Etsy’s Best Mother’s Day Gifts!

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.

Sunshine Bracelets

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!

Mom’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 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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“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

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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Spring Break Art Activities!

Spring Break Art Activities!

Keep your kids busy over spring break with these fun art projects!

No school days don’t have to be a no learning days! Here are some fun (and educational) art lessons from the Kidcreate Studio blog.

 Cassatt Monoprints
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 MondrianBe Square . . . Make a Mondrian Inspired Masterpiece!
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 Escher Tessellations
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 I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream! (Claes Oldenburg and Wayne Theibaub) 
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 Action Painting (Jackson Pollock)
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 Magnificent Monet
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 Haring’s Pop Art People!
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Escher Tessellations

Escher Tessellations

Relativity

M.C. Escher was known for the “impossible structures” shown in his art. He was also considered the ‘Father’ of modern tessellations.

An example of one of Escher’s “impossible structures” can be seen in Relativity. Look at this picture. Try to figure out which way the people are walking. Can you do it?

Escher’s art is filled with mathematical relationships between shapes, figures and space. He even wrote papers on math later in his life. Amazing since, as a child, he didn’t do well in math class!

Try this tessellation
art project at home-

 

Supplies-

  • Index card
  • Large sheet of white paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape
  • Black marker
  • Crayons, color pencils or paints

ART KIDBIT: 
TESSELLATIONA tessellation is composed of a picture or tiles, mostly in the form of animals, which cover the surface of a plane in a symmetrical way without overlapping or leaving gaps. That’s a pretty complicated definition for something that looks like it is made out of interlocking puzzle pieces! Escher 49 is an example of a tessellation.

Instructions-

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1) With your pencil draw a line from left to right across the index card. The line can be straight or squiggly. (Figure 1)

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2) Draw a line from top to bottom on the index card. Again, the line can be straight or squiggly. (Figure 2)

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3) With scissors, cut along the lines. You should end up with 4 pieces. (Figure 3)

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4) Rotate the pieces so the outer corners (corners marked x on the diagram) touch. Tape the shapes together. Now you have created a stencil for your tessellation. (Figure 4)

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tesselations_figure55) Look at the shape you created. What does it look like? Does it look like a flower, a turtle or maybe a frog? Decide what it is going to be. You will be coloring it in later. We decided that the shape in our example would be a flower. (Figure 5)

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6) On your large piece of paper, use the stencil to create a repeating pattern. If you did the stencil correctly, your outlines should fit together like a puzzle.  (Figure 6)

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tessellations_figure77) Use your crayons, color pencils or paints to color in each of your objects. Alternate colors to create a really cool pattern. (Figure 7)

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Magnificent Monet

Magnificent Monet

Claude Monet was born in 1840. When Monet began painting, the rules about art were very different. Painting outdoors was considered unartistic. Instead of outdoor scenes, artists were encouraged to paint subjects from history or myth. But Monet loved to paint outdoors. He liked to set up his easel and paint right on the spot in order to capture the first moment he saw a scene. This new way of painting was called en plein air.

Monet especially loved painting water. He always wanted to be near the sea. Would you like to paint water just like Monet? Try the project below.

ART KIDBIT: en plein air

 En plein air is French for “outdoors”. The term is used to describe the act of painting outdoors. In en plein air painting, the painter paints the actual conditions present outdoors at the time of the painting. 

Monet Beach Scene Art Project

Have you ever been to the beach? Picture a beach scene. Are the waves big or is the water smooth? Is it a sunny day with lots of light reflecting off the water or a raining day with dark murky water? What does the sky look like? Fluffy white clouds? Dark rainy clouds? Or maybe a beautiful red, orange and yellow sunset?

What you will need:

  • White paper
  • Tempera paints in several colors
  • Paint brushes
  • Markers


Instructions: 

1)       Begin your beach scene by painting the sand. Using one of your brushes, gently dab the tip of the brush up and down on the paper. You want to create the texture of sand so dab up and down, don’t brush side to side.
2)       Next begin painting the water. Remember your beach scene. What did the waves look like? What colors did you see in the water? Using your brush, swirl lines if you want to show rough water or paint smooth horizontal lines if you want to show calm water. Try mixing blue paint with purple, green or white to create the perfect water color.
3)       The last part to paint is the sky. As you paint the sky, you can add curving lines to show wind.
4)       After your painting is dry, get out your markers and go back to add some finishing touches. Draw people, beach towels or maybe add some sparkling reflections to the water.

 

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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!

Make a Difference, While Making a Great Living!

Open a Kidcreate Studio and use the power of art to positively influence the lives of children.

Click here to learn more about franchise opportunities with Kidcreate Studio.

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Don’t Miss These Holiday Classes!

Don’t Miss These Holiday Classes!

Silly Santa Art ClassIt’s Not Too Early to Start Thinking About Christmas!

The holiday decorations are up at the mall and you probably know someone that already has most of their holiday shopping done. Don’t miss out on these holiday classes! Register today!

  

 

 

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Saturday 12/16, 5:30-8:30
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Mommy’s Time Off- Silly Santa (3-9 years)
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