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Rainy Day Activity – Create a Fruit Bouquet

Fruit bouquet crafts are rainy day activities that are good enough to eat. See how easy it is for you and your kids to have fun designing beautiful creations for your table or for gifts.

Materials: For containers, you can use just about anything with a wide mouth. That could mean a wicker basket, ceramic vase or plastic tub covered with pretty wrapping paper. For a tropical look, how about a hollowed out melon or coconut?

To keep your flowers standing upright you need a soft base where you can insert their stems. Buy some florist foam or make your own lining by chopping off a section of iceberg lettuce big enough to fit the bottom of your container. Speaking of stems, you can make them out of bamboo skewers available at any craft shop.

In addition to knives, cookie cutters are a nice touch. They’re very convenient for making all kinds of shapes.

Design Options: Encourage your kids to play around with shapes and colors. These are a few ideas to get started.

Use cookie cutters to slice a pineapple into a flower, give it a melon ball center and stick it on a skewer. Skewer a row of small fruits like berries or grapes and arrange them in a circle. Dip green apple wedges in lemon juice to prevent browning and cut them with a rippled potato cutter. Line them around the inner rim of the container for a pretty layer of leaves under your flowers.

You can also use colored marshmallows or gumdrops for extra pizazz and to hold your fruit in place on the skewer. For extra nutrition, try working in some vegetables like grape tomatoes and broccoli florets.

Fruit bouquets brighten up rainy days. Eat your creations on the spot or use them for gifts and party decorations.

Amy Adele’s Easter

Happy Day After Easter! He is Risen Indeed!

All of us at Amy Adele hope you had a lovely Easter yesterday. After a rainy and cold Good Friday and Saturday, the sun came out and it was a gorgeous sunny warm day here in the Upstate of South Carolina. We were praising Jesus a little bit more than we normally do on Easter for the weather alone! 😉

On Easter morning we all woke early (but not really early like some of you sunrise folks) and went off to church to sing, worship and remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ! Then we scooted home quickly to get ready to celebrate some more with my in-laws (whom I love). It was my turn to host, which I was happy to do. When I was growing up, my parents always hosted the Easter meal, so it feels right when it’s my “turn”. 🙂 

I should back up a tad though. To prepare for it all,  I had a lot of fun this year decorating and getting the house ready. I like to keep things simple and sweet… but it doesn’t come naturally. I  take forever fiddling and thinking  through things to get it just right (or close enough). I think I may have drove my family a little crazy with all my home decor projects!

Easter Garden

Here is an Easter garden I created… but this one doesn’t have any dirt so I can store it for next year! I just used a little moss instead. Celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus is the most important part of Easter for our family and I just really wanted a decoration that reminded us of this!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This wreath that’s now hanging in my kitchen was a very simple creation… I  just took a store bought wreath and added little Easter eggs.

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Here are a few shots of my dining room… all decked out in its finest Easter flare. I had so much fun finding candle sticks, vases, platters and such around the house to create a little spring garden. I cut those branches from my trees in the backyard. My neighbors were probably wondering why I was running in and out of the house (in the rain) on Saturday holding branches and leaves! 🙂

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My husband and I made some big diet changes on January 1st of this year and it’s been such a success that we’re sticking to it! So the macaroni and cheese dish and a few others like it, got cut from the line up. Of course, not everyone in the family is eating like us so Uncle Jon brought over some yummy bread (that I must admit I ate a tiny piece of). 🙂 I’m not a chef but I found a simple healthy recipe for asparagus risotto that I thought I’d try. As I began putting it together Aunt Chris and Uncle Jon (who are very good Italian cooks) kept commenting on how they’ve never made risotto because they heard its quite tricky. My “simple little recipe” quickly changed to an intimidating one as 13 people hovered in the kitchen waiting to eat. Yikes! But in the end it turned out ok. Whew!! Here’s a picture of me and my sweet mother-in-law as I stir stir my risotto (I quickly learned that lots of stirring was required).

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We finished the afternoon off with my mother-in-law’s beautiful 3 layer lemon cake that was amazing! (Did I just admit to eating that too?) Also, my 10 year old daughter created a scavenger/egg hunt for the older cousins who are in high school and college. It was a hoot watching the older ones running around instead of the younger ones this year!

Family Easter pictures are a must. This tradition dates back quite sometime for my family. This is a photo of my grandparents and my father on Easter Sunday, March 28, 1948 in Washington DC taken with the national cherry blossoms as their backdrop. We don’t have very many photos of them so we think its kinda neat that this event and Corban’s birthday were both on March 28th!

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Now, sixty six years later here is a photo me and my sweet family on Easter 2014.

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Not every day is heavenly but I’m thrilled to say this one was pretty close!

Rainy Day Activities To Beat the Blues

Rainy Days

As a former babysitter in my teenage years and the best friend of a super-star in-home nanny, I understand the power of keeping kids occupied during a rainy day. If their attention goes unfocused for even a moment, hullabaloo can break loose and what was supposed to be a nice afternoon at home has turned into total warfare! Try these easy rainy day activities to keep everyone happy and having fun all day!

3-D Paper Ornaments:

You’ll need to gather together scissors, hole punch, yarn, crayons, markers, stamps, stickers, stationery, scrapbook paper, or any other bright, colorful things to make your ornaments come to life on this rainy day. Then, everyone will need to draw two matching shapes on their paper. Tracing cookie cutters is a great way to make sure the shapes match up properly, but freehand drawing and an imagination go a long way as well. Once the shapes are drawn, cut out them out (adult assistance will be needed for younger kids) and then color, sticker, and stamp to your heart’s content on both sides of both shapes. Once your creations are beautiful, take one shape and cut a slit from the top down to the center (not too far!) and on the second shape cut from the bottom up to the center. Put the two pieces together and, voila, you have your 3-D ornament! Punch a hole in the top and tie a piece of yarn through the hole. These can be hung in the window as a pretty decoration, in the child’s room (or play area), on a holiday tree, or any other place that needs some color!

Name Chain:

Everyone needs a little space to call their own, especially if those people are siblings and share a room or play space. You’ll need index cards or other thick paper, scissors, glue stick, hole punch, crayons, stamps, stickers, or anything else to decorate with. Have each child write their name out (one letter to each index card) using large, wide block letters. Cut out the letters and decorate away. The letters don’t have to match, each one can be an expression! When they look fabulous, take the first letter and glue the bottom of it to the top of the second. Continue until the child’s name is spelled out vertically. The letters don’t have to match up perfectly and can hang any way you want! Once dried, punch a hole in the first letter and tie a piece of yarn through it so it can be hung up.

Rainbow Art: 

A rainy day can become brighter with the addition of a rainbow! You’ll need paper plates, markers or crayons, scissors, cotton balls, and liquid glue. Cut the paper plate in half and then cut out a small half circle from the flat side to make a rainbow shape. Use the markers or crayons to color in the rainbow. Make it as traditional or as funky as you want! There are no rules! Once the rainbow is complete glue the cotton balls to each end of the rainbow to make neat 3-D clouds. These can be hung up in the window, on the fridge, or anywhere you want!

Hopefully these rainy day activities will help bring out the creativity in each child while providing them with a fun way to stay busy on the dreariest of days!

Rainy Day to Rainbow

Holiday Decorating: Inexpensive Ideas

Holiday Season

Part of the fun of the holiday season — besides eating all the goodies — is decorating. With budgets tight, finding ways to decorate inexpensively can lead to creative holiday decor. To get some ideas on holiday decorations, check with local stores and get inspired to make your own seasonal holiday decor and pick up some holiday deals.

Thanksgiving

The holiday for sharing and giving thanks is the perfect time to decorate with traditional Thanksgiving decor. One of the easiest and most colorful decorations is the cornucopia, also known as the horn of plenty. Filled with the “bounty of the season,” these decorative horns add a splash of color as a centerpiece or as a table or counter decoration.

Supplies needed:

  • A wicker cornucopia cone
  • 1 bag of craft moss
  • Several miniature pumpkins, squash, Indian corn, and small gourds, a handful of acorns, miniature pine cones, cinnamon sticks, and artificial grapes, apples and oranges
  • Autumn-colored silk leaves
  • Hot glue gun and clear glue sticks
  • Large platter or tray

To construct:

  • Place a layer of moss on the platter or tray.
  • Line the cornucopia with moss.
  • Situate the horn on to the platter.
  • Optional: Adults only. Secure the horn to the platter using several dollops of hot glue.
  • Begin placing fruit and vegetables inside the horn alternating and mixing colors.
  • Continue placing the items outside the front of the horn so it looks like the fruit and veggies are spilling out of the cornucopia.
  • Embellish with autumn-colored leaves throughout the arrangement.
  • Adults can carefully use the hot glue to secure items to the side or bottom of the horn and to each other.
  • Insert fragrant cinnamon sticks inside the horn.
  • Optional: add pine needles, uncooked cranberries, and fragrant potpourri for extra decoration and aroma.

Christmas

Making holiday decorations is a project the entire family can do together. Children will enjoy decorating pine cones.

Supplies needed:

  • Small, medium and large pine cones purchased from the craft store or gathered from the backyard or local park
  • Gold or silver craft paint
  • Artificial snow
  • Glue or hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Red, gold and silver glitter
  • Red, blue, and gold ribbon
  • Miniature decorations such as bells and ornaments
  • Scissors

To construct:

  • You have two options to decorate the cones. First, paint the tips and a portion of the petals with gold paint. Once dry, brush a tiny dollop of glue on the tip of each petal and sprinkle a dash of gold glitter. Second, apply artificial snow to the cone, let dry, then brush the tips with glue and apply silver glitter.
  • Insert miniature bells and ornaments to petals and secure with glue.
  • Cut a piece of ribbon in the appropriate color, tie in a bow, then use regular glue or hot glue (adults only) to adhere the ribbon to the top of the pine cone.
  • Place cones in crystal glass vases, in baskets lined with seasonal colored tissue paper, or fill a clear bowl with the colorful cones.
  • Glue a gold, red or white pipe cleaner behind the bow, create a loop, and use to hang the pine cones on the tree, a decorative garland, or a mantle piece.

Holiday Decorations

Family Activities For The Holiday Season

If you are preparing to host a house full of family and friends this holiday season chances are football will be on the television and kids will be under foot. However this special time should be celebrated by talking, laughing and having fun instead of television and time-outs. It’s time to start planning some holiday activities that are sure to keep everyone occupied and entertained while dinner is in the oven.

Family Football Game

Nothing is more fun on a crisp autumn day than a football game with the entire gang, and everyone can play flag football, even the little ones. Choose teams (make sure to even out the kids on both sides to make it fair), discuss the rules, hang “flags” from your back pockets and get the game going. Let your guests know in advance if you want to plan a football game; they’ll want to bring a change of clothes and some sneakers.

Table Games

If the weather keeps your holiday party indoors, consider setting up a few strategically placed board games on card and coffee tables throughout your living area. Chess, checkers and dominoes are simple two-person games that almost everyone can easily learn to play. Alternatively, invest in a Carrom board, table-top Foosball or Air Hockey table, and your party guests will enjoy lively and good-natured competition. Don’t forget to include games or puzzles for the younger children.

Kids Crafts

If space allows, set up a craft table for kids complete with everything they need to create a masterpiece. Paper, paint, pinecones, gourds and glue can become works of art in the creative hands of a 4-year-old, and a Christmas tree centerpiece or hand drawn place cards are the perfect extra touch for your Christmas table décor. Protect holiday outfits with old oversized t-shirts or artist aprons.

Put on a Skit

Children love to put on plays. Find a simple skit online, write one of your own or have the kids write one, and assign a character to each child who wants to participate. Ideas include a re-enactment of the first Christmas, using puppets to act out what they are thankful for or pretending they are a family of Christmas trees who live on a farm. Have a few, simple costume pieces on hand; adults can join in too. After the actors have practiced a bit, encourage the entire family to watch them perform.

This special time only comes once a year, so promote thankfulness this Holiday season by turning off the television and spending time together. Enjoy your company, your bountiful feast, and your day.

Amy Adele has great thank you notes. Your kids will love writing Thank You notes to grandma after Christmas. Or leave a note to your aunt thanking her for hosting your family!

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Kids Thanksgiving Crafts

Brown paper bags are all you need to get started on great children’s crafts for Thanksgiving celebrating Native American culture. These are some ideas to get you started.

Materials:

Collect big brown paper bags while you’re doing your shopping at grocery and liquor stores or buy them online. Put together a variety of objects for decorations like buttons, beads, feathers, yarn and leather shoelaces. Then all you need is scissors, glue, magic markers and crayons.

Making and Enjoying Crafts:

You can make paper bags look like leather by soaking them in the sink or a large bowl of warm water for about ten minutes. Adding a cup of brown tempera paint will make the bag look more like cloth. Simple crafts include shields, vests, scrolls and blankets. For a shield, separate two bags along the seams and glue them together and cut out a circle shape. Vests can be fashioned by cutting a neck hole in the bottom of one bag with arm holes on the sides. For scrolls, cut out a rectangle and roll the edges around a stick on each side and glue them in place. A big bag or a roll of brown paper makes an easy blanket style tablecloth. Decorate your crafts with animal shapes or geometric designs. Cut the edges to make fringe. You can use the crafts for a separate party or let kids show them off at their own table on Thanksgiving Day.

Dining:

With so many different Native American tribes, there is no single authentic cuisine. Most kids will love a menu that draws on the Mesoamerican traditions behind today’s Mexican food. They’ll gain a new appreciation for the tortillas they already love, and they’ll be more likely to eat  their vegetables.

The kids table will look like the best seats in the house when you help the little ones design it themselves. Enter into the true spirit of Thanksgiving by remembering Native American culture and sharing activities with your loved ones.

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Invite your friends to a party full of crafts!

Fall Decoration: Bringing Nature Indoors

From the fiery kaleidoscope of the leaves to the plumpness of pumpkins and ruby red of apples, fall’s natural beauty pervades the whole outdoors. Why not invite it indoors with you? There are many ways to include nature in your autumn decorations. Here are a few fall decoration ideas that are fun to make and will bring a warm feeling to the chill fall evenings.

Fall Decoration:

  • Corn husk candles. Wrap a large candle in corn husks and tie with strips of husk or colorful ribbon. Enjoy the glow of the fall harvest in your living room.
  • Hanging gourd vase. Dry a swan gourd and cut a large hole in the upper portion of the bulb. Use as a vase for dried or freshly cut flowers, or even as a planter for live ones.
  • Foliage arrangement. Use dry, colored leaves, fall flowers and the fluff of seeding plants to create a beautiful bouquet. Place anywhere–on the table, in the bathroom, or on the bookshelf are good options.
  • Pumpkins. Beautiful on their own, pumpkins can also be carved with beautiful patterns. To make longer lasting decorations, don’t cut the whole way through–just etch a design on the surface.
  • Pomanders. Oranges can studded with cloves to make beautiful decorative designs. They smell amazing and can be eaten or made into juice afterwords.
  • Crafty leaves. Glue leaves to craft paper and attach colorful string or fishing line to make a mobile. You can also use the cards to decorate window sills, or use double sided tape to decorate the walls.
  • Harvest corn basket. Peel back he dried husks of colorful corn and arrange into a colorful basket. Mix with other fall bounty to add color and diversity.
  • Wreath. a gorgeous addition to an entry way or door, a wreath is surprisingly easy to make. Use all sorts of natural fall materials to create the perfect one for you.

Making these crafts is especially fun to do with the family. Try involving the kids–go on a nature hike and pick out the most beautiful of nature’s creations to use in your art, and each create your own decorations. Happy crafting!

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