I had one bag of frozen breast milk left. Three ounces of a drink, but it represented a year of breastfeeding my first babe, and two years of breastfeeding my second babe. All the emotions. Lots of moms make jewelry from milk to commemorate this achievement. That’s not quite weird enough for me. In fact, the paintings I make with breast milk aren’t even weird enough. What’s weirder than milk jewelry and painting with breast milk? I made glue with the proteins from my last bag of milk. Milk that my body made to feed my beautiful babies. Then used the glue as papier-mâché to build a topographical map of Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah. The place where I discovered my strength. Continue reading “Making Glue with Breast Milk. It’s weird, I know.”
My cousin is on an LDS mission in Oregon. He sends a fun little update every week, and this week’s email had a message that inspired me. He shared this spiritual thought:
This lovely (and anatomically correct!) felt heart wall hanging, was created for a friend who recently had heart surgery. Luckily, everything went great with his surgery and he’s recovering! And, of course Emily HAD to make him the perfect present — it is both thoughtful and incredibly useful for explaining, to those of us who are less-than-familiar with the finer details of the cardiovascular system, what he had to have done.
If you don’t happen to know someone who just had heart surgery (which is really, probably for the best), this felt piece is also great for teaching kids (and adults) about human anatomy! Continue reading “A Heartfelt Message”
Halloween is just around the corner! I know that I am an adult, but I still love dressing up every year. What I don’t love is having extra “junk” leftover from Halloween (or any holiday for that matter). This is especially true now that I occupy a tiny apartment with almost no storage space.
So, this year, I am opting for a minimalist Halloween costume! I’m sure everyone has different definitions, but in my book this means I am going to be buying one or two small items that I can pair with things that I already have.
Do you have a hard time getting everyone and everything ready in the morning? We do! One thing we struggle with is finding an outfit with our morning brains. So we came up with this solution:
We help the girls choose an outfit and hang it here as part of the bedtime routine. It saves so much time in the morning, and there’s way less fighting. So good for everyone’s sanity.
Available in any color:
What are your morning routine solutions to make things quick and easy?
The youtube vortex sucked me in, and I ended up watching this video:
And, like always, I thought, “I NEED to try this!” So I did. First attempt = disaster. But I learned SO much. Only use a little bit of paint in the resin. Background colors can show up. Extremely level/flat is insanely important in the drying process. Work fast. If the first (or second or third) layer looks terrible, you can pour additional resin coats on top.
I decided to experiment and combine paper maché with resin. Sometimes the stars align, and mixed media projects come together nicely. This was one of those times!
I ended up with a 3d topographical map of Antelope Island in Utah. I shipped it off to my pops for father’s day. He recognized Frary Peak right away. 🙂
And now I can add 3d land-form sculptures to my resume. Which island should I do next?
You guys. I don’t like to brag (I totally like to brag) but, I just blew my own mind. How?
I was slicing oranges (let’s pretend my kids always have fresh and healthy snacks). I was trying to pop out a few chunks for the youngest; I pushed a little harder than I meant to, and voila! Inside out, GORGEOUS, sunshine oranges!
Is this amazing as I think it is? Every kid is going to want to eat a healthy snack now, right?? I mean, I think every mom in the world needs to know about this!
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Love, Em Is Crafty (with food)!
To celebrate Presidents Day, I’m releasing a new Montessori style felt wall, a USA felt map!
Knowledge is, in every country, the surest basis of public happiness. – George Washington
Shout out to Emily L. on etsy for trying out our pattern. Look at her cute kiddos, and their awesome map!
Felt sticks to felt, making this a fun interactive learning activity.
DIY type? Build it yourself with this easy pattern.
You know the drops of breast milk left in the pump after you pump? I paint with them! The latest designs:
The best part? For every craft you buy from EmIsCrafty, you help a NICU baby get human milk.
Your turn! Go paint with milk (cow, breast, goat, whatever!) It’ll be white on white, hard to see, but you can do it! When your masterpiece is complete, bake it up (400 for 3-5 minutes), and share your art! @emiscrafty #emiscrafty
Check out these creations from miss Lila and Hannah, age 7 & 4!
Want to see all the things I’ve painted? Check out my etsy shop full of greeting cards!
LOVE this quote! And LOVE my madhouse. And love the littles that keep it a madhouse. My sister gave me some art like this, and I recently re-created it for a friend. And now, you too, can publicly brag about your madhouse.
This was so much fun to make! Supplies needed:
Well now you have. ♥
Her name is Kate. She was painted by yours truly, and she is available on etsy. Same deal as always, buy a craft, feed a baby!
My big helper and I made a shelf for our wheat flour, flax seeds and yogurt-pretzels. 🙂
Made for a friend going through a rough patch!
My sister asked me to make a little handout for a church class she teaches. Since I love sharing all of my creations, I’m giving away this LDS printable quote for FREE!
The point is, we simply cannot call ourselves Christian and continue to judge one another—or ourselves—so harshly.
I love that she says “so harshly” instead of just “stop judging.” I think that’s an important distinction. We have to judge things and people to be able to make decisions and move forward in our lives.
You may have seen a Christmas felt tree in your feed! Felt sticks to felt, and now that your kid has his own tree, he’ll leave yours alone. Right!?? 🙂
The trees I make are a little different:
Every purchase helps a NICU baby get human milk.
♥ One felt tree
♥ One gold star
♥ 16 felt ornaments (design varies)
♥ 1 trunk
♥ 4 gifts
♥ 3 strands of lights!
♥ Command Strips for hanging
DIYer? Get the pattern and make your own!
Looking for a simpler tree? https://www.etsy.com/listing/171699796/felt-tree-for-the-holiday-of-christmas?
Message me if you are interested in custom colors for an extra fee!
Check out the snowy white tree!
Don’t let the fun end after Christmas! Wrap up an ocean or monster felt wall under the tree!
Do Felt Birds Poop?
Nope! Never, ever, ever since their creation has a felt bird ever pooped on a human. Isn’t that great? That makes felt walls a perfect birthday or Christmas gift for your kids! They can play for hours and use their imagination to create all sorts of games and stories!
There is NO mess. Since felt sticks to felt (and the birds aren’t dropping surprises on your head), all you have to do is put everything away when you’re done until you’re ready to play again.
If you aren’t interested in an animal-filled forest, but still want an awesome felt board, there are more felt walls for you to choose from ranging from scary Monster Felt Walls to World Maps, which are the perfect, hands-on learning activity for kids and geographically challenged adults.
As if you needed another reason to get a felt board for the special grandkid/niece/nephew/best friend’s kid in your life, guess what? Every time you buy something from EmIsCrafty a portion of the proceeds go toward helping real-life babies in the NICU!
You guys! Sue is one of the cutest people I know, and she is making one of the cutest (and actually useful) products ever. Her company is called “Love, Molly Sue,” and she makes a molly dolly with a matching dress for your baby. She is on etsy, facebook and insta. This pear combo is my fav, look how freaking adorable!
She’s giving us a molly dolly & dress combo to giveaway to one of you (details below and on facebook)! We asked her a few questions so you can get to know her a bit before you enter. Meet Sue, crafty owner of “Love, Molly Sue”
How did you get so crafty?
Well if you know my family my mom and sisters are queen of DIY. I grew up with home made everything and we were always starting or in the middle of some project or another, so thanks to them I learned the art of starting projects! Now if I could just finish more….
If LMS could talk what would she say?
Haha the LMS at our house would probably be crying all the time, they are constantly getting sucked on, dropped, thrown, etc. but hopefully they would be as in love with their little mamas as they are with them. I love seeing my Molly sneaking hugs and kisses from her dolly.
Okay, the hair on these dolls is the cutest! How did you come up with the top knot??
Well before LMS came to be, I had this fantastically trendy friend I was making a baby shower gift for and her hair was always in a top knot, so I guess she was my inspiration. I LOVE to make the Dolly’s similar to their little mamas and since I didn’t know this little mama yet I modeled it after my friend.
Is adulting what you thought it would be?
Umm am I adulting?? Ha, I keep asking myself when I grow up as big as my mom and dad will I be an adult yet? But really, some days I own adulting, and some days (like yesterday) me and my Molly just lay on the ground and cry because adulting is too much.
Glue gun or sewing machine?
Oh heavens sewing machine! I think if I could I would sew everything, wood, plastic, paper, grass.. Glue guns are so messy and I always leave with a burn or ten.
If money were nothing what would you spend your free time doing?
I would adopt 100 pretty babies. That has been a dream of mine ever since I found out my next door neighbor was adopted 20 years ago, and I honestly have wanted to leave my mark on the world through adoption. It wouldn’t leave me with much free time, but I could just cry thinking of all the babies I could love that don’t get the chance other wise.
What motivates you?
Well currently the prospect of going back to work haunts me into working as hard as I can! But really, since having my Molly girl it has been such a struggle to find cute affordable clothing and toys, so we just started making them and wanted to share the love!
Isn’t she adorable?
Two steps to enter:
- Like or follow “Love, Molly Sue,” on etsy, facebook or insta.
- Head over to my facebook page, and tag a friend in the comments who would LOVE an LMS doll. The more you tag, the better your chances!
Winner receives a molly dolly dress combo. Shipping free to USA. Winner announced Tuesday, Sept. 6. Good luck!
Dear Tacky Gold Dated Frame,
You’ve been repurposed. Which is much better than replaced. Replaced means you’re making friends with the diapers and watermelon rinds in the dumpster. Repurposed means you get to move from random stranger’s house to ours and make friends with the snot that’s wiped on the walls, and the hanging plant that has somehow managed to stay a little bit green. All it took to repurpose you was:
- Cheap black spray paint (the dollar store type – but this would work too)
- Sand paper (the dollar store type – but this would work too)
- Some twine (the dollar store type – but this would work too)
- Clothespins (the dollar store type – but this would work too)
Thank you for being a solid foundation, and beautiful pattern, and for being cheap. 🙂 I really like how you turned out! I’m so excited to rotate pics of my cute family through you! And since I didn’t buy this, it’s like I saved $60 🙂 You’re amazing!