Thursday, May 27, 2010

color club

Take a paper plate and some Karo Syrup, put some food coloring on it with a drop of  red, yellow, and blue.  Turn the Karo Syrup on the paper plate and something amazing happens. this was our latest color club project.

this is a great art lesson to show how all colors are made from the primary colors.  By turning the plate the secondary colors start to appear.  Green, Purple, and orange.

if you keep mixing with toothpicks you will pick up even more colors.

After the art lesson, of course they had to play.  It is color club, and they love to mix.

Then we talked  about monochromatic colors,  you start with one color and can get different shades of the same color.

I love this time with Gracee, my youngest, and she loves color.  We all voted to continue on through the summer, and do some tie die aprons.  That sounds like a great idea.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Day in Sugarhouse

Last Tuesday, our art group met in Salt Lake to enjoy the Sugarhouse area shopping. First stop was at Diana's art studio "the art cottage".  First we toured her adorable home full of personality and artistic flair.

Here is the art cottage nestled in her back yard.  Cobblestone walkways lead to the french doors.

the cottage has a loft on both sides, full of antique eye candy. 

A sitting area in your studio.  A place to relax and rest a bit.

Diana's cottage was built by her husband.  They had been gathering and storing wonderful items for a few years.  It was so inspiring to see her style in every little corner, she is one talented gal.

Then we were off to the junk stores, and  consignment shops.  This one is called Abode located at 1720 South 900 East in Sugarhouse, such a cool mix of eclectic and antique finds.

Can you believe they served us cupcakes from the best cupcake store in town mini's cupcakes.  They are the most delicious cupcakes in the world.  really.....

this one is the best.....

then we headed to George's Antique Salvage also in Sugarhouse on 9th east, this shop is full of everything from old property restorations.

these you match with the doorknobs if your lucky they have the hardware attached.

hundreds of old doors, some even have the original paint.

a salvaged corner cabinet

light fixtures hang from the ceiling 

this old sink sits outside waiting to be put together in an aqua blue kitchen, any takers?

and this  old radio with some of the working parts, it was the color that said "buy me buy me" take me home with you.  This store is a must to see, if you can use your imagination you will find something spectacular.

Monday, May 10, 2010


I have evolved as a mother.  I used to fret and fuss about mother's day, and dream of a day with no mom duty, everything planned perfectly..... breakfast in bed, a nice soak in the tub, time to blow out my hair, and my hair would be perfect, just right, then I would attend church and my children would be extra quiet, sitting and smiling, not poking each other.  I would have hugs all day, and handmade gifts with little notes expressing their divine adoration for me.  I would eat chocolate cake and have flowers delivered to my bedside, while reading the newest edition of Martha Stewart Living.

A few years back, (yes it has taken me that long), I had a moment of reality.  Mother's day is not about me, it is about serving others, and celebrating the women in my own life who have been examples of goodness and light, holding close the little moments of motherhood that need to be remembered.

Last mother's day I had the chance to be with my mom as she visited her sister in the hospital suffering from ovarian cancer. It was truly a sweet gift to be part of that experience.  This is the mother I have been blessed with, she is an example of giving life to others.  Her sister is a mother who has been through hard things, and she is a fighter.

This is my son who is in Maine right now.  I haven't seen him for almost a year, he is working so hard, serving others and he is the happiest he has ever been.  I miss him.

I talked on the phone to him on mother's day for almost an hour.  My heart skipped a beat as I heard his voice again.  How my arms ache to hug him, and mess his red hair.  I remembered him as a tiny little thing, my first feelings of intoxicating joy, no other love is like a mother's.

I did have an amazing mothers day this year thanks to my sweet husband and kiddies that made me dinner, wrapped up little gifts and even told me how thankful they were to have me as their mom.  I did however,  want to pull the covers over my head this morning as I ventured through the mess of a party day yesterday.  When do the mother's day fairies come to clean?  If you see them send them my way will you?

Happy Happy Monday......