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Making Pompoms with Colorful Wool Roving

Posted on March 21, 2014

Pompoms are fun to make, and children find them irresistible to touch.  The easiest way to introduce these colorful balls of fluff into your craft-making repertoire is with a pompom maker.  These simple devices, which come in many sizes, will help you and your children create delightful garlands for any occasion. Here, we offer a new twist — making pompoms with wool roving instead of yarn, to give them an extra soft touch. To create this sweet Valentine Wall Hanging, we used 100 percent wool felt (available by the half yard or in charm packs) and the 1 3/8″ pompom maker. Check out the step-by-step illustrated instructions in the full post to make your own. Pompoms can also be used to accent children’s clothing — just fasten to a zipper to…

Easter Grass from Kite Paper — A Homemade Alternative to Plastic

Posted on March 21, 2014

Ah, springtime! We’re still waiting for the snow to melt here in Michigan, but our friends down South are already welcoming new blossoms!  For many, Spring is also heralded by the anticipation of cherished traditions and celebrations.  Here’s a fun and easy craft for your Spring line-up in case you missed it last year.  Grass made from kite paper is a beautiful alternative to the standard green plastic filler for Easter baskets, and also adds a nice touch to gift boxes.  Enjoy this simple step-by-step guide. –Judy

“One Skein: 30 Quick Projects to Knit and Crochet” a Great Holiday Needle-Crafters Gift

Posted on June 11, 2013

I love the thought of being able to create something useful from one skein of yarn. So I brought home One Skein by Leigh Radford and decided on a felted bowl. The bulky yarn and large needles made this a fun and very quick knit. But the best part for me is throwing what looks like a large, floppy hat in the washer with some hot water and soap and bringing out a thick, sturdy bowl 15 minutes later. This was so easy and fun, I think I will make a few more in different colors. The book truly has something for everyone and is the perfect book to help you use up your stash. Kriste

The Making of Three BEEautiful Bees

Posted on May 30, 2013

I love our All Natural Wood Polish.  I use it on everything – my hands, wooden dishes, antique furniture, and even to condition my vintage leather Coach bags. As a teen, I worked for my father cleaning in a furniture store with polish made by a small family business.  After they went out of business, I looked everywhere for something comparable.  Finally, decades later, we’re having it locally handcrafted for our customers!  Three BEEautiful Bees Wood Polish is made in three varieties, using natural ingredients to condition and enhance the beauty of our wooden products.  Our Original Wood Polish is made with high-quality food grade mineral oil to condition the wood, and beeswax to prevent dirt, food and water from penetrating into the wood.  Lemon Lavender…

Mother’s Day Chalkboard Frame

Posted on May 9, 2013

Give Mom the perfect gift this Mother’s Day with a picture frame created from a chalkboard. Children will find joy in charming grandma with this precious project made from (1) our Chalkboard, (2) our Mercurius Pastel Blackboard Chalk and (3) Palumba’s Three Beautiful Bees Wood Polish, which gives the wood frame a rich, nontoxic luster and keeps it from drying out. Follow the steps below for a winning gift! The first thing that you’ll want to do is polish the frame. For more information on wood care see our post about it here. Then write your message across the top, trace your little one’s hand, cut out your favorite picture and decorate. I printed a template to help me cut the picture in a circle (a compass would work great…

May Day Cone with Tissue Paper Flowers

Posted on May 1, 2013

May comes dancing but once a year, the dancing month, the sky light and high, the birch trees bursting. May is daisy time, and cowslip and primrose and harebell and dancing anemones. Deep down in the meadow grass, they’re all dancing with delight, lily-of-the-valley nodding, ringing her bells, the silver trunks lordly and slim, their branches and silvery twigs dancing too to the tune of Spring. ~Elsa Beskow, from Around the Year