Thanksgiving Turkey Craft

This little guy sits proudly on his plate.

My family is super excited for Thanksgiving, as we are every year. It is one of my favorite holidays because it involves family, lots of delicious food, and giving thanks. So, in honor of the big day coming up, my kids and I are making these adorable little turkeys that will adorn our plates on Thanksgiving day. The orange placemats in this photo are actually crocheted, made by my grandmother. It’s so much fun to use things that are handmade by the people you love. Continue reading “Thanksgiving Turkey Craft”

Ghostly Sea Shell Garland

Sea Shell Ghosts
Sea Shell Ghosts

My family loves to collect sea shells during our summer trips to the beach. So, I try to find creative ways to use them all year round. Here are some shells “dressed up” like spooky ghosts for Halloween.

I draped these ghostly creatures along the handrail of the outdoor steps to “frighten” unsuspecting trick-or-treaters.

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Easy Oyster Craft

Students show off their oysters.
Students show off their oysters.

Oyster season has arrived! There is an old saying which espouses that oysters should only be eaten in months with an R, ideally September through April. Today, however, with modern refrigeration and oyster farming all year round, oysters can be eaten any time of year. But, some oyster aficionados hold that oysters are at their freshest and tastiest in the Fall.

In honor of the fall harvest, I’m posting this easy oyster craft. I make this craft with students when I visit schools to read my children’s book, Olly the Oyster Cleans the Bay. I teach children that oysters are great for the environment because they are filter feeders and natural cleaners in the water. Continue reading “Easy Oyster Craft”

Mommy Daughter Tea Sets

Tea set
Make these mini tea sets with your little girl

My 10 year old daughter and I made these tea sets recently in celebration of Mother’s Day. Made from Sculpey Clay, they are actually very easy to make.

Most pieces began with making a small ball out of the clay. Then we used the eraser end of a pencil to make the hole inside each piece. Just make the ball smaller for a cup, and bigger for a teapot, creamer or sugar bowl. Continue reading “Mommy Daughter Tea Sets”

Leftover Easter Bunnies

Use leftover plastic eggs to make these cute bunnies.

I don’t like to say goodbye to Easter, especially so early in the Spring. So, I couldn’t resist grabbing some of those leftover plastic eggs that are all over the house and making a fun craft. Check out these adorable Easter bunnies. I used cotton balls for the feet and tail, pipe cleaners for the ears and whiskers, and of course, wiggle eyes. The blue bunny has a clear bead for the nose, and the green bunny has a yellow pompom. They each have their own little personalities and my kids adore them. Unfortunately, so does our cat, Frisky, who is rapidly deconstructing our new little creatures as she bats them around the floor. Continue reading “Leftover Easter Bunnies”