Tuesday, August 30, 2011
I was in charge of a craft activity for the youth after our Churchs annual outdoor service.
So we made some prayer flags of things we are thankful for and things we want to particularly pray for...
You can see that S is still praying for our dogs - Jack and Scully:
Prayer flags have become an easy go-to craft for me to bring to youth events.
Whenever I get a chance, I sew up a few scraps of fabric for the flag base and I cut out some canvas squares with pinking shears.
Bring some buttons, fabric markers or permanent markers and other fun things to sew on or glue on and you have awesomely meaningful prayer flags...
Monday, August 29, 2011
It's now become an annual activity when we go to the State Fair in Salem (usually to watch my dog 4-H kids show).
But we manage to check the artisan's area out every year and make some Raku pottery.
Peelu got to glaze for her first time this year too.
It is SO awesome to get to do this and then pick up such a unique work of art just an hour later.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
We slimmed down the projects we entered this year. Did you notice? Yeah well, the only reason is that we were going to be out of town during the two hour pick-up your stuff window on the last day of Fair. And if you don't pick up your stuff it gets tossed. EEK! So we had to beg our very good friend to pick up our items and premium checks for us. She also had her two little ones to pick up for too, so we thought we'd keep things "light" and reasonably "flat" this year.
Here are the details:
Peelu entered items in the following categories 4-6 year olds (yep, she jumped up to the bigger kids category this year!!): watercolor (chicken), collage (foil), colored pencils (hearts & flowers), crayon (Kandinsky circles), felt marker (ice cream cone), photography - for the first time (animal-her chicken) and acrylic (her lovely, lovely peacock).
She was very proud of her "Best in Show" ribbon for her peacock. Wouldn't you say?
R entered items in the following categories (7-9 years old): acrylic (Frida Kahlo), crayon Theme-carnival rides at night), watercolor (fish), collage (Japanese kokeshi doll), oil pastel mixed media Egyptian pharoah), colored pencil (Jack, our dog), pen & ink (henna tattooed hands), photography (for the first time) - floral, photography nature - bee swarm. She was especially proud of her photographs and now tries to grab my camera all the time.
S entered items in the following categories (7-9 years old):Mixed Media (crayon and watercolor Transformer), acrylic (Warhol pop art version of Jack & Scully), collage (pirate ship), pen & ink (his own invention) , colored pencil (castle), felt marker (our backyard bee hives), photography -for the first time - domestic animal (Scully). You probably noticed that our dogs, particularly Jack, were on the kids' minds this Summer. Sam, especially, sought solace in artwork centered around the dogs. Thank goodness.
This year I only entered photographs: Portrait/Character Study, Still Life, Domestic Animal, Last year's Fair, Floral, Animal in nature, Texture, Creative. My photographs of Peelu sure seem to be favorites of the judges. She is pretty cute, I admit.
All in all, more Fair entry nerd-i-ness!!
Monday, August 15, 2011
Peelu is modeling her friend's gift.
My go-to little girl hat pattern. Easy to whip out when a birthday party is suddenly here.
This flower is one of my favorite that I've made. For the hat I used Lion Brand's Nature's Choice Organic Cotton in Strawberry. The flower is a combination of Red Heart & Sole Sock yarn in Green Envy and Vanna's Glamour yarn in Topaz.
And the craft kit bag was another sweet butterfly that I stenciled, with Peelu directing the colors. I love this season of girl parties!
OH boy, did Winter not want to let go this year.
Spring weather was not in our vocabulary here in Central Oregon.
A few things did well....onions, berries...
...we found a new love for kale.
And of course the garden was still a fun place to play...
..and to sample...
We just we wish we had a little more warmth...spread out a little longer...ehhh, gardeners always have something to complain about....
But thankfully we always have something to marvel over too!