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Weekend Reads

I’ve been MIA for a bit. That’s what happens this time of year. I have been busy with Christmas parties, handmade orders, my children, and working. I hope you are enjoying your December month and trying to enjoy the time with your family. Why does it seem so difficult to do that in December? It’s a month that is supposed to be focused on family and yet we seem so harried that we miss it.

If you find a lull in your weekend, here are some good reads for you, including some ideas for kids.

Peppermint Hot Cocoa – The Kentucky Gent

Connecting With Kids – Your Modern Family

A Different Way to Give Handmade – Knit Picks Blog

17 Places to Hide the Elf on a Shelf – Lipgloss and Crayons

O Christmas Tree – Doodlewash

Weekend Reads

The weather this week has been bizarre. It’s been nearly 80 degrees!! In Illinois. Mid-November!! It looks like it’s supposed to cool off really quickly tonight though. It just feels a bit weird, with Thanksgiving being next week. When did that sneak up?

I’ve got a good mix of things for you this weekend. I hope you enjoy them!

 

Building a Simple Side Table – Injenious Life

Knit Picks Needle Sale! – Knit Picks Blog

Saying Yes to Your Kids – Your Modern Family

How Moms Can Help Other Moms – Lipgloss & Crayons

Santa Beard Christmas Countdown Craft – I Heart Crafty Things

 

Let me know what you think! Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

Lantern Fest, St. Louis

Tangled is one of my favorite Disney movies. The animation is just gorgeous and the story is heartwarming. I thought the image of the lanterns filling the sky was magical, so you can imagine my delight when I saw there would be a Lantern Fest nearby. 

I bought our tickets a couple of months ago. I was especially excited because my oldest daughter is getting to an age where she is remembering more and holding onto experiences and I thought that this would definitely be one for the books!! Speaking of books, I have GOT to get some of these pics printed!


It was beyond my expectations. With our tickets we each got a small box that contained the makings of s’mores, a marker, a lighter, and a scavenger hunt list. We also each got a paper lantern. Bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals, games, and more were all included. My daughter decided to write a message on hers and pray for the person who finds it. ❤️



When it started getting dark they passed out firewood and we lit the tiki torches. We had communal fire pits to make our s’mores. Pretty cool. There were over 7000 people there, including Anna, Elsa, and Rapunzel!


They had a singer come in from L.A. and also had fire dancers, though we left before the dancers. After the mini concert we were instructed on how to light and release the lanterns. It really took 2-3 adults to get it lit and ready, but the view was incredible. 


I’m so glad we were able to do this. I don’t share pics of my girls, but the looks on their faces were priceless. It was such a magical night that well not soon forget. It’s just one of those things that you need to experience at least once. Totally worth it. 

Have you been to a Lantern Fest?

My First Painting Party

Last Friday night I taught my first painting party, using Social Artworking by DecoArt’s Methodology. Even though many of the ladies coming were anxious and concerned they wouldn’t do well, I was nervous that I wouldn’t teach it well and they would be disappointed.

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It’s been a few years since I’ve taught art, and I’ve never taught adults. I’ve always shied away from teaching adults. Children are more forgiving, even if their parents may not be. Teaching adults always made me nervous because I was afraid I wasn’t good enough – that I wasn’t good enough as an artist, as a teacher, and that someone would call me out on it. I know how to paint, but I was unsure of how to teach it, especially to adults.

Thankfully, my first class let me learn right alongside them. Although, they would probably tell you I was a natural and did great (they’re also my personal friends), but my inner dialogue was often doubting. That’s the trouble with being an artist. There is so much critique of art from all corners that artists themselves often become very critical of their work, many times not liking anything they make. Even the masters many times thought their art was rubbish.

 

 

This night was definitely a learning experience for me, and I enjoyed seeing the ladies discover their potential.What they didn’t see was the calculations and step-by-steps running through my head. I had two groups painting two different paintings. In my head I was figuring out the timing of the teaching. I didn’t want to leave one or two in the dust, but I also didn’t want the quick ones waiting too long. I’m glad I decided to do a trivia game throughout. That helped fill some of the down time.

 

They all did such a great job! I have almost two new parties scheduled, and I can hardly wait!

You can find me on Social Artworking and on Facebook.

 

via Daily Prompt: Learning

Famous for Face Painting

At the beginning of August I did some face painting for a community event. The face painting table is often very busy, and this day was no different. It was me and one other person doing the painting and we were busy solid for those 4 hours.

The next week my mug made the front page of the paper. I was also in one of the other area papers. This gal is small town famous!

I feel like face painting is the improv of the painting world. Some of the requests can definitely be challenging, but it’s always a good time. Plus the kids love it and will almost always love their painting, even if my critical self doesn’t.

30 Fun Things to Do This Spring!

It’s March, and Spring is just around the corner! I am ready for budding flowers and trees, Spring weather, thunderstorms, walks in the mornings, and all the other wonderful things that come with Spring… except the allergies. Gotta take the good with the bad, I suppose.

I’m already brainstorming what I’ll do this Spring. I came up with a few ideas. Maybe you’ll want to do them too!

 

 

 

Here are a few of the things I’d like to do this Spring:

  1. Have a picnic

  2. Play in the mud

  3. Plant flowers

  4. Ride bikes

  5. Fly a kite

  6. Build a birdhouse

  7. Go for a nature walk – in the mountains!

  8. Take your art outside – Kids love it!

  9. Visit a greenhouse

  10. Go to the playground

  11. Hula hoop

  12. Go to the zoo

  13. Play croquet

  14. Climb a tree

  15. Attend a local fair/festival

  16. Take photos of nature

  17. Take photos with friends & family

  18. Read a book… outside

  19. Check out activities at the local library

  20. Go for a walk

  21. Grow/Raise Butterflies – Our butterfly project

  22. Build a treehouse

  23. Go geocaching

  24. Visit a botanical garden

  25. Plant a vegetable garden

  26. Wash the car by hand

  27. Start a compost

  28. Make a fairy garden – Our fairy house

  29. Make popsicles

  30. Learn a new skill – Maybe knitting! 

 

 

To download the PDF checklist, click the image above or click here.
I’d love to hear some of your ideas for Spring also. Share your ideas in the comments below or tag me in a tweet (@CaseyCarrollArt)!

Go to the shop to see our new product for Spring!

 

 

 

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DIY Pixie Dust Necklace

I don’t know what’s in the air this morning, but my sinuses hate it! I just hope I’m not actually getting sick. I don’t have time for that nonsense. So I’m just going to sip my coffee and pretend that there isn’t pressure building in my head and that my nose is just fine.

I’m always making something, but most of them take several days or weeks to finish, such as the dalek pinafore dress, 2 pairs of socks, and 2 blankets that I’m currently working on. So it’s nice to make something each day that can be finished that same day.

My 9-year-old has been asking for a pixie dust necklace for longer than I’d like to admit, but I finally made her one while she was at the movies yesterday with a friend. Now she wants me to make her more!

 

 

 

 

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Raising Butterflies & Little Girls

 

God knew what He was doing when He gave me two little girls. I’m not sure what I’d do with boys. I definitely feel more capable to raise girls, especially since I love all things pink!
I’m a little behind in my blogging. I was just looking at the notes on my phone, and some of the blog ideas I had are a little past due. I guess that happens when you move and are trying to start new. I feel like I’m doing a dozen different things at once ALL THE TIME, but I’m happy with where my life is headed. For the first time in awhile, I feel hopeful.
But anyhoo… I homeschooled for a month or so toward the end of the school year, and we decided (I decided) it would be fun to raise butterflies. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for while now, so this seemed like a good time for it.
I ordered our initial kit on Amazon, but it’s from Insect Lore. It came with a net habitat and a coupon for the caterpillars. It was really neat to see the whole cycle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These were painted lady butterflies. Viewing this whole process was a bit miraculous. It’s amazing how a worm-like creature that crawls on the ground can transform into another insect that has the ability to fly. Just amazing.
I think people have “butterfly moments” throughout life too. I think we all have a time in our life (sometimes a few of them) when we have to cocoon ourselves in order to grow. It’s a very fragile time in our lives with a “do not disturb” sign on our doors, but when we have the strength to emerge from our cocoon, we are stronger than we were before and are ready to take flight. We’re ready to explore what we couldn’t before.
With my girls, I feel like right now I am their cocoon. It is my job to protect them and keep them safe until they are ready to fly solo. Our little ones grow so much more quickly than we’d like. I just hope that when mine are grown they will fly back to me now and then and that they will remember these experiences that we’ve shared together.

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Face Painting Supply List

 

It’s getting to be the season for festivals and fairs, and one thing the kids love about these events is… Face Painting!!!! I’m not quite sure what it is, but kids LOVE getting their faces painted. Maybe it’s the color or the design, or maybe it’s just because it’s one way parents don’t mind their little faces getting “dirty”. Whatever it is, I love seeing colorful little faces walking around at these events, and I love even more when I’m the one who gets to make them colorful and put smiles on their faces.
I’ve been painting faces for about 15 years or so. My list of supplies has grown and changed with trial and error.
Here’s my current list:
-makeup sponges to apply large sections of paint
-face paint brushes
-paper towels
-plastic cups for water (sturdy ones that won’t get knocked over if it’s windy)
-2 buckets for water (1clean/1dirty)
-hand held mirrors or mirrors with stands (like Mary Kay mirrors)
-baby wipes (handy for cleaning up messes and oopses)
-stencils are optional, but can be handy
-tables
-chairs
I like the Snazaroo paint pretty well. Last summer I tried some paint by Hobby Lobby. I’m glad I tested it first because it ended up staining my hand. I would have hated to stain someone’s face. I think that would make for some not-so-happy parents, even if I were painting faces for free.
Do you face paint? What are some of your favorite supplies or paint? Maybe something I haven’t thought of?

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I used and edited the photo found here.



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