In Search of Life Balance

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I have to confess that I've been feeling a little overwhelmed for the past few weeks. Or maybe months. The feeling comes and goes, but striking the right work/life balance has been tough, and anyone who tells you otherwise is trying to sell you something. If you're not familiar with my story, I'm a SAHM who has the working bug in her soul. I want nothing more than to be with my … [Read more...]

Tin Painting for El Dia de Los Muertos

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The Mexican folk art of tin painting is eye candy for little kids, such a fun medium to play with, and it's perfect for El Dia de Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead, November 1 & 2). I used to lead this activity when I taught art in Los Angeles elementary schools, and I've seen 100's of children get sucked right into it, inevitably asking for more. I was curious to see if … [Read more...]

Experiment: Make Fake Snow

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How to Make Fake Snow We've been making fake snow, which is equally fun for kids like mine who celebrate winter under a sea of palm trees or those who are house-bound by piles of real winter snow. Note: This post contains Amazon links for your convenience. Supplies sodium polyacrylate, or fake snow liquid Watercolors plastic pipette low-walled clear … [Read more...]

Painting on Wood Panel

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There's something about how the layers of paint sit on top of the wood that I find so appealing. I had to pick up two wood panels for a baby shower gift and my three year old asked if she could paint on some too. She chose three small panels, one as a housewarming gift for her uncle and the other two for herself. She also asked if she could have some new acrylic paint, … [Read more...]

Leather Stamping

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A few weeks ago we learned how to stamp leather. Have you ever tried this? I haven't done this since summer camp and it was fun to revisit this good ol' western craft. We happened upon the sweetest Hoedown in a nearby town. As a Los Angeles native, my heart always skips a beat when I find myself in the middle of old fashioned, middle American goodness. I love antique shows, … [Read more...]