Posts Tagged ‘Creativity’

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Family Sketchbook Project

{family sketchbook project}
One sketch a week from any family member who’d like to take part.
Just fun. No pressure.

This week I’m sharing A book Chase wrote last week. We haven’t had much time for doodling over the past week because we spent so much of it on the road. But this book really caught my attention. At this time last year I was still wondering if she would ever be interested in writing! This little book has it all, a title, an author and illustrator, a beginning, middle and end, some naughty deeds and a little math thrown in for good measure. Without further ado, The Zombies by Chase

zombies come to town


One night two zombies came into town. They were very scary. (I LOVE the lamp post and all the attention that she gave to the buildings’ many windows.)

zombies left and rightOne went to the left and one went to the right. One was noisy and one was quiet. (I love the way she shows them going off in their respective directions and tries to show changes in their spatial relationship by pushing the buildings off the page.)

zombie beach

One went to the beach and pushed down all the trees on the beach. (Mischief!)

zombies forest


And one went to the forest and met another zombie. (Mayhem!)


And that nite when they went home they had a party. (Math and cake!)

She was super excited about the finished product which she taped together. Today she drew a little fish. When I asked her how she did it she told me that she used the zombie stencil to trace half a zombie. Apparently there isn’t only one way to use a zombie stencil.

half zmobie fishDon’t forget to pop in to see what Miranda’s family has been working on.



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Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

{Family Sketchbook Project)

This picture made a big impression on me. The color choices, the thought bubbles, the choice of the paper plate… I’m told that this heart is sad because she has neither a husband nor babies and also because she’s standing in a volcano.


Joining Miranda Makes for
{family sketchbook project}
One sketch a week from any family member who’d like to take part
Just fun. No pressure.

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Monday, March 18th, 2013

Their Lens

We have a family point and shoot that I let the girls have complete freedom with. Yes, I still let them use it unsupervised even after the unfortunate water table incident. I don’t use it much so I rarely look at what’s on it or import the photos. Well, 200 pictures later, I finally got around to it. Of the 200 I picked a few that I love the most.

Beauty shop








Pound Puppies on tv





Pony and some other friends


I love these pictures. It’s such an awesome window into how they see the world and what’s important to them. I once imported enough pictures of Avery’s feet to fill an entire photo book. Do your kids use a camera? What do they like to take pictures of?





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Saturday, February 9th, 2013


My girl was particularly prolific today printing the valentines she designed, making coloring pages for “school,” and a paper doll that I have yet to locate. Happy weekending!



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Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Paper Toys

I wonder if this will be a reprise of the paper girls. That went on for such a long time and there hasn’t been anything quite like it since. The girls had so much fun working on these this afternoon though and they do have a lot of stuffed toys. Somewhere in the house is a rainbow bear with a little tuft of poly-fil for hair.

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Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

There Was An Old Lady

I didn’t want to say anything about it because, let’s face it, putting it out there for everyone to read always leads to immediate jinxing. However I am so dumbfounded, stupefied really, by recent developments that I’m just going to do it anyway. My children have stopped asking to watch tv. Chase mostly. Avery still asks about it a couple of times a day. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Boxing Day

Attempting to organize in the basement +

little scavengers helpers +

pink tempra paint +

cheapy pink stash felt +

fleece of unknown origins +

some batting+

a little hot glue +

pinking shears (to make things fancy) +

three days of planning and working =


Exactly the right baby bed for baby princess cinderella.  No other bed would do. I know because we have at least three available options.

This was all Chase.  She had plans for the box as soon as she found it and since she helped me move around all of my stash into new bins she had some ideas about how to bring it to life.  We really took our time with this project.  Partly because I’m limping along and taking it slow this week and partly because we had to work the project in stages.  The box had to dry overnight after she painted it.  She painted and did most of the cutting and measuring for the lining and blankets too, using the box as a template.

We used a little hot glue to secure the felt lining.  I was excited to use up some cheap felt on this project but I forgot just how terrible trying to cut the stuff with pinking shears is.  Terrible.  Just terrible.  The cray pas were her idea too.  Incidentally an excellent choice for Christmas.  There’s a lot of really appealing color in a box of 25.  She can’t keep her hands off them.

The pillow and mattress are made out of fleece with a little batting sandwiched in.  The blanket is just a little fleece rectangle cut with pinking shears.  I’ll have to get a picture of baby Cinderella looking cozy.  Chase was very pleased with how it turned out and she is upstairs sleeping along side her bed.  I reminder her once not to step on her in the middle of the night.  We’ll see how that goes.

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Wednesday, October 12th, 2011


It’s finally here.  And not a moment too soon because pretty much all of my summer clothes were too trashed to even go in the donation box.  First is was COLD then it was warm again but it seems to be evening out at a reasonable coolish in the morning and warmish in the afternoon.  I can dig it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

The New Girls

Chase’s girls have a new style.  Lots of curly hair and full, round lips.  She is also incorporating some scenery.  Oh, and armpits, she’s still adding the armpits.  You might be getting one of these in the mail one day soon.  While we were in Virginia Beach Chase received a big stack of construction paper and she’s squirreled it away all over the house.  She’ll ask if she can draw and then have all her tools out before I can give her an answer.  That girl loves to draw.

In other news, things are finally settling down around here again.  There was lots of sleeping this week.  That might be because of all the travel or it might be because of growth spurts.  Ben thought that Avery looked bigger when he got home from work on Tuesday than she had when he put her to bed the night before.  It’s possible I suppose.  Both girls are logging 14 or 15 hours a day.  I say that tonight so that when I’m complaining next week about how they never sleep I’ll have something to hold onto.

I haven’t been doing a great job of writing about all of the new things that Avery can do.  Recently she’s started saying two words together.  Most of her statements start with MY, MY pony, MY, MY, MY!  But she’s putting two words together nonetheless.  Everyday she says new words.  Last night it was “fork” which sounds decidedly like something other than fork.  Today she pinched me and said “cheek” and then “face.”   That was after she took her “cuppa” milk and dumped it on the floor.  She’s a wild one.  It’s kind of cute that when she wakes up in the morning she wants her “cuppa” right away.  Me too baby, me too.

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Friday, June 10th, 2011

6.10.11.Paper Doll of the Day

Paper doll of the dayThis is today’s paper doll.  Drawn with a brand new box of chunky Crayolas before leaving for camp this morning.  I wanted to ask her about the pig nose and the black eye but I suspect that the pig nose is just her way of representing nostrils for the first time.

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