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COVID HAVE YOU DOWN? BLESSINGS ABOUND WHEN YOU GET CRAFTING

By Morgan Sprigler

Hello Fellow Crafters! I hope you are happy and healthy! The uncertainties COVID-19 has brought to our lives brought a new set of challenges for all of us, regardless of your circumstances. I am in the stage of life where I am attempting to raise two well-rounded, well-mannered little girls. If you are in a similar arena of life, I just have one
question for you: How much wine do you drink in a week? No, seriously.

It’s hasn’t been easy being the everything: The teacher, the chef, the housekeeper, the counselor, the entertainer, the laundry folder, the spill cleanerupper (and the list goes on and on, amirite?!). Our most important job right now, though, is to be the parent who reminds their children that they are safe and loved and that life can still be fun. This craft wraps all of that in one for our sweet kiddos and allows them to explore the beauty of
our earth, alongside their favorite person (YOU!) and creating something silly all in the name of fun!!

SUPPLIES:
Use what you have on hand – or take a trip
to Ben Franklin Crafts New Albany, 420 New
Albany Plaza, where they’re practicing social
distancing to ensure shoppers and staff stay
safe and can keep crafting.
• Scissors
• Paper
• Glue
• A ruler or a book for tracing
• Pencil
• Supplies from Nature

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STEP ONE My family has spent much of our time with three of our favorite little people, The Miller Triplets. Their family has spent much of their time safe at home like we have, so we made the decision to allow the kids to play outside together (which also offers a bit of a breather to their momma and to me). So, I sent the five of them into the back yard with baggies to collect their supplies. We talked about different trees, leaves and flowers and learned (from one of the trio, Beau) that if a ponytail holder is found outside, it is considered a part of nature. Like most things these days, I’ll allow it!

STEP ONE
My family has spent much of our time with three of our favorite little people, The Miller Triplets.
Their family has spent much of their time safe at home like we have, so we made the decision to allow the kids to play outside together (which also offers a bit of a breather to their momma and to me). So, I sent the five of them into the back yard with baggies to collect their supplies. We talked about different trees, leaves and flowers and learned (from one of the trio, Beau) that if a
ponytail holder is found outside, it is considered a part of nature. Like most things these days, I’ll
allow it!

STEP TWO I used my address book to trace our canvases onto poster board, because I thought the size would allow appropriate space for the kids to work in. For extra support, I traced two squares side by side, cut them out together, folded them together like a book, and then glued. You can do this with any paper you decide to use for make it more sturdy.

STEP TWO
I used my address book to trace our canvases
onto poster board, because I thought the size
would allow appropriate space for the kids to
work in. For extra support, I traced two squares
side by side, cut them out together, folded them
together like a book, and then glued. You can do
this with any paper you decide to use for make
it more sturdy.

STEP THREE Using sticks that we gathered, we measured and glued around the edge to create a frame.

STEP THREE
Using sticks that we gathered, we measured and glued around the edge to create a frame.

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STEP FOUR I worked with each child invididually to create their own vision out of the items they gathered. This was so much fun to see their little minds working. We ended up with a flower (Avery), a man with a belly button (Beau), a fiisherman (Quinn), a tree (Evelyn), a field of flowers (Genevieve), and a portrait of a quaratined mom holding a wine bottle (that would be me).

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