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5 Bright Spots: Weekend Fun!

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Are you looking for fun things to do with your family this weekend?  Perhaps one of these five fun projects will be just the answer!

1. Make  Crepe Paper Wind Catchers (pictured above) with Jessica Wilson.

2. Or, how about a Kite on a Stick?  My two would love to zip around the yard with these flying high.

3. Jessica Okui pointed me to her incredibly realistic Make-Your-Own-Fossil project.  What a wonderful way to learn about Ammonite Fossils!

4. Make your house festive with lovely Felt Party Flags.  Perhaps, they’ll provide an excuse to have a spring gathering?

5. Gather all of the bright, beautiful fabric scraps in the house and round up children to Weave with Fabric Scraps.  via The Crafty Crow

Happy weekending!

-Emily

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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

Friday, March 8th, 2013

1. This simple, cheery St. Patrick’s Day garland was made by Kelly at DIY Studio.

2.  Yum! These Zucchini Bites look delicious and fun to eat.

3.  A beautiful, simple, little Easter egg craft.

4. Melanie is offering an adorable, free bunny softie template on her blog.  Super cute!

5.  Ellen writes about how she taught 400 kids how to dye their own fabric.  Her method looks simple, fun, and successful!

Happy weekending to you all!

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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Inspired

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.

Scraps!

See what you can do.

xo emily

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