April 21, 2014

Easy Flower Cards

There are so many big-kid, independent stuff I have to say no to these days. Can I walk to my friend's house by myself? No. Can I have cookies for breakfast? Nope. Can I have a ladder to climb on the roof? Absolutely not. So when she asked if she could play with our glue gun, it was so nice to be able to say Yes. That is how these flower cards came about!

Easy Flower Cards

April 15, 2014

Another Plain Vest

I had one simple ambition when I began knitting- that one day I'd be able to make clothing and socks. I love cozy, woolen socks. While I have (yet) to cast on anything sock-wise, this is happily the second vest I've completed. My first sweater vest went to a newborn friend who looked quite dashing in it, if I do say so myself. This one turned out pretty well too!
Another Plain Vest

April 14, 2014

Tinkerlab Challenge: Egg Bombing Trees

This was an Isia-driven idea. We've been talking about how the trees are starting to bud, and how they'll soon be colorful. Well, she waited. And waited. Finally she asked, "Can we just paint them?" Sure, I said, not quite sure how we'd go about it. Yes, we've drawn on trees with chalk- but paint is a new one for me. Then I had an inspiration. We'd been talking about what to create with eggs for the Tinkerlab Egg Creative Challenge. Why not paint the trees with them?
Tinkerlab Challenge: Egg Bombing Trees

April 8, 2014

Cotton Swab Painting

Even though I've been teaching art for over ten years (yikes!) there are some things I've still not gotten around to. Or else I've done them so long ago I've forgotten all about them, which is a good possibility too. My kids are fascinated with cotton swabs- to the point that I've had to hide them away. So it was fun to give them the chance to paint with them, something I've been wanting to try. Since the cotton swabs are small and hard to grasp, they're excellent at building little hand muscles. And there are so many options for painting!

Cotton Swab Painting