Monday, May 10, 2010

Mother's Day pots

Another much delayed post ... for Mother's Day Henry painted a great flower pot for me at school. A red pot with polka dots. It is fabulous! It inspired me to find a project we could all do. I found some old terra cotta pots we weren't using anymore. We cleaned them off and got out the paints. I had intended to have them make fingerprints and handprints on them, but once Henry and Claudia started painting with their hands the handprints just became a wonderfully colorful design. I will add pictures when I get some, but needless to say letting the kids be creative instead of directing the project turned out to be priceless! We got potting soil and a lovely mixture of annuals which the kids chose for each pot. An inexpensive and fantastic gift!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Spring paper crafts

Well - it has been a while since I posted. I was enlisted to work on the set for Henry's school musical. They found out I was an art major - 15 hours later ...
Anyway - we have worked on a couple of crafts. We used watercolors and the kids painted Easter eggs that I had cut out of construction paper. We also used some old art we did and Henry thought of this fabulous idea - to cut these old watercolor hearts into wings and tape them to twigs - instant dragonfly - awesome! With that same them I used more of the watercolor paper, cut shapes of flower blossoms and taped those to taller twigs and arranged in a vase. I have seen the perfectly representative dogwood and quince blossoms in magazines fashioned out of paper - but I like ours more - they have more character and besides if you wanted sticks of actual dogwood just go pick some!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Claudia Monet

Claudia is really good at painting - I am always impressed with her color selections. She occasionally attempts an unconventional surface.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Taking cupcakes to celebrate a birthday at school tomorrow - bees - I am pretty pleased with myself. What else to do with leftover black and gold icing?!? Go Deacs!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

One ball of yarn

So pleased that I was able to make three projects out of one ball of Peaches and Creme yarn - only about $1.78 - so cool! A baby bib, a babydoll bib, and a little dish rag.

Also worked on an early Valentine craft - with, yep, glitter and sparkly pipe cleaners! It is truly my favorite holiday!

Sunday, January 3, 2010


I have recently become a fan of the wooden shapes, boxes, ornaments they have at craft stores. Here is a tissue box that Claudia painted for our bathroom. Doesn't your nose feel better already? Also ... only cost $3.99 and we had the paints.
I bought her a blank wooden purse for her birthday - plan to paint it pink and let her glue on the sparkles!!

Star Wars plus Glitter = not fabulous

So ... inspired by Henry's love of all things Star Wars I thought we could combine or two loves in holy matrimony. A good idea, but not as successful as I had hoped. Darth Vader turned out pretty well, but pretty disappointed in C3PO who just looks like a crusty light bulb and the storm trooper seems a bit Vegas. Anyway - here's to experimentation!!