February 16, 2013 · 2:43 pm
Hope you are enjoying your weekend. I know Valentine’s is over but I wanted to share the collage card project Grace and I did for her classroom. I think this simple method of creating cards is really fun and can be done for any occasion.
Grace and I have done many collages but I have discovered that the best success is found when I curate the materials. Usually sticking with a theme or color palette allows your kiddo to make choices and express themselves without being overwhelmed. There have been plenty of times when I threw down a mass amount of stickers and papers only to find the Grace got overwhelmed and upset when her finished artwork looked “messy”. She simply had too many choices in front of her. Providing just a little framework meant that she got to be creative and enjoy her results too. Nothing is worse than an afternoon spent crafting only to end up with a grumpy kid, a paper strewn floor and glue everywhere. A creative buzz kill.
Before Grace got home from school I had cut out and organized the elements that would be used for the Valentine cards. This made it easy for Grace to make her selections and understand the color palette.
Scrapbook paper and vintage music sheets were punched into hearts using this handy dandy punch. Scrap booking die cuts and sticky jewels make easy embellishments – we had to make 25 of these cards after all! A little glitter was used at the end for a special touch of sparkle and buttons were a fun 3D addition. K & Company has some of the prettiest supplies and are my go to for scrapbooking goodies!
We had so much fun making these! I would have pics of all of them but it was dark by the time we were finished!
Think about making some collage cards with your kids for Easter!
Have a wonderful Sunday!
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February 11, 2013 · 8:43 pm
Hi all! How was your weekend? Our was WAY too busy but filled with lots of fun…so I can’t complain. In the midst of the craziness, I managed to snap a couple of pics of my Claire bear. She will be eight months old on the 19th! I can’t believe it. Time is truly flying by. It makes me a little sad, since she will be my last baby. (I think.)
So I’m trying to really appreciate these sweet days with her…
Grace and I just figured out our craft for Valentine’s cards so I’m excited to get to work on those tomorrow. They will involve lots of hearts, vintage papers and glitter. Gotta have glitter, right?
What are your plans for V-day?
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Tagged as Art, baby, grace, Grace & Ivy, holiday, Holidays, photography, pink, valentine, valentines day
January 27, 2013 · 12:09 pm
Hello all! Hope you enjoyed your weekend. I have been nursing my family back to health after an awful flu struck our home! I’m the only one who hasn’t gotten sick – somehow? Anyway, I don’t want to tempt fate so I’m just staying positive and gobbling down Vitamin C.
So, I know I don’t often write about my vintage shop on Etsy but with Valentine’s just around the corner, I thought it might be fun to share some of my favorite French treasures that I have listed right now. Taking photographs of these gorgeous objects has become such a delight for me, almost as rewarding as the hunt! Just click on the images to visit my shop and learn more about these…
I just loved finding these lovely French treasures! I hope you enjoy them too.
Have a beautiful Monday!
Filed under Etsy, favorite things, Home, Paris, photography, Shopping, vintage
Tagged as antique, etsy, France, Grace & Ivy, holiday, Holidays, Home, Paris, photography, Shopping, valentine, valentines day, vintage
February 22, 2011 · 9:58 am
For Valentines Day, Chris brought home flowers for Grace and I. Roses for me and tulips for Grace. We were both very pleased!
I took photos of the bouquets, of course. While I was photographing them, Grace stood watching.
I made the comment, ” Aren’t they just so beautiful? I wish they lasted forever!”
She looked at me for a moment and said nothing, as if contemplating my statement.
Finally, she nodded solemnly and said, “Yes mommy, that would be nice but then they wouldn’t be so special.” I was floored. She says the most profound things sometimes! She amazes me.
Anyway, here are the pics…a little late.
As usual, I couldn’t resist playing around with some textures. This last one is from Kim Klassen’s collection. Go check out her awesome blog. She has some amazing photography (gallery here) and lots of ideas and tips!
Have a lovely Tuesday.
February 14, 2011 · 10:00 am
Hello friends! Happy Valentines Day!
As promised, Grace and I made Valentines this weekend and it was a great success. Although, Grace’s attention span wavered after the 3rd one, (we made 21) she really enjoyed working together and designing the cards.
I had racked my brain for days on what exactly we would do. As usual, I was scared of choosing a direction so I was waffling between several concepts. Finally, I forced myself to sit down and figure something out. I already had brown card stock and pink heart cut outs so once we had decided to use the die-cut shapes it came together quickly. Grace was so cute selecting each item and pairing it with other shapes. We moved the shapes around on the card until we liked the looks of it and got down to gluing. Here are the results…
Grace insisted that we paint our nails red so we have matching manicures. I love her cute little fingernails. Precious.
These vintage themed die cuts by K & Company are the best! So cute and fun to play with. They kinda saved me.
Grace, of course, loved the ones with pink the best.
I am especially fond of these little pups.
We created a message for the back and taped on a piece of chocolate. Perfect. Now Grace has a sweet little set of Valentines that she is proud to hand out to her friends. It was well worth the extra effort to make these and I definitely want to do it again next year!
So what are you up to today? Don’t wait for someone to buy you flowers…I just went out and got myself a big bunch!
I hope you feel loved today.
Filed under Crafting, holiday, Stories
Tagged as Chocolate, collage, die cuts, diy, Gift, glue, heart, k and company, scrapbook, valentines, valentines day
February 10, 2011 · 3:42 pm
Hi there. I’m having a crazy busy day but good busy…
However, yesterday, I found a little nugget of time to set up a photo shoot. Thought I would share with you..
There’s nothing like the simple beauty of a white rose.
Hope you are having a lovely Thursday. The weekend is almost here, which mean tomorrow we will go on a Friday Escape! Don’t miss it! Can you guess where we will go?