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Bookshelf :: a spring favorite

Friday, April 5th, 2013

The Story of The Root Children by Sibylle von Olfers is one of our favorite seasonal books to read at the beginning of spring.  It tells a short tale of the root children who live under the earth waiting for spring to arrive so that they can decorate the earth with their colors and spirits. My two love to imagine the tiny root children busily preparing for the green shoots and warm days ahead.  If your library doesn’t own a copy, you might want to suggest that they do!

We’re off to warm our cheeks in the sunshine.

Happy Friday!

xo emily

 

 

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Make it :: Cupcake Invitations!

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

These simple, handmade birthday invitations are a nice way to involve your child in preparing for her or his big day.  With just a few easy steps, they are fuss free and super satisfying.

1. Paint a brown paper bag with a mixture of acrylic paints.

2. After the painted paper is dry, have child(ren) cut out cupcake tops.

3. Cut cupcake bottoms out of a brown paper bag.

4. Glue tops and bottoms onto card stock cards.

5. Stamp the age of the birthday kid onto the cupcake bottoms.

Hoorah!

xo emily

 

 

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Make :: Spring Wall Hangings

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

We had a few heart fluttery, bright, warm days and now my family has bird songs, rabbits, sprouts, flowers, ferns, and bees on our minds.  You too?  Why not decorate your walls and door and door knobs with signs of spring?  This way, even if March delivers some cloudy and cold days, you can remind yourselves of the lush springtime happenings that are just around the corner.

You can make ramp up the project by asking children to research the scientific names of the flowers that grow in your yard  (or, the names of flowers that they want to grow in the yard).

We like to use cereal box board for the canvas.  It provides a nice muted background, which encourages colors to pop and sing.  The images are cut from magazines, catalogs, and old paintings that were headed for the recycle bin.

We like to hang these cheery signs around our home to welcome the prospect of spring.  A tulip sign on a bathroom door or a sprig of yellow Forsythia sign above the bed feels so heartwarming.  It makes us smile.

xo e

 

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Inspired :: Drawing

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Ask your child to draw you a picture of an imaginary dream house — a fantastical place that she could inhabit in her dreams What color would it be?  Would there be ladders and rainbows?  Grassy fields and forests?  Would it be on an island surrounded by dolphins?

xo emily

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5 Bright Spots

Friday, January 25th, 2013

1. When I saw Blair’s charming Doodle Pendants on her blog the other day, I was instantly smitten.  I love DIY jewelry and I love doodling, so this one made me smile.  It is a perfect project for the kid who loves to doodle in the margins of his notebook, yes? Or, as a group project at a birthday party?  Or, as a gift for a family member or friend? (Or, as a gift to yourself?) Yes, yes, yes!

2. These paper tea cups are super fancy and fun!  Download the free template and have the sweetest little pretend tea party.

3. Mmmmm. As you begin to think about Valentine’s Day treats, consider Jessica’s Sticky Dippy: Chocolate Marshmallow Pretzel Rods.

4. These Topographical Paper Sculptures are a wonderful way for children to experiment with color, shape, and three dimensional art! Plus, I think they’d look really cool displayed in a bedroom. via The Crafty Crow

5. For all of us living in a frigid part of the world, Roselee’s super easy fleece cuffs tutorial is a brilliant way to keep the cold out of your child’s sleeves.  Check it!

Happy weekending to you and yours!

xo emily

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