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About Melissa Allen

Melissa is an artist and has been blogging at Green Owl Art about ways to get kids into art. She is a stay at home mama to two beautiful babes, Emma (4) and Grayson (1) and strongly believes that art should be an essential part of a child’s life.
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homemade dishwasher detergent

Homemade dishwasher detergent

Written by contributor Melissa Allen of Green Owl Art A little over a year ago when I was living in Los Angles I considered myself to be one of the more eco-friendly, earth loving, attachment parenting kind of momma’s. Then I moved to Portland, OR. These moms here are in an entire league of their own […]

POSTED BY ON April 15, 2013         |           Comments { 21 }
dying easter eggs naturally

Dying easter eggs naturally

Written by contributor Melissa Allen of Green Owl Art I am a little bit addicted to holiday crafts, food, celebrations, decorations and all else that goes along with each and every special holiday. Some traditions I have done since I was a child and I continue to enjoy these special traditions with my own children and […]

POSTED BY ON March 18, 2013         |           Comments { 1 }

Painting with Produce

Written by contributor Melissa Allen of Green Owl Art Using new and different materials in art gets my children excited to create! I added some fruits and veggies to the paint table to let them explore with different shapes, colors and textures. It not only amazed my children as they discovered with this new painting technique, […]

POSTED BY ON February 18, 2013         |           Comments { 0 }

How to create an inviting art area for kids

Written by contributor Melissa Allen of Green Owl Art When I first became a mother I struggled with how to stay creative myself and not to lose my own love for creating art. Sure, I could have considered my new art of blending  peas and carrots into beautiful purees something to look forward to, but I […]

POSTED BY ON January 21, 2013         |           Comments { 9 }
glitter pinecones

Glitter Pine Cones

Written by contributor Melissa Allen of Green Owl Art Crafting and holidays seem to go hand and hand in our house. I am always looking for something that is appealing to both my five and two-year old and more importantly that each can easily do and enjoy doing. We made glitter pine cones to welcome the […]

POSTED BY ON December 17, 2012         |           Comments { 0 }
Cool DIY Thanksgiving craft

Give thanks with reclaimed toys

Written by contributor Melissa Allen of Green Owl Art I love decorating my home for the holidays—not only with my children, but with things that they have made. A bonus for me is when it’s something other than macaroni art (not that I don’t love every single piece of painted pasta that my children have given […]

POSTED BY ON November 19, 2012         |           Comments { 1 }
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Make your own fairy-tale tutu

Written by contributor Melissa Allen of Green Owl Art Making Halloween costumes is something I love to do. I can create unique and special attire for my children to wear Halloween night and it teaches them to be creative and resourceful (and that is priceless in my book). I was taught to make a tutu as a […]

POSTED BY ON October 15, 2012         |           Comments { 8 }
stress ball for kids

Homemade Stress Ball

Written by contributor Melissa Allen of Green Owl Art We call it the “squeeze your worries away ball.” I first made this homemade stress ball when my daughter now 5,was 3 years old and in her first preschool Christmas performance. She was so anxious about performing on stage. I told her she could squeeze all her […]

POSTED BY ON September 17, 2012         |           Comments { 2 }
mud pie

Mud Pie Kitchen

Written by contributor Melissa Allen of Green Owl Art My children play the longest and are the happiest when there is dirt involved; so making a mud pie kitchen was a priority this summer. It is such a wonderful invitation for a child to engage in open play and let their imaginations create endless possibilities all […]

POSTED BY ON August 20, 2012         |           Comments { 5 }

Homemade Birthday Gift: Cork Stamps

Written by contributor Melissa Allen of Green Owl Art try to have my children create homemade gifts whenever possible. I think it is important to show them we do not need to head out to the big box store for every occasion and that things we make ourselves can be so special to our friends and […]

POSTED BY ON July 23, 2012         |           Comments { 1 }