Posts Tagged ‘crafting with kids’

Simple Things

March 9th, 2012 by zoe No Comments

These days I havent been doing that many elaborate project with the kids. Why? Because they come up with projects, imagine,and complete them all on their own. I think it has something to do with the years I spent painting, glueing and doodling with them and partially to the fact that they have this space to be creative whenever they darn well please. So for right now I am embracing other things as we start the slow drip into Spring.

Keeping my spirits uplifted is priority one. Sunshine really is my favorite. Too many gray days and I feel like a zombie has had my thinking parts for lunch. I take this image on the authority of a 7-year-old friend who gave me a “History Lesson” which informed me that “Zombies eat brains“. I really need history lessons on such things, thank you Willow for your expertise.

So, for now I am not dwelling on the projects I keep dreaming of but I am not actually DOING. For now I am focusing on the little things that make me happy.

Like kids sitting down all by themselves and drawing cool stuff.

Like the major face painter in the family who needs to channel Spider-Man for at least one hour of each day.

Like bright and festive fish taco’s that remind me of the ocean.

Like hanging the results of my tie dye curtain project – so fun!

Inspired by this tutorial.

Like chasing my boys down the mountain on these slushy warm spring days and nights!

Like my new bedside motto – which makes me feel motivated and makes me laugh at the same time.

Practicing a good uppercut just in case those zombies ever do come to town!

Make a Tiny Valentine Banner

February 5th, 2012 by zoe 3 Comments

I have been rather uninspired as of late — winter, cabin fever,flu, cranky New England stuff. Valentine making always cheers me up and makes me smile, plus it brings me back to the basics. I love the simplicity of paper and glue. Nothing fancy — just paper and glue!

I made these tiny little envelopes and stuffed them with little love notes for my boys.They easily hang on a bit of yarn tucked under the envelope flap. I had a lot of fun hanging the sweet little garland here and there in the house. In the end I liked it best hanging from the pantry hutch. There’s just something about tiny tiny envelopes, or maybe it’s the simple winter contrast of red and white. It’s February in New England and warm hearts are what it’s all about.

Make Monster Valentines!

February 2nd, 2012 by zoe 2 Comments

Today we are busy making Monster Valentines.

We are using scraps of fake fur and old sweaters to cut out monster shapes. We glue our fuzzy fabric scraps onto paper hearts and add all sorts of appendages.

The kids are really having a blast glueing on googly eyes, adding horns and big teeth! These Monster Valentines are just the perfect thing for my silly monster loving boys.

Our first Valentines Day swap is hosted by our favorite local family resource blog Hilltown Families, so fun.

We got a list of families to send homemade Valentines to, and cant wait to see what everyone sends us.

 

Paper Hearts, We Like Um!

January 30th, 2012 by zoe No Comments

Okay it’s almost February. Which brings one of my favorite holidays, Valentines Day.

I love Valentines Day.

Not for its chocolates, high pressure romanticism, or gifts and such.. (and definitely not for its overpriced long stem red roses that always go limp necked and die before ever opening!).

I love it because I have forever loved to make cards, and Valentines Day is the ONE day in which EVERYONE is encouraged to give handmade cards. Now don’t let me down and buy the Star Wars and My Little Pony ones propped temptingly on the isle ends at the grocery store — DON’T DO IT.

Get out your construction paper, doilies, glue and glitter and get to work folks.

GET TO WORK!

Oh and make sure to replenish the craft supplies, you can never have enough hot pink glitter!

Winter Kids!

January 23rd, 2012 by zoe 2 Comments

We are thick into Winter fun. My boys are real sledders now, trudging back up the big hill without complaint for the thrill of another ride. They teeter around on their ice skates,slip and fall & scramble up again all by themselves.

In one years time they have moved from being Winter babes to being Winter KIDS!

I love Winter KIDS, they put their boots and jackets on by themselves, they climb mountains of snow and roll down with glee. They troop out the door in all their Winter gear and spend hours in the white stuff without a whine.

These BIG Winter KIDS of mine sled and ski and skate and …. dig into Winter with big love. And it inspires me to do the same!

Unfortunately, Winter also brings sickness, so here’s a little coloring sheet for the quiet days!

Making Custom Spoons for Grandma

December 21st, 2011 by zoe 2 Comments

I originally saw this project here and knew it was perfect handmade gift idea for the boys Momo. I ran out and got some nice wooden spoons at the cookshop the next day!

I got the boys to draw on their spoons with pencil and we traced it with a wood burner tool.

The boys have a Grandmother who lives and breaths kitchen gadgets, I once counted four waffle irons in her kitchen.

I hope she loves her custom spoons as much as I do!