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Graduation Day + Summer Sign


Graduation Day + Summer Sign

Yesterday was their last day of school. I celebrated by making a sign. No more making lunches!! No more homework!! The calendar is clear of teacher conferences, recitals, carpooling and tutors for the next eight weeks. Woohoo!!!

graduation day ~ hang artwork through the years

graduation day ~ hang artwork through the years

graduation day ~ hang artwork through the years

graduation day ~ hang artwork through the years

It also happened to by my daughter’s graduation day from 8th grade. I wanted to create a little something special for her. She had some friends over for sandwiches so I made a little art gallery in tribute to her creativity over the years. I chose artwork starting from age four up until this year and hung it on clotheslines with photos of her at about the same age. She loved it! I think it’s a pretty big deal getting through middle school. Every one of those 14yr-olds deserves a medal. I have a new found loved for teens. I know, it’s weird. But their struggles and awkwardness just make them so endearing. (I don’t love them as much as 4-yr olds, though. Still my favorite age.)

Isn’t she so cute? She really is the sweetest, loveliest and wisest person I know. She pretty much has surpassed me on every level. It’s just so fun watching her grow into whoever it is she is going to be. I do see bits of her 4-yr old self that will always be her essence. But I also know how hard she has worked at creating a world for herself where she feels strong, confident and appreciated for who she is. I just love being around her.

Have a great weekend! Next week I’ll share some art from my art camp that I’ve been having for the last two weeks. It rocks!!

xo, Bar

 

Tissue Paper Flower Garland


Tissue Paper Flower Garland

I’m so excited to finally share this DIY with you! I’ve been holding on to it for what seems like ages because it has just been published in MoPa…the coolest blog and online magazine that I just adore! Click on over to their free Spring/Summer 2014 issue for the full instructions (and check out there back issues…beautiful layouts and lovely ideas).

MoPa Magazine s/s 2014

MoPa Magazine s/s 2014

MoPa Magazine s/s 2014

This garland is the perfect thing for a spring or summer garden party. Or make the flowers and use them in your hair, or to wrap a present, or simple to put in a bowl. They are easy to make and just so darn pretty.

Cheers!

xo, Bar

 

Paper Snowflakes // Table Runner


Paper Snowflakes // Table Runner

Making paper snowflakes can be one of the most frustrating or most satisfying exercises ever. For little hands with dull scissors, it can be tough. Depending on the child, I think age five-to-seven is a good time to start practicing and letting them handle a sharper scissor. At first, make the snowflakes simple with just a few cuts and notches. As they grow and become more dexterous and patient, they will automatically start making their snowflakes more complex. At our house, we finally all LOVE making them. My youngest is seven and he thankfully is not a perfectionist, so anything will do. There are some great patterns on Pinterest…here is a good board for ideas.

Today I am sharing how I made this snowflake table runner (easy!) and how we make our snowflakes on You Are My Fave.

xo, Bar

 

Kid Made: Thankful Table


Kid Made: Thankful Table

Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday because it is all about food, family, and relaxation. The absence of gift-giving takes takes away all pressures, and the long weekend that follows is always lazy and perfect. Sleeping in, family hikes, football games, leftovers, making crafts (of course)…it’s all good for the soul.

Last year we had a mini Thanksgiving before the big day. I’m sure some of you know the drill – having both sides of your family close-by means sharing the “big day”. Our mini Thanksgiving was with my mom, Oma. We decided to roll out some craft paper and draw the place settings (idea from Trula Kids). We dotted the paper with white circle stickers which became spots to write thankful words. My favorite one was “me”, written by my six-year old son. Turns out he was thankful for himself! It’s good to love yourself, I always say. (Hopefully he won’t become a politician. He was also thankful for art, football, food, mom and voices. Phew.)

I left the crayons and markers out all weekend so that by Sunday night, it became a true work of art. I didn’t want to take it off. I wanted to freeze time and remain in the glow of Thanksgiving.

Try this for your next big family gathering (it doesn’t have to be Thanksgiving)!  It’s such a nice way to connect with and honor the people they love, and to show gratitude for the little things in life that we so often overlook. We really do have so much to be thankful for!

xo, Bar

 

25 Halloween Ideas


25 Halloween Ideas

Here is a list for all of you out there who, like me, doesn’t get very excited about decorating for Halloween. My kids are always begging me to ramp it up. And we get over 600 little trick-or-treaters coming to our house every year (that’s a fact), so the pressure is always on! Over the years I have become less of a grinch and really tried to embrace the season. I have collected lots of vintage goodies, and we are always making our garlands and decorating pumpkins. But still…I have to really try hard when I bring up that box from the basement.

In this list I tried to stick to things that I could see myself doing or making. There are decorating ideas, kid crafts, DIYs, food creations, printables, and lots of links. Here we go…

1st row: DIY easy paper garland by The House that Lars Built // stuff candy into a plastic glove for goody bags // homemade paper pumpkins by Mer Mag // DIY felt ghost garland by Live Laugh Rowe

2nd row: vintage cat garland (and lots of other goodies to purchase) found at Vintage Halloween // DIY paper ghost garland by Skip to my Lou // paint stripes on your pumpkins (plus tons of other great pumpkin ideas) from A Subtle Revelry

3rd row: washi tape your pumpkins! (find wash tape on Etsy) by The Grant Life // candy wrapper garland (save wrappers from this year for next year) by Art Bar // DIY “boo” wrapped pipe cleaners by Cakies // zombie pumpkins by Valley Girl (get giant eyes here)

4th row: vampire teeth make a gruesome but healthy-ish snack by Learn Create Love // orange paper garland found on Etsy but that you could make yourself with this stamp // cutest pumpkins with carrot noses by The House the Lars Built // hang witch hats for easy decorating (see image for more details)

5th row: cutest clementine jack-o-lanterns by Buzz Mills // pretty yet still creepy front entry decoration by Martha Stewart (includes templates) // black cat and other free clip art by Matthew Mead

6th row: DIY paper spider webs cut like snowflakes by The Heart of Mine // scatter fake bones and dirt in a wheelbarrow (this is my fave…so easy) // simple white pumpkins on the mantle from my own house // mummy dogs by Our Ordinary Life

7th row: DIY ghost garland with tissues and cotton balls by Peppermint Plum // mummy making craft with masking tape by No Time for Flashcards // DIY goblin garland is a great collage craft for a group of kids by Art Bar

Last year I posted about 31 homemade costume ideas, so check that out if you need inspiration! Also, here is a little article on decorating for Halloween with things you have around the house. And lastly, these blogs all have great Halloween ideas: Babble, Apartment Therapy, Good Housekeeping, Design Mom, Creature Comforts, and Handmade Charlotte.

This weekend we will be getting our act together and putting out all of the decorations, carving the pumpkins and finalizing costumes. Follow me on Instagram if you want to see what my kids will be wearing (at this point it is still a mystery)!

xo Bar