Wednesday, October 20, 2010

What Will You Teach The Next Generation about Creativity?

Another post in one week is not usual for me.  However, I was reading Tara's blog and she posed the question about what will you teach the next generation about creativity and I felt compelled to play along.  I have two children, one fifteen-year-old son and one twelve year old daughter.  Each is creative in their own way.  My son is a perfectionist and has trouble letting go so my teaching for him has been that being perfect is not what counts.  It is the process and enjoyment of being creative that counts.  He has found ways to channel his creativity in his music  and in drawing for himself and I find that amazing.  My daughter is more artistic in everything she does and I encourage her to use it as her release and do what makes her heart sing.   I will find her working away and her sense of perspective encourages  me to be more creative so the teaching goes both ways.  I also get to work with our Girl Scout group of 8 twelve year olds and being able to see them be creative in their own ways always blows me away.  I try to encourage each of them to find what works for them and to know that it doesn't matter what they create or what the person next to them does, it is that they enjoy it and allow themselves to be unique and true to their own hearts. 

As Tara asked, what will you teach the next generation about creativity?

Monday, October 18, 2010

Chocolate Overload!!!

B - Hershey Kiss ---- Bingo!
A little higher, higher ... Got it!

I can even eat the bowls???  Yum!
My daughter had twelve of her friends over for her Chocolate Birthday Party Saturday!  What was I thinking :)  That many twelve year old girls and chocolate and games makes for a lot of noise.  Thankfully, my hubby and son were elsewhere for the party.  Their ears would have needed a break by the end.  We played chocolate bingo, relay races, feeding your partner chocolate bars off of fishing pole over your head (EXTREMELY FUNNY) and then they decided it was time to run around outside and organize the obligatory dance competition.  Good call.  On top of all that we had several kinds of chocolate candy,  cookies with chocolate, tried to have a chocolate fountain but it didn't work so dipped fruit in the chocolate instead, chocolate flower cups with cake -- way too much chocolate.  I think I heard a couple of girls say they didn't want to see any more chocolate for a long time.  Of course, with Halloween around the corner that won't last.

Monday, October 11, 2010


I have my first giveaway winner - Cat from the etsy shop collagical.  Congratulations Cat!  I used to generate the winner.  I will email her and she has 48 hours to respond so I can get her gourd bowl out to her so she can start enjoying it.  If I don't hear from her within that time, I will randomly pick another entry.

This week it is all about chocolate.  My daughter is having a birthday and we are having a party with a chocolate theme.  Being born right before Halloween, we have been having costume parties, but she is growing up.  This year it is all about chocolate - chocolate bingo, chocolate fountain, make your own chocolate cup dessert, chocolate drink.... and anything else we can think for a fun middle schooler party.  Who knows, I may find some creative inspiration  and come up with a new chocolate design.  Several ideas come to mind!!  Any suggestions or things you have done with chocolate in mind?

Until then, check out my Halloween items and other upcoming holiday themed items.
Boo to You!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Marching Band Props

Happy Monday Morning!  So far it has been a good one.  Last week I thought I would get to do some painting on some new items.  I got do a little, but most of the week was spent helping sort out one band fundraiser and then painting props for another band.  Thank goodness I only have two children. 
Here is a picture of the boat we worked on last week for the first competition of the season. The band's theme is Pocohontas.  Of course, now the band director would like more color.  Up close you don't realize how dark the boat is, but across the field it gets lost.  I guess I'll be doing some more painting this week since Park Vista is hosting their own competition this weekend and will be using the boat again.  Lighter colors this time.  The art club  painted the teepees for the band  --

Thanks to everyone that checked out my giveaway last week.  The winner will be picked next Monday so please pass it along.

I hope you get to do something creative today!