Posts tagged "Arts and Crafts"

Creating Magic With Arts and Crafts

By - POSTED Nov 29, 2012

We love the look of wonder on a child’s face after turning ordinary household items into creations that let their imaginations run wild. The idea is not just to create the most lifelike creations, but rather give the children items and a goal for what these things should become with a little effort. We love the creative use of cardboard tubes to make this gallant castle.

There are only several key things to consider when you indulge in craft time. Make sure you control the dangerous items such as scissors, sharp pens, and other such things.

Next, always make sure you have extra materials. You will be amazed how creative children will be when actually given the creative license to experiment. It’s impressive! Color is a big part of the creative process, so be sure to have between 32 and 64 colors on hand so they can feel free to express themselves.


Be sure to allow them to take the lead in creative direction, or else it will seem like a chore to the children. Don’t be afraid to let the project veer off into unknown territory. Sometimes that can be the fun part! Whether you choose to go big, or keep it simple, arts and craft time is an enriching experience for the entire family!

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Estella’s Top Pins for this Holiday Season

By - POSTED Nov 21, 2012

Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to explore wonderful arts and crafts ideas with your little ones. It is a fun, versatile activity that can showcase the creative sides of your children, while also making for some quality bonding time. We suggest something simple, and love the interactivity of these “hand turkeys”. Promote the festivities this thanksgiving the Estella way and give this one a try![See More]

Caramel Glazed Apple Bread. Not only is Thanksgiving a time for indulgence, we love the idea that it can be an amazing time to play with new recipes! Don’t be afraid to step away from thanksgiving staples like cranberry sauce. This mouthwatering recipe is surprisingly easy! We won’t give you the full details because discovery is half the fun! However, here’s what you’ll need:

1 1/2 cups shredded peeled baking apples (2 large), 1 cup packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup buttermilk, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 4 eggs, lightly beaten, 3 cups AP flour, 1/2 cup chopped pecans, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg.

For the Glaze you can use:  2 tablespoons butter or margarine, 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, 1 tablespoon milk, and 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted

A delicious treat awaits you! [See More]

We can’t say enough about décor this Thanksgiving. Too many families pour hours into preparation and neglect the presentation! Simplify your meal, and take the extra time to spruce up your dining space. You and your whole family will be happy you did! Fall colors, and artful touches will help make it a Thanksgiving to remember! [See More]

Thanksgiving is definitely a time to find inspiration from the season itself. The outdoors have plenty to offer, but now more than ever, it is a wonderful chance for your family and yourself to relish the beauty of autumn, and reflect on the things that matter the most. Enjoy the peaceful season’s natural beauty by making sure you stop to take everything in. Happy Thanksgiving, from Estella.[See More]

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