Holidays

Yarny Easter Crafts

Sewn, felted, glued Easter crafts

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Liz Noonan is an artist and crafter working north of Boston.  You can read about her and what she’s crafting up lately on her blog.

Valentine’s Day “Stuck On You” tutorial

Thank you for having me on Whip Up today!  My kindergartener’s class had run out of glue sticks, so I came up with this idea to combine a cute Valentine with a donation for the class.  You could also do this with pencils or crayons too.
  • Paper, glue sticks, glue dots
  • I used a cookie cutter for a template for the valentines, it ended up being the perfect size.
  • I also used a heart punch to layer and add the child’s name, but both of those things are optional.

 

  1. First, cut out your valentines and decorate them.  We used glitter pens and markers.
  2. Use your glue dots and put one on each side of your glue stick.
  3. Stick the Valentine to your glue stick.
  4. You’re done!  Easy, simple and a nice way to contribute something to the classroom.

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For more kids craft, creative ideas and activities go to the Action Pack website

Happy Christmas dear ones – Happy solstice and Happy Hanukkah – happy {what ever you celebrate } day to you and to your family – from me and my family.

I will be away from this space for a few days – but if you are bored – check in over the next week for some things to do from the archives. {and you can always get an Action Pack magazine – full of boredom busting activities for the kiddos and for you!}

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In this crazy time of year it’s pretty easy to get carried away with over doing everything – trying to get everything just right – trying to make sure to finish everything on your to-do list – trying to make everyone happy – trying to be the perfect mother / wife / sister / friend… and in all this trying it is really easy to forget what is actually important about this time of year  – this time of year is about family, being together, celebrating your beliefs and your traditions in a loving and nurturing way. It’s about happiness and thankfulness — a time to put aside grudges and ‘issues’ and to just spend time with those you love the best.

So my tips for surviving and enjoying the next couple of weeks of frivolity, celebrations and traditions are to take a step back from your plans and assess what is really important to you — your sanity and time with family might be at the top of that list — so you might have to ditch those plans for perfectly wrapped homemade presents and just realise that you are human and can only do so much.

This year we have actually decided as a family that we are not going to be doing the whole present thing (much) and instead have opted for a whole family experience instead (a weekend in the big city with the Harry Potter exhibition and a hotel) to enjoy a little later in the year when the craziness dies down. The kids will have a little something under the tree each — just one or two things (a book, a board game, a special teacup) and Rob and I have opted to go shopping together after the holidays to buy each other a much needed new wallet. We will also all be making each other something — but again something that is not going to take a lot of time — just love — a little something to not get stressed about … my it is so easy to get caught up in what must be done rather than what you all really actually want to do – isn’t it?

So what will you be crossing off your list?

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Are you in desperate need for some last minute gift advice? What about wrapping gifts or making a few extra goodies for the stockings? Maybe you need an eggnog recipe or are desperate for some of that Chocolate bark … well here you go!

{These pics are of our tree and decorations this year*}

Scrappy and recycled gift wrapping:  You’ll find some last minute gift wrapping and decorating ideas in the Free Nuno edition || Cate Holst and Sally Cooper have some great last minute wrapping tips and foodie gifts for you to make || Craftzine has a few fun crafty gift wrapping ideas I especially like these burlap bows || and here is some colourful gift wrapping that the kids can get into making || A beautiful mess has some sparkly and bright crafty gift wrapping ideas that involve pipe cleaners, feathers and pompoms || the martha stewart crafts department are going a bit stylish || Alisa Burke is always creative – this year she combines brown paper, sharpies and white out pens || I love this idea – using popsicle sticks as gift tags

And for a snack while you wrap pressies, sing christmas songs and decorate the tree: Classic eggnog or gingersnap smoothies || Peppermint bark or spiced chocolate bark or a zesty bark or a salted caramel bark

  • p.s the Yarn Harlot has some words of wisdom about expectations this Christmas.
  • pps: oh and I might be making Baklava
  • ppps: In need of a laugh? Your man doesn’t appreciate your crafty ways? Read this - {thanks Jan}
  • ppps: *You can find out how to make the fun scrappy baubles, the party mask, the reindeer antlers and the silver tree that feature in these photos — all in the Action Pack Magazine for Kids {Celebration Issue}

Happy Christmas – Happy Hanukkah - Happy Solstice to you all

Thank you all for reading and supporting Whipup.net and all my adventures (and new ventures) this year – It sure has been a busy year – but I couldn’t have done it without you guys! Hope your holidays are filled with love and meaning.

xx

Kathreen

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