Little Fishies Valentines

 

I found a cute printable a couple years ago on Pinterest and finally dug it up for this year’s preschool valentines. Super easy and fast. I had the kids sign their names on the back (I wrote the bulk of the messages):

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My older son decided to write in a font of some sort (arial narrow?)

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They had cute sayings like “Glad we’re in the same school!” or “You’re the only fish in the sea for me!” or “I saw you and I was hooked!”

I put them in a little cellophane bag with varying kinds of goldfish crackers. The boys were super excited to give them to their classmates.

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I might have overfilled the little baggies, oh well! :)

 

Art Journal: Faith (My Heart’s Eyes)

 

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted an art journal video! My pages are really personal, so I am a little intimidated in sharing some of them. But I also believe that in order to grow, I have to continue to challenge myself and my fears, so here we go!

Here is the completed page:

Faith - full page

 

I had a certain thing in mind as I started this page. But as my usual process goes, it didn’t end up that way. I actually went to plan B, but even plan B failed miserably, so I just stopped planning and just went with it, one step at a time. It is a pretty complicated page, with complex elements that may not make sense to the casual observer, so I wanted to provide an explanation and the story behind it (A sudden idea crossed my mind of videotaping my sharing “live” on camera with my page, but that terrified me to no end. And as much as I like to try to push myself to grow by doing something “scary” every once in awhile, today wasn’t the day to do it. Maybe another day, lol).

 

A detailed background story to this page is here: Art Journal Page: Faith (My Heart’s Eyes)

 

Here is the video process of me making this page. Enjoy!

 

Recent Art Journal Pages (Heart Journaling)

 

I’m a little hesitant to share these pages, as they are intensely personal to me, but they are also pages that mean the most to me at this time. I’m in a challenging situation, and no doubt it is in the midst of changing who I am as a person, as a mom, and as a child of God. And as I am going through this, I am journaling my process and the struggles and transformations that are in my heart. It has been humbling, to say the least.

 

January 27, 2014: Hope

“Sometimes some things fall apart, so that some things fall together”

Hope (1/27/14)

 

January 29, 2014: Self-Portrait

“Dear God, If I lose my hope today, please remind me me that Your plans are better than my dreams”

Self-Portrait (1/29/14)

 

February 3, 2014: Joy

“The Spirit’s quiet whisper
Bids me bow before Your throne
‘Til my heart’s deepest yearnings
Are the echo of your own.”
(Jennifer Kennedy Dean)

Joy (2/3/14)

This most recent page looks awfully busy, but I just went with how I felt. It’s full of bright and “sunny” colors, yet it is complex and busy and full of texture. There’s a lot going on in the background. But I felt the theme was “joy”, and put a couple verses that spoke to me on this theme, on where I’m currently at. Along with one of my favorite quotes on prayer, by Jennifer Kennedy Dean. And then in a black pen (blended in the background), I journaled a couple verses of my favorite hymn, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”. And the doilies are from my local IHOP (don’t worry, they were clean when I saved them). =)

This page is an expression of my journey with prayer, which goes hand in hand with a lot of my art journaling (or what you call, “heart journaling”). With prayer comes a transformed heart, and while the process may not be so smooth, the path is filled with blessings and supernatural surprises and of course, joy.

 

Washi Tape for a 4 year old

 

So the other day I was perusing my local Target and found a plethora of washi tape in the scrapbooking section, made by Scotch. So I picked some up for myself.

washi tape from target (scotch brand)

 

My oldest son, who is 4.5 years old, was really attached to the hot pink roll, so he clutched that one all the way home. Once we got home, he insisted on going straight to my craft room to get one of “mommy’s papers” (aka my mixed media paper stash), because he already had a plan for his pink tape. It also involved his little portable drawing board to create “templates” ahead of time.

washi tape template

 

So this is what my quirky hyperlexic little guy came up with:

washi tape letters

 

And on the backside:

washi tape numbers 

 

This kid always cracks me up. Today he decided he was done with my washi tape and instead, wants to write his letters and numbers with my distress paint daubers. Apparently crayolas are no longer good enough for him anymore.

 

P.S. Happy Chinese New Year!!!

 

Picture Ornament Frames

 

I’ve got a little fun ornament project for you! This one requires basic crochet skills, and it’s a quick project.

Picture Ornament Frames

 

Materials needed:
- A worsted kitchen cotton yarn (I used Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream in Hot Green, Robin’s Egg, and Tangerine)
- Hook: E/4 (3.5 mm)
- 3 inch rings (I found mine at Hobby Lobby)
- a yarn needle
- Circle nesting dies (Mine are from Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Circles Die Set)
- Big Shot or Cuttlebug, or any die cutting machine
- Adhesive backed foam sheets (I got mine at Michaels; you can easily use regular foam sheets and just tape/glue your pictures onto the foam instead)
- Adhesive backed magnets (I got mine at Walmart)

 

Crochet Pattern:
(adapted from “Pretty as a Picture” Frames pattern)
1st Round: Join yarn with sl st to ring. Working around ring, work 75 sc. Join with sl st to first sc.
2nd Round: *Skip next 2 sc. 7 dc in next sc. Skip next 2 sc, sl st into next sc. Rep from * around, ending with skip 2 sc. Sl st in first sc.
Loop: Chain 15. Sl st in same sc to close the loop. Fasten off, and weave in loose end with yarn needle.

 

Video Tutorial:

 

Enjoy! And Merry Christmas! =)