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Vickie

Hearts for Haiti

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It's that time of year when love & friendship are in the air!  As your children gear-up to give cards and chow down on chocolates remind them that nuthin' says luvin', like something handmade!  

This year the kids have the opportunity to open their hearts not only to their loved ones but also, the victims of the horrific earthquake in Haiti.  Encourage the kids to get crafty.  In addition to making heart-related projects for friends and loved ones, how about making some extras to sell to neighbors, relatives and other safe buyers? 

I've put together 3, love-inspired crafts: an embellished frame, plastic canvas pouch and recycled wreath--none of which are too difficult for a child under 10 to handle.  If you'd like, use these with your kiddos to start (or continue) a dialogue about charity, compassion and humanitarian responsibility.

Children often feel helpless in the face of tragedy but with the willingness to use their hands (and their hearts), they're really quite powerful!  Their crafts can make money for those who need it most and even if they're only able to raise a dollar or two, their efforts set in motion a universal, "pay it forward" plan!

Heartfelt Frame

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Embellished Frame Materials:
Unfinished, Wooden Frame (You can find these for about $1 at one of the craft store chains.)
Pink Craft Paint
Gloss Varnish or Collage Medium
Sponge Brush
Pink Glitter
Scrabble Letters
Glue

Frame How-To:
  • Paint frame front and back, applying a second coat if necessary.  Let dry.
  • Apply a thin layer of gloss coat.  Let dry.

  • Glue Scrabble letters in place.
  • Apply a layer of glue around the edge of the frame opening.  Sprinkle with glitter.  Let dry; shake off excess.

Pass the (Love) Note Pouch
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Plastic Canvas Pouch Materials:
2, Plastic Canvas Hearts (Available in craft store Embroidery sections)
1, Yarn Needle (The plastic ones work great, especially for younger kids!)
Red Yarn
Scraps of Turquoise Yarn
Scrap of White Fabric
Sentimental Stamp & Stamp Pad
Fabric Glue or Needle & Thread

Pouch How-To:
  • Using red yarn & needle, fill in plastic canvas heart with stitches.  Plastic canvas looks like a graph; you're stitches with be a series of diagonals.  To sew a stitch, come up through a square on one row then down through the square caddy-corner to it, one row above.  Once finished, repeat for 2nd heart.

    With wrong sides together and using turquoise yarn, whip stitch heart sides and bottom together.  Whip stitch around the tops of both hearts to create decorative edging.
  • Stamp a saying or lovey design onto a piece of fabric.  Cut out and glue or sew onto heart front.
  • Slip a sweet message into your new, cute pouch !

Love's Recyclable Wreath
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Plastic Bag Wreath Materials:
1, Wire Coat Hanger
Wire Cutters
Pliers
Scissors
5-7 Plastic, Grocery Bags
Decorative Ribbon

Wreath How-To:
  • Untwist the hook part of a hanger, enough to separate the ends.  Bend hanger wire into heart shape; use pliers to re-twist ends to secure (see example here).  Use wire cutters to snip off excess part of hanger.
  • Cut plastic grocery bags into 1"-2"strips--they don't need to be perfect or pretty.  Fold a strip in half, then tie it onto the wire heart.  Repeat all the way around until entire heart is nice and packed with bag strips.  Give wreath a "hair cut" to make heart-shape more apparent.
  • Cut desired length of ribbon; loop through back of wreath; tie a bow.

Tips for Selling Crafts for Charity
  • Set up an online store through Etsy!  It costs pennies, there's no minimum for how many items you have to sell at one time, and you can upload pictures of your child's finished products right from your home computer!  Make sure you also set up a Paypal account so people can purchase from you (this will obviously have to be under the parent's name as a checking account is required).
  • Get permission from principal or leader to sell crafts at school or church. 
  • Ask a local business for permission to set up a small table in front of their store on a weekend day.
  • Set up a limited time auction on Ebay.
  • If you'd prefer to sell only to relatives & friends, upload pictures of their products to Flickr or other photo sharing program, so the goods are viewable when your child calls or e-mails people to tell them about what he/she's doing
Where to Donate Cash Raised
Here are a few suggestions of charities that are sure to get the money to Haiti as soon as possible.

Find more charities here.

Remember, Valentine's Day isn't the only time to show a little love.  The people of Haiti are going to need help for the rest of the year too, as well as the foreseeable future.  Even if your family can't afford to donate money of your own, consider offering some handmade help whenever you can.

Happy Valentine's Day from Craft Apparent!

xx,
Vickie
Vickie

Artful Appreciation: DIY Thank You Notes

Posted by Vickie Howell on January 4, 2010 at 10:25 AM in EmbroideryGeneral CraftsParent/Child CollaborationThank Yous
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In the age of e-mail correspondence the paper "Thank You" note is often a lost art.  Raising grateful children however, definitely isn't.   Help your tots celebrate the gift of creativity while they give back some of the love and energy that's surely put into the presents they receive.  Handmade notes are a thoughtful (and fun) way to express that appreciation.  Here are three, simple-to-make cards to stitch, snap or glue!

Make it Sew!
Embroidered Card
It's easy to say it with stitching, when you start off with a basic note card!  Have your child write "Thanks" in pencil on the card front--their handwriting, no matter how messy, will add that extra-special touch!  Using embroidery floss, a sharp needle and the back stitch (see tutorial here), stitch over the writing.  Add little stitched dots or lines, for added embellishment.  So sweet, SEW simple!

Glued Greeting
Ransom (thank you) Note
All kiddo needs for this card collage is a glue stick and a dream!  Ok well, also a pair of scissors, a doily and recycled magazine letters--but you know what I mean.  They'll have loads of fun cutting up pages and piecing together their creation.  If you want to say "Thank You", why not just spell it out?

Picture Perfect
Photo Card
This one is the easiest and probably, most well-received (at least amongst the grandparent set) of all handmade hellos.  Whether it be Christmas, birthday or any other present-getting event; after unwrapping their goodies have the kids pose for a picture! Simply write your greeting on plain, white paper and have them hold those signs up.  Snap a shot; have copies printed up; glue them on card stock and embellish with a little ric-rac.  That's all there is to it!

How important do you think teaching kids to write Thank You notes is?  At what age do you think children should participate in writing (or signing) their own?
  Please post your answers in the comments section.

Thank YOU for making Craft, Apparent!

xo,
Vickie

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Vickie

'Tis the (Crafty) Season

Posted by Vickie Howell on November 29, 2009 at 2:32 PM in ChristmasEco-Conscious CraftsEmbroideryGeneral CraftsKnittingPainting
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Hey there!  Just a quick, post T-day check in to get your winter holiday, creative juices flowing.  I'll be back with a new project how-to post in a couple of days but in the meantime I thought I'd show you a few things from holidays past that you might want to make this year with your little elves (I listed recommended ages for giving these a try, but you know your kiddo's abilities so just go with your gut.)

Recycled Shopping Bag Wreath: Ages 5+
(Click here for instructions)
 Waste-Free Wreath(Reposted courtesy of Kiwi Magazine.)

Punch Embroidered Tea Towels
: Ages 10+ (Makes great, Grandma Gift!)
(Click here for How-To Video)
Lifetime Project: Tea Towell
(Project Originally Seen on myLifetime.com)

Knit-Print Wrapping Paper
: Ages 3+
(Click here for How-To)
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(Project originally seen on ILovetoCreate.com)

Felted Candy Cane Purse: Ages 7+
(Click here for the Pattern)
Candy Striper FElted Purse

Stay tuned this week, for a great gift idea for teachers, Aunties, and party hosts!

Crafty Holidays!,
Vickie
Vickie

Wicked Stitch--Embroidered Trick or Treat Totes

Posted by Vickie Howell on October 20, 2009 at 8:59 AM in EmbroideryHalloween ProjectsParent/Child CollaborationTutorial
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Wicked Stitch Totes


One of my favorite ways to encourage kids to be creative is by collaborating with them on projects.  A simple but rewarding way to do this is by embroidering their artwork onto fabric; making it a usable keepsake.  In the past I've stitched my sons' artwork onto journals, t-shirts and even a birthday card pillow for Nana.  The possibilities for this technique are endless, including incorporating it into your Halloween celebration!

This year, sweeten a Trick or Treat tote with scary sketches done by your little devils.  Kiddos will feel proud displaying their talents, and parents will have a crafty record of darlings' doodles to save for years to come. Oh and if you've never embroidered before, no problem!  This project requires only using one, easy stitch: the back stitch.  Here's everything you'll need to know to make one of these boo-tiful bags yourself!

Materials
Paper & Pencil (for child's drawing)
Plain, Canvas Tote Bag
Assorted Colors, Embroidery Floss
Embroidery Needle
Embroidery Hoop
Transfer Paper (found in art supply aisle at craft store)
Note: Be sure to buy light colored transfer paper if you're working with a dark, tote bag and dark paper for lighter versions.

Embroidery Before/After
"Fracking Stine" (aka Frankenstein) artwork by Tristan, age 7.  Ghost artwork by Tanner, age 9.

Project How-To
  • Ask your child to draw a simple, picture of something Halloween-related. The less detailed the drawing, the easier it is to translate into an embroidered image.
  • Lay transfer paper, face down on tote bag.  Lay drawing, face up on top of transfer paper.  Using a pencil, stylus or anything pointy (a knitting needle, works great), firmly trace over drawing.  Image should now be transferred onto tote bag front.
  • Place tote bag front in embroidery hoop.  Back stitch over transferred image outline.

    Psst! Got older kids?  Have them do the embroidery themselves!

Back Stitch Tutorial

Backstitch Step 1

Step 1:  Knot embroidery thread end.  Starting from the backside of the piece, come up through fabric at Point A (just pick a starting point on the outline).

 Backstitch Step 2

Step 2: Come back down with your needle at Point B (about 1/8" from Point A--stitches do not need to be exact); pull thread through.  Your first stitch is now complete!

 Backstitch Step 3
Step 3: Come up through the back at Point C; pull thread through.  Your second stitch is now complete!

Back Stitch Step 4
Repeat Step 3, coming up through the fabric about 1/8" from the stitch before, until design is finished.  Knot end.  Snip thread.
 
Spooky Stitching!,
Vickie

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