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5 Bright Spots :: Bunnies!

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

1. Oh my! Mer Mag‘s Bunny Pouch is an adorable way to deliver candy and treats.

2. Jessica posted about a clever and pretty Origami Bunny Envelope tutorial that she discovered and tested.

3. Brown paper bag Bunny Masks for hours of fun and merriment.

4. Do you have extra paint chip samples kicking around?  This Paint Chip Bunny Garland is cute way to use ‘em up!

5. With a little help from an adult, children can send spring love notes with these Pop-Up Bunny Cards. Charming!

Hippity hop.

xo e

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Make it :: Spring Drawing

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Happy first day of spring, my friends.  For those of you lucky to be surrounded by actual green shoots popping out of the earth, feel free to use them as your inspiration for this project.  The ground outside of my home is frosty and covered in snow, so I am going to use past spring photographs (see below) as my inspiration.

This project asks that you use your non-dominant hand to capture a bit of spring spirit.  On the back of some cereal box, place an art pen in your non-dominant hand and draw from a photograph or actual outside inspiration.  Try to keep your pen down the whole time and encourage yourself to draw what you see — not what you think you see.

Once your drawing is complete, fill it in with watercolor, colored pencil or a wash of acrylic paint.

Trim your drawings and make a gallery display of your family’s mini spring showcase.

Happy day!

xo emily

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Make :: Spring Wall Hangings

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

We had a few heart fluttery, bright, warm days and now my family has bird songs, rabbits, sprouts, flowers, ferns, and bees on our minds.  You too?  Why not decorate your walls and door and door knobs with signs of spring?  This way, even if March delivers some cloudy and cold days, you can remind yourselves of the lush springtime happenings that are just around the corner.

You can make ramp up the project by asking children to research the scientific names of the flowers that grow in your yard  (or, the names of flowers that they want to grow in the yard).

We like to use cereal box board for the canvas.  It provides a nice muted background, which encourages colors to pop and sing.  The images are cut from magazines, catalogs, and old paintings that were headed for the recycle bin.

We like to hang these cheery signs around our home to welcome the prospect of spring.  A tulip sign on a bathroom door or a sprig of yellow Forsythia sign above the bed feels so heartwarming.  It makes us smile.

xo e

 

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Make it :: Bird Garland

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Here in New England, we’re still kind of in the thick of it — another blanket of snow will come this evening and the mornings are still deeply cold.  But, spring is surely on its way and I like to hang a cheery bird and sun garland in my kitchen to remind myself of the light and tweets that will soon fill our days.

How To:

1. Put out a tarp and have children paint the inside of brown paper bags.

2. Set it outside in the sun to dry. (Or inside by the heater)

3. Cut the painted bag into bird and sun shapes.

4. Use a sewing machine (or yarn and a hole punch) to string the birds and suns into a garland.

5. Hang and smile.

xo emily

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5 Bright Spots

Friday, March 1st, 2013

1. The sun is setting at 6:ish these days, which makes me a bit dreamy about green things popping out of the soil. Jackie’s Spring Flower Pot Mini Muffins aren’t green, but they are a fun way to start thinking about spring.

2. Look at this mini-bell jar woodland terrarium.  Cute, cute, cute! Children can create their own spring habitat in preparation for the real deal!

3. This punchy Paper Plate Wall Art project is a lovely way for children to add color to their walls!

4. Alicia’s Miss Maggie Rabbit softie kit is just about the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen.  So sweet!  And her dress fabric is so springy!  (Do you sense a pattern?)

5. Jessica’s origami arrow magnets and tacks are brilliant!

Happy Friday!

Emily

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