"Photography was once described as painting with light."
Monday, November 29, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
I found these wooden owl puppets from last year, we colored them with markers and then added feathers. It was a quick, fun project for both of us! I think they turned out Lovely....
“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.”
— Mary Lou Cook
Saturday, November 20, 2010
1. Search for images on Google.
2. Import the images into Picasa.
3. Click on the image and choose collage.
4. Choose size; I generally do a 4 x 6, but smaller would be the usual size of a tag.
5. Choose a background color
6. Add text.
7. Print .
8. Adhere to some cardstock and add a ribbon to tie onto the package.
For more detailed directions on how to use the collage feature in Picasa, check out this post.
Here are some of the recent "tags" I created in Picasa.
They are really great with cardstock and ribbon, but, of course, I failed to take a picture of the finished product...sorry! Kids love to see their party theme on their birthday package, especially when it's personalized.
Friday, November 19, 2010
That's how I feel about this week and really about life in general. It's just speeding by while I try to grasp it tightly and enjoy the moments. It doesn't help when Christmas music starts being played the day after Halloween. Wednesday will be mine and Victor's 14th wedding anniversary. Are you kidding me??? 14 years! In ten more years, I'll have been with him longer than I was without him. CRAZY!
I think it's been almost a week since I picked up my camera; that's pretty much unheard of around here! I better try to make up for that today.
Today we are putting the finishing touches on our Operation Christmas Child boxes and seeing just how much we can really stuff into a shoe box...you'd be surprised. I think we'll deliver them either later today or tomorrow. The kids still have to make cards to put inside.
And since I was on the subject of rushing life...why not get in the holiday spirit by checking out some of last year's Christmas pictures?
Monday, November 15, 2010
After lots of sanding and a few coats of red spray paint, here is the end result.
It was actually E that helped me to come up with the idea to glue cork squares to the side of the desk, because he wanted to be able to hang things on it and of course, I wanted it to look "cute" at the same time...this is the solution.
The key holes and the handles were also covered in the yucky brown paint, I just sanded those down with the sander. I like how the result is a brushed silver look. I also sanded all the edges of the desk, including to the drawers, to make it look older and warn.
Old maps (donated by my mom and dad) sit under the glass top. Yes, the glass top came with the desk!
"Do you think it is only a little thing to possess a house from which lovely things can be seen?"
Saturday, November 13, 2010
The kids and I are putting together shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Check out Meg's blog for the link. That's where I was inspired to do something (and use funky colors for my font). Maybe you can do something for this great cause too!
"There is no happiness in having or in getting,
but only in giving."
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Make a bag, a simple rectangular shaped bag with wide grosgrain ribbon, long enough to wear the bag as a "messenger bag". This allows the kids to carry the bags on their own from house to house. Both my kids carried their bags for the entire Halloween experience.
Next, I found an image on the computer (actually, E picked it out). I printed it on iron-on transfer paper and then followed the directions to iron it onto the bag. Easy, easy!
It's not the best design and there are definitely things to improve ....a vertical image that takes up more space...added details, etc... however, it served its purpose and when waiting until the day of Halloween, you make do...
Sunday, November 7, 2010
"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage." -Lao-Tzu
Don't forget to check out Heather's blog; it's one of my favorite places to visit on a daily basis.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Here are the leftovers.....
Avozinha with the kids... she had already taken her teeth out...very cute if you ask me. E was not seeing the cuteness; he was actually a bit afraid to go near her. You should have seen him trying to kiss her
See his nervous face checking out the situation?
So much for random....
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Found the bat idea here .
Little Miss drew the flower in pencil, I outlined it with a sharpie and she painted it with water colors. It has the rickrack on it so it can be hung, but I decided to lean it instead. It is done on a 5x7 canvas.
E painted this pumpkin 2 years ago when he was hospitalized for his asthma attack. I framed it and take it out every fall.
...and the loot from E's bag after a long night of trick or treating. We donated it today at the dentist office. They were giving the kids $1.00 per pound of candy. Little Miss and E each had 4 lbs. The dentist office sends the candy overseas to troops.