art club for kids

Watercolor artwork we’ve been working on…

watercolor projects

By Alexandra

watercolor projects

By Parker

watercolor projects

By Me. Not bad since I haven’t picked up a watercolor brush in about 20 years?

watercolor projects

By Alexandra. Paris in 5 years…

watercolor projects

For Parker. This is what I tell her every night before bed.

watercolor projects

For Alexandra. This is what I tell her every night before bed.

watercolor projects

We love painting days!

“Creativity takes courage. ”

Henri Matisse

Happy Father’s Day Dad! BTW, this is my card! 😉

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Summer Art Club For Kids

Summer is fast approaching and you know what that means…I need to keep the kids busy! My girls are such little artists so I have started compiling art projects to keep them busy. And, thanks to Pinterest, I can find so much stuff!

watercolor birds

Easy watercolor birds

Inspiration from Elvie Studio. These little birdies are so easy, even my 6-year-old could paint them (see below)!

easy watercolor birds

Parker’s little birdies

watercolor for kids

Freestyle watercolors

watercolor for kids

Mousies, bunnies and blue birdies

Instructions for Bunnies, Mousies, Piggies, and Birdies, oh my, at Elvie Studios.

art journal ideas

Inspired by a journal sketch by Elvie Studios


I love a new set of watercolors

This print is available in the shop.

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Give Thanks Project

Every year we create a project to “give thanks” in November. Not that we aren’t thankful all year long. But, November is a good time to reflect and be mindful of what we have before the “I wants” of the holiday season begin.


Using small gifts bags, decorate with stickers, bling and ribbon. (“Be Thankful” stickers and coordinating “Give Thanks” banner from Michael’s.)


Hang in a prominent area of your home. If I had a fireplace these would be hung on the hearth. Instead, we hung this in the dining room where the kids usually hang their artwork from school.


Cut leaf shapes from cardstock in autumn colors. Every day in the month of November write something you are thankful for. The autumn moon, the warm weather, Grandma coming to visit…there is so much to be thankful for.


Shhhh, don’t tell anyone what you wrote. Then, put the “thankful leaves” in your bag. On Thanksgiving open your bag and read out loud all that you were thankful for this month.



It’s never too late to join in the “November Joy Dare”.

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Passing the days

Marble painting

Finished artwork

We got 3 new mice this weekend. The girls made this lame attempt to say it was my “mother’s day gift” but really they wanted the mice. They did allow me to pick one out for myself but I foot the bill! Mother’s Day…bah humbug! I hope you were one of the lucky mothers out there that had a special day. For me it was just an ordinary day.

The white mouse, “Snowflake”. There is also a tan mouse named “Coco” and a black/white mouse still unnamed.

Rocco is not liking these new additions to our family.

Oh, and I think we found a new church home (finally). Hubby gave his seal of approval this Sunday. You would be amazed at how hard it is to find a church that has the “right vibe” for you and your family. (You can read the back story of our journey here if you’re bored…)

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Watercolors with kids

Today was a watercolor kind of day.

Don’t you just love a brand new set of paints?

It’s been a long time since I have painted…obviously. The butterfly is heavy handed but, like I tell the kids, art isn’t about being perfect, it’s about creating something. I always go light on my critique of my own art, but I ALWAYS like it. Alex gets very caught up it her artwork being perfect. It can be very frustrating that she is such a perfectionist. And she is only 10-years-old! Parker is much more care-free.

And we always display our “masterpieces”, even if they are not.

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Art Journal and Summer Fun Ideas for Kids

Now that I am transitioning from a working mom to a stay-at-home mom I am freaking out a little bit, and not why you might think. What am I going to do with the kids this summer so that I don’t hear the dreaded words, “I am bored!”?

Oh, those are scary words.

I had this idea: Make a summer art journal. I already keep a journal, and this blog is a smaller version of that journal, so why not get the kids involved in journaling too?

An art journal is for more than just writing, it’s for drawing and adding photos too. I bought all three of us a lined notebook in a size that I thought would be good to accommodate all of the above. Then, we covered and decorated it with fun scrapbooking supplies. They just couldn’t wait until summer to start this project!

Parker's art journal cover

Cover page

We have already started our ultimate to-do list for the summer

The Ultimate to-do list:

  • Paint our toenails funky neon colors
  • Watercolor hearts sheet
  • Paint by numbers masterpiece (bought at the store)
  • Library: make a must-read list
  • Paper mache bowls using a balloon as a form
  • Ice skate (this is a given since Alex will have practice all summer)
  • Swim lessons for Parker
  • Teach Thor to walk on a leash (we are using a dog trainer to help with this)
  • Walk to the park every morning (and lose 20 pounds!)
  • Shaving cream playtime (the kids love this and it’s cheap)
  • Cooking lessons (I will teach the girls to cook easy meals)
  • Nature photoshoot (go for a walk, photograph what you find, put in journal)
  • Nature hikes (Alberta Falls and Bear Lake)
  • Organize laundry room (okay, this is on my list only)
  • Shampoo carpet (again, my list)
  • Strawberry patch, make strawberry shortcake (I will do this!)
  • Play with friends (young and old)
  • Help Grandma move into her new retirement community (we can walk there everyday)
  • Host a bowling party at Fat Cats
  • Visit different and unique parks in Denver
  • Taste test different ice cream shops
  • Visit a farmers market, make something yummy with what we purchased
  • Melted crayons artwork
  • Pick crafts from our craft book
  • Make a camera cap leash
  • Make aprons
  • “Bling” something
  • Make a travel goodie bag for our trip to Gatlinburg in August
  • Visit the art museum, then create a painting from something that inspire us there
  • Of course, we will add to this list throughout the summer…

Journal prompt idea page

I also have a list of journal prompts to get the kids thinking and writing. One of which is to do a taste test between 2 different ice cream shops. And, since my kids LOVE ice cream (who doesn’t?) they are really excited about this one.

Other summer journal prompts:

  • What is your favorite summer food
  • If you could go anywhere this summer, where would it be (research or draw it)
  • Describe your perfect summer day
  • What was the most fun you had this week
  • 10 things that make you happy right now (make a collage from magazines or pictures from the web)
  • What is the weather like outside today
  • What is the funniest thing that happened this week
  • Describe your favorite summer memory every
  • What did you eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner today
  • What are you thankful for today

I am sure we will have things on this list that we won’t do. There is just not enough time in the summer. But we will try, and my goal is to pick something almost everyday so that we are not bored.

Oh, yea, here’s another idea: search your city for free days. I have a list of free days for the Aquarium, the Botanical Gardens, National Parks, movie theaters, and various museums. (Find a list for Denver here.)

And check out 100 Free Things to do with your kids this summer. Awesome ideas!

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