Free Program Announcement!

Have you been wanting to see one of Emmy Blue's magical programs?

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Celebrate winter with crafts and activities at the Washington County Museum. At 11 AM, storyteller Emmy Blue will share her bright and happy fairy tales, folktales and legends about the magical creatures who live deep in the enchanted forests of the Pacific Northwest, including Emmy Blue’s original Squatchie Legends©.

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P.S. Be sure to bring your magic! See you there!

Event: Tell Your Story Day

On April 27th, with the purchase of regular museum admission, community members will have the opportunity to learn how to preserve family photos and stories by attending "Tell Your Story Day" at the Washington County Museum from 10am to 3pm. The day includes learning how to collect oral histories, scanning family photos into the museums' digital archive, tips on curating family heirlooms and objects, and a workshop on incorporating more storytelling into our daily lives.

At 10:30am, Beth Dehn, museum folklife and education director will talk about the museum's oral history collection and will share information on how to collect and preserve family oral histories.

At 11:30am, the Hillsboro Community Youth Choir will give a special performance of historical songs and readings.

From 11am to 2pm, Lindsay Zaborowski, museum archivist will help visitors scan up to five family photos so the museum can add them to the Washington County Heritage Online digital photo archive for future generations to enjoy. She can also give advice on how to store family photographs.

At 12:15pm, Karen Lange, museum deputy director will share a short talk on curating family stories with family heirlooms and objects.

Emmy BlueFrom 1pm to 2pm, local storyteller Emmy Blue will present a workshop on the art of storytelling. Participants will explore the important role storytelling has within communities and families. The workshop also includes an interactive information session, a tale or two from Blue's Appalachian heritage and fun exercises to help incorporate more storytelling into our daily lives. This portion of the day is appropriate for people 15-years-of-age and older.

"Tell Your Story Day" is being held at the Washington County Museum's Exhibitions and Educational Programs space located in the Hillsboro Civic Center Plaza Building, 120 E Main St. in downtown Hillsboro next to Starbucks. Admission is free for members; non-member admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, students, children 18-and-under and active military. Children age 3 and under are free.

Visit www.washingtoncountymuseum.org or call 503.645.5353 for more information.

Throw a creative Sparkling Saturday!

Hello, everyone! This is post number two from our Sparkle Saturday blog party! Enjoy! Xx

We all need to practice being more positive every day! Thinking positive leads to feeling positive and feeling positive leads to being the sparkling people that we truly are!

The following bright and happy exercises are perfect for inspiring children and adults to sparkle! The exercises are perfect for adults because we need to express our imaginations and open ourselves up creatively in order to feel happy, grounded and more childlike.

The exercises are perfect for children because children need to establish positive habits that will help them be happy and healthy for their lifetimes. (Children are constantly acquiring tools from us to help them in their futures.) Also, it is essential that children see adults caring for ourselves by playing and being creative because it makes growing up a more positive and exciting experience.

And most importantly, these are perfect exercises to do together because everyone needs to work as a team in order to build a positive foundation for ourselves, our families and our communities!

Emmy's creative activities for feeling positively sparkling:

1.) Create positive affirmation bracelets as a family. These can easily be made with paper and crayons, but if you are feeling particularly crafty try making a collage, or use found objects, felt, beads, a cut-up old t-shirt...anything works, really! Let the bracelets serve as positive reminders throughout tough times or stressful days.

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2.) Blast your space with uplifting color! What colors make you feel sparkly? Let your child decorate your space (office, kitchen desk, a color shrine) with these colors. Then help your child decorate his or her space with their favorite colors. Surrounding yourself with your favorite colors is essential to feeling sparkly. If you aren't ready to make a permanent change, just hang colorful pictures on the wall using tape or sticky tack. You will be amazed at how positive you feel when surrounded by happy colors!

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3.) Draw, paint, color portraits. Sit down with a child and ask the child to draw a portrait of sparkling you! (Trust me, the child sees so much more sparkle in you than you can see). While he or she is drawing you, you make a sparkling portrait of the him or her! Don't think about it. Just let what makes them sparkle flow onto your page. And never ever judge your artwork, it is absolutely perfect!

Be sure to post your portraits somewhere visible so that you can be reminded to sparkle whenever you need to! Seeing your sparkling portraits will help you both feel more positive as well as help with building a better self-image. You are also teaching your child the important lesson of taking the time to love and care for himself or herself in a fun and creative way.

4.) Try out storytelling. Take turns telling one another about your most sparkliest memory ever. Perhaps it was your child's birth or the big Valentine's Day snowball fight with your brother. Relive the sparkly moment by acting it out with your voice and your body.

Storytelling is an exciting way to pass along family fun and personal history so that your child knows where he or she fits into the big family picture. This strengthens and secures a child's self-esteem and self-worth. Storytelling is also important because it shows everyone that their lives are valuable and worth sharing with others.

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5.) Create a sparkly snowflake out of paper. We are all unique and special just like magical snowflakes. What better way to honor our individual sparkly selves than to cover a window or to hang sparkly snowflakes in your home. You can even write what makes you brilliantly unique on the back of the snowflakes, so as they flutter around in the air, they spread your unique sparkling magic throughout your home.

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 Well, I have tales to tell and you have lots of creative fun ahead of you today! If you are in the giant snow storm, please stay snug and safe. Happy Sparkly Saturday! Xx

Lots of love,

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P.S. Follow the sparkling trail to more "I Sparkle" Sparkling Saturday blog posts written by my sparkletacular friends...

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In alphabetical order...

Yota Schneider: Seasons of Change Master Coach, writer, speaker, retreats facilitator , mindfulness meditation practitioner, mom, wife, friend, ever striving gardener and finder of beauty and peace in the little things. Blog Facebook Website

Lynda Shoup: School librarian, children's writer and poet with a sparkle in her eye and plenty of fairy dust to share.  Blog Facebook 

Kat Wynne-Brown: Creator of KatWB, an Online Holistic Arts Center! Enjoy her virtual classes, holistic coaching, a holistic blog, KatWB TV and resources for nutrition, sustainability & self-help.  Blog Facebook Website

Birthday parties at the Washington County Museum!

Emmy Blue and the Washington County Museum are happy to announce magical storytelling birthday party programs!

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These star-themed birthday parties will make your child feel like the bright star he or she truly is!

Emmy Blue's birthday party programs at the Washington County Museum run around 45 minutes and can be tailored for audiences of children or families. The programs typically include participatory stories, puppets, music and magical scarves when appropriate. Some tales can be adjusted to your party theme, please specify when booking your magical program.

Birthday Party Themes:

Wish Upon a Star- Your child’s birthday wishes will come true with Emmy Blue's magical fairy tales told beneath the stars!

Slumber Beneath the Stars- Wear your pajamas and bring your sleeping bags because Emmy Blue's magical bedtime tales told beneath the twinkling night sky will get your slumber party off to a bright start!

Traditional Folk and Fairy Tales- Sprinkle some magic onto your party with updated and reinterpreted birthday-themed and star-themed folk and fairy tales from around the world!

Enchanted Forest Party- Let all of the magical and mythical creatures who live in the enchanted forests of Washington County help you celebrate your next birthday with Emmy Blue's original legends and tales!

More information about scheduling your birthday parties can be found here.

P.S.  A big thank you to everyone who came out to see the Washington County Museum and Emmy Blue at the Beaverton Library for the Family Resource Fair!

Fall Tales of Enchantment at West Slope Library

Join Emmy Blue at West Slope Community Library on November 7th  at 6:30 pm for an evening of enchanted tales! This lively storytelling program, geared towards children ages 6+ and adults, includes a seasonal selection of Emmy Blue’s original fall folktales and legends about the magical creatures who live deep in the enchanted forests of the Pacific Northwest. Emmy Blue’s uplifting program will surely fill you with gratitude and love as the holiday season approaches! West Slope Community Library

Special appearances will be made by The Squatchie ©...

The Grumpalumpagus ©...

...and even those pesky Wahooligans!

Curious? Listen to this sound clip of Emmy Blue's fall favorite, The Pumpkinian© (...and find out what happens next on November 7th at 6:30 pm!)

Hope your fall season is filled with magic! Xx

Lots of love,

 

 

 

 

P.S. Don't forget to head over to Facebook and post photos of your favorite enchanted location for your chance to win an enchanted Emmy Blue prize pack!! (Feel free to post publicly or privately, however you feel most comfortable!)

Rainy day enchantments

Hello friends!

It's been a magical week filled with hustling and bustling around town telling tales and spreading enchantments! And since it's a dark rainy day, I also thought I would share some visual magic with you! Here are fresh photos from my programs taken by parents and the Washington County Museum. I hope they put a smile on your face!

Hope you have a week filled with smiles, magic and lots of sparkling sunshine! Xx

Lots of love,

Magical activities for your holiday!

Hello again magical friends! Glad to see you back at the enchanted tree house so soon! Here is the second holiday blog post, enjoy! Xx This week a concerned teacher and friend told me she had to return her daughter's Christmas presents because her husband lost his job. She cried, "What can we do on Christmas if there are no presents to unwrap or toys to play with?"

Remember, money and gifts don't make your holiday special, your imagination and inner magic does! I have never had the funds for a Christmas celebration like I experienced whilst growing up, but every holiday since has been just as magical and memorable! Here are a few activities that I use to brighten up  my holidays...

1.)  Gingerbread House Contest. This Christmas we are having an extreme gingerbread house building contest. A simple box of generic graham crackers, colorful and textured inexpensive candies and bright icings are all you need for hours of holiday cheer! (Don't waste money on expensive icings, just make a cheap paste out of sugar, water and food coloring!)

2.) Oral history. Share your traditions or special stories about past magical holidays with your friends, your children or your partner. Remember that children (and adults, too) are sensory-oriented, so add in "treats" and visual aids to turn your story into more of a "show and experience" tale. For example, if your favorite holiday memory is making cookies with your grandmother, then find the recipe and make the same cookies while you share the tale.

3.) Storytelling game. Place 10 holiday treasures or unique items on the table. Have every participant choose an item and then take turns telling stories about these items. Stories can be false or true! Here are some ideas to try: Make up a holiday pourquoi (a story that explains an origin) about that bizarre piece of machinery you found in the garage. Or come up with an incredible fantasy about how the Elf on the Shelf saved the life of a giant polar bear who had fur like a pine tree!!

4.) Treasure hunt. Make small gifts (like coupons, sweet treats, finger puppets and crayons) more special by creating a holiday scavenger hunt. Write age-appropriate clues that include hide-and-seek activities, riddles and challenges. 

Here's an idea to get you started: Tell the players they have to call a relative and sing a holiday song in order to retrieve their next clue. (Be sure to call the relative in advance and give them the child's next clue). To make the challenge more difficult, let your child try to figure out which relative you chose. Hopefully several of your relatives will get a holiday serenade before your child finds the correct person.

Another idea for younger children would be to ask them to find tiny surprises that a little holiday elf or faerie left around your home. The possibilities are endless!

5.) Fill your day with a variety of holiday activities. Take a walk to enjoy the lights and the evergreens. Go sledding or make a village of snow people. Write and illustrate your own holiday storybook. Give your child the power of creating the entertainment. My favorite activity as a child was to put on holiday plays, musicals and puppet shows. (And dare I mention holiday charades around my family? This game will yield hours of laughter. And be warned, you just never know what's going to come out of Grandma Judy's mouth as she guesses!)

It doesn't matter what activity you choose, just make sure you fill your holiday season with BRIGHT COLORS, LOVE, LAUGHTER and MAGIC! And who knows, perhaps you will discover some new holiday traditions! Xx