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A Family Art Project | this heart of mine

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We continue to settle more and more into our rental. More things have found a resting place and the messes are now from everyday life, not the move. Our belongings have been sorted, tubs have been reorganized, items discarded or donated. I’ve left most decorative items packed for wherever we ultimately end up, however, I’m undecided on whether to hang much on the walls here. Part of me thinks it’s a waste of time since we’ll be here such a short time but the other part finds bare white walls very plain and boring. The space and our life is not perfect but things are feeling more “normal”, whatever that means.

As you know, we’ve had a busy time lately. New baby, surgical procedure and a move to a temporary residence. There were a number of overwhelming moments for me. Supposedly it’s character building so as far as I’m concerned, we’ve earned some major props for our personal development. What made it bearable was being together. We had each other, all five of us. During the mess, I had an idea for a family art project, something to do together. This piece would feature parts created by each family member (except Pipsqueak, who monitored). Each of the individual creations would be combined together to complete one larger, collaborative piece. It made me really excited.

A Family Art Project | this heart of mine

To get the project underway, I chose a number of art mediums – acrylic and watercolor paints, liquid watercolor paints, oil pastels, colored pencils, watercolor pencils and permanent markers – and a variety of paper type – watercolor paper, cardstock and poster board – and set them out for my family. Then we all sat down together and created. It was my favorite part.

A Family Art Project | this heart of mine

To help keep our art materials in order, I used a few Munchkin items normally reserved for kitchen/eating duty. The Miracle 360° cups are wonderful drinking cups with their no-spill-but-drink-from-anywhere rim and they are just tall enough to hold our colored pencils and brushes. The drink box carriers were just as helpful. Sure, they keep my littles from squeezing juice everywhere and their little handles made moving materials around the table easy. The divided plates were ideal as a paint palette keeping paints from blending just as they keep food from touching which can be a make or break issue at dinnertime. All

A Family Art Project | this heart of mine

The finished piece is lovely and will be a delightful conversation piece for us for a good long time. But the real reward of this project is the memory of making, of creating with my family. In my mind, I pictured what the final product would look like and it’s better than I imagined. As I look at each piece, I remember who made it and the conversations we had. I will remember my Love Bug’s face as an idea came to her and she started adding color to her paper. I will remember my Sweet J as he explained that the monster on his paper wasn’t really a monster even though it looked just like a monster. Making is so dear to my heart and having MJ join us really made my heart smile. It’s not just the big things and days we will remember. We will remember the little things too and we should celebrate it.

A Family Art Project | this heart of mine

 

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Peeps Tees

Peeps Tees for Kids with free stencils! | this heart of mine

I don’t think I’ve ever actually eaten a marshmallow Peeps probably making me one of very few who haven’t consumed the color-saturated squishy treats. And since my brain is a steel trap, I’m sticking to my story. While their color is a bit off-putting in regards to eating (I mean, what kind of chemicals does it take to achieve that bright pink?), I do think the bunnies are very cute and I enjoy the projects I’ve seen using them. I hadn’t planned on creating a project of my own with Peeps until Love Bug turned to me the other day and asked if it was possible for me to make her an Easter-themed shirt. I think she requested eggs on the tee but it was soon after the move and I was still trying to get my brain to stop spinning so I’m not certain. My things were still in boxes so I told her I didn’t think I get it done for this year. But then, inspiration struck me and now we have Peeps tees

Peeps Tees for Kids with free stencils! | this heart of mine

These tees took 10 minutes to make from cutting the Peep shape in the freezer paper to setting them aside so the paint could dry. It’s so simple. Since Easter is this weekend, this is a good thing.

Peeps Tees for Kids with free stencils! | this heart of mine

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March Link Love

Someday, years from now, I am certain MJ and I will reminisce about this month, this March of 2015, and wonder how we did so much in so little time. I mean did so much without a complete mental breakdown. It all started on the first of the month when our foursome became of fivesome when Pipsqueak arrived. Then Sweet J had surgery. Definitely beneficial health-wise but a stressful and emotional experience for MJ and me, not to mention uncomfortable for J. And lastly, we finalized the sale of our house of almost nine years, packed it all up and moved to a rental. That is a lot for 21 days. It was tough and challenging and I cried more than usual but we did it.

Life has settled down, as much as real life can. We are taking it one day at a time, finding our new normal. It’s loud and a bit unorganized and doesn’t quite feel right yet but it will, in time. We have each other (and our ridiculous amount of possessions, stacked up in the garage) and that’s the most important.

Speaking of possessions, my office is almost ready for business. The children have had so many ideas of projects to do and I’m eager to get to those. While I finish cleaning up, check out these links I enjoyed this month.

March Link Love | this heart of mine

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DIY Love Stones

We are a family a five now! Hurray! While we get accustomed to our new normal, I’ve invited a few of my talented friends to share a post with you. I am so thankful for their help and excited to share their work. Up today is Andrea from Crafting Connections!

DIY Love Stones Tutorial

Thanks so much for having me, Amy!

I’m Andrea from Crafting Connections. I’m also a mama to two little ones, so when I learned about Amy’s newest arrival I was over the moon for my friend!

As my own two move farther and farther from babyhood and out into the world, I can no longer smother them with the love and kisses I did when they were infants and with me 24/7. I’ve had to find new ways to send a tangible bit of my love with them as they go to school and try new things. Something they can pull out of their pocket whenever they feel the need. Something like Love Stones.

Small assortment of Love Stones

Love Stones are small, beautiful reminders of love. Small enough to fit in a pocket, smooth enough to rub (like a worry stone), and with a bit of art and words reminding them I’m always there even when physically I’m not.

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Making a New Home

Making a New Home | this heart of mine

As of today, we’ve been living and sleeping in our townhouse rental for 10 days and officially free of home-ownership for five. With so much else going on – Pipsqueak’s birth, Sweet J’s surgery and, you know, real life – the gravity of the sale and move hasn’t hit me. It all still seems a bit surreal. The rental we are living in is slightly bigger than our house but the layout is different. The main floor is made up of the living and dining areas, kitchen and quarter bathroom and the upstairs has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a loft area. Moving, for my brain, has been an organizational nightmare. Just getting our things from one house to the other was ridiculous and seemingly endless process. Then, on top of that, we had to work to make sense of our things in a new space. We definitely had our work cut out for us.

From laying out the new kitchen, to purchasing extra garbage cans for our extra bathroom to what exactly to take out of the boxes and what to keep packed because, yes, we are hoping to purchase a house in the next 6 months and move again, we’ve been making lots of changes. It’s led to some confusion like where is the pizza cutter and where are the markers but we are figuring out. And the changes don’t end there. Pipsqueak is here now and there is baby stuff to fit in. Clothes, car seats and a place to put the dirty diapers. Thankfully there is no confusion over where to put the stink – Munchkin‘s Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail is in full use.

Making a New Home | this heart of mine

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