WNY Family Magazine September 2018 - Page 5

web.finds In case you haven’t noticed, plain ol’ ordinary backpacks just aren’t in fashion any more. Not only do they come in all colors and different patterns, but kids and teens — and grownups, too! — have taken to decorating their bags to the hilt, in a variety of ways. DESIGN WITH SHARPIES www.artistshelpingchildren.org From simple designs done by your grade school kid to fantastic “mu- rals” produced by your teen, Sharpie Markers (sets designed specifically for fabric surfaces, so they will resist fad- ing in the wash), can turn an ordinary backpack into a work of art. For basic directions, visit https://www.sharpie. com/get-inspired/Personalized+Backp acks+with+Sharpie.html. FABRIC PAINT DOTS We found this simple, yet effective, design at www.parents. com. Using three different size foam “pouncers” and craft paint for fabric, dip the largest pouncer in paint, dab on paper to remove excess, then pounce it onto the bag and let dry. Re- peat with other sizes. ADD DECORATIVE PATCHES Collect patches from places you visit on family vaca- tions, or purchase many of the fun ones available online that suit your child’s particular interests. Add them to the pack in a pleasing arrangement that will distinguish your child’s bag from any other! https://honestlywtf.com/diy/kids-patches- diy-backpack/ CHARMS DIY Charms and tags hanging from the zippers on packs are also popular and can be purchased, or made from craft materi- als you have on hand if you have the creative urge. Check out how this charm was made from beads, yarn, string, and a lobster clasp or “bag charm clip.” https://www.redtedart.com/colourful- purse-charms-zipper-pulls/?cn-reloaded=1 BUTTONS, BUTTONS! If buttons appeal to your child, pinning them to their pack is another distinctive way to decorate a packpack. Start a collection, or purchase whole packs online like this selection from an Etsy shop found at https://www. etsy.com/shop/ParrCraft which also has pins, as well. What’s New... IN THE KIDBIZ SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE’S 14TH ANNUAL MUSEUM DAY OFFERS FREE TICKETS Tickets for Smithsonian maga- zine’s 14th annual Museum Day are now available for download. Muse- um-goers can head to the Museum Day website (www.smithsonianmag. com/museumday) to download one free ticket, good for two people. Each ticket grants the ticket holder, and one guest, free access to any participating museum on Satur- day, September 22, 2018. One ticket is permitted per email address. In Western New York, participat- ing museums (as of our print date) include Herschell Carrousel Mu- seum, Niagara History Center, Buf- falo Niagara Heritage Village, Erie Canal Discovery Center, The Buffalo History Museum, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Museum of disABILITY History, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, Buffalo Museum of Science, Colored Musicians Club Jazz Museum, Nash House Museum, Buffalo Harbor Mu- seum. Museum Day celebrates the extraordinary power of museums to provide visitors with insight and in- spiration, and the event represents a national commitment to access, equity and inclusion. Over 1,250 mu- seums across the nation have regis- tered to date. FINANCIAL PLANNING SEMINAR FOR THE ADOPTIVE FAMILY New parents, especially new adoptive parents need to consider several things related to the finan- cial security of their family. Adop- tion STAR will hold a webinar on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 6pm. This class will be facilitated by adoptive parents - Amy Jo Lauber, a financial advisor and Mark Tronconi, an accountant. They will focus on financial planning for your family’s future, applying for the adoption tax credit, and general financial matters. For more info or to register contact Adoption STAR at 716-639-3900 or email info@adoptionstar.com. September 2018 WNY Family 5