Symmetrical Butterfly Prints

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When my 1 year old naps, my three and a half year old non-napper and I like to pull out some of our favorite messy materials that don't normally surface when baby hot-hands is awake. The other day N wanted to paint, and we ended up making butterfly rorschach paintings. BTW, every time I have to spell that word -- rorschach -- it stumps me! Anyone else? We called these butterfly … [Read more...]

New Life for a Melissa & Doug Box

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My 3 year old, N, received a Melissa & Doug Deluxe Stringing Bead set from her grandparents that came in a lovely, wooden, shallow, lidless box. Lidless, with tiny beads inside. And this is marketed to little kids. Whaaaat? Dear Melissa & Doug: Can you please, pretty please make lids for the boxes that house your fabulous toys? Thanks! Here's how the problem … [Read more...]

Tinkering on the Typewriter

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I've been thinking about getting an old typewriter for a long while (this post from The Artful Parent struck a chord, and I love how Jean set up a writing area around her typewriter), but since I've been on a purging streak since the first of the year it was hard to justify the purchase, and find a good spot for it. By the way, if you're interested in organizing your life … [Read more...]

Halloween Tradition: Little Fabric Ghosts

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This little fabric ghost tradition began last year, and N has been begging me to revive it for weeks. We haven't had any white fabric in the house, I didn't have the energy to make a fabric run, and then low-and-behold I found a quarter yard of fabric in a closet sweep a few days ago! Yay for "free" fabric. It's more craft than art, but you'll see in a minute how this can be … [Read more...]

Organic Shape Monsters for Halloween

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When I saw this idea over at We Heart Art, I loved it for its open-ended qualities and simplicity. Joanna did this project with Kindergarteners, but it was adaptable to my 3-year old and could easily scale up for older children. Plus, the monster theme played out so nicely with Halloween right around the corner. Grrrrr.... And, are you ready to hear how easy this is? All you … [Read more...]

Materials Challenge: CD’s + Paint Pens

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This month has been crazy busy, but a few days ago I was actually able to wrap my head around a creative project ahead of time and set this table up *the night before.* Gasp. Do you ever do this? It's been a while since I have, and I always feel like I've embraced my inner-preschool teacher when it happens. Anyway, I look at this sort of project as a provocation: The materials … [Read more...]

Prepping the DIY Drop-in Studio {GIVEAWAY}

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While I'm lucky to stay at home with my super-rad kids, I'm also lucky enough to squeeze some extra fun "work" into the nooks and crannies of my life. No small task (did you see my In Search of Life Balance post?), but completely worth it. One of my big projects is about to come to fruition and I'm so excited to share it with you. I've been helping the newly-branded Children's … [Read more...]

Think Different

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"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently." - Steve Jobs I never met Steve Jobs, but his life's work has influenced me in multiple ways, both subtle and overt, and it's impossible for me to pass up the opportunity to acknowledge my gratitude for his attention to detail, user … [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...]

Mini Paintings

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Do you recognize these materials? I'm big on repurposing found objects into art, so when I found a plastic slide sheet from my pre-digital days I couldn't bear to throw it out before giving it the ol' arts and crafts makeover. If you're not familiar with these, they're essentially sheet protectors for slides. I showed the sheet to N with the suggestion that we fill it with … [Read more...]