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Easy Fall Nature Crafts For Kids Of All Ages

Posted on November 12, 2015 by Darcy Le Fleming | 0 comments

kid made autumn candle holder

When autumn comes around my daughter Nadia starts hoarding the "treasures of autumn" like she is competing in a reality show for squirrels. We end up with piles of acorns, baskets of sticks and an atlas overflowing with pressed leaves. This past weekend I decided it was time to offload some of these treasures. The results were quite beautiful and I had an entire hour and a half without hearing "what can I do now?"


fall craft table

First, I set up a fall art table which included; mod podge, white glue, recycled glass jars, ribbon scraps, cardboard, paintbrushes, scissors and pressed leaves. When working with leaves it is important that you press the leaves for at least 24 hours otherwise they with curl up. We pressed ours in an atlas between layers of kraft paper for a few days. Oh, we also added gold glitter to our craft table because a crafternoon is not complete until your kid has glitter embedded in their scalp, right? 


Our first project was an autumn candle holder. To start, we cut a circle out of the cardboard slightly larger than the glass jar to create a base to make a wreath around the glass jar. Next, Nadia decoupaged leaves to the base and jar using mod podge. When you use mod podge with kids you need to remind them that it will dry clear and it's ok to really coat it on. 


glitter acorns

She also used mod podge to add glitter to the acorns. To attach the acorns to the base, I had her use white glue - lots of white glue.  It took almost 2 full days to dry completely but those acorns aren't going anywhere now. 


fall candle holder

We finished it off with a little ribbon around the top and now we have a lovely fall candle holder that Nadia insists on lighting before dinner every evening. 


glitter leaves

While we had our fall arts table set up, we made some glitter leaves to use on cards and to hang around the house. 


kid made autumn vase

We also transformed this little apple juice jar into a vase which is the prefect size to display some of the finer pieces of Nadia's "autumn treasures".  Crafting with nature can be fun for any age. Even 2 and 3 year olds will love glueing acorns, sticks and leaves to anything and it is so good for developing fine motor skills. Go grab some glue, see what you have in your recycling bin and get creative!





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Final Week On Fulton Street

Posted on August 12, 2015 by Darcy Le Fleming | 0 comments

We are down to the final days on Fulton Street. If this is news to you, check out my last blog post here. I hope you will stop by, there are still a few good deals to be had and mostly, I just want to see your shining faces. Don't mind me if I get a bit emotional - it's totally the pregnancy hormones. 

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"Hunormous" Changes for My Brooklyn Baby

Posted on July 28, 2015 by Darcy Le Fleming | 0 comments

Our daughter Nadia invented the word "hunormous" to describe really big things and we love it so much we've never bothered to correct her. I bring this up because when I think about the changes happening in my life right now, I can only describe them as HUNORMOUS. 

First of all, I am thrilled to be pregnant with our second daughter who is due to arrive this fall and as our first daughter Nadia inspired me to make massive changes in my life (like opening a baby boutique), the impending arrival of this new bundle of joy has forced me to re-evaluate my life again. And with that, I am announcing that our little shop on Fulton Street will be closing its doors this August. Our online shop however, will remain open. In the last four years, the way people shop has changed massively and for me, it just makes more sense to connect to my customers via the internet without the overhead and time consumption that comes with operating a brick and mortar shop. It breaks my heart to know we won't be around for emergency diaper changes, breastfeeding sessions and "mommy breaks" but for many reasons, this is definitely the best decision for my family. 

While this change will not be easy for me, I am very excited to use this opportunity to focus on developing my own line of children's products. I will continue to produce the t-shirts, onesies and hair accessories which have become the go-to gift for many Brooklyn families and I will be expanding the product range to include things like my new Canvas Growth Charts. Over the past few months, I have clawed my way through photoshop and illustrator tutorials, taught myself to screenprint, how to properly use my sewing machine and learned to navigate NYC's garment district. It has been awesome and I hope you will enjoy the fruits of my labor and continue to support My Brooklyn Baby. 

To all of my treasured neighbors and customers; I am overwhelmed by the love that you have expressed as you learned of the store's closing over the past few weeks.  I will truly miss all of the make believe meals that your toddlers have cooked for me and our long conversations about tantrums, breastfeeding, potty training, preschools and surviving sleep deprivation. Seriously, I have had the BEST customers over the past four years and I am thrilled to be able to call so many of you friends! 

The last day of the store is Saturday, August 15th and we plan to have a celebration from 12pm -2pm. I hope you will stop by to say goodbye.  If you can't make it, please join the My Brooklyn Baby mailing list or follow @mybrooklynbaby on instagram so we can keep in touch and you can find out about any My Brooklyn Baby pop up events in the future. 

With Love and Gratitude, 






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