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Forever Young - Bob Dylan Lyrics - Free Printable

Forever Young by Bob Dylan – Free Printable!

Forever Young Lyrics - Free PrintableI’ve been sitting on this post  for a while – – I meant to post this a loooong time ago! My super cool cousin-in-law contacted me last year about making some nursery art for our other cousin-in-law who was pregnant with her first child.

They love Bob Dylan (baby was aptly named Dylan, by the way), and this song in particular, so she thought it would be a great idea to print out the lyrics for their nursery. I agreed! I thought it was so great, in fact, that I did the same for Vaughn’s nursery…which I haven’t shown you yet… because it’s still in progress… because I’m lazy  I’ve been busy.

Forever Young Lyrics - Free Printable

The lyrics speak to everyone, especially little boys and girls and they totally make me tear up every time I read them. The song itself is beautiful too, you can hear it here. There is another more recent version that is awesome too, by Rhiannon Giddens and Iron & Wine (love), which you can listen to here.

Forever Young Lyrics - Free Printable

While we thought this would be great for a nursery, its perfect for any little’s bedroom or playroom, or heck, put it in the family room!

Forever Young Lyrics - Free Printable


Forever Young Lyrics - Bob Dylan - Free Printable

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Children's Art Gallery

Children’s Art Gallery

Children's Art GalleryYour child brings home an amazing work of art, so of course you need to hang it up — put it on display for everyone to ooooh and ahhhh at, and to show everyone how proud you are of your little Picasso (and it gives your little ones all the feels). So on the fridge it goes…. but really, your little artiste deserves so much more! So why not create a gallery just for the kiddos?

This is a super simple project for even the not-so-handy, and of course you can personalize or change it up however you want — I’m just giving you the basic idea to get started if you want to make your own.

I chose a wall in the kids’ playroom to do this, where I had the space and where the pieces of art would fit right in with the “decor.”

I found a banner that was double sided, with some funky colors and patterns on one side, and a chalkboard surface on the other. It came with some great twine, but you can always find your own in any color. Children's Art Gallery

You could also make your own bunting using scrapbook paper, use or not use the chalk feature, purchase or print letters on your own, etc. The sky is the limit on this one. Children's Art GalleryI wrote “A”, “R”, and “T” out on the three of the pennants, and strung the twine through the holes. (If you’re using scrapbook paper, you’ll need a hole punch).Children's Art Gallery

To hang up the banner I just used push pins. 🙂pushpins

For the artwork hangers, I found a bag of these cool chalkboard clothespins and decided to take the extra pennants from the banner I wasn’t using and cut out a shape to stick them to. clothespins3

I used my good old standby, the sticky dots. Children's Art Gallery

On the back of that stack I used a mounting square and stuck it to the wall. They come off easily, and leave no marks. 😉 wallmounts3

Cute, right?Children's Art Gallery

My son’s Montessori school does the most beautiful art projects and he is always SO excited to bring a new one home and hang it up in the gallery. When it’s time to retire one, I take a picture of it with my phone and upload it to artkive — this great app that lets you create hardcover books of your kid’s artwork!

The Stickel Art Gallery… featuring the works of Logan G. Stickel.

Children's Art Gallery

Do you have an art gallery or wall for your kiddo’s masterpieces? I would love for you to share them with me!

Until next time!

xoxo, D

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Fort Fun

Play Room Dilemma

Play Room Dilemma

We recently caved and decided to turn our dining room (which we never, ever used) in to a playroom for Logan. We are in a rental right now, so I can’t go overboard and do everything that I would like to do (i.e., chalkboard wall!), so I’ve been trying to come up with some easy but creative ways to make this little room a fun place for Logan.

Here is our dining table with the leaf removed. Makes for quite a nice little cave doesn’t it? I thought about putting sheets over it and cutting out a door and windows, or maybe hanging a giant tent from the ceiling and draping it over the table to make it look like a circus…(I know my husband is rolling his eyes right now).

Big Beast of a Box

Big Beast of a Box

I was thinking on it, and thinking some more, when there came a knock-knock-knocking at my door. Who was it? Oh, it was just Mr. Inspiration, at it again, gifting me with this magnificent ginormous box (which was, by the way, entirely too large for the item that was shipped in it!).

So many wonderful things could be done with this beast of a box! I was all over the place in my mind, coming up with different uses for the box, when all of a sudden the light finally went on and I knew what I had to do.


Super Stickel Logan

This box’s destiny was to become a Super Cool Fort for my Super Cool Son, Logan. YES! I wanted to start right away, but I’ll be honest with you – the box sat in the garage for a while, gathering dust, waiting for the day that it would finally be up-cycled.

Well folks, today was that day!


Here is how we did it!


Super Cool Fort

Super Cool Fort

  • Giant Box
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Heavy Duty Ginsu-like Scissors
  • Big Black Sharpie/Magic Marker
  • Scrapbook Paper (I used two 12×12 pieces)
  • Straw


First, (after dusting it off) I broke down the box, and sliced it open so it that was one long piece of floppy cardboard…

Break down box into one long piece

Break down box into one long piece

I then manipulated the giant beast to fit it around my dining table, bending as needed around the table’s edges — I had to manhandle it a bit, but in the end it submitted. If you don’t have a table, that’s OK, you can use the flaps at the bottom to help stabilize it.

Bend it around the table

Bend it around the table

Next, I cut out the door with my heavy duty scissors. These things are awesome, I think they can cut through metal (as seen on TV), but I have to say my hand was killing me by the time I was done.


Cut out the door

I used some of the painters tape to reinforce the flaps and just to secure it to the table. The painters tape will not harm the table, in fact most of it has already peeled itself off, but the fort is still holding strong!




Fun with a Sharpie

Now the fun part — a little Sharpie action! I drew in some boulder looking things, basically rounded rectangles, and filled in the gaps with black. Then I tried to add some texture with the lines inside the boulders.  IMG_4655


I felt like it needed a little more pizazz after this. I took the piece of cardboard that was left over after cutting out the door, Sharpied it, and sat it on it’s flap on the table behind the front of the fort to give it another tier.

Can I play in it now??

Can I play in it now??

I felt like it needed ownership – someone had to claim this fort! So I made a sign and a flag using the scrapbook paper and a straw..

Sign & Flag Making

Sign & Flag Making

And used more of the tape to attach them to the Fort. All Done!

Super Cool Fort for Logan

Super Cool Fort for Logan

 Linking to Whipperberry on Friday!



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