Make + Share on Instagram // #makeit2014


Make + Share on Instagram // #makeit2014

Are you on Instagram yet? Well hurry up and get on already! I know you. You’re like, what, another social media thingy? But trust me, it’s bonkers how much fun and easy Instagram is. Here’s why I love it (and why you should join a.s.a.p!!):

1) How often do you have your good camera on you to take photos of everyday life happenings? Not very often, if you’re like anyone with kids. But I will bet that you do have your phone handy at all times. And you probably take photos on it but then say to yourself, well i’ll never see this photo again. You barely download those photos onto your computer (if ever). So they live in a black hole inside your phone. Am I right? Well, with Instagram you can easily share that photo of your husband vacuuming with your friends and family. It is such an enjoyable and simple way to keep up with the people you care about that are spread all over the world. I am a very visual person so I love seeing all the photos on my feed every day. And you don’t have to write anything at all, which is a beautiful thing. Just take the photo, choose a cool filter (or don’t) and hit share. It’s so easy!

2) As if there could be more to love… once you have a dozen or so photos that you have shared, you can make them into prints! Yes, I’m serious. There are several companies that do this, but I love using Printstagram. Their square photos have white borders and are printed on a really heavy, matte paper. Check out this post I did where I used my Printstagram photos and you can see how pretty they are.

3) And still more… Instagram makes you creative. For reals. If you think that you can’t take a good photo, well Instagram makes it so you can’t take a bad one. Also, once you start following others (especially certain bloggers who have beautiful streams of photos) you will learn their artsy ways. Soon, you will feel your creativity oozing out.

4) Lastly (for this post anyway), do you have tweens or teens who are on Instagram? My girls are on Instagram and it’s not only fun having them see my photos and comment on things that I did during the day that I would have only been able to tell them about — or maybe not even tell them about since hanging-out time gets shorter and shorter the older they get — but I get to see their photos, too. I know what they are doing at that sleepover, alright. It keeps me connected to them, but it also keeps my voice in their head without being too controlling. It teaches them to slow down, pause, and think (three virtually impossible things for teens). *See extra note at the bottom.

I will now hold while you grab your phone and download that free Instagram app. Here is a good beginner’s guide

Hmm hm hm, doo da da…..humming and waiting….

Ok, are you on? Go find your friends and start following them.

MAKE!

Ok, so here’s the real reason for this post. The reason I want you on Instagram is because I want to encourage you to MAKE. I adapted the quote above from the screenwriter Joss Whedon (hopefully he won’t be mad that I changed a few words), who summed it up so well. There are infinite ways to create, most of them using your two hands. Whether it’s gardening, writing, cooking, building, painting, knitting…. everyone has something that they like to do that’s creative. Today I am starting a new hashtag: #makeit2014. Use this hashtag on any of your photos where you are making something. My photos above range from making art, to making forts, to making a wall gallery, to making lemonade and smoothies. All of these things require creativity and you have that! I know you do.

So start making…or continue making…and be sure to tag your photos with #makeit2014. (If you really are new to Instagram, once you tag your photo with a hashtag, it gets put in a group with all other photos with that tag. It’s pretty cool! You can just click on the hashtag and it will bring you to a stream of similarly tagged photos, and potential people to follow!).

I will collect my faves and share them with you on Fridays every few weeks. I can’t wait to see what you are making! (Oh, and you can back tag your photos from the beginning of the year).

You can find me at @artbarblog. Make sure to say hello!

xo, Bar

*{A note about teaching social media responsibility: Ideally, I don’t think children should be on Instagram before they are 13. That’s just my personal opinion. Instagram can fuel their insecurity and hurt the feelings of others. They can get too caught up in how many “likes” they get so that it becomes a popularity contest. I forbid my daughters from taking group photos of friends because someone will always feel left out if they weren’t invited and see that photo on Instagram. I encourage my girls to be “artsy” with their photos instead. I like it as a creative tool, and as a way of keeping connected.}

 

Love Letters


Love Letters

This week my daughter and I had the privilege of inviting 20 girls from her class to our house to make Valentine’s Day cards for a very good cause. Here’s the scoop: DoSomething.org, the largest non-profit in the US for young people and social change, has launched a campaign called Love Letters. Love Letters asks kids and teens to create Valentine’s Day cards to lift the spirits of older adults across the country during a peak time of isolation and depression. These letters are then sent to Meals on Wheels all across the United States, and delivered to those seniors who are in need of some love and attention.

Love Letters is a program that asks teens to create handmade Valentine's cards to lift the spirits of older people across the US during a peak time of isolation ~ in partnership with DoSomething.org // Art Bar

We filled the tables with heaps of fun and colorful crafting materials. Some of the girls were using rubber cement for the first time (hard to believe)! They were so excited, their smiles were contagious. The girls fully embraced their task and enjoyed every moment. All the while, being completely aware of how much they would help another person with their thoughtful, handmade cards. I was so proud of them!!

Love Letters is a program that asks teens to create handmade Valentine's cards to lift the spirits of older people across the US during a peak time of isolation ~ in partnership with DoSomething.org // Art Bar

Here’s what we put out on our tables (all found on Amazon):

white card stock (folded in half) // construction paper in valentine colors // heart punches big and small // scissors // glitter glue // rubber cement // pom-poms // markers // chalkboard markers // paper muffin cups // fabric strips (cut from scraps) // washi tape

DoSomething.org asks that you follow these guidelines when making your cards:

~ Outside of the card should say Happy Valentine’s Day.

~ Inside the card, share three facts about yourself in order for the receiver of your beautiful cards to feel more of a connections with you. For example:

What state are you from?

What is your favorite hobby?

What do you want to be when you grow up?

~ You may sign the card, but do not use your last name or any specific details about where you live.

Love Letters is a program that asks teens to create handmade Valentine's cards to lift the spirits of older people across the US during a peak time of isolation ~ in partnership with DoSomething.org // Art Bar

The deadline for sending cards is February 15th. Please, please consider making some cards with your kids this weekend. Click here for directions, guidelines and addresses of Meals on Wheels across the country.

Thank you, thank you! You guys are the best.

xo, Bar

 

Printable Valentine Coloring Pages


Printable Valentine Coloring Pages

Hello! I have been busy cutting and sewing quilts lately so I have been away from my desk. It’s been a while since I posted anything. But hopefully you’ve been busy, too…creating and making amazing things. Today on Art Bar Monday I am sharing these easy and sweet Valentine printables. If you are in the mood to make something with the kids but you don’t want to put in more effort than hitting print and bringing out the crayons, then this is one’s for you! Swing yourself over to Small for Big for the downloads.

Happy Monday!

xo, Bar

 

Valentines Made by Hand {24 ideas}


Valentines Made by Hand {24 ideas}

Moving to America when I was five was memorable for many reasons. Learning a new language for one, although I don’t remember that. What I remember most about my first year here was making Valentines for everyone in my class. It was like Christmas! Sharing what I had made for my friends, and receiving what they had made for me – I felt all warm and fuzzy inside. I miss Kindergarten.

There are infinite ways to make a Valentines card from scratch. Most of these ideas are open-ended, process oriented cards, which are the best kind. Just put out supplies and let your kids explore and create! (And you can, too).

Row 1: cut out heart window and add red heart (you can forgo the printed lettering and write by hand) by Lovely Design // heart punch and paint chips at Juneberry Lane // tissue paper collage heart + glitter at Panther’s Palette // use glue and collage materials to make valentine faces by My Paper Crane

Row 2: minimalist painted valentines by Annily Green // simply paint with reds and pinks then add glitter and cut into heart shape at Many Hats of a Mom // fingerprint valentine by The Gold Jellybean or Paint Cut Paste // liquid watercolor heart postcards at Art Bar

Row 3: layer paper hearts and fold into an envelope by Martha Stewart // draw hearts with pencil then paint in with patterns and cut from our Flickr feed // i heart you accordion cards at BHG // trace your child’s hand for the sweetest valentine by Martha Stewart

Row 4: stickers and washi tape heart pendants at Blank Style // felt heart (sew or glue on) with rubber stamps at Clever Charlotte // liquid watercolors make for beautiful paper, then just cut into hearts at You Are My Fave // newspaper heart bunting at Maya Made

Row 5: use cupcake liners to make a valentine badge by Urban Comfort // ombre heart kit (and other valentine kits) at Paper Source // hand sew or use glue with these simple heart cards at Apartment Therapy and All Buttoned Up // make a heart lei at Homemade Serenity

Row 6: pop-up valentine at Minieco // heart doilies by Martha Stewart // newspaper hearts at Art Bar // melted crayon hearts by Martha Stewart

craft table: handmade valentines | art bar

In my opinion, the best way to make homemade cards is to create a craft table full of all the supplies you will need. Set up the table on the weekend, and leave it out for a day or two. Sit down with your kids if you can, or if they are little, and just enjoy the process. The photo above is from our Valentine craft table from last year. The cards don’t have to be complicated…it’s just so lovely to give something (and receive something) that has been made from the heart. ♡

xo, Bar

{For last minute printables and ideas that include gifts, visit my Pinterest boards “Holiday Ideas” and “Printables”}

 

Make: World Flag Garland


Make: World Flag Garland

craft table: make flag garland and learn about the world

craft table: make flag garland and learn about the world

craft table: make flag garland and learn about the world

Today on Art Bar Monday on Small for Big, find out more about this awesome craft. And I do mean awesome. This one kept my kids busy for days and days. It’s actually still out on our table. But more than that, it sparked so many interesting conversations about the world. It was a way for them to see beyond their own country (and get to use rubber cement at the same time). Seventeen days ’til Sochi 2014!

Happy Martin Luther King Day. Have a great week ♡.

xo, Bar