Category Archives: Art

B.M.W.B # 40 – Taking the Lead

So much of parenting is about adjusting and re-adjusting the limits and letting little ones take more of a lead.

A couple of weeks ago we did some awesome crayon art – Bounce was very upset that the art was hung on the family art wall instead of in his room because he did it. So I promised more crayon art in the holidays. I do love the holidays we are planning to try a few crafty things this holidays!

This time I gave them smaller canvases and freer reign. I still maintained a firm grip on the hot glue gun but they selected it all and then we went for launch.

One of the things I can really struggle with as a mama is the control thing. I let me boys dress themselves and when it comes time to cover books at the beginning of the year I let Flip make most of the choices – these things are both easy and difficult for me – easy because it takes the hassle and drama out of forcing ‘good clothes’ or nicely cut out sensible pictures but hard because you send a stack of books to school with badly cut out weird choices on them – for me these are small sacrifices my pride has to make in order to allow my boys age appropriate choices. Choices that make them think about what they like and trust that they can do it.

Do you find giving your children more decision-making opportunities easy or difficult?

Also I find so much of the time I find mama’s doing great things with their kids – I wondered if you would be keen for me to do a couple of link-ups where people can put in posts of ways they have been more intentional about parenting or cool and simple activities that have allowed them to intentionally invest time with their kids – would you be keen to read these kind of posts from other people too?

This year I am making more of a conscious effort to have quality moments with my boys. B.M.W.B (becoming the mama I want to be)  is my way of recording and hopefully inspiring other mama’s too. Please inspire me with the little moments you are snatching with your little people OR with ideas I could do with mine. If you have blogged about it please leave a comment so we can all visit and encourage each other. 

Simple. Achievable. Intentional: becoming the mama I want to be.

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B.M.W.B #28 – Collage

As part of the school holidays and in an effort to do more art, which we have neglected for a while! I bought some fancy paper packs to use for collage. (Buy 1 get one free from the scrapbooking range at The Warehouse)

We had recently had The Little Yellow Leaf book out of the library and the boys and I had been captivated by the collage illustrations as well as the lovely story.

The boys worked so hard on their art. I think the special paper had a bit to do with it too. Ma was there to join us as well. I encouraged them to plan their picture before they started. I really enjoyed making mine too.

Do you ever purchase special art/craft equipment for the holidays? I do quite like the opportunity to sit and make something special together. My work isn’t perfect but then that’s the point really isn’t it? None of us are perfect but we build our skills through doing.

This year I am making more of a conscious effort to have quality moments with my boys. B.M.W.B (becoming the mama I want to be)  is my way of recording and hopefully inspiring other mama’s too. Please inspire me with the little moments you are snatching with your little people OR with ideas I could do with mine. If you have blogged about it please leave a comment so we can all visit and encourage each other.  
Simple. Achievable. Intentional: becoming the mama I want to be.

Make My Week #10 – Sewn Picture

This year I want to create pictures for a story I have written.

So I started with this one, which is probably the easiest

I’m quite pleased with it

I hope I manage to do the other pages too. This one is just fabric, free motion stitching, a feather and buttons.

Other Creative Spaces here.

B.M.W.B #8 Crayon and Dye

(A day early again – Wednesday is a special day for Chch so I have moved my posts around a bit – you still love me don’t you!??)

Flip is right into mysteries and clues and being a detective at the moment (I put that down to Paddington Bear, The Famous Five and The Hardy Boys – books he loves)

So I went at the crayon and dye with a secret theme – you draw something in white that can’t be seen ‘but I can see it mama’ (sigh – sort of can’t be seen!) and then you use the dye to bring it to life.

We just used watered down food colouring again. Loving the watered down food colouring!

I also had a great afternoon after school one day when the boys were playing happily together in their room I went in and lay on Flip’s bed and we just chatted about all sorts of things. It did my soul good.

This year I am making more of a conscious effort to have quality moments with my boys. B.M.W.B (becoming the mama I want to be)  is my way of recording and hopefully inspiring other mama’s too. Please inspire me with the little moments you are snatching with your little people OR with ideas I could do with mine. If you have blogged about it please leave a comment so we can all visit and encourage each other.

Simple. Achievable. Intentional: becoming the mama I want to be.

B.M.W.B #7 – Salt Resist

A day early this week. (Valentines Day tomorrow folks – last chance to enter my giveaway)

Another ‘art’ project. From one of my wee books.

The aim is to paint with food colouring (which I watered down) and then sprinkle salt over the finished product which makes interesting shapes and designs as it absorbs some of the colour around it. When finished you simply brush the salt off.

The Atlas took Flip and the neighbours to crazy mini-golf on Saturday (for over 5s only) so Bounce and I had a gorgeous milkshake date. He rode there on his balance bike, after our photo shoot!

When we got there, instead of going to the play area he chose a ‘real’ table and we chatted away. I asked him about favourites – ‘colour, car, game, person…’ (until he got sick of waiting for me to finish my drink and we retired to the play area).

Bounce also said to me the other day, ‘Why do penguins have wings?’ (He knows they can’t fly). I waited and said, ‘Why do you think they have wings?’

His reply, ‘So they can pick up snow’.

What have you been doing with your littlies this week?

This year I am making more of a conscious effort to have quality moments with my boys. B.M.W.B (becoming the mama I want to be)  is my way of recording and hopefully inspiring other mama’s too. Please inspire me with the little moments you are snatching with your little people OR with ideas I could do with mine. If you have blogged about it please leave a comment so we can all visit and encourage each other.

Simple. Achieveable. Intentional: becoming the mama I want to be.

B.M.W.B #1

HAPPY BIRTHDAY My Atlas – just quietly I think you’re hot!!

This is ‘week one’ and I have consciously tried to say ‘yes’ instead of ‘wait’, ‘not at the moment’, or ‘another day’.

Flip and I did a code cracker together (until I got stuck). Good practice for writing his letters in small squares.

I said ‘yes’ and sat without doing anything else (washing, baking, dinner, folding…) and watched a wonderful dance performance

to Hi 5 (out from the library)

I played football outside instead of leaving it to Daddy and suggesting a story instead (yes I am an inside-y kind of mama)

And we did our first art project – the magic of water-colour pencils. Our theme was what we are looking forward to in 2012.

Bounce drew ‘the school near kindy’

and Flip ‘ the camp ground in Dunedin’

and I did the butterflies at the museum in Dunedin. (we are looking forward to our holiday!)

This year I am making more of a conscious effort to have quality moments with my boys. B.M.W.B (becoming the mama I want to be)  is my way of recording and hopefully inspiring other mama’s too. Please inspire me with the little moments you are snatching with your little people OR with ideas I could do with mine. If you have blogged about it please leave a comment so we can all visit and encourage each other.

Make My Week #45 – Learning to Have a Go

This week’s make my week is a bit different for me.

I’ve spent a lot of my life saying ‘I’m no good at art’. But I’ve been thinking – yes some of our creative expression and inclinations come naturally but even then our ability needs training, practice, time.

So I’ve bought a journal with blank pages. I have my sister’s water-colour pencils and I’m starting with some art. My kind of art: words and snippets of this and that. But art nonetheless.

This is what I made. The words are mine, the picture is mine and I am going to use my journal to play around making things that are sometimes pretty and sometimes disappointing….. because I figure ultimately if I want to learn a bit I need to try. And a blank page is an indication that I’m too scared to try – and I’d rather not be (unless you want me to eat weird stuff or climb to high heights!)

The words are about my spiritual journey – in case you thought I was really going out of my mind!

What creative endeavour have you vetoed out of your life because ‘you’re no good at that’?

Day 96 & 97

26/100 complete

Mama's Model

Last night I completed Challenge 36 – to write a letter to myself from me when I am 70. I think my 70 year old self had some words of wisdom for me the main message was to laugh a lot and not take my beautiful life for granted any minute. I also like this part of her letter which I shall reproduce for you – ‘You are never going to be younger, less wrinkly, more attractive or probably even slimmer than you are today so live today like you are totally gorgeous. Appreciate how lovely you are NOW.’ Don’t you think I get wise with age??

Last night I went to a concert as part of the Jazz festival which was a tribute to Eva Cassidy. Her story fits very much in with my charity quilt story and I was allowed to sell my quilt tickets as part of it. As a result things have gone from strength to strength in the raffle department. In about 1-2 weeks the raffle will close and I will give you the grand total!

Yesterday Master 3 and I had some fun using some of the Easter egg wrappers. He made a gorgeous butterfly collage.

Butterfly

Today I got this photo of him in a home-knit (not by me, that’s one of the many reasons God gave us grandparents!) Is there anything more cute than a child wearing something knitted on a cold day?

Home-Knit loving

Today has been a lovely, treat-y day for me. The first of my orders from my book voucher arrived. Actually a DVD – ‘Saving Grace’. An English comedy I find particularly hilarious.

My Lovely Master 3

Then I was given the Jo Seagar cook school recipe book. I already have my eye on a caramel oat cake that looks very decadent.

I was sent a newspaper article about crafty mamas and ladies – inspiring.

AND my fellow Mama and I were in the local free newspaper!!! How exciting. Our 100 challenges have hit the press. Are you impressed?

Almost Famous!

Tonight I sew, gifts to make.

Day 76

Make, Give, Contribute, Challenge. 1 year, 100 creative challenges. 20/100 complete.

I feel I am inching back on the challenges again! Today we completed Challenge 8. I can’t believe I haven’t done this earlier. The canvas has been here but I hadn’t thought to use the test pots in the garage. We had a great time doing this and Master 3 was especially enthusiastic. He kept saying ‘thanks for doing this painting mum’. Bless him. He is already planning another one.

Master 1 - Masterpiece

Master 3 - Close Up

I have also made the chutney that will be given away so another challenge nearly done and another recipe closer to the end of the recipe book challenge.

Darling husband has arrived home needing a ‘gift from the boys at work’ for a colleague (male) who is about to get married. Being boys it is more about a gesture – preferably silly – than something proper. We have settled on a Peg Pinny (an apron to wear the pegs in while you hang out the washing) and an apron. With a message that says ‘How to keep your lady satisfied’. A man who does the dishes and hangs out the washing can’t go wrong!! So once I have made the peg pinny I will also be able to cross off the make something you haven’t made before to give away challenge.

After that it is work on the charity quilt that is most needed.

Day 12

Make, Give, Contribute, Challenge. 1 year, 100 creative challenges. 2/100 complete.

Today felt like an uncreative day – especially when there is no recipe to share. It was takeaways after a late dr appointment. However, I have spent some time with my trusty spray can! We have a family art wall and there was some of Master 3’s dyed handitowels in a dodgy wooden frame that was not in keeping with the others so today I gave it the spray can treatment.

Also I have asked lovely husband to take photos of clothing mentioned on earlier post and he has, of course, obliged. The jacket is well cropped because, though obliging and talented his forte is not photography and I had to crop out an unfortunately placed large wooden doorknob. I’ll say no more about that. So, these are the dress and jacket I was wearing. Nothing super special but happy and me-ish so I guess that’s all that is required really.

Other creative pursuits today were pretty limited although Master 3 had some fun taking photos of us all and various other things around the house. I love the digital camera thing – means everyone can be a photographer without the cost of developing it all. This is especially handy when masters 1 & 3 are not the sit quietly in one spot for photo types.

I also tidied our gorgeous wall to wall bookshelf and while I can assure you tidying does NOT fit into my definition of creativity it does make me happy to look at all my lovely books looking so happy and uncluttered (if bookshelves can be defined that way?).

I have also made some progress on my 10 words list. So far I have selected 2. Inspiring and Encouraging. Inspiring because I’d like to be that way in a lot of areas of my life – creatively, as a mother, in my faith, as a performer…. and Encouraging because I’d always like people to leave my presence (or my blog for that matter) feeling like they can do good things and have an impact. I think these two go together because some people are inspiring but so far ‘out there’ that it can be overwhelming and unattainable and encouraging people can be all warm fuzzy with no example. So that’s words one and two. I’ll keep you informed as others come to hand!!!

Happy creative day to you.