Sewing Notions Sun Prints

Looking for some simple artwork for a sewing room? The kids and I made these quick and easy sun prints with photo-sensitive sun print paper.

Simply choose your favorite objects from the sewing room and arrange them on the paper indoors. Two-dimensional objects can be covered with a clear piece of plexiglass to hold them in place. Then move the paper and objects outdoors in direct sunlight for about two minutes, being careful not to bump around the objects. Rinse the paper and let it dry. That’s all there is to it.

Here we used scissors, eyelet trim, buttons, thread, safety pins and burlap and mounted them to a linen-covered board.

Long Days


Here are some more photos from our rainy weekend hanging around the house. Hannah from Lily & Thistle generously sent over some of her beautifully illustrated MiniMe paper dolls for the girls which kept them happily occupied through the rain. The dolls are personalized to look like your child with your choice of skin, eye, hair color and style and her name at the bottom. I wish my children always looked as sweet as these paper dolls. They come with a sticky strip so the clothes really stay put and a CD so that you can print out more dolls and outfits (if say, your daughters accidentally tear one when they are fighting over it). Also included is a set of All About Me pages for your daughter to complete.

These dolls led to all kinds of great imaginative play involving my daughters as characters. Here, they were playing Sleeping Beauty so my older daughter made a spinning wheel. Be sure to check out Hannah’s shop to see more of the lovely artwork she has created for these dolls. So sweet.


Another project from the weekend was this zippered pouch. My five-year-old embroidered this as a gift for her friend (with a little help on that back stitch). We added some pencils and a drawing book.


And during a rain break, the kids painted some fabric with squirt bottles and diluted fabric paint. We probably should have stopped there, but we didn’t so the fabric is really covered in paint. I might make some patchwork pillows from it. Another addition to the project pile.


Paper Globes


See how your kids can help you with the party decorations this summer with my post over at Alpha Mom.

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Grow Paper


Try this plantable paper project that I posted over at Alpha Mom in celebration of Earth Day. Homemade paper with embedded seeds for planting. These are just the right size to use as gift tags or add to a gardening themed Mother’s Day gift.

Scratch Foam Printing


Sorry I’ve been absent from the blog for a while. I’ve been working on the book but made some time to help my daughter’s first grade class with their auction project. The theme of the auction is based on Van Gogh’s The Starry Night painting, which I have to say didn’t excite me too much since this painting has taken on a life of its own through commercialization. Yes, I am jaded. But when thinking of it from the perspective of a seven-year-old who may not have ever seen it, it’s a pretty cool painting.

I talked to the kids about Van Gogh, totally unprepared to discuss the serious stuff.  But of course a kid pipes up and says “Didn’t he cut off his ear?” So I clumsily responded  by saying that he was in a fight with a friend and was so upset that he hurt himself. How do you explain that? I left out that he gave the piece of his ear to a prostitute. They were aflutter with more questions. And then, the question “How did he die?” I discuss all kinds of stuff with my own seven-year-old, but am not prepared to talk about these things with other kids, so I responded that I didn’t know. Those first-graders really made me sweat.

Anyway, so for the auction project we decided to make a night time scene of Atlanta using scratch foam printing. I got the idea from Glitter Goods, so you can read her helpful tutorial. But of course, I somehow managed to make this more complicated. Rather than having the kids make their drawings directly on the foam, I had them do preliminary sketches, then scanned these on the computer, reduced the size, taped them onto the foam and had the kids trace to make the indentations. An important thing to remember(one that I forgot), is that when you are printing, text will need to be in mirror image so that it prints the right way. I had to go back and fix those with words in them, but luckily I had scanned in the drawings so it wasn’t too difficult.

I’ll show you the finished project after the auction, but the prints above are from my daughter’s drawing of the Peachtree Plaza. She loves this building because it is a circular building with a rotating restaurant on the top floor that offers a full view of the city. It was damaged by the tornado in 2008 and they are still replacing windows, so she included some blacked out spaces. I made this series of her drawing to frame. I’m enjoying happy spring colors right now even though it’s still quite cold here.