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FamilyFun Magazine’s Sew Fun Projects

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

I was so happy to see the wonderful Sew Fun Projects feature in this month’s FamilyFun magazine! My friend Nicole Blum‘s beginner’s projects are delightful — simple and super fun to make and appealing to both  kids and adults!  Those t-shirt dresses make lovely play dresses for kids, but wouldn’t it also be perfect as a stylish tunic for an adult?

Oh, and my two daughters also happen to have participated in the shoot!  So, ahem, that is pretty darn fun too!  They are dressed in green (left and center) and had a blast romping and crafting with the group.  My little one (posed in front) was especially happy to be part of it all.  Her smile tells the story of a fun-filled day, yes?

The key chain project  from the feature is one of my older daughter’s favorites;  she is planning to make one for her back-to-school back pack.   Did I just whisper the words “back-to-school”?  Shhhhhhh.  Please continue on with your summertime fun.

-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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5 Bright Spots: DIY Summer Bracelets

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Make them, trade them, wear them in the ocean until they are sun faded!

1.  Friendship Bracelets  (above photo) are the timeless way to bond with friends, whether it be at camp, the pool, or in the backyard.

2. Use wire, cord, and buttons to make these simple Color Block Bracelets.

3. T-Shirt Bracelets are the perfect way to recycle old shirts while creating a cool summer accessory.

4. These DIY Fabric Bracelets are gorgeous and so simple to make.  Dig into your bin of fabric scraps for inspiration!

5. Anette’s DIY Leather Bracelets are woven together beautifully!

Enjoy!

Emily

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Make it: Flower Garden Sculpture

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

We are lucky ducks because The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is a mile down the road from our home.  It was pouring last Friday, so we packed lunches and met friends at the museum for some creative fun.  While there, the children participated in the project in the art studio where they made their own flower gardens.

It was a simple, clever idea with florist foam for the base and all sorts of materials to stick in for the “flowers” and garden flora.

I love how the flowers tended to look like something from a Dr. Seuss book with over-sized, odd shaped petals and long, twisty stems.  Their finished gardens were gorgeous and they’ve been brightening our space ever since.

Oh, and for those who are in the area, I’ll be running a three day class Storytelling Art Workshop at the Eric Carle Museum on July 16-18.  Registration is required!

Cheers!

Emily

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