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Beach Art

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

As you head off for your summer vacations, this is just a little reminder to make art with the shells, sand, seaweed stones, and other bits and bobs that you find a the beach.  Line them up on the sand, make collages, organize by color, and build sculptures.

Don’t forget to take photographs so you can remember all of the beauty that surrounded you!

Cheers,

Emily

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5 Bright Spots: Warm weather fun!

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Here in Massachusetts, the sun is finally reappearing after days of steady rain.  This parting of the clouds along with my children embarking on school break inspired this week’s 5 Bright Spots.  Now that we’re spending more time in the fresh air, we’re always looking for fun activities that make us smile.

1.  Jackie’s Summer Twig Ornaments  (pictured above) fit the bill!  They are beautiful, creative, and will festively decorate our indoor and outdoor spaces in a fresh, summery way.  I can’t wait to make these with my children!

2.  I love the idea of creating a summer camp vibe for your kids where they set fun goals for themselves and create merit badges when they achieve them.  Julie offers a gorgeous tutorial for handmade Merit Badges on the Etsy Blog.

3. Cork Canoes, people!  This is project looks fabulous and SO fun.  Perfect for bringing along on camping trips, I imagine.

4. Lee offers a step-by-step tutorial on making Strawberry Rocks. These are so pretty!  Seeing that I have a special affinity for crafting with rocks, I had to post about these.  (via hodgepodgecraft.com)

5. Make  Grape and Tomato Caterpillars for a delightful outdoor, picnic treat. (via craftgossip.com)

Happy warm days!

emily

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5 Bright Spots: Gardening with Kids

Friday, May 31st, 2013

1.  These (see above) Garden Markers made out of rocks are bright, punchy, simple, and SO cheery!

2. Spread some seed love with Dana’s DIY Shredded  Paper Seed Starters.

3. Mark special occasions, moments, and memories with lovely Garden Stones. I especially love the fern prints!

4. My friend Annie, creator and author of Alphabet Glue, offered this wonderful guest post on The Crafty Crow.  Make super sweet Origami Planting Pots with her!  And, smile.

5. After all of their hard work in the garden, have your children cozy up under this snug, easy to construct, garden tent.

Have fun outside!

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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Backyard Nature Collecting

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

In our backyard, Magnolias are blooming, Lilacs are bursting, patches of chives are thick and green, and Violets and Dandelions are polka-dotting the grass. Last weekend, my two daughters set to work harvesting some of the beauty — some for spells and magic potions and some for a gorgeous flower garden centerpiece.  Not only was their creation beautiful and a true independent creation, it was a lovely way for them to explore the different textures, colors, shapes, and smells in their backyard.

Encourage  children to pick and collect the flowers, weeds, herbs, and growth in your surroundings (teach them to skip over special, planted flowers like Tulips and Irises). Leaves from trees and sticks and twigs are great additions to a natural collection!  Ask them to share notes about their observations and to draw pictures of their bounty.

Sometimes, it is okay to pick the flowers.

-Emily

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