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Make it: Speech Bubble Stamps

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

This is a creative, fun way for children and adults to leave sweet (and sassy) messages for each other.  Put them in snack bags, tape them to pieces of fruit, stick one on the mirror or in the cabinet.  It is a charming project that offers children practice writing words and sentences during the summer vacation weeks!

Materials:

pencil

carving block — rubber eraser or an easy cut carving block such as a Speedball Speedy Carve Block

carving tool — X-Acto knife or linoleum block carving tool will work (to be used by adults or with adult supervision!)

ink pad

card stock paper

thin black art marker

How to:

1. Use pencil to draw the shape of a speech bubble onto the carving block.

2. Use carving tool to cut along the pencil lines. (This step should be completed by an adult or with adult supervision!)

3. Dip the new speech bubble stamp into the ink and press firmly and evenly onto a piece of card stock.  Repeat.

4. Set aside to dry

5. Once dry, use art marker to write messages inside the bubbles.

6. Place them in fun places

Cheers!

Emily

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Inspired

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?

xo emily

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5 Bright Spots

Friday, December 7th, 2012

1. Lovely Jessica at Zakka Life posted this incredibly cute Packing Peanut Igloo craft last week, and I was instantly wild about it. The peanuts are fabulously re-purposed into an igloo that that lends itself to storytelling and play. We played with Insta-Snow at my daughter’s fifth birthday, and this adorable project would have fit in perfectly.

2. Homemade gift idea: herbal infused honey! Kristin of Banyan Moon Botanicals is a dear friend of mine and I trust all of her delicious and good-for-you creations.

3. Easy, Tiny Envelopes. LOVE!

4. Um, these homemade nesting dolls couldn’t be any cuter. And, they look so fun, satisfying, and simple to make.

5. These scenic stamp sets from Yellow Owl Workshop make so happy. Don’t you think these would make wonderful holiday gifts for kids who love to write letters? Add some blank cards and a nice pen and it would make a beautiful set!

What has made you smile this week?

xo

emily

 

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