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, September 27th, 2013
There isn’t a mom out there who doesn’t understand the importance of time. Between chauffeuring kids to school and running household errands, it’s a wonder you keep it all together.
Momtrepreneur Erin Condren aims to make scheduling your life a little easier and, dare I say, fun. Just two years after the birth of her twins, she founded her own custom stationery company, creating everything from her signature Life Planner to personalized iPhone cases. Now her site has become a go-to resource for busy parents wanting some organization with flair.
I recently had the chance to preview Erin’s fall collection; my three favorites are sure to shed stress from your routine AND let your family’s style shine.
1. FUNctional Family Organizer
A dry-erase clipboard will help you remember important contacts, goals, even meal schedules for the week. Add in the chore chart as well as magnetic notepad for groceries, and nothing will escape you.
2. Gold Edition Life Planner
Erin’s classic planner got a regal upgrade. Gold foil stamps dot the cover inside and out while a new elastic band holds everything in place. Along with her trademark colorful spreads, it’s a total score!
3. Lunch Box Set
The straight edges of this lunch box and container assortment equal easy washing. Plus, the decorative faceplate doubles as an emergency card while your child’s at school (just fill out the personal info on the backside).
Erin’s motto is all about making more time for play in life. With these products in toe, there’s no reason you can’t start living a little yourself.
SAVINGS ALERT: Her new holiday card collection is half off for a limited time. Who says you can’t “’tis the season” early?
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