Free Summer Art Journaling Series…Collage

Continuing on our Summer Art Journaling Series this week is collages. Or, as I like to call it: Cut & Paste Therapy. It's therapy because it is a technique that is actually used in some therapies, and a whole lot cheaper than shopping therapy. It's also relaxing and one of the easiest ways to make... Continue Reading →

Free Summer Art Journaling Series…Getting Started

My girls are finally out of school...let summer vacation begin! It feels like this school year just flew by. Now the question is: How do I keep the girls busy this summer? With my free Summer Art Journaling Series, of course. I chose CREATE as my One Word for 2015. And this Summer Art Journaling... Continue Reading →

Creativity Takes Courage

"Creativity takes courage." Henri Matisse said that. Henri spoke truth. Why does creativity take courage? Because what we create is a personal expression of ourselves. Not everyone will like what we create. Not everyone will get it. Not everyone will think it is worthwhile. It takes courage to put a piece of your heart out... Continue Reading →

Art Journal :: Zentangle Art

Continuing on with my One Word, CREATE this week... Here is another new-to-us project we just discovered called Zentangle. What is Zentangle? Basically, it's doodling on steroids. But, it's more than doodling. It's structured doodling that is good for your brain, providing inner focus and relaxation. Why Zentangle? The designs we create with Zentangle are... Continue Reading →

Art Journal :: Mandala Art Project

A few posts ago I talked about a Spring Re-do...or starting over with my One Word, and although it's been a challenge at times to commit to making time to CREATE, I am doing it. This week the girls and I bought a new art journal, and I want to share a new-to-us project we... Continue Reading →

String Art Project for Valentine’s Day

My One Word for 2015 is Create. Thanks to Pinterest I have a serious case of Create Envy. First up on the create list is this string art project for Valentine's Day. Do you remember making string art in grade school? I vaguely remember making a gold and orange owl mounted on a brown piece... Continue Reading →

9 Things This Week…

I would like to say it's been slow around here... This week has been nothing but slow. It has been C-R-A-Z-Y! 9 things this week... Two trips to the ER. Hubby has kidney stones, and anything that can bring a grown man to tears, on his knees, making deals with whomever will take the pain... Continue Reading →

For Your Weekend | It’s the Summer Slow Down

It's summer slow down around here. Time for lazy days, popsicles on the patio, crafts days and enjoying the Colorado outdoors. And, so my writing schedule will also slow down just a bit. I pray that you slow down too; kick off your flip-flops, eat ice cream like a kid, enjoy the sunshine and marvel... Continue Reading →

Summer Art Club For Kids

Summer is fast approaching and you know what that means...I need to keep the kids busy! My girls are such little artists so I have started compiling art projects to keep them busy. And, thanks to Pinterest, I can find so much stuff! Inspiration from Elvie Studio. These little birdies are so easy, even my... Continue Reading →

Give Thanks Project

Every year we create a project to "give thanks" in November. Not that we aren't thankful all year long. But, November is a good time to reflect and be mindful of what we have before the "I wants" of the holiday season begin. Using small gifts bags, decorate with stickers, bling and ribbon. ("Be Thankful"... Continue Reading →

Passing the days

We got 3 new mice this weekend. The girls made this lame attempt to say it was my "mother's day gift" but really they wanted the mice. They did allow me to pick one out for myself but I foot the bill! Mother's Day...bah humbug! I hope you were one of the lucky mothers out... Continue Reading →

Watercolors with kids

Today was a watercolor kind of day. Don't you just love a brand new set of paints? It's been a long time since I have painted...obviously. The butterfly is heavy handed but, like I tell the kids, art isn't about being perfect, it's about creating something. I always go light on my critique of my... Continue Reading →

Art Journal and Summer Fun Ideas for Kids

Now that I am transitioning from a working mom to a stay-at-home mom I am freaking out a little bit, and not why you might think. What am I going to do with the kids this summer so that I don't hear the dreaded words, "I am bored!"? Oh, those are scary words. I had... Continue Reading →

Summer Bucket List…check one off the list.

Here's a great little inspiration to keep the kids busy this summer...Badges of Fun from Disney's Family Fun. There you can print out a badge chart, then just go outside and complete one of the suggested activities or adventures to earn a badge. This month we chose rock painting. Using outdoor acrylic paint, we spruced... Continue Reading →

thanksgiving arts/craft idea to show your blessings

While Alex was home sick with the flu I put together this coloring sheet for the girls. I found clip art of a fat turkey online, then in Photoshop I added the "stuffed with blessings" text. Everyone (including hubby) wrote all their blessings inside the turkey..stuffing it. (get it.) We then hung them on our... Continue Reading →

art club for kids

Noodle Art Get a whole mess of noodles, some 11x17 poster board, Elmer's Glue and create away! The girls loved this project and it's low mess...mom loved that. Let the noodle art dry overnight, then display. We called the ribbon noodles "butterflies". I was going to dye the noodles first, but I lost the energy.... Continue Reading →

soft answers jar reward

Tired of the angry words my family was using with one another, I got the "soft answers" jar idea over at http://www.spelloutloud.com {here}. The concept comes from the Bible verse: "A soft answer turns away wrath" - Proverbs 15:1 I printed the verse out and mounted it to an old vitamin jar. Whenever one of... Continue Reading →

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