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Free Printable – Little Hands Play

I’m not sure what the weather is like where you live but we just got out of a bitter cold snap here in Wisconsin. By saying we are warming up, I mean that 15 degrees feels like a warm hug. Grass is snow covered and boots abound in our house.
The boys know as soon as they come in the house, all winter gear needs to come off and we line up our boots to dry off.

Really no matter what the season, I was raised to always remove my shoes when I enter someone else’s house. I know that is not everyone’s routine so for those of you with little ones that play on the floor or pick up and place every little crumb and piece of dirt into their mouths, I created this free printable.
Just click image for the pdf, print and display as a reminder in your entry way.


Categories: art prints, freebies, printables

DIY Tree Branch Christmas Countdown

A few weeks back (before snow came!) I gathered a bunch of sticks from our yard. Ever since then I have been doing little diy projects with them.
Here’s a quick project for a fun Christmas countdown.


I recall the excitement as a child every year when we pulled out the Christmas decorations and out came our old countdown. It had velcro pieces that you took off the date and moved on to a felt tree. We loved it! The felt was matted and the velcro hardly stuck but we would still argue over whose turn it was to move the ornament on to the tree.

So, here’s to hoping that the boys get excited every time we pull out this branch tree from here on out.

What You’ll Need:

• branches
• string/twine
• pruning shears
• glue gun
• number stamps/ink pad
• mini clothespins
• muslin drawstring bags

sticksDecide how big you want your tree to be and trim down your sticks, making each one smaller as you head to the top. At this point, you’ll also want to determine how you want to lay out your date drawstring bags, as this will help you decide how many sticks you will need in the height of your tree.

stickstieCut two long pieces of twine (longer than the height of your tree).
Starting at the bottom of the right or left side, tie the twine around and knot it.
From there, you will take the twine and wrap it around the next stick up, securing it’s place with tying (but not knotting).
As you work your way up, angle inwards as each stick gets smaller.
After you finish one side, do the other – being careful to note the spacing you did on the first side.
Then you can tie both twine pieces together at the top of the tree, where you will hang it from.

clothespinNext, you’ll glue down your mini clothes pins (in the layout you had decided on)

stampStamp your bags with the dates.

Fill each one with a fun surprise and then clip them on to your tree.

treeYou’re done and you have such a cute tree. I hope you enjoy your new tradition!

Don’t forget – the big weekend sale is still going on in the shop.
20% off through Monday with coupon code THANKFULWEEKEND.


Categories: holidays, tutorials

Our Thankful Tree & A Weekend Discount!

This year we started what will become an annual tradition for us, our Thankful Tree.

I first saw this idea a couple years back on Emily’s blog, here.
Now that our boys are getting older and can understand thankfulness and gratitude, it’s been a lot of fun having the older two write or tell us what they are thankful for.


At times I’ve had to remind them and other times they just excitedly say out of the blue “I want to add something I’m thankful for to the tree!”

So, among being thankful for things like “trees because they make clean air” and “my dinosaur transformer” I see this one that reads “Jesus” and that makes me so happy – that our boys know the root of all our gratitude.


I will be holding on to the tags every year and look forward to reading them as our collection grows.

And now for a shop discount for the big weekend.
You can save 20% on items in the shop, Friday through Monday.
Simply enter coupon code THANKFULWEEKEND at checkout.
The first 10 orders over $50 will receive a one of a kind letterpress/watercolor print!


I’m thankful for you and the support you show my shop!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Categories: art prints, holidays