I know today's craft is not winning any awards for creativity but we had a blast making them. It was a wonderful day spent with a great friend and two beautiful daughters. The shell frame is such an easy craft it is great for little people.
We started our day at the amazing ArtScraps shop: 1459 St. Clair Ave. St. Paul, MN 55105. Charlotte my oldest (age 4) has been here for a birthday party and I have been meaning to visit this place ever since. It is a shop that sells "junk," you can use for crafting. I use junk like my husband would in reference to my basement craft stockpile. I think of it more like treasure. No more need to stock pile my basement with craft stuff just in case.
Art Start is a non profit organization that collects scraps, bits, and pieces of things to use in craft projects. They take donations and if you live in the area it is a great way to recycle some of your treasure. Art Start has a bunch of artists that work with schools and more. It is an amazing way to encourage recycling in a non traditional kind of way. I am so loving Art Start and Art Scraps please go check out there page, or shop and show some love. Tell them StitchesByJeni sent you
We picked up a bucket full of shells and two photo frames. The total cost for everything was $4.
Delilah was so proud. She wanted to take the frame and play with it like a toy. We had a talk about looking at our beautiful work. The talk didn't seam to help so I hung it up on the wall out of there reach. The girls now like to draw pictures to put in there frames. We have changed the photos out at least 3 times now.
Over all a great bonding experience. I will be going back to ArtScraps and maybe even volunteering to do some work for them. It is a truly wonderful place, there should be one in every neighborhood. The community is a better place when shops work to bring a community together in a responsible way.