Soft Serger Sensory Block

While I’m done having babies of my own, luckily I will continue to know people who have babies. I’m using this as my excuse to continue buying, pinning, and making baby items on the regular. You know, so I have some great gifts around when the need arises! This soft, simple sensory block for baby is a quick and easy project, using mostly scraps of fabric you may have on hand.
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I created this project idea as part of the National Serger Month with Baby Lock. I have been using my Diana for about four years now, and still adore it. In fact, I’ve used a serger as much or more than a sewing machine for most of my sewing career (because I’m a total sucker for knits.) Of course, this project could be made using a sewing machine if that’s what you have. Just switch to a zig-zag or overlock stitch and you’ll be set! Read More »

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DIY Leather Pocket Frame + Kodak Moments

The beginning of May is full of celebration in my family. With two birthdays and Mother’s Day, we get to enjoy a lot of fun, family moments together. As my son’s birthday approaches each year, he always wants to pull out photographs of when he was a baby, and hear all the stories about the years gone by. It’s such a sweet tradition, and always makes me realize how much times have changed for me regarding photographing and recording our memories! Because I feel like I’m sharing photographs all the time on instagram, somehow I stopped printing and displaying images of our family and our life! Social media is all abuzz with trending topics and filtered and styled shots, and sometimes I have been missing out on capturing and displaying the everyday, wonderful pieces of life. DIY Leather Pocket Frame- One Little Minute Blog-12 There are a hundred placed to share images online, but the new Kodak Moments App was created as an answer to the endless stream of celebrity influencers. (Remember when I first learned of the app at SXSW?) It is a place for people to connect with family and close friends to share meaningful moments from their everyday lives, with a simple, beautiful layout and captions. One of my very favorite features is how, within the app, I can choose photos from my camera roll and have them automatically send to order as prints at a local Kodak Kiosk (the nearest one to me was at Target, which worked out perfectly since I was on my way there anyway!) Rather than waiting to get prints in the mail, or needing to log into my computer, I was able to send and pick-up some of my favorite recent moments in an hour.
DIY Leather Pocket Frame- One Little Minute Blog-2 I’ve partnered with the new Kodak Moments App, to share a fun and unique way to capture and share some of your most precious moments with this cool, DIY leather pocket frame. It makes a fun design detail around your own home, or a perfect gift (this one is headed to my mom for Mother’s Day! Shhh.)

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Handmade Clay Bead Necklace

Handmade Clay Bead Necklace- One Little Minute Blog-24 I’m not a big jewelry person. I have a few favorite pieces, mostly simple, that I wear often and love. I handmade one of my go-to necklaces last summer with painted wooden beads, and wear it so regularly I wanted to make an alternative. I thought using polymer clay (leftover from these marbled clay planters) would be a great option, and when I added a cool, brass piece of hardware to the lineup, this handmade clay bead necklace became an instant favorite.
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Jackalope Wallpaper + How to Smooth Textured Walls

Until I started working on this project to wallpaper my guest bathroom, I had no idea how much I would love this little space! I had previously thought that bathrooms weren’t central or seen enough to be worthy of much investment or design consideration. At the very least they were a low priority for me, which is why when we built our house brand new, I left the bathrooms with all builder-grade basics. They were all basics that I liked, but pretty boring. It turns out that the small area of our guest bathroom, combined with it’s irregular use made it a perfect opportunity to create a really fun room. Rather than being boring and basic, bathrooms are a place where you can go a little crazy and get away with it! By using this amazing Legend of the Jackalope wallpaper, I instantly added personality, humor, and the modern southwestern bohemian vibe that I love so much.
Jackalope Wallpaper over Textured Walls- One Little Minute Blog-23 Jackalope Wallpaper over Textured Walls- One Little Minute Blog-35 Though I’ve loved the idea of wallpaper for a long time, this was my first experience using it. I knew that before I put it up, I would have to get rid of the ugly, heavily textured Texas walls. You can add wallpaper directly over texture, but all of the texture will show through, making the finished wallpaper as bumpy and uneven as the wall beneath. After lots of research I determined that a simple skim coat would do the trick to smooth the walls enough to add the paper. Adding the skim coat to smooth the textured walls was super inexpensive and a very simple process. I’ve partnered with Walls Need Love to share the DIY in this post! Once you get the hang of it, you’ll want to smooth and wallpaper all the rooms in the house. I’m already scheming my next wallpaper project!

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Minimal Daily Facial Routine

I’ve always been very low-maintenance when it came to make-up, skin care, hair care, and most other beauty.  Maybe because I have relatively dry skin without a tendency for blemishes, I never developed a serious collection of skin care products. In fact, I joined one of those subscription boxes for makeup and after about three months felt so overwhelmed by the variety of products being added to my make-up drawer, I had to stop. I like to stick to the most simple, effective basics and avoid the unnecessary decision making that comes with having too much stuff.   Minimal Facial Routine for Moms- One Little Minute Blog-2 Having a quick and easy, minimal facial routine has been a huge benefit as my life has filled up with children, work and activities. Even with a lot going on every day, I rarely feel like I don’t have time to get ready.  The whole process only takes a few minutes and feels like a well-worn brain pathway. With my introduction to the Kleenex Facial Cleansing line a month or two ago (sold exclusively at Kleenex), sent to me in partnership for this post, everything really fell into place and some areas of my facial routine that were lacking, like regular exfoliation, were seamlessly added to my baseline care. Minimal Facial Routine for Moms- One Little Minute Blog-1 This is what my minimal facial routine looks like:

I clean my face with a facial wipe at night– if I haven’t watched too many episodes on Netflix and am awake enough to muster the energy.  If not, I get to it in the morning when I’m getting dressed. Either way I can easily clear away the day’s grime and sweat in a flash. I can get rid of that tricky eye make-up with the eye make-up removers, which simplify life by combining the remover and a pad in one. These have been my very favorite piece of the new Kleenex line because they are so easy and effective. The oil-free formula removes the makeup without leaving a residue, and cleans without too much rubbing.

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Leather Clutch DIY with The Crafter’s Box

I’m thrilled to announce that my project for The Crafter’s Box is coming up in May! I designed and created a simple, hand-stitch leather clutch with brass hardware for my project, complete with an add-on project for a little cord keeper to match. The sign-up period to receive my box ends April 20th, so hop over and join the fun. I’ve been loving my monthly boxes, and am amazed by how much these high-quality crafts have added to my home. I’ve learned some new skills (weaving, knitting, and ceramics, plus added to my knowledge of block printing) and I really support the idea of making time to make. The Crafter's Box Leather Clutch DIY- One Little Minute Blog-10 The Crafter's Box Leather Clutch DIY- One Little Minute Blog-2 I can’t pin down exactly when I fell in love with working with leather, but it might have started way back when I was nineteen and working as a wilderness counselor for a youth rehab program. The program was based on survival skills and we used elk hide to make sandals, backpack straps, and pouches to hold our limited supplies. I still have a couple of those first leather bags I made, complete with hand beading on the outsides. In the last few years I’ve gotten even more interested making things like the no-sew leather glasses case, the picnic blanket strap, and of course my own leather jacket, not to mention the no-sew leather clutch we made a couple weeks ago at the Munchkin Workshop.

I love leather because of it’s strength, durability, and beauty. It gets better with age, and lasts forever. This clutch is a beautiful, minimal design that can be used in a hundred different ways. I have one stashed in my large tote that stores my phone, keys, lip gloss, a measuring tape (never without one), and other important at-a-grab necessities. I designed the pattern to be really versatile. Each box comes with several different variations for the front flap, as well as some additional ideas for closure using a tuck strap, or the brass button stud. Both are really beautiful. The Crafter's Box Leather Clutch DIY- One Little Minute The Crafter's Box Leather Clutch DIY- One Little Minute Blog-6 I’m really honored to have been included in this first round of makers collaborating with The Crafter’s Box. When we got together back in September for the Maker’s retreat in San Diego, I was floored by the caliber of crafters I was working with. I had a blast getting to know them, and have loved learning from them each month through the tutorial video and podcasts that accompany each month’s box of supplies. Read More »

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Around Austin // Thinkery + Tyson’s Tacos

Happy Friday! It’s been a while since I did an Around Austin post, and this week I want to share one of my very favorite kid friendly adventures down at Thinkery, and a great stop for lunch after with a pure Austin vibe, Tyson’s Tacos. (You’re like, wait. More tacos? In five of these posts you’ve talked about tacos three times! And the answer to that is YES! My friends, more tacos! Welcome to Austin.) Around Austin- Thinkery + Tysons- One Little Minute Blog-11 Around Austin- Thinkery + Tysons- One Little Minute Blog-1 We joined the Austin Children’s Museum within weeks of moving to town. I was 13 week pregnant, and had a 4-year-old and 2-year-old in tow, so we needed as much easy entertainment as we could find! Around the time pre-school began that fall, the Children’s Museum closed it’s doors and rebranded, redesigned it’s facility and relocated into a huge and gorgeous new space near Airport Road. Thinkery Austin opened in December 2013 and we were immediately fascinated by the wide range of interactive exhibits for all ages, from crawler up to adult (seriously, there are adult-only nights so mom and dad can play too!) Around Austin- Thinkery + Tysons- One Little Minute Blog-14 Around Austin- Thinkery + Tysons- One Little Minute Blog-13 Around Austin- Thinkery + Tysons- One Little Minute Blog-2 From the moment we walk in, the kids are touching, playing with, building, recording, sorting, painting, splashing or climbing on something. The first floor houses the light exploration, painting, building, and mechanic centers, magnets, flying airplanes, and more than one tube and ball chute system. There is also a snack and beverage area with wholesome vending machines, and access to the outdoor play area. Around Austin- Thinkery + Tysons- One Little Minute Blog-21 Around Austin- Thinkery + Tysons- One Little Minute Blog-15 Read More »

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5 Tips for Creating a Perfect Patio

Bringing Inside Out to the Patio- One Little Minute Blog-20 I’ve always loved being outside, whether on a weekend camping adventure, or simply tucked onto a patio chair with a good book. One of the major factors in our move to Texas from the DC area was being able to have a home with a large outdoor space, and the weather to be able to use it often. We chose a nice big lot, built a big covered patio, and then for the last two years it’s sat virtually empty. I didn’t really know where to start! I finally pulled it together in the last couple of weeks and am so excited to partner with Walker Edison to share my 5 Tips for creating the Perfect Patio.  Bringing Inside Out to the Patio- One Little Minute Blog-19 Bringing Inside Out to the Patio- One Little Minute Blog-15 1. Start at the bottom, and work up

Using an outdoor rug works wonders to define the gathering space, create comfort, and make the patio decor feel intentional. Starting with a rug gives you a specific area to work within, because outdoor spaces can feel really overwhelming. Inside, a 10×10 room feels large, but a 10×10 area outside is dwarved by the relative space.

There are outdoor rugs at any price, size, and made of all types of materials. This one is natural jute, so it’s not suited for extremely wet conditions, but since it is protected by the roof, it does great here. Sisal or polypropylene are options for a non-covered patio space. They both will hold up well in any type of weather.  Bringing Inside Out to the Patio- One Little Minute Blog-21 2. Add furniture suited to your specific needs

Our patio serves not only as a hang-out spot for mom and dad, but also a gathering area for the whole family, our formal dining room, and the primary entertaining space for the house. We really needed two separate, but related zones on the patio: a sitting area and the dining space. I fell in love with the Walker Edison Sundowner line of patio furniture that fit both needs beautifully.

The 4-piece conversation set has two armed chairs, and an armed bench, all that come with weather-proof cushions. Then the coffee table brings them all together. I love the simple, modern design and the durable construction (I put it all together myself in an afternoon.) The dining set comes with 4 chairs that are identical to the conversation set, and I love the idea of being able to pull them all together if needed on occasion. I also love that it has the bench, because we often are squeezing lots of little bodies in a row when we have friends to dinner, and more fit along that bench than would on a set of chairs. The table itself has a fold-out leaf system that I intend to keep out all the time, but it’s nice to have the option to change sizes.

When you’re choosing patio furniture, consider what you want to DO in the space, and make sure that what you find allows for that to happen easily and often. Do you need lots of seating like a sectional? A fire pit? Thick cushions for extra comfort? Stackable chairs? Figure out those needs, then find furniture to fill them.
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DIY Breakfast Table Band + Empowering Kids through Music

Kitchen Table Band- One Little Minute Blog-1 Kitchen Table Band- One Little Minute Blog-8 Music has always been a place of freedom for me. I use different genres of music for different activities (pop for running, folk for crafting, hip hop for cleaning the house.) I also have long used music as a way to boost my mood, dive deeper into an experience, and more fully enjoy time with others. My kids and I often turn up tunes on the computer in the kitchen to have impromptu dance parties, and shake off the stresses of everyday life.

Instilling a love of music and teaching my kids to use it in their own lives is important to me, and I love creating opportunities to share it with them. Today I’m partnering with Kandoo Flushable Wipes to share a fun music experience that can be simply recreated in any home. This week, during an hour of down time, we pulled out some kitchen utensils and turned them into easy DIY instruments for a Breakfast Table Band!
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#MunchkinMakerMamas Leather Clutch Workshop

#MunchkinMakerMamas Workshop- One Little Minute Blog-40 #MunchkinMakerMamas Workshop- One Little Minute Blog-26 Mother and Maker are two roles that I identify with fully, however sometimes the two feel at odds. That challenge was the inspiration behind creating this #MunchkinMakerMamas workshop in partnership with Munchkin. I met the brand at Alt Summit in January, and this idea hit me as an up-all-night thinking and planning inspiration. I imagined a craft workshop for moms where the kids could come along and be cared for in an on-site Kid Craft Center while moms had some creative time. I even pitched the idea complete with the hashtag title! #MunchkinMakerMamas Workshop- One Little Minute Blog-23 It was amazing to see the workshop come together so wonderfully, bringing moms from around the area–some even from a couple hours away– with their littles, to meet, craft, eat, and enjoy time together without the hassle of finding a sitter. The seats for the event were gone within a couple hours of being available, which told me this type of event is needed and wanted!

In this first workshop, the moms each created a caramel leather folded Date Night + Diaper Clutch, which turned out awesome for everyone. I want to share some of the details of the fun morning– the first in a mini-series I’m hosting this year.

The talented Melisa Mckinney photographed the event, and these photos she took really capture the delightful day! Look her up for beautiful images if you’re in the Austin area.
#MunchkinMakerMamas Workshop- One Little Minute Blog-3 #MunchkinMakerMamas Workshop- One Little Minute Blog-4 I chose The Paper + Craft Pantry as the venue because I love the owner, the lighting is beautiful, it’s a sweet local shop, and the separate but adjoining office space made a perfect on-site childcare room.  Read More »

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Five Potty Training Tips

Potty Training Tips- One Little Minute Blog-13 Having three kids means having to potty train three times! I have a history of saying that potty training is one of the worst parts of parenting. It can be messy and frustrating, and emotionally draining for both the kiddo and the mom. Luckily, after successfully potty training two kids, I’ve learned a few tips that will hopefully make this next go around as painless as possible. I’m partnering with Munchkin today to share my top Five Potty Training Tips:
Potty Training Tips- One Little Minute Blog-1 1. Don’t Rush It

Although kids can be potty trained as early as you want (with lots of patience and commitment on the parent’s part) I am of the camp that says waiting until your child is ready allows for a much easier, faster process. The idea of “ready” can be ambiguous, however. For me, “ready” looks like old enough to talk about the potty, only needing a diaper change 2-3 times a day instead of 15, and able to maneuver clothing easily on his/her own. Having a kid who randomly takes his/her diaper off during nap time or bedtime doesn’t necessarily mean readiness for potty training.

2. Pre-Train

For weeks and months before actually Potty Training seriously, it is important to teach children all of the skills they will need for going potty independently. These include pulling pants off and on, telling you when they need to go (even with a diaper on), talking about pee pee and pooh pooh so they understand which is which and when they’re happening, sitting down on the potty seat, wiping, flushing, and washing hands to complete the process.

I have trained with boys with a kid-sized potty seat, because I want them to be as independent as possible from the beginning. A couple weeks ago I ordered Plum’s potty seat, because even though we’re not jumping straight in, yet, we’re in the pre-training process and I want her to be familiar. I love the new 3-in-1 potty seat by Munchkin that converts from a kid seat, to a trainer seat on the big potty, to a step stool for reaching the potty and the sink. The Arm & Hammer™ disk keeps the potty smelling fresh (ours hasn’t been actually used yet…) and the pieces all come apart easily for super simple cleaning and sanitizing. Read More »

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Easter Doodle Ceramics

Simple Easter Doodle Ceramics- One Little Minute Blog-6 Simple Easter Doodle Ceramics- One Little Minute Blog-5 It’s Easter week already and I’m pulling together every super-simple idea I can find to celebrate, and these simple Easter doodle ceramics might be my very favorite. I made them in about 10 minutes simply by drawing some cute chicks + a long-eared bunny on to a set of basic ceramic shakers and a butter dish. These little characters add some festive sweetness to any tabletop all spring long (and the rest of the year, too!) Simple Easter Doodle Ceramics- One Little Minute Blog-2 Simple Easter Doodle Ceramics- One Little Minute Blog-8 Simple Easter Doodle Ceramics- One Little Minute Blog-1 When I was organizing my pantry a couple weeks back I came across this simple set of shakers and a butter dish that had been wedding gifts. We have long used our favorite salt and pepper grinders rather than shakers, so these have gone unused. And I love this butter dish, but have opted for some more quirky and fun varieties over the years.

Rather than discarding them, I was inspired by this cute face plant pot I made last year, and pulled out the same black and peach ceramic paint pens that I used in that project to make some little Easter creatures come to life! I can’t wait to use them for springtime brunch. (I’ve decided to repurpose the salt and pepper shakers into cinnamon and nutmeg shakers– perfect for our pancakes, waffles, and hot cocoa.)  Read More »

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