Crafting on: knitting a tunic for Amelia


The temperatures have dipped down low again here in the Hoosier state, after teasing us with a few days of warmth and sun.   We’ve been, once again, spending our days indoors, keeping our hands busy crafting in order to keep cabin fever from setting in.

Is it just me, or has this been a very long Winter so far?

I’ve been knitting, usually to the company of some of my favorite podcasts or while listening to one of the older kids read their lessons to me.


I’ve been working on something for warmer Spring days:  a tunic top for Amelia from cotton color-changing yarn.

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Our watercolor postcard Valentines


Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

This year the kids and I decided that we would paint watercolor Valentines to give to the Grandparents and Great-Grandma.

All four of my kids really enjoy painting, even the toddler (though I have to watch her like a hawk to make sure she doesn’t eat the paint, ha ha!) and we have a painting day as part of our weekly rhythm.


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Keep calm, craft on


Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

The January days have suddenly turned quite cold, proving that Winter means business.  The temperatures have been too frigid for playing outdoors for about a week, and I have a winter cold that just won’t let me go, so we’ve been keeping ourselves occupied indoors with some crafty fun.

There’s a warm-up on the way, and I imagine the kids and I will be venturing outdoors again soon.  In the meantime, here are a few of the things we have been doing during these frozen January days.

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Kid-made Christmas cards, 3 ways

Written by contributor Catherine Way of Indirect Observations.

My children have been making handmade cards for birthdays and Christmas ever since my eldest son was 2.  I enjoy having this personal touch for special presents, like those we will give to my son’s teachers, grandparents and other family members.

These three cards are quick and enjoyable to make and use materials you will probably already have at home.   The only special requirement is the blank cards to decorate. You can buy ready-made blank cards or make cards by folding cardstock or paper to the size you require.

I’ve also provided my tips for helping you get the best results without needing to do parts of the card-making for your children.

In my house, we make the card-making a bit of an event by setting a day, playing Christmas carols and all sitting down together to create cards.  It is a firm part of our Christmas tradition.

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Weekend links, Gadanke winners, and holiday kids' gift craft-along

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

Gadanke winners

The winners of the giveaway from Gadanke were:

  1. Joe
  2. Satia

Congratulations! Check your email soon for further details about claiming your prize.

Enjoy 10% off all journals at Gadanke through Sunday November 25th at midnight MST with the code: STORYKIDS.

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