Wednesday, August 13, 2014

JULY aRt ClaSs

Welcome! come in and get creative :) 

 The kids always have an easy project to work on at the beginning until everyone gets to class. This was a fun little robot that the kids could color and personalize.

 This project was so much fun, in fact, I was surprised at how much the kids loved it. They could have kept painting and painting. I gave them all sorts of sticks and leaves and pinecones, etc. They used these nature bits as paint brushes.

The 100 year old self portrait was super cute. I found the idea here...the best part...the brown paper face made from wrinkled brown paper.  We looked on the Internet at pictures of people who were 100 years old. 

The dolphin drawing was from here. Thank you, Marty Nystom!

The robot template is here.

  The flowers were made from tissue paper strips taped (with washi tape) to sticks. A fun bouquet :)

Art class is so much fun and a huge blessing!!!! My boys have outgrown it, but they hang around in the living room to play games with any kids who finish a project early. My daughter is still loving it and when she is not a student, she is my right-hand-helper-lady :)

I am excited about the August class coming up on the 22nd and 25th....lots of great stuff....studying the artist Winslow Homer....ships....sunflowers....and sculptures using a fun summer toy (what could that be?!?!?). I have a few spots left in each me to inquire (saramincy @

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Cherry Limeade Cupcakes

Mmmmm these cupcakes were good! We followed this recipe pretty much, but used a lemon cake mix instead of scratch. I was in such a cooking and baking kick, and now I'm......not! Ha! I think I just get bored and move onto something else. Now it's getting ready for a homeschool curriculum consignment sale (pricing, tagging) and getting ready to do art classes again- Yay! It has been too long. Hope you are having a sweet and fun summer.


P.S. my favorite verses right now:

Psalm 62:5-8

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
    for my hope is from him.
 He only is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
 On God rests my salvation and my glory;
    my mighty rock, my refuge is God.

Trust in him at all times, O people;
    pour out your heart before him;
    God is a refuge for us. Selah


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Instagram is making me lazy

How can it be that I have not blogged for 2 months? I have no good excuses...Here is what we have been up to :) :) Oh! And we are still living in our house! How wonderful is that? It has been back and forth, but for now we are still here and putting selling on hold. God has been so gracious and kind to us through the whole process. These things take time...Dave was out of a job for 6 months a year ago...and that catches up to you eventually. But, here we are still and thankful...willing to move if we have to....but more than happy to stay if we can :)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

COLOR: 2 Ways

We colored eggs at our last art class- I used a new technique that was sooo fun and so beautiful. I saw the idea here.

Step one) Splash a hard boiled egg with white vinegar (that's a kid arm there in the photo :)

Step two) Squirt with food color (my tip- give the kids choices of either cool colors or warm colors. I put yellow, orange, red, and pink food color bottles in one container, and the rest of the colors in another (blues, greens, purples). The kids could pick either hot or cold colors (good way to review :)  If you let the kids use all of the colors they run together to make a nice brown...and hey, if that is what you are going for, that is fine- we were going for vibrant!)

 Shake the egg around (that's a kid hand there shaking the egg around :)

 Let the egg sit for 30 seconds. Everyone count together! Math practice too :)

 Rinse and enjoy the beautiful egg! (yeah, that's my hand there holding the egg)

 I have tried so many egg dying methods and this is by far my favorite.

Now for color #2.............................
Lydia, Jen, and I ran in a Color me Rad 5k a few weeks ago. It was colorful :) And fun...the best part is that you are so distracted with all of the color (and not getting the powder in your mouth :-/) that you don't feel how painful the running is :) Even though I don't actually run enough for it to be painful...I totally believe in a walk/slow jog combination for optimum health :)



(we did start with white shirts)

Hope you have a colorful weekend! We are enjoying having Dave's parents here. The weather is perfect! 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

We Are Moving!

****Updated to add that we are not moving at this time! Yay! Who knows what the future holds, but for now we are here and happy :) 

I know?! Who would want to leave this colorful house? We would.....Dave's new job (which he loves, he's a mortgage loan officer) is one that will take awhile to get up and running. We have been house poor for awhile and need to rent something smaller. So we are praying that God will allow us to find a cute and cheap little house with the perfect location, gorgeous yard, and friendly neighbors :-) (why not pray specifically?! I am focusing on the cute part)

Let me know if you would be interested in our house or if you know someone who would. We are in the Raleigh area (a really nice and cute suburb) looks like we will be putting it on the market in May.

And, do you know of anyone wanting to rent out their house?

I am totally in pack and organize mode! WHHOOOO hooo- and can't wait to have a blank canvas to decorate once we get in a new place!!!!

Monday, March 31, 2014 much art!

I am going to document 2 kids' art classes and one of my ladies' art classes, so hold on! It's going to be a colorful ride :)

Here is one of my sweet little students with her foil art. Foil is fun to color on if you have the right tools; permanent markers.

We read the Cat in the Hat and then we drew the silly guy (drawing directions here)

I bought the 97 cent wooden frames at wal-mart so the kids could paint them and then paint a watercolor to go inside.

Fishy collage.

(The bubbles were stamped with the end of a toilet paper tube - which is good because I have TONS of toilet paper tubes! We save every single one. We also save cereal boxes and jars. Art teachers have to be horders :))

Here I am getting ready for my adult class!

Oh my goodness! We had so much fun!

This crayon melting project was awesome!! I have seen tons of different variations on the turn the hair dryer on and point it at your crayon, as your crayon gets hot you start coloring on the canvas.

Yarn art! We had done some sewing in my kids' class, we loved it too :)

Back to kids' classes....these clear gel balls (get them at the dollar store near the vases) are super fun for the kids. $1 can buy a bunch of fun....they took them home and can play with them more or leave them out and see them shrink back to the tiny beads they once were.

Good ole Mona...she's always good for some laughs :) The kids always ask..."why is this the most famous painting ever???"

I don't know?? Because her eyes follow you?

She got a makeover :) You should have seen when the bows and eyelashes were added....

This was a hit....marshmallow painting! I gave the kids a paper plate with several colors of paint, they used large marshmallows as a brush. Such smooth application...really relaxing. They enjoyed just swirling the colors around and around on their paper.

Self portraits! LOVE!

More clear gel beads.

Back to the Girls' Art Nite. Here are the projects we made in our March class. My next class is May 22. More info here.

I hope you enjoyed those fun projects. I can't tell you how happy it makes me to spread the joy of ART and creating :)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

what have we been up to???

 We had a birthday....Our baby is 8!

 The kids made snowcream about 10 times when we had snow....the kitchen was unbelievably sticky :-)

 Hearts hanging for Feb 14


 Girls' art nite projects!

 3 science fair projects= 1 stressed out mom :) ((but it's worth it, right?!))

I hope you have had a nice February...and that March will be even better! I have been keeping up with my diet healthy eating lifestyle! My crazy friends somehow talked me into running a 5k at the beginning of I've been walking with a tiny bit of running jogging thrown in...that is the reason I am giving for gaining back 3 pounds....muscle, right?!?! Anyway, when you see what the race is all about you will know why I agreed to it :) :) COLOR ME RAD!!!!!!!!!!!!

art class [24] LeRoy Neiman!

 Artist LeRoy Neiman

 Neiman's Cats

 Neiman's golf ball

 Here you can see size of golf ball. (from here)

During our last art class we learned about American artist, LeRoy Neiman. The kids and I loved looking at his brilliantly colored works of art. I love, love, love his use of texture and color. Color, color, color! Wow.  We looked at his Big Cats collections and created our own Neiman inspired lion. I guided the drawing of the face, then the kids used pastels to make a colorful mane...we added a background page and sponge painted on more color for the mane, finally snipping cuts around the page for more texture. (I was inspired by this picture)

We enjoyed seeing Neiman's huge golf ball. We made our own golf ball sculptures using plastic practice golf balls....we rolled these in paint similar to a marble painting project. That made 2 works! The ball and the paper it was rolled on. (I used cereal boxes to roll the ball in)....I cut squares of florist foam so the kids could stick a golf tee in it and then glue on the ball (thanks, Dave, for the golf tees I found in your golf bag, heehee)

Other projects:
+torn building collages (idea here I always try to link to original source, but if I can't, I link to pin)
+ yarn medallions (idea here)(I want to make more of these myself)

Fun, fun! Thank You, Lord Jesus, for letting me teach these precious children and to enjoy them enjoying art! I am so blessed.