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friday’s kind words

Whenever a Sparkle family takes the time to share their experience with the stories, we are delighted and moved.  Each week we like to share some of the kind words we receive!

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Hi there! My 6 year old (who is a HUGE fan of Sparkle Stories) wanted to draw this picture today and send it to David. Maya sends it with love.

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~Tara (and Maya!), Louisville, Kentucky, USA


sparkle crafts – hand-woven tapestry

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In this week’s Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays! story, “Gift of the Maple Tree”, Sylvia and Martin (along with their neighbors, the Browns) honor the loss of a beloved sugar maple tree by using her wood to boil the sap from other sugar maples and do other projects. Even after the tree had been chopped down, it continued to be useful. For this project you can honor a favorite tree of your own and weave in some memories too. Find two fallen sticks to create the top and base for your loom. Then gather scraps of yarn you might have leftover from other projects. As you weave, you can remember not only the tree that gave you the sticks, but also the projects that were once made with the yarn. Continue reading “sparkle crafts – hand-woven tapestry” »


friday’s kind words

Whenever a Sparkle family takes the time to share their experience with the stories, we are delighted and moved.  Each week we like to share some of the kind words we receive!

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Thank you for continuing to amaze our family with your stories! There’s always something to grow into even when I might feel a bit sad that my girls leave stages behind. We even made one of our main Christmas gifts a small MP3 player so that our six year old can listen to Sparkle Stories without worrying about any loss of patience our four year old might have…. She so gleefully asks us to find one story or another that she’s particularly attached to any given day.

I can’t tell you what a blessing your craft brings to our family! I think I like the stories as much as my girls do.

~ J. Marie, Toccoa, Goergia, USA


sparkle crafts – colorful ice garland

www.sparklestories.com | martin & sylvia: saturdays! | colorful ice garland

In this week’s Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays! story, “Four In One Snow How”, Martin and Sylvia join with their friends Jonathan and Sasha to build a snow city. The four friends quickly learn, however, that trying to build a snow house alone is hard work (and takes a long time!) But when they work together, they make a home that wouldn’t have been possible without each individual’s vision and contribution. If you live someplace cold and snowy, perhaps you’ve had a chance to build a snow house as well! Today, we’re going to add a bit of color to your wintry home (or a fun temporary outdoor decoration if you live somewhere warmer!) with a beautiful DIY Ice Garland. You can make it outdoors if it’s chilly out, or in your freezer if it’s not. But either way, your snow forts (or tree forts!) will take on a new lovely, colorful décor! Continue reading “sparkle crafts – colorful ice garland” »


Meet the Sparkle Team

Have you ever wanted to see all of the faces behind Sparkle?

We thought it would be fun to share a bit about each member on the Sparkle Team.  So here we are!


Sparkle.DSM.photoDavid Sewell McCann 

At Sparkle:  Story Spinner and Content Factory

Hometown: Austin, TX

Loves:  sitting idly on public benches, gnocci, soccer in the rain

Family: 2 boys and 3 dogs.  And Lisabeth.  (See below)

 Superpower:  Spell Casting and Precision Listening

Favorite thing to do with a free afternoon?  A walk downtown or in the woods

Where you’ll find him at 10 a.m. on a Monday?   Walking from the office to favorite coffee shop with a big smile on his face

Dream vacation spot?  An apartment in Rome with a balcony overlooking a wide cobblestone piazza Continue reading “Meet the Sparkle Team” »


friday’s kind words

Whenever a Sparkle family takes the time to share their experience with the stories, we are delighted and moved.  Each week we like to share some of the kind words we receive!

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Just a quick line that my 3 and 5 year old love, love, love Sparkle stories. I think they are fantastic, too.  Simple.  Uncluttered.  Kind.  Calm.  Good character emphasized.  No violence or language to worry about.  Love the themes of home and family.  Love that the kids do not attend public school…so hard to find stories without that element when homeschooling.  You have a great thing going, and we are happy to have found you!

~ Alana, Oregon, USA


Acceptance, Parenting and wonderful words from Carrie Contey

6a00e54f94e80588340167623c732a970b-320wiI tend to be a bit of a grouchy mom.
 
Fiercely loving, raucously silly, totally overworking, uber-expressive, and a GROUCH.

This year I’m homeschooling my 10-year old son 2 days a week.  

(The other 3 days he goes to a school program.  That’s his darling self in the photo.)

And it’s brought out the grouchiest of grouches in me.  Holy crowly. Continue reading “Acceptance, Parenting and wonderful words from Carrie Contey” »


sparkle crafts – kid-made dresser drawer labels

 

www.sparklestories.com | sparkle crafts | kid-made dresser drawer labels

In this week’s Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays! story, “In The File”, Sylvia and Martin catch the organizing bug, using 3×5 notecards to sort and inventory various areas of their home. The best kind of organization is the sort that the little ones can get behind. If they’re invested – especially when it comes to the various spaces that they use – they are oh-so-much more likely to use the system in place. For little ones, whether they are just becoming independent in getting dressed or they are starting to help with the laundry, labels for their dresser drawers can be a big help. A little visual reminder of where things are and where things go. Continue reading “sparkle crafts – kid-made dresser drawer labels” »


A little Sparkle for your Valentine’s Day


In celebration of Valentines Day,

we are sharing Four Free Audio Stories!

valentine

One to make you laugh,
one to make you cheer,
one to make you sigh,
and one to inspire you to share
a little extra special something
with those you love.

 

All four stories are our way of saying
WE APPRECIATE YOU!


Like all Sparkle Stories,
the stories are filled with a lot of delight and a dash of silliness.
(No ads or promotions, just stories!)

Wishing you a heap of love for this upcoming Valentine’s Day!
Continue reading “A little Sparkle for your Valentine’s Day” »


friday’s kind words

Whenever a Sparkle family takes the time to share their experience with the stories, we are delighted and moved.  Each week we like to share some of the kind words we receive!

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Hello! I can’t believe we have had sparkle stories for almost a whole year now! Our whole family looks forward to them and they are one of my favorite things we have ever bought for the children. The stories are amazing and my children’s brains are alive with all kinds of complicated character and plot lines that I know come from seeds these stories have planted. We even come up with great idea for snacks, useful stories to refer to when resolving conflict, and some good inspiration for how to speak to our children when frustrated.  Thank you so much.

~Sarah, Brooklyn, New York, USA


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