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5 Bright Spots: Weekend Fun!

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Are you looking for fun things to do with your family this weekend?  Perhaps one of these five fun projects will be just the answer!

1. Make  Crepe Paper Wind Catchers (pictured above) with Jessica Wilson.

2. Or, how about a Kite on a Stick?  My two would love to zip around the yard with these flying high.

3. Jessica Okui pointed me to her incredibly realistic Make-Your-Own-Fossil project.  What a wonderful way to learn about Ammonite Fossils!

4. Make your house festive with lovely Felt Party Flags.  Perhaps, they’ll provide an excuse to have a spring gathering?

5. Gather all of the bright, beautiful fabric scraps in the house and round up children to Weave with Fabric Scraps.  via The Crafty Crow

Happy weekending!

-Emily

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Messy Backyard Art

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

As a contributor to FamilyFun magazine, part of my job is bringing super fun projects home for my children to try out. I’m a lucky duck (and, so are my kids!).   Right now, I’m working on a Messy Backyard Art feature where the gooey, gloppy, sticky, runny stuff rules. Needless to say, my children are thrilled.

These are some photographs from yesterday’s project:  dribbly paint art with bright colors and lots of mess!  Perfect for a summery hot afternoon.  Oh, and YES!, my two wore their pajamas.

Cheers,

Emily

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5 Bright Spots

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!

Happy Friday.

-Emily

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5 Bright Spots: Beautiful Mother’s Day Crafts

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!!

xo e

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5 Bright Spots: Fun Flower Crafts

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.

Happy Friday!

-emily

 

 

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