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Crafts Fall Family Fun Seasons

Make a Mum Chain

A crown fit for a princess

I love making Daisy chains in the summertime. I have fond memories of making them as a child and now I’ve taught my children how to make them. We enjoy fashioning them into necklaces, bracelets, anklets and crowns. Mum chains are a great way to take a break from raking leaves on a fall day or to help celebrate an outing of pumpkin or apple picking. Did you know that Mums (short for Chrysanthemum), are in the same family as the Daisy? Their stems are incredibly similar to Daisies, which helps to explain why they work so well. There are a few ways to make Mum chains. I would like to share how I learned to make them as a little girl.

Crafts Family Fun Halloween Holiday

Create a Raven Nest Candy Dish

 

This is my latest creation for HGTV.  I was inspired by nature and the kids just love taking chocolate candy eye balls from under the raven’s watch.  This nest was created from found items in the woods and a trip to the dollar store.  Click here to make a raven’s nest of your own for around $20.  Just in time for Halloween.

Photo Credit:  Tilly’s Nest

Crafts Desserts Easter Recipes

Easter Cake

Each year, the kids and I look forward to baking for Easter. Last year, we made cupcakes with Peeps sitting in nests filled with candy eggs. This year, I have seen so many variations of cakes with pastel colored M & Ms and an assortment of Peeps marshmallow candy on Pinterest and Facebook, that this was on my list to make with the kids this year.  Today we made the cake.  From start to finish, working with my 8 year old and 5 year old helpers, it took about 2 hours.  This cake may not be perfect, but it sure is filled with love and the kids were thrilled with their accomplishment.

Crafts Family Fun

A Sewing Project

I have double pink eye.  So, I don’t get to spend too much time with the chickens.  I do not like handling them when any of us are ill.  We try to keep our interactions to a minimum on sick days.  I realize that it is rare that illnesses cross between humans and animals but we like to err on the cautious side. My daughter was off from school and we needed a project to keep us away from the chickens.

Chickens Crafts Family Fun Gardening

Backyard Chicken Fairy Garden

Today,after scouring thrift stores and searching for unique items, the kids and I created our very own backyard chicken fairy garden.  We took a walk through the woods and gathered moss, bark and twigs.  We also had some smooth stones from a recent trip to Sandy Neck Beach.  All of our found items would be incorporated into the garden.  As we live in New England, we decided to create our fairy garden in a large terracotta saucer.  This way, in the Winter, it is portable and we can bring the little house into the garage.  We spent all afternoon creating this magical place.