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Wanted to pop in really quickly... I've been sick with an AWFUL cold for the past TWO WEEKS! First I caught a cold from my kids and then as I was getting better, I got sick AGAIN! Ugh. I have NO IDEA where I got sick again from but I'm trying my best not to get my kids sick again!
Anyway, I wanted to share some new pics of M in my craft room:
She has discovered the joys of my paper punches.
And after she punches her shapes she sticks them in a bag... or in this case, the little pumpkin-thing you see that's next to her on the table. haha.
I have a question for you all today... If you're a crafter, have you ever gotten comissioned to do a project because you're the "crafty" one?
I'm usually the one who gets asked to do birthday cards, thank you cards, appreciation cards, etc... And with Christmas coming up, I was asked to create a card for J's pre-K teacher on behalf of his class.
I kind of didn't know where I wanted to go with this project, but thankfully, one of the moms in his class steered me in the right direction with the creative ideas, and sent me a few links to several projects.
And I LOVE the thumbprint project idea!
supplies: CS: kraft (Paper Accents), Solar White (Neenah); DP: Jillibean Soup; ink: Creamy Caramel, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip (SU!); pens: black (Copic; sentiment: Winter Wishes (K Andrew Designs); ribbon: Ribbon Carousel
I was lucky enough to get all of the kids to do a thumprint for me one morning before school started - it was kind of tough trying to wrangle up 12 kids before school, but I had lots of help from J and one of the moms (Thanks Julie!)! I had my cardstock precut into small rectangles and the stamping ink ready for each child, so all they had to do was do a thumbprint, I'd write their name on the back of the little card in pencil, and I'd wipe their thumb clean with a baby wipe I had ready! Yay for my organizational-Virgo-tendencies! *lol*
I created the card to be 5x7 because I wanted to make sure I got all the kids "thumbs" on there without cutting anyone off or leaving anyone behind. I figured a grid pattern would be the easiest so that's what I did. I was toying with the idea of creating ornaments somehow, but I wasn't sure how that would pan out, so I just stuck with it being simple. I think it worked, don't you?
I doodled the faces, ears, and antlers with my markers - I don't consider myself as much of a freestyle artist, but I'll let you be the judge of that! *lol* I finished each little square off with some sponged ink around the edges and wrote each of the kids' names on the bottom.
I figured that it's been a while since my last "kids in the craftroom" post! The other day, I actually had my camera in my craftroom with me so I decided to take some pictures.
I had bought J a new Lego set a few weeks ago to keep him busy while I worked on some projects. I thought he would want to sit across from me at my craft table (like he usually does) - instead he wanted to sit in my new little "craft closet nook" that my husband put together for me...
I'd show more pictures, but it's not as organized as I would like it to be! :)
And if you notice, they're looking over their shoulder at something - the TV is behind them and across the room! *lol*
The spot where M is sitting is now occupied by my Grande Mark. It takes up quite a bit of space, but I had my craft closet put together just for it to fit.
And before you guys say anything, I'll post more pics soon!
Anyway, hope you all have a fabulous Monday! Thanks for stopping by! :)
Has your week been as busy as mine has? *sigh* It's been so busy for me that I haven't had a chance to do much crafting to stay ahead of the blogging game. I'm hoping my mojo will pick up, but you never know...
Dare I say it?
I might be out of steam! Eek!
Well, I'm hoping to sneak some crafty time today while M takes a nap this afternoon. Keep your fingers crossed!
Anyway, I wanted to share with you another "Kids In the Craftroom" post....
For some reason the local weather here has been weird. It's usually HOT in the summer where I live in the Bay Area, but the weather has been warm, sometimes cool, sometimes cloudy. *sigh* I can't figure it out!
Anyway, I wanted to give the new kids an activity - painting with their easel that their aunt & uncle gave them for Christmas a few years ago. Up until last year we lived in a condo so we couldn't use it there... And I hadn't gathered enough courage to deal with the mess that would ensue so it's been tucked away in a corner until I was brave enough (and tired enough) to let them have fun with it.
So last week Michael's had a sale on there Tempera paints. I know this is the paint kids use at school so I figured it was really washable (hopefully!). I had gone back to Lakeshore Learning and picked up some paint pots and brushes to *hopefully* contain most of the mess...
And then I set up the easel.
And let them go crazy.
Funny how I set up 2 sides of the easel, but they had to play *rightnextto* each other...
All in all, they loved it. This mom? Not so much. I loved seeing them have fun, but my OCD-Virgo personality got the best of me and my heart stopped everytime a drip of paint got on the ground. I know I know. I can spray down the cement, but still.
I will say, however, it's a nice change from being in a cramped craftroom! It's nice to be outside and let them go crazy!
And that's what it's all about, right? Letting them be free. Who cares about paint on the ground! :)
So since my last post about my kids in the craftroom we've ventured to Lakeshore Learning to gather more kid-friendly supplies for their crafts. My supplies (and heart) couldn't take any more of their roughness! *lol*
Have you ever heard of Lakeshore Learning? Well it's a fabulous teacher supply store that has EVERYTHING you could ever want for some fabulous craftmaking with kids.
Here's some of the stuff I bought - some things are missing because the kids got to the bag before I was able to snap a picture!
I picked up some construction paper packs ($0.99!), foam cut-outs, large WASHABLE stamping ink pads, paint containers, and tissue squares, glue, colored macaroni....
The kids had a blast. :)
Oh and I picked up these art trays to contain their mess.
And what a mess they made....
Then it was on to the painting...
M had a fabulous time...
And J loved making his "palm tree with coconuts in the sun..."
Happy Tuesday, everyone! Thanks for stopping by! :)
M had the bright idea to play with my SU! stamps. I gave them a set to share and play with...
They had a grand ol' time pressing the stamp in the ink... All the while giving me a heart attack and lots of "Don't make a mess!" "Be a good boy!" "Be a good girl!" and "Be gentile!" statements.
Needless to say, they really did enjoy it. (I kind of freaked out about my stamps getting destroyed, though...)
But how could I freak out? Look how much fun they were having!
And then the hot mess began... She freaked out about her fingers getting dirty. *note to self - I really need to scrapbook this photo... *lol*
*sigh* Anyway, sick of my random kids in the craftroom posts? Let me know! I thought they'd be enjoyable as "filler" blog posts during the week when I have nothing planned, but if you want me to keep the blog crafty, I will! :)