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Very much motivated by an interview Jean did with Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord over at The Artful Parent, we made books today with recycled materials. The part of the interview that really inspired me was this:

The process of making books with recycled materials is liberating. When we start by cutting a panel out of a grocery bag with a pair of scissors, the edges are crooked. We are freed from the burden of precision.

Let me repeat that last part: freed from the burden of precision.  Perfect.  So, we cut up a couple of boxes, punched some not-at-all-precise holes and away they went.  I’ll stop with my own words here and let the kids pictures and my transcriptions of their words speak for themselves.

The Alien by Eleanor
Handmade Book

Handmade Book

Handmade Book

Handmade Book

Handmade Book

Handmade Book

Handmade Book

Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue by Henry
Handmade Book

Handmade Book

Handmade Book

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In a valiant attempt to become more organized, I recently started a delicious account (if that is what you call it) and so far, it is fun and also rather useful.  The basic concept is: you bookmark and tag sites that interest you, which makes finding things easier.  I am sure there is more to it, but that is how I am using it right now.  A post on Simple Mom about meal planning gave me the push I needed to start my list.  Needless to say, I have started gathering recipes but I have also been gathering little projects and tutorials that I have seen around and want to do.  So here are a few things on my To Do List:

Fabric Dollhouse at UK lass in US.  This is number one on my list right now.  I just have to get to the craft store and get some of that plastic mesh stuff.  I hope I am able to pull it off, the dollhouse and barn that she made are just fantastic.  I’m thinking it would be the perfect car toy for a long trip, which we actually have coming up!

I Spy Mini Quilts at Makes and Takes.  These look like fun and I think they would make super baby gifts.

Block Prints from this great tutorial at Lizzy House.  I am not entirely sure why I cannot seem to stick to one kind of art form or craft, but alas, I desperately want to try this.

Sally the Eco Angel at Knitty.  I really have not had any success with knitting but this cute Sally really makes me want to give it one more shot.  I mean, come on, she is wearing bloomers and a dress with wings!  I have had this page bookmarked, and now delicious-ed (?), for a long, LONG time but I am not sure that it will ever make it off my to do list.  Anyway, if I post it here it might pressure me in to giving it a shot.  Or not.  We will see.

Just for fun, I searched cygnet on Etsy, one of my very favorite places to window shop/gather inspiration. Only a few things popped up but look at this adorable needle felted Swan and Cygnet from the shop Wool Pets:

Cute, eh?

Eleanor's Embroidery

This isn’t my project.  I do love it so very much, though.  It is my 2.5 year old daughter’s first embroidery project.  I was inspired by Amanda Blake Soule’s book, The Creative Family to get a needle and embroidery floss and let her try her hand at sewing.  We went to the store together and she picked out the colors, this redish orange and a green that she is currently working with.  I think she made some nice color selections, though I am not sure if she conscientiously chose or just randomly grabbed.  Either way, she did a nice job.

I should also note that I LOVE the book.  Love, love, love.  I enjoyed it so much in fact that I cried reading while I read and thought about raising my babies in a creative, encouraging and loving environment.  What can I say, I’m a bit sappy when it comes to the kids.

At any rate, I thought this would be appropriate to include, even though it is not mine, since it sort of (really) makes me want to do some embroidery of my own.  I haven’t done embroidery before, only a bit of cross stitch when I was younger, so it might be fun to try something new.  I am always up for trying something new, in fact I need to stop reading other blogs because I have more projects lined up than I will ever be able to do.  But, since this little blog is my own way to keep track of creative endeavours, my inspirations should probably be recorded as well.