CREATE … simple last minute easter ideas for this week

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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.

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

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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

Julie

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

Julie

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CREATE … sneak peek | spring easter skirt with vintage lace

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Easter is fast approaching and the past two years I have made Easter dresses for Emma. I don’t sew that often so I seek out super simple patterns to learn from such as this Lazy Days Skirt from Oliver + S that I have made before.  I decided to use some of the vintage lace from a collection passed down from my mom, great aunts, and cousins. I have the pattern cut out, which is essentially a rectangle, and the lace is sewn in place with each strip overlapping the other to hide the thread. Now it’s time to put it all together. I’ll update with more images when it’s complete. The only problem is that the boys are now requesting that I make them clothes?? Dresses and skirts for girls are so much simpler than pants and shirts for boys. Sooo, feeling a little guilty that I have never made them ANY clothes, maybe it’s time to tackle making pants with this seemingly simple pajama pant pattern. We’ll see how it goes.

Do you have any super simple patterns for kids clothes? Please share.

Julie