Category Archives: Artwork

Activity for Newly-Big Siblings

Not that you have a lot of time on your hands to make this, but if you can find some- you may get a five minute break as a reward while your older child colors it in.  If you are a close friend about to have a baby, *ahem, Joy,* I would be glad to make one for your child.  Image

Color the baby’s footprints! It promotes bonding, gives mom a mini-break, and makes a sweet keepsake.  Take your baby’s footprints and trace them out onto tracing paper.  It looks pretty awesome on its own.  So make the tracing into a keepsake and use a copier to make a copy on printer paper for your child to color.FootprintTrace

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Gus’ Hat

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This is currently my fave photo.

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23 March 2012 · 2:27 am

The Farsighted See Better Things…

As promised, here is my second post of the art work that I did for my other friend, Breehan.  She won the contest of “guess how big around Chibi’s baby bump is”.  So, realizing I had no prize for said contest, I promised to make her a piece of art for her new place like the ones I made for Chibi’s nursery.

I asked her if she had been reading anything in particular in the Bible recently, and she responded with this:

“I don’t have anything in particular, though I’ve been in Ephesians.  And since I think I know why you are asking, I would like to add that I like owls and green and purple.”

Then, the next day, I was going through the available magazines in the waiting room at the chiropractor’s office and stumbled upon the owl edition of something hunting related.  This little owl chick just had to be the one.  So, I asked if I could take her home with me and they said yes.  🙂

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Then she sat staring at me from my magnet board in the kitchen for a long time, just because I liked having her around.  She’s so kyute.

When I finally had a moment to work on the project away from the kiddos, I got all excited.  I placed all the paper patchwork style underneath.  Then I positioned her, and started painting the branch.

Then my paint pen ran out of ink!  >.<

I improvised a lot to make that silly branch turn out ok.  But I like the end product.

Halfway through, I decided I didn’t like the first verse I picked out.  Since we had just been to Passion 2012 together, Ephesians held some real significance for us all recently.  We all read through the entire thing one night during one of the sessions.  Also, since she had picked an owl, I wanted it to have some meaning as well.  As opposed to just being a cute owl taking up space.  My friend is also struggling, just like all of us, to be a light in a fallen world.  I figure owls live the majority of their lives in the dark as a nocturnal species.  God designed them to be able to see by reflecting the light that is available to them.  So the message of this piece is that we ought to keep our eyes on Jesus, in order to be able to “see in the dark” and simultaneously be reflecting Him back into the world that we live in.

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For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
“Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
(Ephesians 5:8-14 ESV)

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So, there you have it.  My third piece.  🙂  I love you, Bree!

Oh, and another cool thing about this one, is that the board was salvaged.  It was packing material for the bunkbed my daughter sleeps in.  I thought it would make a good piece of art someday, and I’m glad I kept it around.

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Anyone Else Would See Weeds…

So my friend somewhat commissioned my barely existent art skills to do a, hmm… I don’t even know what to call it, but a copy-cat of this lady’s work: PitterPatterArt. for her soon to be born (actually just arrived three days ago!!!) daughter.  At the baby shower when I gave it to her I got a high-five and a legitimately grateful smiling face.  Worth all the midnight oil I burned on it, seriously.  😀

I also ran a game at her shower which I did not have a prize prepared for.  (I fly by the seat of my pants so well.)  So, I promised the winner, who is also a good friend, that I would make her one too.  Here’s the work.  Don’t scrutinize it too closely, but I am pretty happy with them both.  🙂  I hand cut, ripped, wrote, inked, and painted every bit of these myself.  Then, I used mod-podge to seal it all together.

I learned a lot from making them.  I learned that I am more productive at 3AM than 9PM.  I learned how to antique, which took a lot of trial and even more error.  Consequently, my husband learned that, “It looks like someone smeared poop on it,” is not an appropriate response to “Does it look ok, or should I try again?”  (I redid the entire bottom half after that response.)  I learned from the non-antiqued one (which I like much more) that I cannot cut out an elephant in both directions, only facing left.  So, the mommy-phant had to be cut out a second time, and with the paper turned around backwards.

I’ll post the other friend’s one separately.  Coming soon!  😀

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One of the Cutest Things I’ve Made So Far:

I love it!  I had absolutely no clue what I was doing and no pattern.  I winged it and it turned out great.  I can’t wait to put it on him.  🙂

So, when I figure out exactly what I did… you can ask me for a pattern.  Or, if you buy me some yarn and ask me nicely, I can make you one.  But basically I started off with a chain of four, and did some doubles and increased by four every now and then.

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