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5 Bright Spots

Friday, April 12th, 2013

1. Visit Heather at a happy wanderer for simple and interesting ways to explore with marbles.  It struck me as a nice rainy day activity.

2. These cork key chain people are incredibly adorable! Wouldn’t they make great Mother’s Day gifts! via The Crafty Crow

3.  These naturally dyed beads use a similar process as naturally dyed Easter eggs.  The result is subtle and beautiful, and you can use them again and again for weeks and months to come.

4. Ohhh! Walnut Mice!  I have a thing for using nutshells to make things, and these are too cute.

5. Now that it is spring, it is a lovely time to make a fleet of origami boats. After you launch them in a big puddle or small pond, you can have boat races.  Just stay long enough to catch them on the other side.

Happy Friday!

xo emily

 

 

 

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Make it :: A Spring Nest

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

One of my most precious treasures is my collection of actual birds’ nests .  Of course, I only collect if I find one on the ground, discarded and clearly not in use.  This happens so rarely, since they are often reused again and again, which is why I treasure the ones that I have. The way the bird weaves and shapes with the promise of safety and coziness is breathtaking.

One day, a few springs ago, I decided to make a spring nest — just like a mama bird.  I shaped the eggs out of clay, painted them blue, and wove a snug little nest for them to rest in.

Each spring since, I set the nest in my dining room as a way to welcome the promise of new life. More photographs and directions can be found here, at my other blog.

Happy spring cleaning and nesting!

xo emily

 

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Make :: Milkweed Pod Boats

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

As we wait for new, lush, green life to spring up around our home, my children have been collecting dried pods, seeds, and stalks from last year’s growth for observation and play.  One of their favorite things to collect are elegant milkweed pods. They happen to have the most beautiful, swooped shape and my two find that they make perfect fairy boats.

After collecting a handful, they brought them home and used paper, glue, glitter, and string to turn them into water worthy vessels.

This one is lined with a leaf of Lambs Ear (found on our walk) and has a pillow and a life preserver.

This one is a double decker!

They sailed their fleet in a puddle behind our house and in the creek at the end of our road. Each new boat was tested and re-designed and tested again until they floated majestically in the wind blown current.  We are all certain that the fairies who live behind our home will be so thankful to find new boats for their spring adventures.

xo emily

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Make it :: Spring Drawing

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Happy first day of spring, my friends.  For those of you lucky to be surrounded by actual green shoots popping out of the earth, feel free to use them as your inspiration for this project.  The ground outside of my home is frosty and covered in snow, so I am going to use past spring photographs (see below) as my inspiration.

This project asks that you use your non-dominant hand to capture a bit of spring spirit.  On the back of some cereal box, place an art pen in your non-dominant hand and draw from a photograph or actual outside inspiration.  Try to keep your pen down the whole time and encourage yourself to draw what you see — not what you think you see.

Once your drawing is complete, fill it in with watercolor, colored pencil or a wash of acrylic paint.

Trim your drawings and make a gallery display of your family’s mini spring showcase.

Happy day!

xo emily

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Inspired :: Patterns and Designs

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

When you are out and about with your children, encourage them to search for designs and repetition in the world around them.  Look for places where the same motif repeats itself and creates  a beautiful pattern.  Walls, trees, the sky, ceilings, city streets, and parks are all sources of inspiration.

My children feel proud and excited when they discover a naturally occurring pattern. We like to take photographs of our discoveries, and I have plans to make a photo book using our collection.

Have fun!

Emily

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