Organizing Art Supplies: Pantry Labels

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I know you probably come here for projects to work on with your kids, and I have loads of ideas for you, but I got a burst of energy from a "pantry organization" search on Pinterest (see, poking around online is not a waste of your time!), and got busy sorting my pantry. Very busy. The "before" pictures are incredibly embarrassing blury, and I'm sure I'll share them one … [Read more...]

Chalkboard Painted Canvas

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"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." - Pablo Picasso Chalkboards...I love them. You? The texture, the dust, and contrast are oh-so-appealing. When I started to see them disappear from classrooms in favor of dry erase boards, I was a little bit shocked. Dry erase boards are wonderful too, but they'll never have the same rustic appeal as a … [Read more...]

Why We Would Be Lost Without Tape

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Are you a "Tape House?" We love tape in our house, and it gets used for just about everything: taping up wax paper sandwich bags, taping labels to things, taping art table creations together, taping up marble runs, taping up whimsical installations. A roll of clear tape is a fixture on the art table and we have a big box full of colorful paper tape (this tape from Discount … [Read more...]

Organizing Art Supplies: Day Two

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This is the second edition of a new series where I'm sharing my messy spaces and process of organizing as I strive to build a more beautiful, accesible, and relaxing space for living and creating (here's the first post). My friend and professional organizer, Jillian, is spearheading this project -- it helps to have company -- and this week we tackled so many things: art … [Read more...]

10 Steps for Easy Indoor Easel Painting

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Some of us are totally comfortable setting up the easel and letting our kids have a go, but I know others who want to hide under a freshly laundered sheet at the thought of setting up what's essentially a painting extravaganza. And you may be surprised to learn that I can easily fall into both camps! I don't leave our easel out all the time because our house is small, it … [Read more...]