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CREATE … gak bubbles … not sure we can top this one.


So, I have decided to add at least one weekly experiment (maybe more) into our summer routine. I thought it would be easy enough just to add on the ingredients to our grocery list (if we didn’t have them at home) and commit to doing at least one new experiment a week. This one for GAK bubbles was a huge hit and we spent a good couple of hours making and playing with the GAK slime and making bubbles. This recipe is a little different than typical GAK and is so much fun. I found it here at Twodaloo. We used regular elmers glue, not the clear elmers, but followed the rest of the directions. We played with the consistency a little, but the finished gak made excellent bubbles. I love the simplicity of ingredients. Elmers glue and Sta-Flo liquid starch, with an optional couple of drops of food coloring.We used large straws only because we had them handy, but I would have to agree that they make better bubbles than smaller ones.







Not sure we can top this one, it was so much fun for all of us. We are on a quest now to find a bulk supply of elmers glue. James wants to share some GAK for his birthday!

CREATE … woohoo! just made it as a top 5 finalist for the handmade charlotte family craft challenge and would love your vote!


I am so honored to be a finalist in the Handmade Charlotte Family Craft Challenge!!! The other  4 finalists have some pretty creative projects to take a peek at. The Challenge was to create a project using the new Handmade Stencils by Handmade Charlotte for Michaels.

Below is the Nature Art kit that I created for the challenge ( with a little help from my kids) and would be so grateful if you would like to vote for it here on the Handmade Charlotte site. Simply write the number of the nature art kit in the comments section. The Nature Art Kit is #2 and below is a description of the project.  Also consider creating (as a family) some of these art kits of your own for a fall adventure.

thank you, thank you!!



NATURE ART KIT by Julie of Five and One

Create this simple Nature Art Kit together as a family to give to friends, create as party favors, or better yet, invite friends to join your family in a nature hike and share this kit with them to use on a nature hike together. The Nature kit, nestled in a burlap bag, includes an impromptu leaf press for pressing favorite leaves, a white muslin bag for nature collecting, papers, rock, crayons, pencils, and a nature journal for nature sketches and leaf rubbings.
Handmade Charlotte Woodland Stencils
Folk Art acrylic paints (colors: lime green, citrus green, pure orange, and yellow light)
6″ x 9″ burlap bag ( for packaging kit)
4″ x 6″ muslin bag ( to use for nature collections)
(2) 5″ x 7″ cardboard (use with rubber bands as an impromtu leaf press)
(2) wide orange rubber bands
(4) Rock Crayons (to use for drawings and leaf rubbings)
(1) moleskin journal (as a nature journal)
green colored pencil
regular pencil
Assorted 4″x6″ colored cardstock sheets (for nature sketches and leaf rubbings)

To begin creating the Nature art kit start by creating the design pictured or experiment with the Handmade Charlotte forest stencils to create your own forest themes. Paint your themes on the burlap and muslin bags, the moleskin journal, and also the cardboard leaf press. It is helpful to do some practicing on scraps of card stock first. (If you have little ones in the family, let them join in on the creating with scrap fabrics and papers. After the designs are dry, place the rubber bands around the 2 cardboard pieces to create your leaf press and place the remaining items in the bag. Write a short handwritten note to explain what is included or simply explain in person how to use the Nature Art Kit. Have fun exploring the natural world!

Here are the Top 5 projects


Enjoy the weekend!!

– Julie

NEST … with a few simple DIY ideas for your home

Here are a few ideas for adding a touch of new decor into your home that are inexpensive and perfect for creating together as a family activity.


String bowl by Craft Tuts. What a simple idea for adding texture to your tabletop. Maybe even experiment with earth tone or bright colors of hemp string.


Painted baskets by Emma of The Marion House Book. The patterns on these baskets look so great and what an incredible way to give new life to a standard basket!


Milk Carton Planters by Camilla of Family Chic. These look like such an easy sustainable planter project to freshen up your nest and would also make a great gift.

enjoy your monday!