Creative Family Advent Printable Calendar

It’s almost December!  I made this Creative Family Advent Printable Calendar so that you can have a visual of the days ahead.  Print it out, stick it on the fridge, and stay inspired to connect with your family through art, music, brainstorming, creative writing, storytelling, and more.  If you want more details about each activity and…

Slowing Down This Christmas Season (Creative Family Advent 2018)

Christmas is coming, and I am longing to anticipate it with more wonder and joy.  With slowness and purpose, deep gratitude and a supernatural ability to see beyond the busyness into the sacred.  I want us to savor these days as a family and make memories that will last well after the childhood years have…

The Word That’s Worth A Thousand Pictures

I will start out this post by saying I have yet to figure this out.  It is a problem that I have wrestled with for years, especially the years since I have become a mother.  It is a problem that seems to grow with each child we add to this family.  And even though it…

Today (Making Creativity Happen)

Please tell me you’ve gotten behind on your Creative Family Advent. (((Well, I have too.))) Just checking back in here to tell you (and myself) that it is ok!  This doesn’t have to happen every day, and you do not have to go back and make up what you missed.  If you have participated in…

Share a Story: Creative Family Advent Day 2

Have your children read a story, record it, and text it to a friend or family member today!  Ask them to send you a story back.  Kind of like pen pals, but with audio.  This is what we are doing for Day 2 of The Creative Family Advent. I love hearing these little voices.  Maybe…

Creative Family Advent, 25 Days of Ideas for Savoring the Season

I love Christmas.  I loved it as a child, and I love it even more as a mother of children.  It is so beautiful to see their little faces come alive at the first sight of Christmas lights or trees.  Hearing them practicing their Christmas carols, thinking of the transformation that is about to come…

The Nutcracker Paper Dolls and Gift Idea

Merry Christmas from The Paper Doll Club!  Here is the promised Week 2 of The Nutcracker Doll Set with Clara and The Mouse King.  (Last week we posted The Nutcracker and The Sugar Plum Fairy.)  Hope you enjoy them.  Rosie made a beautiful Clara doll, and I think you will agree that Kells’ Mouse King…

The Nutcracker Paper Dolls

The kids and I got really inspired this week, and we are happy to share with you Part 1 of The Nutcracker Paper Doll Set.  We will be sending Part 2 next week, so after you color these and cut them out (while listening to The Dance of the Sugarplum Fairies, of course!), save them so…

The Snow Child Paper Dolls

This week’s paper dolls were inspired by a beautiful play that the girls and I saw with a friend over the weekend.  It was based on a Russian folktale called The Snow Child, about a barren couple who build a child out of snow.  Through love and magic, the child comes to life.  The play…

Paper Nativity from The Paper Doll Club

Just in time for Advent, here is this week’s Paper Doll Set.  We all pitched in on this one (I think you will especially like Kells’s angel!).  This is such a beautiful time of year. Enjoy your paper nativity.  There are more characters in this great story.  Can you draw them and add them to…

15 Days of Handmade: Etsy Shop Reopens

Our etsy shop is back up and running!  Today I posted several new items–some hats, journals, and Randy’s awesome guitar string bracelets.   In celebration of the holidays, of friendship, love, and glue and paper, I am going to be posting a new item to my etsy shop every day for the next 15 days….