Craft Ideas For Telling Your Story
"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before. Everyone can create. You don't need money, position, or influence in order to create somthing of substance or beauty. You might say, I am not the creative type. If that is how you feel, think again. Creation is your opportunity in this life... Start small. Creativity does not require a brush, a pen, or the keys of a piano. Don't let the voice of critics paralyze you. You will make the World a better place. Improve, beautify, extend, smile, cultivate, develop, create."
- Dieter F. Uchtdorf, First Presidency, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Are you a person who likes to make things? Do you enjoy putting together scrapbooks for your family? Do you have some family heirlooms you would like to display? Join us here as we share ways to preserve and display your family stories.
"Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try." - Dr. Seuss
Saint Patrick's Day ought to be fun for all—young and young-at-heart—whether you can claim a heritage from the Emerald Isle or just get enthusiastic about the idea of a pot of golden wishes at the end of the rainbow. But, let's be honest folks. St. Patrick's Day can also be dangerous for those caught unprepared. Keep your tender arms pinch-free with these SIMPLE and FUN do-it-yourself St. Patty's Day shirts that are not only green, but festive.
FAMILYSTORYTELLING.COM enthusiastically welcomes guest blogger Tamsin North, who joins us to share her tutorial on how to create these gorgeous Scandanavian painted easter eggs. Enjoy!
They needed some good old fashioned spoiling and what better way to do it than to turn the kitchen into a craft palace? In the spirit of decorating Daddy’s new office, we got to work.
Looking for a simple one-sitting summer project with a big wow factor? Please, friends, look no further. Guest blogger Tamsin has done it again with her fun fabric marker pillow tutorial! And really, why stop there? I see a lot of potential here for graphic canvases, window curtains, clothing, etc.
(Tamsin blogs to us from over at Project Project.)
Ok, just because you didn't get your decorations up before Halloween and your shopping done in July, (with those last minute deals picked up on Black Friday) doesn't mean you've missed Christmas. Yes, I promise, in spite of what retailers would like us to believe.
DIY Family Popsicle Stick Magnets
These happy little magnets are fun, inexpensive, easy to create, and hold all sorts of potential:
- A boredom buster for the kids on your next rainy afternoon
- A gift for Grandma to keep on her fridge
- A way to organize the family's fridge fodder (stick Margaret's signed school note to the fridge under the Margaret magnet!)
- Create the entire cast of Grey's Anatomy
Oh, the possibilities!
I love my back porch! It's where we gather with friends and family to share potluck BBQ dinners, drink homemade root beer and roast marshmallows when the sun goes down. We anxiously await early Spring when the weather allows us to begin this, and then we stretch out the Summer days sitting on our back porch.
I love the easy feel of stories told while gathered at a family meal. Story prompts are a great way to get the words flowing; and I love to hear all the different perspectives, angles, and answers that can be generated from one little question!
So I decided I wanted my prompts to be front and center at the family table - a constant reminder of the fun! Sitting on the table, they would be easily accessible at mealtimes. I just needed something special to showcase them.
Hence, I give you: Story Apothecary Jars!
I love the idea of a family tree. I love the symbolism, the poetry, and - well, I just like trees. I love the idea of my family being held by the branches of something strong, protective, gentle and giving. And they're pretty.
There are lots of wonderful ideas out there for how to create a 'non-traditional' family tree to satisfay your personality and your home.
Everyone always told me, "don't marry an artist."
If there was one thing they told me more often than that - it was, "don't marry yourself." - meaning, don't marry someone who was just like you. Opposites attract, and that amount of sameness would lead to aggravation and annoyance.
Do you love proving the world wrong as much as I do?
Of course you do. Because we are the same.
Paper flowers are fun and easy to make. They are a great accent to many things including memory jars!
You can make them out of any paper, color, etc.
This one is made from a heavier brown paper.
I love to have a memorabilia jar out filled with little trinkets and things that inspire memories and stories to share. It’s a wonderful thing for a child to have on their nightstand to put all their trinkets and special things.
Now that you have started to share and gather stories, you can share and display your stories using the medium you are most comfortable with – this is where you, your family, your interests and your creative homemaking skills will really shine.