Hobbies

Calendar Embroidery Kits

If you love to embroider or know someone who does, these cute calendar kits are the perfect holiday gift! They're only $20 (on sale now) and come in themes like astronomy, animals and foods. Every month, you get a new pattern to embroider, not only giving you the relaxing practice but also a fun decoration once you're finished! My daughter has asked for some interesting colors of thread for the holidays this year and I'm thinking about throwing this in as well for her to practice some pretty stitching.

Dragon Eyes on Everything

Dragons are all the rage, and where you might have once glued googly eyes to a mailbox or your shoes, now it's all about the dragon eyes. Artist Dragonarium does just that and sells her cool creations, but did you know that it's easy to do it yourself? This semester my daughter's been in a geek art class run by a friend of mine and she taught us how to put dragon eyes on journals! Here's a cool tutorial to teach you how to do it.

Frankenstein Popsicle Sticks

Halloween is almost here, so if you're spending your time costuming you probably don't have a lot of time for new crafts. This simple, quick craft activity from Artsy Momma is an easy yet cute boredom buster you can break out for kids who need to make a Halloween thank-you gift for teachers, want to decorate and paint while you're busy or otherwise just want to craft! All you really need are craft sticks, glue and paint, although you can embellish with googly eyes and whatever you have on hand. 

Inktober!

Do you love to ink? Share your skills this month with Inktober! It's a fun and easy challenge: all you have to do is draw something in ink every day. That's it! To participate, you can also share your creations on social media with the hashtags #inktober and #inktober2018. Artist Jake Parker started this tradition in 2009 as a way to practice inking and now it's a phenomenon as October as candy apples and pumpkin guts! 

Artist Inspired Crafts

One of the most fun ways to get kids to know an artist is to emulate that artist's works. A common misconception is that the children should copy it stroke by stroke, line by line. Not true! In fact, we've done some great pieces in our program that feature spins on pieces that make them much more fun and help them stick better in a child's mind.

Floral Spring Crafts

With spring comes a burst of bright, beautiful flowers, cutting through the grays of winter and bringing hope back into our lives! Although we can all admire our growing flora, we can also use it in our craft projects. Here are just a few ways my daughter has used some of our spring blooms this week.

Cut daffodils for a pretty centerpiece.

Paint said daffodils ("I'm Van Gogh!" she announced, to which I scoffed, "Those aren't sunflowers!").

Tear up daffodils to rub them on paper for pigment. You can do this with grass, dandelions... just about anything you find. 

Bullet Journal Must-Haves

Love to use your bullet journal? Me, too! I ran across this video today featuring a bunch of cool accessories you can use for bullet journaling, and with the exception of one (washi tape!), I don't use any of them. A couple of them look pretty nifty (that adhesive strip tool? Amazing!) but I have used a few others before (like the paper cutter) and not been very impressed. I trust my own scissor skills more than a paper cutter, to be perfectly honest.

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