June 29-30: Kids making art

July 1, 2013 § 1 Comment

I love it when kids make art because they want to and not because you told them to. For example, J. went to drawing camp last week because he wanted to learn how to draw his lizard, and the camp was about drawing animals. He enjoyed every day of it, and on Friday he came home with all this:


Maybe I am just a biased mom, but I think this is pretty darn good. And he was so proud:

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Yesterday, his best friend spent the day with us, and in the afternoon, they really wanted to paint outside, which I don’t blame them for, as it was a gorgeous day, and the garden looks fantastic these days.  They painted on the same paper but on the opposite sides of the easel, and when they were done, it looked like this:


As you can see, we love displaying kids’ art in our house.

Then today we were at the art museum, which was packed since it was 90 degrees outside, and we spent time in our favorite part of the museum — the art resource room. J. was the one who didn’t want to leave. He made a few neat things, and was especially interested in printmaking. A book for his grandmother came out of that:


The rest of us dabbled too, including O. who loves pencils and paper, and who today also drooled on paper and then punched a hole in it. You’ve got to encourage creativity from the youngest age, no?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAArt is a life-saver. I keep saying this, but I am amazed at what it does for J. He loves museums: he looks at the art, discusses it with me, watches the short movies about artists they show, and especially likes making things himself.

As for me, since this is my blog after all, I finally made some magnets, and packed them in little bags with handmade soaps I bought at the local soap store as gifts for friends. Because, folks, we are traveling overseas tomorrow, so I don’t think I will be posting for the next two days. Hopefully I will be back soon though. Until then, here are the magnets:



June 23: Earth and rain

June 24, 2013 § Leave a comment

I am trying to make Earth magnets, which will have a picture of the Earth as a heart, with the writing “Love your Mother” — like this

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but I keep messing up, which makes me feel pretty bad. It’s ironic. All Earth needs is more crap being made in Her honor, especially as I had to trash three sheets of paper already, not to mention the printer ink. Oh, well. I think I got it right this time, I will report on my progress tomorrow.

Tonight there was a terrible rain storm, and as I was writing assignments and tests, I looked out the window and saw this:


It simply had to be photographed. A little magic moment at the tired end of the day. I wonder if Merlin and Hermione (for that’s who they are) were making it rain or making it stop raining.

May 25: a few things

May 26, 2013 § 1 Comment

It was a creative day today. First we tried out my new unnecessary purchase, a circle cutter and magnet parts for my button-making machine. We can make magnets now! J. and I cut out dozens of pictures, and made two magnets and a button (which featured the implosion of a building; I don’t know where one would wear such a thing).


Then we went to explore the wealthier part of Tacoma. The trip included getting milkshakes, looking at shop windows and rolling in the grass in the park. Here is some of what we saw:


A nice day. A pretty town, if you look in the right places.

December 6: Still the same thing

December 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

I guess this blog will be pretty boring until I get all my T-shirts done. There are still at least 4 to go. But the skunk turned out great, and the matching shirts for a lovely girl and her baby brother  are not so bad either.


My little darling was making buttons for his two best (girl)friends, and I made one too.


So it doesn’t matter that our gifts don’t look professional. It’s the gift of love & handmade. Not to mention some serious bonding time with your children.

September 15: Creative gift wrapping

September 16, 2012 § 2 Comments

J. was invited to his best friend’s birthday party today. While the gift was the usual Toys R’ Us fare (Lego, to be  more precise), we decided to wrap it in a more creative/unusual way. D. wrapped it in butcher paper, which  J. decorated with rubber stamps. I made a button using a template that came with my button maker.

J. made the birthday card using stamps and stickers:

The way I see it, any activity that uses an ink pad that looks like this

is one that is good for the soul. My child stated that this was much more fun than buying regular wrapping paper and a card, and the mess we made

must also be good for the soul.

The final product:

He had a great time at the party, and we managed to teach him another lesson, even if futile in the long run, that consumerism is not nearly as fun as creativity.

September 13: The one that failed

September 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

Well, they can’t all be good, right? I got the button machine out tonight, which should have been fun, but too many things went wrong. My stickers and stencils were too big, I was all out of  “e”s, I couldn’t find the star stickers or the heart stickers, and maybe I was just a bit tired.  But here it is, my creation for the day.  I made the “e”s myself.

What can I say?  I am a teacher educator, and a great supporter of people’s movements. However, this button is pretty awful, and if I can figure out a better way to fit the letters on a button of this size, there will be a better one to show off tomorrow.


July 22: button making

July 22, 2012 § 2 Comments

Recently I bought a badge-a-minit button (badge) maker for $29.95. Reviewers recommend other, more expensive button makers, but so far I am quite happy with this one, since I am making buttons on a small scale. Today, J. said he would help me but didn’t. My child chooses video games over art these days. Sigh. I did the project by myself, while O. was napping. J. and D. both ordered Buddha buttons, so this is what I came up with:

D’s Buddha

J’s Medicine Buddha

And I made one for myself, but the background was too dark and I wasn’t too pleased

Blessed Be

Though I don’t guarantee the highest quality, I do take orders: if you want me to make you one or three, just let me know!

By the way, this is what the button maker looks like:

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