Tuesday, February 25, 2014


I love Flipagram. I'm a little obsessed. 
This may not be a good thing. Not because Flipagram is a bad thing but because I really don't have much to put into a Flipagram and that hasn't stopped me. 
Not one bit. 
I'm scrolling through pictures just hoping to find something worth Flipagramming
 ( New word. Might end up being the word they add to the dictionary next year. 
This year it was "selfies.")
 I'm a much bigger fan of Flipagram than selfies. Just saying.

You will see this in it.

It is just random pictures of past projects 
tied together by a song about color.
Choosing the music is another fun aspect of the FG process. 
I'm not one of those people who knows the song title and artist of songs,  any song really. 
Even if I hear it a kajillion times. But with FG you can enter the title, artist or just a topic and a bunch of songs pop up. 
Then you can listen to a quick preview of the song before you choose it. 
Very fun and entertaining.

 Photo: Adding in some Sherwin Williams Anjou Pear mixed with white for shading. Leftover paint is being put to good use- I have a bunch of those SW samples to use. I just like the consistency of this house paint :)
The idea behind this one was to FG  the process of this painting step-by-step. 
Excellent idea in theory. 
I think this could really work if you decided before pictures were taken 
and documented it more carefully. 
I decided after the fact and just had to use what I had. (Again I say, not having anything spectacular to FG has not stopped me.)
The song is good though :)

I actually made my first FG in January - right after the first- and it was The Year In Review for College Girl and it was cute. 
I chose about 80 photos and found the perfect song and it is really fun to watch. 

I think that FG could be used for a school project of some sort. It's like  quick power point with music. I think a book review could possibly be done with FG. Or a science project. 
I think it could be a very creative way to present information if your child has a very savvy teacher.

Well, anyway, I am a huge fan of Flipgram. Try it - you'll like it.
 But be warned, it is addicting and you can definitely get sucked in and lose track of time. 
Post them on IG - everyone loves to check them out!! 
Have fun.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Family Portraits (Sort Of) For Sale!!!

  Mollie and I are going on a mission trip to Honduras in a couple of months. We are going to build chimneys, latrines, put flooring in dirt/clay huts and play with the children in the villages we visit. We are incredibly excited. 

We are very, very behind on our fundraising so we are trying out a type of fundraiser we have seen work for others on blogs and FB.

We are offering a family portrait painting - sort of. 

We are painting these 8 x 10 inch nest paintings. You can choose how many eggs you would like in your nest - the number in your family, number of children, two eggs for a wedding or engagement gift, perfect for grandmothers or moms with eggs representing each child or grandchild. We are asking for at least a $25.00 contribution per painting. That includes delivery or shipping (in the US). 

If you would like a larger painting we are open to that as well. We have payment deadlines coming up so please let us know if you would like to support our mission trip. If you feel comfortable sharing this on your own page with your friends that would be great!! The more paintings we get to make the closer we are to getting to Honduras. 
If you have questions feel free to message me.

We hope this will be a great way to share our trip to Honduras with others and to share a little art as well.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

When Life Gives You Snow...

... Stay warm and make stuff!!!

What else can you do?? Here in Atlanta we are not prepared for snow and ice in a way that allows us to go on with school and work, etc. So we just have to go with the flow snow and hunker down at home. Sometimes I clean or organize and I can always still work (thank you for the fact that we have power and therefore, internet) 
but I always see these snow days as bonus "art time!!" 

So I thought that you might like to see a recap of some past snowy art projects and maybe get inspired to be creative if you are stuck at home for yet another snow day!!

This guy is my most pinned project ever. It is crazy - thousands and thousands of repins. He was the result of the passing thought, " I need a simple, inexpensive snowman project using stuff I have and that has a purpose in the classroom besides cuteness!!"  Snowman in a Baggie was born and he has made everyone he meets happy. He has also sparked many other baggie projects that I now do. That could be a post on its own!!

You probably have this stuff hanging around right now!

And sparkly Snow Guys.

All you need is paper plates, a baggie and "stuff" you have laying around!! 
You can really get creative with this one.

You can create a larger version of these fun puppets using paint sticks, different sizes of paper plates or paper circles or larger lids like those from coffee cans and sour cream containers!!

Another snowguy project that has been pinned a zillion times. 
A little more involved but he can hang around all Winter
 to keep you company on snow days!!

You can keep yourself the kiddos entertained for hours with this concotion!!

That's where you'll find this guy:

Photo: Word on the street is that Mr. Snowguy is expecting company. In the form of "flaky" friends!!   We are expecting another "snow event" I the ATL. I hope it's less eventful than the last one!!! #illbehomebythefireifyouneedme
 and this project - super cute and fun to do with the kiddos on a cold, Winter day:

And if you are someplace warm or really just over 
the snowy, Winter thing how about this guy??


Photo: Adding in some Sherwin Williams Anjou Pear mixed with white for shading. Leftover paint is being put to good use- I have a bunch of those SW samples to use. I just like the consistency of this house paint :) 

or on my Instagram.  I am constantly on IG. Obsessed.

If you are cooped up on a snowy day then I hope these pictures and links inspire you. And if you are somewhere warm and sunny... well, then, I'm just jealous!!