As a designer from way back I have ellipse guides from when drafting was done by hand. Even though I don’t use them for drafting anymore they are a nice to have craft items. I won’t suggest you run out and buy some as they are a tad expensive and and come in so many projections as well as sizes that you’ll never have the exact one you need.
By now you are probably have a project in mind or maybe you just have a strong urge to draw a perfect ellipse. Well don’t fear! Your crafts needn’t suffer! I am going to show you how to make an adjustable ellipse tool with a popsicle stick and a piece of embroidery floss.
It is mostly easy to make, semi easy to use, and teaches you about the geometry of an ellipse at the same time! It’s a win, win, win!
This morning we were running late and not just a little. We had a few monkey wrenches thrown into our morning. That is how I explained it to my son’s preschool teacher on the phone. On the ride home I was thinking about a monkey wrench and other idioms. One of my favorite assignments from elementary school was using an idiom in a sentence and then drawing a funny picture of the literal meaning. Of course they tell you not to use idioms in your writing because they are over used cliches. I think this is true but I also think it is good for kids to learn about them so they know what they mean plus it is fun and funny!
Are you fascinated with bubbles? Are you running low on stationary? Are you looking for something fun and educational to do after school? Do you enjoy combining art and science? Do you need to sharpen your observational skills? Do you have a bowl, water, dish soap, straws, tempera paint, and card-stock?
You can (almost) always count on having water from your faucets even when the power goes out.
The water in a community is typically pumped using electricity into a water tower where it sits ready to be used. A typical tower can hold abut a days worth of water. The water in the tower relies on gravity to provide us with water pressure. Continue reading →
Here is a project I started last year and haven’t finished. Have you ever done that?! I got the idea from watching Nanny McPhee, a very entertaining movie with lots of rich visual detail to enjoy along with a really fun story-line. Continue reading →
Have you considered adding a Barbie doll townhouse to your toy collection? Are you disappointed with either the quality or the price of what you have looked at? Do you enjoy a project? Do you have an old small bookcase that no one will miss? Then how about making a QUALITY doll house for very little money! You can also make it to your taste instead of settling for someone else’s decorating sense. Continue reading →
Often the most fun and useful gifts turn out to the least expensive! I picked up Crayola fabric crayons for a stocking stuffer and my 6 year old daughter has already put them to good use creating a personalized baby blanket for her new niece. The project was all her idea and the blanket turned out so sweet! And unlike iron on transfer sheets the result is not plasticy and stiff. We simply followed the directions on the back of the crayon box. First she created the design on paper and then I ironing it onto fabric with a high polyester content. One thing to remember is that your design will transfer backwards so if the design has text you must write it backwards. Continue reading →
Cloud photos, cloud types diagram, & companion art project
Cotton-balls from God
If holiday anticipation is getting to be too much how about a reprieve from all that holiday preparation!
I saw these awesome clouds in the sky yesterday and it prompted me to learn a little bit about cloud types. I found this nice site about clouds promoting a book called The Cloud Collector’s Handbook. What a cool hobby – collect clouds – they don’t cost money OR take up any space! They have a really great image of a sky showing all the cloud types, illustrating their shapes and elevations, see below! Continue reading →