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5 Bright Spots ’ Category
Friday, May 17th, 2013
1. Helping Little Hand’s Eye Spy Cake makes me happy. What a fabulous, creative cake idea!
2. These puppets made out of recycled and reused materials look SO fun to make and also lots of fun to play with too.
3. Author Ben Zackheim’s third Shirley Link book is now released! The extra awesome news is that he is offering it for free today (5/17)! I’ve mentioned before that my daughter LOVES the Shirley Link series.
4. This Handmade Solar System in a Box is a gorgeous way to teach children about outer space.
5. Just say YES! to Toilet Paper Tube Cars. Oh my!
Categories: 5 Bright Spots, Crafts, Everyday Fun, Food, Fun, Group Activities, Must Read, Nature | Tags: book, cake, cars, child, craft, creative, eye spy, free, fun, kids, puppets, solar system
Saturday, May 11th, 2013
Happy Saturday, friends! Here is a list of beautiful handmade gifts that mothers will love! The bonus? They are simple enough to be last minute creations!
1. Lovely Collection Jars from my blog, Red Bird Crafts.
2. This sweet strand of Flowers on a String is just the thing for giving mom some spring love.
3. Clever! Turn nice cloth napkins into throw pillows.
4. Visit our very own Family Fun for a video tutorial that shows you how to make GORGEOUS (and super easy) Twig Necklaces.
5. How perfect is this? Make bright, colorful Silhouettes of Your Children to give to a dear grandmother or…….to yourself!!
Categories: 5 Bright Spots, Crafts, Everyday Fun, Fun, Group Activities, Holiday | Tags: beautiful, colorful, crafts, flowers, fun, gifts, grandmother, kids, mother, Mother's Day, necklaces, paint, pillow, simple, tutorial
Friday, May 3rd, 2013
It is May and (for most of us) vibrant flowers are in full bloom. For those of you with snow on the ground today, your flowers are coming soon, soon, soon! Here is a sweet little round-up of beautiful flower crafts that are perfect for decorating and gifting!
1. willowday offers a tutorial for a gorgeous, simple, peony inspired Felt Flower Necklace.
2. Make punchy floral fabric covered terracotta pots with Christine!
3. Visit the Purl Bee where Molly offers a tutorial for making Felt Anemone Flower Magnets. Aren’t her color choices gorgeous?
4. This Paint Chip Hyacinth tutorial provides a creative way to use up all the extra paint chip samples you’ve collected.
5. Make bright and beautiful Paper Ranunculus Flowers with Sarah (free template included!).
Don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers.
Categories: 5 Bright Spots, Crafts, Everyday Fun, Fun, Group Activities, Seasonal | Tags: beautiful, color, crafts, creative, fabric, flowers, fun, kids, magnets, paper, template, terracotta
Friday, April 26th, 2013
1. Jessica at scrumdilly-do posted a simple, creative, fun paint chip plant markers tutorial. Not only does this reuse materials, but it also encourages children to plant some seeds!
2. These egg carton boats are adorable! via crafty crow
3. I’m kind of obsessed with the thought of making these superhero hand cuffs for my daughters. Made using toilet paper tubes, they are simply magnificent!
4. Mmmmmm. Chocolate Flowerpot Cakes! What a sweet way to celebrate the earth and its flowers!
5. Amy offers some artistic inspiration for making homemade wrapping paper out of painted newspaper. Pretty!
Categories: 5 Bright Spots, Crafts, Everyday Fun, Food, Fun, Group Activities, Nature, Seasonal | Tags: boats, cake, celebrate, children, chocolate, crafts, earth, earth day, egg carton, flowers, fun, paint chip, paper, reuse, seeds, superhero, tubes, wrapping
Friday, April 19th, 2013
In a few hours the sun will set on a frightening, confusing, sorrowful day(s) in Boston. As a Massachusetts resident, I can’t help but check the news repeatedly with hopes that I’ll hear settling news. In the meantime, I find myself meditating on hope and bravery while sending little email notes and check-ins to those I love. In lieu of my usual Friday 5 Bright Spots feature, I plan to spend time thinking about the ways in which goodness, heroism, kindness, and love is shining through these dark moments in the beautiful, vibrant city of Boston. I ask you to do the same.
I took the photo above in November while I was visiting Boston during my book tour. It was a quiet moment of gratitude for all the promise Boston has to offer.
Thanks, friends. I can’t wait to share more Bright Spots with you next week.