Colorful Wool and prepped for teaching kids to wet felt!

I mentioned in my blog post Lately, that my son and I have been spending two days a week at a fun school for homeschoolers. I spend some of my time there teaching the kids various fun crafts and recently someone wanted to learn how to felt beads. We had a massive amount of wool donated so I took in some soap and taught them what to do.  Setting Up First I just pulled all sorts of wool out of our bin and made a big colorful pile. Once your hands get soapy it’s hard to get fresh wool without making a mess so IRead More →

Making Perler Bead crafts from the Vacation Crafting book

I believe that children are our future, teach them well and let them craft away…. A while ago I was sent two great books of kids crafts to review. I’m a bit delayed in posting about them, especially since one of them is titled “Vacation Crafts,” and says it’s for summer. The thing is though I did that intentionally. I don’t believe crafts should just being during the summer. I think they should be every day, especially as a homeschooler. So I wanted to feature these books after everyone was kind of over summer break and while homeschoolers are planning and prepping for next year.Read More →

We're trying out a new science book that just hit the market and having fun making slime!!

Recently I was contacted by Storey Publishing to ask if I would like to review their new book, Mason Jar Science. I love messy, fun science experiments, and I have racks of mason jars, so I said yes. They sent me a review copy and we got to work checking it out recently and are loving it! Of course, my son overlooked all the experiments except the slime. It HAD to be the slime that we did first. Other experiments I noticed and were excited about included making alum geodes, terrariums, cloud in a jar, play clay, and several more. If you have kids youRead More →

Spring Flowers Painting- Homeschool Art from My Workbasket

Sometimes it’s really fun to just be creative. No worries about the finished product, no expensive supplies. Just MAKE. I’m lucky because I get to do this constantly with my son during art since we homeschool. If you don’t have kids, do it anyway! I found this super cute spring flowers painting on Pinterest and then followed the link over to Elements of the Art Room and then put it immediately on our schedule. I do get my son decent art supplies, usually the best we can reasonably afford, but quite often they are still a step down from the better stuff. Also, I can’t believeRead More →

Fun and easy ornament making with this beautiful starch and salt dough! -- My Workbasket

A 1965 issue of Ladies Home Journal featured this fun salt and starch clay in their special Christmas issue. I was determined to make it, because why not really, and we now have some finished ornaments to show you and share the recipe! The recipe is pretty easy but does take one special ingredient. Don’t panic though, I was able to find it online with a quick search and even from Amazon. The clay itself is divine! Much smoother than salt dough, and it takes paint beautifully! Ours were painted with cheap regular craft paint, and even though our paint really is thin and awfulRead More →

The “Making Cents” column in the July 1983 issue featured one tiny little craft idea that I thought was super cute! A walnut shell strawberry magnet. I knew right away that I wanted to make it, but did wonder where I’d find a walnut shell in the middle of summer. I always put out mixed nuts at the holidays, in a vintage nut bowl I have, and if it was anywhere from November to January I’d just walk over and get one. BUT this is July, the only thing I have is pistachios, and some abandoned hazelnuts that I throw outside for the chipmunks sometimes.Read More →