Though we are spending Christmas away from home this year, we did decide that it was still important and necessary to have a tree. We really did consider not bothering... but then I remembered... I'll miss out on photographing the ornaments! I love bringing them out each year, and I'm quickly realizing how important it is to the kids.
So, even though we may be on a cruise ship right now... sailing into the Caribbean, at least the cats are at home enjoying the tree [and drinking frasier fir-flavored water].
Hope you don't mind... I'm posting one last set of photos from our trip to West Virginia. I plan to put a blurb book together soon, hopefully several books from our visits to the farm the last few years.
I wanted to include some cute cousin photos. I love to see how the girls have grown and changed each time we visit the farm.
above: chatting while the cows follow.below: basking in the warm sun in my favorite walnut grove.
above and below:at the top of the world.
above: chasing the sun in the late afternoon. below: finding a quiet spot to crochet, while the girls build tiny gardens and houses.
above: tiny fairie gardens and magic spots.
above: one miniature horse with a very big personality. below: little boy in the hayfield.
Some of you may remember that long, long ago I was a printmaking major in college. I once spent my spring break commuting 40 minutes [each way] on the bus to my campus printmaking room just so that I could have the presses all to myself. Later, the printmaking teacher was let go [some sort of scandal with the head of the art department] and sadly the printmaking room was replaced with computers. I switched my concentration to graphic design in the hopes of finding a thrilling and creative career after college. Ahem.
Recently, I've been so inspired by the beautiful stamps that the artists Geninne Zlatkis of Geninne's Art Blog, Maya Donenfeld of Maya*Made and Melissa of Tiny Happy have been making. And then I was thrilled to see Merrilee of Mer Mag's recent Christmas tree project with tiny, little finger prints. I decided to combine the two, hoping to provide a fun little project for the kids and I to do together. We're planning to give these cards to their classmates.
After drawing my pinecone, I carved my pinecone stamp out of a Speedball Linoleum Block [much fancier than the old gray slabs I used to use]. I had planned to use the gold fabric paint that I had from the superhero capes, but it didn't print so well. I decided in the end to use a tube of my acrylic burnt umber. I'm suspecting that ink might work better, but paint is what we have at the moment. For more tips on how to go about carving a stamp visit Geninne's tutorial on hand carved stamps.
My daughter really enjoyed using simple lines to draw different types of birds: sitting, sleeping, flying, sitting on nests. It's been fun to see what she'll come up with next.
Have you been working on any fun holiday projects?