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5 Bright Spots: Gardening with Kids

Friday, May 31st, 2013

1.  These (see above) Garden Markers made out of rocks are bright, punchy, simple, and SO cheery!

2. Spread some seed love with Dana’s DIY Shredded  Paper Seed Starters.

3. Mark special occasions, moments, and memories with lovely Garden Stones. I especially love the fern prints!

4. My friend Annie, creator and author of Alphabet Glue, offered this wonderful guest post on The Crafty Crow.  Make super sweet Origami Planting Pots with her!  And, smile.

5. After all of their hard work in the garden, have your children cozy up under this snug, easy to construct, garden tent.

Have fun outside!


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A Family Art Box for the New Year

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Happy New Year, lovely friends!  I hope that your 2013 will be joyful and sparkly.

Are you entering 2013 with lots of brand new art and craft supplies?  I suggest starting off the new year with a tidy, creative, portable art box with a variety of tools and supplies. This convenient collection will encourage children to write notes, draw, label, doodle, and experiment with colors and shapes.

This is the craft box that lives on our kitchen table.   I tend to clean it out every few months to keep it fresh in hopes that the children feel they can count on finding what they need for their everyday creative pursuits.   Sometimes I find it in another part of the house (in front of the wood stove is a favorite spot!) and we do move it when we have dinner guests, but most often it is reliably right there next to our stack of cloth napkins. I often use it to write grocery lists and our two little ones write us love notes and draw pictures for friends.

The key to an inspiring craft box is stocking it with a variety of satisfying, multipurpose materials.  The following is a suggested list, which you should absolutely tweak based on your family’s interests.

1. nice quality colored pencils (these will last a long time)

2. colorful art markers

3. 2 thin, black art markers for writing

4. pencils

5. watercolor pencils

6. gel pens (neon and sparkle!)

7. compact scissors

8. glue stick

9. small notebooks

10. blank tags & tickets

11. mini stamp pad with mini stamps

**I purchased the box at Magic Cabin

This sort of thing would also make a creative birthday gift!

Have fun!

xo emily


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Wednesday, November 28th, 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.

My daughter has been home sick this week, which means we’ve been settling into a slower pace. She is feverish and tired, so we’ve been rotating between soup, tea, books, a movie, and short open-ended craft projects. This morning, she rummaged through my wooden parts drawer and found a stack of wide craft sticks.  She quickly pulled out the bucket of colorful Sharpies and made a set of cheery puppets. Later in the afternoon, my youngest and I were treated to a lovely little show with twists and surprises.

She made a lot out of a little. How inspiring!

My fingers are crossed for a cool forehead this afternoon.

xo e

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