This weekend, my home sustained a massive glitter explosion. So, for the past couple of days, every time my kids pad (or maybe trudge) down the hallway, they leave tiny tracks of gold sparkles. My home is, well, glittery -- even after vacuuming multiple times and washing the floor Cinderella-style. Baby K was the culprit… Continue reading Wild Orange Fairy Dough
Since we're still on our summer "holiday" visiting family back east, most of the time I'm responsible for only one of my two children. Right now, for example, miss R is playing a game with her MiMi while I sit in the sun room watching, listening to and smelling the torrential rain just outside the… Continue reading Tissue Paper Tape Resist Painting
Miss R has recently become interested in secrets. Anything promised to be insider information is appealing to her -- so much so that she'll often tell me she has a secret, motion me to come over to her, only to whisper gibberish in my ear. Her hope is that I'll play along and theatrically decipher… Continue reading Invisible Ink Painting
So, you know that paper-bowls-for-preschoolers post I was going to write yesterday before my mommy rambles took over? Well, here it is. This project was completed during R's last sick day with that malevolent belly bug that violently traipsed its way around our home. It's an easy project that generates delicate paper displays -- both the… Continue reading a preschooler’s paper bowl
After a heat-induced mini tantrum on the way home from school (it's truly almost too hot to handle, and we're not even in the technical throws of summer yet), R needed some zone out time inside. Thank goodness the house was indeed cool because it kept me from losing mine (my cool -- haha) while K… Continue reading A Kinetic Cupcakery
Scroll down for sliminess, because I first need to exhale. Today was a day! Just one of those days where I felt like my head was clouded and I found everything annoying -- like stomach tightening, blood boiling annoying. I'm usually an upbeat, fast-paced and positive person, so my tolerance for my own orneriness is… Continue reading A Day of Cloudy Heads and 3-Ingredient Fluff Slime
My, oh my! It's been a minute since I last posted, right? I blame it on Hawaii. Much like Moana, I am called by the water -- and I might not be totally readjusted to desert life yet. Hawaii, as always, was pure magic. I'll try to share our adventures soon -- including my now… Continue reading Lavender Chill-Out Play Doh
Hello, hello! This is a quickie follow-up to yesterday's Translucent Twist Up. As you know, I found myself overjoyed with that project's harmonious mixing of glue and food coloring -- yeah, my excitement gage must be pretty artymommy-centric right now. R and I wanted to further explore the wonders of colored glue, so we experimented… Continue reading Stained Glue Mobiles
This project involves multi-sensory fun and renders gloriously dynamic paintings. Really, the resulting imagery -- MADE BY A KID -- recalls the best Abstract Expressionism. It reminds us of gazing through a kaleidoscope lens.
Yesterday was Sunday, the day of 'murca's venerated Super Bowl. We partook in the pageantry by attending a party at a dear friend's house, where we all ate lots of yummies and I glanced up at the enormous television for about 2 whole minutes. Prior to the gathering, we had a quiet Sunday with nothing… Continue reading Explosive Heart Art: Fizzy Painting
Just about one year ago, when I was very pregnant, done with work, and trying to soak in my morning alone time with R off at pre-school, I fell under the spell of the nesting fairy. To be clear, I was feeling pretty awful most of the time due to chronic pain, a few unnecessary… Continue reading A project from my nesting days of not so long ago…
A few weeks ago at Michael's Arts & Crafts (I've been spending waaay to much time there since it's so close to R's school), I spied $2 blind bags filled with random goodies from the store. I think they were transitioning from summer to fall and retiring a few collections (Alphabet Soup, for example). Since… Continue reading Who doesn’t love a grab bag?