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Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
Despite the crowded parking lot, despite the long lines, despite the “out of stock” signs, or the frustrating instructions that can have you mystified, I love Ikea. Yes, I’ll say it again…I love Ikea. I love it not only for its forward-thinking design or its low prices, but also because many of its pieces are seriously blank canvases. The customization (popularly known as Ikea Hacking) opportunities are endless. Here are 4 of my favorites for kids’ rooms and toys.
I’m seriously over-the-moon impressed with this yarn-wrapped kids’ chair by One More Mushroom. It looks like something I would spend hundreds of dollars for on Etsy, but the Latt table and chairs is only $19.99.
I’m obsessed with this dollhouse made from the Expedit bookshelf, found on Woonideeen. The mix of patterns is so stylish, and I’m sure there is an easy way to make this a 3- or 4-story house!
Dressers are a great thing to buy at Ikea. They are sturdy, they function very well, and they offer many opportunities for personalization. This adorable example by Pinja Colada is made with circular stickers on the very simple Malm dresser.
My jaw literally dropped when I saw this incredible hack. This push bike was made from 2 Frosta stools. You can find the directions at Instructables.
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Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
Every fall, I’m always a little late on the leaf crafts. There is such a small window where I live of when the leaves are a true rainbow array of colors, and there are so many lovely things to do with orange, yellow, green, and even brown leaves. Here are a few of my favorites from FamilyFun.
The lovely leaves above were pressed in a heavy book for about ten days (you can see how I miss the boat every year, right?) and then decorated with a metallic paint pen. How lovely would these be hanging in a float frame?(FYI, a float frame is a glass-to-glass frame that’s great for projects like this.)
Flower crowns are lovely in the spring, but don’t ignore the leaves for you little woodsy prince or princess! The leaves stay in their raffia crown without glue, so when some go bad, it’s easy to swap them out.
Test your child’s scavenger skills by challenging him to create a rainbow of leaves (blue might be pushing it). Line them up on a log or even outside on the front stoop. Lay rocks on top to prevent them from blowing away. (Idea from Lisa Jordan of lilfishstudios.com)
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Now do you feel the urgency to get out and find those lovely leaves of orange and gold? I certainly do!
Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
Hello lovely readers,
The September issue of FamilyFun is very special to me because my book, Show Me a Story, is featured, along with my sweet pies and my pregnant self! I am so honored to have the chance to share some of my projects with FF readers, and thrilled that it is during the back-to-school storytelling season.
The pages feature some inspiring projects for encouraging storytelling, some more shots of my kiddos, and extra details about my book.
In the above photo, my girls and I are playing with Story Stones, one of my favorite projects from Show Me a Story.
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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
Hello beautiful readers!
I’ve returned from a week long vacation at the shore to a full speed ahead week of teaching. While my two little lovelies are at camp, I’ve been busy teaching a 3-day Storytelling Art Workshop at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. My students are just so delightful and also full to the brim with creative ideas.
Yesterday, we made Story Puppets
And, this morning we made Story Maps, both from my book Show Me a Story:
I’ll post finished photographs of their puppets at the end of the week!
Now, to brave the hot, hot weather we are having on the East Coast while 7 1/2 months pregnant – A/C and lots of swimming have been the rule around here.
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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 hodgepodgecraft.com)
5. Make Grape and Tomato Caterpillars for a delightful outdoor, picnic treat. (via craftgossip.com)
Happy warm days!
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