Sunday, December 1, 2013

New home

Wow, it's been a while since I've been here. If you haven't noticed, I'm no longer updating this blog.

But you can find me at my new website mrsricefield.com.

I'm keeping this blog up so you can still check all the tutorials and ideas, since my new website focuses on art and leaves baking, crafting, etc, behind. I hope to see you there.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

St Patrick's Day watercolor illustration

Oh March, you craft-tiful month you. With every crafting opportunity you already offer, you bring yet another that almost slipped my mind: St Patty's Day. It was almost too late to make something.

Although I'm not even remotely Irish, I still love this holiday. There's something cool in making everything green. Oh, and rainbows and pots of gold, how can you not love that?

And oh yes, and when you lack frames, use whatever you can find. Like unused embroidery hoops. I can't be the only one with those around...


cheeky little fella

Why is it so hard to get good natural lighting at home? Oh yeah, we live in Portland now...




Want to join? Grab some watercolor supplies, draw something easy (like a shamrock), let your kid paint it or do it yourself, and frame it with the hoop. Have fun trying this out and let me know what you come up with.

I hope you have all the luck of the Irish this week. Happy St Patrick's Day!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Easy egg garland for Easter }{ crafting with kids

 Ah, March. You're such a lovely month with so much to celebrate. There's Easter Sunday this year on March 31st, and the Vernal Equinox (the first day of Spring) on March 20th. And if those two weren't enough, you're national craft month.

With so much going on during March, how could I choose just one theme for the month? Impossible. So, we're doing them all. Since this is my crafting blog, national craft month is celebrated every month around here. Then there's Easter and Spring. I'll be alternating crafts related to both this month.

The first tutorial I want to share is for a very easy and fun craft to do with the kids. These are rough guidelines and you can do so much with it - change the materials, the presentation, the educational content. Start with this blueprint and let your imagination run wild. 

Materials:

  1. felt (cut up in egg shapes)
  2. glue
  3. tapestry needle and twine or string
  4. buttons, ribbons, glitter, or anything you want to use to decorate

Steps:

1. If you haven't yet, cut up the felt in the shape of eggs. Place all the decorations and the stack of egg shapes on a tray for the little ones to have easy access.

note: if you want to add some fun education activities here, cut up the decorations in different geometric shapes and ask the kiddos to identify them as they decorate for example. Or have them count the eggs, or sort them by color. The possibilities are endless.


2. Give them the glue and let them go wild. Always remember that with kids it's the process, not the product that matters most. Having said that, you'll be surprised at how cute these turn out even with a 4 year old.


3. Once the eggs are dry, thread the needle with the string or twine and connect all the eggs into a garland.

note: you don't have to make a garland with these eggs. You can keep them as an activity to do over and over, just don't use glue. Or make a big collage on poster board with all the eggs and display that on the wall. Again, the possibilities are endless.


4. Display the garland somewhere everyone can see. In our new apartment, it was over the fireplace.


What are your plans for March?


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

How to make an egg carton chick for Easter candy

This whole month of February, I've been keeping a theme going of organization and repurposing (see the following posts - blog organizing, recycling a box into a wreath, and repurposing a belt as a headband). Today's post will be the last, for a while, on this theme.

This post recycles in two ways. First, it recycles a common household waste product into a craft. Second, I'm recycling the craft/post. I had published it a couple of years ago on a website which no longer exists. It made me sad to think that one of my favorite little crafts had disappeared into the nether regions of the web. So I decided to bring it back right here with brand new instructions.

Now Let's get to business. 

Have you ever looked at your empty egg carton and imagined all kinds of little critters you could make out of it? Maybe I'm crazy, but that's all I see! The possibilities are endless, I'm telling you. With Easter coming up, here's one that would make nice little additions to an Easter get together. 

Materials:
  • cardboard egg carton (I like them better than the styrofoam for crafts)
  • construction paper (green or brown)
  • yellow craft paint and a paint brush
  • glue
  • scissors
  • yellow tulle
  • orange craft foam
  • small circular jewels for the eyes
  • a small yellow pom pom



Steps:

1. Cut out the egg cradling parts of the carton, both top and bottom. Each pair will be one chick.


2. Paint the top half yellow and set it aside to dry.


3. While the top dries, cut a strip of tulle and one of green or brown construction paper. Cut thin lines until about 1/4 in from the bottom across the strip to make the grass for the nest. Glue the bottom of the strip on the inside of the bottom half of the egg carton.


4. Glue the small yellow pom pom (the head) on one upper side of the yellow painted carton. Then cut a small square piece of yellow tissue paper and scrunch it up for a tail, then glue it.  


5. Cut a small triangle of orange foam and glue it as a beak, then glue the small jewels as eyes. That's it, you're done!


When you put them together, you've got a cute little chick on a nest where you can store small candy. Just make sure you put some clean tissue paper at the bottom before adding the candy.


Filled with Easter M&Ms and jelly beans!

Have you ever done a craft with your old egg cartons or recycled containers? What was it?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Ideas for Organizing a Blog

Notice any changes around here?


It was overdue. Mrs Ricefield has changed as my life has changed, and it was time to de-clutter this space. I'm going to share my process with you, and maybe someone else might be inspired to do something similar.

By the way, I got my motivation and idea from this awesome post on Crafterminds.

I started by writing down my purpose for the blog. Why am I still keeping it up?

Then I moved on to just looking around and taking notes on how I felt about the blog overall. The Crafterminds review checklist was great at this point.

Finally I went through each section evaluating the things I saw and coming up with a plan of action. I had three choices: toss it, move it, or re-do it.

The file below is a summary of what I did, and it's free for you to download.







There's still a lot of work to be done, but these changes already make me feel better.

Do you ever re-think your blog? Do you ever attempt to de-clutter your digital space? If so, what tips do you have?