Emmalee’s Art-Abration was a Blast!

Emma and Vivian were blessed enough to be invited by a friend to Emmalee’s Art-Abration, hosted by Sherry’s Craftastic Cottage, this Art-Abration is an annual celebration event for families of children with special needs.  The goal was for the children to enjoy the gift of art and to build friendships in an inclusive environment and is a part of  Art-Ability, an inclusive art program for children of all abilities in grades K-12. 

Who is this Emmalee you ask?  Well, Emmalee is the daughter of Wayne and Tina, the founders of the Ability Tree, Florida.  And this day is to honor her and the gift from God from she is along with every single other child that He blesses us with, no matter their ability level!!!

Dad took Emma and Vivi this time to the event, so I missed out on the art fun and am telling the story second hand.  But apparently, it was loads and loads of fun!  Emma, Vivian, and all the kiddos there got to make their own paintings, and my girls came home with absolutely gorgeous snowman paintings(as you can see below)!  They must have had a good time because Vivi had enough paint on her in various places that she needed to take a quick shower to get all cleaned up before meeting up with Grandma and Grandpa for lunch (don’t worry, it washes of the kiddos and the clothes!).  Emma said she fun paining too, of course! 

A great BIG THANK YOU to Sherry’s Craftastic Cottage and Ability Tree for a wonderful event that my little girls thoroughly enjoyed and my hubby got to have some Daddy — Daughter time at!!!

Poppy Children’s Craft for Veteran’s Day


For the upcoming Veteran’s Day, I came up with this simple, easy and fun craft you can do with your kids, and give to local veterans as a token of your appreciation!

These red poppies akin those found in the official poster for Veterans Day and the infamous poem Flanders Field by John McRae, written during World War I.

Red Poppy Craft Supplies:

  • Red Cupcake Liners
  • Black Craft Paper (or construction paper) circles
  • Green Pipestems
  • Green or Yellow Brads, alternatively, Green Buttons
  • Red Markers
  • Scissors
  • Nail to make hole through paper for brad

Step 1:  Take two Red Cupcake Liners (the ones shown here are mini cupcake liners).  First liner, outline the edge of the liner with red marker (I used a Sharpie).  Second liner, cut about half an inch off the edge, and then outline the edge with red marker, the same way as the first.

Step 2:  Cut a piece of the black craft paper in a circular shape (not perfect) so that it is just a bit smaller than the inside edge of the bottom part of the liner.

Step 3: Stack your pieces – Whole liner, trimmed liner, black circle.

Step 4: Pierce with nail. Then add decorative brad and/or green button.

Step 6:  Fold a Pipe Stem in half and twist around back of brad.

And your finished red field poppy! Very pretty!

Here are a few of our poppies. We plan on passing them out at a local nursing home to the resident veterans tomorrow afternoon!

i hope you enjoy this fun and patriot craft.