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Inspired :: Patterns and Designs

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

When you are out and about with your children, encourage them to search for designs and repetition in the world around them.  Look for places where the same motif repeats itself and creates  a beautiful pattern.  Walls, trees, the sky, ceilings, city streets, and parks are all sources of inspiration.

My children feel proud and excited when they discover a naturally occurring pattern. We like to take photographs of our discoveries, and I have plans to make a photo book using our collection.

Have fun!

Emily

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Vacation Fun :: mixed media collage

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

 

For many families, this is vacation week, which means different things for different families.  It can translate to trips to the slopes and flights to warm oceans or it might mean slow days at home with crafts, toys, and movies.   If you happen to be home and are still in your pajamas (ahem!), why not take the opportunity to encourage your children to get creative?!

Pieces of scrap wood are perfect blank canvases for mixed media collages.  If you happen to have a few hanging around, sand the edges a bit, and place them on the table.  Break out your markers, watercolor paints, paper, magazines, buttons, and other bits and bobbles like tiny pasta, beans, and sea shells, etc.  You’ll want to offer some brushes,  a little bowl of glue, and a cup of water (for the watercolors).  Ask children to consider painting or drawing on the wood before they begin gluing.

I love this project because the layering of colors and textures is captivating and so satisfying!

xo emily

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Valentine’s Day :: Fabric Heart Necklaces

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

I had my two children in mind when I designed this little fabric heart necklace  for Valentine’s Day, but after I threw one around my neck, I was kind of feeling the vibe.  They make perfect lovey gifts for sharing with friends, don’t you think?  Plus, it is a fantastic way to use up those beautiful bits of leftover fabric.

Materials:
fabric
cereal box panels
sewing machine OR embroidery needle and floss
scissors
hole punch
pen
yarn

How To:

1. Ask a child to draw a heart shape on the back of some favorite fabric. Cut out the shape, and place it right side up onto a piece of cereal box panel. I didn’t affix the fabric to the panel with anything, but you could use a dab of a glue stick to keep it in place.

2. Put a denim needle in your sewing machine and sew around the heart. You could also use a big embroidery needle and floss. Once the sewing is completed, trim away the excess cereal box panel.

3. Use the hole punch to make holes in the two tips of the heart. The punch will go through the fabric and cardboard, but you’ll probably need to trim a bit of the fabric out of the hole to clean it up.

4. There are two different ways to string the yarn (both techniques shown below). You can simply thread it through the back and then use a bit of glue to affix the yarn to the back of the heart (so it doesn’t show when you turn it over). Or, you can thread the ends of a piece of yarn through the holes and then tie big, big, big knots so they don’t slip off.

Happy heart making!

xo emily

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Fun With Clay!

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

At our house, playtime with clay typically amounts to tiny pinch pots, pretend food, and, occasionally,  pretend eggs.   The other day, we added flexible clay molds to the mix, and we couldn’t stop making all sorts of cute little critters and shapes.  My favorite is the fern,  my eight-year-old daughter’s favorite is the butterfly, and my five-year-old opted for the pinch pot standby.

We used white air dry clay and a plastic sculpting tool for cleaning up the designs.  There is something so nice about crisp, white clay!  Our creations have been brightening the center of our table since we made them, and we all agree that they are charming.  You can give them as little love gifts, display them in a dish, or paint them on a rainy day.

These are the molds that we experimented with, but there are plenty of fun sets floating around the internet.  Perhaps, snowflakes will be next on our list?

xo emily

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5 Bright Spots (winter crafts!)

Friday, December 21st, 2012

1. These Ice Lanterns from Gina at willowday are gorgeous.  What a stunning way to add light and beauty to your winter celebrations!

2. Adorable snowmen made out of stacked rocks. via The Crafty Crow

3. This Frosted Holiday Pine Cones craft is lovely and perfect for the center of a holiday table.

4. Randi’s Winter Diorama project on Playful Learning is a creative way for children to welcome winter.  Love it!

5. Hot Chocolate Spoons so your fireside hot chocolates are even more spectacular.

 

 

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