Hey Everyone, having a professional photographer for a husband is fantastic in so many ways but we have come to realize that it actually stops us from showing off our family. You may ask "Why? You have so many great shots!" Well that is the problem! We have so many fantastic family shots (40,000 and counting!) that it is very difficult to decide what to commit to putting on the wall. Well we finally found the answer! Introducing our new Foyer Family Wall! I found this great hanging system on PBteen.com. Then we had a bunch of mattes cut 8x8 so that the exterior dimensions would always stay uniform. We cut a 4x6 opening and we can rotate it for both horizontal and virtical photos! I simply taped the photos in (no glass) and hung them. Easy Peasy! Now we can swap out any time we want and always keep the wall fresh and interesting! See below for photos of how we did it!
In an attempt to bring more creativity into the school day, the girls' school, A. W. Cox started a "Monday Morning Talent Time" where kids get to go on stage in front of the whole school and show off their talents! Lexi and her friend Sage boldly went up as the very first act! What a great way to kick off a new Cox tradition. KEEP ON HOOPING GIRLS!
As most of you know, I'm not from this cold wintery wonderland and sometimes I can get a little cranky when it's below 32 degrees for more than a few days but I now have something to look forward to in those frigid periods. Last Saturday when I was in one of my "I HATE THE COLD" moods, Bob said let's go ice skating on our lake! Hmmm, my first thought was fear "YIKES we'll fall through the ice!" Then he pointed out that it had been at about 20 degrees for the last 5 days. The kids were all excited so we went down to see how it would be. I had never seen anything so magical! The ice was sort of a sparkly blue gray and as shiny and slick as a mirror! The kids took off like they'd been skating their whole lives! Much better than they had just a few weeks earlier in a rink. Bob even went out there! Unfortunately I didn't have any skates so I was sliding around on my snow boots (which was actually quite fun). We had such a wonderful time. My new skates are supposed to show up today so now I say "BRING ON THE COLD!"
Hey all, just thought I'd check in and tell you what a wonderful holiday we had. So much fun between Chanukah here in CT and then out to CA for Lexi's birthday and Christmas - well let's just say we're still exhausted! I'm attaching a video (above) that my wildly talented nephew Brian Linthicum did for us to highlight our time in San Diego. He took the footage throughout our stay and then in just a few hours put this great piece together! Enjoy!
I know it's been a while since I've posted. Summers are just so wonderful here I find myself outside every second I can. Today was a rainy day so the kids and I decided to make a fairy house and since Halloween is just around the corner we dressed it up with a little Halloween flair. Not too scary, I was informed that fairies don't like scary things! Click on the above photo to see more of our little creation!
So this is what we did. I wanted to do this inside but eventually put it outside so we cut a cardboard box down. This way we could bury it out in the garden and the cardboard would let water through and decompose, then we filled the box with dirt. Earlier in the week, we collected all kinds of sticks - the straighter the better - and a bunch of other great stuff from the yard. With the box on some plastic on the table and the pruners and glue gun all ready to go, we went crazy! The next thing I knew there was a house complete with bed and night table, an outdoor table set for a feast, a hammock, a fire pit and even a tire swing! Chinese lanterns from the garden made perfect Jack-O-Lanterns! I hope you enjoy this as much as we do. Who knows, maybe a real fairy will take up residence and bed down for the winter!
My husband has a client who loves unicorns and glitter. The logical thing to get her is a glitter adorned unicorn right? Hmmm, where to find such a mythical creature! When in doubt, MAKE IT! He ordered this white unicorn online and the kids and I decorated it. Glitter is easy to work with because the glitter sticks to wherever the glue is but not anywhere else. Once you've saturated a place with glitter, you can do a strip of glue right next to it, dump another color glitter on and it doesn't stick to the first color, just the place where the raw glue is! And with my daughter Lexi involved it had to be rainbow! Bob is presenting our fancy little steed to the client right now. I just know she's gonna love it!
Just finished this fun blanket for my daughter Cassie's 6th birthday. I quilt and she has been asking for a quilt but when we went to the fabric store to pick out fabrics she fell in love with the "Cozy" stuff. I thought 'Great! This will be easier than making a whole quilt!' WRONG! Although it took less time, the frustration factor was high! Beware of the fuzzy stuff! It is really stretchy and bunches up in the machine easily. It is a MUST to use a walking foot to help feed the fabric. Also no matter how straight you think you've cut it, it stretches out of shape and next thing you know you seem to have lopsided sides. I just stretched it back as I sewed hoping it would all fall together and thankfully it did. The final product looks pretty fun don't you think? I thought the tassels would dress it up a little. All in all, I'm happy with the outcome. Now lets hope it gets the CASSIE stamp of approval!
Back in 2001 a friend of ours in NYC said she was going to make a piece of art a day for an entire year. WOW! I thought what a great idea! But I was busy at work...then planning a wedding...then trying to get pregnant...then pregnant...then had a baby (and I thought I was busy before!)...then moving...then....you get the picture. Well 2014 is my year! I am doing it and it is really fun! I chose to do each piece as a 6"x6" panel. So far I've done most of the pieces in Illustrator, some in Photoshop and a few the old fashioned way. It's making my brain stretch a little every day. I think it's cool how moods are showing up and seasons are affecting the work. Art is an expression and this is a little insight into my world. Above are 6 posts since January 1st of this year. I hope you enjoy them!
Here is the third violin I did for the art auction. This is actually the first one I conceived. I had seen a painting of a violin with sheet music on it and I thought why not on an actual violin? Black and white seemed a bit harsh so I chose a sunset palette. The first week the kids painted sheet music with watercolors and painted the finger board copper. The second week they ripped up the sheet music and decoupaged the front. Week three they decoupaged the back including their signitures. We had a series of snow days so my time got cut short with this class. I actually had to have a student from the class come to my house and help decoupage the scroll and the neck. Funny, the child was so proud she asked her parents to buy her the violin - they won it at auction!
As I said in my last post, I have been working on three violin's for our annual school art auction. Well I have good news. The auction was a fabulous success! We raised over $8,000! The violins where a huge hit. It made me so proud to watch the parents bid and then to see the violins get great new homes!
Let me tell you a bit about my process. I was given a chance to sit in the back of the room during their 40 minute art class once a week for 3 weeks. I would call the children over individually. Today I'll highlight the violin I call "Beaded Zebra". The children LOVED working with the beads. I simply deconstructed the violin and spray painted the body turquoise and drew on the zebra stripes. The children then applied the glue (I used Aleen's Max Tacky) and sprinkled the beads on. The following week I had the kids each take turns painting the edges with gold. This scared me at first because kids aren't too precise but I actually think the messiness gives the piece an antique feel. The 3rd and final week I had all the kids sign their names on strips of paper that they had painted with watercolor. They then decoupaged the strips to the back so that the violin was signed by each and every student. Finally I took it to a master instrument mender (Thank you George!) and had him put it back together. SO MUCH FUN!
I have been working hard this winter on projects for my children's school's annual art auction. It's been a blast! A local music store, Audubon Strings donated 3 beat up violins and I was challenged to come up with ways the 3 second grade classes and I could turn them into pieces of art. Well, above is Ms. Schofield's "Rainbow" violin. It is decoupaged with tissue squares. The kids also got to sign the back of each violin which makes them even more special to the parent who bids on them! The one problem I ran into with this execution was that once wet, tissue tears easily so the kids had to be extra careful not to press too hard when painting them into place. George Youngblood, a talented guitar "Doctor" graciously offered to restring them for us and while at it, he fixed some of the things that were wrong with them so technically they can now be played!
Hello and welcome to my first blog post. I started this blog because I feel like I am constantly surrounded by beautiful, creative things and wanted to share some of my findings with you. I hope you get inspired by what I share. Enjoy!