Friday, April 18, 2014

in the studio :: tintin party


Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! I have a whirlwind week as we get ready to set off on a 2 1/2 month adventure in the USA, England, and Romania. Packing for a long overseas trip is work in itself, but I've also had the task of making sure work areas are covered in our absence. Last week, I thought, "I'm doing pretty good here. I'm not feeling stressed at all." Well, this week it's been an onslaught of all those "little" things that only seem to appear right before you leave. Joy.

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happy birthday

cupcake time

In the midst of the craziness, however, we were able to celebrate our firstborn's 12th birthday with lots of friends. We tend to do birthdays big with a grand theme. It's crazy and a lot of work, but I love the thought and creativity put into it. Mostly I love it, because we're celebrating someone's life! Joshua is a huge fan of the Tintin series, so he decided he wanted a Tintin birthday party. It.was.so.much.fun to prepare for. I'll try not to get too long winded here.

The Goodie Bags

"Secret" packages containing a magnifying glass, gold chocolate coins, and a mustache

goodie bag loot

The Food

Veggie Tray with ranch dressing and peppadew hummus
Popcorn
Ham & cheese sandwiches
Sausage crescent rolls
Apple & brie crescent rolls
Snowy's bones aka sugar cookies
Chocolate cupcakes
Vanilla cupcakes
Strawberry lemonade
Iced tea

dog bones

The Activities

Crabe Extra can game using Snowy's bone to knock down the cans (download free Crabe Extra label here)
Treasure hunt to find Red Rackham's treasure
Solving the crime of who broke Captain Haddock's window

crabe extra game

treasure map

watching the crime

treasure hunt

Planning the activities was probably my favorite part. My kids LOVE scavenger hunts, so I made a map for them and had Emma Grace draw pictures on it. The map was super easy. To make it look old, I painted it with coffee. After it was dry, I crumpled it up and burned the edges with a match. That's it! I hid clues all over our property which led them to Red Rackham's treasure. Once they reached X marks the spot, an iPad was there waiting for them to tell them the crime and the list of suspects. I have some awesome friends who played their roles amazingly. Thank you, guys! I chose a simple, non-violent crime. As recorded on the iPad...

The Crime

Captain Haddock returned home after a long morning walk in the meadow only to discover a window in his house had been broken! Blistering barnacles! This puts Captain Haddock in a very contrary mood. Tintin, can you and your super smart dog, Snowy, find the culprit of this crime? Grab your detective friends and interview your list of suspects. Thompson and Thomson gathered some evidence. You know how helpful they are. You might be better off examining the evidence yourself. Please solve this so Captain Haddock isn't in such an angry mood!

{The evidence consisted of a piece of glass with a partial fingerprint on it, a cup with a lipstick mark, a muddy shoe print on a piece of paper (lifted from the crime scene, you know), a piece of candy with a bite taken out of it, and a note written to Captain Haddock.}

The Suspects

bianca castafiore

red rackham

suspects 3&4

general alcazar

thompson & thomson

The kids went around and interviewed all of the suspects and the detectives. I worried the crime would be too easy, but it seemed I had just enough leads to throw them off a bit. We played until everyone was able to solve the crime. The culprit was Bianca Castafiore. When she went to sing the birthday song, she knocked on the window and the glass fell and broke. She was so distraught over it that she dropped the cup she was drinking out of and the candy she was eating and ran away. Most of the kids discovered it was her by examining the partial footprint.

All the kids really seemed to have a good time, a mark of a good party, I say! I'm looking forward to seeing what you've been up to this week!


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Thursday, April 17, 2014

antique route

glass bottles

I recently shared some of my favorite destinations along Pretoria's antique route over on Petit Elefant. Even if you don't have a trip planned to S. Africa, please check them out. It's fun to look at photos of old treasures!

Do you like antique shopping? I'm not hard core but I do like finding fun, interesting items.

Friday, April 11, 2014

in the studio :: 12 year old photography


Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! Earlier this week Joshua and I managed to take his 12 year old photos. I've learned over the years not to make this a stressful ordeal but a fun, simple time with me and him. We walk around our campus and find the best spots for the time of day. He makes suggestions. I try some things. It works beautifully, and no one seems to be frustrated in the end.

so handsome

so serious

that smile

laugh

eyes closed

Below are the ones that he liked. I like them, too, but to be respectful of him and the fact that he's starting to care what photos of him are posted for all to see, I opted to only share the approved ones. :) Ah, this boy of mine is growing up.


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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

peter pan

A few weeks ago, the kid's school put on a production of Peter Pan. Our Joshua played Peter Pan and, Emma Grace was one of the lost boys. Both did a fantastic job. The drama teacher did an excellent job of putting this play together with only 11 kids in the school!

peter pan

peter and wendy

the lost boys

move out of the way

angry at tinkerbell

peter pan cast

Afterwards, the kids read poems they wrote about being a kid. They all did such a good job!

josh a child

eg a child

Friday, April 4, 2014

in the studio :: dead tree collection


Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! So you might be wondering how a dead tree collection could be worthy of something coming out of a studio. In all honesty, my creative side has been a little dormant lately due in part to several things which are not worth discussing on this fine Friday. However, when we were in Kruger Park recently, my husband kept stopping the car to take photos of dead trees. We laughed. We got annoyed. We made fun of. But then I stopped to look and realized that there was a beauty in that leafless mass of sticks that stood in the wide open proudly displaying who it was and not ashamed of it.

dead tree 1

There's probably a whole slew of analogies I could make here, but since I'm writing this when I should be letting my head hit the pillow, let's just stick with this one. If we look, we can find beauty in the ordinary. I'm in a season of learning to celebrate the little things. I think finding beauty in the everyday, ordinary, otherwise overlooked things in life, is learning to celebrate. The result is love and joy and peace, all things that I desperately need in my life right now.

dead tree 2

I hope you enjoyed my dead tree collection at Kruger National Park. Look for the beauty in the ordinary this week!

dead tree 3


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Thursday, April 3, 2014

happy 12th birthday, my boy

jman on the edge

Today my oldest turns 12. The last year before we enter teenage status. I could talk about how fast the time has gone, but I realize that would be so cliché. Instead let's talk about how much this boy is maturing into a young man and how incredibly proud I am of him. He still loves a good LEGO set and a great book. I don't mind if those things never change, but as I've started to see different sorts of challenges that pre-teens might face, I've seen him face them with an honest to goodness "This is hard," but with a courage that says, "I can get through this."

I still love that great smile of his, that incredible sense of justice that he holds to, the way he can explain every.single.detail of the latest book on his nightstand, and the way he strives for excellence. I love who God created him to be.

I love you, my boy! Happy 12th birthday! 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

i will trust God hermie video {giveaway}

Happy Saturday to you! When you think Saturday morning, do you think cartons? Growing up Saturday morning and cartons went together like peanut butter and jelly, cream and sugar, bread and butter, well, you get the idea. Living in S. Africa without TV service, I have no idea what kind of cartons are on the tube these days. I do know, though, that Tommy Nelson has a great carton series involving a cute little caterpillar named Hermie.

I recently received the newest Hermie video, I Will Trust God No Matter What featuring 2 episodes packed with challenges to trust God. In the first episode, Hermie and the High Seas, God asks Hermie to build a boat even though there hasn't been any rain for weeks. Sound familiar? In this Noah-esque tale, Hermie learns to trust God even when it doesn't make sense and everyone else is making fun of him. The second episode, Who Is In Charge Anyway, teaches kids to trust God with the unique talents and gifts God has given them. When Freddie the Flea struggles with thinking his gifts aren't as cool as spinning webs or other fun bug talents, God shows Him that he has his own unique gifts and that he's not made by accident.

I love the Hermie videos and the clear Jesus message they teach. Even though they are intended for ages 4-7, I still find my 9 year old and 11 year old gravitating toward the screen when they're on. Whether it's Saturday morning cartoon time or just some chill time after a busy day, your DVD library will want Hermie videos stocked in it.

i will trust god hermie

Giveaway

I have one copy of I Will Trust God No Matter What up for giveaway courtesy of Tommy Nelson! Giveaway is open to US residents only and ends Monday, March 31st at 11:59 PM CST. Enter through Rafflecopter below!

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Disclosure: I received a free copy of I Will Trust God No Matter What from Tommy Nelson in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Friday, March 28, 2014

in the studio :: studiojru week


Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! It's the last Friday of the month which means we have the honor of seeing what Jennifer of Studio JRU has been up to! Check out what's been happening in her studio...

i had fun revisiting an older print of mine recently. i adjusted the colors in this print for a custom order. love how it turned out. she asked for such pretty colors!

trust in the Lord blue-greens-StudioJRUart

i have also been working on a few more crosses.

Cross-In-Progress-StudioJRUart

this gives you a peek into the mess that is my studio! lol

Crosses-Work-In-Progress-StudioJRUart

do you have any bloggy friends that post creative posts? please invite them over to share with our group!

i can not wait to see what all of you creative people have been up to lately! looking forward to visiting!



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