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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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Make: Printing with Apples

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Those three things pictured in the above photo?  These supplies are all you need to make adorable wearables.  Apple season is fast approaching, so I wanted to share this project with you so it is on your mind when the sweet, crisp, beauties start rolling in.

Cut an apple in half and coat it with a thin layer of paint before printing.  I cut the leaf shape out of the other half of the apple.

Use your new stamp to decorate onesies

or t-shirts

or anything that is begging to be printed on (napkins, tea towels, stationary, cloth bags, etc.).  Just be mindful to heat set the fabric paint after it is completely dry.  You’ll find directions on the back of the container of fabric paint.

Perfect for giving as gifts, these are easy and so fun to make with your little and big ones.

Hooray!

-Emily

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FamilyFun Magazine’s Sew Fun Projects

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

I was so happy to see the wonderful Sew Fun Projects feature in this month’s FamilyFun magazine! My friend Nicole Blum‘s beginner’s projects are delightful — simple and super fun to make and appealing to both  kids and adults!  Those t-shirt dresses make lovely play dresses for kids, but wouldn’t it also be perfect as a stylish tunic for an adult?

Oh, and my two daughters also happen to have participated in the shoot!  So, ahem, that is pretty darn fun too!  They are dressed in green (left and center) and had a blast romping and crafting with the group.  My little one (posed in front) was especially happy to be part of it all.  Her smile tells the story of a fun-filled day, yes?

The key chain project  from the feature is one of my older daughter’s favorites;  she is planning to make one for her back-to-school back pack.   Did I just whisper the words “back-to-school”?  Shhhhhhh.  Please continue on with your summertime fun.

-Emily

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5 Bright Spots: Toy Boat Crafts for Kids

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

 

In celebration of moving into the second full month of summer, I’ve collected some lovely boat crafts for you to make and play with. Build them and set them free on your favorite creek, pond, stream, or puddle. Surely, the boats will lead your kids on wild, summer adventures! And, while you’re sailing the high seas with an imaginary crew,  consider reading The Wind in The Willows together.  The pages are filled with woodland critters on boats, which is part of why it is one of my favorite story books!

1. This Twig Boat (pictured above)  is magical and fun!

2. A Cork Boat! Brilliant!

3. Nutshell Sailboats.  Ariana makes her sweet boats with hickory nuts.  I’ve seen them made with walnut shells as well.

4. These Milkweek Pod Boats that my daughter made in the spring!

5. Traditional Origami Boats  with a how-to video in the post!

Ahoy, captain!

-Emily

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5 Bright Spots: Family Vacation Memory Crafts

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

1. What do you do with the sand, shells, dried seaweed pods, and memorabilia that you and your kids brought home from the shore?  Mandy featured these nifty Vacation Memory Jars (above photograph) on her blog. Fun and charming!

2. Jessica wove her seaweed and beach findings in a mini embroidery hoop to make a Memory Catcher.  I love this idea!

3. I posted these Memory Tags on my blog many years ago and then include them in my book as Memory Cards.  They are a wonderful way for children to create a record of their time away.  The project helps children organize and order events while giving them the opportunity to highlight their favorite moments.

4.  Map Coasters!  This is such a great way to reuse all of those special maps that were collected during your time away.

5. Make a beautiful Memory Box to preserve special moments, treasures, and scraps from your adventure.  The glass window on this particular memory box makes is a display piece rather than just storage.

Happy vacationing!  And, happy memory preserving when you return!

-Emily

 

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