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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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My daughter was definitely inspired by Sylvia. She scrubbed her feet with a nailbrush and stomped in a big pan of tomatoes. Thanks for the fun!

~Catt, Portland, Oregon, USA


sparkle crafts – pressed leaf wreath

sparklestories.com | martin & sylvia: saturdays! | pressed leaf wreath

What’s happening in your area this time of year – are the nights getting cooler? and the leaves starting to turn? 

Perhaps you live someplace where the leaves don’t turn and fall.

Either way, whether the leaves you collect are red and orange and yellow or still a brilliant green, this pressed leaf wreath is fun to make!

Join Martin & Sylvia with this week’s Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays! story, “True Colors,” as they collect leaves, preserve them, and turning them into something newly beautiful.
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All About “Martin & Sylvia”, plus TWO Free Stories!


We are celebrating Martin & Sylvia this week,
as we head into autumn. 

Because we know that
(more than almost anything)
Martin and Sylvia love to celebrate the seasons!

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Oh, there are so many interesting things
to know about Martin & Sylvia!

FOR INSTANCE:

:: David created “Martin and Sylvia” spontaneously one night eight years ago, while telling a story during a tricky bedtime.
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sparkle kitchen – blackberries with cream

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In this week’s Martin & Sylvia, Martin and Sylvia’s family have been invited to join friends at their mountain cabin in the woods for a weekend of blackberry picking! Everyone is excited to hike the many trails to the lake and waterfall, and, of course, pick some beautiful blackberries.

While berries are good in a variety of dishes and desserts—pie, cobbler, ice cream, and on and on—really good, fresh-picked berries rarely require that much fuss. In season, our local blackberries are so big, fat, and juicy that we often have them plain for dessert or with just a little whipped cream.

If you’ve never made homemade whipped cream before, it’s definitely worth the tiny extra effort it takes. Continue reading “sparkle kitchen – blackberries with cream” »


Stories of surprise, magic and wonder: “By Thistle By Thimble” Series

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Stories about elderly knights
and brave princesses.

Stories about garbage maidens
and fools’ sons.

Stories of surprising valor,
and
hidden beauty.

Stories of bold challenges,
and wonderful secrets

The magic in the back corners,
the delight in the small moments
.

These are the stories in the By Thistle By Thimble
Subscription Series.

In every story is a bit of surprise, a bit of magic and plenty of wonder.
The stories will leave you inspired, tickled and a little spellbound.

(We recommend them for ages 6 and up, but youngers may enjoy too!)


tales.of.world.and.wonderWould you like to have a listen?

Here are TWO FREE STORIES
from the
By Thistle By Thimble Series!

Plus a SWEET DEAL on the
By Thistle By Thimble Sample Pack!
(50% off!)
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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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Just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the truly fabulous stories that y’all create and share with all of us each week! Our family is so grateful to be a Sparkle family and our days wouldn’t be the same without a Sparkle Story or two! The girls fall asleep listening to a story each night, and we often listen to them in the car as well. It’s so wonderful to have such sweet stories as a part of our day. As a home school family we were over the moon to have had the “Butterfly Gifts” story to enjoy during the back to school time! We loved that story so much that we just had to add At Home With Martin & Sylvia to our subscriptions!
~ David, Shell, Grace & Emma, Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA

sparkle crafts – funny food faces

sparklestories.com | martin & sylvia: saturdays! |funny food faces

In this week’s Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays! story, “Apple Faces,” Martin and Sylvia dive into apple season, making sauce and dried apples. To make it all even more fun, they cut a mouth and nose before dehydrating with a little knife, so their dried apples will look like funny faces.

Playing with your food can be crazy amounts of fun. Toss in a special porcelain plate and you’re all set to make fun food faces at snack time or anytime!
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sparkle kitchen – applesauce

sparklestories.com | sparkle kitchen | applesauce

In this week’s At Home with Martin and Sylvia, it’s the end of tomato season and the beginning of apple season, which means that it’s time to preserve apples for the winter.

Martin and Sylvia have a smart Momma, indeed! Homemade applesauce—typically dolloped onto a bowl of warm oatmeal at our house—is like a fuzzy scarf and a hug as the weather starts to turn colder. Continue reading “sparkle kitchen – applesauce” »


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!
:::
We are so grateful that Sparkle Stories regularly fill our home and car rides and are loved by all. We have two sons, ages 3 and 5, who are big fans of Martin and Sylvia and my oldest was especially excited to see his artwork included in last year’s wonderful Advent Calendar series. We love telling others about Sparkle Stories!
~ Jill, Fountain Valley, California, USA

sparkle crafts – protector capes

sparklestories.com | martin & sylvia: saturdays! | no-sew customizable protector capes

In this week’s Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays! story, “Protectors”, Martin and Sylvia learn that police officers are sort of like parents…or superheroes! They help protect people in cities or towns. They are the keepers of the peace.

Police officers are like superheroes without capes, but that doesn’t mean that you have to cape-less! Today we’re going to make our very own protector capes that can be customized however you’d like (and whenever you’d like!)
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