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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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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 :: 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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5 Bright Spots :: Bunnies!

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

1. Oh my! Mer Mag‘s Bunny Pouch is an adorable way to deliver candy and treats.

2. Jessica posted about a clever and pretty Origami Bunny Envelope tutorial that she discovered and tested.

3. Brown paper bag Bunny Masks for hours of fun and merriment.

4. Do you have extra paint chip samples kicking around?  This Paint Chip Bunny Garland is cute way to use ‘em up!

5. With a little help from an adult, children can send spring love notes with these Pop-Up Bunny Cards. Charming!

Hippity hop.

xo e

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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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