Saturday, May 16, 2015

Honoring Judy Blume

This year the Annual Children's Book Art Auction at BookExpo America is honoring Judy Blume. One of my favorite books growing up was Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. So I painted a little 3 part piece showing a moment not explicitly described in the story. The disappearance of Dribble. :)

In the actual art, the piece is horizontal, but here I moved things around here for the blog.

Proceeds from the auction will support the Kids' Right to Read Project and Banned Books Week. It's put together by the American Bookseller's for Free Expression and the ABC Children's Group. It's sponsored by Random House Children's Book this year.

Here's some more info...
http://www.bookweb.org/aba-bookexpo-america-2015-special-events#bea-abfe









Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Trees

I went on a roadtrip a few weeks ago with my littlest for company. On the way home the trees were so pretty along the side of the road I had to keep stopping to take pictures. She was very patient with me.












Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Gratuitous Baby Cuteness

Sorry. Just have to post these.






Friday, April 10, 2015

How to Make an Easter Egg

So... finally... a much awaited post.
How to make an Easter egg!

It's not as hard as it looks.
Essentially, you dip your egg into a sequence of dyes, going from lighter to darker, and apply beeswax along the way to keep the part of each color that you want to preserve. You can do the same thing with a clear/white crayon that sometime comes with drugstore easter egg kits-- but not in such a detailed way.

So, you start by applying wax to anything you'd like to keep white on your egg. Then you dye your egg yellow, and apply wax to anything you'd like to keep yellow.


Then dip in orange, and apply wax to anything you'd like to keep orange.

 

 And so on.




At the end, if you've done it right, your egg looks all black and mucky.

It's usually good to be a bit selective about the colors you use on each egg, because if you want to use oranges and reds they can muddy your blues and greens and vice versa. However, sometimes you get interesting results by scrambling things up a bit as well!

To apply the wax, you use a special kind of stylus that you heat up over a candle flame.

Next comes the fun part...

And at the end when you've finished all your colors, you melt all the wax off using a candle flame as well. It's important to hold your egg near the side of the flame, and not over the top of the flame, to avoid getting a black ashy stain on your egg. You melt the wax with the flame, and then wipe the spot with a paper towel, until your egg is all clean and beautiful.


















In the past, I've ordered supplies from this place:

http://www.surmastore.com/pysanka.html
I like them very much over the phone-- But haven't yet managed to visit!

Friday, April 03, 2015

We're getting ready for the Easter Bunny!

We've been hard at work!




This one's from a couple of years ago...
And here's one from last year. A Ukrainian Pyrenean Shepherd looking for his sheep...


 Here's this year's in progress. A little fox of course...



Get ready everyone. The Easter Bunny's coming!

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015

Christmas Fox

(scroll down halfwayish)

Thank you Victoria and Melanie!!! :)


And for a little peek... here's what's on my desk right now...



Thursday, January 29, 2015

Music class waiting room

Conveniently, children sit very still when they're playing on their iPads.



Saturday, December 27, 2014

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care...


Merry Christmas to All!
And Happy New Year!

(no babies or childern were harmed or put at risk in the making of this photo. do not attempt at home.)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Welcome to my newest little nephew!

We had quite the little photo shoot the other day...

 Best baby model ever-- well, with 3 exceptions.


Showing off his very special hat, knitted by his cousin-- her very first knitting project ever!

Everybody loves him!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

An unexpected find!

Yesterday we went on a little hike and were surprised to find this in a nearby park...


A flock of sheep accompanied by their friendly neighborhood Great Pyrenees!
This is an an odd sight to find unexpectedly in New York suburbia.
Our puppy, Loupiot (a Pyrenean Shepherd), was quite interested to meet his compatriot.


And then he posed a bit.
























And checked out the funny looking woolly beasts.


























And then ran off to play with the kids.





A Glorious Day


Today ended up with one daughter just slightly worse for wear with a few stitches on her leg.
But this is the part of the day I'll remember.

Saturday, September 20, 2014