February 20, 2010
Hatching Dragon Eggs (Photo by Booh)
by Booh (age 6)
You think dragons are bad
but of course they’re not.
Do you think they’re not true?
Well, they’re are.
I think they’re good.
I’m trying to see if I can find dragon eggs
so I can hatch some.
Do you think dragons live far away on a hill?
Well, they’re all around.
Some dragons live in caves
some dragons live in swamps
some dragons live in trees
This is dragon language:
grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr hhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaa mrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr hahe ssssssssssssssssss
April 29, 2009
I’ve shared before Castanet’s Field Bag. Now it’s time to share her Sketch Kit, a must have collection of necessities for the traveling artists and all naturalists. Click on the image and it will take you to her Flickr page where she has added notes of all the contents in her sketch kit. Then follow her link to her blog to read more about her adventures with her kids.
April 27, 2009
Earth Day - Collecting trash on the mall in front of the National Capitol Building.
For spring vacation, Booh and I made a road trip passing through seven different states, with a stop in Washington, D.C.
Earth Day happened to fall during her school break this year and the “Environmental Team” at her school coordinated a litter pick-up project for students during the break. Kids that agreed to pick up a bag of trash on Earth Day received either a pine tree sapling to plant or an energy saving light bulb. Booh picked the pine tree and on Earth Day we found ourselves on the Washington Mall.
Earth Day - Collecting trash on the mall with the Washington Monument in the background.
Here she is picking up trash with the Capitol Building and the Washington Monuments in the background. The day was blustery and cool in the morning, lending to a great visual background with the dark skies on one horizon and the sun breaking through on the other.
I love the imagery and timing of these photos: Earth Day, cleaning up the Washington Mall, the dark skies, national icons on the horizon.
This lends well to her desire to be an environmental activist.
April 2, 2009
Spring has finally sprung here in New England. Booh broke out her sidewalk chalk and drew this haunted house. I’m amazed to see how much her sidewalk drawings have evolved since the snow first fell in December.
She was concerned that the rain would wash her art away, so we agreed that I would take a photo of her masterpieces so we could keep them forever.
Here’s her first work of sidewalk chalk art of the season, titled “Haunted House.” It has eyes and fangs and even bat wings (which I unfortunately cut off in this picture).
She has recently been drawing a lot of “scary” characters. At first I wasn’t sure what to make of them nor if I liked them. Then she explained that they are scary so they will scare away the scary monsters. Brilliant! I now love her gargoyles!
March 16, 2009
Booh was sick last week (five day fever!). So on the third day, when we got our package from an artist trade card (ATC) swap we participated in, it was a timely dose of joyful medicine! Just what the doctor ordered!
Booh had made ten cards for the kid ATC swap and I had made ten for the adult swap - in return we received a package of twenty little cards gems from artists (and young budding artists) all over the country. We took nine of the cards and made a collage to show how delicious they all look together!
Heartsong by Sarah Washington
This one on the left is Booh’s favorite out of all the wonderful cards we received. I’m very fond of it too. It’s called Heartsong and was made by Sarah Washington. She has an esty store called Totally Crunchy Handcrafts. There aren’t any listings right now, but I’d love to see what she may add in the future. Sarah received our sailor card, one of my favorites that showed a sea sick sailor on the back side.
Fly! by Rachel Wolf
The two other cards shown here we’ll add to our nature table:
The watercolor with butterfly is by Rachel Wolf, titled Fly!. It reminds me of spring and we’ll add it to our table on Friday for the Spring Equinox when we change our table to spring (yeah! spring is here!).
The other card below is titled Summer Tree and was painted by Harmony Lattin. This one we’ll save for the summer to add it’s rich greens and blue to table.
Summer Tree by Harmony Lattin
Another set that I was particularly fond of is shown in the collage above: the top row, center and the middle row, right. These two were made by Willary Palaia. Her cards were mixed media. Printed paper was folded around her card, embellishments added, and she wrapped her cards with sewing thread. They’re really cool!
If you click on the collage above it will take you to its corresponding Flickr page where I’ve noted all the cards. – Special thanks to Alison Kiser for being the hostess extraordinaire!
March 14, 2009
I had to share the field bag of Castanet from In Heywood’s Meadow. Click on the image and it will take you to her Flickr page where she has added noted of all its contents, along with the contents of several others. She has truly inspired and motived me!
March 13, 2009
Booh and I made a set of little spring baskets by felting raw fleece. Recently we went to a local farm to watch them shear their sheep and we got to take home a small bag of the skirted fleece. I wanted to add the fleece to our spring nature table and the idea of felted baskets came to mind. We took the raw fleece and wrapped it around a river stone. We then felted it using hot water and soap. I love the organic look of these and how the silvery Pussy Willow catkins from the tree in our backyard look nestled inside. To me it is the perfect addition to Booh’s spring nature table.
The one above is a close-up of the smallest one in the bunch (this one is for “T&Z”). I love the wispy edges. And the close-up of the one below is the largest one which we filled to the brim with Pussy Willow catkins and placed in the center of our nature table. We made several baskets to share and swap with others that have a nature table too. We’re sending them off today and are looking forward to what treasures we get in return!
March 12, 2009
These are the artist trade cards I made for the ATC Swap I did with other artists from Bits of Goodness. Some I did as collages and others I used acrylic paint. They were a lot of fun to make. I can’t wait to see the cards I’ve traded for! I’ll post a collage once I get them all.
Booh did a set of ATC’s too that she traded with other kids. I look forward to her receiving hers too.
March 7, 2009
Lisa over at 5 Orange Potatoes (great blog!) recently blogged about exploring the Periodic Table of Elements with her two young girls (ages 5 & 7). She recommends the book, The Periodic Table- Elements with Style by Basher & Dingle for this subject and gives creative ideas on how to make this study fun. Two ideas she writes about is a PTOE scavenger hunt and fun riddles about the PTOE for her girls to solve. She authored the riddles and has graciously made them available on her blog.
Each week she’ll focus on one element with her girls and post their study on her blog, 5orangepotatoes.blogspot.com. I wanted to share the link to her PTOE post HERE for other families interested in making the study of chemistry fun with their kids. Read her post, see her photos, check out her suggested resources, and you too will be inspired! Here’s what I posted in her comment box:
I’m so glad you shared this Lisa! I never took chemistry in HS or college. I’ve recently gone back to school for my MS (in nutrition), and I had to take 4 semesters of chemistry for my prereq (2 more to go)! I was terrified the math would overcome me, but I rocked (straight A’s)! – Along the way I shared the chart and info with my daughter, and I think my excitement got her excited too. This resource you’ve posted has our names written all over it! We are so checking this out and working with the curriculum. I can’t thank you enough for posting it!!!!
February 15, 2009
Booh came home with this homework sheet, “What would be your dream job when you are an adult?” for vocational week at her school. Her answer, “I want to be an environmental activist.”
Right now she wants to save the ants that are coming back with the winter thaw at her school She’s rallied her classmates and teachers together to support her “cause'” and for the second year in a row she and her classmates have created posters saying, “Dot step on the awntss! Woch awcht! ” (Read: “Don’t step on the ants! Watch out!) They’ve posted these signs throughout the school This desire to protect the ants comes from her love of insects. She use to want to be a Bug Doctor. Makes sense that now she wants to be an environmental activist.
How does she know about environmental activism? She knows from stories I’ve shared about work I’ve done as a young environmental activist participating in non-violent civil disobedience. And I’ve read stories to her about other non-violent peace, social and environmental activists, including Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Julia Butterfly Hill. After learning about Julia Butterfly Hill, she did a sit-in in one of the trees in our front yard to protect it from being cut down. I had to reassure her that we had no plans on clear-cutting our front yard!
January 30, 2009
Booh’s cousin on her daddy’s side was the godmother for this little girl being Christened. A very formal affair, drenched in old traditions. The inside of this church is so beautiful with it’s stained glass windows, golden orthodox icons, candles and marble. It’s a very special place; however, these photos don’t do the glory of images inside this church justice!
When Booh was about 3 years old she went to service with her Thea (Greek for Aunt). Above the pews is a dome with orthodox icons, including angels. There is a balcony where the choir sits which can not be seen by the folks below. They started to sing and Booh looked up towards the golden angles and said to her Thea, “The angels are singing!”
They really know how to set these places for the open hearted to have a mystical experience.
January 25, 2009
Kimberly, my flickr friend, turned me on to where we could join the masses and turn one of our photos into an “Obama Icon.” Seeing as Booh and I are dreadfully sick this weekend and are looking for ways to entertain ourselves, we clowned around and made a few, including this one of the two of us. I asked her to come up with a word to post to the bottom and only “Love” would do. We’ve been doing a snuggling along side all of our sniffing, sneezing and coughing … with love as our strongest medicine. She’s my little love bug! – Make your own at obamiconme.pastemagazine.com.