A Lewis and Clark Birthday

Lewis and Clark themed birthday party from atthepicketfence.com

Last year, while on a family vacation near Astoria, Oregon, we stopped by Fort Clatsop where Lewis & Clark spent the winter months after reaching the Pacific Ocean. It didn’t take long for my kids to get hooked on Lewis & Clark--wandering the grounds with historical interpreters, getting to dress up in replica clothing, writing with quills, and the one that sealed the deal for my son: a live musket loading and firing demonstration. … [Read more...]

Mini Rock Pumpkin Family

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Our oldest daughter celebrates her 15th birthday very close to Halloween. In fact, we brought her home from the hospital on Halloween with little pumpkin booties! Every year, we have a birthday party for her usually involving some Halloween fun. She loves to "dress up" and swears she will never stop "trick or treating", and I think I believe her. When she was 5 painting pumpkins was the high light of the party. … [Read more...]

Bandana Rosette 4th of July Shirt

How to make a bandana rosette 4th of July shirt

I have to be completely honest with you. Technically this is supposed to be a 5 Minute Craft. And it totally would have been. Except I received an invitation to a tea party from a little girl who was trying to teach manners to her brother who was pretending to be a cheetah. I don't ask questions. I just GO! Wouldn't you? But, if you didn't have to attend a tea party with a cheetah who kept being reprimanded for burping out loud and not holding up his pinkie finger/paw when … [Read more...]

Kids Art Center and a Little Redemption

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The older I get the more I'm realizing that I just have to come to terms with the things that I will never be good at. Walking through a room without bumping into something Monopoly  Cartwheels And drawing I'm pretty much permanently stuck at a 1st grade level when it comes to my artistic abilities. Actually, that might be stretching it a bit. Let's just say that I'm typically the last person chosen when it comes to picking teams for Pictionary. Fortunately, though, we always have … [Read more...]

A Mom Fail and a Button Shamrock Shirt

button applique shamrock shirt from atthepicketfence.com

  Last Friday was like every other day. We raced around getting ready for school, packing lunches and guzzling coffee (me), being completely silly and taking forever to get dressed (them) and just going about our normal routine. But as soon as we pulled into the school parking lot I realized something was wrong. I saw these kids getting out of their parents' cars in costumes. It was the 100th day of school. And in my daughter's class they were celebrating by dressing up like a 100 year … [Read more...]

Recycled Paper Bag Hearts

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Angelina from JoJo and Eloise is back with us today sharing a simple, sweet and easy craft as part of our ongoing Take 5: 5 Minute Crafts Series! Hello Picket Fence Family, this is Angelina from JoJo and Eloise. It is always such a pleasure to stop in and visit with you. With Valentines quickly approaching ( which I SERIOUSLY can't believe ) I thought I would share a Really simple and Really quick craft with you. We're talking like, 5 minute craft here people! One of the things I LOVE … [Read more...]

Take Five: DIY Poppers for Valentines Day

DIY poppers for Valentine's Day

  I miss those days.  When they came home with a list of classmates and we headed to the store to carefully pick out the perfect pack of Valentines for their classes.   We've had Hello Kitty, and Princesses.  We've had Power Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Super Heroes. It was pre-Pinterest so I never had a chance to make all of those cute homemade ideas, when they were little, but they still had so much fun choosing each one for a certain classmate. Then, all of a sudden you … [Read more...]

Feathered Owl Pumpkin ~ It’s a Hoot!

feathered owl pumpkin craft from atthepicketfence.com

Pessimists, Debbie Downers, Naysayers, Glass half-empty-ists, Party Poopers.... We've all been there right? Working away on a project that you are absolutely POSITIVE will turn out so adorable and then someone comes along and just rains on your parade. They see a feathered covered pumpkin sitting on the kitchen table and tell you it kinda freaks them out. It might even remind them of "Thing" from The Adams Family. The nerve! … [Read more...]