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5 Creative Books Every Teacher Will Love

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Believe it or not, this is the last week of school for many kids around the country. I think I can hear my nieces’ and nephews’ cheers all the way from Georgia! Instead of a mug with an apple on it or a personalized note pad, give your kids’ teachers something that will enrich them this summer…a beautiful book that inspires creativity. Here are the five DIY books that make me want to drop everything and create right now.

THE PLANT RECIPE BOOK: Baylor Chapman walks you through gorgeous green arrangements that will live and grow in your home all summer long.

PROJECT KID: Ok, another SSP (shameless self-promotion), but it really is a good book for teachers! Maybe they have kids of their own or they can just flip through it to get ideas for the next school year.

WISE CRAFT: Blogger Blair Stocker gives new life to old and often tattered flea-market finds, fabric scraps, and bits of nature. We all have some vintage hankies or rocks laying around that are begging to be crafted into something.

PAPER TO PETAL: Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell have put together one of the most beautiful craft books. Ever. You will be so amazed at how gorgeous these paper flowers are; and grateful that they will never die.

EAT & MAKE: Paul Lowe of Sweet Paul Magazine gives us a food and kitchen craft book that one day will be covered in olive oil stains and paint drips. There’s no more proof of a successful how-to book than that.

 

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Winnie the Pooh Day

Friday, January 17th, 2014

I am all about getting my kids interested in the characters and movies of my youth…Annie, Mary Poppins, Charlie Brown and the beloved little orange bear with the soft voice named Winnie the Pooh. Tomorrow is A.A. Milne’s birthday, Winnie’s creator, (January 18th is officially Winnie the Pooh Day) so let’s take a moment to celebrate a man who made it okay to talk to stuffed animals. The characters from the book—Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Kanga, and Roo—were the real life lovies of Milne’s real life son, Christopher Robin. Interested in celebrating Winnie or introducing your child to Winnie and his friends?  Here are a 5 ways…

1. Read a classic Winnie tale. To introduce the youngest set to Pooh, try starting with Winnie-the-Pooh ABC. For ages 7 and up, tackle a classic story book like The House at Pooh Corner. Play up the different voices so your kids really get into it.

2. Make a recipe from the Winnie the Pooh Cookbook. Whip up delicious recipes like Apricot Honey Bread or Popovers for Piglet.  

3. Imagine with your kids what their house in the woods would be. All of the characters live in tree trunks except for Tigger and Owl, so where would your little ones live? In a splatter-painted treehouse? Under a canopy of leaves and flowers? At the end of a long branch? Draw pictures and then explore your backyard for where you would build your Hundred Acre Woods home.

4. Watch a Winnie the Pooh DVD. Take the theme one step further by serving popcorn in one of these free printable boxes and wearing a headband with the ears of your favorite characters. Free adorable downloads from Merriment Design.

5. Make a cute Winnie the Pooh craft with simple materials and a paper plate. Found via Surf & Sunshine.

Winnie the Pooh is not only enjoyable for young children, but we adults might learn a few lessons, thoughts, or morals from him too.

“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.” 
― A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

Case in point. (More wise quotes can be found here.)

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Good Gift Alert: DIY Clay Charm Book

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

As a kid, I was obsessed with Fimo (polymer clay). I remember my sister and I spending hours making food for our dollhouse. (I was an expert pizza maker and she excelled at the hot dog.) I gave this Klutz book, Make Clay Charms, to my 10-year-old niece Hannah, and I swear, it took about 3 minutes before we were at the kitchen table, hard at work on her hamburger.

If you’re looking for a surefire hit for an 8+ kid in your life, this is it! And then, once she’s mastered the 30 designs here, just hit up Pinterest for a gazillion more ideas! Here are some of my favorites…

 

Maybe surprise your child with an early gift, and makes some charms as Christmas gifts! It’s a win-win for everyone! These cute ones are from Emariecreations on Etsy.

 

 

 

 

 

The crayon box really gets me! Would love a key chain charm like this. (Hint. Hint. Hannah are you reading this?) You’ll have to translate this link for the tutorial!

 

 

 

 

 

Learn how to make letter charms out of polymer clay at Fashion On Blog by Dana.

 

 

 

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FamilyFun Feature: Storytelling Crafts

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Hello lovely readers,

The September issue of FamilyFun is very special to me because my book, Show Me a Story, is featured, along with my sweet pies and my pregnant self!  I am so honored to have the chance to share some of my projects with FF readers, and thrilled that it is during the back-to-school storytelling season.

The pages feature some inspiring projects for encouraging storytelling, some more shots of my kiddos, and extra details about my book.

In the above photo, my girls and I are playing with Story Stones, one of my favorite projects from Show Me a Story.

Hooray!

Emily

 

 

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Sewing School!

Friday, July 26th, 2013

My children and I got to review the new book, Sewing School 2: Lessons in Machine Sewing and we had a blast testing out the projects!

Sewing School 2 is a wonderful way to introduce children to sewing with a machine because it encourages them to be confident in themselves while inspiring them to be creative in ways that feel fun and productive. Plus, the projects pictured in the book are made by other children, which leaves my kids feeling inspired and connected to all of the creative possibilities within.

There is a book review (and give-away) on my blog, Red Bird Crafts.

Happy weekending!

-Emily

 

 

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