Get Creative with Clay

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Silly Slugs

My kids have always loved creating with clay.  They can stay busy for hours on end punching and rolling those colorful blobs of dough into different shapes and sizes.

You can purchase ready-made clay and play dough from a store, but why spend money on it when you can make it at home with ingredients you probably have on hand in your kitchen pantry already?  Homemade clay and play dough is easy to make, and will get kids using their imaginations to create all kinds of wonderful objects like these slugs my oldest daughter S. created.

Please note:  These slugs were created with clay that came with school supplies and was not made from scratch.  We’re very fortunate to get a lot of clay at the beginning of the school year (shipped to us with our school supplies), which tends to last my kids a very long time.

Here are some recipes for making your own clay and play dough at home.  Enjoy! ;)

Do your kids love to create with clay?  Feel free to leave a comment below. ;)



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Poetry is Life

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This is a journal entry written by my 9 year old daughter, S.  She loves writing, creating lovely works of art, and of course pestering her older brother (of course the feeling is mutual).

Poetry is Life

by S.

Poetry is our life.  Poetry is our dreams.  Poetry should never be forgotten.  We are all poets in our own different ways.  Poetry surrounds us.  Poetry is our guide.

Poetry is a jewel that is precious to us.  Poetry is golden, just like life.  In life and poetry there are things we should never forget, so we should cherish both forever.

Have anything to say?  Feel free to leave a comment below. ;)

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It’s DIY Friday! | Easy DIY Weekend Projects

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DIY All Weekend Long

It’s Friday, and boy was it a beautiful one too!  So beautiful in fact, I’m totally late with my weekly DIY installment.  Here are some fun DIY projects sure to get your creative juices flowing.  Enjoy! ;)

  • Make Your Own Round Art Gallery: This is such a cool project!  I love the end result – a very chic, modern-looking home art gallery – and the best part?  You’re recycling those old paper rolls.  Totally cool, and totally green too!
  • DIY Wall Decals: This is such a fun project – it reminds me of some elementary school art projects I did way back when.  These would be great additions to a child’s room, or anywhere you’d like to add a sentimental, homey touch.
  • Up-cycled Junk Mail Projects: No matter how hard I try, I still get a ton of junk mail every week.  What to do with it?  Make some cool art projects with it.

Have a great DIY project you’d like to share?  Feel free to let us know – I’d love to feature it! ;)

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Peaceful Freebies

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I hate war.  I love peace.  If you love peace too, feel free to take these peace signs and post them on your blogs, or wherever you want to display your support for the peace movement.  Simply right-click and save as.  Do with them what you wish, but please do not claim them as your own or use them for monetary gain.  Linking them back to Green Earth Bazaar, or giving credit to my blog in some way would be greatly appreciated too.  Enjoy! ;)

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It’s DIY Friday! | Get Your Craft On!

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Another beautiful Friday, and that means some more DIY know-how.  This week I highlight some simple, fun, and cheap DIY projects to fuel your creativity!  Enjoy! ;)

  • Paper Flower Tutorial: This project from Dozi is so neat!  I love flowers, in fact I’m wearing some right now.  This paper flower tutorial is simple, quick, and cheap to make.  In fact you could turn this project into a recyled/upcycled project simply by using something like an old mailing envelope (you know the yellowish-orange kind), or some old greeting cards.  I made mine using a sheet of my kids art paper, and though the paper was rather thin, the flowers still turned out looking as they are supposed to.  This project took only a couple of minutes to make, and now I’d like to make some more in the future using better, heavier paper.
  • How to Decoupage a Notebook: I’m a sucker for pretty notebooks and journals, but who wants to spend a bunch of money on one when you can make it yourself?  This is a project I’ve been dying to try for some time, and this tutorial from Grace Violet makes it look super-duper easy, and pretty.  A great back-to-school project for older girls too.
  • Recycled Craft Supply Organizers: I love recycled stuff with a passion!  This project from Recyclart is the perfect way to organize your kids art supplies while getting rid of those dreaded half-gallon plastic milk jugs.  There aren’t any instructions with this project, but the photo is pretty self-explanatory.  A very creative and useful project.

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New Bloggy Freebies Page

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Hello lovely readers! I had some free tome to myself this weekend (the kids stayed over at Grandma’s house) and felt like getting creative, and played around with some photo editing software.  So, being the free-spirited generous person that I am (please, hold the applause – just kidding) I thought I’d create a new bloggy freebies section to Green Earth Bazaar, where I’ll share my own original bloggy artwork with my favorite green bloggy pals.  So feel free to check it out and take what you’d like.  I’m hoping to add to it often, so if you don’t see anything you like yet, check back periodically and you may find something that suits you.  Hope you enjoy. ;)

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It’s DIY Friday! | Fun Kid-Friendly Projects

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Happy Friday!  This week I’m changing up my DIY Friday! edition just a little bit.  Instead of offering up one of my own projects, I thought I’d share some links to some really fun, creative kid-friendly projects instead.

Now that summer’s in full swing, it’s the perfect time to get the kids busy on some fun summer projects.  So turn off the video games and the television set, and get those creative juices flowing!

  • Make a Flower Pot Pen Bouquet:  This is a great project that I can’t wait to do with my daughters.  These flower pens are so cute, and make a very cheerful addition to any desk or work area.  In fact, these floral pens are all over the place at my doctor’s office, and I’ve been wanting to make some for months now.
  • Homemade Play Dough Recipes:  Nothing keeps little hands busy for hours like good old fashioned play dough.  These recipes are simple, cheap, and very easy to make.  So go ahead and get your hands dirty!
  • Line Painting Flowers:  This project is so lovely!  I love this project so much I may have to use it for painting something other than a piece of paper.  It is geared toward older kids, ages 10 and up, but I’m sure you can adjust the project accordingly for younger children.

Enjoy, and have a great weekend! ;)

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It’s DIY Friday! | Upcycled Beaded Necklace Project

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TGIF!  It’s time again for another edition of DIY Friday.   This week I’m going to show you how I turned someone else’s unwanted chotchkes into a fun, chunky necklace for spring.

I love making beaded jewelry -  it’s one of my favorite pastimes.  For me, beading is more an exercise in relaxation than a creative outlet.  I find it really helps to calm and focus my busy brain when things in my life become too hectic.

A couple of days ago, while I was browsing through the goodies in my local hospice thrift store (another one of my favorite pastimes),  I stumbled upon some pretty beaded nick-knacky things – their intended use still evades me.  I knew the second I saw them I was going to take them apart and reuse the beads for a jewelry project of some sort.  Those beads just screamed re-use me.

When I got home, after dinner was made and the chores were done (yeah right, they’re never completely done), I unearthed some of my beading gear and got to work.  First, I carefully took off the beads I wanted to reuse, and then set out to find some other beads to put with them.  I knew from the get-go that I wanted to make some kind of chunky necklace with them – they just had that look.  Next, I measured and cut my beading wire to my desired length.  I wanted my finished necklace to be about 18 inches long, so I measured and cut about 23 inches of beading wire.  It’s always a good rule of thumb to cut about 5 inches more beading wire (or whatever stringing material you’re working with) than you need when making a necklace or bracelet.  This way you have enough material to work with and can easily make adjustments if necessary.  There’s nothing worse than spending all that time and creative energy on a project and then realizing your finished creation doesn’t fit the way you originally intended.

After picking out my beads to work with and cutting my beading wire, I began stringing my beads until I reached my desired finished length.  When making any kind of necklace, I like to carefully hold my project up to my neck and look into a mirror to get an idea of where my piece is going to lay before completely finishing it.  This way I can add or remove beads without damaging my stringing material.  I always keep in mind too, that I will be adding a clasp of some sort to the necklace, which will add more length to the piece.

Once I reached my desired length, I added my spacer beads, crimp beads, barrel clasp, and cut off the excess beading wire – all finished, and it took less than an hour to make.  Viola – a fun new piece to add to my jewelry collection (and to probably cut up and remake into something else at a later date).

Here’s what you’ll need to make a chunky necklace similar to mine:

*Note:  all beads used in my necklace were either faceted acrylic (plastic) beads, or glass seed beads.  Of course any large, chunky beads will do – let your imagination go with it!

  • 3 – 25 mm rondelle beads
  • 6 – 15 mm round beads
  • 2 – 10 mm round beads
  • 2 – 7 mm round beads
  • glass seed beads
  • 2 small silver tone spacer beads – bicone shaped
  • beading wire
  • 2 silver tone crimp beads
  • silver tone barrel clasp
  • crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters or scissors

All in all, this project only cost me 50 cents to make -  the cost of the mysterious beaded chotchkes (plus I gave my money to a really good cause – hospice care).  I used  beads and findings that were already in my jewelry craft box.  The only items that were ever purchased new were my jewelry tools, the beading wire, and the glass seed beads -  everything else was purchased second-hand.  Enjoy! :)

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