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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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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: Weekend Fun!

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Are you looking for fun things to do with your family this weekend?  Perhaps one of these five fun projects will be just the answer!

1. Make  Crepe Paper Wind Catchers (pictured above) with Jessica Wilson.

2. Or, how about a Kite on a Stick?  My two would love to zip around the yard with these flying high.

3. Jessica Okui pointed me to her incredibly realistic Make-Your-Own-Fossil project.  What a wonderful way to learn about Ammonite Fossils!

4. Make your house festive with lovely Felt Party Flags.  Perhaps, they’ll provide an excuse to have a spring gathering?

5. Gather all of the bright, beautiful fabric scraps in the house and round up children to Weave with Fabric Scraps.  via The Crafty Crow

Happy weekending!

-Emily

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