crafting with children

what I did on my summer vacation

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(the polaroid project: emma. thrifted polaroid camera. lots of berries.)

Do you remember that always being your first writing assignment when you started school up again in the fall? I can remember doing some exciting summer activity and thinking, "this will be great in my beginning of the year story!" I was always one to like a good story, even if all the facts weren’t technically accurate. I can remember in preschool telling the teacher that we had a new calf on our farm that we were bottle-feeding. (Not true). And I was totally busted when my teacher phoned my mom to see if we’d like to bring it in for show and tell. woops.

But back on topic…
I know that so many of you around blog land are doing wonderfully creative and fun projects with your children this summer. (Things that are worthy of being in that first writing sample of the school year, I’m sure). And as I was tooling around flickr last weekend, I was wishing there was a place for us to compile some of these ideas. For one, it’s inspiration for me, as a mother, to see what others are doing. And on the other hand, it’s also inspiration for my children.

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(picking, what else? blueberries.)

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(emma: documenting my attempt to teach myself the guitar this summer)

Many times, I’ve brought my girls over to the computer to show them a project that one of your kids are working on. And after being a bit awed at first, it usually charges up their creative juices and off they go to try their hand at something similar. I love the sharing of ideas and creativity. Which is probably why I’m so drawn to blogging in the first place.

So, the obvious choice was to create a flickr group. A place to display and pool our ideas. And it doesn’t have to just be project ideas. I think we all love seeing finished projects or those favorite sketches done on a scrap piece of paper. So I’m hoping you’ll join in. And when you post those pictures to your flickr page, I hope you’ll take a moment to add them to this group as well.

For some reason, I really hesitated to write this post–you know, just one more "group", one more thing to do, but you are all full of so much inspiration. And I think it’s worth sharing and pooling our resources. I hope you’ll feel the same….

Join in here.

P1010009
(the polaroid project: emma. thrifted polaroid camera. lots of berries.)

Do you remember that always being your first writing assignment when you started school up again in the fall? I can remember doing some exciting summer activity and thinking, "this will be great in my beginning of the year story!" I was always one to like a good story, even if all the facts weren’t technically accurate. I can remember in preschool telling the teacher that we had a new calf on our farm that we were bottle-feeding. (Not true). And I was totally busted when my teacher phoned my mom to see if we’d like to bring it in for show and tell. woops.

But back on topic…
I know that so many of you around blog land are doing wonderfully creative and fun projects with your children this summer. (Things that are worthy of being in that first writing sample of the school year, I’m sure). And as I was tooling around flickr last weekend, I was wishing there was a place for us to compile some of these ideas. For one, it’s inspiration for me, as a mother, to see what others are doing. And on the other hand, it’s also inspiration for my children.

P1010001
(picking, what else? blueberries.)

P1010010
(emma: documenting my attempt to teach myself the guitar this summer)

Many times, I’ve brought my girls over to the computer to show them a project that one of your kids are working on. And after being a bit awed at first, it usually charges up their creative juices and off they go to try their hand at something similar. I love the sharing of ideas and creativity. Which is probably why I’m so drawn to blogging in the first place.

So, the obvious choice was to create a flickr group. A place to display and pool our ideas. And it doesn’t have to just be project ideas. I think we all love seeing finished projects or those favorite sketches done on a scrap piece of paper. So I’m hoping you’ll join in. And when you post those pictures to your flickr page, I hope you’ll take a moment to add them to this group as well.

For some reason, I really hesitated to write this post–you know, just one more "group", one more thing to do, but you are all full of so much inspiration. And I think it’s worth sharing and pooling our resources. I hope you’ll feel the same….

Join in here.

11 comments on “what I did on my summer vacation”

  1. I have been looking for some inspiration in this regard (and many others) and once again the blog world comes through! 🙂 I think it’s a great idea and will surely contribute if I think of something good. Thank you!

  2. I am in awe of all that you do and think of to do while tending three little girls. Sharing creativity just snowballs…such a great idea! My kids are grown and living very creative lives elsewhere. But I am thinking about joining “the group” anyway if that o.k. cause I think I can fake it! (and I do lots of stuff that is still kid friendly even if I am doing it alone, sniff, sniff.)

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