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Wading River Local Market

Wading River Local Market

Wading River Local Market

 

I have recently been working with an amazing group of local small business owners at The Wading River Local Market located in the loft space of Thrifts and Gifts 302 North Country Road Wading River NY 11792. The market is open Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm and some Fridays as well.
Each week this market brings together different local businesses to try to revamp the stagnating business district in Wading River. The market is a great way to help support your local farms through purchasing fresh produce/dairy/breads and even plants and flowers. You can get hand made jewelry, scarves, hats, soy candles, pet treats and so much more!
Every weekend the market tries to bring in new and different vendors to help spread the word about great small businesses right in your area. We are always looking for new vendors so if you or someone you know is looking to participate send us an email at Wadingriverlocalmarket@hotmail.com.
This weekend December 14th we are hosting a wine and cheese socail and announcing raffle winners!! Tickets are $1 or if you bring in a non-perishable food item you get a ticket for free!! We have set up adorbs gift baskets for you to win for the holidays and all of the proceeds go to the local food bank.
Visit us on Facebook or on Twitter to learn about the latest updates on events, specials and local news!

 

The Best of Making Things by Ann Sayre Wiseman

The Best of Making Things

The Best of Making Things

 

 

 

I talk about this all of the time! I am always looking for projects that involve around the house items that are educational. I have to say that the projects in The Best of Making Things sound like way more fun than most of the projects I have found. Every review I have seen so far for this book is top marks all the way around! This is very exciting for me to see.  I can’t even lie I want to get the book just to test out the projects myself.  I am particularly interested in the cardboard box loom!!

You can find this amazing book and many others at Chelsea Green Publishing. If you have read The Best of Making Things or tried any of the projects let me know! I would love to hear how they turned out.

Description: Why go to the mall when you can make things at home using materials recycled from around the house?
This classic educational and creative text features 125 projects, carefully selected by the author to “develop natural curiosity and self-esteem,” and to demonstrate “simple and important concepts that have shaped the cultures of the world.”
So when a child asks, “What can I do?” you can reply, “Make things! Paper from laundry lint! A bird feeder from clothes hangers! Chocolate pudding finger paintings! Beautiful fish & potato prints! A cardboard box loom that teaches weaving and math! A simple pattern to sew shirts, pants, or dresses!”
The author’s detailed and delightful drawings fill every page “so that children just starting out and grownups who have missed out can quickly grasp the ideas.”
About the Author: Ann Sayre Wiseman developed this book while Program Director of the Boston Children’s Museum Visitor’s Center. A therapist, teacher, mother, and grandmother, Ms. Wiseman has written more than a dozen books. She is also an artist with work in the Rockefeller and Hirschorn collections, among others.

Edible Art Supplies

Edible Art Supplies

Edible Art Supplies

 

 

Wee Can Too makes edible art supplies which are probably one of the coolest things I have seen. We know it is important to cultivate creativity in our youth but sometimes we have to consider the options of ruining the house or eating the supplies or even getting the art all over themselves instead. Even if a child doesn’t ingest the paint/marker/crayon etc. it can be just as scary when they get it all over them. The contents in some everyday art supplies are plain scary.
Wee Can Too has taken all of these fears into consideration to bring parents and teachers alike a slew of great supplies that are non-toxic, vegan, contain no wheat or sugar and are completely edible if the young artist decides to taste test their artwork. Wee Can Too offers 8 different edible art supplies that are sure to please parents and kids. You can also feel better when your pet wants to be helpful or investigate the scene and tracks paint all over the place or want to taste test the supplies as well you can be less nervous about expensive vet trips.
Wee Can Too is great for school too I think. Teachers can worry a little bit less about their students eating crayons or ruining their clothes during craft time or art class.  I really am excited and can’t wait to try some of these products myself.

Here is a little more about Wee Can Too:
The eco friendly, organically edible paints are amazing. They are completely safe for your kids and edible in case they decide to put their little hands into their mouth, which has been known to happen while finger painting. Already capturing the east coast market, we are moving to the Midwest with our finger paints, making baby, toddler, and children painting fun again! Wee Can Too is all the rage with mommy bloggers, autistic children for art therapy, babies, toddlers, and we would love to share them with you!

The Beagles Green Tips for Turkey Day

Green Turkey Day Tips
Green Turkey Day Tips

 

 

 

Turkey Day is almost here and every year I post plenty of do it yourself decorations, crafts and activities to green up your Thanksgiving. There are some tips I mention over and over because they are that important. Thanksgiving has become a holiday of gluttony and not thanks for anything in my opinion. Try really being thankful this year and try to give back to the earth.

1. Save the seeds from your dinner and plant them when you can. You can also include the dried and cleaned seeds in a holiday gift for people who attended your Thanksgiving. Give them something to remind them how thankful they should be. You should be thankful for those seeds, they gave you a great meal.  Maybe if properly cared for you can serve those very veggies at your next holiday meal.

2. STAY LOCAL! Get your produce from local farm stands or local grocers. This season for fall harvesting didn’t do that well for some fruits and veggies. I know by me apples took a hard hit locally. You want to keep your neighborhood from becoming a ghost town? You want to make sure you have places to spend your money near you than purchase from around you. Not at the chain places at the Mom and Pop places. Helping your community helps you.

3. Compost all of your leftovers. If you can’t give things away,eat them all or reuse them in other recipes compost them for your yard. No need to throw food into the trash. Depending on what we have I make yummy meals for our pets. I know I am thankful for them so I share to make sure they know it.

4. Use as little packaging and throw away utensils as possible. I personally don’t appreciate disposable items. Not because of their wastefulness but because I feel like you are telling your guests you don’t have the time for real utensils or that they aren’t worth it. I understand disposing is easy but you can put that much more effort into a meal you have slaved all day over and make it look that much nicer. Again, remember show your guests you are Thankful for them!

5. Conserve Energy where you can. Your house is going to obviously get hot with all of the cooking, eating and people in the near vicinity. Turn your heat down or off (depending on the temp. outside) and open some windows. Let’s not forget to not turn every light and electrical gadget on in the house the entire time. While people are cooking try to get people to go outside and be active. Don’t have multiple tv’s, video games and lights on in the house. Force your friends and family to spend time with each other. You will be thankful you saved on your bill the month before the real spending begins.

6. Potluck? I know some people take pride in cooking the whole meal but think of the time and energy everyone saves if they are in charge of bringing one or two things. Everyone gets to actually sit, relax and enjoy time with their friends and family. Try it, you might be thankful that you did!

7. NO TURKEY PLEASE!!! I can read off a ton of statistics about how horribly turkeys are treated and the processes but that isn’t going to make most of you listen. I don’t expect all of you to listen but I hope some do. There are plenty of delicious options to having turkey on your plate. The photo is Tofurkey which looks delish! You can go with other less traditional and or vegan dishes. Get creative. Just because it is called Thanksgiving aka Turkey Day doesn’t mean we can’t change it to Tofurkey Day. If they called it Horse day would we have to eat horse????

Turkey-tacular Placecards

Turkey-tacular Placecards

Turkey-tacular Placecards

Supplies:
Wiggle Eyes
Low Temp Glue Gun
Organic Almonds in Shell
Organic Small Apples
Organic Round Hard Candies
Organic Peanuts In-Shell
Ideal Home Sustainably Harvested Napkins
Recycled Paper Clips
Recycled Construction Paper

Instructions:

1. Glue your turkeys eyes to almond and let dry.
2. Glue the hard candy to front of apple and let dry.
3. Glue the almond to the hard candy and let dry.
4. Glue peanut below almond for turkey’s wattle.
5. Unfold napkin halfway, then fold back and forth like you would a fan.
6. Put a paper clip in the center of the folded napkin.
7. Pull ends of folded napkin together and then secure it with a paper clip at top .
8. Place the napkin behind the turkey or you can use a little hot glue to attach it.
9. Unbend one end of a paper clip and insert into apple. Use it to hold place card.
10. Cut placecard from colored paper.
11. Write the guests name on it
12. Decorate the name card any way you wish or leave it plain.

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Make your own Recycled Monsters!


MATERIALS
:
Fibrecraft Foam Sheets
(any colors you want to make your monsters and garden)
Cloth, buttons, any odds and ends you can find to dress up your monsters and garden
Sparkling Glitter Shakers(if you have)
WASHABLE MARKERS
Glue-On Googly Eyes
Recycled Construction Paper
Pipe Cleaners Assorted Colors
Multicolored Poms
Recycled Scissors
Natural Children’s White Glue


DIRECTIONS
:

First cut out the shapes for your monsters, flowers, plants and trees. If you have stencils or want to make stencils go ahead! You can use them for future projects. After getting your pieces cut out figure out what pieces you want to glue to which. You can either glue everything on to a paper or box or make everything loose to rearrange over and over again.  Then begin gluing everything together.  You can even tie things together if you have ribbons lying around.  You can sew buttons and other odds and ends to them.  You can use anything you find lying around the house.  You don’t even have to use foam to make your monsters, use news papers or magazines, use cotton balls if you don’t have pom-poms, what ever you want to decorate.  Use your imagination!!!

Portable Loom

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Maybe it’s just me, but the idea of a loom at home is really fun. You can design your own patterns. You can learn a craft that can really be soo much fun and maybe even make you money. You can teach yourself and/or  your children a time honored craft that could even be an excellent history lesson. I am a huge fan of do it yourself projects which this could totally be. I like the idea of creative learning. I see this loom as a  way to have fun and learn an extremely practical craft that many take for advantage these days.

Product Description
:
This beginner’s weaving loom is perfect for the young and the young-at-heart. An excellent loom for the beginning weaver, it also performs well as a portable loom for more experienced weavers. This loom features Beka rigid heddles which provide the weaver with an easy and reliable method of weaving. Both simple and complex techniques may be done with this loom. Made of hard maple from the USA, our beginner’s weaving loom comes fully assembled with a pre-warped heddle. A basic project is started on the loom, ready for weaving. Oompa’s instructions move through the rest of the project, then go step-by-step through planning and starting another project. Enough yarn is included so the weaver can get started as soon as the loom is out of its box. Weave projects up to 10″ wide X 3 yards long. The assembled loom comes with one shuttle. The started project uses a 4″ wide heddle for a narrow band of fabric. A 10″ wide heddle is included. Weight 4 lbs. Adult Assembly Required. Made from regionally grown hard maple and baltic birch in St Paul, Minnesota.

Make your own Octopus!

Seeing that this oil spill tragedy is such big news maybe now is a good time to show your children or students the importance of our oceans. Not to make light of the disaster but making an ocean themed craft can give you a segway to teaching your children about the ocean and make it fun at the same time. This is an easy and inexpensive craft that is alot of fun to do.

I personally like octopus’ and I also have plenty of toilet paper/paper towel tubes around the house. You can also use wrapping paper tubes or anything else in that shape that you have lying around the house.

MATERIALS:
Toilet Paper Tube
Googly Eyes, puff balls, markers, buttons or any round eye shaped items or Craft Eyes – Bright Color Collection
Colored Markers
Hot Glue Gun
Toilet Paper, Cotton, Paper, scraps of cloth
10 ct. 2 oz. Bottles – Assorted Color Washable Kid’s Paint
Brush Value Pack
Glitter Set
Feel free to get creative and use any other odds and ends you have lying around the house to decorate your octopus. You can even take an old shoe box or any small box and make a complete ocean home for your sea friends! Perfect for summer!

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

Step 1: Stuff the inside of the tube about half of the way through. with stuffing forming the head of the octopus.
Step 2: Paint the entire paper tube white.
Step 3: After the white dries paint your octopus any color you want.
Step 4: Wait until paint dries.
Step 5: Make small cuts on the lower portion of the paper tube making 8 legs.
Step 6: Use the Marker to curl up the legs by rolling them up.
Step 7: Add eyes and other decorations you want.
Step 8: Draw, paint or glue on mouth.
Step 9: Let your octopus sit and dry for a while to make sure all decorations and paint have dried.
Step 10: Play with or show off your new friend.

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Teachers Thank You Card


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The school year is coming to a close. Summer vacation is coming soon, why not give your children’s teacher a big thank you! It is important to appreciate teachers who are good at their jobs. This is an excellent idea for the beginning of the year and even before long vacations. Also by using odds and ends around the home you can be green about it!!

Supplies:

* Ribbons, glitter, buttons, thread, jewels, construction paper or items lying around the house
* 1 – Piece of white cardstock
* shaped or regular hole-punch
* colored chalk, markers, or crayons
* Glue either hot or regular.
* Paints either water color or any kind of paint around the home

Instructions:

1. You can either print or write out the messages you want to say to your teacher.
2. Color the card using chalk, makers, paints, or crayons.
3. Glue your favorite odds and ends to the inside and outside of the card to make it original and special! Show your teacher the special thanks for what you have learned that year.
4. Let the card dry over night to make sure everything will stay and last on the way to school.
5. Give the teacher your thank you card! A little bit goes a long way.

Very Valentine’s Craft

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Materials

Prang Soybean BlendBiodegradable Crayon Pieces!

Wilton Petite Silicone 12 Cavity Heart Shaped Baking Pan
Scrap paper
Glitter (if you like)
Double-sided foam mounting tape
Scissors
Colored card stock
Marker

 
Instructions
Heat the oven to 250°.

Fill each mold with crayon pieces and bake until the crayons melt, about 10 to 15 minutes. Tip: Place a sheet pan under the crayons to catch any drips.

Once they’re cool, remove the hearts from the molds and smooth any rough edges by rubbing them on a piece of scrap paper.

Use small pieces of foam tape to stick each heart to a 3-inch circle cut from card stock .

Suggested messages:
You color my world
Valentine, you make my heart melt
Happy Valentine’s Day!

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