Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Holiday Crafts with a twist

I always show my little artists a finished sample of the projects before they begin. Often their interpretations are far more exciting and inspiring than what I show them. I love Helen's snowman jar. I'm not sure I could even replicate the amount of cuteness in it by attempting it myself.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Spooky October

It's been a great month of creepy and spooky crafts!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Fall Leaves!

Fall is here! That means tons of crafty options and that holiday crafts are just around the corner! These fall leaves are your basic coffee filters cut into leaf shapes. Draw some lines on the leaves with a crayon and drip some liquid water color on them. Viola! You have a great garland that will last from September through November! I stapled these leaves to a piece of oatmeal colored yarn.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Thank YOU again!

We had an amazing time celebrating with everyone yesterday! The golden teddy masks turned out great! You can see more photos on the facebook page. A big THANK YOU once again for all of you voting me #1 for the Golden Teddy Awards! I am SO, SO flattered!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Frames! Frames! Frames!

How do you add a whole lot of pizzaz to a basic unfinished wood picture frame? Color it, collage it and add a WHOLE lot of epoxy! I love how these frames turn out.Jacob, Maddi, Mackenzie, Milo, Mabry and Sage, your masterpieces are ready to be picked up! Stop in the store anytime to get them.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fall Schedule is coming, SOON!

Wednesday August 31 is our last day of Summer crafting. Never fear! The new fall schedule will be out soon and we are also planning a big "Thank YOU" event that will be filled with tons of family fun! Fall classes will start September 20th. Be sure to mark the date of Sept 17 to celebrate with us, win prizes and get a deal on the next session of classes.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


HOLY WOW!!! I won! I won the Golden Teddy for "Best Art and Creative Classes" AND "BEST in store play space"

THANK YOU, THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!! I'm almost speechless!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


If you have ever been to one of my classes or even happen to slightly know me, you will most likely know that I TRULY believe that glitter makes everything better!

This week with my Creative Kids we are making picture frames. I was doing this frame with my buddy Sage today. He had "messed up" and was a bit frustrated. I decided that I "messed up" too and voila! Who knew scribbles could be so stylish? After I finished my scribbling I felt the frame was calling- ok screaming- for glitter. Once the glitter and glue dries on this frame I will be covering it in a 2 part epoxy along with

all the other masterpieces made today. (Dear Parents, I will not subject your children to the exposure of epoxy. I do that in my home studio where I only suffer the brain damage. Not your kids. Aren't I so nice? and thoughtful? ok, kind of sweet too?)

Hip Hoppin'

I once thought I might make a book about all the things you can make with a paper plate. Then I realized about 87 people had already beat me to it. It's ok. I'd much rather be covered in tempera and glitter anyway. By the way, Have you ever asked a 3 year old what a frog says? It's amazing how many different responses I got! Seriously. T

ry it!

Friday, August 5, 2011

"i" before "e" except after...

What do you do when you marry into the name "Weiner"? YOU OWN IT! I got to design this shirt for a soon-to-be bride to wear at her bachelorette party.All the bridesmaids will be wearing the hotdog graphic as well. I LOVE a challenge! I can't wait to hear the reaction to the shirts.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Relief Printing

When I meet a young artist that loves drawing I can hardly wait to show them all the various printing methods they can use to print their illustrations. My little friend Tessa is a HUGE fan of drawing and this relief printing project was great for her. She is only 7 and already has quite an art style.

This technique is done by drawing on a piece of styrofoam with a ball point pen and using block printing ink to print. Great for greeting cards, art prints and all ages too!

Magnet Madness!

I recently went on vacation for a week up in Canada. What better to do outside by the lake than CRAFT?! My kids, husband, 2 nieces, mother-in-law and great Aunt even got into the magnet project. We did bottle caps and wood plaques. To finish them I filled and coated them with a 2 part epoxy. Can't wait to make these in class with my 6-10 year olds!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

BYOC (craft)

It's far more fun to decorate a shirt for the 4th than it is to buy one pre-printed. This week the kids and I made firework shirts. I was SO excited to see the outcome. Every shirt turned out unique and all of them looked like fabulous fireworks.The fireworks were painted by twisting 5 pipe cleaners together and dipping them in the paint like a rubber stamp.We also used assorted foam stamps.

I do believe I just might bring this craft to our Fourth of July pot-luck instead of a salad.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

3 Hens and a Peacock

I read the book "Three Hens and a Peacock" by Lester L. Laminack to my kids one night and thought, WE HAVE TO MAKE PEACOCKS! This story is really witty and who could resist a peacock craft?! I did some research and quickly discovered that peacocks kind of get the short-stick in the craft world. I think we did the beautiful bird justice and the kids had a great time too!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Rainbow Fish

Often I see die-cut shapes at stores and think, hmmm...what would I do with that? When I spotted this fish shape I HAD to have them! This was great for all levels. The little guys started with paint daubers and added tissue paper scales and of course sequins. (I HEART sequins!) The older kids did the paper marbling technique and added sequins and scales to compliment their brilliant designs.

If you know the book "Rainbow Fish" by Marcus Pfister the theme of this craft make look familiar. Notice the little blue fish with one shiny scale? It's a great at-home craft too!


What takes, 2 paper plates, 1 incredibly long straw, paint and a fastener? A FLOWER of course! Be sure to add a full side of creative interpretation!

This is a project I do with the kids explaining how random objects can become art. It's the introduction to recycled art and a great book to compliment all of it is "Beautiful Oops!" by Barney Saltzberg.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Shrinky Dinks!

Shrinky Dinks are still one of my favorite crafts to do with the 6-10 year olds. We have made many things especially jewelry and key chains. Last week was different. My buddy Raina sat down and said, "I want to make a turtle". We talked about how she might draw a turtle and different design choices and then she clarified. "I want to make a turtle that stands up". (GULP!) I thought to myself. Hmmm...why couldn't we make a turtle that stands up? TOgether we spent the class testing shrink sizes, making slots and visualizing the outcome. It was a BLAST and the outcome turned out pretty stinking cute!

Great job RAINA!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Summer is coming so that means busy schedules and lots of time outdoors (hopefully). Check out our new summer schedule. I will have the full schedule back in the Fall and look forward to doing more projects with your kids.

Tuesdays: 10:30-11:15 or 11:30-12:15
Wednesdays: 1:30-2:15 or 2:30-3:15

Creative Kids: Ages 6-10
Tuesdays: 1:30-2:15 or 2:30-3:15
Wednesday: 10:30-11:15 or 11:30-12:15

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


WOWZA! We've had quite a response to the Living Social deal that went live yesterday. Here's a little FAQ that might help everyone.

Q. Will the classes run through the summer months?
A. Yes, classes will run through the summer months. We will adjust the schedule to work better for those hours and also consider adding classes as the demand shows us what times are desired.

Q. How does this work?
A. Once you have purchased the Living Social deal you can call Creative Mom Toys to reserve your space in the class time that works best for you. When you arrive for your first class we will exchange your LS voucher for a punch card.

Q. Do I have to go to 4 consecutive classes?
A. No. An additional perk to the LS deal is that you are not committed to using the 4 classes in a row. You can call us 24 hours before a scheduled class to sign up anytime in the next year. (of course we hope to see you sooner than that)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Seahawks 12K Pinwheels

I have a new pinwheel die and it didn't sit long before I started putting it to work. I designed this pinwheel for the Seahawks 12K run. I predict MANY more pinwheels in my near future.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Cherry Blossoms

Today we honored Japan with our First Saturday, Arts & Crafts project. This was a great craft for all ages.

We dripped liquid watercolor on the paper in a small puddle then blew it with a straw to create the branches. The cherry blossoms were cut tissue paper and glued in the center. Here's the tutorial I found to make the paper cherry blossoms.

My favorite part about this project is that no matter the age or skill level these paintings always turn out with a certain elegance.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Lose the Marbles

Paper marbling has been SO much fun! I have done this project with kids as young as 1 and all the way up. I personally enjoy it even more than the kids I think. I pulled this tutorial together so you can give it a shot at home if your are feelings crafty in a messy sort of way. Of course, you can always come join me in my classes if you prefer the mess to stay in my space not yours. :)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Handy Keepsakes

"Time flies!" It's so cliche yet SO true. We go through the haze of being new parents and before we know it we are checking out college applications. OK, maybe not quite that fast but it really does fly, doesn't it? These handy keepsakes are a great reminder of the days when our kids little hands could fit in ours. The process I like to use for this project creates a result that captures all the tiny details. Using play dough as a base and pouring plaster into the mold we can really control the outcome of the plaque. This project is really fun for the kids and the outcome is treasured by the parents.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Finger Puppets

I really try to have craft projects that have a residual value. Something that the kids can create and continue to play with or enjoy once it's dry. Finger puppets have become a favorite for all my crafty kids. This is a project that is easy for the youngest of crafters and imaginative for the oldest.

I buy fleece gloves from the $1 store and cut the fingers off to create the base for the puppets. You can theme them for holidays or just use up some of your random collage items you might have available. Use tacky glue for the best results and quickest dry time.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Here Bunny, Bunny

I realize it's a bit early to start thinking about Easter. BUT! Do you know how much I LOVE decorating easter eggs?! I mean, come on! What's not to love?! In honor of the Easter Bunny we are going to decorate and color as many Easter eggs as we can and put them in the store. After all, the bunny needs to feel right at home. Print this image out and bring your eggs to the store or drop in to the store and grab one to color. Come on, get Hoppin'! (sorry, couldn't resist)

Friday, March 11, 2011


This craft was in Family Fun magazine and I couldn't resist doing it with the Creative Tots! Luckily I have my friend Jackie who loves shoes so she supplied all the boxes for the class. Thanks Jackie!

I made a few edits to the original recipe of this craft. First we wrapped the boxes in white butcher-like paper then cut the holes for their feet. The kids (mostly 2 years old) painted their boxes with the bingo paint daubers and added collage items for extra detail. The toe nails are sponges cut into triangle shapes. (If you buy new sponges for this be sure to let them dry out. Damp sponges don't stick or cut very well.) This craft took about 45 minutes an dried quickly. I'm already waiting for Jackie to buy more shoes so we can do it again. Ahem...Jackie?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

My OH Butterfly!

One of the perks of being known for loving kids crafts is that often times people will gift me with craft items they find. Most recently my friend gave me GIANT coffee filters! Seriously, GIANT coffee filters! I could hardly wait to use them. We folded them up as if we were going to tie dye them and used liquid water color to drip on them. The finished effect had a tie dyed pattern and the kids who loaded theirs up with paint looked even better! For the body we wrapped pipe cleaners around a straw.

Friday, March 4, 2011

First Saturday Arts & Crafts!

Tomorrow is our First Saturday Arts & Crafts. Each month on the first Saturday we will be having some fun with the crafts offered in the store. This month our craft is Shrinky Dinks. Yes! The same shrinky dinks you enjoyed as a kid. Only now they come in big fancy kits (some small too) and pre-printed. I like to push the limits a bit and we will be making a 3 dimensional bird in the creative space. The cost is only $5 per crafter. If making a bird leaves you wanting more, there are plenty of choices to take home with you too!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

New and Exciting!

I am slightly obsessed with all things creative. Ink, printing, design, you name it. I am also a huge fan of kids crafts. I look at kids crafts as a challenge just like designing invitations for a bride or a new logo for a start up company. It's truly a passion of mine and now I have found a home!

Tomato-Tomato, Creative Space is the official name of my new arts and crafts space inside Creative Mom Toys. Creative Mom Toys is a fantastic toy store that specializes in developmental and educational toys. It's the PERFECT fit for my creative space and I am thrilled that Cheri (the owner) is brave enough to let me in to her beautiful new store to get crafty!

Check out to reserve a space in one of the classes offered.
If you live near the Renton, WA area be sure to stop in and say Hi. We'd love to see you.
Creative Mom Toys 840 N.10th Pl, Suite A • Renton, WA 98056 (just east of the movie theater) Phone: 206-388-3940