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!
Help me out? Pin this to your boards, share with your crunchy friends on insta, and click on all of my affiliate links below! #momlife #easilyimpressed #vainmuch
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.
As anyone who has potty trained knows, public restrooms are worse than the political bickering in my facebook feed right now. But somehow, in the LAX airport restroom, my 3-year-old had me (and everyone else in the bathroom) in tears laughing.
It happened here:
It went like this: Continue reading “Airport Bathroom + 3-Year-Old. How Things Usually Go.”
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!
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!