Monday, November 19, 2012

Winter 2012 issue out now!

Winter is quickly approaching, and here at MHC, we are excited to kick off the season as we present our Winter 2012 issue! Enjoy fun winter craft tutorials, delicious and allergen-free cookie recipes, a holiday gift guide with handmade gifts for every budget, tips for living green and getting organized for the new year, and much more!

So grab a mug of hot cocoa, then simply click on the cover below to view the Winter 2012 issue!


Wishing you a warm and joyful Winter,

The Staff at Modern Handmade Child

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Autumn 2012 Issue out now!


For many of us, August marks the last month of summer vacation.  It almost seems as though time speeds up in the month of August - it can be a very busy time as we try to pack in as much summer fun as we can, all while preparing for the next school year and for fall.

Here at MHC, we're ready to help with our Autumn 2012 issue!  Inside you will find some great ideas for back to school time, including a roundup of handmade fashions and tips for packing fun lunches for the kids, inspiring interviews with children's musician Laurie Berkner and sewing instructor/pattern maker Karen Krug, and some easy DIY projects.  Plus Halloween costume and party ideas (and free printables!), advice on getting your kids to sleep better, and more!  Simply click on the cover below to view the new Autumn 2012 issue!  


Your feedback and ideas are always welcome...send us an email, chat with us on facebook, or just post a comment right here!



Wishing you a fabulous fall,

The Staff at Modern Handmade Child

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Create: Felt Balls (Wet Felting Tutorial)


A few months ago, while traveling along the Blue Ridge Parkway, we came across some cute hair accessories that I thought the girls would be able to make. They were made of felted balls. So, to kick off our summer vacation this year, we learned the art of wet felting. 


Wet felting is the process of taking layers of carded wool (typically comes in batts or roving) and applying hot, soapy water and friction to them, which shrinks and interlocks the fibers creating felt (in our case, a ball). 


We purchased pre-dyed packages of 100% wool roving at our local craft store. Wool roving comes in a variety of colors that you could select. The only other supplies you need are hot water, dish soap, a container to hold the hot soapy water, and your hands!




Instructions:
Fill your container (we used a large plastic tub that was big enough for all of us to use) with hot water, and add about one tablespoon of dish soap to create a sudsy mixture. The wool will felt best in hot water, but make sure you don't get it too hot for your (or your little ones') hands.


Pull off a small section of the wool roving for each ball you would like to make. Take a section of roving and pull at it to loosen the fibers, then shape it into a "loose" ball. If you are interested in having multiple colors in your wool balls, this is the time that you would want to have your second or even third color of wool roving ready. Gently wrap the additional color(s) of roving around the ball. It does not need to be super tight - once you get the wool wet, it will begin to blend together.



Next, dip the wool roving ball into the hot, soapy water and begin to gently shape it using the palms of your hands (similar to how you would roll play-dough when you want to make a ball). Be careful not to press and roll too hard. Continue dipping the wool roving ball into the hot, soapy water and rolling it in your hands with a circular motion, making sure that it stays a nice round shape. You will begin to feel the wool become denser and denser as you roll. 




After the balls are fully felted, you will want to rinse them carefully to remove the soap from the wool. It takes roughly 24 hours for the wool to try. We just placed them on a plate and laid them on the counter top. When they are completely dry you can make necklaces, bracelets and hair accessories.  Have fun!



- Michelle
  
Hi Mamma

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Spring/Summer 2012 Issue out now!

The temperatures are rising, the sun is shining, and Spring is definitely here.  After the cold dark days of winter, there is something about this time of year that is so welcoming.  From the first buds of the season, to flowers in full bloom, there are so many moments to enjoy about this transitional season.  We have been doing some transitioning of our own, and couldn't be more excited to unveil our new design with our Spring/Summer 2012 issue!

This issue is full of handmade goodness that will surely put you in the mood for Spring and Summer - from handmade fashions for kids to fun craft projects and tutorials, from inspiring interviews to tips for living green.  Simply click on the cover below to hop into Spring!



Your feedback and ideas are always welcome...send us an email, chat with us on facebook, or just post a comment right here!


Wishing you a vibrant and cheerful Spring and Summer,

The Staff at Modern Handmade Child

Monday, February 13, 2012

We're Springing into 2012 with a New Look

Things have been a bit quiet here on the MHC blog, as we've all been taking a much needed break.  Spring is a time of renewal and new growth, so what better time of year to pause and freshen things up!  Which is precisely what we have been busy working on behind the scenes: giving MHC mag a fresh new look.  So be on the lookout for our new Spring/Summer 2012 issue in just a few weeks.  In the meantime, be sure to keep up with us on Facebook, and check out our new Pinterest page.
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