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CREATE … naturally dyed easter eggs and a finished lacy easter skirt

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I posted a progress shot a couple of weeks ago of the Easter skirt made using vintage lace and here’s the finished skirt using this Oliver and S pattern. It was really fun to make and a very simple pattern to use.

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The kids all decorated eggs using cray pas, which work so well, and then dipped them into natural dyes using turmeric and berries. Here are some other examples of natural egg dyes. We just used what we had available at the house. They had fun decorating, but maybe even more fun making the straight pin stands for the eggs to dry on (found via pinterest).  You can take a look at my Easter pinterest board here for other fun ideas.

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Have a safe and happy Easter with your family!


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CREATE … simple last minute easter ideas for this week


Bunny ear bags for fruit from A Subtle Revelry. Such a fun idea and a great alternative to candy. Lamb ears would also be fun to experiment with.




Easy textured painting using found materials – bubble wrap and corrugated cardboard via Ko-Ko-Ko kids


Egg Cartons filled with treats by DesignMom. Simple, fun way to package Easter treats. I have been saving some shredded brown packaging paper that would be perfect for this.

Happy Monday


Inspiration … spring clouds + cloud art and science with kids

It’s hard not to get inspired by the clouds when they are as stunning as this. Yesterday our sky offered some gorgeous formations that made me think of science and art experiments for the kids. I have probably posted about Lisa Grossman before but she has some amazing cloud paintings here to take a look at and I have also posted about the beautiful skies of the Flint Hills here that might offer more inspiration.

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Journey on a Cloud by Veronique Massenot and Little Cloud by Eric Carle

Here are a couple of cloud books to check out from your local library that might inspire some artwork from your children. The Journey On A Cloud is inspired by the artwork of Marc Chagall and the Eric Carle books are always great inspiration for tissue paper paintings. In fact, here is the exact technique Eric Carle uses, which is very cool and great for older kids to experiment with. For younger children, torn pieces of colored tissue can be glued to paper and then apply wet water with a paint brush to the surface for a very simple and fun technique.

Here are some great experiments we’re anxious to try out. I’m starting to collect ideas for summer projects and the boys are really enjoying science these days.

how to make a cloud in a jar by Kidspot and this rain cloud experiment by Learn Create Love


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