But I’m gonna leave this here anyway. You know, just in case there is someone out there who does.
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!
To everyone of you that has bought a BreastCardEver, a felt wall, a printable. That has liked my posts, shared a story, or requested custom greeting cards. That has supported me emotionally through mom life and small business life.
Look what we did!!
We sent $880 to the Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation – Mother’s Milk Bank in 2016. And it’s all because of your support. You are the best. I love you.
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!
“But I’m wearing it tomorrow!” Right, I’m sure you are. I’d like to say it’s my kids saying this, not my husband. 🙂 Regardless, that outfit that is messing up your house and can’t seem to make it to the closet or hamper? It now has a home, or as my 3-year-old says “it lives on the sign.”
Do you or your kids/husband leave out clothes too?
Since I love a clean house, and LOOOVE making things, I’d love to make one of these for you. Head over to my etsy shop, and choose a color for your custom sign. Your purchase helps a NICU baby get human milk!
If you are the crafty type, head to the hardware store for a little lumber, wood glue & nails. Then to Ikea for a few hooks. Grab some paint and sealer, and voila! I cut the letters out of white vinyl on my silhouette cameo, but they could be painted as well.
My mama loves scrabble, and the outdoors, so when I ran into this pin, I had to make one!! I found a sign company that would make the tiles for $85. ORRR since I’m crafty, and like to do-it-myself, I bought some supplies:
I printed off the tiles on my printer. I applied the clear contact paper on front, and the wood texture on the back. I had the wood stakes & string on hand (but it’s $2 at Lowe’s if you don’t have it!) Make sure you have a big helper to cut your strings. Such a fun summer activity!
The nurse asked if she could grab my boob to get some breast milk out. Of course she could, I had a 3-hour old baby, and I would do anything for her. Plus, my body was making food for her, how freaking amazing would it be to actually see the food!? It was my second baby, and I thought I knew everything to know about breast feeding. But the nurse grabbed a plastic spoon from lunch, squeezed some thick yellow colostrum out, then spoon-fed my 3-hour old! It was magical!
EVERY april fools day, my mom gets me. It’s always funny (except when it involves food!!). Like this morning, when she texted to say her car wouldn’t start and she needed a ride. Insert hashtag of choice. #sucker #gullible #everystinkingyear.
There I was. Staring at 2 babies, thinking I should entertain them. Staring at the rain outside the window. Staring at the blank walls of my house, which have been that way for 3 years.
That was all it took. I had an old art canvas I’d purchased at an art show. I had lots of paint and brushes on hand. I had a baby that loves, loves, loves to paint. I had an hour before bedtime. Time to repurpose that canvas! The excitement set in, and we got started.
Thank goodness she loves bathing as much as painting.
Amazingly, we had all of the supplies on hand. Here is what we used:
- Acrylic Paint – like these, or the little 99 cent bottles from the craft store. We used 3 blues, 3 burnt-ish colors, white, gold and silver.
- Paint-brushes, or tore-up old sponges.
- Blank Canvas (hit up the thrift store!)
- Glitter! Usually available at the dollar store.
- Polyurethane Spray (optional – holds the glitter on so it doesn’t end up everywhere.)
- World Map Pattern, which happens to be available in my etsy shop.
Here is how we did it:
Close-ups of glitter and patterns and brush-strokes:
It was serendipitous that the existing veins ended up looking like mountain ranges. Let’s pretend they line up with real ranges. Such a fun crafty project!
Granny says her bones are made of concrete, because she fell down 7 cement stairs, and escaped with a hematoma and some bruises. She’s the toughest lady I know!! She always has a smile and warm hug for me and my babies. And since it’s not every day your granny turns 79, we had a big party for her. I decided to make a cheesecake with candied macademias and home-made caramel. YUM!
It needed a beautiful topper, but I didn’t want to spend $40 on etsy for a custom one. Since I have a silhouette cameo personal cutter, I decided to make one out of a cereal box. First, I made a sketch:
Then I pulled it into Illustrator to trace it. Next I imported the svg file into the silhouette studio software, and sent it to the cutter, with the blade set at 8, and speed at 1.
Next, I squished some straws onto the bottom pieces for stability, and spray painted the pieces. Added some glitter, and a polyurethane coating, and boo-yah. Custom, beautiful, fancy cake-topper from a cereal box.
Then, cheesecake! Because … cheesecake!
Oh my gosh, look how cute she is! I want to be just like her when I’m 79!!
I have a conversation with my husband here and there. It goes like this:
Me: Next time there are a few drops of breast milk that are going to go bad, save them. I have some new paint ideas.
Hubs: Yes mamm
This is a weird conversation to have, right?
WHY!!? One night, I learned you can paint with milk. Then between my husband’s innovative mind, and my own crazy (or maybe just sleep-deprived) mind, we decided to try it with breast milk, and it turns out it works just the same! Ask your grandma and aunts if they ever painted with milk, it seems to have been a popular day-care activity back in the day.
How do I paint with milk? I grab milk, (the drops left in the bottle after I pump are enough), grab a brush, grab some paper and go. It’s white on white, but when thrown in the oven for 4 minutes at 400, it turns this beautiful golden color. Then I load it into photoshop, change up the colors, move everything around, and send to a printer.
What do I paint with the few drops of milk that will no longer nourish my baby? Greeting cards. But it gets better: every sale helps a NICU baby get human milk. Check out my etsy shop, with cards, felt walls and more fun crafts.
This is my latest card creation. A spring-time ‘Hey There’ card, perfect to say hello, I miss you, what’s up, thinking of you. Also great for that birthday party you forgot to get a card for because you were busy being a mom. I feel ya.