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Etsy’s Best Mother’s Day Gifts!

Need Some Mother’s Day Gift Inspiration?
Check out These Unique, Handmade Gifts on Etsy!

Whether you are looking for a Mother’s Day gift to give your mom or for a gift for your child to give to grandma, thrill her (that’s right, bring her to tears) with a unique, handmade gift from an Etsy artisan.  Etsy.com is an online marketplace where independent artists sell their unique and often one-of-a-kind creations.  Etsy is a great place to find that special gift for your mom, grandmother, godmother, or friend who is “like a mother.” Since Etsy offers literally millions of products, we curated a few that we know will be instant smile-getters.

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One artist offers a pair of bracelets hand-stamped with the phrases from the popular song:  “You Are My Sunshine” and “My Only Sunshine.”


Jewelry, Jewelry and more Jewelry!

Personalized PendantMom’s love personalilzed jewelry! There are so many beautiful jewelry options on Etsy it was hard to narrow it down for our short list! This handmade gold necklace features a small disc-shaped charm that is hand-engraved with your mom’s initial. Another favorites included lovely a leaf shaped birthstone and monogram necklace that would be a great for mom or grandma.

Mom not the monogram type? Every mom would love this darling mama bear necklace!

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Handmade Soap

Another artist makes purple and green swirled lilac scented soap from coconut oil, cocoa butter and other natural ingredients.  You mom’s skin will just love it!

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Grandma's House RulesGrandma’s House Rules

Everyone knows that grandma’s house rules are different and more relaxed than mom and dad’s house rules.  This gift lists those rules on a piece of distressed wood, making it clear why kids love spending time at grandma’s house!

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2017 wall art“Greatest Blessings” Wall Art

Want to bring tears to your mom’s eyes?  Give her this beautiful custom printed and framed burlap wall art!

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Family Birthday Board

Family Birthday Board

A family birthday board is a gift that serves two purposes.  It is a great way for mom to organize all of the birthdays of family members, and it is a beautiful piece of art.  Each birthday board features the 12 months of the year along with heart or circle shaped tokens.  You or mom can write each family member’s name on a token and place the token on a hook below the appropriate birthday month.

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You cannot go wrong with any of these gifts.  When the gift is opened, the smile will be instant!

 

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Holiday Gift Ideas

Art Books for Kids

The holidays are here! It’s time to put on your creative gift-giving thinking cap! Here are some beautiful, creative and just darn FUN books that would make great gifts for the kids on your list.

Why give an art book as a gift?  Most kids enjoy creating art.  They love to “get messy” using paint, Play-Doh, glue, and glitter.  However, some kids do not consider themselves to be artists and do not believe they are able to create beautiful art.  Other kids get a little stuck in their creativity and need a nudge to help them expand the types of art they create.  Here are some great books that feature compelling stories and beautiful illustrations that encourage kids to use their imaginations to develop a greater appreciation of the different ways to create art and a greater understanding of the messages that art can convey.

  1. The Beautiful OoopsThe Beautiful Oops, by Barney SaltzbergHave you ever observed your kids or your students ball up a piece of paper because they made a mistake while drawing?  Well The Beautiful Oops will give your little artist ideas as to how turn what at first seems to be a mistake into something wonderful.
  2. The DotThe Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds.  This book is ideal for the hesitant artist who does not quite know where to start.  In response to her teacher’s suggestion that she start off by making a dot, Vashti angrily puts a dot on her paper.  From that dot the word of art opens up to Vashti. 
  3. I Am an ArtistI Am an Artist by Pat Lowery Collins.  Many kids and adults alike are quite creative but have a hard time viewing themselves as artists.  Collins shows that the definition of “artist” is quite broad.  By simply looking closely at objects around them kids will eventually realize that they do indeed have the mind and imagination of an artist. 
  4. Why is Blue Dog BlueWhy is Blue Dog Blue by George Rodrigue.   Written by Cajun artist George Rodrigue, Why is the Blue Dog Blue encourages kids to think beyond the obvious when they create art and to make color choices based on the message they want to send through their art.  While Rodrigue’s message may seem complex, the book is written in a way that children will understand and apply it to their own artwork. 
  5. IshIsh by Peter H. Reynolds.  Oftentimes adults and even other kids do not quite understand drawings created by kids.  However, to the artist the drawing makes perfect sense.  Ish gives encouragement to that child who has become discouraged because his or her artwork has been misunderstood.

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Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
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Seven year old female with water color paints.

5 Great Online Sources for Art Supplies

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You may be used to grabbing art and craft supplies from popular chain stores such as Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and Jo-Ann Stores. These stores all have great selections of art and craft supplies for projects for kids as well as for your grown-up art projects. They each also offer weekly coupons so that you can buy some supplies at rock-bottom prices. There are, however, great online resources where you can find everyday art supplies, as well as unique and hard-to-find supplies at great prices with free or low-priced shipping. The best part, of course, is that you do not have to leave your house.

1.    Artist and Craftsman Supply   Artist & Craftsman SupplyWhether you are looking for craft supplies for the kiddos or supplies for your next sculpture, this online store will have what you need. $7 flat rate shipping or free shipping on orders over $150.

2.    Discount School Supply   Discount School Supply®If you have ever been in charge of your elementary school’s school store, you are probably familiar with Discount School Supply. In addition to offering the cutest erasers, pens and pencil sharpeners, Discount School Supply is a great resource for tons of bulk art supplies for craft projects for school, Girl Scouts, and Sunday school. Free shipping on orders over $79.

3.    Etsy   Etsy is a great resource for unique, handmade gifts. It is also the place to buy supplies to make your own handmade gifts. Etsy has practically any art and craft supply you can think of and many that you would never have thought about!

4.    Jerry’s Artarama   Jerry's Artarama Online Discount Art Supplies and Materials SuperstoreThis is a comprehensive online art supply store. In addition to a wide range of art supplies, they also offer kids art supplies, books, and DVDs.  They even have Snazaroo Face Paints!  (Gotta be honest. I had never heard of Snazaroo before visiting this site. This just goes to show you that Jerry’s Artamara has something for every art interest.) Flat rate standard shipping from $5.95 – $9.95. Free shipping when you join the “Frequent Shipper” program for $79 per year.

5.    Stubby Pencil Studio  Stubby Pencil StudioI have to admit that I was first attracted to this online store because of its cute name. Once I checked it out, I discovered a wealth of eco-friendly art and craft supplies, desk accessories, stationery, and toys. Free shipping for orders over $100.

 

5 More Online Resources. . .

My list of online resources for art and craft supplies would not be complete without mentioning a few you probably already know about.  1.  Amazon  We all know Amazon has practically everything you want including art and craft supplies.  2-4. Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and Jo-Ann  If there is not one in your neighborhood, check out their online stores.  5.  Blick  The online version of the old-school, art supply store that you may have first discovered around the corner from your college campus.

 

Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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Sunshine Bracelets

Etsy’s Best Mother’s Day Gifts!

Need Some Mother’s Day Gift Inspiration? Check out These Unique, Handmade Gifts on Etsy!

Whether you are looking for a Mother’s Day gift to give your mom or for a gift for your child to give to grandma, thrill her (that’s right, bring her to tears) with a unique, handmade gift from an Etsy artisan.  Etsy.com is an online marketplace where independent artists sell their unique and often one-of-a-kind creations.  Etsy is a great place to find that special gift for your mom, grandmother, godmother, or friend who is “like a mother.” Since Etsy offers literally millions of products, we curated a few that we know will be instant smile-getters.

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One artist offers a pair of bracelets hand-stamped with the phrases from the popular song:  “You Are My Sunshine” and “My Only Sunshine.”

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Vegan SoapHandmade Soap

Another artist makes gardenia- scented vegan soap from coconut milk and other organic ingredients.  You mom’s skin will just love it!

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Grandma's House RulesGrandma’s House Rules

Everyone knows that grandma’s house rules are different and more relaxed than mom and dad’s house rules.  This gift lists those rules on a piece of distressed wood, making it clear why kids love spending time at grandma’s house!

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Mom Wall Art 2“Mom” Wall Art

Want to bring tears to your mom’s eyes?  Give her a poem expressing how much you love her, beautifully printed on canvas and wrapped around a sturdy wood frame.

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Family Birthday Board

Family Birthday Board

A family birthday board is a gift that serves two purposes.  It is a great way for mom to organize all of the birthdays of family members, and it is a beautiful piece of art.  Each birthday board features the 12 months of the year along with heart or circle shaped tokens.  You or mom can write each family member’s name on a token and place the token on a hook below the appropriate birthday month.

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Personalized PendantPersonalized Gold Pendant

Moms love personalized jewelry.  This handmade gold necklace features a small disc-shaped charm that is hand-engraved with your mom’s initial.

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You cannot go wrong with any of these gifts.  When the gift is opened, the smile will be instant!

 

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Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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family art gallery from mylittlebookcase.com

5 Ways to Organize Your Child’s Art!

Was getting organized on your list of New Year’s resolutions?  If you have young children, your house is probably overrun with art.  In addition to the gazillions of drawings children create at home, once they start school they create new little masterpieces practically every day.  With both wall and fridge space quickly disappearing, what are you to do with your little one’s creations?  Here are some ideas for organizing and displaying your children’s art.

  1. family art gallery from mylittlebookcase.comCreate a Family Art Gallery.  Do not limit your kid’s art to just the refrigerator door or your child’s room.  Pick a room in the house as your family’s art gallery.  Fill the walls with your family’s art.  Select a room that is “family friendly” such as the family room or media room.  Or, use a hallway.  Purchase or make beautiful frames to properly display the art.  When family or friends visits, proudly give them a VIP tour! Thanks to mylittlebookcase.com for the adorable family art galler example photo!
  2. Artkive AlbumCreate “Look Books.”  There are now several online services such as ArtKive and Blurb that will print images of your artwork and bind them in a soft cover or hardcover book.  Create a new one for each year of your child’s life.  Look books also make great gifts for grandparents!
  3. shutterfly mugCreate Functional Art.   With today’s technology your children’s artwork can be printed on a wide variety of items by companies such as Shutterfly that you can use around the house. Examples include decorative pillows, serving trays, mugs, blankets, and yes . . . even shower curtains! Fill your house with these items and your children’s artwork will never be far away.
  4. Create a Digital Gallery. One of the best ways to manage a large amount of artwork is to go paperless.  Make digital images of your child’s artwork by scanning it or taking photos of it and save it into an online image organizer.  You will be able to easily email images of your child’s latest creations to grandma and grandpa, and you will be able to take a sentimental look back at it for years into the future.
  5. File it Away. Even if you create look books, a gallery and home accessories with your child’s art, there are bound to be many originals that you are not prepared to discard.  Place the artwork in letter or legal size folders, labeled with each child’s name.   Place the set of folders in a large but shallow lidded box that can be easily stored under a bed.  You can easily add to it. Go through the box from time to time and decide which of your little one’s masterpieces you are ready to let go.

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Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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Father's Day Gifts

Father’s Day Gift Ideas – 2014

Father’s Day is just around the corner! This year, surprise dad with a creative, one-of-a-kind gift that showcases your child’s beautiful art. There are lots of cute artsy gift options available on Etsy and elsewhere on the web. Click here to see our short list of some of the best and cutest!

Another great gift idea . . . make dad’s gift at Kidcreate! Sign your kids up to come to the studio and create dad a Father’s Day keepsake he will cherish for years!

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Upcoming Father’s Day gift making classes at Kidcreate-

Father's Day 18m-6yrsFather’s Day Gift Making Workshop (18 months-6 years)
Friday 6/13, 9:00-10:00

Father’s Day Gift Making Workshop (3-9 years)
Friday 6/13, 10:15-12:15

Father's Day 3-9yrsGet Gooey with Daddy (18 months-6 years)
Saturday 6/14, 9:30-10:15

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Display It! Create a Kid’s Art Gallery in your Home.

Art wall at Kidcreate Studio in Eden Prairie

Art wall at Kidcreate Studio in Eden Prairie

Refrigerator doors can hold only so much of your little one’s artwork.  Indeed, your child’s art is so special, so beautiful, it deserves to be displayed in a gallery. With a few inexpensive tools and a little creativity, you can easily create a home gallery to display your child’s art with style. Here are three creative ways to create mini galleries to display your children’s artwork.

  1. Gallery of Hangers.  Use wooden, children’s sized pants hangers as unique “frames” for your child’s art. Simply clip the hanger to the top of the art and then hang it on a wall hook. Organize multiple clipped pieces onto a single wall to create an imaginative gallery. These hangers are so simple to use that you can easily replace a piece of art with a different one as your child brings new projects home. For an even more vibrant display, paint the wooden hangers in bright colors!
  2. Clothesline Gallery.   A practical and modern use for the traditional clothes line is to create a floating gallery of your child’s art. Find a sturdy rope and affix it flush against a wall, or across a room from one wall to another.  Make sure to allow it to sag in the middle for a dramatic effect. Use traditional clothespins or colorful binder clips to affix artwork to the clotheslines. Hang many art pieces close together, or few pieces spaced apart to create different looks.  It is easy to swap out art pieces as you decide on different themes for your “gallery” or receive newly created artwork.
  3. Mismatched Frames Gallery. Just like the Louvre or the Met, frame your children’s art in different styles and color frames. When displayed together on a single wall, what at first may seem like a hodge podge of frames turns out to be a striking gallery of art. Ideal sources for unusual frames include garage sales and resale stores. IKEA is also a good source for inexpensive frames in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors.

For many more ideas on creating mini, home art galleries for your children’s art, follow Kidcreate Studio’s Pinterest “Display It” board:

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Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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Father's Day Gifts

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

 

One-of-a-Kind Father’s Day Gifts Made from Your Child’s Art!

For an extra special, one-of-a-kind Father’s Day gift, transform your child’s unique artwork into a personalized keepsake! Whether it is a drawing of a tree, a painting of daddy, or crayon rendering of something a little more abstract, it can be used to decorate a variety of gift items. Today’s sophisticated and lightning fast technology allows you to easily scan your child’s masterpiece and send it to a manufacturer who will print it on a variety of products, or who will fashion a keepsake based on the artwork. Here are a few Father’s Day ideas. Links to the retailers that sell these items are at the bottom of the page.

Key chain
How about a key chain designed out of artwork that you child created?  Such key chains can be crafted out of titanium, silver, or reclaimed wood.

Mug
For the on-the-go coffee-drinking dad, a mug with a lid, featuring his son or daughter’s artwork would be an ideal Father’s Day surprise.  Traditional mugs are also available.

Easel Art
Perfect for the office, your child’s art will be beautifully printed on a 6″ x 6″ piece of heavyweight white glass. The glass is then displayed on a little wooden easel.  This compact cuteness is just the right size to sit on an office desk for all to admire.

Cufflinks
For the dad who is a little more formal, but also appreciates a little whimsy– a pair of cufflinks featuring your little one’s art will make a fun and unexpected gift.

Cookies
For the dad with the sweet tooth!  Your child’s drawing on cookies!

Daddy will treasure any one of these thoughtful Father’s Day gifts forever!  (Except for the cookies– he will eat them right away!)

Click on the links below to get to the retailers of these cute products!

Titanium Keychain-  http://www.etsy.com/listing/101882215/your-childs-drawing-on-key-chain-for-dad?ref=shop_home_active

Silver Keychain-  http://www.etsy.com/listing/100835194/fathers-day-your-childs-artwork-made?ref=shop_home_active

Wood Keychain-  http://www.etsy.com/listing/128405972/your-children-art-keychain-mothers-day?ref=shop_home_active

Mug with Lid- http://www.etsy.com/listing/104144203/sale-2-mugs-your-childs-art-on-2?ref=shop_home_feat

Traditional Mug- http://www.etsy.com/listing/112856210/childs-drawing-personalized-coffee-mug?ref=shop_home_active

Easel Art- http://www.etsy.com/listing/129664013/new-your-childs-art-on-glass?ref=shop_home_active

Cufflinks-  http://www.cuffart.com/photo_map_custom_cufflinks.htm

Cookies- http://www.splurgebakery.com/yta.php

Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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Artkive- the coolest app ever!

I’m an artsy mom. I adore children’s artwork, especially the masterpieces made by my kids! The problem I have is something I think all artsy moms can relate to.  My kid’s art is taking over my house!!!  It’s everywhere- hanging in the mud room, displayed on the kitchen cabinets, sitting on windowsills, taped to the walls, and decorating my desk. I also have boxes and boxes of masterpieces stored away. I just can’t bear the idea of throwing any of it away!

So what’s a mom to do? We can’t keep every piece of art our children create! I am super excited, because I think I have found the solution! It’s a new app called Artkive! This app is brilliant!! And so  simple to use! With it, you can archive all your kids’ art. Use your smart phone to photograph their art or upload photos from your camera roll. You can record your child’s grade and the date the art was made. You can also print and share your child’s masterpieces right form the app. This fall, they are adding the ability to print scrapbooks right from the app! So Cool!

Check it out at  artkiveapp.com or iTunes. The app is free for a limited time!

Lara
Owner of Kidcreate Studio and mom determined to reclaim the front of the refrigerator!