Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Free or Cheap Craft Classes & Clubs at Our Local Library

I picked up the Mid-Continent library system's community program catalog for the Fall season at my local branch. There are 30 branch libraries in the whole system. I see, for my local branch, there are several craft classes and clubs offered like a candy-making class for teens, craft classes for preschoolers, an interior design class on decorating for the fall, a KC Chiefs Face Painting class, a scrapbooking club that meets for two hours once a month, pumpkin carving for teens, and a quilting and knitting club.
Across the system, some of the most interesting craft classes are: Art, Illustration & Graphic Design Exhibit, beading, beginning tatting, brad bracelets, candy & cooking classes, cemetery art, crochet classes, a Dear Jane Quilt group, drawing, dry embossing, duct tape creations, face painting, finger painting, friendship bracelets, gingerbread houses, greeting cards & Kirigami greeting cards, making gum paste flowers for cakes, holiday crafts, home design, Japanese calligraphy, jewelry, journaling, Native American crafts, needlework classes, origami, ornaments, paint-by-gum, photo classes & club, plastic models, punch needle, sticky note airplanes, stitched tea towels, snowflake stitchery sampler, and wall decorations. For more information or to register for craft classes, see the library's new website: www.mymcpl.org/programs

Monday, September 13, 2010

Veggies & Fruits


I found a couple of poems that I believe Bob the Tomato would like!

Tutti-Frutti Lovesong,
by Mary Grace Dembeck.

You are my darling CUMQUAT,
Oh, you're my PEACHy pie,
I think you are the BERRIES,
The APPLE of my eye.

Don't make me MELON-choly,
Please be my HONEY DEW,
'Cause oh, my sweet PAPAYA,
I'm BANANAS over you!

I would be oh, so GRAPEful
If you'd just say you care,
For it takes two to MANGO,
And we're a PEACHy PEAR.

Oh, ORANGE you a little
COCONUTS for me too?
Please say you'll be mon CHERRY,
I'm so GUAVA over you.

Or:

Do you carrot all for me?
My heart beets for you,
With your turnip nose,
And your radish nose.
You are a peach,
If we cantaloupe,
Lettuce marry—
Weed make a swell pear.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Mary Engelbreit Style Hallways

In my last article on Bulletin Boards, I showed a few of my favorite bulletin board ideas that I used at church. Another time I decorated the children's classroom hallways in Mary Engelbreit style. I enlarged an open font in my word processor and printed the letters out about the size of an 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper, cut them out and attached them to black sheets of cardstock, trimmed them in checkerboard and sticky gummed them to the walls. I also had an old calendar that I took apart and used the ME pictures as posters all along the walls as well as "dots" of black paper (see photo). For each doorway, I also stamped a 8.5" x 11" inch classroom ID tag to post next to each door.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Akiane

Akiane: Her Life, Her Art, Her Poetry. By Akiane Kramarik. 2006.

WOW! I was checking some poetry books out of the library and I don't remember ordering this one, however, I'm absolutely delighted that it was among the 33 other books that did come! I sat down the other night to read it and absolutely fell in love with several of her paintings, esp. her "Prince of Peace: The Resurrection" and "Father Forgive Them." I'm so awestruck that she painted them at age 8 & 9. God has gifted her mightily and I'm so glad she listened to his voice. I want to find this book, so I can keep it in my personal library at home. I sorta feel a kinship to this young lady as her family also lived in Missouri at one time, her father suffered from asthma and the children were homeschooled.
I was looking at her drawings at age 4 of faces. My preschool/kindergarden children in Sunday School are drawing stick figures, let alone faces with details and shadows. Absolutely amazing!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Bulletin Boards

I made these bulletin boards for my Home Church's Sunday School hallway several years ago.

The first one is a bulletin board for our church's Resource Room where the Sunday School supplies, children, youth, and adult ministries equipment are kept.

I compiled a list of many good virtues/character traits from the Bible such as the fruits of the spirit to make these flap cards on the Honey bee board. I stamped bees on the top of the cards and hive, and stapled them to the bulletin board so that a child or teen could lift them as they passed by.

This was a very popular one. It's my own version of the "I Spy" Books by Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick. I cut out many pictures from old magazines and stapled them to the bulletin board, then wrote out the verses with a magic marker on a long sheet of shelf paper and sticky-gummed it to the concrete wall next to the bulletin board. We hosted some district teen event the following week after I put it up and they all enjoyed solving the puzzles.

I Spy With My Little Eye
By Mrs. Dolores J. Rush, 2006.

I spy an apple, a leaf, 5 rings,
An orange, a chain, & lips to sing.

I spy a circle, the color green,
A worm, some bugs, & a pair of blue jeans.

I spy a sandwich, a shopping list,
Some juice to drink, & a bracelet on a wrist.

I spy 10 bowls, a stack of blocks,
A teddy bear, and a lock.

I spy the alphabet, the number two,
A bus, a nurse, & a big, fat shoe.

I spy Tony, a bear, a frog
Some sunglasses on a dog.

I spy a rectangle, a cookie, a fish,
A cracker, a vacumn, & a dish.

I spy a girl, I spy a boy
I spy a little, bitty toy.

I spy some peanut butter & a mouse
A glass of milk & a treehouse.

I spy a compass, a hat, a bear,
Two big hearts & a chair.

I spy an egg, a pig with wings
We’ve spied a lot of little things.

I spy Miss Liberty & the time,
I spy the end of this big long rhyme!


I love gingerbread houses and had to make my own version from a cardboard box and construction paper for this bulletin board. To hang it, I screwed a large cup hook into the bulletin board. When I trimmed the flaps off the top of the cardboard along the long sides of the rectanglar box, I cut small U-shaped flaps near one end that was going to be the top of my gingerbread house, bent them into the center back and strung a length of wire between each flap. Kinda like stringing a picture frame. Then I hung my decorated house on the cup hook.

Guess What?

I received my advance copy of Just Cards! Holidays! in the mail. Volume 2. There's some really cute cards in there!
I found a Lindsay Weirich card, a Mother's Day Tea card by me, another one by Lindsay, another card by me, a spider card by me, two more Lindsay cards, a Paula Huiras card, and a Christmas card by me. Plus lots of other guys and gal names that I recognize but don't know personally. What fun!!!

Devotion: Sentiments

"Grace be with you." ~ 1 Tim. 6:21

We invited a storyteller to our church to perform the story of a boy and the lunch he shared with Jesus (John 6:1-13). During the course of his presentation, he said as we greet each person, we should bless that person with words of life such as "Shalom" (peace) or "Joy" to build them up in Christ. Almost immediately the thought crossed my mind that I could sweeten the greetings on the front of my cards by carefully choosing a sentiment to do the same.
Apostle Paul wrote two letters to Timothy, a young man he had befriended. He opened his first letter with these sentiments: "Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord." (1 Tim. 1:2) and closed his second letter to Timothy with "The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you." (2 Tim. 4:22) Both letters contained encouragement to continue living like Christ, using the Word of God in his ministry.

Prayer: Thank you for providing us with your word, Lord God, so we know how to live. Continue teaching us to be holy and to spur others on to holy living too. In Jesus' name, Amen!

Today's Tip:
“Make every card you send a standout! Personalize each one to convey the message in a very special way.” ~ Sandi Genovese.