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Monday, November 18th, 2013
DIY crafter Alison Caporimo recently released her first book, Instacraft, about fun and simple projects for adorable gifts and décor. We received permission to showcase four crafts from the book on Goodyblog. Come back each Monday (11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25) to see which creations we feature next.
“Have left over blueberries in the fridge? Let’s make something of them!” Alison says.
3 cups water
1 cup blueberries
1. Pour water into a pot and heat over a high flame until boiling.
2. Stir in blueberries and smash with a spoon or potato masher. Mix well and allow to cool slightly until lukewarm.
3. Dip card stock into dyed water and allow to dry completely before using. (Experiment with dipping times and angles.)
Alison’s extra tips for Parents readers:
- Swap it: Instead of blueberries, try beets, blackberries, tea, or turmeric spice.
- Challenge your kids to count and measure the ingredients before you get started.
- Explore and investigate! The color of your dye is true to what it looks like in the pot, so experiment with your measurements to create different shades.
- To let stationery dry without disturbing the dye, secure the card stock to a wire hanger with clothespins.
For more ideas from Alison Caporimo, follow her on Twitter.
Text adapted from Instacraft, with permission from Ulysses Press. Copyright 2013. All images by Meera Lee Patel.
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Friday, June 17th, 2011
Now, there are no more excuses for not sending a card because you couldn’t find a stamp – pick up a postage-paid Hallmark card instead. Released earlier this year, the collection of Postage-Paid Greetings™ is a collaboration between Hallmark and the U.S. Postal Service.
A barcode on the front of each envelope acts as a Forever stamp (its value will always be the same as a First-Class stamp, so the cards can only be mailed nationally) that indicates the postage was already paid. The cards are available for any occasion (Father’s Day, graduation, birthdays, and more) and cost up to $3.99. You can purchase them at Hallmark Gold Crown stores, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, CVS, and other locations.
For busy moms, we know it’s always the little things that matter most, so these postage-paid cards are a great way to save a few extra seconds and minutes in the day. Just don’t forget the mailing address!
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Monday, December 13th, 2010
As someone who looks forward to the handful of missives she receives with her holiday cards, I was interested in the advice from a communication professor about how to craft a successful letter. John Llewellyn, Ph.D., associate professor at Wake Forest University, breaks it down into the aptly-named acronym, YULE:
You care for these people. So make sure that love and caring—in other words, the vibe of the holiday season—is what comes through in your writing.
Use vivid language to tell your story. Help people see what you’re describing; don’t simply recount a list of achievements or events.
Level with them about the hardships of the past year. Surely not everything was rosy; Dr. Llewellyn says it’s actually more respectful to your audience to simply admit it. Obviously you don’t want to be too much of a buzzkill, but aim for sincerity, with a good dash of cheer.
Enough is enough. Two pages oughta do it, says Dr. Llewellyn. Personally, I think one page, especially if it’s single-spaced, is about right.
Do you send holiday letters? What guidelines do you follow?
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Monday, November 30th, 2009
While it’s true that the Thanksgiving turkey has yet to be carved, Save the Children is calling on all of your pre-K through 12th graders to put their thinking caps on for Valentines Day. From now through December 1, children can create their own unique Valentines Day cards and enter to win the grand prize—a $500 savings bond, as well as the opportunity to meet spokeswoman and Save the Children Artist Ambassador Julianna Moore and to join her during press appearances to promote the cards in January.
Select Valentines Day cards will be posted online in mid-December, and kids can vote for their favorites in each of the five age-specific categories. The five winning designs, one for each age group, will be printed on cards available in January and offered as part of a gift with a donation to benefit Save the Children’s anti-poverty programs in the United States. For full contest rules and more details on how to apply, click here.
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