Monday, January 29, 2018

One Month, 17 Decks of Cards & One Playing Card Dress Later

Every year, the mister and I go to a masquerade ball. In previous years my costumes have been pretty simple. Hoops, a skirt, and a corset. A basic black and white circus performer getup. But this year I got it into my head that I wanted to make my entire costume out of cards, and so (over a period of three weeks in January) my playing card dress was born!

A lot of people have had questions about my gown! The one I've gotten most often is, "How many decks?" The short answer is about 17, but I didn't use every card from every deck. And of course people want to know how I attached the cards to each other and to what was underneath. So I thought it would be fun to share some 'under construction' pics and a bit more about how I actually made my playing card dress.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Best Salt Dough Recipe Ever

Okay, mamas, fair warning. This isn’t going to be one of those elegant kid craft tutorials with perfect results. Mostly because when I do a craft with my kids, I’m actually doing the craft with my kids. I’m not going to pass up free labor!


That said, once a year I put my kids to work making salt dough Christmas ornaments. You’ve probably made them or at least seen them. They’re the kind of thing that can be easily mistaken for Christmas cookies but the one time my daughter, at age two, tried a bite of the dough she burst into tears.

Lesson learned.

I threw the salt dough together in the stand mixer but after that, they were on the clock mixing in the food coloring and rolling out and cutting the dough. Then stamping it to within an inch of its life with holiday INappropriate rubber stamps.


Last year my son, who was four, declared making salt dough Christmas ornaments the best activity EVER. I’m not actually sure what he liked about it since he’s usually not a fan of crafts that take longer than, oh, five minutes but he was at it for hours.

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