Category Archives: Art

Paint Pour!

Sometimes all you need is a great idea. In this case, a suggestion from our recently adopted-by-proximity, nephew, Kevin. As our niece/nephew(s) came for the ‘Finale Family Dinner’ before graduation day from Undergrad, we knew it was time.

DIY videos rolled, supplies gathered and the next thing we knew, it was Pour Time!

All hands were on deck for the giant (36″x48″) first-time pour! Not many explanations needed, would use more paint, thinner and heavier layers of lubricant the next time, hopefully to get bigger cells. Check out the pics. Excited to do it again (and again!!).

 

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This is what it looked like once it dried… some crazing (cracking) in thick paint areas but WAY COOL! Can’t wait to do it again!

Cardboard Warriors…

Hello there fellow human! In the last month, Olive and I have been making handmade clothing for our dolls and toys such as bathing suits, pants, ball gowns and props like that. And so, when we saw this video on Great Big Story about this thing called BoxWars, by the end of the day we were EXPLODING with inspiration and had made a real live jets and armor to go with it! (It actually took several days considering it was the middle of the week and we had aggressive school days planned!)

***On a completely unrelated topic: EGG-CITING NEWS!!! We’ve ordered the eggs and the incubator is all set up for hatching! I’m just egg-sploding with happiness!!!! We decided on egg-cellent bantam chicks. Here’s an egg-sample, let me egg-splain… they’re egg-actly like normal chickens but everything about them is teeny – even their little egg-spressions which are egg-strodanarily ADORABLE! The wait is egg-ravating, but stay tuned for more egg-squisite news! Maybe we’ll hatch up some cardboard jet brooders for the baby chicks. Now that, would be egg-cellent!

 

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Year of the Dog…

Chinese New Year is this Friday. It’s the year of the dog – hooray for Milton, Mom and all you other doggies out there. We’re starting our celebrating early with a lantern making project. Pretty straight forward and fun to make! You can check out our Chinese Fan making project from a prior New Year here.

The dog is the 11th zodiac in a 12 year cycle. According to the China Highlights website here’s some of the lucky things for Dogs:

  • Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 9, and numbers containing them (like 34 and 49)
  • Lucky days: the 7th and 28th of every Chinese lunar month
  • Lucky colors: red, green, and purple
  • Lucky flowers: rose, cymbidium orchids
  • Lucky directions: east, south, and northeast
  • Lucky months: the 6th, 10th, and 12th Chinese lunar months

Whether you are a dog or not according to Chinese astrology, we hope this is a good year for YOU! WOOF!

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NOTE: The featured image at the heading of the post is from VectorArt.com

Grow Some Love!

It’s that time… love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we are headed to a mid winter craft sale today. One of the things we will be selling are these little hopes for spring…. flower bombs! They’re kind of like bath bombs except that they go in your garden and they don’t fizz… too bad! :0)

We used is ripped paper blended with rose petals, rose extract and water. Then after squeezing the water from the mixture we added flower seeds such as petunias, cosmos and sunflowers and pressed them into the molds, let them dry overnight and they were done! So cute! When planted in a pot or garden in spring they will begin to grow – with persistent watering of course.

We thought that this is a really fun way to get flowers into our gardens and speaking of spring we are pleased to announce that we will soon be getting little chickens of our own! YIPPEE!!!! Stay tuned for a post on that very soon!!

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Paper Crane Magic…

It’s become kind of an obsession, origami. Especially the cranes. I’ve been focused on the standard size and smaller. Until today. Today was different. We broke out the big paper. After some measuring complications, we got our paper square and began to fold. Tough when it keeps rolling onto itself, but with the help of a redeemed iTunes card, many folds later, the crane appeared! It’s wings are floppy, a trade off for using thinner paper.

It made me grateful for reasonably sized origami paper. Check out my tiniest cranes. The smallest one, folded with tweezers and a magnifying glass is no bigger than a grain of basmati rice.

Next on the list of folds: a unicorn. Stay Tuned.

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Rolling in Art!

Maybe you read our post from last March about the Mobility Cart manufacturing tour we took. If not you can read it here. Maybe you thought to yourself – WOW! I had no idea that so many people suffer from not being able to get around in other countries, just like we did after we saw the incredible videos of disabled people in Africa. This New Years, we came together as a family to create a custom, African design inspired cart for a child in need thousands of miles away! If you read this and think you’d like to do the same or as a fundraising activity or even just donate money toward to cost of a mobility cart, you can check out Mobility Worldwide’s website here.

Once our cart is fully assembled at the plant, we will update this post with a photo…Can hardly wait! Happy New Year!!!

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Here is a video of the people who are helped by these incredible carts!

 

 

Branching Out…

Things are really turning around over here!

Inspired by Olive’s pot-making,  I decided to try a little something new, the lathe! Some of my first projects included: pens and small japanese-like kokeshi dolls… But my new favorite are these mini vases, all of which are less than 4 inches tall! So far I’ve turned many different woods like: cherry, pine, teak, black walnut, redwood and my personal favorite which is made of many types of wood glued together. I’m trying new kinds of wood, both hard and soft, to get an understanding of how each turns and finishes differently. So far, I loved the teak and pine – they cut easily and finish cleanly.  Black walnut has had an unexpected ‘flicker’ in the wood once it is polished. That is COOL! I have been using beeswax as my final coat which makes them smooth and incredible to the touch. Wood has never felt so GOOD!

They are tiny enough to put small bunches of dried flowers, twigs or other natural bits of joy in them. I’m thinking a bowl might be my next project – stay tuned!!

As an aside, for one of my assignments, I researched soft and hard wood. I’ve included the overview of the soft woods on this post. I’ll never look at trees the same again!

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