Bowtruckle for Character Day at school 

Cabot(10) is going to be Newt Scamander for Character Day at school. There’s not a lot of Newt costume stuff available at a day’s notice — but, we were able to make a quick Bowtruckle from pipe cleaners and sharpies that we found around the house. (=
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Reindeer IPad Art

The Ipad can never replace the control you get with an actual pencil, but it’s fun to play with nonetheless. (=
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How we make our Reading Pillows

I gotten a lot of questions about how we do our pillows, so I thought I’d share our process & some in-progress pics. (= First I sketch out a rough pattern design of the character on large paper. Then the kids & I search through the fabric supply in my mom’s
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Birthday card for the cousin 

Cabot(9) was in charge of his cousin’s birthday card. It turned into framed art -very cute! (= We used the IKEA plastic frames, safe for kids’ rooms. (=
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Soggy Sidewalk Chalk is Awesome!

My friend’s kiddos left their sidewalk chalk out in the rain and it created this cool, soggy chalk/paint that looks awesome! She said it was easy to work with too — I love when accidents create amazing art & art supplies! (= I have another friend whose daughter
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I was going through scans from some of the Family Cookbook art we've done, and I came across this painting we did to use with a Buttercream Frosting recipe. Since it also happens to be a friend's birthday today, I decided to turn it into a fun Happy Birthday image to post on Facebook. (=

Happy Birthday!

I was going through scans from some of the Family Cookbook art we’ve done, and I came across this painting I did to use with a Buttercream Frosting recipe. Since it also happens to be a friend’s birthday today, I decided to turn it into a fun Happy Birthday image to
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I did this Art Adventure Project, focusing on The Scream by Edward Munch, with second graders and it was so much FUN! Who doesn’t like creating art of themselves screaming, right!?!? All of their masterpieces turned out fantastically!! This Art Project is outlined for use in the Classroom, but it would also be fun a fun Art Project (for kids and adults) at home, or in a small group

Classroom (or home!) Art Adventure Project: The Scream

I did this Art Adventure, focusing on The Scream by Edward Munch, with the second graders and it was SO MUCH FUN!  Who doesn’t like creating art of themselves screaming, right!?!? And, all of their masterpieces turned out fantastically!!   I am going to detail how to do this
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Post-It Note Art Challenge 

The boys and I are excited to launch our first-annual Post-It Note Art Challenge!! Below is the sheet with Participation Instructions. There are fabulous Creative Prompts for each week (chosen by Cabot, The Nerdy Artist) and there’s really no pressure. If you do something y
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Digital Art: Dobby from Harry Potter

I’m trying to teach myself how to draw in Adobe Illustrator… Dobby isn’t done yet (he needs a stack of hats still, obviously) but he’s starting to look somewhat like Dobby. (=
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It looks like the Owl Post arrived with the birthday presents. (= We wrapped all of the presents in brown paper bags (turned inside out so you couldn't see the Target labels, of course) and twine. Then we arranged them all on the table with his Harry Potter poster, the Harry Potter pillow we made, and a Hedwig-looking owl on top so he'd see them first thing in the morning. It was really easy to wrap them this way, and he was SO EXCITED!

It looks like the Owl Post arrived with the birthday presents

It looks like the Owl Post arrived with Cabot’s birthday presents. (= I just ran across this picture from Cabot’s 8th birthday, and I still love it. We wrapped all of his presents in brown paper bags (turned inside out so you couldn’t see the Target labels, of
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