Hello! My name is Shannon Taylor. I'm a long-time writer and editor from Minnesota surprised to find myself on an island in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, three younger children (the oldest is attending college in Chicago), and two dogs.

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Archive for 'Creativity'

Make: Double Happiness Symbol for Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year celebrations started yesterday, but I’m hoping it’s not too late to share a fun project with you. (The party lasts for two weeks, so we’re good, right?)
Paper-cutting is very popular in China, so Lily and I thought it would be fun to introduce the art form to her class during our […]


Make: Chinese Year of the Horse Printable Chopstick Covers

Last week we shared a Chinese Year of the Horse necklace DIY and today we have an easy project that would be fun for all ages. To make your Year of the Horse chopstick covers, all you have to do is print out the Year of the Horse Chopstick Holders pdf, color the horses, cut them out, […]


Frozen Fractals All Around (and some fun links)

Most of the family is skiing tonight, but Miss Lily and I stayed home to curl up and watch old Disney movies. It’s been a Disney kind of day. Don’t laugh, but earlier today I was working on a really difficult piece of writing, so I made a deal with myself: if I powered through, I […]


Literary Tea Box: A Gift to Inspire

I love quotations. I love how they take the wisdom of the ages and turn it into bite-size pieces.
So I was happy to see this gift idea from Luke Reynolds in Writer’s Digest magazine. Mr. Reynolds’ wife surprised him with a wooden tea caddy filled with handwritten quotes about writing to inspire his own writing. […]


Oh My Sainted Aunts

The girls and I went to a bridal shower recently for the sweet young woman who’ll be marrying our cousin later this month. We had a wonderful time, and on the way home I thought about the aunt who hosted the shower and what a blessing she—and all of my aunts—have been in my life.
How, […]


Museum Labels for Kids’ Art

When I hung up our Matisse-inspired art projects I finally remembered to make museum art labels. I saw this idea in an article called “How to Be More Creative” by A.J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically and Drop Dead Healthy. The article was full of good insights like “brilliance is a numbers game” and “make an appointment with […]


Weekend Links (And a Michael Franti Story)

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I met Rosa of flutterflutter when we both answered a question about taking chances for Design Mom Asks. Since then, I’ve been inspired by her creativity—especially when it comes to creating fabulous art like the print above and coming up with ways to entertain young children.
Rosa’s latest print design features lyrics from the […]


Valentine Place Mats

These valentine place mats combine two things we all love—creativity and clearing out clutter. All you need are a bunch of valentines and some contact paper. (You could also use a laminating machine if you have one.)
To make the place mat, cut a piece of contact paper whatever size you’d like. Place the contact paper […]


Crafting Party / Valentine’s Day Edition

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The girls and I recently attended a Valentine’s Day Crafting Party at our friends’ home. Our hostess and her three girls explained in the Evite invitation that they would have stations set up around the house where we could make Valentine-themed crafts. All we needed to bring was our creativity and an […]


Lily’s Mermaid Party

On Saturday, Lily turned seven and we celebrated with a Mermaid Party. I started with a plan downloaded from One Charming Party. I’ve admired Sara and Brittany’s work for a long time now and have posted links to their free downloads (do you remember the Leprechaun Candy Bag and the Bunny Cupcakes?), but this was […]

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