Art in the Garden Preview

Art in the Garden Preview

First, the girls learned about carbon paper, which we used to transfer the drawing of the iris onto their boards. Next they mixed some basic shades of the main color they were going to use. Then I took them through the painting, petal by petal. After we got going, the girls became more independent. So by the end, they were doing their own thing. I think some of them were surprised by the results, including the two leaders who exhibited hidden, but significant abilities.

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Drop Leaf Carts

Drop Leaf Carts

The reason I decided to go with the drop-leaf idea was because for most of the time, we want the garbage cans in a convenient place. But they aren’t pretty so I move them outside for my Chics With Tools workshops, which leaves a massive, also unattractive, gap. So now in normal mode, the leaves are down but when I want things prettier, I move the cans and raise the leaves, filling the wall while adding counter space for merchandise.

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Silent Night Themed Christmas Decor

Silent Night Themed Christmas Decor

We entertain a lot of people during the Christmas holiday. The whole house is decorated (19 trees and counting). Each year, some things are tweaked a little but the dining room and foyer are always reflective of that year’s theme, which is always a Christmas Carole. A theme, you ask? Yes! Absolutely. It is my starting point and framework for colors and motifs. This year was Silent Night.

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Seussian Gingerbread Houses

Seussian Gingerbread Houses

Being inspired by live-action version of The Grinch and the incredible setting of Whoville, I decided that the best thing to do would be to “embrace the imperfect”, intentionally making everything wonky and crooked. The process takes a fraction of the time. Hardly any measuring is required and there is no need for trimming to be sure everything fits perfectly. Read on to find out how to make these fun confections.

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