Arts & Crafts & creativity in school age children

Do you have an creative child with a wild imagination? do your children have a  strong love for arts n crafts?  Some people overlook those who are creative or lovers of arts n crafts but it is important to know what benefits arts n crafts can provide for small children. This article will explain to you the types of skills that can be developed with arts n crafts, and help you further understand the concept of creativity. If  you have a creative child, make sure to encourage them so they can develop their skills and do what they love!   

Creativity is one of those words that is bursting with VITALITY. It’s full of life, full of passion, and full of spirit. Creativity has positive associations for nearly EVERYONE.

Do YOU make a habit of CREATIVITY? Do you ever think or say, “On our playground, creativity is a priority?” If creativity is one of your priorities, here are Seven Good Things for You to Know about the value of arts and crafts in child development.

Seven Good Things for You to Know . . . about How the Arts Help Children Grow

1.       Know the difference between arts and crafts

2.       Separate art as process from art as product (read more)

The great wonders of clay

To learn more about clay couldn’t be more fun and need I say, very interesting.  Some of the world’s most cherished works of art were made from clay!  Although there are many different types of clay around today, you can create great works of arts or even some great jewelry with the clay of your choosing.

Take a look at these gorgeous pieces listed on this site. Each piece speaks it’s own story and mystery to the wonders of clay!



Stacie Laurell Crafts is having a special sale

We are having a special July Summer Sale on clay on ebay. You can click on the link below to view!

Stacie Laurell Crafts July Summer Clay Sale


Office Supply DIYs

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May usually marks the end of the semester at universities, which means many people are entering the workforce or even starting a cool summer internship! If you want to jazz up your desk, check out these cool DIYs that will take your office supplies to the next level!

IMG_8211 copyPlanning doesn’t need to be plain! This paint chip calendar from Me and My DIY is a fantastic way to introduce color into your daily routine.

pencils7Camille Styles created these fun printed pencils that will ensure your pencils will never go missing.

office4Camille Styles did it again with these fun embroidered office supplies!

mainimageModcloth doesn’t only office adorable office attire, they also created a bunch of cute office DIYs that are sure to make you the envy of all of your coworkers!

07 Binder ClipsWashi tape is a pretty amazing DIY supply. It can transform almost anything with a couple of strips!

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Victorian Salt Clay

ImageI have been considering selling Victorian Salt clay in my store. I’m not sure how popular this type of clay is and if anyone would buy it but it is easy to make. Ingredients are salt and flour. Of course I add other secret ingredients to make ours extra special :)  I love the way the clay looks when it’s finished. It looks just like stone. It does take longer to dry than our air dry cold porcelain clay but the great thing about Victorian Salt Clay is that it can be baked in the oven. It will typically take longer to bake than traditional polymer clay but you can bake it for at least up to 2 hrs on low moderate heat. It’s completely non toxic and when dried as hard as a rocki! very durable and lasts for a very long time. I would assume you would have to seal this clay with a sealant which shouldn’t be hard to do. However i’m not sure if it can hold water if you used the clay to make a bowl. I think I will definitely do some experiments with it before offering it for sale in my store. Would you buy Victorian Salt Clay or make it yourself? 


Stacie Laurell


Are you that kind of person that really hates working for other people? it’s an uncomfortable feeling for you and you just can’t wait to leave? Well you may have an entrepreneur bug! You may want to consider starting and running your own business. I have always hated working for other people. It made me extremely unhappy. One thing i hated in particular was when I was a nanny and the mother was home from work they would keep me around anyways, i guess so i can use up all the time they paid me for. In fact i’ve been in situations where the whole family was home, even grandma and they still kept me around. It was very frustrating and irritating. I felt kind of like a paid slave. I had to sit around and stare with nothing to do because well, everyone’s home so what is there for me to do? I always said that if I ended up with a nanny that i would never do that to her. 

I hate selling my time. I hate feeling bought. There is no joy for me in working for others. The only joy i get is spending time with cute children other than that it is not for me. But we all have bills and sometimes have no choice but to work. What should you do then? work! i guess, but still pursue your business on the side. I know some of you wish you could quit now. You don’t want to wait 5 years for your business to pick up in order to pay the bills. I totally understand. I suppose you will have to keep thinking about the ultimate goal and the time when you can say ” I quit” but until that day comes try reading lots of books on your business area. Keep yourself motivated. Read entrepreneur magazines! visit websites, facebook pages and blogs regarding your business. Keeping yourself motivated will help you through your “God i hate my job” moments :) If you never give up it will come. It can be so hard to keep going when you don’t see the fruits of your labor but you have to keep pushing. There’s always a light at the end of the tunnel!


stacie Laurell