Friday, June 14th, 2013
Here in Massachusetts, the sun is finally reappearing after days of steady rain. This parting of the clouds along with my children embarking on school break inspired this week’s 5 Bright Spots. Now that we’re spending more time in the fresh air, we’re always looking for fun activities that make us smile.
1. Jackie’s Summer Twig Ornaments (pictured above) fit the bill! They are beautiful, creative, and will festively decorate our indoor and outdoor spaces in a fresh, summery way. I can’t wait to make these with my children!
2. I love the idea of creating a summer camp vibe for your kids where they set fun goals for themselves and create merit badges when they achieve them. Julie offers a gorgeous tutorial for handmade Merit Badges on the Etsy Blog.
3. Cork Canoes, people! This is project looks fabulous and SO fun. Perfect for bringing along on camping trips, I imagine.
4. Lee offers a step-by-step tutorial on making Strawberry Rocks. These are so pretty! Seeing that I have a special affinity for crafting with rocks, I had to post about these. (via hodgepodgecraft.com)
5. Make Grape and Tomato Caterpillars for a delightful outdoor, picnic treat. (via craftgossip.com)
Happy warm days!
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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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Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
Here in Massachusetts, we are deep into our cold New England winter. Except for today’s predicted high of 55 degrees(!), our outside world has been frozen and icy.
No matter where you are in the country or the world, join me today as I find inspiration in photographs from the opposite season. Ask your children to help search for photographs from 6 or 7 months ago and use the images to inspire creativity. Draw, paint, or collage. Write a poem or a list. Describe an imaginary adventure in that other season.
I’m remembering flowers, green grass, balmy nights, swaying branches, warm sun on my shoulders, naps on picnic tables.
What do you remember?
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