Orange Art Box Giveaway

Got a Creative Kid in you Life?  

Looking for something different to keep them busy this summer?

I’m giving away the May Orange Art Box Kit to one lucky person.

To enter all you need to do is leave a comment telling me who you’d give the kit to.

Deadline to enter is tomorrow, Wednesday 5-01-19    (US only)

For extra chances you can also leave a comment on my Facebook and Instagram pages.

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Here’s a silly video of my grandson’s opening up the April Orange Art Box.

To see what the boys made click here.

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If you are looking for something different for your kids to do this summer

you might want to look into the Orange Box Kit.

It’s available to purchase as a 1, 3, 6 or 12 month subscription.

Perfect gift for that budding artist.

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The Orange Art Box

Looking for something to keep the kids busy this summer and end the “I’m bored”.

I was recently introduced to the Orange Art Box which is an Art Subscription Box for Kids.

As you might know…I love doing crafts with my grandsons

and because the box is geared for kids ages 5-12, it was right up our alley.

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I was so impressed with the concept that I’ve agreed to do a monthly post with the boys for the

next few months using the products we receive in each month’s kit.

With Summer Vacation around the corner it’s a perfect activity to keep the boys busy.

***Make sure to read to the bottom for a chance to win the May Orange Art Box.***

What’s inside the Orange Art Box?

A collection of projects every month to inspire your artist.

Every Orange Art Box is designed with a feature project and multiple smaller projects

for hours of fun!

The boys and I did a short video of them opening their Orange Art Boxes.

It was seriously like opening a Christmas Gift.

You may notice in the video that they were just a little bit excited.

The theme for April was Mosaics…the April Orange Art Box included a wooden box, a large bag of mosaics, mod podge, brush, book mark, door knob hanger, tissue paper squares, 6 color scented pen and a folder of ideas, tips, patterns and instructions.

Enough projects to keep them busy for quite a while.

The boys all time favorite item was the six color “smelly” pen.   

The first thing they wanted to do was work on their boxes.   

It’s fun to see their creative minds at work.

I really think this will be a fun summer activity for the boys.

Nick’s Box with a combination of mosaics and decoupaged tissue paper.

Warren’s Box with a random artistic mosaic pattern.

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If you are looking for something different for your kids to do this summer

you might want to look into the Orange Box Kit.

It’s available to purchase as a 1, 3, 6 or 12 month subscription.

Perfect gift for that budding artist.

Intrigued?  Know someone who would enjoy a Orange Art Box?

For a chance to Win May’s Orange Box Kit. 

Leave a comment on this post telling me who you’d give the kit to. 
Deadline to Enter 5-01-19.         (US only)
For extra chances you can also leave a comment on my Facebook and Instagram pages.

May’s Orange Art Box which is all about birds, birdhouses and feathers.

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Gnome Gardening with Boys

Gnome Gardening with boys can be kind of tricky.

You need to be extremely prepared and very patient.

It’s messy and everything moves real quickly.

Earlier this summer the boys and I created Gnome Gardens.

It’s our annual tradition.  (Nicholas and I’ve been doing this for 5 years)

Thanks to some wonderful supplies donated by Leisure Arts, Inc.

and a few left over items from previous gardens we had a wonderful time and a lot of fun.

Leisure Arts Mini Garden Supplies…        (*affiliate link)

LeisureArts.com has a fun selection to choose from.

For our Gnome Gardens I like to use succulents, plants specific for mini gardens

and plants that won’t get too big.  And of course good potting soil!

Spray bottles are also a must.  (beware you might WILL get wet!)

Making the Gnome Gardens are a fun way to spend time with the boys.

The boys get to plant, water, watch the plants grow and play with the gnomes.

It’s very educational.

Nick’s Gnome Garden

For Nick’s Gnome Garden we used an old broken down wagon. 

It’s fun to use unconventional items when Gnome Gardening.

Warren’s Gnome Garden

For Warren’s Gnome Garden we used a simple round planter bowl. 

I think it turned out real cute. 

I’m still on the look-out for something a little bit different for his garden next year.

All and all it’s fun, rewarding and hopefully something they’ll remember in the future.

Maybe, just maybe, I’m installing a love of gardening.

Emerson the Littlest Brother  (maybe next year)

Nick and Grandma’s very first mini garden (Read about it HERE!)

Crafts for Kids

A Special Thanks to Leisure Arts for providing the Mini Garden Supplies. 

We think you’re awesome!

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Sue and Nick’s Deflecto Craft Caddy Challenge

Deflecto Craft Caddy Challenge…

When I worked in the Deflecto Booth last January at the Creativation Show,

each day of the show Deflecto held a Craft Caddy Challenge.

The challenge was to see who could fill their craft caddy the fastest.

It quickly became extremely competitive.  (but fun!)

The challenge looked like so much fun, I decided to create one of my own.

Of course, I wanted to race someone closer to my own speed.

Nick enjoyed the caddy challenge so much that when my nieces came over to swim later,

he challenged them.  He was a lot faster by then.

Here’s a quick video I made last year showing all the features of the caddy.

 

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Sowing seeds of Love

Mini Garden Double Layout

There’s nothing better than spending quality time with someone you love.

I knew as soon as I saw the pictures from “Nick and Grandma’s Mini Garden”, our special project, they would make wonderful scrapbook pages.   (see the original post here)  Lucky for me, my design team packet for The Paper Forest was the garden themed collection “Herbs & Honey” from Basic Grey.

I choose to keep the layouts simple with a focus on the story and the pictures.

Garden Layout #1Mini Garden Layout #2

Nick and Grandma’s Mini Garden

A few weeks ago, Nick and I talked about making a special project.

I decided we should make a miniature garden for him to help me take care of.

Saturday, my little buddy came over to help me work on it.

Garden Tools

We had previously collected moss, sticks, bark and rocks for our project.

I added some mini plants (for fairy gardens), potting soil, a small park bench, tiny garden fence,

green spray bottle and a set of teeny tiny tools.

While cleaning out the garage a couple of weeks ago, I almost threw out this rusty broken

wagon.  I’m so glad I decided to keep it.   It was perfect for our mini garden.

Nick with Tools

All I needed was one excited 3 1/2 year old to help me.

Nick working in the garden

I added a piece of paper towel over the holes in the bottom of the wagon and we filled it

with potting soil.  I added the small fence, large flat rock and bench.  I let Nick finish the rest.

Nick loved digging in the dirt and adding the plants.

Garden Close Up

We put rocks around the little fence and even added a chicken to our garden.

Nick watering the tulips

Occasionally, Nick had to stop and water other things.  Like my tulips.

Grandma and Nick's Special Garden w watermark

I don’t know who was more excited about the garden, him or me.

picnic lunch

Since, grandpa had brought the little white picnic table up from the barn.

Nick decided we needed to have a picnic lunch.  All in all, a day very well spent.

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