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DIY Art Display

We have the good fortune of having a neighbor that’s a cabinet maker whose very generous with his scrap wood. So this project required zero cuts on my part since  I was able to find two scraps that were approximately the same size in the stack that I scored for free. I’m so glad that […] Read more…

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Taproot contribution

  At the start of 2019, I’m looking back at the projects I did for Taproot in 2018! In issue BLOOM: paper flower crown In issue GRAIN: moon phase cloth book In issue FEAST: play food Check out taprootmag.com to get your hands on copies and the full how-to for each of these! Looking forward […] Read more…

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DIY Dinosaurs

This project was one I came up with for my very last story time as a children’s librarian. I absolutely loved that job, but I am equally excited to be returning to teaching at a small independent school in a flex teacher role, where I’ll have lots of opportunities to teach art. As usual, I […] Read more…

Caitlin Betsy Bell | DIY Basketball Hoop

How to: Make a Cardboard Basketball Hoop

We went to the craft store and I told my girl she could pick out something small, while I was suggesting to her maybe a rubber stamp or something crafty, she discovered a small basketball and I immediately knew it was coming home with us–she almost wouldn’t fork it over to the cashier so we […] Read more…

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Think SPRING

While the weather around here lately has been decidedly WINTER we’ve been pretending it is spring with all our inside activities. 1. Always a favorite: paintings made not with brushes, but using cards (old gift cards, membership cards, etc.) to push and pull tempera paint around on watercolor paper. I like to tape the paper […] Read more…

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Halloween Party

It was always a tradition growing up for me to throw a Halloween party for my friends and so this year after a successful birthday party (post coming soon!) I decided it was time to carry on that tradition for my little girl. It turned out to be a really wonderful time and I so […] Read more…

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How-to: Improvisational Patchwork

  In the fall I moved into a new (bigger apartment) which meant I got to have a bigger bed which then meant I needed to make a quilt. I started this project back in November and come back to it every so often. Right now I have just over half of the 56 squares […] Read more…