Nurturing Creativity

Pine Cone Birds

Each camping trip, I try to think of, and bring with us, an outdoor-themed craft. It is a good break from the energetic activities like bike riding, scootering, and hide-and-seek with the campground kids. Last year, we painted pictures of RVs. The year before, we tie-dyed almost all the white clothes in our house. This year, we made birds out of pine cones.

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Mess-Free Painting!

About a month or two ago, a co-worker brought in a case full of little blue bottles with roller caps. She had purchased them for a business endeavor that she never got around to and was hoping they would find a good home. At first, I resisted the urge to bring these little cutie bottles home. Sure, I could find something fun to do with them, but I have a cabinet full of things I could someday do something fun with. Not to mention I was purging the house at the time.

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Reindeer Christmas Ornaments

Christmas is now in full swing at the Cummins household! This past weekend was our annual Christmas decorating day with the NHN family. Every precious decoration is in its place, the lights are shining their wonderful warm glow, and the Christmas trees are trimmed. It’s a beautiful sight to behold, and the day was just the family fun that Lesley and I needed. It’s hard not to be in a good mood and grateful for the people in our lives. (more…)

Teaching Kids to Sew: Why It’s Important and How to Do It

By Jennifer Kessler

Photo credit: craftindustryalliance.org

Teaching your little one how to sew sounds like a wonderful idea. I started sewing when I was in my early 20s. And how I wish I had acquired sewing skills earlier! I learned both the basics and advanced techniques all by myself. It took a while to get the hang of it. But once I was there, I couldn’t be more proud! So here’s Teaching Kids to Sew: Why It’s Important and How to Do It! (more…)