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DIY Minecraft Bag

DIY Minecraft Bag

Here in Artsy-land, Minecraft is just as popular as ever. Little Crafter and his friends are still obsessed with the game. Not only do they join into each other’s virtual worlds and create things like theme parks, skyscrapers, and obstacle courses, they also play imaginary games with Minecraft stuffies and mini-figures and build Minecraft LEGO sets. Our sweet neighbor boys, ages 5 and 8 are just as crazy about it all as Little Crafter is, so when the littlest one needed to decorate a tote bag to carry his Kindergarten supplies, it was no surprise that he wanted it to have a Creeper face.

DIY Minecraft Creeper Tote Bag

He and his mom enlisted my help, which I was excited to give. Here’s how we created one, and you can too! (more…)

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Celebrate World Play-Doh Day

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Hasbro. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

World Play-Doh Day

Things change a lot over the course of twenty or thirty years. Many of the things you and I did as children are completely foreign to our own kids. Little Crafter will never know what it’s like to go to a video store to rent a movie on a VHS tape. He’ll never understand how we used to have to wait a week, or at the very least an hour, to get our photos developed. He and his friends will exchange texts instead of notes, and their favorite thing to do together is build things in their own virtual world. It’s no wonder that I get excited when there’s something from my own childhood that crosses over into his.


Play-Doh is one of those things that transcends the gap between our generations. As a little girl, I loved the smell of it when I opened a fresh can. The way it looked when it was totally new and untouched. The way it felt when I squished it in my hands and rolled it into “hot dogs” and “snakes.” And of course, the way it unlocked my creativity and allowed me to sculpt whatever I could imagine. As an adult, it’s so much fun to share that experience with Little Crafter. He has enjoyed sculpting with Play-Doh ever since he was two years old, and it’s always entertaining to see what he decides to create. (more…)

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Stenciled Wooden Sign


I (Erin) always feel like one of the focal points in any nursery is the art that goes over the crib. I wanted to something super special for my baby girl, and with the help of Cutting Edge Stencils, I was able to design a sign that held a lot of meaning for me.

If you’ve been a long-time reader of One Artsy Mama, you might know that I lost my mom to pancreatic cancer a little less then three years ago. Needless to say, it’s a bittersweet journey with every pregnancy. This pregnancy was a huge surprise to us (the first without help of fertility drugs), and then when we found out it was a girl, the joy and excitement continued to mount! The Bible verse Psalm 37:4 has stuck with me throughout this pregnancy, and I knew it was the perfect thing to put above sweet Claire’s crib. (Claire will be named for my Mom of course, as well as my grandmother, and I am proud to continue their legacy through my daughter.) Keep reading to see how I made this special over-the-crib art! (more…)

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About Erin Kerst

Hi, I'm Erin, Amy's best friend and right hand gal, and writer of "Crafty Chaos". In my past life, I worked in a science museum, performing large scale science shows and writing children's programs, but now I'm rocking the stay-at-home mom thing with my blonde army (three boys, aged 1.5, 4, and 5) and a little girl on the way!.Throw in 2 dogs and 2 cats, and it's truly chaotic (but I wouldn't have it any other way!)

Spray Painted Earrings

Thanks to Krylon for sponsoring today’s post! All opinions, as always, are honestly my own.


Remember the Nautical Striped Tote Bag I created using Peekaboo Blue Krylon spray paint back in July? Thanks to your votes on Facebook, it was voted Fan Favorite on the Krylon Facebook page! Thank you all so much for your sweet comments and support!


This month, I was invited to participate in a second challenge. This time, I was asked along with two other bloggers to create a project using purple spray paint, and the project theme had to be Fashion. Those of you who know the Artsy Family know that we are huge Baltimore Ravens football fans, so this challenge gave me the perfect opportunity to create some team spirit earrings for myself! The Ravens’ colors are purple, black, and gold, so I decided to do a little color blocking and incorporate all three. Here’s how I did it…and you can too! If you’re not a Ravens fan, you can easily follow these same steps, but use whatever colors you like best.

Color Block Earrings with Krylon Spray Paint (more…)

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Happy Fall Wreath

Ready or not, it’s almost time to say good-bye to summer for another year! The kids are back in school, or will be soon, and it’s time to start thinking about all things pumpkin and fall! As many of you know from Facebook, Instagram, and Periscope, I recently gave our new front door a makeover with some paint from Modern Masters, and I decided to create a welcoming fall wreath for it too! Here’s how I did it.

Happy Fall Wreath

– grapevine wreath
– faux berries/flowers and filler
– twine
– burlap pennants
– scissors
– wire cutters
– glue dots
– alphabet stencils
– brown permanent marker

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