Saturday, August 30, 2014

Weekly Art With Kids | Stick Boats


Another fun activity, another craft that I mostly did on my own.  It was the same scenario as the tin lanterns, littles couldn't really do it, my oldest not too interested.  These were super fun, super cute, actually floated (in the tub), and I think will make a cute decoration.  

We collected the sticks and chose the paper together.  Then I got started cutting the sticks down to size and tying them together with hemp cord.  It was tricky, far from perfect, but it turned out cute. The photo inspiration was found here.





   

Summer Crafts 2014
Tin Can Lanterns
Kool-Aid Play Dough
Watercolor & Crayon Pond Art
Garden Tic-Tac-Toe
Mini Books
Stick Boats
Mini Art Garland
Bubble Wands  

Friday, August 29, 2014

Our Last Beach Trip





 



 









Our last trip to the beach this summer.  We spent a couple days with family exploring and relaxing, escaping the sun and heat of Portland.  We enjoyed good food, sun, and sand.  We rode dirt bikes with the kids and even I attempted my first solo ride.  Steve had to call everyone out to watch me, no pressure.  We will miss you Oregon Coast, until next summer.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Weekly Art With Kids | Tin Lanterns


What is more fun then a lantern in the summertime?  This became a mom craft, since my oldest isn't interested in crafting, and my littles are not quite old enough to use a hammer and nail on slippery metal.  It has been funny, this crafting thing this summer, my oldest has definitely transitioned out of it.  I tried to choose a few activities that he might be interested in, this particular craft being one of them, but my plan backfired.  He was still not interested and I was stuck doing the craft for the other kids.  Not really the point of crafting with kids, them not doing and you doing it all.  They did love the end result.  I wish I could have snapped a photo of my littlest carrying this cute lantern around the house today.  Very fun for them to play with.

I followed the tutorial here.  I saved a bunch of tin cans and froze water in them.  My original idea was to make a tin can garland for the porch.  Well, almost all the cans split in the freezer.  I was only left with two cans.  I opted to make a couple tin lanterns for the kids to play with.
   





Summer Crafts 2014
Tin Can Lanterns
Kool-Aid Play Dough
Watercolor & Crayon Pond Art
Garden Tic-Tac-Toe
Mini Books
Stick Boats
Mini Art Garland
Bubble Wands  

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Weekly Art With Kids | Kool-Aid Play Dough


This was a fun, messy, activity.  I could only find two types of kool-aids, thinking one was blue and one was red.  They happened to both be red, so we didn't get the colors we wanted.  It made a lovely play dough, the color was amazing, and it smelled yummy.  I followed the recipe found here.













I have a few more crafts to post from our summer series.  I'm going to try to finish posting our summer crafts in the next couple weeks.  I didn't stay caught up with posting the crafts this summer, enjoying the busy, family fun that summer is around these parts, but am planning to soon.

Summer Crafts 2014
Tin Can Lanterns
Kool-Aid Play Dough
Watercolor & Crayon Pond Art
Garden Tic-Tac-Toe
Mini Books
Stick Boats
Mini Art Garland
Bubble Wands  

Friday, August 22, 2014

Project Life 2014 | January, February, & March


I'm finally sharing my Project Life pages for 2014.  I've decided to collect and work on my photos quarterly.  My first pages are of January, February, and March.

I shared my title page earlier, but I am sharing it here again because I decided to switch out a card.  The new card is the "This is a Story about Family."  Love this little card.


Each quarter begins with the months that will be documented.  I kept it simple with grey and white.  I'm using the Midnight Edition and the Just Add Color Edition.  I'm keeping it simple by using the colors black, white, grey, kraft, and yellow.  I'm also using lots of black and white photos.


I'm also loving these page protectors, they have three 3x4 cards and three 4x4 cards.  I love the look of them in the album.  I'm really trying to keep it simple and not add a lot of embellishments.  At times I  find it hard to just slip in the cards and the photos.  While I'm working on it I always feel like it needs more, but when I'm looking at it collectively, I love the simple look.  The cards are the embellishments.



I'm using a Highlights card for each quarter and just typing down highlights from this part of the year.  I'm loving the ease of documenting.  I can still add some journaling here and there, but I'm not pressuring myself to do it.







Here is an 81/2x11 page documenting some snowy days we had in February.  I embellished with some cork letters, some lovely yellow velvet ribbon, chipboard asterisks, and a wood veneer heart.





Loving these fun square pages, fun to fill and to look at filled.


This is how I will be documenting this year.  I'm opting to spend a lot less time recording and opting to have a lot less pages in my album.  I'm enjoying the freedom of this simple approach to this project.  It just took me a couple days, working a few hours each day to put this together.  A pretty perfect approach that works well right now.

You can find my other Project Life pages here.http://lemonverbenablog.blogspot.com/search/label/Project%20Life