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Sep17 Into the West 2013
Fire & Creme Kids is so wonderful because you can buy one of their party boxes and it comes with all the goodies you need to throw your own extravagant party. You can buy either tableware, decorations or goodie bags or if you want the full experience you can purchase all three. The theme of today’s feature is Into the West…not just inspiration but you can actually do this exact same perfect party.
Sep03 Travel Nursery 2013
First off…I must announce the winner of our Ivie baby shop credit goes to the lovely Becky Lee. Email me and I’ll give you details.
Now…On to today’s lovely nursery here’s a little from the mother, photographer and nursery decorator Crystal Lindsey.
“Our family loves to travel and my husband and I love collecting vintage items, so this nursery is full of handmade & vintage items! I handmade the crib skirt and the beige cloud pillows from a canvas drop cloth that I picked up at a local hardware store, I added some pom-pom trim to the crib skirt and threading details to the pillows. The yellow chevron cloud pillow & the cloud garland above the changing table came from Revamped Art’s. The Jenny Lind crib & Hot Air Balloon mobile are both from Amazon. I made the “Explore” string art above the crib using a hand drawn design and baker’s twine. The green baskets above the changing table and the herringbone rug are from Urban Outfitters. The gold dot bed sheet & changing pad cover are from Land of Nod, and the black & white strip curtains are from Overstock.com.
A collection of vintage globes & a vintage suitcase that I found at a local flea market adorn the top of the book case. The vintage suitcase even has a STL airport tag dating back to the 1960′s!
The “Live with Passion” screen print embroidery hoop art is from Sweet Harvey’s. The four prints on the gallery wall are from MKKM Design’s. I hand painted the ornate frame at the top and I made the gold embroidery hoop silhouette with some vintage green fabric & gold duct tape. The barn wood hook rail is made from salvaged wood found on our family’s farm & I added 3 drawer knobs from Hobby Lobby.
Last, but not least the mint green chair & round leather ottoman were thrifted.”
Aug21 Fairies in the Woods 2013
Today begins a series of the most amazing kids parties from Fire&Creme and photographed by the talented Sophie Jacobson of Love Bucket Photo. Over the next few weeks we will be featuring a total of THREE perfectly designed and decorated kids parties.
Fire & Creme Kids is awesome because you can buy one of their party boxes and it comes with all the goodies you need to throw your own extravagant party. You can buy either tableware, decorations or goodie bags or if you want the full experience you can purchase all three. The theme of today’s feature is little fairies in the woods…not just inspiration but you can actually do this exact perfect party.
Aug06 Evgie Wall Decals Design 2013
Jul19 Guest Blogger: Sarah — raising creative kids 2013
A friend of mine recently asked me how I’m able to let my five year old be creative without obsessing over the inevitable messes he will make. How do you just let go and let him create, regardless of the spills and chaos? Her question got me thinking.
People create in all kinds of ways, for all kinds of reasons, and all of it is beautiful. For me, the process and beauty I find as I let myself unwind and be taken somewhere through the swirls and lines of color is why I do it. It gives me something and fills me up simply because I am engaged in the act of making something new.
How does this transfer to our children, though?
Our kids see the world completely wide open. Anything is possible. Isn’t that a beautiful approach to life? I see a huge part of my job as Emerson’s mom is to encourage him to try things. I want him to learn how to use his imagination, and I want to do everything I can to encourage him to make new things. You want to make a box of string so the birds will have colorful nests this spring? Okkkkkay, let’s imagine a way to do that.
The process is the point, not the end result. That perspective has helped me immensely as I spend time creating with my son.
When it comes to engaging our kids creatively, what can we be doing to encourage their imaginations without opening up our entire house to chaos? I think two things have helped me: get outside and enter the process.
Get outside: I first gave my son a brush and paints when he was about two. I stripped him down to his diaper, set up paper plates full of paint and thick brushes, and we spent the majority of the day on our back patio in the California sun, splashing paint and water on a massive canvas. It resulted in the most lovely art, which now hangs in our family room. There are smears and every color you can imagine and in certain corners there are even tiny footprints where he’d run across, taking blues and yellows over the canvas with each step. I adore it. If asked what one belonging I would grab if I had to, without hesitation my answer would be that canvas.
Whenever we create artwork together we try to do it outside. I use paper or plastic everything for the paints and water, and have also stocked up on large plastic tablecloths from Target or other party stores. This way, if it’s a rainy day and we’re looking for something to do, I can spread the plastic on the floor and lay the canvas on top. Some parents swear by washable paints, some by tempra, others by water colors. I say, YES. All of it is great. I tend to let him use my acrylic paints most often, but that is really just because its what I always have on hand.
Enter the process: When you invite kids to create, messes are going to be a part of it. They will spill the paint. The cups will be kicked over at some point. They will splash dirty water across your shirt and face and arms. The tactile experiences they are gaining as they create are all a part of the creative experience. Knowing that upfront and reminding myself of why I am doing this with him is what helps me overlook those things.
If I’m working on a project I try be intentional about doing at least some of the work while my son is around. Rather than using only kid-free time to create, I try to stretch my canvases and make my studies in front of him, so that he sees me doing it. I don’t do this because it’s easier (it’s not) but because I believe that making time to create is important and beautiful and good, and I’m trying to build that truth into his world.
How about you? How do you find ways to create with your kids, and how do you go about making the experience kid-friendly?