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12 Apr

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Spring Is In The Air – DIY Bird Mobile

3 Apr

springtime diy bird mobileI love being a teacher.  I still get to have spring break!  One of my goals for vacation was to start and complete this bird mobile I’ve been wanting to do since Ev and I got married.  My friends and I had made almost 100 birds to hang from the trees at our rehearsal dinner.  The guests were invited to pick a bird and write a special message on the back; words of wisdom, advice, best wishes, that kind of thing.  This was one of my favorite parts of our wedding weekend.  My best friends were with me all morning hanging the birds.  We never thought we’d finish on time.  Of course we did, right under the wire and it was so much fun.  I’ve been saving the birds over the years trying to figure out what to do with them.  Now that we have little d, a mobile for her room seemed like a great idea.  I tried stringing them up a few different ways but in the end, scotch tape, some treated branches, crystal beads and fishing wire worked best.  I love how you can see the messages when the birds turn.  I keep rereading them.  I think my favorite is from one of Ev’s best friend from childhood.  He and his wife wrote three tidbits of advice.  1.  First class is always cheaper.  2.  Your wife is always right. and 3.  Separate bathrooms = Marital bliss.  Words to live by.

diy bird mobile As soon as Ev hangs the mobile in d’s room I’ll post some more pics.

diy springtime bird mobile

Textured Turkey Paper Craft

21 Nov

A fellow art teacher at school made these fab textured turkeys with her pre-k students.  I just love them and bet the kids had so much fun making them.  Well done Sara!  I hope Gigi is in your class someday!

Experimenting With Lyra Aquacolors

25 Jul

I read about Neocolors on one of my fav blogs Daisy Yellow.  I couldn’t find any at Michaels so I headed over to a local art supply store, Mittels,  and I’m so glad I did.  I could feel the specialness of the products the minute I walked in.  It reminded me of how nice it is to shop at family owned stores as often as possible.  So much care and love of art went into the store.  They didn’t have Neocolors but they had Lyra Aquacolors, which I was told were almost the same.  I picked out a few colors and tried them out late night last night.  What fun! I love the way the colors blended when I added water, especially the really vibrant ones.  I can’t wait to experiment more.  My kindergartners are going to love these.  Thanks for the inspiration Tammy!

Paper Birds Part Deux

15 May

After we made our paper birds in modern art, we gave them paper cages made from recycled ice cream lids.  It was pretty simple thanks to Creature Comfort Blog.  Just slice up 3 strips of construction paper about 1/4 of inch thick and use double sided tape to hold them on the lid.  Then decorate the lid inside and out any ol way you want.  We used ribbon and fancy paper.  The trickiest part was putting in the string to hold the bird.  Eventually I began to use a pipe cleaner but forgot to take a photo.  Anyway, the kids loved them and they look super sweet.

I’m As Free As a Bird Now

10 May

Last night some friends came over to make birds, birds, BIRDS for our rehearsal dinner in two weeks.  We stayed up until 2 in the morning creating.  It was so much fun.  We’re going to invite friends and family to write messages on our “love doves.”  Right now they are all hanging in my art studio.  If anyone needs an idea for birthday party or special event, I highly recommend these.  SO MUCH FUN, and the possibilities are endless.

These are just a few of the 35 we made.  Only 35 more to go.