Moran’s Terrariums

MP has always had a thing for terrariums — glass containers that hold a miniature garden. Much like a fairy house, there is something magical about a terrarium. So you can imagine her delight when she came across this D.I.Y. Terrarium Kit from landscaper Kyle Moran. Each kit comes with marble chips, organic soil, dehydrated moss, wood pieces and a …

Valentine’s Day DIY

How did Valentine’s Day sneak up on us so fast? Our family loves to make homemade gifts and cards for friends and loved ones. Here are a few favorites: 1. A healthier version of Peppermint Patties that is so easy to make. 2. Make your own decorative stamps for cards with this simple egg carton craft. 3. A DIY Book …

How to Make Christmas Crowns

With Christmas Day just around the corner, we’re getting ready to decorate our holiday table. MP came across this idea for crowns on Pinterest, and thought the crowns would make festive place holders for our guests.

Wreath Making 101

Last Christmas, CP#1 and MP signed up for a kids’ wreath making workshop at O’Donals Nursery in Gorham. The nursery provides decorative greens and wreath making supplies for a small fee. When we arrived, there were long tables filled with boughs of White Pine, Cedar, and Balsam. Jeff O’Donal, our patient instructor, showed us how to arrange the greens in a fan …

Best of Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Thanks to everyone who entered the Cute Potato Mother’s Day giveaway! MP is so glad that there are stylish moms out there who adore Kate’s jewelry designs as much as she does. She hopes everyone will be equally enthusiastic about her Kickstarter campaign to create her own traveling jewelry shop. We can’t wait to see her refurbished vintage trailer this …

Make Your Own Easter Tree

Last year, MP was flipping through the pages of the Pottery Barn Kids catalog and a sweet Easter tree caught her eye. Inspired, MP decided to try creating a similar tree with the kids.

Cinnamon Dough Ornaments

MP spotted these sweet, applesauce and cinnamon ornaments on Katy Elliott’s wonderful blog last year (proof how long it takes MP to get to things). The beauty of this project is its welcome ease. All you need is applesauce, $1 store ground cinnamon, and some baker’s twine or string.

Mason Jar Snow Globes

MP often gets inspired when she visits local craft fairs. Case in point: while visiting the SEA Holiday Art Sale in Portland, she discovered these Martha Stewart-inspired Mason Jar snow globes.

Handprint Puzzle

CP#2 recently began Kindergarten. He’s a young five, so MP had some concerns about sending him to school all day. While CP#2 is tired when he arrives home, he has adjusted remarkably well the past two weeks. MP is so proud! When he came home with this sweet puzzle on the first day of school, MP loved the idea. All you …

Veggie Prints

At garden camp this week, the Cute Potato kids made homemade cards using sliced carrots, beets, eggplant, potatoes, and peppers as stamps. The counselors set up a simple working station with plates of tempera paint and colorful cards. MP enjoyed watching the kids create their own special patterns and designs.