5 easy craft ideas for kids who can’t bear to throw away their valentines


What to do with all of those classroom valentines? If your kid’s sentimental, tossing them may be tricky. Some kids are born “savers.” They resist decluttering because they’re attached to the feelings or memories associated with the item in question. My daughter is a saver…she doesn’t even like it when I weed through her outgrown clothes. But […]

Valentine hack: Heart-shaped cookie cutters are useful for more than cookies

At Amazon: Wilton Nesting Cookie Cutter Set (affiliate link)

This hack first appeared here in 2008, and it epitomizes the forehead-smack quality of the obvious tip that wasn’t obvious to me till someone said it out loud. Zed’s hack might inspire you to dig out those heart-shaped cutters (or buy a set for a few bucks). — Asha Zed shares the versatility of the humble cookie cutter: […]

Why “art career” isn’t a contradiction in terms: my behind the scenes look at “The Boxtrolls”

Adjusting props on the set of The Boxtrolls

Last Spring I was invited to LAIKA for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how The Boxtrolls was made. “Behind-the-scenes” anything is fascinating. But I was especially excited to learn about (and share with you) an example of a vital workplace filled with artists and technicians. Especially because my daughter is a budding artist herself.