Friday, December 31, 2010

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas craftiness

Finally I can share the gifts my students made before Christmas break -
didn't want any parents peeking...
First we made this happy little bird playing in a winter wonderland.
He/she is a mixed media marvel on canvas board.
So if you need a project for your little ones this week
(there's 2 more below)
then this is for you.
I painted canvas boards black,
then they painted blue over the top part 
and we glued vintage paper for the snow 
and then dry brushed white and snow glitter over it.
Black dots were stamped 
and of course we needed holly and berries and snowflakes too
(Martha Stewart punches at Michaels).
My husband drilled holes for threading a necklace and hanging by twisted wire.
The only down-side the whole project is that I didn't get one-
insert sad face here...

Our second project involved more snow
(from Easy Christmas Crafts,
a book I grabbed from the library)...
we made snowflake faces out of purchased plastic snowflakes,
and styrofoam balls (with 1/4 cut off).
First I hot-glued the styrofoam to the snowflake.
Then the kids brushed on Snow-Tex
which gave a realistic snow texture.
We made paper clay noses and let all dry until the next session.
Then we glued on the noses, painted eyes, mouth and cheeks
and finished up with a ribbon and words.
How cute are they?
The final project was a  beautiful Poinsettia plant
made of construction paper
and paper bag for the vase
(original idea came from deep space
but we cut out our petals rather than stamping them).
and of course glitter just makes everything look better, doesn't it?
If you make any of these projects this week 
I would love to see your creations.
Just leave your site in the comments or e-mail me your creations and I will add them here.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas!

this was the front of our Christmas card this year...
signing off until next week.
have a truly wonderful Christmas
from the Holdermans including
the fur ones too.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Joy from a 15 year old...

I pulled out this old card and added some picnik words to let you all know
how much you mean to me...
This silk screened card was our family Christmas card -
made when I was 15 years old...
oh that was way too long ago to remember -
except that I do have one memory of it...
I laid the cards out to dry on our dryer in the garage and 
Cedric, our brown tabby with a white tummy,
decided they would be good to take a cat snooze on-
so he had pink paws and tummy until his hair grew out...
a pink and brown tabby is actually quite a nice color combo.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

a Christmas cautionary tale

You may not want to 'keep your nose to the grindstone' 
as you get ready for Christmas...
or else your nose may end up looking like this...
The fur-kids wish you a very Merry Christmas.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

a Sunday blessing

Snow globes are so magical -
especially with digital macro and some picnik additions...
This gift was presented to me Friday
by a Third grader
with a huge grin and an insistent "please open it now".
Gotta love that enthusiasm...
Just look at this magical world I unwrapped -
 a towering magical Bethlehem 
with poor Mary and Joseph 
 traveling in circles looking for a place for our savior to be born.
(don't you just feel like you are going in circles somedays?)
At least they get to be serenaded by "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem"
while they trudge through the snow as
...there was no room for them in the inn.
Luke 2:7
And this same young man named Zach 
then showed me this card he created in art.
Wow he is quite the artist which I already knew.
Just look at the graphic quality of the houses 
silhouetted against the night sky.
And Santa's sleigh just glides across the moon 
with Rudolph's nose illuminating the evening.
Well being one to promote all art in youth
I asked him if I could display it on my blog
and I told him I would send all your comments to him.
So I would love it if you would leave a word of encouragement 
for this fine young man.
Merry Christmas from Zach and me!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

the nativity story

I just had to share the nativity scene that the little gnomes made in art...
Our school has a theme every year and this year it is "Embrace Joy".
The theme is displayed on this huge bulletin board that I decorate.
During the past two years we have had a spot for different classes to 
display their work that goes with the theme.
This December we didn't have any takers so...
the kiddos filled it with the Christmas story in their unique way.
Here is the manger...
and Joseph and shepherds...
and lambs...
and who wouldn't want to be visited by this angel?

Sunday, December 12, 2010

a Sunday blessing

I think it's kind of funny that we display glass ornaments
enclosed in jars with the lids tightly shut.
it makes them seem shut away from the world and
safely ensconced so they don't get hurt.
but then they don't get to illuminate the world with their beauty -
their purpose for being -
 to bring a smile to a young child's face...
 makes me wonder if we are hiding our talents and gifts
from the world -
setting them in glass jars with tightly closed lids?
 ... reminds me of Matthew 5:14 -  
You are the light of the world...
let your light shine before men...
all that beauty hidden away and instead 
it should be bubbling up and overflowing 
(just like this bowl) and spreading its gorgeousness
throughout the world.
Don't you think?
what if we each shared our gifts, and we each have different ones,
so whether yours is baking your favorite cookies for the grouchy neighbor,
or helping someone carry boxes into the extremely crowded post office,
or  making a homemade present for a loved one,
or just smiling at someone who needs it during this busy holiday season -
let your light shine on those around you.
our pastor shared a story last week about his neighborhood.  there has been road construction there for over a year.  and he was on his way to work, and feeling like he had a lot on his agenda, when he drove by the young woman who has been the flagger there.  it was very cold and she was shivering.  he waved at her and drove by, then heard this little voice saying "go back".  he listened and turned around and went back and asked her what kind of latte or mocha she would like (remember this is Seattle).  so he went to Starbucks (again - they are all over), took an extra 20 minutes out of his busy day, and as he drove back to deliver the much needed cup of hope - he could see her jumping up and down and dancing for joy.  how cool (or warm) is that!  thanks for inspiring us Reid with your faithfulness.
may I bring that abundant joy to many this advent season!
again these magazine photos are from my holiday stash so I can't give credit. 
 I had fun changing them with picnik and photoshop.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

I'm dreamin' of an Anthropologie Christmas...

full of green canvas trees...
and books stacked to form towering evergreens...
and crocheted icicles dripping off cabins...
and much-loved paintbrushes honored in a wreath.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

a Sunday blessing

gotta say I am feeling a little like this photo...
being pulled in too many different directions
and feeling a little scattered -
no decorations are up here yet,
and I am just trying to get through the daily doings
and not ready to add any extra doings...
makes me feel sad.
and that is not what I want to feel during advent.
I have not had my blog fix lately 
and I am missing all of your creative inspirations,
and no art is being created other than creating projects for the students to do
(don't get me wrong - I love that)...
but I just am feeling a lack of excitement,
and it's the first time ever that I don't really care to decorate.
am I getting old? or
maybe it's because our oldest isn't coming home,
or that fact that it seems like sickness always hits me 
hard this time of year,
but whatever it is I want it to leave me right now,
so I declare in my loudest voice -  'out bah humbugs'.
I am still having fun with picnik so you may find lots 
of altered photos this month.  
this one is from my files so I can't give credit - sorry.
expect photos from me and I think I will be quiet most of the month
unless I have something just wonderful to say.
last year I posted everyday
so visit last year's posts if you need more from me.
maybe it's just my time to be quiet and introspective.
isn't that what advent is all about?
the waiting and hope to come...

The word Advent means "coming" or "arrival." The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. Thus, Advent is far more than simply marking a 2,000 year old event in history. It is celebrating a truth about God, the revelation of God in Christ whereby all of creation might be reconciled to God. That is a process in which we now participate, and the consummation of which we anticipate.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

turkey time

our last lesson before the Thanksgiving break
involved turkey place mats
with the students' favorite foods.
First we painted and drew into the wet paint,
then splattered the background...
and stamped silverware and cups and added napkins...
then we stamped rolls and a turkey and drew our favorite side dishes.
I for one am thankful that the 24 hour flu 
(with almost 102 degree temperature)
only lasts 24 hours...
glad yesterday has passed and I am back to the land of the living!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

wishing you all a very blessed
Thanksgiving Day!

we really do have snow - lots!
and 15 coming for curry chicken salad today
as we are celebrating Thanksgiving Friday.
I am thankful for so many things 
and oh so thankful for my blogging friends.
wish we could truly meet up for a huge party -
now wouldn't that be fun?
what are your plans for this weekend?
and Zoe and Matteo send their furry love your way too...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

how you gonna keep 'em down on the farm?

Michaels surely owes me someone freebies
as I am always promoting their products.
this time it is these cute wood barns for $1.99 each.
and since it is an art class we had to add our own art.
so we painted a lake and grass as the base...
then the barn...
and we drew farm creatures...
then set up our scenes...
this guy is even fishing in his pond...
and she visits with her sheep...
and makes new friends.
farm living looks pretty good to me.
we have a week break for Thanksgiving and
lo and behold it is snowing as we speak...
with a high tomorrow of a whoppin' 23 degrees!
I have 15 coming for lunch Thursday (not Thanksgiving mind you),
as we are celebrating Thanksgiving on Friday.
I know - confusing, but that's the way it is.
Nick is having a hard time explaining this to his friends who may come over.
don't want them to expect a turkey Thursday.
almost over this stupid cold but boy has it taken the energy from me...
I wish all of you in my neck of the woods a very blessed Thanksgiving 
whenever you celebrate it
and if you live on a different continent then a very wonderful week to you too!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

a Sunday blessing

Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds,
I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant
between God and all living creatures of every kind on earth.
Genesis 9:16
Doesn't color just fill your head to the point of being giddy?
The art kiddos couldn't figure out why I was taking a picture of the sink...
but just look at that hue!
God in his infinite wisdom blessed our existence 
with every color of the rainbow
and I savor them all!

and as a side note, I just love this verse because:
#1  It's the first covenant and includes an over the top art lesson in it, and
#2  all the creatures of the earth are included in its promise, not just man.
Isn't God amazing?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

a good day indeed

the other day I met a friend at University Village
to spend time with her and her adorable son,
and to do a little shopping.
Ravenna Gardens always has the most wonderful displays...
and their garden shed would fit perfectly in my backyard...
and their pumpkins and gourds were every orangish color imaginable... 
and their plants' textures were amazing...
and of course Anthropologie had a cute little indoor artist's shack
with paint brushes and jars with paint spilled on them...
and lanterns made of canning jars.
and just look at this autumnal sofa - 
I so want it to come spread its autumn cheer at my house.
 the drive home was just beautiful 
and since there was boat traffic at the Montlake Cut
and I had to wait for the bridge to open and let the boat through and then close...
well my handy dandy little camera took a snap through the sunroof-
just love my Subaru's sunroof, the best part of the car...
and there was more roadwork by Lake Sammamish,
but how could I complain with a view like this?
and knowing I just picked this book up at the library
and would get to read it when home.
seriously get this book from the library -
just put your name on the waiting list and wait
because you will.
it's that good.
with gems like this...
and this wise ole owl.

I am so cheery in this post - 
I wrote it about a month ago and forgot to post it.
I have been sick with about the worst cold known to man or woman this week,
but I may see the light at the end of the tunnel
and I am oh so optimistic and keeping fingers crossed that it will be gone 
by Monday (ya, right...),
or at least that I can fake it well enough to go to school 
and do my TA thing,
and teach art,
 and enjoy a birthday party for me and the teacher I work with -
 so must get well, must get well.
hope this post finds you well and looking forward to the holiday season.
ye gads don't think I am there yet.
can't muster the idea with a mucous-filled head-
maybe it seeped way into my brain.
back to bed...