Friday, January 28, 2011

If Only

Check out the link at left to see more pictures from vintage Aussie mug shots
 Ah, if only...if only I could keep my eyes open a little longer. If only I could keep up with everything I need and want to do. Writing my blog is one of them, but I have to admit defeat this week. My days are full, and sometimes, by the end of the day, after a day of expending creative energy, I just can't do any more. Anyway, I thought I would share with you two great links I found today, in case you have time to play around on your computer. I wasn't playing when I found them on etsy; I was working at 11:30 p.m. Enjoy!

Vintage Photos from the Sydney Police Museum

The second fun place to check out is a fashion blog of sorts in which people are photographed in their street clothes on the street: The Satorialist. Have fun!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Creative Play for Kids

My grandson loves to go on dangerous missions, a tradition begun by my husband with our own kids, and continued now on the days we provide childcare for two of our grandchildren. In winter, a dangerous mission usually involves bundling up with long underwear and riding a sled into either Winter World or Ice World and trying not to get frozen by an ice bomb, battling enemies with icicle lasers, and so on. When the mission is over, coats, gloves, scarves, wet socks and long underwear are thrown into the dryer, the Winter World Warrior is covered with a blanket, and hot chocolate with marshmallows magically appear to warm the chilled bones.

In between trips to the library or the local nature center, my little explorer likes to make up games. This is something we have encouraged since he was a baby. Again, this is something carried forward from raising my own kids: never, ever waste time being bored. In addition to the many games we play all day long, we often make things that can be used to play the games. The ideas occur spontaneously, often the result of a needed character or a "what if we had this" question. My grandson, at six, now knows and often repeats, "We can make anything." We can also fix anything : )

Here are just a few of the things we have made together. My challenge to you: keep making things, and show your children how to make things. This is something kids today do not get enough experience with. Go'll be fun!

We made a printing plate from a meat tray to make Valentines.
We printed out black and white character images to color, glued to cardboard and made an action figure.

We drew our own action figures on canvas with oil pastels, stuffed them, and sewed them together to play with.
We made an action figure mask (this is Mr. Incredible) from knit fabric that ties in the back.
It's fun to make your own treats. These are Gumdrop People. Slide the gumdrops onto sucker sticks, or use toothpicks to hold the arms on. Take a picture before eating.


Sunday, January 2, 2011

FamJam for the New Year

Happy New Year, my friends, and my wishes for you for a happy, creative and great year. I'm counting on it!

In a family of musicians (which does not include me!), we usually end up with a jam session. Thirty years ago, my husband and brothers-in-law, and occasionally a brother would play into the wee hours. As our kids learned to play, they added to the mix with both fabulous playing and sweet singing. Having recently gained a musician-son-in-law, our jam sessions have gained a new name: FamJam. It is the best way ever to have a good time, and to celebrate being together. Those of us who don't play can sometimes sing, and also play the vital role of appreciative audience.
Here's to 2011, more music, large doses of creativity, and many, many hugs.