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Wednesday, April 29th, 2009
In case you haven't picked up the May issue of Parents, I thought I'd share with you our adorable, simple, and eco-friendly Mother's Day Bouquet (crafted by the ultra-talented Blair Stocker of Wise Craft).
These flowers are made from magazine or catalog pages, chenille stems, and buttons. Below is the simple how-to, and you can see the step-by-step photos on Parentsmag.com.
What you'll need: Pencil, Ruler, Scissors, Glossy magazines, Hole punch, Green chenille stems, Buttons
4 to 6 same-size strips lengthwise from colorful magazine pages. Choose
the width of your strips from 1/2 inch to 1 inch — the narrower the
strips, the more you will need to make the flower appear full.
- Punch 3 holes along each strip — one centered and the others 1/2 inch
from either end. Hold paper face down and poke a chenille stem through
the center hole. Fold ends over to slide other two holes onto stem.
- Add remaining strips, arranging them to form a flower design, as shown.
Thread the chenille stem through a button, then back in through the
flower, twisting stem behind the petals to hold it in place.
So once you've digested the May issue in its entirety, go ahead and make some flowers!
Categories: Crafts, Green, Holidays, Time for Fun | Tags: art, crafts, Dads, DIY, Family, family activities, Holidays, kids
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
I'm a sucker for a crayons. Actually I come from a mother who collects them! We have all the limited edition boxes, unopened—she always bought three, one for me, one for my sister, and one for her. Apparently, they'll one day be collectors' items. So when I spotted these ring crayons by Timothy Liles (also limited editions) on Ohdeedoh, I felt the need to get them for my mom (until I saw the price). But regardless, I wanted to share, just because the concept is so darn cute. If wearable crayons are a must-have in your home, then check out these (more affordable) finger crayons from Alex Toys.
I now pronounce you Burnt Sienna and Midnight Blue.
Wednesday, April 15th, 2009
A game that is both highly portable and creatively inspiring passes two very important criteria in my book.
Check out this super fun idea from The Toby Show—just get a few simple wood blocks (only 25 cents each from Casey's Wood Products!) and paint or collage each side with a simple, recognizable icon like a tree, house, butterfly, ball, etc. The idea is that Player 1 rolls a die and begins a story about that object. Player 2 rolls the 2nd die, and continues the story, but using her picture. And so on and so on. This would be a great waiting room game or restaurant distraction.
Found via (the ever-amazing) Crafty Crow.
Wednesday, April 8th, 2009
Last year, when my friend Lea invited me to help make Easter eggs with her daughter, I almost laughed in her face. Everything at Lea's place—from the couch, to the tablecloth, to the cushions on her kitchen chairs—is white; it's about as dye-unfriendly as apartments come. But it turns out that this super-prudent (and creative!) mama wasn't planning on coloring her eggs in spillable pots of neon liquid—instead, she was planning on doing it dye-free, using silk ties she'd picked up for pennies at a stoop sale.
I'd never before heard of the "tie dye" egg method—but after spending an afternoon trying it out, I can vouch that not only is it completely mess- and hassle-free, the results look amazing. In fact, this weekend, I'm planning on hitting the flea market to pick up a few silk neckties for my own eggs. Want to give this technique a try? Here's how:
What you’ll need:
-White rags (like an old t-shirt or sheet)
What to do:
1. Cut silk ties into square pieces of fabric (large enough to cover an egg).
2. Cut even larger squares out of the white rags.
3. Place egg in center of a silk square, with the printed side facing the egg. Wrap fabric around the egg.
4. Place silk-wrapped egg on white square. Gather edges and secure the "sack" with a rubber band.
5. Place eggs in large non-aluminum pot. Fill with enough water to cover the eggs.
6. Add a few glugs of vinegar to the pot; bring water to a boil. Reduce heat; let simmer 25 minutes.
7. Use a slotted spoon to remove eggs from water and let cool before removing the fabric.
8. For more vibrantly colored eggs, wipe with a little vegetable oil once dry.
Gorgeous photos via The Little Red Hen.
Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
I'm a little obsessed with growth charts these days—anything from pencil marks on the door jamb to cute printed designs to follow the accumulating inches. Of all the products I've seen lately, this one by Etsy artist Miss Natalie made my heart flutter. Yes, it's a little divergent from the traditional growing flower motif, but I love it for its simplicity, rustic-ness, and mostly for its ability to be hung in any room of the house.
It comes packaged in an heirloom wooden box and contains a 4'
long jute ribbon that's mounted on wooden dowels, twenty tags (ten in red,
ten in manila) with space to mark your child's name, age, and date of
measurement, and twenty large safety pins in a muslin bag
to secure your child's tag on the burlap ribbon. Yes, I know, this concept is totally DIY-able, but how great would this be as a gift for a new parent?
Found via a new (to me) beautiful blog, Mer Mag.
Tuesday, March 31st, 2009
Just a month into my new gig at Parents, I’ve been staying late at the office most nights. And since I seem to have made myself at home in my cubicle, I thought it made sense to make my cubicle a little more, well, homey. The challenge? I don’t have much of a budget for office décor, but I can’t stomach the thought of putting up something mass-produced (no Starry Night poster, please!). So, I turned to my favorite source for affordable, original art: Etsy. While browsing for prints to brighten up my workspace, I happened upon this amazing, graphic Alphabet Pipeline poster. Intrigued, I decided to check out what other cool, kid-friendly designs might be out there. Turns out, when it comes nursery art, chic (and cheap!) options abound. I couldn’t keep my excitement to myself, so I rounded up a few of my favorite finds (from $14 a pop) for you to check out. From left to right: Birds in Tree, Monstropolis, I Like to Rock, Daryl No 78365, and Jungle Animals.
Categories: Babies, Shopping & Gear, Your Child | Tags: art, baby, crafts, Cute Animals, DIY, home decor, kids, little kids, money, shopping, Web/Tech
Wednesday, February 18th, 2009
One of the most rewarding aspects of our job in magazines is reading happy, positive reader mail. As the crafts editor, I'm lucky enough to get a visual of the success story, like this sweet photo from Parents reader Megan Grebowiec from Plainville, Kansas. Megan and her 3 year old daughter Kaydence crafted the Pom-Pom Pals from our January 2009 issue (and they did so very well, I might add).
If you have photos of your craft accomplishments, please send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We love to see our ideas (and your creativity) in action!
Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
Ok…it's my last chance to obsess over Valentine crafts. If you are still feeling uninspired in the world of love-filled projects, this should fill your void. What would we do without these amazingly creative people, sharing their amazingly creative ideas? I shudder at the thought.
Starting from top left: Matchbox treats from Inchmark; Newspaper heart garland from Maya Made via Whip Up; Lunch bag from Zakka Life; Butterfly valentine from Skip to my Lou; Salt dough conversation hearts from Kiddio via The Crafty Crow; Chocolate Pretzel Buttons from Enamor via The Crafty Crow; Hearts on a stick from Plum Pudding; Tic tac toe hearts from Alpha Mom.
Come to think of it, is it love or crafts that make the world go 'round? It really is a toss up. Happy Valentine's Day!