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Sponsored: Crafting with Penelope


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We moved this summer, and we got to our new place too late to register Penelope for most of the local preschools.  There were a few options; one of them being a preschool that was 30 minutes away and charged $250 a month. Around Utah, that’s a LOT of money for preschool—when we lived in the SF area, $250 was unheard of everything started at $300+—and it would have been 2 hours of commuting for the kids and me.  I decided that it was better to spend that tuition money on a babysitter so I can keep up with the house/blog/craftwork a few days a week and focus on schooling and being present for Penelope and Felix on off-days.

Kate from The Red Kitchen gave me a few resources and we’ve been loosely following her preschool plan. It’s been great; however, I often don’t have the motivation to get creative with Penelope’s activities. Anything creative that I would do with Nelly is usually too much of a mess or would take more time to set up than I can spare. Penelope and I recently received a nice surprise from Kiwi Crate that lets customers sign up for monthly kids craft deliveries.  They sent me one of their seasonal crates, and it has been, as Finn the Human would say, Mathematical! The crate came packed with monotype supplies for decorating the included gifts and notecards.

Moments like these make me wonder why I don’t bust out more creative projects with Penelope. We need to take more advantage of her unbridled creativity.

Penelope made this present for Chris, and she’s super excited to give it to him for Christmas.  In keeping with our family’s recent Adventure Time fixation, she says that her print is a depiction of Jake the Dog. I think it’s amazing.

We had plenty of left over supplies, so we made a print transfer onto fabric and I embellished one of her shirts with it. Another very simple project, but she won’t take this shirt off. She knows how to make this mama proud.

Sponsorship aside, I’ve been incredibly impressed with Kiwi Crates. The quality of the materials are fantastic – they include real art supplies. They encourage real creativity without a dependency on licensed characters (Disney, Sesame Street, Etc). And no preparation is required: Penelope and I were projecting within seconds of the crate arriving on our doorstep. With pre-schooling Penelope and the inevitable long winter ahead, we’ll be using Kiwi Crate in the future.

Girly Boy Clothes


I found this adorable linen jumper at a garage sale a while back. It was originally a boy’s outfit, but I just added lace to the collar. It’s a simple project that took me about 10 minutes to do.

How come it’s so easy to girl-ify boy’s clothes and impossible to boy-ify girl’s clothes?

On the other hand I totally buy girl’s jeans for Felix. Target and Walmart don’t really carry skinny jeans for boys, but they do for girls!

Thrifty & Chic: I love H&M


Utah does NOT have an H&M. It totally bugs. If Salt Lake were to ever get a Trader Joe’s and an H&M, I think I’d be in big trouble, but super happy. Does anyone want to help me petition to H&M to open a Salt Lake store? I’m serious about this.

While in Arizona, I made it a point to go to H&M at least once. I probably could’ve gone two or three times, but I’m not sure Chris or my bank account would’ve really appreciated that. I was a good girl, though. I managed to get a bunch of awesome clothes for Penelope and a few must-haves for me & Chris without spending over $100.

H&M has the best kid’s clothes. In fact, their kids clothes are so awesome, my 18 year old sis-in-law and I both found some pretty sweet items for us in the tween department. I found so many sweet little things for Penelope, but this dress (above) was a must-have Easter dress. My jaw just dropped when I saw it in the store, it’s so precious! It was only $17, too! Score. I had planned on making matching outfits for Easter (like last year), but I don’t think I would’ve thrown together anything nearly this cute at the last minute. So, I had to have it.

I also found two awesome dress shirts for Chris for $12.50 each! The yellow shirt (above) is one of them. You can’t tell from the pic, but it’s a yellow and white pin stripe pattern. It looks really sharp in person. Chris likes his new shirts, but I think I might like them more. H&M makes fitted dress shirts. I can see Chris’s muscles better. I like.

Don’t they look so cute together!?

So, who’s with me on petitioning for a H&M in the Salt Lake area?  Shall we get started?! Contact H&M and let them know you want one. I did. Hope you had a great Easter weekend!

A Hostage Situation


hostage dolphin

Dear Vivian,

If you ever want to see your dear dolphin (or platypus?) ever again; meet me at the park tomorrow at noon with my mom’s green plates. OR ELSE!!

Penelope the Destroyer

Vivian’s Response:


Update: Dolphin and green plates were returned to rightful owners. No harm or incident occurred at the park.

Spooky Prints + Tutorial


Carol, a woman in my watercolor class, mentioned in class last week about making prints from styrofoam. GENIUS. It’s not nearly as painstaking (or dangerous) as linoleum block prints. It stuck with me, and a woman in my church asked me if I had any ideas for a school class activity for a Halloween party, well here you go, Wendy. Hope this works out!!

Styrofoam Printing

In a nutshell, here’s what you need:

  • Pencil
  • Styrofoam plates
  • Scissors
  • Bone folder or tongue depressor
  • Brayer
  • Printing ink (any color)
  • Paper (not pictured)
  • Newsprint (to manage the mess)

Cut the bottom of the plate out. I chose a circle, it’s easy. You can cut any shape you want.

Draw on the surface of the Styrofoam with a pencil. After you’re done with outlines you can depress large spaces (these spaces will end up white) with a bonefolder or tongue depressor.

Squirt ink on a “throw away” sheet of paper to get your brayer evenly coated with ink. Roll ink over the surface of your print. Be sure not to press too hard or you’ll ink up your white spaces.

Apply the paper face down onto your “plate”. With the palm of your hand or side of your fist, rub the back side of the paper to transfer the ink. Remove the paper.

All done!

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