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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

5. Make  Grape and Tomato Caterpillars for a delightful outdoor, picnic treat. (via

Happy warm days!


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5 Bright Spots

Friday, February 1st, 2013

1. Make your own Printing Stamps with Vicki. Printing is near and dear to my heart, and  Vicki’s project is just wonderful.

2. Jessica’s Wall of Paper Hearts installation.  Oh my!

3.  And, this Tree Heart Installation!

4. Make a Paper Flower Tree to brighten up your home.

5. A striped Watercolor Heart to give to someone you love.


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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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Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Inspired: Each week I offer a tip for finding inspiration in the world around us. It might be observed in my classroom or found on a walk or whispered in my ear or thrifted or discovered on a dark shelf in the basement. Something. Anything that gives me a creative spark. My hope is that these bits and pieces encourage you and the children you spend time with to search for creativity in your days. This isn’t about spending money or acquiring new things; it is an exercise in motivating us to pay close attention to the bright spots in our world.


See what you can do.

xo emily

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