Tuesday, July 22, 2014

messy not monday: dinosaur bones

recently when we go to the park we search out sticks pretending we are paleontologists finding dinosaur bones...then we try and guess which dinosaur they came from. d enjoys this so much this and is constantly searching for strange or interesting ones, and it gives me a well deserved soccer break! needless to say this has resulted in many dinosaur bones making their way back to the house. seeing as the mere mention of discarding the "bones" inscited protest, i decided to make peace with the bones and freshen them up in a painting activity (as i've seen on pinterest). we had a lot of fun, I mixed different ranges of colours for each few sticks so we didn't end up with a bunch of dark green blackish brown sticks (you know what I mean?!). anyhow on a recent walk i found myself doing the same as d, searching for the perfect bone! i popped it up on the shelf to dry and it's just stayed there. it's such a fun and easy activity, i think well have to store some for the winter months, when we are hibernating with nothing to do!

Monday, June 30, 2014

messy monday: dreaming on my deck

ive been dreaming up deck designs every since i found the golden skateboard i had painted many years ago in our storage during a recent visit to Australia. i wanted this new deck to be a keepsake for baby d so it has his birth date on it. it truely was a labor of love. i toiled for hours over the design, trying to make it beautiful but edgy. even though i was pulling my hair out at some points i realised how much i love designing. i see-sawed between wanting to see the finished product and not wanting the creative process to end. now that it's finished i want an excuse to make more!! so... if you would like a deck like this with your personal dates on it then hit me up with an email to order (delightupondelight@gmail.com) or i've just put it up onto my etsy store here.

Monday, June 23, 2014

messy monday: the great wall

a while back i was telling you about ds art wall in our apartment here, and how happy it makes him to see all his work presented in our home. well here are some photos of it. it is on the wall entering our kitchen and there are some funny angles so light isnt great for photos there but you will get the idea. i just love it. its so uplifting to walk past and it just screams joy! 
art activities are my favourite type of play and its not just because i'm into it (although i have to admit most of the time i'm probably having more fun than him), its because i get to spend real quality time with d, partly it is because i have to be present 100%  of the time otherwise there will be paint on walls and play doh smeared into carpet etc., but mostly because we are working together toward creating something and the process of consulting about what to do, how to go about it, navigating things not working (like hair dying crayons in straight lines...seriously if you've managed that you should get an award), and then of course being left with a beautiful (sometimes only in our eyes...but that ok) outcome is so fulfilling.  
we have a couple of art/craft activity books that we use as inspiration and of course there are some some awesome things he comes home with from his school skills class. we've been having to swap out some pictures because the wall is pretty full but i've been taking some photos every now and again so we have some sort of documentation of his creations and their evolution.
some of my favourites...
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