DIY Makers Camp for Kids

Hello there makers! It’s been a HOT summer here in Arizona and I’ve been having fun finding things for us to do to not only keep us busy but keep us cool. When I found out about Pinspiration’s DIY Makers Camp for Kids, I knew that my daughter would LOVE to attend.


The summer camp is a week long for 3 hours a day and each day the kids are creating something new.



Lots of active participation and engagement in a studio full of craft and art supplies. Talk about the perfect place to let your kids creative juices flow!



A few of the projects my daughter made and came home with were: a teepee, an art caddy, a magnetic dancing doll, shaving cream art, a Tic-Tac-Toe game, and a painted tile.



Each day/week the projects change, so you can register your children for multiple weeks if you want! And we loved the camp teachers… they were so sweet and helpful and patient with all of the kids.



They also listened to a story, did science experiments, colored, painted, played games, and made new friends.


Have you been to Pinspiration yet? It’s a DIY, art and craft studio that has rotational, Pinterest-inspired crafts and projects. I tell you about the top 3 reasons you should visit Pinspiration HERE and we also had a Back To School Party at Pinspiration last year that you can check out HERE.


Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Snapchat (@mineforthemakin) so you can catch the behind the scenes of all the fun things we do! Here’s our Facebook Live of our first day at camp at Pinspiration in case you missed it!



Posted by Mine for the Making on Tuesday, July 5, 2016


Calligraphy and Watercolors

Our life is a bit crazy over in these parts. We are in the process of down sizing, selling our first home, purchasing land for the build of our new home, purchasing a RV to live on land while we build new home, homeschooling, work, health issues… you get the gist. In the midst of all the crazy and all the chaos,  I find that crafting and painting often have a calming effect on me… it’s so therapeutic. I’ve had the desire to improve on my hand painting and hand lettering for a while now, so I’ve been all about calligraphy and watercolors lately. Because I love learning new things I recently took a calligraphy workshop at Pinspiration with My Cupcake Diary. I had the best time, y’all!


The Pinspiration studio was decorated in black and white with pops of pink… so pretty. Each attendee had their own place set for them, complete with an Intro to Calligraphy book, practice pad, calligraphy pen, ink, a mason jar drink, a yummy pink cupcake, and finished off with a hand written name plate. We learned everything from the parts of the pen to how to hold it correctly and form the letters. We had time to practice, ask questions, and received one-on-one help if needed.


I have to say, it was a challenge at first to figure out how much pressure to apply to the pen and when to re-dip for ink, but after a bit I got the hang of it! I was so excited when I finally wrote my own name in my practice book!


So pretty, right?! There’s just something about beautiful handwriting that gets me every time.

After the workshop, I came home and continued to practice my calligraphy and added it into my watercolor sessions. Here are a couple of my pieces that I shared on Instagram and Periscope (@mineforthemaking).



If you are in Arizona, I highly recommend you check out Pinspiration (here’s 3 reasons why) and register for My Cupcake Diary’s calligraphy workshops! You will not be disappointed…and you can thank me later!