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Sidewalk Chalk Art. Just Add Water.

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Pick a warm summer afternoon,  break out the sidewalk chalk and offer your kids a bucket of water as well.  When the chalk mixes with water, the chalky pastels turn to rich, deep pigmented colors.  The color transformation is truly addictive.

If your children are interested, encourage them to use their feet and hands to mix and blend colors.

Make prints!

Or, hearts

And, when the art project winds down, let them run through the sprinkler to clean off.

Summer fun at its best!

Cheers,

Emily

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Summertime Party Garland

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Now that it is summer and we find ourselves celebrating outdoors, I am reminded of how much I love to make party garlands. When we break out the shade structure, I love to decorate it with a colorful, paper pendant garland.  It makes the yard look happy and inviting.

The best part about this project is that most of it is actually kid made. I enlist my two and ask them to paint bright colors onto brown paper bags.  Then, we cut out triangles and I slowly sew them using a straight stitch on my machine.  You can also punch holes and thread with yarn or string.

Hang it wherever the party is!

Happy July weekending, my friends.

-Emily

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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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Messy Backyard Fun Art Projects

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Here are a few more outtakes from the craft development we did for FamilyFun‘s Messy Backyard Art feature. Aren’t the swirly colors gorgeous?  We had so much fun playing with this project.  Did I mention that my children labeled me “best mom in the world” after they were knee deep in messy projects for the month of May? They did and I didn’t argue.

This one was particularly messy and especially fun! It involved a giant ice block on a hot summer day, so it was also refreshing.

Today, it rains and rains.  Maybe some indoor process-based art?

Cheers!

Emily

 

 

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