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4 Woodland Mushroom Crafts

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Clearly nature crafts are on my mind with the start of fall this week. And seriously, I never met a red mushroom craft that I didn’t like. (If you look at photos of my son’s nursery that appeared Parents magazine a few years ago, you’ll see that not much has changed.) These four take clever crafting to a new level!

  1. A new definition of a toad stool, this mushroom stool cushion is beyond! It’s only $25 at the Smith and Scott Etsy store or you could make your own pretty easily with red and white felt.
  2. How adorable and easy are these mushroom-painted jar lids by Rosige Zeit? Such a cute container to hold craft supplies.
  3. These sweet mushrooms from Beneath the Rowan Tree are made by painting inexpensive drawer pulls!
  4. You can make your own mushrooms from nature by painting acorn caps and sticks. Found on KoKoKo Kids.
 And then, after you are done crafting, you may want to sink your teeth into some awesome mushroom-inspired cupcakes!

 

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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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Best Summer Snack: Berry Smoothie

Friday, August 16th, 2013

We are deep in berry smoothie season at our house. They make a protein rich addition to lunch, breakfast, or even dinner, and with colors like deep purple and bright pink, the kids are sold.

These naturally sweet, nutritious yogurt smoothies are inspired by the incredible berry season we have in New England. Our berry season begins in late spring/early summer with strawberries, moves to raspberries, then blueberries, and now blackberries.  We have large raspberry and blackberry brambles in our backyard, which makes smoothie season extra exciting for my family.

My recipe:

1 ripe banana

1 cup of berries (frozen or fresh)

1/2 cup yogurt (whole milk or low fat)

1/2 cup of milk (low fat or skim)

1 t of maple syrup (to taste)

Options: add flax seed for extra nutrition, substitute the milk for soy milk, almond milk, or juice,  add ice if the berries are not frozen.

Put all of the ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth and frothy.

Yum!

Happy Friday,

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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