Thursday, September 27, 2012

Beachy Keen - Part 2, Three Beach Memory Crafts

Thought I would share with you the guest post I did a couple of weeks ago. I know Summer is officially over, but I think its still a great project if you have any beach souvenirs from vacation.


Hello, One Artsy Mama Fans! I am so excited to join you today. A huge thank you to Amy for inviting me to be a part of her New Kids on the Block series. My name is Joey Bailey and I started my craft blog this summer. My vision is simple, to try whatever crafts I am inspired to try and share my journey with you. It has been so much fun, both the successes and the failures. I am learning a lot, and I hope you will join me at Created in AWE to see what happens next. Your feedback is very important. So be sure to let me know what you think! This post is the second of two related to creating vacation memory crafts from the beach. We finished it on Labor Day weekend as a bit of a goodbye to summer. Enjoy!
Even after creating the Beach Memory Vase in Part 1 of Beachy Keen, we had enough shells from vacation to do a few more projects. These three crafts made use of the sand and remaining shells we couldn't bare to throw away.  Even the tiny broken pieces, as you will see.

Shell frames: Dollar store 4x6 picture frames, various shells, hot glue or E6000, printout of picture title, mod podge, scrap piece of cardboard
Shell Jars: Craft store jars, various shells and sand, hot glue or E6000
Shell Pendant: Sand Dollar or shell, 24 gauge wire, pearl, silver bead

After an excursion to Shell Island, we had quite a collection of shells. The kids each had mesh laundry bags for collecting the shells. I also made use again of the sand we collected on our last day. If you remember, I saved 5 of our water bottles and had each of us fill a bottle with the beautiful white sand from the beach where we took a few final photos. We packed the shells as carefully as possible placing the most precious sand dollars in paper towels. Not all of them made the trip home in one piece, but we still had plenty.
I decided this would be a project the kids would be able to do themselves. I was cautious to handle the glue for the younger ones, but they each chose and placed the shells themselves. I purchased 4x6 picture frames from the dollar store with a smooth flat surface. The kids selected their favorite shells along with several smaller shells as "fillers" and laid them along the frames to see how they would fit. The shells were then removed and glued on one at a time. Two of the kids chose to leave an empty space to fit the picture title. One decided to have the picture title glued on top of the shells. Each of them were very proud of their creations.
While the glue was drying, the kids cut out the titles I had printed onto cardstock. We used Mod Podge to glue them to a piece of cardboard (recycled cereal boxes work great) to give them structure. Then Mod Podge was applied to the front and back surfaces. After they were dry, we glued them in the preferred place on the frames.
The leftover shells were placed in craft store jars. Some were glued to the top of two of the jars, another choice the kids made themselves. As you can see, one child was quite the over-achiever in shell collecting and needed a larger jar.  In fact, we need to buy another jar to hold the shells that didn't fit here! We didn't put a title on the jars, but instead display the jar and frame together.

I held back my favorite sand dollar for a simple pendant. I attached a craft pearl and a silver filigree bead (from my stash) to a large jump ring with 24 gauge wire along with the perfect little sand dollar I had preserved in a Mod Podge and water mixture as in the Beach Memory Vase project. I love this little memory that I can wear year-round!

This was a fun project for this last weekend of summer. Now we can keep our summer memories where we can see them all the time!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Apple Picking in Pre-K

With school now in full swing, there is plenty going on to blog about. But, time is not as plentiful. I hope to bring you updates more often. And, I will keep the crafts coming as well. A few are in the works and should be ready soon :) But, right now, i am so excited to start bringing you projects from the classroom!

This year we are integrating a more child-centered approach to the class. To begin, we are using the students' art, mostly open-ended projects, to decorate the room. This past week we did a lot of work with apples. Good timing for Johnny Appleseed Day.
Dedicating a large bulletin board to a monthly theme, I created a large paper wreath. I took a square piece of bulletin board paper and folded it in half and half again. After measuring the size I wanted for the wreath in width (30 inches), I marked a measurement 1/2 that amount from the corner of the 4 folds toward the center of the paper. I tied a piece of yarn to a pencil and held the end of it at the corner of the 4 folds, then using the mark as the starting point, I traced an arc from one side of the 1/4 square to the adjacent side and cut along it. I repeated the process for the inner part of the wreath shape about 4 inches shorter. See the photos below to walk through a smaller example (I appologize for the blurriness). 

After unfolding the paper, I drew some random lines around it to mimic a grapevine wreath.
We plan to use this wreath for each new theme.

For the apples, we die-cut large apples in red, yellow, and green. After reading Picking Apples by Margaret McNamara, and looking at the three different apples, the students chose their favorite color of apple.

They were given cut up tissue paper in the same colors and glue.
They decorated their apples with the tissue, and when dry, we put them on the wreath.
Later in the day, they tasted all three apples and charted their favorites using pieces of the tissue paper.
The next day, they were given a picture of an apple to paint with the color of their choice. Some were a little more detailed and even painted the word "Apple." Pretty good for 4 year olds, I think.
Finally, they were given a piece of paper to draw their own apple and paint it. Being early in the year, still, we hear a lot of "I can't do it." But, to their surprise they did, and they looked great!
I love the bulletin board. It will look so nice for parent-teacher conferences next month!

Monday, September 24, 2012

On the Fast Track

The start of school has once again turned life into the Indianapolis 500 around here. I'm sure we aren't the only ones. Between school, after school activities, appointments, and family time, there seems to only be a few minutes here and there to blog. Even the weekends are a rush. So in those few minutes, I am blogging what I can, then editing is another story!

Bear with me, while. I have several posts in process. First up (when I get all of the photos edited) is a post from Pre-K. I will be sharing with you what cool things we are doing in our classroom. Look for it soon.

In the mean time, take care and I'll try to keep on track in this crazy race!

Tell me what's been keeping you busy lately.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

How Pinteresting! #1

Introducing a new series here on Created in AWE! I want to share with you pins I find that spark inspiration. You might even see me recreate some of these or use them for future project ideas. I'd love for you to share with me your favorite pins, too.

This week, I fell in love with:

From: Tatertots & Jello
 My favorite part is the black and white plates. The variety, balance, and delicate designs. I see so much more than just Halloween in this. My mind goes to the large wall behind my kitchen table. Hmmmm...

Pinned Image
From: Pretty Pretty Things
Again, this looks very Halloween-y, but I see something very vintage in style, especially with an ecru color lace. Thinking . . mantle . . .

From: This Gal Cooks
I'd love to try this coleslaw recipe. Now to talk someone into having a family party to give me a reason to do so!

From: Stacy Sews and Schools
Cute, cute purse! I can see this for Fall in corduroy. Although, I might do a drawstring instead of gathering it.

From: The Quirky Crafting Shmoogle Bean
No instructions, but she has them in another project post. Love the center button with a hint of vintage. You'll see mine soon!

So many more pins, but these got my wheels turning.  How about you, pin anything inspiring this week?

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Guest Post on One Artsy Mama

This is so exciting. My first guest post. Amy from One Artsy Mama invited me to be a part of her series New Kids On The Blog. Head over and check out my post on 3 more beach memory crafts.

And, thanks again Amy!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sunshine Award

I am thrilled to share with you that I have received the Sunshine Award from Anna at Bean Bug Crafts! Her blog is full of cute craft ideas. Check it out.

Now, I won't be going on TV to receive it, or anywhere else for that matter. It is given by bloggers to bloggers. Blogs are chosen that positively and creatively inspire others. I feel honored, and I appreciate the recognition. Thanks again, Anna!

The blogs I have chosen are listed at the end. Many of them probably don't know who I am, but I have been admiring them for a while. Take a look at their AWEsome ideas!

The rules: for those of you chosen (although, you probably know all of this), answer the questions about yourself that I have answered below and choose your 10 recipients. Let them know you have nominated them.

Oh, and paste a copy of the award on your blog!

Now, here is a bit about me:
1. Favorite Color: Orange, not only for my alma mater OSU, but because it is so bright and cheery.
2. Favorite Animal: Dogs, the winner by far. I grew up with dogs, and have had 3 of my own. They are amazingly loyal and lovable.
3. Favorite Number: 9, my daughter's number for competitive softball
4. Favorite Drink: Pepsi, Wild Cherry specifically, and Cinnamon Dolce Latte from Starbucks& Coffee
5. Facebook or Twitter: Facebook, I tried Twitter and I couldn't keep up with it.
6. Good book or good movie: haven't been able to sit down with a good book in a long time, and don't see too many movies, but I did like Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
7. My passion: my Catholic Faith, my Family, and sharing what I know with others.
8. Giving or getting gifts: Giving, more opportunity to make stuff!
9. Favorite day: Sundays, generally calm and relaxing, it's when I get the most done.
10. Favorite flower: Hibiscus, hard for me to grow, but I love them.

Now for the new Nominees, may I introduce some amazing blogs. I would love to list 50 more, but I whittled it down to these 10. Check them out!

Congratulations, and have an AWEsome day!