Category Archives: tutorials

tutorial: a flower garden for toddlers

way back at christmastime, i made a flower garden toy for my niece after reading this blog post on the artful parent. once i’d gathered all the parts, i realized it was pretty simple and inexpensive to make (though mine … Continue reading

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this year’s diy christmas gifts, part 1: squishy circuits kits

one of my favorite library projects this year was squishy circuits. the short description of this project is– use homemade playdough to conduct enough electricity to light up some led’s. the longer description (and much more eloquent answer to the … Continue reading

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balancing “screen time”

i’ve been thinking a lot about the healthiest ways to incorporate apps and technology into our family life. many parents deal with the issue by setting a daily time limit, and while that seems so nice and tidy and easily … Continue reading

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the wild rompdress: a free pattern and tutorial

i am sooooo excited about this new pattern and tutorial!  ever since i started shopping for baby girl clothes, i’ve been loving this new (to me, anyway) concept of a dress with a full bodysuit (or “onesie”) attached underneath it.  … Continue reading

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tutorial: refreshing the elastic in best bottom diapers

it’s been awhile since i’ve done a tutorial and this one is fairly specific, but i didn’t find any other tutorials quite like this online, so i thought i’d share my solution to saggy elastic on cloth diaper covers.  although … Continue reading

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cloud mobile, a sort-of tutorial

those few of you who follow me on instagram have already seen this, but i thought i’d share it on the ol’ blog anyway.  last week, i decided to make this mobile.  i cut out all the little clouds (free … Continue reading

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marshmallows from scratch

most of you have been reading my blog long enough to realize that whenever i promise to post something, it might take me awhile to get around to actually writing the post, but i think i usually get around to … Continue reading

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paper worm racing tutorial

waaaaaaay back in 2008, i wrote a blog post about some worm races that we held at our library.  this year’s summer library theme is “dig into reading” and my worm race post has been getting a lot of hits … Continue reading

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fashion chronicles: evolution of an outfit

awhile back, one of you, dear readers, asked me how i come up with my outfits.  i realize that some of my color choices are insane loud bold (i can get away with that in my line of work), but many … Continue reading

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diy “larabars”: mango + raspberry, orange + cinnamon (and other yummy stuff)

happy new year!  as a little gift to you, dear readers, i’ve created two original recipes similar to my beloved larabars.  Here’s a quick tutorial for the “mango melba” flavor pictured above.  The process is basically the same for both … Continue reading

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