November 23rd, 2013
If you’re raising a tomboy like I am, you’ll smile while watching this video, and even if you can’t relate to it you’ll appreciate the clever ingenuity involved in making it.
The video was created by GoldieBlox, a company that claims to make “toys for future inventors.” In other words, ”disrupt the pink aisle” and “get girls building.” Its founder is Debbie Sterling, a Stanford-educated engineer whose ultimate goal is to bridge the gap of gender disparity in engineering. (According to the Association for Women in Science, women account for 24% of the science, technology, engineering and math work force.) Enjoy!
November 15th, 2013
Thanksgiving is now less than two weeks away! If you’re hosting for the holiday, then the menu is probably at the top of your to-do list. But before the hustle and bustle in the kitchen starts, now is a good time to think about what kind of a centerpiece will set the stage for your beautiful meal. Consider going all natural with your vases by using squashes and pumpkins. For large varieties, cut a hole near the top with a mini saw and insert a container to hold water. Or use a votive candle holder for smaller ones. You may need to trim a little off the base so it sits flat.
(image courtesy Martha Stewart Living)
November 8th, 2013
Happy November, folks! It’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving. This year I’d like to continue the tradition we started last year of finding fun ways to think about all we have to be thankful for. I’m still working on this year’s activity but in the meantime I wanted to share what we did last year.
The night before (of course it had to be the night before!) I decided to cut a big pile of leaf shapes out of construction paper. (This was your run-of-the-mill tear drop shape, not anything complex). Then I punched a hole in each and tied a yarn loop. Lastly I collected a few bare tree branches from outside.
The next day everyone wrote what they’re thankful for on the leaves and then they hung the leaves on the branches. I was excited to see them all hanging beautifully in the late afternoon sun and the way the bare branches gracefully bent, heavy with all our blessings.
Later that night, I was thinking how one could take this a step further by creating a game out of it. Guests could take turns reading one and guessing who wrote on each leaf. We didn’t end up doing that, but I did enjoy reading the leaves after everyone had left. It was an eclectic mix of heartfelt and humorous sentiments, by kids and adults alike.
November 1st, 2013
Ok, so there’s no shortage of leaves outside at the moment! If doing a little leaf raking is on your to-do list this weekend, why not add a little play to all the work? FamilyFun Magazine proposes in their current issue that before raking the leaves into a pile, you first use the rake to clear a pathway through the leaves. Use the stopwatch feature on your phone to time the kiddos and see who can dash through the course the fastest. Not a bad way for everyone to get a workout!
(image courtesy FamilyFun Magazine)
October 25th, 2013
In many parts of the country there’s been a noticeable chill in the air this week, so it’s a good time to take stock of craft supplies in anticipation of many warm and cozy afternoons inside. These paint stick puppets by Emily Green are simple yet striking and a great creative outlet for a range of ages. And many of the materials needed are things we all have around the house — paper plates, paint sticks, office supplies, plastic utensils, hangers, fabric, tape and all kinds of interesting shapes from products and packaging. Happy weekend!
(Images courtesy Louise Salter Photography / Courtesy of Emily Green, via Daily Candy)
October 17th, 2013
Don’t stare at all those leaves outside as piles needing to be picked up; look at them as creatures waiting to be brought to life! All you need are flat, pressed leaves, black and white markers, and a little imagination!
(images courtesy Handmade Charlotte)
October 4th, 2013
If visiting a pumpkin patch is on your fall agenda, you’ll want to check out these inspiring decorating ideas! Tired of taking the carved pumpkin approach? These ideas don’t involve carving tools OR pumpkin guts. The best part? You’ll get to enjoy them much longer than the carved ones which begin to decay a few days later.
October 2nd, 2013
With all the trash we create in today’s society, it’s always inspiring to see the new ways in which people are looking at trash. Never has it been more true that one man’s trash is another’s treasure, especially in light of the current Maker movement. Read this inspiring article about how reuse centers, shops or warehouses where you can buy materials in bulk that would otherwise wind up in the landfill, are growing across the country. They’re also creating green-collar jobs, reducing waste and educating people about how to live a simpler, more creative lifestyle, as well as giving artists a place to buy supplies. Read more about it here and browse my “recycled art” blog category to find creative ways to re-use all that plastic at home!
(image courtesy Soapbox)
September 27th, 2013
These word streamers would certainly require some planning and patience in making but I love the end result! Great for a back-to-school party or any event that inspires a special message. Happy weekend!
(found via Pinterest)
September 25th, 2013
Get ready… the leaves are starting to fall! No doubt what ends up being top of mind for most people is what the heck to do with all of them; picking them all up can be pretty overwhelming. What’s great about this fall craft? It gets you to focus on quality over quantity and the beauty of each leaf type. Pick some out of your pile that have nice color and aren’t torn then put them in a heavy book for flattening. After a couple days, decorate them with metallic markers. Beautiful!
(image courtesy FamilyFun Magazine)