Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Well you can see that apparently we grow 'em really short around here, but they're still super cute PANTS...and she'll be able to wear them for at least a year:)
Friday, August 27, 2010
During breakfast this morning, I whipped up these cuties.
I cut them out last night, using this pattern from Made by Rae http://www.made-by-rae.com/2010/08/big-butt-baby-pants-sewing-pattern.html. I also went ahead and pressed in the creases in the hem bands etc. They came together in about 20 minutes while the girls munched their eggs and fruit.
Love the fabric??? I got it from my fave online fabric shop, Above All Fabric. Click the button on the right to visit Melanie and check out her great selection.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
(Through the spy lens...)
Daddy took Belle outside while he mowed the grass. This is his variation of supervision.
At least he cleaned it all up, including the child...with the leaf blower.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
And with the heat, comes "caged animal syndrome," that wild-eyed, frizzy-haired, quivering with pent-up energy beast that wreaks havoc on homes across the world. You know...her name's "Belle.":)
SANITY SAVED! Thanks Andy Pandy:)
Rainbow Dough Recipe (compliments of Andy Pandy)
Allow to cool before storing, but dough can be stored in air-tight containers for at least several days and I'm guessing a couple of weeks.
Friday, August 13, 2010
My starter recipe:
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I used this tutorial from Sew Mama Sew http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=8450. It was super simple and took only a few minutes. I was even able to use left-over fabric from the girls fall clothes...oooh, maybe you'll see this again on Making Do Mondays...is that cheating???
And the best news of all...it's so basic that I can wear it lots of times in lots of different ways. Do you think anyone would notice if I wore it every single day in September??? I seriously need to get busy!
Monday, August 9, 2010
Looking for a way to save some of that precious artwork that your little one is churning out by the box load??? This quick tutorial will help you preserve and display some of your favorite pieces.
You will need:
A basic line drawing from your child (hand prints would be super adorable, as would having your child write his/her name)
Plain white paper
Broad-tip black marker
Linen fabric panel (slightly larger than the drawing)
Embroidery hoop optional
1. Place a piece of white paper over your child's artwork. Trace the outlines of the piece with pencil. Remove the artwork from behind the paper and then trace over the pencil lines with the broad-tip marker.
2. Tape the paper with the marker outline to a window or glass door. Tape your linen fabric over the paper. Use the pencil to LIGHTLY trace the outline onto the fabric.
3. Use a basic backstitch to embroider all the lines of the drawing. You can add details like French knots etc. if they are necessary for your child's drawing.
4. Press the linen and mount to backer board.
5. Frame and enjoy!
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Art is one of the ways that we regularly delve into our feelings. After our recent visit to the NC Art Musuem, I decided that we could use our discussions on our trip to inspire our own art.
We settled down at the kitchen table with some watercolor paper and oil pastels. We started by talking about all the paintings we had seen and how they made us feel. Belle was mesmerized by two paintings in particular, one of a storm at sea (I really wish I had written down the name of it!) and the other was The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius by Volaire.
She started by recreating each of these paintings in her own way. We talked about the color choices and the emotions that they conveyed.
Then we moved on to our own creations. Sad was represented by blues, grays, and silver. I'm not sure what led to the line composition, but Belle was really happy with the way it turned out.
Happy was shown with bright, vivid colors and lots of flowers.
And my personal favorite, calm (a bit of a hidden message, you think???), is a drawing of the mountain river where we are buying some land. It is drawn with pastel shades and gentle waves.
It was relaxing to sit and watch Belle work. And the conversations we had were priceless. A fantastic art experience!
Sunday, August 1, 2010
One of the best parts of our local museum is the outdoor sculpture garden and walk. The enormity of many of the pieces is simply awe-inspiring. One piece that particularly caught our eye today was Askew by Roxy Paine. It is a massive metal leafless tree. It shines in the sunlight and reflects the world around it. Truly beautiful!
We used this grand tree as inspiration for an afternoon art project. This was so simple that Belle could do most of it by herself with just a bit of help with attaching the pieces.
We pulled out a roll of aluminum foil, ripped off several pieces and started smushing. I built a basic round base and wrapped it around the large trunk. From there, Belle made branches and put them on the tree. I pinched each branch in place and before we knew it we had our very own version of Paine's masterpiece.
So next time you're visiting you won't need to wonder about the unusual centerpiece on our kitchen table:)