DIY Kites

Hello friends! Today I’m popping in to share a unique kid’s craft with you. These adorable DIY kites can be made with just a few simple supplies.

These adorable DIY kites can be made with just a few simple supplies.

How cute are these?!?! Sophie made the blue cat and her friend made the red owl.



Want to make a DIY kite of your own? Grab these supplies and let’s get started!

  • Tissue paper – 2 pieces per kite
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Wooden dowels
  • Yarn or thin rope
  • Toilet paper role
  • Markers, feathers, ribbon, sequins, ect. to decorate with

Start by drawing an outline of your kite on the tissue paper. Cut the design sheet from two sheets of tissue paper. In order to ensure that they’re exactly the same I would recommend placing the sheet that has your drawn outline on top of another sheet and cutting them out at the same time.

Put a thin line of glue around the outside edge of the shape and gently place the other sheet on top. Gluing two sheets together will make the kite more durable.


Tape the wooden dowels on the back as shown shown below. One thing I would improve on this if making the kites again would be to use longer dowels that would extend all the way out to the ends of the wings.

DIY Kites

Tie a piece of yarn or thin rope to either end of the horizontal dowel. Tape down to keep in place. Then tie a long piece of yarn directly to the center of the first piece. This piece should be long enough to fly the kite on, and you can wrap the free end around a toilet paper role to keep it from getting tangled.


Decorate the kite with markers, feathers, ribbons, sequins or anything else you want to bling it up with! Just don’t use anything too heavy that it will weigh it down!

Now you’re ready to fly! And yes these DIY kites really do work! Obviously, they’re not the most durable things in the world but your kids could definitely get a few afternoons of play out of them. And an extra plus is running around the yard trying to get them up in the air is great exercise!


Pom-Pom Behavior Jars: Rewarding Good Behavior through Positive Reinforcement

I like to recognize and reward good behavior around our house rather than punishing for bad behavior. Or as we usually like to say it, rewarding for making good choices.  I’ve tried many different methods of positive reinforcement but I’ve found that the pom-pom jar works best for us. I want to share this simple and easy idea with you today so that you can implement the same in your house to encourage good behavior.

Each time I catch my girls making good choices, I reward them with 1 to 3 pom-poms. They collect the pom-poms in a jar, and when the pom-poms reach the top of the jar they get a special treat. Some of the things I give pom-poms for include:

  • Doing something the first time I ask
  • Sharing with each other
  • Saying please and thank you
  • Cleaning up after themselves
  • Getting up in the morning without wasting time
  • Eating all their dinner
  • Trying a new food without complaining
  • Helping with chores around the house
  • Staying in their own bed at night

I don’t have a set system to determine how many pom-poms are given but just make the decision on a case by case basis. For example, the girls played together so well for over 2 hours on Saturday morning, which allowed me to get most of the housework done uninterrupted. That was a BIG deal so I rewarded them with 3 pom-poms.

Occasionally, I’ll take them to the store and let them select a small toy as a reward for filling up the jar but most often I prefer to reward them with a fun activity. Here are some suggestions:

  • Movie night with pop corn
  • Going out for ice cream
  • Extra time at the playground or pool
  • Making sno-cones
  • Going to Chick Fil A
  • Pizza for dinner

And just in case you’re wondering, I don’t take away pom-poms for bad behavior, or making bad choices as we prefer to say. If they make a bad choice, I typically take away a favorite toy or privilege such as watching TV.

So tell me, how do you encourage good behavior around your house? Do you use any other helpful positive reinforcement techniques you could share?






Earth Day Plate Craft

Earth Day Plate Craft_IMG_4144Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd. This simple Earth Day craft is perfect for kids while educating them about how to take care of our planet!

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Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Paper or Styrofoam plate
  • Paint Brush
  • Blue Paint
  • Green Construction Paper
  • Glue

Let your child paint the plate blue and allow it to dry. Talk about the ocean and encourage them to make swirls to represent waves. Then let them tear pieces of green construction paper to represent the continents, and glue them on to the “Earth.” For older kids, you could look at a map together or picures of the Earth from space so they can properly shape and place the continents. For the little ones, just let them wing it!

This Earth Day craft presents an educational opportunity to teach your child about our planet and how to care for it.  The following are easy ways that we can teach kids the significance of Earth Day and how we can help by protect and preserve the Earth:

  • Recycle
  • Reuse and repurpose products instead of throwing them away
  • Don’t litter
  • Conserve water and energy (don’t leave the water running while brushing teeth;  turn off lights when leaving a room)
  • Compost
  • Avoid using disposable items
  • Use cleaning products with fewer chemicals
  • Collect rainwater to use for watering plants
  • Walk instead of drive if you’re traveling to somewhere close by

Make a list of things you can do with your kids this month to make a positive difference in the health of the Earth. The fate of this planet is not only in our hands, but in theirs too!



Matching Wines With Favorite Dishes


Although crafting is the main focus around Night Owl Corner, I love to share recipes and food tips as well. Choosing the perfect wine to compliment the dishes at a dinner party can make the event feel particularly special and it will impress even the toughest critic. Even if you’re not a wine connoisseur quite yet, just follow these few tips and no one will ever know! The advice given is based on three recipes recently posted on this blog – so everything you need to know for a great night is right here. The wine can be picked up at most large supermarkets and there are always inexpensive options like Tesco wine offers to take advantage of.

Roast dinner

If you’re planning on doing a roast served with all the trimmings, pick a red wine that suits the particular type of meat being used. A mature red Bordeaux from France or a Spanish Rioja Reserva go nicely with lamb – don’t serve mint sauce with the lamb as the vinegary taste will ruin the wine. A California Cabernet Sauvignon or a French Rhônes also go well with lamb joints. Australian Shiraz and Merlot go particularly well with chicken that is seasoned with rosemary and Chardonnay is a good choice for guests who prefer white wine. Going with roast pork? Pick up a Californian Pinot Noir.

Vegetarian option

There are lots of veggie dishes to be adventurous with. Replace the meat in this Hidden Vegetable Bake recipe with delicious vegetables like egg plants, squash, peppers and mushrooms. A medium bodied red Barbera or Sangiovese go nicely with this tasty little number and any other tomato and pasta based dishes. White wine drinkers will prefer to accompany theirs with a buttery, medium bodied Chardonnay. For more Asian inspired dishes like spinach curry or Mexican vegetable enchiladas, it’s best to go with a bold Zinfandel or a soft tannin Merlot.


Well there is a dessert recipe on this blog to suit every type of palette! From the Strawberry Cream Pie to Chocolate Mousse to Classic Pecan Pie. Port and Champagne are popular options at dessert time as they add that extra sweetness for a real indulgence. Cream based or custard desserts suit a fizzy white, fruity pies match well with a sparkling rose and caramel and/or chocolate is best accompanied by a red Pinot Noir, Australian Shiraz or Port.

Of course, there really is only one way of finding out which wines are best to use – sampling them! Treat yourself and a friend to a night in front of the TV with a box of chocolates and a selection of bottles for ‘research purposes’.

Image by Fast Forward Event Productions used under Creative Commons License.



Sweet Citrus Dress

Sweet Citrus Dress made from New Look pattern 6200

There’s nothing better than a sweet little dress that is pretty enough to go to church in but comfortable enough to play in as well! Meet the Sweet Citrus Dress! This cute and comfy dress features an elastic band around the chest for a perfect fit, rick-rack trimmed ruffle and hem and a pocket for carrying valuables! For a 2 year old, that means small toys, flowers, acorns, cookies, etc!



The fabric came from Joann’s several years ago. I don’t think they carry this same pattern anymore but it was part of their Tutti Fruiti embossed fabric collection which they still stock in other colorful prints. It’s a wash and go fabric with no need for ironing!  I used New Look Kids pattern 6200, view A.

As you can see Miss Audrey is tickled by her new dress! Oh how I love that smile!





I’m finishing up a new dress for Sophie too that I can’t wait to share with you. That post will include a tutorial for an invisible zipper! Coming soon!

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Family Photos 2015

We took our annual family pictures on May 9, 2015. And yes, I’m just getting around to posting the photos, but that’s how life goes around here! Sophie had just turned 5 and Audrey was almost 2 plus Robbie and I were about to celebrate our 13th anniversary when these pictures were taken. It’s usually hard to choose a location because there are so many gorgeous places around Charleston, but this time was easy. We chose to have our photos done on the front porch of our new home and on the walking trails around the neighborhood.  A huge afternoon thunderstorm blew over just in time for our photo shoot!

Once again, Leanne Trudeau took our pictures. This is the third time she’s taken our family photos and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a great photographer in the Charleston, SC area. We are so lucky and blessed to have found someone I know we can depend on to get great pictures every time.  She’s SO nice to work with and has an amazing way with children.  I honestly could go on and on about how absolutely wonderful she is and how incredibly happy we are with our stunning pictures, but really, her pictures speak for themselves! Pop on over to her website, Leanne Trudeau Photography, for more info or to take a peek at her beautiful photos!

Audrey was slightly obsessed with an antique wagon Leanne brought with her.  When pulling the wagon she was happy but as soon as we tried to take it away she’d cry! So most of Audrey’s pictures were taken with the wagon, which was OK because it made her happy! Sophie was quite photogenic that day, and she’s usually the one who doesn’t like to pose for pictures. I’m so excited to have gotten this PERFECT shot of them together!


I made their dresses and bows, as well as my dress. Those will be featured on an upcoming blog post so stay tuned if you want the details. Here are some of my other favorite shots from the day.

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I just realized we’ve been in our house since Nov. and I still haven’t posted a home tour! That will come soon….as soon as I finish sewing the curtains I thought I was going to get done the first month we lived here, but am still working on over 7  months later. Oh, why aren’t there more hours in a day???


The Best New York Style Cheesecake

New York Style Cheesecake

I LOOOOOVE cheesecake. I don’t even want to tell you how many cheesecake recipes I’ve saved on Pintrest. Even though there are so many yummy flavored cheesecakes my all time favorite is just a basic plain ole New York Style cheesecake, and I think I have found the perfect recipe.

Don’t you just want a piece?

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The Best New York Style Cheesecake
Whether served alone or with toppings, it doesn't get better than this classic new York Style Cheesecake!
Recipe type: Desssert
  • 15 graham crackers, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 4 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
  • 1½ cups white sugar
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  1. *** Very important: Cream Cheese, milk, sour cream and eggs should be room temperature. ***
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Grease a 9 inch springform pan with butter. Crush graham crackers in a food processor, and mix with melted butter. Press onto bottom of springform pan using the bottom of a glass to smooth it out.
  4. In a large bowl, mix cream cheese with sugar until smooth. Blend in milk, and then mix in the eggs one at a time, mixing until smooth. Mix in sour cream, vanilla and flour until smooth.
  5. Pour filling into prepared crust. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour. Turn the oven off, and let cake cool in oven with the door closed for 5 to 6 hours to prevent cracking.
  6. Chill in refrigerator overnight before serving.
I made an easy blueberry topping with 12 oz of frozen organic blueberries, 1/8 cup sugar and the juice of one lemon. Just simmer on the stove until the blueberries break down slightly and a sauce has formed. Then add a little corn starch for thickening.
New York Style Cheesecake
It’s good to be back! What have y’all been up to lately? By the way, I’m now on Instagram! You can follow me by clicking on the camera icon below my signature!

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Monogrammed Easter Shirts

Monogrammed Easter shirts

I wanted to monogram something special for my girl to wear for Easter this year. I instantly fell in love with this easter basket applique when I saw it on Applique Market’s site because of the adorable ric-rac accent for the basket handle. Plus the basket provided the perfect place to monogram their initials.

Monogrammed Easter shirts

Monogrammed Easter shirts

I found these skirts that coordinated perfectly at Walmart of all places. Sophie and Audrey were the best dressed girls at the Easter egg hunt if I do say so myself!



They even wore the outfits in their spring school picture, which couldn’t have possibly turned out cuter!

Monogrammed Easter outfits

Hope you all had a great Easter!


Handprint Lion

Handprint Lion

I recently made a handprint lion with my daughter, and it turned out so cute. Here’s what you’ll need to make one of your own:

  • White, yellow and brown construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Yellow Washable Paint
  • Foam Brush
  • Black Marker

Use the foam brush to paint your child’s hand with yellow paint. Stamp their hand with the fingers pointing down on the paper. Allow to dry. Cut thin strips of brown and yellow construction paper for the mane, and glue around the thumb after the handprint is dry. Glue a strip on the back for a tail. Use a black marker to draw on the eyes, nose and mouth.

Handprint Lion

Craft adapted from Meet the Dubiens.

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Toilet Paper Role Turkey

Toilet Paper Role Turkey

Last November was just crazy for us with barely a free moment. Thanksgiving Day arrived and I realized that I’d never done a Thanksgiving Day craft with Sophie. So we made a turkey from a toilet paper roll and coffee filters on Thanksgiving Day….Too late to share on the blog last year. So I’m sharing it with you this year. Better late than never!

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Thanksgiving turkey!

  • Toilet paper role
  • Brown paint
  • Paintbrush
  • 2 coffee filters
  • Markers
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • 2 Googly eyes
  • Craft foam or construction paper

Paint the toilet paper role with brown paint. After it dries, cut a slit 3/4 of the way down either side. Cut the front section into a head shape, leaving a 1″ slit to insert the coffee filters (aka tail feathers).


Color the coffee filters with the washable markers making sure to cover the entire filter. The best part of this craft is spraying the filters with the spray bottle. Sophie LOVED this and got so carried away with her spraying that she nearly washed all the color off one of the filters! Luckily we made 4 and you only need 2 for the feathers. The trick is to lightly midst the filters so the colors run together. Hang to dry.


Cut out the turkey’s feet, beak and wattle from craft foam or construction paper and glue in place, along with two googly eyes. When the coffee filters dry, fold each coffee filter almost in half with one side slightly higher than the other.


Stack the two filters on top of each other and insert into the slits on the toilet paper role.

Toilet Paper Role Turkey

Then you have yourself a cute Tom Turkey! Wishing you and your family have a very happy Thanksgiving!

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Fall Handprint Tree

Fall Handprint Tree

This fall handprint tree was my craft contribution at Practically Functional last month. In case you missed it, I am reposting here!

We are just starting to feel fall temperatures here in South Carolina. I know other blogs were promoting fall projects as soon as it turned September but somehow it was hard for me to get in the mood for fall crafts when it was still over 90 degrees outside. Now it’s finally cooling off just a bit!

I wish I could say we have some pretty fall color around here, but for the most part our trees are still green. So I thought we’d make our own fall color with a little art project!

I got the idea for this project from my daughter Sophie’s preschool. One of Sophie’s former teachers made one of these handprint trees with her with she was about one year old. I snapped this picture of Sophie’s handprint tree last year when we did have some colorful leaves!

Fall Handprint Tree

This year I made two versions of a handprint tree with my one year old daughter Audrey. All you need to make one is white paper, washable paint in brown, red, orange and yellow, foam brushes and a marker or crayon to trace with.

On the first one, I traced Audrey’s hand and arm to make the tree. Then painted her fingers red, helped her stamp her finger prints to make the leaves, wiped off the red paint, and repeated the process with the other plant colors. She absolutely loved doing this, and was upset when it was done! So we made another!

Fall Handprint Tree

For the other tree, I painted her hand and arm with brown paint and and stamped it on the paper to create the trunk and branches. Repeat the same process as above to make the leaves.

Fall Handprint Tree

I tried to get Sophie to make a new handprint tree herself but Miss Priss didn’t want to get her hands dirty!

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Footprint Turkey

Footprint Turkey Craft

Things have been so busy around here with our move that we haven’t had much time for crafts. So today I’m sharing an adorable footprint thanksgiving turkey craft that I can’t take credit for! Audrey’s former teacher and my good friend Amber made this cute little footprint turkey craft with her last year. It’s one of my favorite arts and crafts she did as an infant.

To make one, you need white paper, brown paint, a foam brush, hot glue, scissors, two googly eyes and felt in fall colors. Oh, and a sweet little baby foot of course!

Use a foam brush to paint the bottom of your child’s foot with brown paint and stamp it on white paper. Let dry, then cut out. Cut five strips of felt that measure about 1 inch wide by 8 inches long. Fold the felt strips in half and hot glue to the back of the footprint to make feathers. Cut out a beak and wattle from the felt scraps, and glue on with the googly eyes to make the face.

So simple and cute!

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