Creative Tuesday: Curly Hearts

Welcome to Creative Tuesdays!
I continue offering very very simple crafts that are easy to make with younger and older children and easy to supervise by so-called non-crafty parents!
As the Father’s Day is approaching, you can see so many various crafts posted. I posted The Longest Picture idea last week and today I offer you Curly Hearts. It could be a simple collage or a part of a DIY card. This craft is also suitable for any other occasion: Mother’s Day, Women’s Day, birthdays.
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The materials you need are construction paper for the card/collage base, cut out heart and several straps of paper which could be the same in length or different; and glue.
The steps are very simple:
Glue the straps in a circle, securing only the top part and leaving the ends free.
Glue the heart on top.
Take a pencil or a marker and curl the ends.
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Your curly heart is ready!
How do you celebrate Father’s Day (if you do at all?)

Moms Supporting Moms: To Be a Mother

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“Women are the bearers of life-loving energy. Ours is the task of deepening that passion for life and separating from all that threatens life, all that diminishes life; becoming who we are as women; telling/living the truth of our lives; shifting the weight of the world”

~ Barbara Zanotti

I took the inspiration for the title of my blog from the book with the same name by Wendi Momen  –  a compilation of Writings from different Dispensations, poems, inspirational quotes and letters on motherhood.

Motherhood is sometimes looked at as an obligation that women must bear. Little do these people know that in fact motherhood is a blessing to our humanity and mothers have one of the highest station in the eyes of God. Every culture, tradition, religion gives a very special attention to motherhood.

So, what does it mean – to be a mother? Some would say it is to get through pregnancy and bear a child. Some would say it is just to bring up a child. I’d say, motherhood starts when the baby arrives to a mother, by the means of birth or adoption. Pregnant women are mothers, and expecting to adopt women are mothers too. They equally anticipate the arrival of this little bundle of joy into their arms. They plan and prepare for the birth of this baby. Even before this baby is conceived, they plan ahead for their formal, moral and spiritual education.

In our age we should pay more attention to girls’ education and upbringing. For they grow to be the first educators of the humankind. They play the main role in their children’s life and it is the mother who plants the seeds of character into the child’s personality.

I could go on praising mothers and motherhood – I am not the only one. I am a mother myself and before my children were born, every time I thought of being a stay-home mom I’d get shrugs. But when I got pregnant with our first daughter, when I first held her in my arms, the motherhood embraced me. I saw that I could not see myself separated from this little creature and I am forever grateful to my husband who supported and continues supporting my decision to stay home and raise our children.

My hope is that every mother gets to enjoy motherhood as much as I do. I am always compassionate towards and supportive of my mommy friends. I try to help with whatever possible, even if just with some cheerful words.

I wish that this year’s mother’s day we all made a promise to ourselves to help mothers around us: even if just to hold the door for the mom with a child or a pregnant woman; give our seat to a mother despite her age; offer to help choose some items at the shop; and simply smile and tell a mom it is going to be alright when her child throw a tantrum or has a meltdown somewhere public.

Whether you had good relationship with your mom or not, try being supportive to other mothers. Motherhood is not an easy task. It is a 24 hours, 365/366 days a year job that requires a lot of strength, emotions. And no matter whether it is your first or 5th child, motherhood is a never ending school of life, laughter, sadness, frustration, pride for our children’s achievements, falling down and getting up together with our families.

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I would live to offer this wonderful prayer for women all over the world, for all the mothers who are working hard to make this world a better place for everyone:

“Thine handmaid, O my Lord, hath set her hopes on Thy grace and bounty. Grant that she may obtain that which will draw her nigh unto Thee and will profit her in every world of Thine. Though art the Forgiving. the All-Bountiful. There is none other God but Thee, the Ordainer, the Ancient of Days.”

~ Baha’u’llah

Celebrating the differences of Motherhood is brought to you by our host, Inspired by Family, and by the following contributing blogs:

Kids Activities Blog, Rainbows within Reach, Powerful Mothering, Fun-a-Day, The Pleasantest Thing, Royal Baloo, Laly Mom, True Aim, Kids Stuff World, Milk and Cuddles, The Imagination Laboratory, Smiling like Sunshine, Teach Beside Me, JDaniel 4’s Mom, Kitchen Counter Chronicle, My Nearest and Dearest, Nate and Rachel, Two-Daloo, Mamas Like Me, Mama Miss, One Mommy, Creative World of Varya.

International Women’s Day Craft

Did you know that March 8th is the International Women’s Day? Growing up in Soviet Union, it was widely celebrated in Soviet block countries hence proclaimed International. And in Russia until now we only have Women’s Day which is also our Mother’s Day.

Living in China we continue celebrating this day and today we made some craft with tots and then with my daughter – construction paper flowers. It is a very simple craft which can be used for many different occasions – Mother’s Day, Teacher’s Day, Women’s Day, Birthdays

My daughter made a flower for each teacher in her old and new class plus for 2 more administrators who always take care of her (one is our closest friend). Hers were placed in paper cups. The tots made flower beds for their grandmas and moms to take home.

What you will need:

Strips of green construction paper

Cut-out flowers (with my daughter we made double layer, with tots – single layer)

+ small yellow circles for the middle

Double-sided tape

Glue

Paper cups (for individual flowers)

Paper plates (for flower beds)

Pieces of construction paper slightly cut for grass (for flower beds)

How to do it:

1. Apply some glue on one end of the strip, roll it, glue the ends together. Form the circles into drop shapes and places into the paper cups. These are your stems.

2. Now apply a little glue in the middle of the big flower and stick the smaller one on top. Fold the petals of the small flower slightly up.

3. Apply some glue on the yellow circles and stick them in the middle of the flowers.

4. Turn the flowers upside down and put pieces of double-sided tape on the bottom.

5. Take the paper off the tape and stick the flowers on top of the stems.

 

6. You can secure the stems in the cups with double sides paper

For the flower bed version:

Apply double sided tape on the plate. Remove the paper and stick the flowers and the “grass” on top (check out the very first picture in this post).

Do you celebrate International Women’s Day? I’d love to know about it!

Paper bag with cupcake liner flower

We loved making the paper bag with cupcake liner flowers! It is simple and it is a great gift for Mother’s Day.

Note: estimate all measurements according to how big you want your bag and your flowers.

You will need:

1. A rectangular piece of construction paper as big as you want your bag to be. Other thick paper would also do. Best to use colorful paper.

2. Two cupcake liners

3. Six circles, 4 pink and 2 white

4. Six petal shaped green pieces of paper

4. Gift wrapping ribbon

5. Glue

6. Double-sided tape

How to do it:

1. First, fold your construction paper into half. Put the double-sided tape o each side, stick the ends of the ribbon at the top and then glue the sides together.

2. In the middle of the paper bag, at the top, stick the first cupcake liner, bu applying the glue in the middle of it and leaving the ends free. Then stick the 2nd liner on top of the first. Prop the ends up and shape them a little as you wish.

3. Fold circles into half. First, apply glue on one half of the pink circle and stick to the bag, leave the other half free. Do the same with the second pink circle and stick it very close to the first one. Now apply glue to the white circle, both sides, and stick it to the pink circles, to the halves that you left without gluing together. Repeat it for the other circles. Place circles at the opposite sides of the bag. Here you can let your imagination run free: choose your own color combinations and where you’d like to position the flowers!

4. Apply glue to the leaf-shaped pieces of paper and stick them under each flower – you get your “stem”.

5. Your bag is ready!

See the picture on how the bag should look like!

Enjoy the fun of making this bag and thank you for reading my blog!