Thursday, August 8th, 2013
I was so happy to see the wonderful Sew Fun Projects feature in this month’s FamilyFun magazine! My friend Nicole Blum‘s beginner’s projects are delightful — simple and super fun to make and appealing to both kids and adults! Those t-shirt dresses make lovely play dresses for kids, but wouldn’t it also be perfect as a stylish tunic for an adult?
Oh, and my two daughters also happen to have participated in the shoot! So, ahem, that is pretty darn fun too! They are dressed in green (left and center) and had a blast romping and crafting with the group. My little one (posed in front) was especially happy to be part of it all. Her smile tells the story of a fun-filled day, yes?
The key chain project from the feature is one of my older daughter’s favorites; she is planning to make one for her back-to-school back pack. Did I just whisper the words “back-to-school”? Shhhhhhh. Please continue on with your summertime fun.
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Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
Since my last post showcased one of my favorite books about sewing with kids, I thought I’d share a link to FamilyFun’s website where they are featuring a bunch of really fun sewing crafts for children. Check out all of the projects!
I find that simple sewing projects are a lovely way to connect with my children. It feels so nice to work together to make something useful, and I love that they learn to focus on fun rather than perfection.
And, hey, that hanging seat caddy is EXACTLY what we need for our summer road trips. I’m going to make them with my kids this weekend.
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Friday, June 7th, 2013
Here are a few more outtakes from the craft development we did for FamilyFun‘s Messy Backyard Art feature. Aren’t the swirly colors gorgeous? We had so much fun playing with this project. Did I mention that my children labeled me “best mom in the world” after they were knee deep in messy projects for the month of May? They did and I didn’t argue.
This one was particularly messy and especially fun! It involved a giant ice block on a hot summer day, so it was also refreshing.
Today, it rains and rains. Maybe some indoor process-based art?
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Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
As a contributor to FamilyFun magazine, part of my job is bringing super fun projects home for my children to try out. I’m a lucky duck (and, so are my kids!). Right now, I’m working on a Messy Backyard Art feature where the gooey, gloppy, sticky, runny stuff rules. Needless to say, my children are thrilled.
These are some photographs from yesterday’s project: dribbly paint art with bright colors and lots of mess! Perfect for a summery hot afternoon. Oh, and YES!, my two wore their pajamas.
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Monday, December 10th, 2012
Last year, our friends Kelly and Joe gave us decorations that made our hearts sing. Beautiful, dehydrated fruit ornaments for our trees±both inside and out! It is by far one of my favorite holiday gifts we’ve ever been given.
When I unwrapped and opened the box of oranges and pinks, I truly felt as if I was holding a box of natural jewels. The kiwi feels and looks almost like thin glass, the orange slices are leathery, and the white of the dried pear flesh against the thin layer of its skin is perfection—as if it was outlined with a steady hand. Our friends made sure that each ornament hangs on a loop of wool yarn, ready for hanging. The morning they arrived, the children placed some on our (then undecorated) holiday tree and bundled up to hang the rest outside on our bare birch and maple.
My favorites: the papayas and oranges
Kelly’s favorites: the star fruits and kiwis
My older daughter’s favorites: “If we choose a favorite then Kelly and Joe might feel badly about the ones we didn’t choose.”
The holiday season can feel like a burst of color and love that comes and goes quickly. When I watch these little guys swaying and dancing on the branches outside it reminds me of how far that burst of kindness and love can travel. From Kelly and Joe’s home to my eyes to my husband Tom’s eyes to our children’s eyes to the tree’s branches to the wind to the birds’ bellies and nests wherever they might be. It is a gift that spreads joy and love in the truest of ways. And, after the snow melted and mud season began, we found little bits of Kelly’s yarn in our grass, which made us a tiny bit wistful, but mostly happy.
Kelly told me that she sliced her fruit thinly with a mandoline, dried them in her dehydrator, poked little holes in the top, and tied little loops of yarn through. It would also work to dry them slowly in an oven (on low heat) or next to a wood stove or heater for a day or so. Don’t you feel like dehydrating fruit must be so simple since you always seem to find bits of dehydrated apple and pear under your kitchen table? Or, is that just me? Maybe I should sweep a bit more frequently. Ahem.
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