I have been teaching summer art classes the last four years at
my home studio in West Richland. Previously I taught at the Allied
Arts Summer program. I feel the arts are very important in a
child's intellectual and educational development.
Arts are needed by our young people as a forum for safe
expression, communication, exploration and imagination. With the
arts students learn skills in problem solving, decision making
along with developing cognitive and creative skills and develop
Homemade snow globes are always a fun project whether it is for
the holiday season or a rainy day project. Homemade snow globes
allow you to create a wintry scene out of your imagination. You can
access: www. marthastewart.com/273254/snow-globes or check out
other tutorials on Pinterest.com.
Here is a tutorial for making Snow Globes at home.
Martha Stewart Living, December/January1998/1999
1. Sand the inside of the lid of the jar. Glue your figurine to
the jar. I have used E-6000 also Epoxy. Make sure that the glue is
2. Fill the jar with distilled water
3. Add glitter
4. Add 3-4 drops of glycerin.
5. Screw the lid on tight. Optional: Paint the lid before hand
with spray paint
6. Check to make sure you have enough water and that everything
fits. You can then glue the lid on.
Summer 2013 Classes
This year I will be teaching 3 clay arts class, 2 jewelry
classes and 1 Craftapaloosa class.
The clay arts class has been popular with girls as well as boys.
We will be working with ceramic clay, making magical creature,
small pots, figurines, sculpture, masks and decorating tiles.
In the jewelry class we will be making out own beads. We will
incorporate these with glass, wood and metal beads to make pins,
necklaces, earrings and bracelets. We will work with Shrinky-dink
and make altered domino necklaces.
In Craftapaloosa we work with paper mache, making masks and
sculptures, Mardi gras masks, painting tiles and making snow
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Comment with your favorite spring or summer craft
project to be entered to win a one week class for one child from
Lisa Day (some restrictions may apply.) Winner will be
announced on April 30! Good LUCK!
I was on the black hole of time called pinterist and
found this amazing recipe for fun holiday pretzel treats. Adorable
and delicious - with three simple ingredients. Kisses, round
pretzels and m&m's. I'm so excited to try it with the kids.
She calls them pretzel snacks. Her
friends call them Reindeer Noses. Check out the step-by-step
instructions and photos at the House on the Hilltop blog.
I love learning new ideas and recipes
that are not only delicious, but fun to do with the kids. Just when
you think you know everything, someone surprises you! Please share
some of your favorite treats with us too. Add your items with a
link in the comments section below and we'll be sure to share them
with our readers.
Get the look of expensive packages wrapped in no time and for
little money. Top your gifts with beautiful handmade bows. Bows add
polish to packages, wreaths and all kinds of holiday decorating.
Just keep some of your favorite satin and wire-rimmed ribbon
on-hand and you'll be a package pro in no time.
These large and gorgeous bows add polish to packages,
wreaths and decorations. Follow these five steps to craft
beautiful, full bows.
Use three widths of ribbon to make this tiered bow. Match the
colors of your gift wrapping paper to the ribbons for a tailored
finish. This easy-to-make bow adds a delicate touch to any gift. In
two easy steps, you can make your own tiered bow.
A spin on a traditional bow, two colors ofribbon add a creative
A modern, chunky spin the classic bow, you can make this tailored
bow in two easy steps.
For more amazing wrapping ideas, visit www.bhg.com.
It's a rainy, homemade play doh kind of day.
Homemade Play Doh:
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 tsp. cream of tartar
2 tbls. oil
2 cups of water
food coloring of choice
Combine ingredients in a saucepan and mix over medium heat. Stir
constantly - it takes a bit - until the dough leaves the side of
the pan. Let it cool completely and then knead it out to get rid of
the bubbles. Store it in plastic bags. Use cookie cutters and
rolling pins and have fun!
One of my favorite holiday traditions is making Candy Trains.
The kids love it - how could you not love bowls and bowls full of
candy and frosting? You can keep it simple or get creative and make
a how candy village. The directions were passed on by a friend, and
I'm afraid I don't have any specific info on the origin other than
"Home Arts Festival" to give proper credit - so if you know, let me
The instructions can be found here, complete with notes on
frosting recipe and how to construct different elements: Candy Train Instructions
Let us know if you try this out!
We grabbed a bunch of gords and squashes when we went to the
pumpkin patch yesterday. I love using them as fall decorations that
can double as a sidedish between Halloween and Thanksgiving. These
cute butternut squashes looked like a little family of ghosts, so I
gave them fun google eyes with a black sharpie pen.
I've actually become quite attached to
the little guys as they look down on us from the fireplace mantle.
I just don't know that I'll be able to throw them in the oven.
My kids are a little under the weather today, so we decided to
do a low-key project indoors and make bath crayons.
There are tons of tutorials online on how to do this, but I
primarily used this one from Helium.
Here are the supplies you need: White ivory soap, cookie
cutters, a cheese grater and some food coloring. I received the box
of cookie cutters from my good friend Casey as a bridal shower gift - they are
awesome. Not only are there endless cookie possibilities, but they
are perfect for play doh and, well, bath crayons.
You shred the ivory soap with a cheese grater. We ended up using
3 bars of soap.
Then you take a cup of the soap and mix some warm water (about a
1/4 cup) with it. Stir in food coloring of your choice. You are
supposed to stir until it is stiff. I can't say that these every
got stiff. I also read you are supposed to stir until the soap
dissolves, but my kids were a little too excited to wait that long.
Then press them into cookie cutter molds or ice cube trays. I
set these on a piece of wax paper over a cookie sheet. We made
about 12 crayons out of 3 bars of soap in 6 different colors.
We put them in the freezer for about 20 minutes, then popped
them out of the cookie cutters. You are supposed to let them harden
for a day or two before using them in the bath. I'll be interested
to see if they really work - I've read that people have had varying
degrees of success. Either way, the kids had a blast making them,
and it was a very inexpensive project. Let us know if you try it,
and if so, how it works!
A while back, I was looking for some things to add to the extra wall space that was created when Alex moved from his crib to his big boy bed. I saw these really cool robot wall clings (I'm kind of obsessed with robots these days), but they were too expensive so I decided to make my own. I found some really cute robot png files I downloaded from Designer Digitals and then printed them off on Post-it picture paper. We had used this paper to make signs to stick on the wall for Mia's birthday party and had some left over. It's awesome because it sticks well, but it's re-positionable and doesn't peel the paint off! Instant, cheap wall decals! We gave these to Alex for Christmas and he LOVES them.
They were such a hit, in fact, that my daughter insisted on having some of her own.
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