About



Welcome! I'm MaryLea, the founder of Pink and Green Mama - a site sharing over 800 hands-on "craftivities"to help you CREATE, PLAY, and EXPLORE with your own children as a teacher, caregiver, parent, or grandparent.  If you are looking for some fun activities to do with your kids, you've come to the right place! I'm a crafty mama and homebody with too many ideas and not enough hours in the day. 

I was an Elementary Art Teacher in the public school system for 5 years. I majored in Studio Art and Art History in college and have a Masters in Fine Arts. I am a painter and printmaker. I make sculptural books, art quilts, and mixed media work. Now I'm home crafting with my two little girls: E (10 years old) and C (6 years old). You can also find my work in magazines, educational websites, and lesson plans/e-books for teachers. 

I married my college sweetheartIf you want to learn about how I met my sweet hubby (18 years ago), a real life love story -- go read this post about our real life love story and battle with cancer. As a family we craft with recyclables and spoil our rescued, retired racing greyhound rotten! You can learn more about me by reading this interview post. I enjoy sharing our art adventures and ideas with you here but I don't allow the blog to take over my life. 

You won't find daily posts here, frequently I only post once a week. It is more important to me to find balance and spend time with the people I love the most, off the computer. You are more likely to find me: gardening, reading, painting, playing with my kids, endlessly rearranging our house, fixing up our house with my hubby (my partner in crime) organizing closets (yes, I really do think it's fun) and walking (sometimes running) with Pippi (the greyhound mentioned above.) 

I encourage you to spend quality off-line time with the people you love most, doing what you love. 

"We must become the change we want to see in the world" - Gandhi 


Warmly, 
Pink and Green Mama, 
MaryLea



Answers to Questions I get ALL the time (FAQ):

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Do you accept Guest Content or Guest written posts?

No. All of my content is my own. If you email me with a generic request to share your article, or write material for me I will ignore it or tell you to go away, politely of course. 


Why the name Pink and Green?
My college colors were Pink and Green (Sweet Briar College.) 
I'm raising two little girls (pink) and we use a lot of recycled (green) materials in our art projects! 

Our awesome spotty rug in the playroom
Where did you get your playroom rug?
It's a pattern by the Olsen Twins' home collection rug line (yes, those Olsen Twins MaryKate and Ashley) I bought it online in 2006 and haven't been able to find one lately that I can give you a good link to. 

Where did you get your art studio rug?
It's the "Gypsy Rose" Pattern from Sundance (got it for my birthday in 2008) It's crazy and I love it! Here's a link ! The other (spotty) rug that can be seen in some of our recent art studio posts came from Target online. 

Our art studio a.k.a Mommy's Playroom

What's your art studio like? Where do you craft?
I did a little guest post over at Craftaholics Anonymous with a tour of my awesome art studio - Mommy's Playroom (also known as what is supposed to be our formal living room). BTW, our "formal dining room" is the playroom!

How do you have time to craft?
The girls and I usually do something creative each day but it's not always planned out, it's usually spontaneous and I frequently neglect housework and chores in favor of playing with the girls and crafting! Life is short and so is childhood. I'd rather my girls have childhood memories of me playing with them than of me cleaning hardwood floors!

Rainbow Rice!
How do you make Rainbow Rice?
This post about our Rainbow Rice sensory box has the "recipe" I use! 

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·     Launched in September of 2008, Pink and Green Mama provides parents and caregivers of young children ideas for play-based educational activities, arts, crafts, and serves as a resource for art lesson plans.

·     MaryLea Harris is a former Elementary Art Teacher with a BA in Studio Art and Art History from Sweet Briar College and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has written or consulted professionally for Family Fun Magazine, PBS Parents, Kid's Crafts 1-2-3 Magazine, Rhythm of the Home, and Babble Crafts. 

·    Pink and Green Mama Blog is a Winner Of the Parents' Choice Foundation's Parents' Choice Recommended Award. 

·     Pink and Green Mama Blog was one of the Babble’s Top 50 Mom Bloggers in 2009 and 2010. 

·     MaryLea has been featured on The Crafty Crow, Mod Podge Rocks, The Artful Parent, Craftaholics Anonymous, The Activity Mom, Raising Playful Tots, Today’s Creative Blog, and numerous international blogs and websites. 


·     The quick growth and loyal following of international readers of Pink and Green Mama Blog can be attributed to a combination of great posts relevant to the readership, regular new content, and creative, cost-effective ways for parents and teachers to create fun at home and in their classrooms. 


·      My readers are parents (mostly moms) and teachers who are in search of creative ways to expand the horizons of the children in their lives through arts, crafts, and learning. Home-schooling and traditional school instructors use my posts and lesson plans regularly to enhance their curricula.
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NOTE: I do not publish pre-written posts or content. 
As a former art teacher, I also enjoy reviewing art materials.
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My best-selling Arts and Crafts e-books are a terrific source of passive income 
and a great way to share valuable learning resources with other moms and teachers. 
I would like to offer you the opportunity to work with me to spread the word about these great e-books
filled with a variety of arts and crafts lessons, DIY camps, and Art History Lessons.

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Thanks!
Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea

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