it's a worthwhile ritual. Last year, the kids made these for school | here.) This year, we had a lot of fun making Pompom Pencils. 

Make one. Make one dozen. These sweet treats can be made in just a few minutes and make a perfect school supply, as well as gift. Come make with us in the full tutorial below.... 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Make Vegetable Mandalas

Set your table with an invitation to add imagination today: 
Make Vegetable Mandalas with us.

Happy Friday Night!

I'm so happy to meet you here. If you've visited us here at willowday before, then, you might remember that Friday night usually brings a "Friday Night Aperatif --- kids style" to our house (more about that / here) and this Friday is no exception but rather than plain carrot sticks, I wanted festive fun that I could prepare ahead of time and am so happy to share with you.Vegetable Mandalas.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Make Spray Paint Shirts

"Sunday Surprise!" Come join the fun and express yourself with spray paint tees!

Above: Foot ball + calligraphy tees are made using a paper stencil | Graphic "F" uses washi tape only.

I had planned to save this post to share with you in the coming week. Our school starts tomorrow and I keep thinking that "if just one of you is looking a last summer project, I just have to share these with you."  This is a "fits-all-sizes, uni-sex, project;" a personal way to add to a kid wardrobe, play clothes and/ or PJ's to come home to!) 

Click below for full tutorial. Let's create!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Veggie Wheels

Happy Friday! Start your motors, hello, Friday night!

It's our last Friday before school starts and we're feeling a little giddy about the weekend. Veggies cars arrived at our table at noon and I thought that they were the prefect salute to the weekend.  I'm planning tonight's Friday night aperitif-kid style and thought that they'd be the perfect addition. We thought that they'd be something for you, too. They're so simple to make. They're really fun to make together, too! (like this and this) Just click below for full tutorial!