Poet-Trees

Poet-Trees

I saw an idea to make 3-D poetry-themed trees somewhere online and loved it! We cut a basic pine tree shape out of scrapbook paper (two tree shapes for each one, one with a slit cut half way up from the bottom and one with a slit cut halfway down from the top so the … Continue reading

Handmade Gifts

Handmade Gifts

I made my sisters a couple of handmade gifts for this past Christmas. Keychain wrist lanyards: I thought this would be good for each of them for dog walking. My younger sister has two dogs and my older sister recently started her own dog walking & pet sitting business (check it out here!) (I designed … Continue reading

Advent 2015

Advent 2015

Again this year for Advent we symbolically walked with Mary on her journey to Christmas. Each day she moved one spot closer to Christmas, we said a prayer to her, and then on each Sunday of Advent, we lighted all of the candles and the Kiddo read a special prayer to accompany the particular Sunday … Continue reading

St. Nicholas Day 2015

St. Nicholas Day 2015

Some pictures from our St. Nicholas Day festivities, at home and at church (with a visit from “St. Nicholas,” complete with a story, dinner & cookies, crafts, and a gift!): Of course, the Kiddo said it was not the real Saint Nicholas, since he died a long time ago. This led to questions about Santa … Continue reading

Catching up

Catching up

I know I do not blog much any more. But, as it is a new year, I am trying to “catch up” and get back at it, because I really do enjoy it. To start catching up, here a couple pictures from this last Autumn that I never shared. The Kiddo wanted to be a … Continue reading

St. Francis Day

St. Francis Day

We had a fun celebration at church for St. Francis Day (October 4). There was a Blessing of the Animals, plus fun kids’ activities like pony rides and a petting zoo. It was great! The Kiddo enjoyed coloring St. Francis related pages. That tan, black, and white creature on the table in the photo above … Continue reading

Giveaway Reminder!

Giveaway Reminder!

Don’t forget you could win a super-duper awesome sand kit and book in my giveaway here! All you have to do is comment on that blog post to be entered! Get over there today before the giveaway ends. And because every post needs a couple pictures… Happy Autumn!

Ice Cream Work: Surrealism, Sand Art, and a Giveaway!

Ice Cream Work: Surrealism, Sand Art, and a Giveaway!

Surrealism began in the 1920s and is an art and literary movement. It involved artists like Salvidore Dali, Rene Magritte, and Max Ernst. Surrealist art surprises the viewer, putting together elements that wouldn’t normally go together. It is characterized by an attempt to show the imagination and dream-world in a visual form. Naoshi (Naoko Kikuchi) … Continue reading

Michaelmas 2015

Michaelmas 2015

(Coloring page from here.) We had a very quiet Michaelmas celebration this year, but I think it was quite lovely. Here is some of what we have done in the past. This year, I made my now annual blackberry cake (blackberry cake because of the story from the British Isles that says when St. Michael threw … Continue reading

Hokusai- Inspired Printmaking

Hokusai- Inspired Printmaking

I have always loved and admired the work of Japanese block printers, especially Hiroshige and Hokusai. (Here is a marvelous video about both of these great artists.) Using the lesson idea from  Art Treasury, we learned a little about Hokusai, then made our own version of a “great wave” print. I have lots of left over … Continue reading