January 29, 2016
January 05, 2016
I know this is a little late after Christmas but I had to share. I have been totally digging "felt anything" for about a year now. I made these little felt babies and put them in our Christmas 25-day advent calendar. Inside each advent pocket for each day we had a New Testament Bible scripture leading up to the birth of Jesus Christ and a small gift. My kids happily received their baby Jesus's!
Each Christmas in our family we have tried to make small gifts for each other. My kids seem to cherish those presents more than the store-bought ones.
I made these as Nativity baby Jesus ornaments, but they could be little babies to play with year-round. I found the image on Marie Claire Idees and created my own pattern. Not very hard to draw egg-shaped babies :)
I wanted to make a soft nativity this Christmas. Did I already mention I'm in love with felt DIY? I found this simple FELT NATIVITY at What Madeleine Loves and altered it a little bit. But you can download her free pattern here. This is a perfect sewing project for 5 years old and up.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Happy Y2K16!
December 30, 2015
I'm kind of liking the collage of stamps for this print.
Tree House- printed on acid-free brown craft paper
(these photos are from my iPhone-not the best quality!)
Forrest Fox- printed on acid-free white cards
I just realized that I have been making and painting ceramic Christmas ornaments with our elementary school since my son was in preschool. He is now in 4th grade, so it has been 6 years in a row! Originally I was able to use the local university kiln, but I recently purchased my own kiln. It has been much easier for me to fire close by. I am not able to glaze (the shiny coat) and fire ornaments in the Winter due to the super cold temperature in my garage! The glaze would crack right off after being fired because it needs to cool very very slowly. So we painted the ornaments after the first (bisque) firing was complete.
This year with the help of other teachers and moms we cookie-cut, fired, and painted 90+ kindergarten and 20+ 4th grade elementary students' Christmas Ornaments! I loved every moment of it. This is what it's about.
Some of the 4th grade freshly painted ornaments. . . H.I.L.A.R.I.O.U.S.
Below are only a handful of the freshly painted ceramic ornaments that the kindergarten classes painted! They used glitter puff-paint to detail their ornaments and it worked perfectly.
Thank goodness my 2 year-old was able to play at a friend's house while we painted the ornaments at the school. This picture was taken at home, during our mommy "paint date." He's a super awesome painter when I don't leave him on his own. I cherish creating memories and hand-eye cordination skills at the same time.
I know these are simple and goofy ornaments, but I am addicted to helping kids believe they can create art at whatever level or medium it may be.
My daughter (12 years old) and I (fill in a young age here for me) dug out my old wood burner that I received back a few year ago for my childhood Christmas present (Seriously I think I was 12 years old when I got it!). I'm a bit of a sentimental hoarder. You can find the wood slice ornaments and wood burner at your local craft store or on Amazon. These are year-round keepers. I want to make more for other occasions besides Christmas.
These are our simple but beautiful Christmas ornaments for Christmas 2015!
TIP: Practice burning designs on scrap wood before the burning onto a nice piece of wood.
My 25+ year-old wood burner is still burning strong...