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Messy Backyard Art

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.

Cheers,

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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Art Investigation with Kids: Mixing paint colors!

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

If your kid is craving creativity, but your feeling uninspired, don’t underestimate the power of experimentation.  Get out some paper plates.  Pour a few circles of different colored acrylic paints and encourage kids to mix, blend, stir, and swirl.  Don’t forget to include white because it offers a fabulous way to subtly change colors.

Not only will your little artist have fun, she will also learn so much about the building blocks of color.

In the end, they might even discover their favorite shade of blue.

Have fun!

Emily

 

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5 Bright Spots

Friday, April 12th, 2013

1. Visit Heather at a happy wanderer for simple and interesting ways to explore with marbles.  It struck me as a nice rainy day activity.

2. These cork key chain people are incredibly adorable! Wouldn’t they make great Mother’s Day gifts! via The Crafty Crow

3.  These naturally dyed beads use a similar process as naturally dyed Easter eggs.  The result is subtle and beautiful, and you can use them again and again for weeks and months to come.

4. Ohhh! Walnut Mice!  I have a thing for using nutshells to make things, and these are too cute.

5. Now that it is spring, it is a lovely time to make a fleet of origami boats. After you launch them in a big puddle or small pond, you can have boat races.  Just stay long enough to catch them on the other side.

Happy Friday!

xo emily

 

 

 

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Make it :: A Spring Nest

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

One of my most precious treasures is my collection of actual birds’ nests .  Of course, I only collect if I find one on the ground, discarded and clearly not in use.  This happens so rarely, since they are often reused again and again, which is why I treasure the ones that I have. The way the bird weaves and shapes with the promise of safety and coziness is breathtaking.

One day, a few springs ago, I decided to make a spring nest — just like a mama bird.  I shaped the eggs out of clay, painted them blue, and wove a snug little nest for them to rest in.

Each spring since, I set the nest in my dining room as a way to welcome the promise of new life. More photographs and directions can be found here, at my other blog.

Happy spring cleaning and nesting!

xo emily

 

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