Q-Kids Art Activity

This little mini series is an attempt to help out my fellow parents who need ideas to break up the day. These ideas will be fast, adaptable, and hopefully use things you already have on hand, all from home. PINE CONE FLOWERS We have a lot of pine trees in our yard and I know…

Q-Kids Art Activity

This little mini series is an attempt to help out my fellow parents who need ideas to break up the day. These ideas will be fast, adaptable, and hopefully use things you already have on hand, all from home. BEADING Whether you’re kids are small or big you can get a lot of fun with…

Q-Kids Art Activity

This little mini series is an attempt to help out my fellow parents who need ideas to break up the day. These ideas will be fast, adaptable, and hopefully use things you already have on hand all from home. MAKE A PUZZLE My kids love puzzles and this is perfect for any artist. Have the…

Q-Kids Art Activity

This little mini series is an attempt to help out my fellow parents who need ideas to break up the day. These ideas will be fast, adaptable, and hopefully use things you alread have on hand, all from home. TRACK A PLANT’S GROWTH I bought a hyacinth for Easter last week and it hadn’t started…

Q-Kids Daily Art Activity

I know these past two weeks I’ve posted about teaching art classes but in all honesty I’d had those posts scheduled out before the whole virus crisis happened. I’m not teaching right now at all. But it occurred to me that just because I don’t have a classroom to go into that I can’t share…

Teaching Shadows

You’d think rule one of any teaching class would be never turn out the lights. But here I am, the newly minted art teacher, closing the blinds and flipping the switch. I mean how else do you really teach kids about shadow without a spotlight and some well placed puppets? So here I am with…

It’s Practice not a Mistake

My posts on Mondays have been delayed lately because I’ve received a new opportunity to teach art to kids. It’s sticky madness to be totally honest. I don’t mind though. Creativity is happening. Mistakes are termed as practice. Freedom of expression is running rampant, often literally. If you hear a voice within you say ‘you…

Hello from Writing Camp- Kids Edition

I wanted to write a post that would demonstrate how kind and creative these kids at writing camp have been this past week. Turns out they wanted to tell you themselves. So I’m going to step aside today and give you all the wisdom, insights, and art they want to share with the world. This…

The Art of the [Art Note: …]

I’m a fairly traditional writer. So making the transition into picture books has been difficult. Not because my writing is bad but because picture books are more than just the words. In picture books I have to leave room for art. You can check out another post on book structure HERE. When I say I’m leaving…

Framed Toddler-isms DIY

Our little town has a mild obsession with thrift stores. I’m beginning to think it’s the same half a dozen people swapping junk back and forth. Regardless, I still check them and occasionally I find a little gem that I want to work with. So for a quarter I picked up this sad looking picture…

DIY T-Shirt Stencil Art

Grab your freezer paper and fabric paint because we are going to use it to makeover a  t-shirt! My sister gave me a magnet that had the Quest Type logo on it and that got me thinking that I should make a shirt with our logo on it.  Freezer paper makes this DIY super easy and…

DIY Card Table Makeover

A couple Christmas’ ago I won an old card table in a white elephant gift exchange.  Card tables are actually super useful because they fold up and you can transport them wherever you need without taking up much room.  I have used it a lot since I’ve gotten it but to be honest its old…

Dollar Store DIY: Geometric Mirror Display

This dollar store DIY is an awesome way to display items and is super simple to make.   All you need is a couple supplies from the dollar store and you have yourself a beautiful geometric mirror display! Supplies: 3 mirrors from the Dollar store(these are next to the candles at dollar tree) Hot glue…

DIY Hand Embroidered Watercolor Shoes

After making the DIY Galaxy Shoes I fell in love with the process of making art on canvas shoes.  It’s so much fun to create and also to wear around! We have a Walmart across the street from us and, I admit, we go there sometimes. At my last visit I found canvas shoes, they are…

DIY Pom Pom Napkin Ring

This DIY is great for parties! If you are looking to add a little extra fun and color onto the table then this is a perfect DIY for you.  I know a lot of people do not use napkin rings but for parties it adds so much to have them included.  You can create these…

Mercury Glass Globe-Making a replacement light globe from a pickle Jar

Installing a lighting fixture over a staircase can be difficult so when the light globe slipped effortlessly from my hand and dropped to its death below I cringed. Finding a replacement should of been an easy task but after looking in multiple big box stores, I selected the closest fit.To my dismay it was too…

DIY Planked Quilt Art knock-off

Handcrafting a brand store item is becoming a trend for those of us who count pennies to get by. Often times I find something I like but the price tag is way out of my reach. It’s time to be creative and make it myself. I had on hand some left over or culls of a…

Dollar Store Diy Spice Magnets

I was shopping at the dollar tree again (I know I am there far too often!) and I found these magnetic tins.  They reminded me of the magnetic spice tins but they were selling them to hold paperclips and other office supplies.  I thought it would be a great Idea to make a spice tin…

Haunted Rooms-The Jewel of Kalamazoo

Visiting Henderson Castle Although this might be a good place to meet entities, the reason I traveled to SouthWest Michigan to tour Henderson Castle wasn’t to come face to face with the castles favorite ghosts. They boast of 5 deaths over time inside the castle and pride themselves as a paranormal hot spot with the property situated across…

Free Printable Thanksgiving Dinner Name cards

I use Creative Market a lot for fonts and other things for design and this week they have some amazing free downloads.  I used them to create name cards that you can download and use for Thanksgiving this year.  I know what your thinking, Thanksgiving is so far away, but its good to get some…