There's nothing like a vacation to set creativity free. Although we've gotten away from home and are up in the Swedish mountain, Halloween is still on our minds. Morning doodles are such a great way to start the day, where ever you are.
We're headed out of town this weekend after our first week of Fall break where we enjoyed visiting family (and the great French cheese that they left,) local activities, catching up on some things at home like the stready stream of clothes the kids are constantly outgrowing and are now looking forward to a little family adventure.
Last night's Curried Carrot Soup made me think of the beauty of simple, comfort foods of this season and the fun addition of Trick or Treat Flatbread, as a way to build the spirit while still putting off the sugar that will come with Halloween.
When I took a course with book binder, Linda Gimle, we warmed up by making traditional paper fans with her beautiful origami papers, and on to more advanced techniques. Since I like to share ideas here that are very simple and that everyone can do, I thought this would be a perfect way to personalize with kids art and to share with you. It's a craft that can also become a time capsule. By returning to this simple fan fold that we all made as children, you can bring out your inner child or for you to make with your kids.
Swedish book binder and entrepreneur, Linda Gimle, re-defines the expression: "painting the town red." Her town is red --- Swedish "Falu red."
Since Linda doesn't need to paint the town red, she prints, binds + folds paper in red -- and all colors imaginable --- expertly. Linda's work is sold around the world but, her own brand of Swedish attention to craftsmanship and handicraft detail travels with it. I was fortunate enough to travel to the Dalarna region to take a class with her this past Spring and was so happy when she agreed to be included in my "Swedish Creatives" Interview Series and photographed, too.
The opportunity to share creativity, from life around me, is truly an aspect of blogging that I love. Continue below for more glimpses into this world and to read Linda's interview:
Throw away your ordinary flashlights: The Halloween spirit is here and I am so happy to share a little shiny idea with you, too: Pumpkin Light Necklaces! These are a perfect project to make and enjoy now and then, again, to serve as little guiding lights for your Trick or treaters!
Continue below to see how to add these special Halloween flashlight necklaces to your countdown, too.
We have a dog, Henry, who I walk every day. Even when the kids are at school, I find myself, time after time, returning home with handfuls of leaves and kid-related ideas. As I followed the path back home, last week, I noticed that I was picking up leaves until I hit our front steps and while doing this, I had an idea. Why not make a leave trail to welcome the kids home?
3 cheers for Day 3 of Halloween creating this week. (Day 1: here | Day 2: here.)
I'd love it if you'd come with me to get just a little crazy in the kitchen today. I'll show you how to make Googly-eye Ice Box Cookie Pops today. These are interactive baking; wonderful to make with the kids and for them to inject their own ideas --- great for the everyday or for a wonderful addition to holiday parties!
As long as there are small hands in our house, let there be "handprint art."
Kids always seem to have fun creating art with their handprints. The results are one-of-a-kind pieces that are time-capsules, too. This past weekend, I had an idea for updating the classic handprint card by using a paper cut technique and transparent paper. I thought the results were spooky cute!