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Little Village Advent Calendar

Little Village Advent Calendar

There is something charming and childlike about counting down the days till Christmas, or as we celebrate in our home, Winter Solstice. I grew up with many fond memories of the traditions surrounding the holidays. The anticipation of the holiday was marked with a paper advent […]

Dinosaur Costume & Headpiece

Dinosaur Costume & Headpiece

My boys are interested in everything dinosaur, so it came as no surprise when they wanted to be dinosaurs for halloween. For my kids, the most distinguishing feature of the costume was the head piece and the tail. Everything else was extraneous. They had some […]

Fall Leaves Felt Garland

Fall Leaves Felt Garland

Collecting fall leaves and creating nature garlands sounds magical and I would be all in, if I lived in a place where the leaves turned color in the fall. Woe is me, it is summer year round here (cue the violins) so we must make […]

Nature Bow, Arrow & Quiver

Nature Bow, Arrow & Quiver

While at a tinkergarten class, my youngest found a wonderful arched stick. He wished to bring it home so he could have a “boo and arrow.” We found a large rubber band and cut two notches in the end with a hacksaw in order to […]

Felty Campfire and Marshmallows

Felty Campfire and Marshmallows

My kiddos love having a fire, and that occasional treat: roasting marshmallows. Everything about a campfire appeals to them: the outdoors, the mystery of the fire, experimenting to see what burns, telling stories, singing songs, and roasting marshmallows. How fun it has been for them […]

Felty Fishing Game

Felty Fishing Game

Inside each fish is a medium sized washer and a little bit of polyfil, so they are not totally flat fish. (Check to make sure your washers are magnetic, some are not). The fish’s eyes are beads, a request from my youngest. He tells me I sew “sad” eyes when I just use thread, so the beads make the fish eyes more bug-eyed and realistic I suppose.

Tropical Felted Fruit & Pattern

Tropical Felted Fruit & Pattern

There was a stretch of time when the rain would not let up. Too much time had passed since we had been to the beach. The kids surprised me with all their pretend play during the rainy time. They played kitchen/store for hours at a […]

Sewing Snakes, Kid friendly Craft

Sewing Snakes, Kid friendly Craft

When my kids aren’t pretending to be animals, they are often playing with toy versions of their favorite animals. Dinosaurs and snakes are at the top of the list for my kids. The pretend play that arises from this kind of inspiration is incredibly imaginative. […]

Felt Pocket Easter Eggs

Felt Pocket Easter Eggs

Instead of buying plastic eggs this year, I made these lovely felted easter eggs with a pocket. I don’t like to give my kids too much candy on holidays, so when we hide eggs for easter only 2 pieces of small candy goes into each […]

Altoid Mint Tin: Dinosaur Land

Altoid Mint Tin: Dinosaur Land

  It was so fun to create these mini dinosaur lands using Altoid Tins. Using felt and embroidery yarn, it is very simple to create a wonderful dinosaur land. The two I made for my boys has a volcano, palm tree, fish pond, and shrubs. […]