Posts Tagged ‘ crafts ’

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 hodgepodgecraft.com)

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

Happy warm days!

emily

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A Response to the Idea of “Ugly” Crafts

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Liesl over at The Homeschooling Den recently posted about the “ugly” crafts that get made in her house and the way in which they often aren’t deemed photo-worthy and, therefore, rarely make their way to her blog. It was so nice to see photographs of  her child’s milk jug monster and puffer fish!  How refreshing!  Her post made me think about my own children’s and student’s meandering crafty ways, where so much of it is more about the process than the end result. In these moments they become captivated with exploring and experimenting with materials, and it is so nice to have a record of this kind of creativity.

This sort of discussion can serve as a reminder that the beauty of an art project is determined by the child’s experience — was it fun?  exciting? boring?  Did the child get the hang of a new craft skill?  Is he/she proud of the result?  Did she/he discover happy mistakes along the way?

In an effort to pay respect to the random, free-form, process-based art that takes place in my home and classroom, I’d like to share a few of these kinds of art moments with you:

Leah experiments with embroidery

The children make numbers out of fabric and paper scraps.

Wooden spools are painted and stacked. Random fun!

The children experiment with dot markers (bingo markers)

Do you tend to photograph these kind of art moments?

Thanks for starting the conversation, Liesl!

-Emily

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5 Bright Spots: Beautiful Mother’s Day Crafts

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Happy Saturday, friends!  Here is a list of beautiful handmade gifts that mothers will love! The bonus?  They are simple enough to be last minute creations!

1. Lovely Collection Jars from my blog, Red Bird Crafts.

2. This sweet strand of Flowers on a String is just the thing for giving mom some spring love.

3. Clever!  Turn nice cloth napkins into throw pillows.

4. Visit our very own Family Fun for a video tutorial that shows you how to make GORGEOUS (and super easy) Twig Necklaces.

5. How perfect is this?  Make bright, colorful Silhouettes of Your Children to give to a dear grandmother or…….to yourself!!

xo e

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5 Bright Spots: Fun Flower Crafts

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

It is May and (for most of us) vibrant flowers are in full bloom.  For those of you with snow on the ground today, your flowers are coming soon, soon, soon!  Here is a sweet little round-up of beautiful flower crafts that are perfect for decorating and gifting!

1. willowday offers a tutorial for a gorgeous, simple, peony inspired Felt Flower Necklace.

2. Make punchy floral fabric covered terracotta pots with Christine!

3. Visit the Purl Bee where Molly offers a tutorial for making Felt Anemone Flower Magnets. Aren’t her color choices gorgeous?

4. This Paint Chip Hyacinth tutorial provides a creative way to use up all the extra paint chip samples you’ve collected.

5. Make bright and beautiful Paper Ranunculus Flowers with Sarah (free template included!).

Don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers.

Happy Friday!

-emily

 

 

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5 Bright Spots :: Earth Friendly!

Friday, April 26th, 2013

1. Jessica at scrumdilly-do posted a simple, creative, fun paint chip plant markers tutorial.  Not only does this reuse materials, but it also encourages children to plant some seeds!

2. These egg carton boats are adorable!  via crafty crow

3. I’m kind of obsessed with the thought of making these superhero hand cuffs for my daughters.  Made using toilet paper tubes, they are simply magnificent!

4. Mmmmmm. Chocolate Flowerpot Cakes! What a sweet way to celebrate the earth and its flowers!

5. Amy offers some artistic inspiration for making homemade wrapping paper out of painted newspaper.  Pretty!

Happy weekend!

xo emily

 

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