Summer Art part 2

well we finished up our art play dates for the summer. It was a lot of fun and we tried a lot of new things! Here is a peak into our tuesdays….

Attempting to do an art playdate. These milk paint cubes were awesome!

Pudding, veggies, coffee filters, water/food coloring

Messy art @devonhills82 @dixonwifey

Another fun morning with paint! This time with balls & cars instead of brushes!

Our last official art playdate for the summer. We did finger & hand prints, foot prints, & painted our initials!

we break up the 6 weeks each week into a general theme or unit…

Week 1- Colors, We painted with milk paint which i froze into ice cubes, we experimented with mixing colors in water color, and we painted rainbows with water color, and cutting collage practice

Week 2- Food week, we painted with cooked spaghetti noodles, pudding vinger paint, we used veggis as stamps, and we used water colors and coffe filters.

Week 3- Nature week, we painted leaves, leaf rubbings and tracings, water droppers

Week 4- Sensory week, we exploded soap in the microwave and attempted to color it, painted with shaving creme and food coloring, made objects out of clay, we also painted using different household objects as brushes (fly swatters, bath puffs, things like that)

Week 5- we roll and throw containers filled with paper and paint, we use marbles and pink pong balls to roll through paint and as brushes, we drive cars around our paint try, (last year this week was a hit this year not as much but i still love the effect of the paint in the containers)

Week 6- Me week we do hand prints turned into butterfly’s, foot prints, finger print trees, and we painted their initial. (last year we did full body sketches and colored them)

Having done this now two summers in a row i have learned a few things…. first have no expectations of what will be liked or not liked every kid/week is different and sometimes what i thing is fun they find boring. a little food coloring goes a long way, and the $1 store is a great resource. Kids love to get their fingers messy and cover paper, rarely will they paint what you had hopped. Paint outside and again relinquish your control!!! Its art let them show you their creativity!!!!

Looking for fun art to do with your preschooler or tot? Feel free to check out my pinterest boards Homeschool-Art and Homeschool-Completed


Summer Art

So one thing that we love about summer is that we can get outside for a little bit each week and have some fun, get messy and create! I think Tuesdays are the best days of the week!

So far this summer we’ve done a lot of fun things takes to Pinterest! We’ve painted with condensed milk, which we actually froze and used the ice pops to paint with, we used water colored with food coloring on coffe filters, we have painting with pudding finger paint. Its messy and fun and more is to come!


Pinterest Party RE-cap

Well a round of colds has hit our home and has circled back around again as march begins. 😦 the down side of so many in one home i guess. Those colds have left me resting in bed cuddling with babies and not really doing much else, so pinterest february didn’t go quite as planned but hey I got a few things done and wanted to share them…

I made the letter T out of some pipe cleaners and yarn for the boys’ alpha wall in their room….

Tutorial Here

pipe cleaner and yarn - love - darling idea for Primary Christmas trees

and I made a charging station for our ipods and iphones….

I also have some lemon peels soaking in Vinegar for a homemade cleaner, & stitched up so,e old diapers for new rags…
We also made some fun pipe cleaner glasses..
Oh & lastly I crocheted up more hearts like i did last year & stitched them on as elbow patches…
(the multi pictures is a result of doing the monthly photo challenges)
February photography challenge - gonna use this as my guide for Project 2012

I also did a lot of pinterest cooking this week…

Thin Mint truffles, Black Bean brownies, & Yogurt dipped fruit.

And over valentines week i put some pinterest gift & date ideas to work as did my hubby during our “I Love you More” week. Which you can read more about here if you want.

Want the tutorial or recipes for the projects I did check out my pin boards.. thing’s I’ve made & Thing’s I’ve cooked.

Party Time!

Yesterday was Launch of my pinterest party month. I started it off with a pinterest party with friends from church. 3 hours of no kids, a yummy lunch and crafts!

It started out to be 3 crafts… an apothecary jar, a tinted masson jar and a scarf. But then i worried that the jars would go so fast that there would be so much down time. So i pulled out the etching cream and some coffee mugs with chalk board paint, oh and some scrap fabric for headbands just in case! (ok so i went from not enough to fill time to overly ambitious) But Hey we still had fun and how was i to know the girls who came were AMAZING perfectionists (unlike myself, all though sometimes i aspire to be that detailed).

We did have fun though! These are the pinterest links to the projects that inspired what we made and the food we ate if you are intersted in any of them….

T-shirt yarn woven into headbands. Too cute!

chalkboard mugs DIY

Glue dollar store glasses onto candlesticks = Apothecary jars

T-shirt scarf tutorial

How to make Infinity Scarves. So great.

color glass jars with mod podge and food coloring.

glass jars turned vintage
The tutorial is here:

Glass Etching

Easy peasy glass etching tutorial (you can reuse the etching cream!)

Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich

quinoa salad

oreo truffles (no baking!)

What do you have up your sleeve this month?


Pretty and Practical #4

Its the 31st and time to wrap up the Pretty and Practical before February’s Pinterest Party. I have a couple projects to finish up tonight when my hubby gets home such as….

Hanging some little mailboxes i got

kid's mailbox. Wanted this so bad as a kid. totally gonna do it for my kids!

and in the next week or so we are gonna make this guy (Our saturdays flew by us!)

Love it!!! I want it!!!

and i need to go pick up a cupboard organizer for some of the snacky things we buy, an idea inspired by this…

i like those containers the potatoes are in

and i’m hoping i can get him to do this to a book i have…

Make your very own iPhone Charging Dock that will take the place of that ugly white cord lying across your nightstand.

We’ll see if i make it that far tonight! And if so i’ll update you on my final Score but as of now this is where i stand…

Yarn/pipe cleaner letter, A height ruler for the boys, and my Perpetual Calender. I Also finished my 2012 Bucket List (Jar on the left, more on it later!)

I also made an “I love you because” board and the little frame on the bottom is a Chore chart for Harvey with photos of each chore using Instax film.

I also bought baskets to organize my fridge plus a lazy susan for it also.

all that gives me a total of : 19 points for those projects (most of them were free! wahoo!)

So total pretty and practical points: 44


*** Update, Nothing got finished last night as hoped, Final poibts : 44****

Pretty Vs. Practical #3

I am on a role with these Pretty vs. Practical projects. I think my husband may hate me at the end of the month with all the work he is having to do. 🙂 This week i tackled a few projects….

1) Organzied the clothes I store (Kids, Maternity, the like)- Free –

2) Made a laundry basket storage rack

3) Wreath for the front door

4) hung some wall decor in Kitchen – Free –

5) Blanket storage in living room – Free –

6) Organized our homeschool supplies (art supplies, learning tools, games) – Free –

7) Turned our fridge door into a chalk board

Wanna see?

Total Pretty Vs. Practical points: 25

My Boys

So with adjusting to #3 in the picture i’ve taken a bit of a break from a lot crafting (i’m sure you can tell) But we have had a few things going on here and there and so i wanted to show of those few…

I’ve made a few sleep sacks for baby Ollie, the boys did some lovely paintings for an art show we ended up missing, and i did manage to sew up there PJ pants and Hats for christmas (the only sewing i did this year!)