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Tame the Mess! 6 Must-Have Creative Supplies
When I began crafting with my little ones it was pretty easy – just strip them down to their diaper and set them loose! But as they grew and wanted to do art more often, I knew that going clothes-free couldn’t always be the answer to taming the mess. For one, we live in the north…

Tame the Mess! 6 Must-Have Creative Supplies

When I began crafting with my little ones it was pretty easy – just strip them down to their diaper and set them loose! But as they grew and wanted to do art more often, I knew that going clothes-free couldn’t always be the answer to taming the mess. For one, we live in the north…

A Time for Retreat
If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook, you’ll know that last week I had the good fortune to attend a four-day art workshop along the coast of Squam Lake in New Hampshire.
And many of you have asked for me to share my thoughts and experiences. But the truth is, I’m not sure that I can. Cer…

A Time for Retreat

If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook, you’ll know that last week I had the good fortune to attend a four-day art workshop along the coast of Squam Lake in New Hampshire. And many of you have asked for me to share my thoughts and experiences. But the truth is, I’m not sure that I can. Cer…

Crafting with Nature - Beach Mandala
Have you ever noticed that the most beautiful things in nature are impermanent? Rainbows, sunsets, blooming flowers, even old stately trees will someday fall. I think this is one of the most important reasons for little ones to be exposed to nature, to be able to explore it, notice it, and see…

Crafting with Nature - Beach Mandala

Have you ever noticed that the most beautiful things in nature are impermanent? Rainbows, sunsets, blooming flowers, even old stately trees will someday fall. I think this is one of the most important reasons for little ones to be exposed to nature, to be able to explore it, notice it, and see…

Five Creative Tools for All Ages
I have fond memories of making and creating with my eldest, before his brother arrived. I remember afternoons in the courtyard, letting him dip his tiny toes into paint and make prints on large pieces of paper. Slow mornings with a batch of play dough, mixing and squishing and molding. Too long …

Five Creative Tools for All Ages

I have fond memories of making and creating with my eldest, before his brother arrived. I remember afternoons in the courtyard, letting him dip his tiny toes into paint and make prints on large pieces of paper. Slow mornings with a batch of play dough, mixing and squishing and molding. Too long …

Why I Don’t Make Edible Art Supplies
I’ve noticed a new fad in the world of kids crafting – “edible” art supplies. Often this refers to a variety of paints, but can also include things like sidewalk chalk or play dough. And this new fad? I hate it. Truly. Every time I see a new post come out with an edible…

Why I Don’t Make Edible Art Supplies

I’ve noticed a new fad in the world of kids crafting – “edible” art supplies. Often this refers to a variety of paints, but can also include things like sidewalk chalk or play dough. And this new fad? I hate it. Truly. Every time I see a new post come out with an edible…

Create, Don’t ReCreate
Just a handful of weeks ago my eldest son and I did a little making for Sparkle Stories – a puppet theater. To be perfectly honest, the project wasn’t anything super special. The theater, a repurposed cardboard box. The puppets, simple wooden spoons with faces painted in the bo…

Create, Don’t ReCreate

Just a handful of weeks ago my eldest son and I did a little making for Sparkle Stories – a puppet theater. To be perfectly honest, the project wasn’t anything super special. The theater, a repurposed cardboard box. The puppets, simple wooden spoons with faces painted in the bo…

It’s a Summer Sale
For many of us the summer is halfway over – we’re in the hot, dog days now with the buzzing cicadas, steamy nights and slow afternoons. It’s lovely – this time in between – no longer the bright green beginning of summer, but also not yet the cool gold of autumn….

It’s a Summer Sale

For many of us the summer is halfway over – we’re in the hot, dog days now with the buzzing cicadas, steamy nights and slow afternoons. It’s lovely – this time in between – no longer the bright green beginning of summer, but also not yet the cool gold of autumn….

Making Creative Magic
I’m pretty terrible at following instructions. Give me just about any project or DIY – from fermenting kombucha to building a bench – and I’ll look at the instructions, skim them even. And then promptly ignore half of what they say.
Not because I don’t want to make the finished item …

Making Creative Magic

I’m pretty terrible at following instructions. Give me just about any project or DIY – from fermenting kombucha to building a bench – and I’ll look at the instructions, skim them even. And then promptly ignore half of what they say. Not because I don’t want to make the finished item …

9 Summer Crafts for Kids Ages 2-6It’s summertime where we live and boy, it’s been beautiful! After a seemingly never-ending winter that still hasn’t faded from memory, we’ve been enjoying lots of time outdoors before the real heat of the summer descends upon us. There have been popsicles and swimming,…

9 Summer Crafts for Kids Ages 2-6

It’s summertime where we live and boy, it’s been beautiful! After a seemingly never-ending winter that still hasn’t faded from memory, we’ve been enjoying lots of time outdoors before the real heat of the summer descends upon us. There have been popsicles and swimming,…

Colorful Rainbow Popsicles
There are a few things that are natural partners. Things that are better together than alone. Peanut butter and chocolate. Bacon and eggs. Summer and popsicles.
Well, you might not have heard that last one, but we think it fits. I mean seriously, isn’t a summer day better with a little…

Colorful Rainbow Popsicles

There are a few things that are natural partners. Things that are better together than alone. Peanut butter and chocolate. Bacon and eggs. Summer and popsicles. Well, you might not have heard that last one, but we think it fits. I mean seriously, isn’t a summer day better with a little…