Category: art & crafts

storybook friends

The past several days have been all about these two characters. In real life, Issac – the world’s bravest tiger – and his timid friend Wendell spend their days close to Nana Ellen’s desk sharing their stories and awaiting new adventures.  In storybook form they live with Bootsey and Bobbie Jo, two little girls off…

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tee 4 D

I told him to smile.  He gave me ‘the look’ What’s ‘the look’ you may wonder.  Ask any young person who spent time in the seventh grade  at TRUS over the twenty year period from 1985 to 2005 and they’ll explain it to you.  Getting the look from Mr. L means he won’t have to…

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tee #3

Back in the tee-shirt business today.  This time California Poppies with ladybugs, two more of my all time favorite things. I love the dewy details and the single ladybug walking up the neckline on this one. Guess  with a full dozen white tees to work on this project is going to require a category all its own.…

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tee-shirt #2

Back to the tee-shirt factory today! This one is purple.  My all time favorite color. With a cute little leggy anime girly girl. Gotta love having an artist for a lover!!! Thanks again D.

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Tee Shirt factory

This week we turned the studio into a tee-shirt factory.  First we gathered up supplies: a dozen white 100% cotton tees from Costco, a colorful selection of permanent markers, some fabric dyes and some interesting graphics.  Next I dug out the sewing stuff and transformed my drawing board into a sewing room. After the tees…

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make some papier-mâché

More rain today.  Still house bound and getting bored.  I’m thinking we need a project.  One of my favorites is papier-mâché, (A substance made from paper pulp that can be molded when wet and painted when dry.)  If you’ve never tried it, I can highly recommend it for good…messy…fun.  Sure to turn those “I’m bored!”…

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play clay

Make Some Play Clayand Create Critters Here’s what you’ll need: A grown up person to HELP you.1/2 cup table salt (not kosher or sea salt)1/2 cup hot water1/2 cup cold water1/2 cup cornstarcha few drops of food coloring in 3 or 4 colors Mix the salt and hot water in a large pan. PLEASE – don’t ever use…

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easy bubbles

Blow Some Bubbles – Make Your Own Here’s what you’ll need: 1/2 liquid dish washing detergent1 cup water2 drops food coloring Mix all the stuff together in a jar with a tight cover. Make a bubble wand using some wire, or use a purchased bubble pipe or wand. Store your bubbles at room temperature when you’re…

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water colors

Make Some Water Colors and Paint a Picture We’ve been fogged in for days! While the eastern and middle parts of the country are being bombarded with winter, our Central California Valley is socked in with Tule fogs.  Dense Tule fogs! Dangerous, cold, gray, Tule fogs.  Talk about cabin fever! But… We never have time…

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