I truly have had no time at all for blogging in the last 6 weeks of term – instead I have expended energy on being a better teacher. However, Oldest Daughter’s birthday rolled around again and with it her demands for a particular shaped / decorated cake.
I am beginning to feel that my daughter’s expectations are outstripping my expertise, but I gave it my best shot and, honestly, I am pretty chuffed with the outcome – even if she did say ‘Eeugh that icing looks gross’ as I was rolling it out, having spent time colouring and arranging it to blend in a tortie kind of way…
Having completed one item of jewellery and with another friend’s birthday imminent, I decided to make a pair of earrings.
This friend has a thing about Sunflowers.
As you can see, this time I used white shrink plastic of A6 size and drew two Sunflowers freehand, hoping they would come out roughly the same…
Once again, using my trusty Sharpies I coloured them in before cutting them out carefully.
I punched a hole in each one and cooked them for the required time. As you can see they shrunk significantly:
Finally I added some ear wires and attached them to a piece of card to make them look posh…
I have a thing about Shrink plastic.
My friend likes Peacock tail feathers and it was her birthday towards the end of last month, so I thought I would have a go at something I had been meaning to do for a while – Shrinkadink jewellery.
I sourced clear Shrinkies paper and drew a Peacock tail feather on to a piece roughly A5 in size, with my trusty sharpies.
After a stint in the oven, the feather was about 5cms long – perfect for a pendant.
I had also treated myself to some jewellery findings and pliers and had a lovely time making a necklace for the pendant.
Quite some time ago now I took another Art session with Year 4. This time the theme was Stonehenge and its mysterious use.
We looked at light and dark, shadows and how they create atmosphere and, finally, Stonehenge itself as both an historic place and a series of shapes.
We communally drew the example – I wielded the charcoal and chalk, the children gave the instruction and then they got on with their own.
I was very impressed with the outcomes and they now adorn the classroom walls, mounted individually on black, not far from the cave painting.
Youngest daughter went to a Minion themed party last night. I think they stuffed themselves with pizza and popcorn and had a Despicable Me fest, but for a gift my daughter and I drew these little canvases for the birthday girl:
As luck would have it I had saved the bright yellow gift bag Youngest Daughter got from the Big Brownie Birthday bash in the summer and we turned it into a minion gift bag:
Job’s a good ‘un 🙂
I just wanted to share my example drawings:
They are done on screwed up paper with chalk and charcoal.
We are doing Stone Age to Bronze Age at school and I got to team teach. Cool.
I have been very good. My friends are impressed by my devil-may-care attitude to disposing of superfluous paperwork at the end of a Pack Holiday (ok, apart from the washing up songs list I insisted Brown Owl laminate for another camp – well, we had the laminator with us…)
However, in the spirit of being very pleased with my work and that of the other Owls I photographed my contribution to the information wall – I give you( drum roll please) the Brownie Pack Holiday Six Job Rota:
I was tidying my bedroom today and I came across an old handbag mirror. It still opened and shut but the silver outside was horribly tarnished, so I got my nail varnish out and prettied it up.
I will use some proper varnish to try and protect it, but however long it lasts, it looks so much more attractive now!
The Gruffalo theatre production has hit our town again and sidekick and I were asked to repeat our star performance at two workshops.
We stayed true to our original plan, but changed the media for each animal. As you can see by the picture, our two to six year olds did a grand job.
We also had a find the leaf game which culminated in a leafy tree on our graffalo picture – this is what our little mouses were photographed with at the end.
If you are in the South East and you fancy a trio to the deep dark woods, go here for more info 🙂